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Hospice Takes Us Back To The 80’S With ‘Luxe Lounge’



Grab your tickets to gain access to Red Deer Hospice’s gala.

On February 25th, Red Deer’s Sheraton Hotel’s Special Events Centre will be transformed into the 80’s style high-end club the hospice is calling the Luxe Lounge.

Guests will enjoy VIP treatment all night starting with a red carpet hosted by Todayville’s own Lloyd Lewis, complete with paparazzi followed by specialty drinks, a 4-course dinner, auctions, raffles and a great band.

In 2001, the gala was introduced as part of a capital campaign to finance construction of Red Deer Hospice. Four years later in September of 2005 after much hard work, the hospice house opened its doors. Founding partners Deb Petty, Bonnie Bredo, Patti Morris and Joe Tabler came up with the idea of a gala.

The galas have proved to be among their best opportunities to educate the community about Hospice.  The family members of former residents often come back in support of the place and the people who cared for their loved ones.

Lori Dufresne, Events Coordinator, says,” We’ve been successful for the past few years. We sell out every year, We’ve had a different theme starting with Dancing With the Stars for the first two years followed by Celebrity Chef for another two years and last year, we did a Funhouse theme.”

There is no charge to stay at Red Deer Hospice even if personal financial restrictions are an issue;  no one is ever denied access because of money. The hospice has an agreement with AHS to fund a portion of the operating costs in terms of nursing staff. As a not-for-profit society the hospice depends primarily on donations and fundraising efforts in order to meet the annual operational budget.

Over the years the Hospice Gala has raised over 1 million dollars.  Red Deer Hospice relies on the gala as it is the major fundraising event every year. Last year the event raised approximately $160,000.

The Hospice Gala is considered one of the top events each year on the city’s social calendar.

Act quickly if you want to go because there are less than 150 tickets remaining. Single tickets cost $200 and come with a $100 charitable tax receipt.

To purchase tickets you can call the Red Deer Hospice directly at (403) 309-4344  or Click Here To Purchase Online

(Photos by Ashley Jackson Photography)

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Lindsay has lived in Red Deer for over 22 years she made her way down from Grande Prairie when she was about a week old. She admires what Red Deer has to offer as a community. She is also passionate about photojournalism and the story it portrays.

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Everyone’s invited to World Refugee Day Community Dinner




Please join us at our World Refugee Day Event on June 22nd from 4pm – 7pm. Speakers, entertainment, community dinner. Children’s activities. Come and welcome some of the people who came here under refugee status and make new friends.

We are commemorating the day on June 22 at Gaetz United Church – Pioneer Hall.

Please join us in giving a warm welcome to the refugees in our community. World Refugee Day offers an opportunity for everyone to show support for people forced to flee.

The event is free.

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Alberta paving the way for newcomers to get to work




From the Government of Alberta: Ensuring fairness for newcomers

Bill 11, the Fair Registration Practices Act, will help newcomers get their credentials recognized, so they can quickly get to work in their fields to help grow the economy and create jobs.

The act is a key part of the government’s Fairness for Newcomers Action Plan.

Highly trained immigrant professionals can sometimes spend years jumping through regulatory hoops while their skills atrophy.

This can result in a significant loss of economic productivity for the Alberta economy. If passed, the Fair Registration Practices Act would cut red tape, remove barriers, speed up the process where possible, hold professional bodies accountable, and increase fairness and transparency.

Our goal is to get all Albertans back to work. Too often, we hear stories of ‘doctors driving cabs’ syndrome – and we are taking action to make sure newcomers’ credentials are evaluated and assessed objectively and in a timely manner.” Jason Kenney, Premier

“It’s important for Alberta’s professional bodies to maintain high professional standards while allowing qualified newcomers to fully contribute to our economy. And not only that, giving newcomers the chance to pursue the careers they’ve trained for is, simply put, the right thing to do.” Jason Copping, Minister of Labour and Immigration

“The settlement sector in Alberta has been advocating for fair recognition of newcomer qualifications for decades. The proven detrimental impact of underemployment of newcomer professionals is felt not only within their own families, but throughout society as well. We are certain that fair recognition of credentials will improve the quality of life of all Albertans, and are grateful this legislation is being introduced so quickly by the new government.” Anila Lee Yuen, president & CEO, Centre for Newcomers

The proposed bill would:

  • Provide the authority to create a Fair Registration Practices Office.
  • Reduce the red tape associated with the assessment of foreign credentials.
  • Work with regulators to ensure registration practices are transparent, objective, impartial and fair.
  • Maintain Alberta’s high professional standards.

Bill 11 would require regulatory bodies to:

  • Assess applications and communicate assessment decisions within specific time frames for interim registration decisions and within reasonable time frames for final registration decisions.
  • Submit reports regarding fair registration practices to the minister responsible for the act.

“ASET is the regulator of engineering and geoscience technology practice in Alberta, and is committed to fully objective criteria for certification, and a level playing field for all applicants. Having long since adopted high standards of fairness in our admissions practices, ASET applauds the initiative for fair assessment of all applicants.” Barry Cavanaugh, CEO, Association of Science and Engineering Technology Professionals of Alberta

If passed, the legislation would come into force on proclamation.

Quick facts

  • According to the Conference Board of Canada, Canadians would earn up to $17 billion more annually if their learning credentials were fully recognized.
    • Immigrants are the largest group, with an estimated 524,000 international credential holders affected by a lack of learning recognition.
  • Provinces such as Ontario, Manitoba and Nova Scotia already have fairness legislation to ensure that professional regulatory organizations have fair registration practices.
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june, 2019

fri21jun(jun 21)6:30 pmwed03jul(jul 3)12:00 amTHE WORKS ART & DESIGN FESTIVAL6:30 pm - (july 3) 12:00 am

sat22junmon01julEdmonton International Jazz Festival7:30 pm - (july 1) 9:15 pm

mon24jun1:30 pm4:00 pmWellness Recovery Action PlanningCanadian Mental Health Association1:30 pm - 4:00 pm