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Central Alberta Schools taking part in “No Stone Left Alone” program for first time

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  • The mission of the No Stone Left Alone Foundation is to honour the sacrifice and service of Canada’s military by educating students and by placing poppies on headstones of veterans. Since it’s humble beginnings in 2011 when 120 students took part and placed poppies on 4100 headstones, the impact has grown to involve 10,000 students this year who will place poppies on almost 50,000 headstones.

    The organization works closely with the Canadian Armed Forces, volunteers, students and various educators such as Alberta Education, Edmonton Public School Board, Edmonton Catholic School District and numerous other school districts across Canada. Various branches of the Legion also get involved.

    At the school level, there is curriculum that’s been developed that ensures future generations are engaged and learn about the history of wars we have fought in and have foundational understanding of the sacrifices their ancestors made so that they are able to lead peaceful lives today.

    Here is a list of schools and dates of ceremonies in Alberta.  Locally, Father Henri Voisin School is taking part in a ceremony on Tuesday, November 6th at Alto Reste Cemetery (3.6 km east of 30 Avenue on Highway 11).

    “Our Grade 4 students are honoured to be representing the No Stone Left Alone program in Red Deer,” said Jessica Maloughney of Father Henri Voisin School.  “They have been researching our Canadian Veterans, and the vital role that our nation has played in wars throughout history. On Tuesday, they will be ready to lead a ceremony, celebrating the brave men and women who have sacrificed their lives to the cause of peace.”

    As well, Ecole Mother Teresa Catholic School will be at Lakeview Cemetery (4302 – 50 Street) in Sylvan Lake on Tuesday at 1:30 pm.

    Red Deer – Father Henri Voisin School
    November 6, 2018 at 10:00 a.m.
    Alto Reste Cemetery
    3.6 km east of 30 Avenue on Highway 11

    Sylvan Lake – École Mother Teresa School
    November 6, 2018 at 1:30 p.m.
    Lakeview Cemetery
    4302 – 50 Street

    Here’s a story of how it really began. (from the No Stone Left Alone website). Also scroll to bottom of story for an impactful and touching video featuring Sherry Clarke, mother of Pte. Joel Wiebe, killed in Afghanistan on June 20th, 2007.

    “… As a mother lay dying from breast cancer in 1971, she had one request for her 12-year-old daughter; “PLEASE DO NOT FORGET ME ON ARMISTICE DAY.” This mother was a proud Canadian soldier, who with her husband, both served in World War 11.

    So, began, that each year, this young girl would honour her mother’s wish, by taking the poppy she wore in November and placing it at the headstone of her mother’s resting place.

    This young girl, grew up, married and had children. Every November they would as a family, go out amongst the thousands of headstones, in the Field of Honour at Beechmount cemetery in Edmonton. They would pause and reflect and look out from the large cenotaph that overlooked all the headstones. Her young daughter asked, “Mom, why don’t they all get a poppy?”

    A movement began. The young mother took it upon herself to see if that could be done. From her outreach letters to the Minister of Veterans’ Affairs, to her contact with local educators and a friendship with a young lieutenant colonel, No Stone Left Alone placed 4948 poppies in 2011 at one cemetery. In seven years, No Stone Left Alone is in over 111 cemeteries, all provinces and two territories and has engaged thousands of students.

    2018 marks the 100th Anniversary of the signing of the Armistice, a truce to end World War 1 in 1918.

    A mother’s words, ring true today as in 1971, the importance, recognition and obligation to ensure that our youth understand the sacrifices, service and commitment of our military members, what they have done in the past and continue to do today.

    We know and gauge our success, by the words of our Canadian children, who through a written exercise of reflection, send their letters to the President telling all of us, they didn’t really know or understand why there is Remembrance Day. Below is an excerpt from one of the “reflection letters” which affirm to us that this is a new generation and NSLA is having a huge impact on their learning, their emotions, their leadership. This is enhancing all Remembrance events…”

    These following two examples are indicative of the powerful impact this program has on students:

    Resting place of Edward Trooper at the NSLA event in Edmonton.

