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Brittany Lausen receives RDC Foundation Outstanding Student Award 

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Student leadership and commitment are being celebrated at Red Deer  College, as Brittany Lausen is announced as the RDC Foundation Outstanding Student Award  recipient for 2021. 

The annual award recognizes a student whose actions have significantly enhanced RDC, whether  through governance, membership on committees or other meaningful contributions. Lausen was  nominated by her peers to receive the honour again this year due to her immense contributions to  student leadership at RDC and far beyond. 

“It’s very humbling to receive this award, and I am truly grateful for all the opportunities that being a  part of the Students’ Association and Red Deer College have provided, allowing me to be as involved  as I have been,” Lausen says. “I’m also very grateful to the amazing student leaders who I have  gotten to work with over the past six years, since I first became involved with the Education  Undergrad Society.” 

Lausen’s leadership has evolved and grown during her time at RDC, as she has played a key role on  the Students’ Association Executive Team, serving as the VP Community & Wellness in 2018/2019  and as President for the past two years. She has also been on RDC’s Academic Council for three  years and has served as a student representative on RDC’s Board of Governors since 2019, in  addition to myriad other volunteering, committees and initiatives at the College. 

“Red Deer College is fortunate to have Brittany as one of our students, and the RDC Foundation is  pleased to provide her with the outstanding student award for 2021,” says Kevin Beattie, RDC  Foundation Board Chair. “Her continuing dedication and commitment to her fellow students and to the  College exemplifies why she is so deserving of the award. Brittany’s selfless hard work in representing and advocating on behalf of her peers and also the College benefits the entire RDC  community. We can think of no better candidate to receive the RDC Foundation Outstanding Student  Award.” 

In addition to Lausen’s work and leadership at RDC, she has also dedicated time to representing  students across the province. Through her role with the Students’ Association, she became part of  the Alberta Students’ Executive Council (ASEC), where – as the longest serving student leader in the  province – she was unanimously elected to be Chair in June 2020.  

For Lausen, it is important to engage in governance at the provincial level to influence policies and  affect change for future students. “It’s about what you, as a student leader, can do to make sure that  the students who come after you have the best time possible in post-secondary,” she says. “To me, it  is so meaningful knowing that the advocacy you do today will potentially impact the lives of future  students for years to come.” 

Through her province-wide perspective, Lausen also recognized a need for Western Canadian  students to be better represented at the federal level. As part of her work with ASEC, she was elected  to sit as one of the founding members of the Federal Student Advocacy Alliance. This Alliance, representing ASEC, BC Federation of Students and Sask Polytechnic Students’ Association, allows  students from the three western provinces to have a greater voice in advocacy issues at the national  level.  

From national to local issues, Lausen has tirelessly worked to benefit the student experience. During  her most recent term as Students’ Association President, she takes great pride in how the SA  Executive and Council advocated for degrees, ensuring that the students of RDC and the people of  central Alberta’s voices were heard. Lausen, herself, also had the opportunity to be part of Alberta  2030, the post-secondary review led by the Government of Alberta. She represented students from  across Alberta and was able to bring the RDC students’ perspective to the province’s new post secondary strategic direction.  

“Brittany has continually demonstrated strong leadership in representing post-secondary students at  all levels,” says Dr. Peter Nunoda, RDC President. “In her two years on RDC’s Board of Governors  and through her work with the Students’ Association, I have gained a great appreciation for her  collaborative approach and also her determination to do what is best for students at RDC and for  post-secondary students across the province. During her time at RDC, she gained a strong understanding of governance and student needs, and that has served RDC’s students well for many  years.”  

Now, as Lausen looks to the future, she is excited to graduate in April 2022 with her Bachelor of  Business Administration in General Management, with minors in Finance and Economics, from  RDC’s collaborative degree with Mount Royal University. She is currently interning with Amazon and  hopes to accept a position with the company pending completion of her degree. She is also looking to  continue her educational journey by attaining a Master’s degree, either in Public Policy or Public  Administration, which would build on her extensive experience in leadership and governance. 

