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City to Launch Videos About Red Deer December 1st

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The City of Red Deer is launching a series of new videos on Thursday, December 1st aimed at marketing and growing our community.

“We are Red Deer” is a 2:25 minute video showing Red Deer like you’ve never seen it before. In a release, Mayor Tara Veer says “It is Red Deer in our best light – featuring our community landmarks, our all-season activities and our parks and trails that connect us to the outdoors and to one another. It is a portrait of our community we can share as we approach the 2019 Canada Winter Games and market our city. Citizens will recognize their community in this video and be proud.” There are five videos in total, including the 2:25 feature and four other one minute videos.

Members of the public are invited to join Mayor Tara Veer and City Manager Craig Curtis at the Collicutt Centre at 1:00pm for the official launch of the videos, with other showings to be looped starting at 1:15pm at the G.H. Dawe Community Centre and at Red Deer City Hall.

City officials say it’s hoped these videos can be used by the City of Red Deer, Red Deer and District Chamber of Commerce, Downtown Business Association, RDC, Westerner Park, Tourism Red Deer, Red Deer Airport and the 2019 Canada Winter Games Host Society to recruit students, increase memberships, entice visitors and attract new customers and investment to Red Deer.

Click here for more details from the City:

http://www.reddeer.ca/city-government/plans-and-projects/corporate-projects/red-deers-identity-project/

You can check out the preview trailer here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IZ2MtEr-9-o

Red Deer’s “Community Story” can also be found here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aWtD0y0XtU4

(Photo courtesy of the City of Red Deer)

Lindsay has lived in Red Deer for over 25 years, and admires what the city of Red Deer offers as a community. In relation to journalism, she has previously worked in the business, and enjoys how photojournalism isn't just about a photo, but the story that is adjacent to it.

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Gateway Christian students experience life changing trip to Dominican

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Students from Gateway Christian School recently returned from a life changing trip to the Dominican Republic as part of their Intercultural Studies program.

Gateway’s 2023 Co-Impact Team, which included 13 students, two staff and an additional chaperone, spent 10 days on the ground over Spring Break connecting with other students and families to help to build a basketball court and physical education area at the Pena de Horeb school via Edudeo Ministries. Pena de Horeb is primarily a Haitian school, serving the students and families amidst a very poor Haitian neighbourhood. In the months leading up to the trip, Gateway students raised funds to help assist with the build. Gateway also spent a significant amount of time building relationships with and learning from students and staff at their partner school, El Colegio Cristiano Reformado Los Guandules.

“Service is an important part of the culture at Gateway, and this experience was the culmination of that. The Co-Impact Team fundraised not only for their trip, but also for funds to go towards the school we worked on in the Dominican Republic,” said Geannette Lehman, Principal at Gateway Christian School. “The trip was part of their Intercultural Students class, which they receive credit for. We met weekly at 7:15 a.m. to complete aspects of the Intercultural Studies course, bond as a team, and prepare craft lessons and activities to teach students at the school in the Dominican. It was not only a great experience in the Dominican, but in preparing for the trip as a team as well.”Alexa Huska, Gabe Gillies, and Kate Stober were three students who were part of the Co-Impact Team.

“It was really neat to connect with my fellow Grade 12 students,” said Alexa. “We’ve gone to school together since we were kids, so to have an experience like this together was really special. We were able to connect on a deeper level.”

Gabe added it was humbling to see how grateful those in the Dominican Republic were, even for the smallest things. “They have little compared to us, and they are just so happy,” he said. “They are grateful for the things they have and they don’t stress about the small stuff.”

Kate agreed. “They have so much joy, and nothing mattered other than just being with one another,” she said.

Ultimately, it was a great experience for all involved.

“The kids were greatly impacted by seeing the world through another lens. Our lens is so different from those around the world,” said Geannette, adding she is proud of her students. “They gave up their Spring Break, immersed themselves in another culture, and represented Gateway and Red Deer Public so well.”

To read Gateway’s Co-Impact Team’s blog of their experiences, click here.

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Run/Hike for Red Deer Hospice Takes Place This Sunday at Bower Ponds

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News release from Red Deer Hospice

Red Deer Hospice’s 16th Annual Run/Hike event, presented by RSM Red Deer, will take place at Bower Ponds this Sunday.

Registration will open at 9:00am and those wishing to run, walk or stroll the 1km, 3kms or 5 kms will start at 10:00am. A light breakfast and hot, post-race lunch, provided by Mr. Mikes, will be available to participants and live entertainment will be provided by the band Fun House in the amphitheater.

“This will be a day to remember and reflect, while taking in the natural beauty of the trails in and around Bower Ponds,” said Jerri Taylor, Executive Director of Red Deer Hospice. “As our main fundraiser for the year, our goal is to raise $38,000.” Proceeds and donations will go towards Red Deer Hospice’s mission of supporting a peaceful and compassionate end-of-life journey.

Online registration on the Red Deer Hospice website will close at 3:00pm on Friday, May 26, 2023. Those interested in participating in this year’s Run/Hike event who have not registered can do so in person on Sunday morning at Bower Ponds.

For more information, visit www.reddeerhospice.com.

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