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ATA hands out multiple awards to students in Red Deer Catholic Regional Schools



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  • ATA Local #80 (Red Deer Catholic)

    As we wrap up the first full week back to school, and look ahead to celebrating World Teacher Day on Friday October 5, the Alberta Teachers Association (ATA) Local #80 for Red Deer Catholic Regional Schools would like to congratulate and recognize a number of 2017-2018 student award winners from across our entire school division.

    Across our school division, from Red Deer, to Innisfail, to Olds, to Rocky Mountain House, to Sylvan Lake, to Blackfalds, almost 200 of our students in received awards, prizes and scholarships sponsored by our teaching staff, valued at a total of $10,200.  Awards and prizes were determined at the school level, while the 3 scholarships awarded annually to students entering post-secondary education were determined by a panel of teacher volunteers.

    ATA Local #80 (Red Deer Catholic) Student Award Winners 2017-2018


    ATA Local 80 Child of a Member Scholarship:

    This award is given to a well-rounded child of a current ATA member who is entering a post-secondary program of studies in the Fall of the upcoming school year.  WINNER:  Adam Junck


    Leo Richer Education Student Scholarship:

    This award is given to a student graduating from Red Deer Catholic Regional Schools who is entering a Bachelor of Education post-secondary program in the Fall of the upcoming school year.  The award is named for Leo Richer, a longtime French Immersion teacher with Red Deer Catholic, who also served his colleagues for a number of years as our ATA Local President, and as an elected table officer with the ATA as the  District Representative for Central-South Alberta.  WINNER:  Julie Beally


    Margaretrose Willms Mature Student Scholarship:

    This award is given to a child of a current ATA member who is returning to school at the post-secondary level after taking some time away from their studies.  The award is named after Margaretrose Willms, a longtime teacher and principal with Red Deer Catholic, who also served as an ATA school representative for many years, as well as being very involved with the practicum field experience programs for student teachers.  WINNER:  Sydnie Ratzlaff


    Father Henri Voisin:

    As a staff we have decided that we will honor a student from each classroom in the following four categories: Noreen Fischer Christian Leadership, Fine Arts, Sportsmanship, and Academic Achievement.  

    Noreen Fischer Christian Leadership Award
    Noreen Fischer was a former teacher in our school division. She also loved the St. Francis Peace Prayer and so when she passed away her family set up an award to honor peacemakers in our elementary schools.  We have continued this practice.
    This award honors those students who are peacemakers.  That is, those students who go out of their way to make their classmates feel welcomed and loved.  They are the students who reach out when a classmate is hurt or sad and share joy with classmates who are happy. These students make a difference in the lives of those around them.  

    Fine Arts Award
    The Fine Arts Award recognizes those students who demonstrate exceptional achievement in one or more of the performing and visual arts, including subjects pertaining to music, art, and drama.

    Sportsmanship Award
    Whether you’re into sports or not, you’ve seen it happen.  You’ve probably even experienced it: Football players shaking hands after four quarters of knocking each other around.  Tennis players leaping over the net to shake hands with their opponents after a hard-fought match. Soccer players exchanging jerseys after an intense 90 minutes.  Even boxers touching gloves at the beginning of each round, then hugging after beating each other to a pulp for 12 rounds. Competitors in every event, from spelling bees to hockey games, can be seen behaving this way.  What’s going on?
    It’s all part of sportsmanship, a great tradition in sports and competition that means playing clean and handling both victory and defeat with grace, style, and dignity.  Father Henri Voisin has many students who do just that every single day.
    These students play fair, follow the rules of the game, respect the judgment of referees and
    treat opponents with respect.

    Academic Achievement
    Our school and school division value academic excellence.  At Father Voisin, we want all students to strive to be the best possible readers, writers, Mathematicians and scientists.  The Academic Excellence award is given to the students who have been devoted to their personal academic achievement.


