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Great vibes in the dressing room as RDC Queens Hockey squad gears up for new season

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Tight-knit Hockey Queens ready to hit the ice in 2019-20

Queens Hockey Head Coach Kelly Coulter is thrilled about the 12 returning student-athletes and 11 new additions he has assembled for the 2019-20 Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference (ACAC) Women’s Hockey season.

“The vibe in the dressing room is fantastic. The girls seem to really get along and care about each other,” he says. “They seem to be really connected so I think that bodes well on the ice for us as well.”

Goaltender Karlee Fetch is back to play her fifth-year after an outstanding bronze medal performance in last year’s playoffs. Bachelor of Science Nursing student Madison Fox will share the duties in net, after joining the Queens from the Pacific Steelers of the Junior Women’s Hockey League (JWHL).

“Karlee is really mature in her game and as a person, so I think she will be a very good role model for Madison in terms of prepping for games and being a student-athlete,” says Coulter. “Madison is a very good young goaltender who likes to compete, so it’s a very good tandem.”

Despite the absence of 2018-19 Second Team All-Conference defenceman Catherine Longchamps, the Queens have a solid returning group on the blue line. Victoria Johnston, Kirsten Baumgardt, Sydnee Decorby, Ashley Sutherland and Mariah McKersie are back at RDC. Bachelor of Science Nursing student Shelby Ballan is recovering from a lengthy injury, but will help the team. Joining the defensive corps are Wetaskiwin’s Abby Fonteyne, Glendon’s Brooke Skrypichayko and Spirit River’s Tessa Ross.

Jenessa Fournier, Camryn Wallan, Neisha Germann, Jessi-Lynn Sumaling, Mary Hirsch and Hannah Petrie return up front. Sydney Rowley, Brooklyn Rowley, Madison Sansom, Carissa Hogan, Tyra Anderson, Braxton Shawara and Red Deer’s Avery Lajeunesse join the forwards.

“Some of the student-athletes have been more dominant goal scorers on their teams, so we’re hoping that will parlay into this season,” says Coulter. “Character and compete level are common traits that we see with all of our players, which makes us extremely happy.”

Madison Sansom is one of those added offensive weapons. The first-year Open Studies student from Saskatoon recorded 12 goals and 20 assists in 25 games with the Battlefords Sharks of the Saskatchewan Female Midget AAA Hockey League (SFMAAAHL) a season ago. Another talented first-year forward, Carissa Hogan had 12 goals and 13 assists in 28 games with the Swift Current Wildcats, and Coulter views Hogan’s impact extending beyond the ice.

“We are finalizing our leadership group and we have seven girls – Camryn Wallan, Kirsten Baumgardt, Neisha Germann, Victoria Johnston, Sydnee Decorby, Ashley Sutherland and Carissa Hogan, a rookie on our team this year,” says Coulter. “That’s the group that we’re going to be working with, but we are open to adding more as we feel we have a lot of character in our room this year.”

The RDC Queens competed in six exhibition games, picking up three victories and some valuable playing time. The Queens defeated the SAIT Trojans 4-0, the Central Alberta Amazons 2-1 and the Olds College Broncos 3-1.

“Our girls have come in very good shape. The games that we’ve had in the exhibition season, we’ve been very happy with the compete level,” says Coulter. “They are an intelligent young group and are very willing to learn. We are trying to figure out some chemistry and how people play together.”

The Queens dropped a 3-1 decision to the Broncos, 5-2 game to the University of Lethbridge Pronghorns of U Sports, and a very close 1-0 contest to the defending champion MacEwan University Griffins, but they gained important preseason experience.

“The game that we played against MacEwan was a very good game. It had a lot of pace to it back and forth and I was happy that our girls were able to compete at that level,” says Coulter. “I think it helped our girls, especially the rookies, to see the pace and compete levels. MacEwan has been the champions for three years, so they’ve set the bar.”

The RDC Queens will open the season on Thursday, October 10 at 7:00 p.m. against the Broncos in Olds. Then 24 hours later, the Queens will host the Broncos at the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre.

“That should be a good series right off the bat,” says Camryn Wallan, a third-year forward from Beaverlodge. “We’re going to have to make sure that we use our speed, get pucks to the net and make sure we capitalize on our opportunities.”

After many practices, hours of training and six exhibition games, the RDC Queens are ready to begin the season.

“I’m excited to get started. We had our team builder on August 25 and 26, and we’ve been together for a while,” says Coulter. “All the girls are ready to compete.”

