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Bruce Buruma launches campaign for Red Deer South UCP Nomination

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  • Exerts from Bruce Buruma’s speech announcing his candidacy for Red Deer South UCP Nomination

     

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    Growing up in a family where mom and dad didn’t have jobs, they had businesses has had a significant influence on me. My parents saw lots of good times because of the opportunities Alberta provided, but they knew tough times as well. They knew about risks and rewards–they knew about hard work. They knew what it was putting things on the line. When you see that, you understand that and it becomes a part of you.

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    Remember when Red Deer was in the middle of the Golden Corridor where jobs, investment and that entrepreneurial spirit were alive and well. Where Canadians from other provinces came to Alberta seeing it as a land of opportunity. We’ve lost some of that spark and drive, I think people are frustrated maybe even angry and want better…they deserve better….    I’m particularly concerned about that for young adults who are just embarking on careers and setting up their lives.  I believe that hope and confidence are the foundations to success.  As we look to the future, we need to bring back hope and confidence, we need to do better.  So it is with hope and confidence that we can do better that we are here today and I am pleased to announce that I am seeking the United Conservative Nomination for Red Deer South

    My top priority is to be

    • A strong, committed, experienced voice for Red Deer South
    • I will be accessible and connected across our community to know the issues and priorities to be a true champion for Red Deer
    • I will represent Red Deer South with honesty, compassion, integrity and confidence
    • I bring strong experience, a business sense and active involvement in our community
    • I am conservative and have been actively involved in our party.  I know what it will take to get the job done.My priorities are
    • Bring back hope, confidence and the Alberta Advantage and get people back to work to good jobs
    • We need to repeal the Carbon Tax
    • We need government to be fiscally responsible and deal with the NDP debt
    • Address crime and create safe communities
    • Ensure a responsive and efficient health care system… and that includes a Cardiac Cath Lab for Red Deer
    • Education that prepares students for their future
    • A big tent party respecting a diverse Alberta

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    What do I bring to the table?

    I have an amazing job as part of the Senior Leadership team at Red Deer Public Schools where I am Corporate Secretary and Director of Community Relations.  Red Deer Public has a budget of $125 million, and we’re one of Red Deer’s largest organizations with a amazing team of over 1200 dedicated staff serving 11,000 students and their families.  As part of the executive team for over 14 years, I’m at the table working with our Board of Trustees and Superintendent dealing with the issues — helping make the challenging and important decisions on how education can best shape the future of our community.

    I also manage community relations, communications and community engagement and am also Executive Director for our Foundation which truly changes lives of students through great support from our community.  Each year raising over $300,000 to created life chances for kids.  That senior leadership experience experience that matters.

    Before that I was Vice Principal at Hunting Hills High School and taught Business at Lindsay Thurber, the high school I graduated from!

    I have truly valued my connections and learned so much by being active in our community.  Each of these have provided amazing growth opportunities.

    Red Deer and District Community Foundaton, chairing the donor development committee

    Rotary Urban Spirits, Red Deers newest club Urban Spirits

    Youth HQ

    Canada Winter Games Legacy Committee

    And as you have heard, I have served on the Board of Governors of Red Deer College and the David Thompson Health Advisory Council

    All these and many others have provided me with great perspectives and insights to our community…its priorities and needs that will serve me well

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    We have an amazing community.  As your MLA I will be a strong voice for Red Deer South.  I will be available, accessible and connected across our community to listen, understand and be a champion for the issues and priorities that matter for Red Deer South.  Let’s bring hope and confidence back to Red Deer South and to Alberta THANK YOU!


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    Central Alberta family looking for someone to be their Easter Miracle

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  • This post has been submitted by the mother of a young Central Alberta father.  He moved to Calgary years ago to be closer to medical care.   His wife grew up in Sylvan Lake and Lacombe.  Together they’re raising 2 children and unfortunately their future is uncertain.  

    From Julie. 

    You may or may not have seen a desperate plea from a Central Alberta family trying to save a loved one’s life.  This is the kind of situation that requires a really large number of people to help out.  You never know who’s going to step forward and become someone’s hero.  The key is, they have to know about the situation before they can act on it.  So.. here’s a bit of information about this

    Alex’s Journey

    Having a baby is supposed to be a wonderful time in your life. Alex was born looking healthy; however, it all went wrong for him at 22 months of age.

    After being rushed by his Father and I by car to our nearby city hospital, Alex was hospitalized for 5 days with a 105 degree fever, which nothing would bring down. Alex was in so much pain, screaming a blood curdling sound that made you think someone was murdering this poor baby slowly.

    Once at hospital he was whisked away to try to identify the problem. They told us he was a mess inside and needed to be airlifted to Sick Children’s Hospital. Once there it became a series of surgeries and a lengthy hospital stay. His kidneys were being affected by a blockage he had developed.

    By age four he lost one kidney and again needed several hospital visits and surgeries to help save his other kidney. The doctors explained that Alex has Chronic Renal Failure and would eventually need a kidney transplant. At age 8 we almost lost him again due to a potassium overload in his remaining kidney that gradually slowed his heart dangerously. We made another trip to Sick Children’s Hospital to get his levels back down before his heart stopped.

    Through all these hardships Alex always remained a tough little guy. Now as a 29-year-old with a loving wife and 2 little ones, the time has come for our son and he is in need of a kidney.

    My name is Julie, I am his mother and I have said from the beginning of this journey that I will give my kidney. That being said, it would be wise to have more donors that are willing as well to help him have a greater chance of success. His older brother has also volunteered, so please help us give Alex and his family a happy, healthy life.

    Julie (mom)

    If you have Blood Type O and this something you could do, our family would be so grateful to have the chance to keep him in our lives and give him the opportunity to watch his children grow up. Anyone can be tested to see if they are a match. You will need Alex’s full name so please visit the Facebook Group we have set up and reach out to our admin/s. https://www.facebook.com/groups/708888052863495/

    To Get Tested: 403 944 4635


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    Watch: Their lives were changed forever in a moment! CACAC Dream Home Lottery winners on site within moments

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  • You couldn’t have written a better script!  When the Central Alberta Dream Home Lottery Grand Prize was drawn at noon Wednesday, the winners were just around the block!  A police officer sleeping after a busy night shift must have thought he was still dreaming when he replied to a string of phone messages he’ll never forget.  His wife, a social worker at a local high school had just left to return to work when he called her back.  They won the Dream Home and they could go see it right away.  It was took them about a minute to arrive.   Here’s what happened…

    It was an honour to experience this moment with the crew from the Central Alberta Child Advocacy Centre!  We’d like to share it with you.


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