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Anxiety? Pain? Sleep Issues? Red Deer Primary Care Network has a program to help you live your best life!


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By Mark Weber

With the onset of the busy fall season comes the launch of Red Deer Primary Care Network’s extensive programming.  Along with the regular workshops and programs, staff are excited to introduce new educational opportunities including ‘Menopause and Women’s Health’.

“Menopause and Women’s Health is for women who are ‘pre, during and post’ menopause, who are looking for information about what to expect and what
potential treatment options may benefit them,” said Julia Vallance, the PCN’s program manager.

“We are going to be running this via Zoom, and it will be on Wednesdays – our first session will be on Oct. 26 and it will run until Nov. 23.”

Those who would like to register can call the main PCN off ice at 403-343-9100.  Dr. Esnielle Brooks will be leading the series.

“We will also have our pharmacist on staff, another nurse and one of our counsellors will also be offering information during those series of classes,” said Vallance. “There hasn’t been a lot of information out there about m enopause. Dr. Brooks has done a lot of extra education to become comfortable and competent with this topic.  “She’s really happy to share her knowledge and to give women the opportunity to learn more about their bodies, and what is going to happen over time.”

The series will be offered throughout the upcoming year as well.

In the meantime, the PCN’s popular workshops are up and running as well.  “These include Anxiety to Calm, Happiness Basics, Moving on With Persistent Pain, Relationships in Motion, Journey Through Grief and My Way to Health, to the Sleep Program and Strong and Steady. A lot of our workshops are now being offered in-person and not just over Zoom anymore.”

Although, as she pointed out, virtual participation is still an option which has broadened the reach of so many PCN  programs.

“There are also opportunities where you can attend the first class in person, and then afterwards if something comes up – you are ill or away travelling or there is a reason you can’t attend – you can still take part via Zoom. We are calling it a hybrid model.”

Alongside the workshops are several helpful individual programs as well from Connecting to Community Resources, Diabetes, High Blood Pressure, Cholesterol, and Insulin Management to Memory Testing, the MINT Memory Clinic, Pregnancy and Babies, Tobacco Reduction, Recreation Therapy, and Talk to a Counsellor among others.

For the latest PCN news, check out or follow them on Facebook to stay up to date as well.

Born and raised in Red Deer, Mark Weber is an award-winning freelance writer who is committed to the community. He worked as a reporter for the Red Deer Express for 18 years including six years as co-editor. During that time, he mainly covered arts and entertainment plus a spectrum of areas from city news and health stories to business profiles and human interest features. Mark also spent a year working for the regional publication Town and Country in northern Alberta, along with stints at the Ponoka News and the Stettler Independent. He’s thrilled to be a Todayville contributor, as it allows him many more opportunities to continue to focus on the city and community he not only has a passion for, but calls home as well.

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The Grand Opening is TODAY!

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A Day Filled With Hope – Years in the Making!
For years the CACAC has been walking hand-in-hand with many different partners, community members, donors, policy makers, and leaders in research and advocacy towards this moment.The Sheldon Kennedy Centre of Excellence now stands in the heart of Central Alberta, the first Centre of its kind in North America, creating space for different strategic partners to operate alongside one another in the best interest of children, youths, and families who have experienced any form of abuse.

Now, during this momentous chapter in our history, we invite you to join us for the Grand Opening of the Sheldon Kennedy Centre of Excellence. 

We’re excited to welcome you and your family to the Grand Opening of the Sheldon Kennedy Centre of Excellence today!

Today’s events are family friendly, and there’s something for everyone!

From Noon to 5:00PM the public is welcome to come and see everything the building has to offer at the SKCOE Open House! Staff from every organization from within the SKCOE will be there to answer questions. This is a great opportunity to learn about why this Centre is so important for Central Alberta.

Beginning at 7:00PM, the public is also invited to the formal program at the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre, which is the building immediately North West of us across the parking lot. The formal program will have many messages and presentations from dignitaries, and you can pick up our Champions of Courage pin, which was minted for the Grand Opening only! Following the program there is a ribbon cutting ceremony.

There is a lot to celebrate, so come out and say hi!

When: Thursday, May 16

Where: Sheldon Kennedy Centre of Excellence, and Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre, Main Campus of Red Deer Polytechnic, Red Deer, AB.

12:00 PM – 5:00 PM – Open House

7:00 PM – Formal Program at the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre. Ribbon Cutting Ceremony to follow.

How to get to the Sheldon Kennedy Centre of Excellence

Please note that there will also be parking available at the lot directly North of the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre.

Detailed RDP Parking Map

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