For more information on RDC Queens Hockey, the student-athletes, scores, and game recaps of conference games, please visit: rdcathletics.ca

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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Education

Annual Education Results released by Red Deer Catholic Regional Schools

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From Red Deer Catholic Regional Schools

Board Meeting Highlights

Annual Education Results Report:

The Associate Superintendent of Curriculum presented the 2021-2022 Annual Education Results Report to the Board of Trustees. RDCRS recognizes that the strong results from the 2021/2022 school year are a result of our staff’s significant efforts. Our students’ school day begins with the friendly greeting of a bus
driver and continues late into the evening with our staff coaching practices and games, directing a play or musical, or leading youth ministry events. It is this collective teamwork for all our students that makes RDCRS an extraordinary place, and RDCRS has seen this in the feedback from our staff, students, and
parents. RDCRS would like to sincerely thank everyone for their tireless efforts on behalf of our students and their families.

The Board of Trustees approved the Annual Education Results Report for the 2021-2022 school year, as presented. To view the Annual Education Results Report, please click here.

Middle School Program Change Proposal:

The Associate Superintendent of Inclusive Learning presented the Program Change Proposal: Moving Foundations and Blended Programs from St. Francis of Assisi Middle School to St. Lorenzo Ruiz Middle School Report to the Board of Trustees. The proposal outlined a relocation of the Foundations and Blended programs from St. Francis of Assisi Middle School to St. Lorenzo Ruiz Middle School.

The purpose of the relocation is to maximize programming space which will result in optimal learning opportunities for RDCRS students. Another key factor in the relocation is the current high student enrollment at St. Francis of Assisi Middle School as a result of our grandfathering guidelines.

The Board of Trustees approved moving forward with the relocation of the Foundations and Blended Programming at St. Francis of Assisi Middle School to St. Lorenzo Ruiz Middle School, effective for the 2023-2024 school year.

Preparation to Open St. Lorenzo Ruiz Middle School Report:

The Superintendent shared with the Board of Trustees the Preparation to Open St. Lorenzo Ruiz Middle School Report and provided an update of the progress to date. As RDCRS continues to prepare for the Division’s new middle school, the Superintendent informed the Board of Trustees that a core team of
educators, transportation department representatives and senior leadership personnel have been assembled to start preparations for St. Lorenzo Ruiz. This team will be undergoing extensive work over the next six months as communication with RDCRS stakeholders is pivotal. The core team met on January 18 and will continue to meet regularly for ongoing discussion, collaboration and preparation.

The Superintendent also highlighted transportation and grandfathering guidelines that are currently in effect for the Division. To view the full Preparation to Open St. Lorenzo Ruiz Middle School Report, please click here.

The next Board Meeting will take place on Tuesday, February 28, 2023 at 5:30 p.m.

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Red Deer Arts Council invites you to experience beautiful works from area artists

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First Fridays Red Deer February 3, 2023

Visit the new, interactive Gallery Guide with map and listings at:

https://www.reddeer.ca/recreation-and-culture/arts-and-culture/art-galleries/gallery-guide/

Title: Mirror, Mirror on the Wall
Oil on Canvas, 2022
Artist: Sharon Wright


Title: The Floral Female Connection
Artists: Sharon Wright
Kiwanis Gallery and Snell Auditorium, 4818 49 Street, in Red Deer Public Library – operated by Red Deer Arts Council
Media: Oils and Mixed Media

Dates: continues to February 20, 2023
#FirstFridaysRedDeer opening reception January 6 from 5:30 – 7:30pm
Gallery/Library Hours: Mon – Thurs: 9 am – 8 pm, Fri: 9 am – 5 pm, Sat & Sun: 10 am – 3 pm

 

Title: The Brush Decides
Artists: Cathy Fee

The Red Deer Arts Council’s New Community Gallery, 6–4919 49 Street
Dates: continues until February 15, 2023
#FirstFridaysRedDeer reception February 3, 2023 from 5pm – 7pm.

 

Ft. Macleod 1
Digital Print, 2015
Peter Greendale

Title: Found Light
Artists: Peter Greendale
The Viewpoint Gallery, 5205 48 Ave
Media: Digital Photography
Dates: continues until February 24, 2023
First Friday, February 3 the gallery will be open 8am – 8pm
About the Gallery: The Viewpoint Gallery showcases original works of art by individual artists and collectives, and curated exhibitions. The gallery is in the lobby of the City of Red Deer

Creativity Understood.

