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Fred Scaife announces he’s stepping down from the Red Deer Food Bank after 20 years


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In Fred’s own words posted on Fred’s Facebook page 

I have for over 20 years had the absolute privilege of leading the Food Bank team.

I want to thank all those who have supported the Food Bank and by extension gave myself and family a wonderful life and purpose. THANK YOU ALL. I have had a few health issues (not really bad just getting old) in the last few years, a lot of this is a result of stress. I have been off on doctor recommendation for a period of 6 months. I tried unsuccessful to return in March I found I needed to leave again after about 10 days. I have come to the conclusion that I will likely not return to my loved position of Executive Director. This is a tuff pill to swallow, I cannot convey in any way how horrible and empty I feel inside but life must go on. For many years Alice has been the Deputy Director and the real backbone of this amazing organization. I have absolute confidence in Alice’s ability to continue leading the Food Bank now and into the future. Once again to Donors and Supporters THANK YOU. To the thousands of Clients THANK YOU for showing me what courage is, and thank you for all the love and care you gave to me, you will live in a place on my heart and continue to give me strength.

Fred is famous for tasty Food Bank Fundraisers

That’s the news I am leaving the Red Deer Food Bank Society. No need to read further because what follows is just some of my favourite memories in the last 20+ years.
The interview was conducted by 5-8 Board members. It was one of the most memorable job interviews ever but from the time I got called for the interview I knew I had the job.

Fred’s extensive Edmonton Eskimo wardrobe often on display

A person I will never forget and have been blessed in so many ways just by knowing him was Terry Green an amazing man whose wisdom positively impacted the Food Bank in the many years .Terry volunteered, from packing hampers to Chairman of the Board Terry gave it all he could he was GREAT.
Well that’s it for now just know I am proud of the people who have worked with me over the years THANK YOU. You are the true heroes as for those who really never understood or cared to work with me “I wish you well”.

A fixture in the community. Looking forward to seeing you around Fred!

After 15 years as a TV reporter with Global and CBC and as news director of RDTV in Red Deer, Duane set out on his own 2008 as a visual storyteller. During this period, he became fascinated with a burgeoning online world and how it could better serve local communities. This fascination led to Todayville, launched in 2016.

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Downtown Business Spotlight: Motion

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This week’s Business Spotlight shines on Motion! This business specializes in customized mobility and home accessibility solutions for clients of any age and is located at 4720 50 Ave. We sat down with Regional Manager, Trudy Russell, to learn more!

What is your business?

Motion is Canada’s leading provider of comprehensive and customized mobility and home accessibility solutions for a wide variety of clients from children to elderly adults. Serving communities in Alberta, BC, Ontario and Saskatchewan for more than 30 years, it is Motion’s mission to improve the lives of our clients every day with solutions that are delivered professionally, consistently and with integrity.

When did your business open?

Motion (formerly Motion Specialties) began serving the Red Deer community in October 2011. Previously located at 5301 43 Street, our facility moved to 4720 50 Avenue in the heart of downtown in June 2017 – an exciting opportunity to become a part of the Downtown Red Deer Business Association.

What makes your business unique?

The products and services we provide are truly life changing. It’s the difference between someone being bed ridden or limited to where they can go vs. getting outside, visiting family and friends, and continuing the activities they love the most. Our clients are people with important life needs and our caring and knowledgeable experts understand the importance of customized solutions.

What are some products/services that you offer?

Products include wheelchairs, walkers, scooters, stairlifts, ramps, ceiling lifts, homecare beds, and more. Whether a client is being fitted for equipment for the first time, is in need of an equipment repair, looking to upgrade their solution or looking to rent equipment following a surgery or due to injury, Motion’s knowledgeable experts are ready to deliver with the utmost of care and respect.

Why did you choose Downtown Red Deer as the location for your business? 

As it is Motion’s vision to make life accessible for everyone, this is top of mind when choosing a location for our facility. Clients need to be able to drive their scooter or power wheelchair, for example, with ease not only in our facility but in the community where we are situated, and Downtown Red Deer offers this accessibility.

What do you think makes Downtown vibrant?

The buildings, including ours, have history and character; we were a Simpsons-Sears in the 1960s! Keeping Downtown Red Deer alive with the Farmers Market in the Summer, featuring local Artists sharing their beautiful voices, is always a wonderful event to witness.

I love Downtown Red Deer because… It’s an incredibly close-knit and supportive community that we’re proud to be a part of.

If you’re looking for a business that specializes in making life accessible for all, look no further than Motion. Check out their website and social media pages!





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Early Christmas gift for winner of Downtown Red Deer $5,000.00 shopping spree

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Local Red Deer woman wins $5000 downtown Red Deer giveaway.

The Red Deer Downtown Business Association (DBA) is pleased to announce that a winner of the “It’s Downtown!” downtown shopping spree.

The “It’s Downtown!” campaign was created to encourage Red Deer residents and visitors to support local downtown Red Deer businesses. From August 3 to November 13, 2020 visitors to the downtown core had the opportunity to enter their name into draw boxes at 54 different downtown businesses for their chance to win a $5000 downtown shopping spree.

Local Red Deer woman, Lynda Cartwright, was the lucky winner of the $5000 giveaway which consisted of $100 gift cards from the businesses that were ballot drop off locations. She had entered her winning ballot at housewarmings.

The DBA would like to thank the downtown businesses that participated in this campaign as well as everyone who entered the giveaway.

The Downtown Business Association has been operating in Red Deer for over 30 years, serving approximately five-hundred business owners in the Downtown area. Through partnerships and leadership in advocacy and promotion, the DBA is the catalyst for a vibrant and prosperous downtown that is the place to live, work, play and do business.

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