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High School Grad classes to raise funds for Kerry Wood Nature Centre and Red Deer Hospice


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From Red Deer Catholic Regional Schools

Each year the graduating class from École Secondaire Notre Dame High School chooses a charity to raise funds for through their Grad Service Project.  This year Kerry Wood Nature Centre was chosen as the recipient of monies raised.

One hundred per cent of the funds raised will go to support nature play programming, Nature for New Canadians programs and to expand the Nova Chemicals Imagination Grove Nature PlaySpace. The students’ goal is to raise $40,000 for Kerry Wood Nature Centre.

“Students were excited to choose a charity that can impact everyone in our community. They love the idea of families getting outside to play, learn and spend time together while reconnecting with nature,” saidPrincipal, Rose McQuay at École Secondaire Notre Dame High School.      

Grad Service Project week will take place on March 9 – 14. Each day, teams of a teacher and six students will work together to compete in challenges and earn points. The final days of the will be the biggest competition, where student teams along with a team parent will compete in a 23-hour extreme scavenger hunt throughout Red Deer. The challenge is to collect all 2020 items on the list. Prizes will be awarded to the teams that earn the most points and for those that raise the most money.

For more information about the École Secondaire Notre Dame High School grad service project, please visit

École Secondaire Notre Dame High School serves about 1130 Grade 10 to 12 students in Lancaster subdivision in southeast Red Deer. As a learning institution, the École Secondaire Notre Dame High School is committed to serving students with a complete offering of learning opportunities delivered within the context of Catholic teachings.


Grade 12 students at St. Joseph High School have chosen to support the Hospice Society of Red Deer through their Grad Service project. The Grad Committee chose the Hospice Society to raise awareness and support the families going through this difficult stage of life.


“We are so excited to be raising funds and awareness for the Hospice Society of Red Deer this year! Our students chose the aging community as an area they would like to focus on as it aligned with their issues-of-interest they identified and with our faith journey as a school. Helping those during this difficult time in their lives is something our grad committee is very passionate about and I look forward to seeing what this year brings as we kick-off our third grad service project,” said Grad Service Project Coordinator, Ashley Visscher at St. Joseph High School.

Through the Grad Service Project, students have the opportunity to volunteer at the Hospice Society of Red Deer and spend time with residents. This includes sharing their own gifts and talents with patients, as well as assisting with the annual Hospice Society Gala in March 2020.

“We are very excited to assist the Hospice Society of Red Deer this year because their work reflects the values we believe are important in choosing a charity, such as community, assisting senior citizens, as well as helping those who are struggling with health problems,” said Emily Cassels, Marian Canas and Bryanne Wandler, students at St. Joseph High School.

“We at the Red Deer Hospice are so thankful to the grad committee at St. Joseph High School. The fact that young students would select hospice among a number of worthy charities in our community, makes a profound statement about our youth today. To support the Expansion of our Home and our end of life palliative care for our residents, says that students care and respect the care we provide our increasingly aging senior population,” said Chairman James McPherson, Board of Directors of the Red Deer Hospice.

St. Joseph High School serves over 725 Grade 10 to 12 students in Red Deer. As a learning institution, the St. Joseph High School is committed to serving students with a complete offering of learning opportunities delivered within the context of Catholic teachings.


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Community raising funds for family of highly rated doctor killed by his patient

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From gofundme

Dr. Walter Reynolds Memorial Fund

On a normal Monday morning, August 10th, life changed forever for the Reynolds family.

Walter tragically lost his life serving his community as a family doctor.

An unimaginable, horrific act of violence took him away from his loving family.

He was attacked in his office by a patient.

His friends, colleagues and community mourns an exceptional human being lost too soon.  We all are devastated and heartbroken.

He was a devout father to two amazing young daughters and a loving husband.  He loved to run, be healthy and, most of all spend time with his family.

Funds raised with this campaign will be used towards his daughters’ education.

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Downtown Business Spotlight: City Center Vacuum

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This week’s Business Spotlight is with City Center Vacuum Sales & Service. This business has been in operation for the past 27 years, in the same location at 5311 – 50th Avenue. They are known for carrying high-quality products, fair pricing, and excellent customer service.  Its no wonder they have people that travel from out of town just to shop with them! We sat down with James and Rose-Marie Sherman to learn more!

What is your business?

We are vacuum sales and service with janitorial products as well. Our products include portable vacs, built-in vacs, carpet shampoo, vacuum bags, belts, and service repairs.

When did your business open?

We opened in May of 1993 and have been in the same location ever since.

What makes your business unique?

It’s a go-to business, it’s a destination. We supply what people can’t find elsewhere and our products are of high quality, people come to us when they are tired of buying disposable products. Customers like our 1 on 1 service. They like the honesty and sincerity we offer when they come to us for repairs. James is awesome with customers over the phone as well, he can assess what’s going on by asking the customer to perform different tests they can do at home, and then go from there. A lot of times the customer ends up being able to fix it at home and we can help them through it. It saves them from having to make a trip down here or us having to go to them.

What are some products/services that you offer?

As mentioned, we do repairs on most models of vacuums, we carry items that are hard to find elsewhere, Canadian Tire or Walmart won’t carry all the accessories for vacuums that we carry. We have a whole wall in the store dedicated to bags, filters, belts, and shampooing parts. We also carry janitorial supplies for commercial use. Some of these products are also for household use too. If you need something to clean toilets or hard water stain removal, then we have that available.

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

I ran another vacuum store downtown for several years before we opened this one. It was a partnership but when that ended, we moved to this location. This was a built-in vacuum store called Air Stream, so we just absorbed it and went from there.

What do you think makes Downtown vibrant?

I think it’s about retailers and family business owners that believe in building and supporting downtown. We’ve had a lot of bad representation and even gossip that’s not always true. What is happening in downtown is happening everywhere in Red Deer. We want to stay in downtown and help to support the other businesses in the area.

Finish this sentence: I love Downtown Red Deer because… The sense of community, family, local businesses, and its always in motion. It has taken care of me and my family for the past 27 years, it helped me raise 5 kids by providing me with a good location for a business. I find most of the downtown people support each other.

City Center Vacuum Sales & Service are truly experts in their field. Their highly knowledgeable team will make your shopping experience a pleasure and you will know you are getting exactly what you need for a great price.


Make sure to check out their website for everything in the store!



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