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Festival Of Trees Officially Underway In Red Deer!


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By Sheldon Spackman

Red Deer’s 23rd annual Festival of Trees is officially underway at Westerner Park and it’s a great way to enjoy the Holiday Season for a great cause if you aren’t already.

Numerous activities will take place throughout the five day event, with the first one being the Preview Dinner on Wednesday, November 23rd. It runs from 6:00-11:00pm at the Prairie Pavilion at Westerner Park. It’s a formal gala evening designed for event sponsors and features a fabulous dinner, live auction and silent auction.

All the money raised from this year’s Festival of trees will go towards enhancing client care and services in the Medical Specialty Clinic at the Red Deer Regional Hospital Centre. This is phase two of a two phase project. Phase one was fully funded by the 2015 Festival where over one million dollars was raised.

Other events during the 2016 Festival of Trees include the Appreciation Afternoon, Festival Business Lunch and Taste of Red Deer on Thursday, November 24th. On Friday, November 25th it’s the Festival of Wines. Activities on Saturday, November 26th include the Tis the Season Luncheon, Festive 5K Walk and Run and Mistletoe Magic. The event concludes on Sunday, November 27th with the annual Breakfast with Santa at the Prairie Pavilion. Several Auctions and Raffles will also be taking place throughout the festivities.

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Shelly Flint Appointed as New CEO of Westerner Park

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Westerner Park, a distinguished agricultural society and premier exhibition venue in the heart of Central Alberta, is pleased to announce Shelly Flint as its new Chief Executive Officer (CEO). This decision culminates a thorough and extensive search process, with the Board of Directors expressing their enthusiasm for the promising journey ahead under Shelly’s leadership.

Tyler Nightingale, President of the Board of Directors, shared his excitement about the appointment, stating, “After a comprehensive search, we are thrilled to welcome Shelly. Her extensive experience, skill set, and knowledge align seamlessly with the strategic direction of Westerner Park, ensuring a positive and enduring impact on both the organization and the community at large.”

Tara Lodewyk, Red Deer City Manager, added, “Shelly immediately connected with the mission of Westerner Park and the value it brings to the culture of our city and region. We are looking forward to working together and are confident in her leadership of Westerner Park.”

For the past two decades, Shelly has served as a senior executive, spearheading diverse teams within Alberta’s dynamic entertainment and finance sectors. Her tenure as the former CFO at the Calgary Stampede equips her with a distinctive insight into the intricacies of Westerner Park, enabling her to adeptly navigate its challenges and leverage its opportunities. Coupled with her roots in Central Alberta, Shelly is poised to steer the Park towards growth and long-term sustainability.

Shelly expressed her eagerness to join Westerner Park, saying, “I was thrilled at the opportunity to return to Central Alberta, where I grew up! Leading this purpose-driven organization will allow me to contribute to my community and affect meaningful change.”

Shelly Flint’s robust leadership, commitment to community, and extensive experience makes her an exceptional choice to lead Westerner Park into the future. The entire Westerner Park team eagerly anticipates the positive impact she will bring to this renowned institution.

About Westerner Park

Westerner Park is Central Alberta’s largest tradeshow, agricultural, sports, entertainment, and convention facility. A not-for-profit organization and agricultural society, Westerner Park typically generates $150 million annually in economic activity, hosting over 1,500 events and 1.5 million visitors each year.

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