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Dexter Burden is Volunteer Central’s Volunteer of the Month


Written by Ryan Charles Parker // Photo: Red Deer Vipers

Consistency. That is what defines a person as good in whatever they choose to do. For instance, there are many good hockey players; players of such talent that it is difficult to understand why one is successful and the other not. The crucial difference that separates the two is the ability to show up every night and bring their best.

It is that way in the community. Many people donate time and money and everyone should be grateful for that. But some people do so in a significant manner. One of these people is Dexter Burden.

“When I’m in need of a volunteer,” says Michelle Skilnick, General Manager and Director of Hockey Ops for the Red Deer Vipers he’s the first one I call as I’m involved with a few different organizations and he can do more than sell 50/50s.”

He is able to do more than sell 50/50s, but he is still very good at doing so. Dexter has sold 50/50s at a large array of events. He has done the 50/50s for the Red Deer Vipers for 5 years. He also helps the club with equipment management for practice and gets to travel with the team to away games.

But this is only a fraction of the volunteer work that he has put in. As Skilnick explains, “He has volunteered at the Glencross Rodeo for 2 years, CFR for 2 years, Westerner Days Parade this year, Red Deer Rustlers Senior AA team last season, Eckville Eagles/Lacombe Generals Senior AA team 2 seasons, Hockey Alberta Foundation events, and Hockey Canada events.”

Wherever there is a what, there’s a how, and Dexter told me that he finds value in the work that he does. “I love helping others and like for other people know there (are) still people in the world that care to help.”

That is a very beautiful motive, and makes his work even more important. But he will tell you himself that he does get perks for his volunteering.

To give two examples, he worked the Memorial Cup when it was in Red Deer and had the opportunity to take a picture with now NHL star Mitch Marner, who happens to be Dexter’s favourite Maple Leaf player. And when he was working the Hlinka Gretzky Cup, he got to see the Gold Medal Game between Canada and Sweden.

Well, Volunteer Central cannot provide the presence of an elite professional hockey player, nor the thrill of a final game of an international tournament, but we can recognize someone as being the Volunteer of the Month, and Dexter surely deserves the award. Congratulations, Dexter!

Do you know a volunteer that you would like to recognize in the community? Tell us about them! Nominate an individual here:

Volunteer Central strives to build a strong, connected and engaged community through volunteerism.


When a $708,000 building permit is only worth $176.70.



red deer city hall

The city reported total building permit values for November. It made many sit up and take a second look.

For example a $708,000 building permit for building a stage for Rogers Hometown Hockey really means temporarily assembling a stage with an arbitrary value of $708,000.

The city did not spend $708,000 building a stage but they did collect $100 for the permit and $76.70 for the completion report.

When you look at the $11.5 million in building permits announced by the city for November you could assume that there would be $11.5 million in construction to be done in the next year.

Not if the permits cover items like temporary assembling of structures for events.

Including such items I believe inflates the value of actual building permits. In this instance it was a double edged sword as it inflated the total value but created concern of value for money if the city had spent $708,000 to build a temporary stage.

The value of the release also gives us insight to government hypocrisy or the possibility thereof.

Another permit is for $1.2 million for Alberta Health Services to renovate their Administration Offices. This during talks of rollbacks in pay and lay-offs for front workers and nurses.

$1.2 million would pay for a lot of nursing.

Governments of all levels manipulate their reporting and sometimes it comes back to haunt them, like this one.


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Kipp Scott’s Top 7 Winter Car Care Tips



Getting your winter tires put on is something we generally think about as a way to prepare our vehicle for winter weather but is that the only thing you can do to avoid being in an accident this winter?

Here are 7 tips to help you keep your vehicle in top-notch condition this winter:

1. Make sure you check your wiper blades. Wiper blades usually have a lifespan of a year; however, it is always recommended to get a new pair for the winter months.

2. Check your battery. Batteries have a harder time operating during the winter months than they do during the summer. If your battery is already weak during the summer, it could quickly could turn into a dead battery as soon as the temperature drops.

3. We put antifreeze in our cars for two reasons – one is to keep the engine from overheating and the other is to protect the engine block from cracking during extreme cold.

4. For every 10 degrees of temperature drop, tires will drop 1-2 pounds of pressure. It is important to keep your tires within the recommended PSI to maintain traction, handling and durability.

5. Wax the Headlights and the Taillights! Unnecessary little detail? Think again. Did you know that the slippery surface which results after waxing the lights makes it less likely for an icy coat to build up on them? This helps make it easier and quicker for you to clear your car after a night-long snowstorm and, also makes your vehicle more visible to other drivers.

6. Windshields get dirty very quickly on those wet wintery roads and you can go through fluid very fast. Make sure you top it up regularly and have an extra jug on hand, in case you run out.

7. Use full synthetic oil. Synthetic motor oil’s main reason for working so well in the winter is because of its abilities to withstand the extreme temperatures. The chemical makeup of synthetic oil makes it much less likely to congeal or freeze up.

Our highly qualified technicians are always happy to provide you with exceptional service in a timely manner. Allow them to demonstrate our commitment to excellence –

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