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CAPRA takes a bite out of hunger Wednesday (Oct 18th)


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“Chew On This!” calls for all Canadians to think about hunger in their communities. 

Red Deer, AB, October 16th, 2017 — October 17th is the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty. Currently, over 900,000 people in Canada visit the food bank each month. One in eight families struggle daily to put food on the table.

Red Deer statistics continue to rise as over 38,000 people were fed from the food back in 2016. In September of 2017, 822 hampers were distributed. This means the Red Deer Food Bank Society has helped feed 1,937 men, women and children last month alone. 

In Red Deer, CAPRA will be recognizing International Day for the Eradication of Poverty on October 18th. As part of the national anti-poverty Dignity for All campaign, CAPRA will bring their Chew on This! Campaign throughout the city. Members will distribute lunch bags with fresh apples to community members and co-workers, to bring awareness to hunger issues in Central Alberta. 

“Food is one of the first variables to be reduced from a household budget. When times are tough many give up a good source of food to pay rent or other basic necessities,” says Harrison Blizzard, CAPRA Food Security Action Committee Member. “Most of us don’t realize how many individuals, children, and families, are going hungry here in Central Alberta.”

Central Alberta Poverty Reduction Alliance, or CAPRA, is a group of people and organizations who work collaboratively to find local solutions and make a real difference on poverty.

CAPRA strives to Know. Inspire. Act.

For more information please contact: 

Leslee Burton, CAPRA Community Mobilizer

Email: [email protected]      Phone: 403-350-1004

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Strength & Confidence from Strong & Steady

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Strength & Confidence from Strong & Steady

Gale likes to walk outside but started to feel afraid that she may fall out there on her own. She had taken other courses from RDPCN. She noticed they also had a Strong & Steady program so asked to attend.

She says, “It made me stronger- both physically and mentally. I am no longer afraid to go walking. I feel much more confident.”

The program really motivated her. She knew the exercises would really help others she knew so she got 10 people together to do the exercises with her. She was walking about 1 mile a day until COVID restrictions. The program introduces you to venues where you can walk safely. She loved the college, but it is harder for her to get to. The arena is very handy and she found it a great place to walk in winter.

The Strong & Steady program was motivating and enjoyable. She would highly recommend it to anyone not confident in their mobility.

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Former student lovingly remembered by classmates

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From Red Deer Catholic Regional Schools

A former Father Henri Voisin School student, Julie Burke, was lovingly remembered today through an outdoor blessing and dedication ceremony.

The Julie Burke Memorial Bench was unveiled to the Father Henri Voisin School community and blessed by Father Jan. Julie’s family, division senior administration and Grade 5 student leaders were in attendance in a socially distanced manner.

The memorial bench will be a friendship bench for students.

Julie’s former Grade 4 teacher, Jessica Maloughney, fondly remembers Julie as a girl who was full of kindness and bravery, despite her illness, and says that the bench will, “be a symbol of Julie’s love and bravery. Even though Julianna is no longer here with us, she lives on in all of our hearts. When a student is brave enough to sit on the bench, waiting for a friend – Julie will be there with them. When one of you sees someone sitting on this bench, and invites them to play – Julie will be with you too.”

Father Henri Voisin School Principal, Jeff Tuchscherer, added, “we feel extremely blessed and privileged to have been provided this bench by the Burke family. It will honour Julie’s memory and provide a powerful reminder of the value of friendship, as well as the importance of bravery. Present and future students will vastly benefit from this legacy of a child that lived her life with steadfast love in her heart for all.”

The Julie Burke Memorial Bench faces the school playground and will serve as a reminder to all the students at Father Henri Voisin School that nothing is more important than friendship and kindness, just like Julie believed.

Father Henri Voisin School serves over 385 Pre-Kindergarten – Grade 5 students in Red Deer. As a learning institution, Father Henri Voisin School is committed to serving students with a complete offering of learning opportunities delivered within the context of Catholic teachings.

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