When she reflects on her time at RDC, she is thankful for the privilege to serve students. “I am so  grateful to the students of Red Deer College for trusting me for the past three years to be one of their  elected representatives,” she says. “It has truly made my time at post-secondary, and it is something I  will miss dearly.”  

About the RDC Foundation Outstanding Student Award: This scholarship is given to a student  who has demonstrated outstanding leadership and commitment through participation in and  contribution to Red Deer College. The student may have participated in governance and/or College  committees, social or athletic activities while on campus. The scholarship is donated by the Red Deer  College Foundation.

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Trevor’s Story: I Have Anxiety and Depression. Where Can I Get Help?

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Trevor has suffered from anxiety and depression for a while. He had no idea where or how to get help with this. In discussing this with his doctor, he was referred to a Mental Health Counselor at Red Deer Primary Care Network.

Trevor says, “I, the skeptic, didn’t expect that I would get much help but did decide to work with the counselor. I needed to do something. We had 6 sessions together. The counselor provided me with insight on things that should have been so obvious to me but they weren’t. You don’t know what you don’t know. The counselor provided me with very practical and valuable tools. I came away with a different, more positive way to think about things. And it was just great to have a non-judgmental person to listen to me. It is a relief to just be able to tell someone who was really listening about my struggles.

These sessions were so valuable. I am in a much better state than I was. My struggles are not over but I manage to get through each day using the tools and improved mindset that I learned.

If anyone else is struggling like me I recommend no matter if they think it won’t help  just go, go in with an open mind. Even if you just feel you need someone to talk to you will get valuable tools to help manage your situation.”

To learn more about the RDPCN programs, visit www.reddeerpcn.com

Read more Success Stories from the Red Deer Primary Care Network.

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Kinsmen Dream Home Lottery Tickets Now Available – Click Here

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The Red Deer Kinsmen Dream Home Lottery is back for 2021

For the past 40 years, the Dream Home Lottery has been the cornerstone of the Red Deer Kinsmen’s contribution to the community’s greatest needs. Many of
the new playgrounds and sporting facilities you see are funded completely or partially with funds raised by the Red Deer Kinsmen. This year, you can once again help the Red Deer Kinsmen make a local impact in your community by supporting the Dream Home Lottery.

The 2021 Lottery is a little different from previous years with more prizes and chances to win. This year’s lottery offers 104 prizes valued at over $864,700;
including the Grand Prize, fully landscaped show home in the new community of Timberlands. The $744,000, 2,368 sq. ft. dream home, built by True-Line
Homes features 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms plus den, a fully upgraded kitchen with premium appliances, Quartz Island, and walk-in pantry.

For supporters who buy their tickets early, there are TWO Early Bird cash prizes. Deadline for Early Bird #1 – $10,000 cash is 11:59pm November 11th. Deadline for Early Bird #2 – $25,000 cash is 11:59pm December 2nd.

Other prizes include vacations, home renovation packages, exercise equipment, tech, electronics, cash and much more. Tickets are $100 each, 5 for $150, 15
for $250 or our best package 50 for $350. They can be purchased online at reddeerkinsmenlottery.com or by calling 1.833.511.3863 and leaving a message. The lottery is presented by Kinsmen Club of Red Deer.

Back again is the 50/50 Cash Raffle where one lucky ticket holder will take home half of the total ticket sales. Tickets are $10 each, 10 for $25, 25 for $50
or 50 for $75.

Red Deer Kinsmen Dream Home Lottery License #575571 / 50/50 Cash Raffle License #575572

The final ticket deadline is 11:59 pm December 23, 2021. The final draws will be held January 5, 2022.

2021 Dream Home

Since 1981 the Kinsmen Club of Red Deer has run their annual Dream Home Lottery from October to December.  Using local home builders and trades, this project is the club’s largest fundraiser.  Lives continue to change as we make that magical phone call letting the winner know they have just won a new home while the funds raised continue to support our local initiatives.  In 2020, the club had to make the difficult decision to forgo the dream home portion of its lottery due to the unknown brought on by COVID, however, in 2021 we are coming back with an even bigger and better lotto!

