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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

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Central Alberta Children’s Festival moving online this week!

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Never Grow Up!
Celebrating the 14th Annual Central Alberta Children’s Festival

The Show Must Go On …..Celebrating the 14th Annual Central Alberta Children’s Festival with Family Services of Central Alberta on June 5th and June 6th 2020 is taking a new twist…. we are going Virtual. Although it won’t be the same the Community Committee felt it was important for the Show to Go On! Rotary Recreation Park, Red Deer is our usual venue where we are dedicated to providing a fun experience for children and families of all ages, creating memories with one another, and celebrating the kid in all of us. This year you will enjoy the fun from the comfort of your own home.

This year with the current pandemic restrictions we will be hosting the festival via Facebook. We will be celebrating our Volunteers from over the years, sharing some entertainment, having families participate in some hands on activities at home as well as some great opportunities for families to be active and enter to win prizes. We will strive to allow families to actively engage in learning and playtime by fostering their imagination and creativity.

Follow us on Facebook at Central Alberta Children’s Festival @CAChildfest, you can also check out the website at www.centralalbertachildrensfestival.ca for the listing of activities.

Join us and be active with your family as we host our Virtual 2020 Central Alberta Children’s Festival as we celebrate the wonder of childhood ages 0 – 99! We want to remind everyone to have fun and “Never Grow Up!”

The 14th Annual Central Alberta Children’s Festival is made possible by the incredible support of our generous donors, sponsors, and volunteers.

For more information about the festival visit www.centralalbertachildrensfestival.ca

 

Original date of publishing June 3, 2020.

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George Floyd and the double standard – Red Deer man explains what it’s like to be black in Central Alberta

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George Floyd and the double standard

Dax Williams is in his early 30’s.  He’s lived in Central Alberta his entire life.  He’s a father and a business owner, and he’s a black man.

The death of George Floyd last week at the hands of white police officers in Minneapolis has resulted in protests all over the United States and in Canada as well.

When we think of racism in this part of the country we typically find ourselves considering the plight of First Nations people.  But Dax assures us he’s felt the wrath of an underlying hatred more than once.

A couple of days ago Dax took some time to share his thoughts and he recorded this very thoughtful, personal, and powerful video.  He shared it on youtube hoping his fellow Central Albertans would take note and try to understand what people of colour have to live with, even here in Western Canada.  We’re happy to share it with you.

(Warning to people offended by strong language.  This video does contain strong language which may be unsuitable for children.)

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