    Father Henry Voison Noreen Fischer Fine Arts Sportsmanship Academic Sacraments Poetry
    Pre-K AM Michael Skinner Caelyn Wazny Mia Arcand Raymond Lam
    Pre-K PM Paige Poffenroth Stacey Manabat Colby Waldner Paige Clark
    K-R Bella Visscher Allison Sun Tessa Ofstie Aaron Howorko
    K- PTTh Brooklyn Music Ava Carle Chase Pochylko Iyla Davies
    K- PWF Oliver Hale Pierce Lynch Tyler Barrow Mila Kloberdanz
    1C Jaxon Rehman Kyleigh Amas Finn Lynch Paisley Adams
    1DC Annyka Gonzalez Austin LaFrance Joshua Garreffa Isla Marsh Aaron Santiago
    1H Sean Skinner Mya Coupland Grayson Pearson Rachel Reschny Annabel
    2B Rianne Watson Olivia McFadden Jaxen Ross Caelan Pimentel Grade 2: Sebastian Celso Vanya Ferguson, John Carl Jacob, Rohann Lacostales, Morgan Pikkert, Allie Larouche, Mackenzie Music, Caelan Pimentel, Riley Rabena, Reese Rehman, Clarissa Roderson, Riley Rosario, Pierre Ylagan, Emma Fillier, Nairn Patterson, Sarah Towers, Paul Gonzalez John Carl
    2R Kinley Luca Cena Moore Carter Wescott Mackenzie Music Kinley
    2S Taya Stehr Rohann Lacostales Alexander Howorko Dakota Carroll Dakota Carroll
    3C Serin Girard Katie Johnson Arthur Becegato Emmet McGuigan
    3H Michelle Owolagba DaErika Bahadur Matthew Morrow Autumn Carroll Branek Ferguson
    3S Kabir Raj Tanya Adolfo Tayten Dube Seth Haase
    4A Ella Dorigatti Emma VanHyfte Arnold James Del Mundo Jillian Marquart Denix Alvarez & Megan Stehr
    4M Taylor Funnell Samantha Barrow Grady Pasman Cohen Gulak
    5AJ Addi McMahon Katrina Wong Julian Galenza Andrea Abat
    5B Louise Ante Alexa Ross Jaxon Winchester Lola Pui



    Holy Family School

    5M:  Raizelyn Perez/ Jayden Paynor-Limbona

    5WQ: Kaitlyn Louks/ Jacob Campbell

    5S:  Ashley Korenchuk/Nathan Ignacio

    Noreen Fischer Award: Bryce Hanusich



    • Grade 5 Ryan Henrion, Richard Malcolm, Natalie Julien

    • Grade 6  Amy Bui

    • Grade 7  Grace Webster

    • Grade 8  HAnnah Ly

    • Grade 9  Hailey Anderson



    St Patrick’s Community School:
    Highest academic average:

    Grade 6 Erin de Leon
    Grade 7 Nicole Parafina
    Grade 8 Elisse Canaynay  
    Grade 9 Lucia Baldanado


    St. Teresa de Avila:

    Highest Academic: Iris Kang & Maya Edzerza

    Sportsmanship: Presley Zinger, Lean Sevilla, Ashlyn Makarenko, David Friesen

    Citizenship: Somonta Num, Kane Delaney, Kacey Sacolles, Colton Bowes

    Dedication: Javier Hernandez & Neveah Zillinsky


    St Gabriel Online Schoool:  Alternative Education Award

    – Enrolled in an alternative route

    – Enrolled only with St. Gabriel’s (Grade 8 – 12)

    – Is registered in our online or outreach school

    – Demonstrates:

        – Responsibility

        – Self motivation

        – Academic growth

        – Work ethic

    – Successfully passing all courses

    Gabriel Royko

    Levi Castle

    St Francis of Assisi:
    A common fund is established that is put towards the purchase of plaques honouring top students in core subjects for each grade as well as Christian Spirit and Physical Education.


    Ryan Clark

    Olivia Jacobs

    Archer Jenkins

    Haley LaGrange

    Sarah Properzi

    Alexandria Ragasa

    Holy Trinity (Olds):

    KA Braxton Gordash
    KB Walter Giugovaz
    1A Bryson Bieber
    1B Kensi Miller
    2A Zaijan Eclavea
    2B Palin Lentz
    3A Jon Sproule
    3B Max Huhn
    4A Braden Scott
    4B Austin Fletcher
    5A Hannah Zurkan
    6A Zoe Ginter
    7A Nicole Zumbuehl
    8A Kimberley Canilang


    Ecole Our Lady of the Rosary (Sylvan Lake):
    Our students are picked to receive the Christian Leadership Award.?