Enter the 2021 Dream Home Lottery Today

2021 Cash Raffle

With the ongoing support of heroes like you, we are able to support some incredible agencies that truly make our community better.

The money raised from the lottery stays within our community. Whether it’s one of the many playgrounds, arenas, Discovery Canyon, Library Link or the new Family Link Centre in Parkland Mall, the Kinsmen have been able to construct numerous community structures from our fundraising efforts. However, those are only a very small part of what we are able to do.

These charities are an important part of the City of Red Deer, and it is crucial that we as a community always do what we can to support them. By being able to help provide funding for these and other groups help them make incredible changes in people’s lives that would otherwise be impossible. We are so fortunate to live in a community of such caring, giving people. It is because of you that we are able to do what we do.

Enter the 2021 Cash Raffle Today

Prizes

EARLY BIRD PRIZES

2 Early Bird Cash prizes

• #1 – $10,000 CASH – Deadline: November 11, 2021
Draw will take place on November 23, 2021, at Stride Management Corp. (12:00 pm)
**Only tickets purchased before 11:59 pm on Nov 11, 2021, will be eligible for the Early Bird#1

• #2 – $25,000 CASH – Deadline December 2, 2021
Draw will take place on December 14, 2021, at Stride Management Corp. (12:00 pm)
**Only tickets purchased before 11:59 pm on Dec 2, 2021, will be eligible for the Early Bird#2

GRAND PRIZE DREAM HOME

The Forest by True-Line – 26 Tillier Street, community of Timberlands Red Deer, AB T4N 5E7
• Valued at $744,000!
• 2,368 sq. Ft. of developed living space, 3 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms plus Den, Finished basement & Landscaping

ADDITIONAL PRIZES

• 104 prizes worth over $864,700 to be won!
• Prizes include vacations, home renovations, epic experiences, exercise equipment, tech, cash,
and so much more!

THE 50/50 CASH RAFFLE

• Win half of an ever-increasing jackpot!
• Tickets are easy to buy – 1 for $10, 10 for $25, 25 for $50 or 50 for $75. Purchasers are not
required to purchase a ticket in the Red Deer Kinsmen Dream Home Lottery to purchase
tickets in the 50/50 Cash Raffle lottery.
• For a list of charities that benefit from the 50/50 Cash Raffle, please visit reddeerkinsmen.com

Red Deer Kinsmen Dream Home Lottery Licence #575571 / 50/50 Cash Lottery Licence #575572

Final Draw

• Ticket Cut-off is December 23, 2021 (11:59 pm)
• Final Draws will take place January 5, 2022 at Stride Management Corp. (11:00 am)

TICKET PRICES

1 for $100 • 5 for $150 • 15 for $250 and our best value 50 for $350

**Minimum prize value is $100**

Cause

The Red Deer Kinsmen have served the City of Red Deer since 1937 through fundraising and support of its many groups, community projects, and the people who make it an amazing place to live. This year is even more important as we were unable to run the Dream Home Lottery in 2020 due to the Covid pandemic.

Please go https://reddeerkinsmenlottery.com/cause/ for a full list of organizations the Red Deer Kinsmen have supported in the past.

Call Toll Free 1-833-511-3863
Order Online: reddeerkinsmenlottery.com

Helping Community

We are proud to have been associated with some truly outstanding organizations, including the:

  • Red Deer Food Bank
  • Cystic Fibrosis
  • Red Cross
  • Youth and Volunteer Centre
  • Central Alberta Women’s Emergency Shelter
  • Red Deer Pond Hockey
  • Minor Hockey
  • Red Deer Public School Board Foundation – Bright Start Program
  • Hospice Society
  • Red Deer Royals
  • Red Deer College
  • Paediatric Ward
  • Blackfalds Field House
  • Penhold Multi Plex
  • and many more!

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