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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

     

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    Watch: Buy a Red Deer Hospital Lottery ticket and change the way meds are dispensed at Red Deer Regional

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  • Red Deer Hospital Lottery 2019 Cause:  Pyxis Medstations

    Pyxis Medstations are automated medication dispensing units with numerous electronic features to ensure safety, accuracy and efficiency.

    In our hospital, over 1,000 new medication orders are written by prescribers and processed every day. 13,000 units of medication are dispensed on the care areas every 24 hours. The process for dispensing this medication is paper-based and manual with nurses selecting medication from a patient drawer or from the unit supply.

    Patient safety is of utmost concern in our hospital, and the Pyxis system will help ensure the best possible healthcare for Central Albertans. Automated medication dispensing will ensure possible allergies, drug interactions, and duplicates in therapy are reviewed before medication is given, reduce the chances of a patient receiving the wrong medication, only allow access to medications approved for that patient, warn if a medication is selected too early or too late for a patient, provide additional instruction and information on medications to healthcare providers, enhance communication between the pharmacy and nursing.

    The technology will further ensure medication dispensing safety with ‘bedside medication verification’. Once a medication has been selected for a patient, the nurse will scan the patient file at the bedside before administering the medication to that patient.2019 proceeds will be used to purchase Pyxis Medstations for use in emergency, the intensive care unit, operating room, recovery room, unit 22 (cardiology), & other critical care areas at the Red Deer Regional Hospital Centre.

    Red Deer Hospital Lottery  Proceeds from the Lottery have exceeded $8.5 million since its inception; the lottery has become a huge success and has plenty to celebrate!

    For a fifth exciting year we are proud to partner with Sorento Custom Homes for the 2019 Red Deer Hospital Lottery Dream Home!

    The 2019 Red Deer Hospital Lottery Dream Home, designed by Sorento Custom Homes, makes a strong statement of luxury and design. This $840,000 bungalow features 3,110 sq ft of developed living space. It’s a perfect family home with 3 bedrooms, 2 1⁄2 baths, and a master chef kitchen with adjoining butler pantry. You’ll love the high vaulted ceilings in the main living space, accented with wood beams & two large skylights, plus a full height brick fireplace. Enjoy the convenience of the 5 piece ensuite, connecting to a large walk-in closet and adjoining laundry room. Finish off this beautiful unique home with an impressive wet bar, and $40,000 worth of gorgeous furnishing provided by The Brick. Our Dream Home is located in the community of Laredo on the south east corner of Red Deer.

    There are 100 prizes to be won valued at more than $1.1 million. This year’s Early Bird prize is: $25,000 Cash!

    Don’t forget the MegaBucks 50 Raffle with a minimum cash payout of $100,000. Last year’s winner took home $250,000!
    2019 proceeds will be used to purchase Pyxis Medstations, automated medication dispensing units with numerous electronic features to ensure safety for patients at the Red Deer hospital, and accuracy and efficiency for hospital staff.

    Tickets for the Lottery are $25 each, 5 for $100 or 15 for $250 Call 403.340.1878 or toll-free at 1.877.808.9005.

    Mega Bucks 50 tickets are $10 each, 10 for $25, and 25 for $50. To order online or for more details visit reddeerhospitallottery.ca

    The show home is open to the public beginning March 15 at 1pm. Show home hours are March 15 – March 31, Daily 1-5 p.m.; Starting April 1, Friday – Sunday 1-5 p.m. Closed Good Friday, open Easter Sunday.

    Early Bird cutoff is 11pm May 27, 2019. Final Ticket Sales cutoff is 11 pm June 24, 2019.

     


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    Chair of the Child Advocacy Centre puts out a call for volunteers for Thursday event

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  • Hi my friends.  As most of you know I’m the Chair of the Central Alberta Child Advocacy Center and we’ve been running a Home Lottery Campaign.

    We’ve had to extend the draw because we have to sell quite a few more tickets.  The support from the community has been great but we have to do more.

    I’m looking for 100 people to volunteer this coming Thursday night to go door to door and sell tickets.  If you or possibly some of your staff or co workers would be able to help out, that would be awesome.  

    Anyone interested can email me at Terry@abbeyplatinum.ca or text me at 403-896 3675

    We are going to meet at the Sheraton Hotel at 5:30 pm on Thursday March 21 in the Palermo Room to get credentials, information and ticket forms.

    More information when I get a list of people. There will be some prizes for most sold etc.

    I really appreciate the help for this great cause. We have looked after over 450 children in just over a year in Central Alberta. https://cacaclottery.ca

    From Todayville 

    Since it opened 16 months ago, the Central Alberta Child Advocacy Centre has served over 440 children from more than 50 different communities.  The Child Advocacy Centre is raising funds to build a facility specifically for their purpose of bringing healing to the lives of children who have been abused.  Support from all these communities will be critical.

    The Advocacy Centre “must” sell more tickets!  If you’ve already made your purchase you can still help.  Make sure your friends and loved ones know about this lottery.  Please do your best to spread the news to your contacts in Edmonton and Calgary and around the province.  So many people would love a chance to own a new home for just $35 dollars.

     


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