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Lacombe ranked fifth Best Place to Live in Canada

Lacombe, Alberta (July 31, 2018) – Lacombe has been ranked as fifth overall Best Place to Live in Canada, and the best place to live in Alberta in 2018 by MoneySense, Canada’s leading personal finance magazine and personal finance website. Red Deer ranked #4 in Alberta using the same criteria.

MoneySense surveyed 415 cities across Canada, looking to identify the best places to live in the country based on 10 categories: Wealth and economy, affordability, population growth, taxes, commute, crime, weather, access to health care, amenities and culture.

“I am proud to be the mayor of the best city in which to live in western Canada,” said Mayor Grant Creasey. “While we try not to read too much into statistics, one thing is clear; Lacombe is a well- balanced, safe community with strengths in multiple areas. When you visit our community, you will be immediately struck by the friendliness and positive energy of our citizens. “
“Based on the MoneySense rankings, Lacombe is growing quickly and has a low and rapidly dropping unemployment rate,” said Chief Administrative Officer Matthew Goudy. “We have nine per cent more residents than five years ago, thanks in part to a strong local economy, high wages, affordable housing and a vibrant cultural scene.”
“Lacombe has always had a strong, diverse economy with federal and provincial government employers, educational institutions, and a mix of industrial and agricultural businesses,” said Community Economic Development Manager Guy Lapointe. “With Council’s renewed focus on economic development we are advancing strategies to continue attracting business to Lacombe.”
“Lacombe continues to be recognized as a safe community as evidenced by crime severity index data, which indicates both property and violent crimes are on the decline from what was already enviably low compared to other communities,” said Lacombe Police Chief Lorne Blumhagen. “The City’s ongoing commitment to residents’ safety and security is demonstrated through providing 24/7 policing to it’s citizens as well as through its recent investment in a new police facility and ongoing focus on policing that is rooted in community partnership.”

The magazine uses information on Census Metropolitan Areas and Census Agglomeration areas as defined by Statistic Canada, weighing and ranking 415 cities and towns nationwide by various categories.

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Winners announced for Red Deer Hospital Lottery

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The Red Deer Regional Health Foundation has announced the winners of the 2024 Red Deer Hospital Lottery Dream Home and Tiny Home prize packages, as well as the Mega Bucks 50.

The Mega Bucks 50 jackpot reached $607,200.00, which makes Carolyn Pelerine of Cochrane, Alberta the winner of $303,600.00.

In addition, the luxurious Tree Hugger Tiny Home Prize Package, complete with accessories by Urban Barn and valued at $163,798.00, is now owned by Mary Vincent of Red Deer.

The coveted Sorento Dream Home Prize Package, which includes furnishings and accessories by Urban Barn and boasts a total value of $1,072,624.00, has been awarded to Maxine Rumohr of Sylvan Lake.

The highly anticipated draw took place at 10:00 a.m. Thursday at the Red Deer Regional Health Foundation office, located within the Red Deer Regional Hospital Centre, with an announcement following live on Facebook, allowing participants and supporters to join in the excitement virtually.

“We are delighted to congratulate the winners of this year’s Red Deer Hospital Lottery,” said Manon Therriault, Chief Executive Officer of the Red Deer Regional Health Foundation. “The funds raised from this lottery will significantly contribute to enhancing patient care and services at the Red Deer Regional Hospital Centre. We extend our heartfelt gratitude to everyone who participated and supported this important cause.”

Proceeds from the Red Deer Hospital Lottery and Mega Bucks 50 will contribute to acquiring critically needed, state-of-the-art equipment for several units at the Red Deer Hospital.

This year’s lottery will fund equipment such as a phototherapy system, which allows parents to hold and soothe their infant while undergoing phototherapy, a cardiology case cart to monitor cardiac rhythms during stress testing, and other equipment to help provide excellent care for patients in the emergency and operating rooms at the Red Deer Hospital.

The winners of a variety of electronics were also drawn today. A full list of winners will be available in the coming days on the official lottery website at reddeerhospitallottery.ca. Prize winners who have not already been notified will receive a letter in the mail with instructions on how to claim their prizes.

The keys to the Sorento Dream Home and the Tree Hugger Tiny Home will be presented to the winners at a special ceremony this summer.

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The Grand Opening is TODAY!

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A Day Filled With Hope – Years in the Making!
For years the CACAC has been walking hand-in-hand with many different partners, community members, donors, policy makers, and leaders in research and advocacy towards this moment.The Sheldon Kennedy Centre of Excellence now stands in the heart of Central Alberta, the first Centre of its kind in North America, creating space for different strategic partners to operate alongside one another in the best interest of children, youths, and families who have experienced any form of abuse.

Now, during this momentous chapter in our history, we invite you to join us for the Grand Opening of the Sheldon Kennedy Centre of Excellence. 

We’re excited to welcome you and your family to the Grand Opening of the Sheldon Kennedy Centre of Excellence today!

Today’s events are family friendly, and there’s something for everyone!

From Noon to 5:00PM the public is welcome to come and see everything the building has to offer at the SKCOE Open House! Staff from every organization from within the SKCOE will be there to answer questions. This is a great opportunity to learn about why this Centre is so important for Central Alberta.

Beginning at 7:00PM, the public is also invited to the formal program at the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre, which is the building immediately North West of us across the parking lot. The formal program will have many messages and presentations from dignitaries, and you can pick up our Champions of Courage pin, which was minted for the Grand Opening only! Following the program there is a ribbon cutting ceremony.

There is a lot to celebrate, so come out and say hi!

When: Thursday, May 16

Where: Sheldon Kennedy Centre of Excellence, and Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre, Main Campus of Red Deer Polytechnic, Red Deer, AB.

12:00 PM – 5:00 PM – Open House

7:00 PM – Formal Program at the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre. Ribbon Cutting Ceremony to follow.

How to get to the Sheldon Kennedy Centre of Excellence

Please note that there will also be parking available at the lot directly North of the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre.

Detailed RDP Parking Map

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