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Grade 3 teacher at Barrie Wilson Elementary nominated by Red Deer Public Schools for Provincial Honour

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Grade 3 teacher Randi Cummerford with student at Ecole Barrie Wilson Elementary

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Edwin Parr nominee is following the footsteps of her biggest inspirations!

It is often said that teachers have one of the greatest influences on a child’s life.

Randi Cummerford’s passion to pursue a career in education was inspired by the teachers in her life.  A Grade 3 teacher at Barrie Wilson Elementary, she is Red Deer Public’s nominee for the prestigious Edwin Parr Teacher Award this year.

Each year the Alberta School Boards Association honours six outstanding first-year teachers with the Edwin Parr Teacher Award. School boards may nominate any first-year K to 12 teacher who has taught in an Alberta school jurisdiction which is a member of the ASBA.

“It’s common for teachers to come from a teaching family, but I don’t. The people who inspired me were teachers in my life, so that is what brought me to the teaching profession. With the great group of kids that I have, it feels like this is where I need to be,” she said. “It’s also awesome to be able to work in Red Deer. I feel very, very lucky to be able to stay here in the community that I grew up in.”

Students in Cummerford’s class were excited to hear the news of her nomination and describe her as sweet, kind and helpful.

“It’s rewarding to see the growth from the students. This is because of the community that we have in the classroom and in our school – our students work with a growth mindset and they are there to help each other. They are growing as a collective, because they are all helping one another and that is what it is all about – to help each other be successful, to push each other and to make mistakes and learn from them.”

Cummerford said there are many aspects about her job that she loves, but there is one that stands out.

“It’s developing those relationships with the kids. They are excited to see me on Monday morning and tell me about their weekend, and I love hearing the things that they do and the awesome work they are doing in the community as well.”

She added she is grateful to be part of a supportive team at Barrie Wilson.

“It’s because of the team at the school – that is how I got to where I am. I feel like it is because of the awesome people in this building that I have made it this far in the nomination.”

Principal Chris Good, who nominated Cummerford, said she is a fantastic addition to the school.

“Randi is a quiet teacher, but she has a big impact not only in her class, but in the school as well,” he said. “She has a challenging classroom, but she works hard to ensure she meets the needs of all kids. She does a lot of innovative things in her classroom and she pushes the boundaries of learning and making sure all the kids are engaged all the time.”

“It was exciting to see the enthusiasm and creativity demonstrated by the group of nominees. It is evident that they are highly focused on finding engaging ways to ensure all students are learning,” said Nicola Golby, Associate Superintendent of Learning Services with Red Deer Public Schools.

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Michener North lands selected as location for future multi-use aquatic facility

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Monday, Red Deer City Council approved Michener North lands as the site for a future multi-use aquatic facility in Red Deer.

“Confirming the location for the future multi-use aquatic centre is an important milestone in bringing the vision for a new aquatics centre to life for our community,” said Mayor Tara Veer. “Both Rotary Recreation Park and Michener North lands were viable options for the facility; however, selecting Michener North lands offers us the opportunity to re-imagine a future for this significant piece of Red Deer’s history and create a legacy for future generations. Today’s decision also signals Council’s desire to move forward with this long anticipated project when economic conditions are more favourable in the future, as well as our commitment to re-purpose Michener North for public purposes and park expansion. One of the challenges for funding a new aquatic centre was the many pragmatic financial uncertainties of the project. We have now determined location and scope, which will help us to plan more definitively for funding of future construction.”

In December, Council directed administration to consider two possible locations for the multi-use aquatic facility: Michener North lands and Rotary Recreation Park. In addition to an in-depth evaluation of both sites, several factors were considered in selecting Michener North lands:

  • The City is purchasing the Michener North lands from the Province, with funds approved in the 2021 Capital Budget.
  • Solidifying this location allows the multi-use aquatic facility to be included in the visioning for Michener North. This visioning will help develop ideas around what this site could for the community and will begin in early 2022.
  • The multi-use aquatic facility serves as an anchor to this future major park node.

Scoping, design and cost were also determined in December as part of Phase 1 of this project. At this time, the facility includes a 53M x 25M pool with 10 lanes, ranging in depth from 2.5M to 3.8M with diving platforms at the deep end and two 1.5M movable bulkheads. This competition pool is compliant with FINA standards and Swim Alberta recommendations. The facility also includes a 25M x 20.6M pool with eight lanes, ranging in depth from 1.2M to 2.2M to accommodate swim competitions, warm up for aquatic sport competitions, and floor based depths serving local community programming needs. Two hot tubs, steam and sauna amenities, universal change rooms, spectator seating for up to 750 people, storage, sport group dryland training area, and staff supports are accounted for in the design.

The facility construction costs are estimated at $51,600,000, and by selecting Michener, The City is in a better position to quantify the variable site development costs as plans are solidified to place the item in the capital plan.

We now know that Michener North lands will be used for municipal purposes and become a major park node for community use,” said Sarah Tittemore, Community Services General Manager. “Major park nodes need indoor facilities to serve the needs of park users, and deciding on the multi-use aquatic facility at this site allows the visioning for the Michener North lands to include this anchor and the community. We look forward to working with the community to enrich the vision through planned future consultation.”

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