    “…Dear Edward Trooper, on this day I visited your grave and your friend’s graves at Beechmount cemetery. We thank you for your caring and support, what you have done for our great home Canada! We will remember that you had died just to save our country and to think about us. You are a special soldier and I will never forget that. You will never be left alone, and you are important to Canada. Our hearts will never let go, what you have done, for us. Thank you for going to war to make our country beautiful and peaceful…” – Student from St. Mary’s school Edmonton

    “…When the military Padre reads the “Prayer of Remembrance”, my silent prayer is to my mother. I tell her, to share with all the veterans of this great country, that we all remember them, we haven’t forgotten, and we never will…”  – Maureen Bianchini Purvis 12-year-old girl in 1971

     

    Read more stories about our community on Todayville.com. 

     

     


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    Tickets just $35 in Alberta’s newest Dream Home Lottery!

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    Alberta’s newest home lottery features a 1.5 million dollar dream home in south east Red Deer.  With 4,600 square feet of space, this dream home is verging on “mansion” status.  We’ll show you a video and photos as well, but this luxurious home by Abbey Platinum Master Built is something you really should see for yourself.  It’s at 57 Larratt Close in the south east community of Laredo.   Here’s a sneak peak…

    These lottery homes are always beautiful show homes, but this one just might be a step above… just check out these incredible features.

    There really are too many features to see in a few dozen photos if you can believe that.  We haven’t even talked about the heated triple car garage, or the fully landscaped park-facing back yard!  Someone is going to win all this in March.  For all of us who don’t win, there are many other prizes to see on the lottery website.. cacaclottery.ca.  These include 2 vehicles, a $20,000 play centre, a $15,000 diamond ring, groceries for a year, and fuel for a year!  Cut off for the early bird cash prizes of $50,000, $25,000, and $10,000 is January 15th.

    There’s also a Split 50 draw with a minimum prize of $200,000 and a maxium payout of a half million dollars!  Cut off date for Split 50 and for the Dream Home Lottery is March 10, 2019.  Prizes will be drawn on March 27!  Who will win this incredible dream home?

    Click to visit the Central Alberta Child Advocacy Centre Dream Home Lottery

    Phone: 1-833-475-4402


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    Dream Home Lottery “Battle of Alberta” offers impressive Oilers and Flames prizes this weekend!

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  • Central Alberta Child Advocacy 2019 Dream Home Lottery Battle of Alberta

    Support your team and a great cause this weekend by purchasing tickets to Central Alberta’s largest Dream Home Lottery!

    We invite you to join us for our 3 day “Battle of Alberta” event, starting, Friday January 11th!

    Decide whose team you’re on – Oilers or Flames and enter your ballot for that team to show your support and see who gets the most votes! One ballot will be given for each ticket package purchased directly at the house this Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Ballots in for the Calgary Flames have a chance to win an autographed Glencross Jersey, and ballots in for the Edmonton Oilers have a chance to win an autographed Russell Jersey. After the jerseys have been drawn for, all ballots will be entered in for a chance to win 4 loge seats to Monday, January 14th Oilers vs Sabres game! Ballots will be drawn Sunday, January 13th at 5pm.

    We will be joined by local radio stations all weekend long: Friday 11th – Real Country 95.5 & Z98.9 Mid- day show (10am-2pm), Saturday 12th – Big 105.5 on location from 1-5pm, and Sunday 13th – 106.7 The Drive on location from 1-5pm.

    Hamburgers and Smokies will be supplied by Nossack Fine Meats, with generous donations from Cobs Bread and community donors – available Saturday the 12th from 1-4pm.

    Visit the Dream Home at 57 Larratt Close, Red Deer for your chance to buy tickets before the Early Bird Deadline (January 15th, 11pm)! Early Bird Prizes include cash prizes of $50,000, $25,000 and $10,000. Tickets start at just $35 with over $1.8 Million in prizes to be won! To purchase tickets online or for more information visit our lottery website: cacaclottery.ca or call: 1-833-475-4402

    Proceeds from the Dream Home Lottery will be in support of the Central Alberta Child Advocacy Centre. Every ticket sold supports the CACAC and is an investment in the promise and possibility of a healthy future for our children and our community.

    Here’ another story from Todayville about the Child Advocacy Centre’s new home at RDC.

     

    For additional information contact:
    Mark Jones, CEO, 587-272-2233, or email mjones@centralalbertacac.ca.


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