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Having MS Gives Innisfail Resident Reason to get Involved


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Registration is currently open at, and if you join the MS Society of Canada – Central Alberta Chapter’s MS Golf Classic event, you will have the distinct pleasure of meeting long-time participant, Vicki.

“My journey with MS started in 1984 when my mother was diagnosed. At that time, the diagnosis was very scary, we hadn’t heard much, if anything about MS. All we really knew was that there was no cure and there was very little available (at the time) for treating MS. We have always been a family that finds the humor in everything that we can so, I hate to say it but when she was having a relapse we would find ways to joke about it. I remember her having trouble hearing at one point so we would whisper, if she had vision problems we would hide things on her – not nice but it did keep the situation light.

Dad was diagnosed almost 10 years after Mom, in 1993. When he got the diagnosis, we figured all would be OK, we knew the disease by now. Unfortunately, as we all know now this disease is one of the harder ones to diagnose because it affects each person differently, and in this case, Dad was not as lucky as Mom. His form of MS was progressive, and it was not long before we had to move him into a care facility. Sadly, he passed away in 2002.

I started having symptoms myself late in the 90’s I was pretty scared. Yet there had been much progress made with MS treatments and understanding the disease, so I was also pretty hopeful. I have been extremely fortunate since then, as my relapses and symptoms have been manageable with these advancements in treatments – and am thrilled to say I have been relapse free for two years now!

My family has been great support system for me, from helping with the daily injections to helping me train for the MS Bike for six years, they have always been there for me. I also have wonderful staff at Freeman Insurance Agencies Ltd that are all aware that I have MS, and who participate, volunteer and help us with our sponsorship in the MS Golf Classic to show their support!

Having MS has taught me to be strong – to never give up! Its taught me humility and to ask for help when I need it (which I rarely admit to). I can honestly say that having this disease gives me more motivation for staying as active as I can, and to do the things I want to do while I can. It has given me a reason to get involved in ways that I probably would not have done before.

Thanks to all of the fund-raising and awareness campaigns being done for MS, it is not quite as scary as it used to be. There are now treatments becoming available for Progressive MS. It is only a matter of time before there is a cure! ”

-Vicki Livingstone, MS Golf participant

The Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada is the source of accurate, up-to-date information about MS, the most common neurological disease affecting young adults in Canada.

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Shelly Flint Appointed as New CEO of Westerner Park

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Westerner Park, a distinguished agricultural society and premier exhibition venue in the heart of Central Alberta, is pleased to announce Shelly Flint as its new Chief Executive Officer (CEO). This decision culminates a thorough and extensive search process, with the Board of Directors expressing their enthusiasm for the promising journey ahead under Shelly’s leadership.

Tyler Nightingale, President of the Board of Directors, shared his excitement about the appointment, stating, “After a comprehensive search, we are thrilled to welcome Shelly. Her extensive experience, skill set, and knowledge align seamlessly with the strategic direction of Westerner Park, ensuring a positive and enduring impact on both the organization and the community at large.”

Tara Lodewyk, Red Deer City Manager, added, “Shelly immediately connected with the mission of Westerner Park and the value it brings to the culture of our city and region. We are looking forward to working together and are confident in her leadership of Westerner Park.”

For the past two decades, Shelly has served as a senior executive, spearheading diverse teams within Alberta’s dynamic entertainment and finance sectors. Her tenure as the former CFO at the Calgary Stampede equips her with a distinctive insight into the intricacies of Westerner Park, enabling her to adeptly navigate its challenges and leverage its opportunities. Coupled with her roots in Central Alberta, Shelly is poised to steer the Park towards growth and long-term sustainability.

Shelly expressed her eagerness to join Westerner Park, saying, “I was thrilled at the opportunity to return to Central Alberta, where I grew up! Leading this purpose-driven organization will allow me to contribute to my community and affect meaningful change.”

Shelly Flint’s robust leadership, commitment to community, and extensive experience makes her an exceptional choice to lead Westerner Park into the future. The entire Westerner Park team eagerly anticipates the positive impact she will bring to this renowned institution.

About Westerner Park

Westerner Park is Central Alberta’s largest tradeshow, agricultural, sports, entertainment, and convention facility. A not-for-profit organization and agricultural society, Westerner Park typically generates $150 million annually in economic activity, hosting over 1,500 events and 1.5 million visitors each year.

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