Culture Services facility. Visit our Viewpoint Gallery page for more information. Hours of operation: Mon – Fri 8:00 am – 4:30 pm; after hours and weekends during scheduled programs.

 

Title: Upon Further Reflection: Highlights from the Past 50 Years

Dates: December 17, 2022 – March 11, 2023
The MAG will be open with no reception – February 3, 2023 from 5 pm to 8 pm
Join the MAG as part of #FirstFridaysRedDeer for a look at their current exhibits, Upon Further Reflection: Highlights from the Past 50 Years and Landmarks:

A Sense of Place.

Title: A Sense of Place (Detail)

Artist: Carol Lynn Gilchrist

Lacombe’s Flat Iron Building (Detail)

Artist: Wendy Meeres


Watercolour, 2016 Watercolour, 2022

 

Title: At Ease
Artist: Susan Delaney


Riverlands Studio and Gallery, 5123 48 Street
Media: Acrylic, Collage, Mixed Media Paintings
Dates of Exhibition: February 1 – March 15, 2023
Opening Reception: February 3 from 5:30 – 8:30 pm
DESCRIPTION – Gesture, landscape, collage, abstraction, memory, home and history – some of Susan Delaney’s long-standing studio interests – are learning to
play well together in her current practice.
http://Facebook.com/RiverlandsStudioandGallery
http://Instagram.com/@clgilchrist_artist
http://Instagram.com/@susandelaneyart
http://Facebook.com/delaneyart

Creativity Understood.
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Galleries & Exhibitions with no planned Opening Events

Title: Culmination of Inspiration
Artists: Trenton Thomas Leach

Media: Metal, Glass, Wood, Stone
Lacombe Performing Arts Centre, 5227 C & E Trail, Lacombe
Dates: until February 21, 2023
LPAC hours: Monday – Thursday, 9 AM – 3 PM, and Friday 10 AM – 2 PM.
Description – Inspiration can come through so many sources – from environment, experience, people, and more.

For Trenton, his exhibit,
“Culmination of Inspiration,” showcases varied concepts.

Working with musicians, visiting a museum, garnering inspiration through other artists – this exhibit shows a variety of sculptures and wall art that is combines
all sources of inspiration. Trenton creates the art with metal, glass, wood, and stone; always on the lookout for different ways to incorporate different mediums into his art and anticipating the moments that become new sources of inspiration.

Trenton is a Central Alberta Artist that creates public and private sculptures using stained glass and metal. He teaches metal sculpture at the summer art “Series” program at Red Deer Polytechnic and stained-glass classes at Lacombe Performing Arts Centre. Trenton’s inspiration for art often comes from nature, travel, painters, and musicians. He has actively been an artist for over 22 years and works in his studio, Rogue Art and Design, here in Lacombe.

 

Title: Urban Nature
Artists: Members of Contextural Fibre Arts Cooperative

Media: Fibre Arts
Marjorie Wood Gallery in the Kerry Wood Nature Centre, 6300 45 Avenue
Dates: December 18, 2022 – February 17, 2023
No #FirstFridaysRedDeer opening reception for February.

 

Title: An Exploration of Expression
Artist: Brad Olstad

Velvet Olive Lounge, 4928C 50 Street, Red Deer
Media: Mixed

Creativity Understood.

No reception for February.

Untitled
Mixed Media
Brad Olstad

Artist: Audrey Rits
Corridor Community Gallery, 4501 47A Avenue, Red Deer (lower level at Recreation Centre)
Dates: November 4 – February 2, 2022
Media: Mixed
Open until 5pm on #FirstFridaysRedDeer
About the Gallery: Located adjacent to The City’s ceramics studio and recreation studios in the lower level of the Recreation Centre, this space provides a public venue for local artists and allows us to share in the talents and interests of fellow community members. Visit our Corridor Community Gallery page for more information.
Hours of operation: Mon – Fri 5:30am – 10pm, Sat 8am – 10pm, Sun/Holidays: 12 – 5pm.

Artribute Art School, 212 – 4836 50 Street, in the Old Courthouse. Treaty 6 & 7

Art in the Hallway, YMCA Northside Community Centre, 6391 76 Street, Red Deer

Curiosity Art & Framing, Bay 4 – 4676 61 Street, Riverside Industrial

First Fridays Red Deer is the monthly event where downtown art galleries hold exhibit openings and special events.

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