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Lacombe Mayor Christie to receive prestigious award for civic leadership

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  • Lacombe, Alberta (October 11, 2017) – The City of Lacombe is proud to announce that Mayor Steve Christie has been chosen to receive the Alberta Urban Municipalities Association (AUMA) Award of Excellence, which recognizes outstanding civic leadership by either past or present municipal elected officials who have held office for at least three years in Alberta.

    “Mayor Christie has demonstrated his dedication and outstanding leadership on many levels and many fronts,” said Chief Administrative Officer Dion Pollard. “The City has continued to progress under his tenure and has established solid principles and policies for future growth. With Mayor Christie acknowledging his intent to not participate in the upcoming municipal election, this prestigious award ensures his legacy is recognized.”

    The award will be presented at the AUMA Convention Session on November 22, 2017, in Calgary.

    Mayor Stephen (Steve) Christie has had a long and distinguished career serving the residents of Lacombe, as a dedicated volunteer through his church, the local Rotary club, youth advisory boards, as a long-time volunteer firefighter and as an elected official.

    Steve served as a councillor for six years before being elected mayor in 2010. His first term in office resulted in many positive developments for Lacombe, including achieving municipal oversight on the Highway 2A twinning project. He worked tirelessly to encourage open dialogue between members of Council, City administration and residents, promoted meaningful community consultation through the 2013 Citizen Satisfaction Survey, championed heritage preservation and continued investment in critical civic infrastructure.

    Mayor Christie also introduced new initiatives to help the City connect directly with residents and stakeholders, such as the youth-oriented Mayor for a Day program and the Mayor’s State of the City Address, delivered annually at a joint City/Chamber of Commerce business luncheon for business professionals, political figures, service groups, and community influencers.

    Mayor Christie’s second term in office yielded even more successes for the community, including the attraction of a new hotel to Lacombe along with a number of thriving businesses, which has led to Lacombe becoming an emerging foodie destination. His community boosterism has resulted in significant investment in the arts, and Lacombe is now considered as a regional culture hub.

    Mayor Christie oversaw significant renovations and upgrades to the Gary Moe Auto Group Sportsplex, the commissioning of a new municipal police station, the revitalization of Lacombe’s downtown core, and the development of an affordable housing strategy, which has led to partnerships with developers and Habitat for Humanity Red Deer to provide affordable housing to local families.

    He also helped to introduce residential blue box recycling, and played an integral role in the development of a safe and affordable regional public transit project (BOLT Transit) that connects the communities of Lacombe and Blackfalds with Red Deer. Most recently, he realized a long-held dream to ensure a sustainable future for Lacombe by spearheading efforts to secure the construction of the North Red Deer Regional Wastewater System.

    Mayor Christie believes that accountability, teamwork and passion are key ingredients for successful leadership, and that the people of Lacombe have the ideas, talents, and energy to meet their challenges head-on and build sustainable opportunities to create a strong and successful future for their city.

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    Central AB Child Advocacy Centre one step closer to reality

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  • Red Deer, Alberta, June 15, 2018: The Central Alberta Child Advocacy Centre is thrilled to announce that the next phase in planning for its new Centre of Excellence on Red Deer College’s main campus is now underway.

    On Thursday, June 14, RDC’s Board of Governors approved a resolution to move forward to request Government of Alberta approval through an Order in Council to lease a portion of land on the RDC campus to the Central Alberta Child Advocacy Centre. This request builds on the memorandum of understanding that CACAC and RDC entered into earlier this year, and it represents the partners’ commitment to work together to explore options that will meet the needs of Central Albertans.

    Mark Jones, Chief Executive Officer of the CACAC, together with the centre’s staff and service partners, couldn’t be more pleased with this announcement. “Supporters of the centre have worked tirelessly since the formation of the coalition group who were determined to help with the desperate need for child advocacy in Central Alberta. We are collectively changing the way Central Alberta responds to child abuse. We opened in our temporary facility November 2017, and the statistics have been staggering of how many cases have been processed. The need for our planned Centre of Excellence is proven, and we are going to be working hard to raise the funds to bring it to fruition. These children need us, the community needs us, and the future of our society depends on it.”

    The Central Alberta Child Advocacy Centre is a not for profit organization, governed by a board of directors that works in an integrative partnership with the Central Region Child and Family Services, Alberta Health Services, Alberta Justice, Alberta Education, the Central Alberta Sexual Assault Support Centre, and the RCMP to better service children, youth and families impacted by sexual abuse and the most serious/complex cases of physical abuse and neglect.

    The centre has professionals onsite dealing with the criminal, child protection, medical and psychological needs of child victims and their families. Onsite professionals include police officers, physicians, nurses, social workers, psychologists, and crown prosecutors with the common goals of: improved timeliness in the coordinated assessment and investigation of child abuse cases; increased access to support and therapeutic resources for the child and their family; enhanced collaboration among partners; more efficient and effective use of resources; increased knowledge and awareness of child abuse in the community.

    Working collaboratively, we achieve greater results than any partner could on their own. It blends investigation, treatment, prevention, education and research with expertise to provide an integrated practice approach: wrapping around children and always “working in the best interests of the child”.

    Learn more about the Central Alberta Child Advocacy Centre by clicking this link.

     


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    Banff RCMP members assaulted responding to disturbance

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  • Banff Detachment RCMP members suffer assaults while responding to disturbance

    Banff, Alberta – On June 8, three RCMP officers suffered injuries while trying to effect the arrest of a 34-year-old Banff resident.  The officers are recovering and the male is facing charges.

    At 5:38 p.m., the RCMP responded to a call for assistance at an apartment residence where a male was believed to be very intoxicated, combative and residents were requesting his removal.  While trying to effect the arrest of this male, he assaulted the three responding members.  The male jumped off a balcony, fled a short distance and was apprehended promptly after two more RCMP members arrived to assist. EMS provided assistance on scene as well.

    The male was taken to a hospital where he was treated and released.  The initial responding RCMP members also went to the hospital where all have been released. One member remains off duty while the other two have returned to duty.

    A judicial interim release hearing was held.  Robin Jeremy Tatham was released on a Recognizance and is scheduled to appear in court on June 20 in Canmore.  He is charged with six criminal code charges; disarming a police officer, assault police officer with a weapon (x2) and assault a police officer (x3).

    “The efforts put forth by the attending officers to maintain control of this situation in the face of their injuries is to be commended” says Staff Sergeant Michael Buxton-Carr, Banff Detachment Commander.  “An incident like this demonstrates the risks we face and overcome on a daily basis.”


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