Connect with us


Former Westerner CEO John Harms passes away suddenly at age 63


1 minute read

Former Westerner CEO John Harms passed away suddenly on Saturday.  John was an active member of our community for several decades, a member of the downtown Rotary Club and a staunch supporter of STARS Air Ambulance.  He amassed many friends during his time in our city.  There will be a celebration of John’s life this Friday in Edmonton.

The following is John’s obituary:

It is with deep sadness that the family of John announces his sudden passing on January 5, 2019 at the age of 63.  John was born November 17,1955, son to Lois and Dr. John Harms.  He graduated from the U of A in Agriculture and a MBA.  Johns career spanned many different fields, most notably with Edmonton Northlands and the Red Deer Westerner Park, where he spent close to 20 years.

He will be lovingly remember by his daughter Erin (Oliver) Foster; mother Lois; sisters Rhonda Meredith and Sandra Clark; dear friend and mother of his child, Carol Weir, nephews and godson Matthew (Nicole) Harms, Sean (Ilse) Harms, and Cameron Meredith; numerous relatives and friends. 

John was predeceased by his father, Dr. John Harms.  A Celebration of Johns life will be held at 4:00 pm on Friday, January 11, 2019 at Connelly-McKinley Funeral Home, 10011-114 Street, Edmonton.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to STARS Shock Trauma Air Rescue.

To send condolences, please visit Click here.  

President Todayville Inc., Honorary Colonel 41 Signal Regiment, Board Member Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Arts Award Foundation, Director Canadian Forces Liaison Council (Alberta) musician, photographer, former VP/GM CTV Edmonton.

Follow Author


Strategies to Manage Persistent Pain, September 16th

Published on

Strategies to Manage Persistent Pain Thursday, September 16, 2021 1:00-2:00 pm
Red Deer Public Library Facebook Live

Come learn more about persistent (chronic) pain from our team at Red Deer PCN. You will learn about different types of pain, medication to manage ongoing pain, the effects and benefits of opioids, and the importance of non-medication strategies to help manage your pain.

Presented by Red Deer PCN’s Dr. Myburgh G.P, Jennifer Howe, Pharmacist & Jennifer Wallin, Psychologist.

Tune into Facebook Live at Red Deer Public Library Facebook page for this program.

This is one of a series of health-related programs co-sponsored by the Red Deer PCN and the Red Deer Library.
Watch for others in the series!

Read more stories from the Red Deer Primary Care Network.


Continue Reading


Getting My Blood Glucose Back in the Normal Range Gave Me Tears of Joy

Published on

Diabetes runs in my family; my mom has it and my grandma did too. Well before Christmas 2019, at a routine physical my doctor told me that I have diabetes. I tried to bring it down for the next 3 months, but I was not successful, in fact it got worse. At this time, the doctor referred me to the PCN Family Nurse. I started seeing her and we made plans for how I could get through the Christmas season. However, I did very poorly as I love sweets. Getting poor readings, feeling exhausted and worrying who would look after my daughter if something were to happen to me left me very lethargic and depressed.

The nurse was patient and very encouraging. She helped me to change my mindset. I decided to take up the challenge to improve my blood glucose. The nurse and I talked about the rice in my diet and portion sizes of rice. I am from an island nation and rice is our staple. I did some testing of my blood glucose after consuming some of my favorite foods and I notice that amount of rice I was consuming did increase my blood glucose significantly. I thought I could never have a meal without it being mostly rice but I have learned now that I can do this quite easily. Even though I have a puppy, I would only walk her for 5 to 10 minutes at a time.

Since my mindset change, I worked to build up my activity. I started with 5-minute stints and pushed myself forward until now I am at one-hour stints. I take the dog for nice long walks and we both enjoy it. People comment on how good I look and how much more energetic I am. I feel really good now, both physically and mentally. The nurse helped to give me the confidence to tackle diabetes. I had tears of joy when I learned my blood glucose is back to the normal range.

To learn more about the RDPCN programs, visit

Lesley’s story: I Have the Tools I Need

Continue Reading