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CAFF – A mother and daughter face reality of living with Type 1 Diabetes



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  • Central Alberta Film Festival is coming up Feb. 23-25 and offers up some really interesting films, including SWEET YOYO.

    One balmy afternoon in Toronto, single mom Hannah receives the news that no mother wants to hear: her perfect daughter Jozefin (Yoyo for short) has been diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes.  Faced with a new and shocking reality, Hannah and Yoyo must navigate the difficulties of growing up with a serious condition.  

    Yoyo quickly learns the difficulty of having a childhood illness, from her new strict diet to administering daily blood sugar tests at school.  While Yoyo bravely comes to terms with her new reality, Hannah struggles with the financial and emotional burden of having a child with Type 1 Diabetes.

    Directed and co-written by director Mark Cira, SWEET YOYO is a semi-autobiographical short film that details with a mother and daughter facing the new reality of living with Type 1 Diabetes.

    You can catch SWEET YOYO as it makes its World Premiere at the Central Alberta Film Festival as part of the Drama series.

    Saturday, February 24
    5:20 PM
    Carnival Cinemas  

    Mark will be in attendance at the premiere.

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    Learn and be Inspired at the Alberta Global Talent 2018 Employer Forum




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  • Alberta Global Talent is pleased to announce that registration is open for our 3rd Annual Employer Forum! This is in partnership with Red Deer College’s upcoming Career Fair. Registration for both the RDC Career Fair and AGT Forum can be accessed here.

    At the Employer Forum, employers, business owners, HR managers and other interested parties from across Central Alberta can come together for a day of networking and learning about attracting, hiring, on-boarding and retaining immigrant employees.

    Learn about best practices from employers and stakeholders and hear directly from immigrants about their journey; how they came to live here, where they came from, and their experiences living in this region.

    We are excited about the incredible speakers and activities that we have lined up for Central Alberta employers this year; here’s a peek at what the forum will look like:

    Alberta Global Talent 2018 Employer Forum:

    “Preparing for a Robust Economy and Labour Market in 2018 ”

    March 21, 2018, Red Deer College, JB Quinn Centre, 8:15am – 11:45am

     Day begins with a Tuscany Style breakfast.


    Immigrant Stories: The Journey to Central Alberta, Successes and Challenges


    Panel Discussion: Build and Strengthen your High Performance Workforce

    Moderator: Reg Warkentin, Policy and Advocacy Manager, Red Deer and District Chamber of Commerce

    Panel Member: Kristy Svoboda, Director of Human Resources, City of Red Deer

    Panel Member: Robecca Chahine, Chief Executive Office, Vantage Community Services

    Panel Member: Shammi Jassal, Store Manager, Main Street Hardware, Blackfalds, Alberta

    Panel Member: Cathy Oullette, HR Manager, Johns Manville, Innisfail, AB


    Breakout Sessions:

    • Organization as an Eco System, Attracting and Retaining and Immigrant Workforce

    Zakeana Reid, Senior Director Western Canada, Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion

    • Immigration 101, Central Alberta 2018

    Karen Howley, Immigration Lawyer, Chapman Riebeek LLP, Red Deer AB

    Valentine Skeels, Local Immigrant Partnership Immigrant Advisory Council Member, Red Deer

    • Creating a Diverse and Inclusive Workplace in Central Alberta

    Mario G. Patenaude, Vice President, People Performance Advisory, Collins Barrow, Red Deer


    Keynote Speaker: Tina Varughese, Communicate with the Cross-Cultural Advantage

    Described as a “dynamic, engaging, knowledgeable and humorous speaker,” Tina is often rated as “the best speaker of the conference”. Her interactive approach is insightful and her delivery is highly entertaining. She breaks down barriers to create a comfortable and fun space where people ask questions they might otherwise be afraid to ask.

    We hope you and your colleagues will be able to join us on March 21 for a great morning of inspiration, motivation, learning and networking. We also ask if you could please share this article with other employers in Central Alberta that you think might be interested in attending this event.

    Learn more by clicking here. 


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    Paving Our Future- Final Call For Legacy Stones



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  • We are in the final stages of collecting our Legacy Stones, engraving them and preparing to lay them in the ground at the new Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre at Red Deer College…soon to be your local UNIVERSITY!

    If you are interested interested in having your own 60 lb. paving stone the measures 24″ wide by 8″ high consider donating to the Paving Our Future initiative before March 29th on our website at You can also call us at 403.342.3140 or email us at for more details.

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