    Criteria for the award:

    A student who earns the Christian Leadership award demonstrates many or all of the following Christ-like qualities:

    ¨ Helping others

    ¨ Including others

    ¨ Showing kindness/empathy to others

    ¨ Showing compassion and respect

    ¨ Modeling the golden rule “Treating others as you would like to be treated”


    This year’s winners are:

    Chloe Lima
    Leightan Olson
    Kayn Bowman
    Dominic Chubala
    Molly Tiner
    Tyler Gajardo
    Roen Martel
    Gabriel Rovero
    Bryn Golden
    Jillian Brode
    Benjamin Veldman
    Izabella Olsen
    Paislee Zimmer
    Archer Becker
    Jackson Corkum
    Jace Lapp
    Alexis Scheffelmaier
    Nikita Birkbeck
    Annika Lewis
    Annika Hoffos

    Ecole Mother Teresa School (Sylvan Lake):

    Highest academic average:

    Grade 5:  William Norris

    Grade 6:  Kennedy Moffatt

    Grade 7:  Lauren Olson / Alyssa Olson

    Grade 8:  Kalli Matthew

    Grade 9:  Denaisha Kraft / Jessica Kraft

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    November 19 2018 Red Deer 2019 Capital Budget Meeting; Item Aquatic Centre



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  • Red Deer Multi-Use Aquatic Centre conceptual model from MacLennan Jaunkains Miller Architects

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    After perusing the agenda for Red Deer’s November 19 Budget meeting, I would say it is obvious that people want a 50m pool.
    20 years ago it was hoped for, and there was discussion about it being incorporated into the Collicutt Centre. 15 years ago it was hoped to be incorporated into the downtown Recreational Centre.
    4 years ago the discussion started about being built by Hazlett Lake in the north-west corner of Red Deer.
    There have been serious concerns about the downtown location. Bussing, parking, traffic and size have brought at least 4 councillors to withdraw support for the downtown location.
    The cost is phenomenal and mysterious and holding back support. 2013 the number tossed about was $85million plus demolition, streets, lights etc.etc. Now 5 years later the number could be $110million plus demolition, streets, lights etc.etc.
    Yellowknife is budgeting $50 million, UBC cost $39 million, Markham and Saskatoon cost $56 million in 2018 dollars.
    Why do we need a Rolex if a Timex will do? The term Taj Mahal is used when talking about Red Deer structures from Public Works to Bus Stations, is that necessary?
    Out of the 7 largest cities in Alberta, Red Deer is the only city that cannot host a 50m swim. We are talking about Fort McMurray and Grande Prairie and Lethbridge doing what Red Deer cannot and unwilling to do.
    The number of pools is a great concern. We have had only 4 pools since 2001, and if we only renovate a current pool then we will be down to 3 pools for a couple of years then be at 4 pools for another 32 years. If we build or renovate a pool every 25 years. The goal was 4 pools for 60,000 residents but we will probably be at 4 pools for 150,000 residents in 32 years.
    The city recently replaced one ice rink downtown, the college opened a new ice rink recently and the city wants to build another rink in the near future. Interesting because the number one activity of Red Deer residents is swimming, even the Red Deer Advocate posted that a few weeks ago. 60% prefer the Collicutt Centre.
    When Red Deer Lodge was renovating their pool, they offered free passes to the downtown pool, a couple of blocks away, and had few if any takers.
    The downtown location is wrong, the cost given is wrong, the delay offered is wrong, so where is the disconnect?
    E-mail legislative and ask or tell them what you think. I did.
    Just saying.

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    Calgary voted against bidding for Olympic Games, would Red Deer have voted against bidding for Canada Games?



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  • Calgarians have voted against bidding for the 2026 Olympic Winter Games. Besides the boosterism of the few, the bid never really resonated with the populace.
    This bid also undeniably fell victim to the unpleasant baggage weighing down the Olympic movement. The cynical narrative is familiar by now. Cities spend billions more than initially proposed to host a two-week party that leaves little long-term positive economic impact. According to reporter Jamie Strashin of CBC news.
    There would have meant billions spent for this event and yet the perception is that there would be negligible long term benefit.
    Another question that was being asked, would the Olympics have delayed other much needed projects, more important to the residents of Calgary?
    Would Red Deer residents, if having the opportunity, would they have followed Calgary in voting against the bidding for the 2019 Canada Games? Will the two-week party in February leave little long-term positive economic impact?
    Has other projects, more important to Red Deerians been delayed or cancelled, until after the Canada Games? Will there be any quantifiable benefits to the average joe in Red Deer having these games?
    I know that the Canada Games does not have the same baggage and is only in the tens of millions not like the billions, in total, by various governments, for the Olympic games, but Calgarians still did not believe they would see any long term economic benefit.
    They can watch the ceremonies, races and events on television like almost everyone else no matter where it is located.
    Will Red Deer be able to show that the Canada Games will give us long term economic benefits without delaying other projects nearer and dearer to our hearts? Will we be scrambling to catch up after it is over?
    Perhaps we should start having plebiscites before we commit our tax dollars to these big events? Just saying.

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