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2019 Canada Winter Games

Live music.. Live theatre.. Craft beer tasting.. and Queen Elsa! Downtown Red Deer on Friday

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Hiding in Plain Sight: Discovering the Metis Nation

From January 20 to March 10, 2019, the Red Deer Museum + art gallery (MAG) is presenting Hiding in Plain Sight: Discovering the Metis Nation. The MAG has augmented the core exhibition, which is organized and circulated by Library and Archives Canada with artefacts and stories of the Metis in Central Alberta. Visitors are invited to imagine themselves as fur traders in our selfie, station, try dancing a Metis jig, and learn a few phrases of the Michif language.  For a complete list of activities go to: www.reddeermuseum.com..

  • Red Deer Museum + Art Gallery, 4525 – 47A Avenue
  • 10:00 AM – 4:30 PM

Meet Queen Elsa

Join Queen Elsa to celebrate the magic of Winter on Little Gaetz (50) Avenue! From 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. Elsa will be available for meet & greets and photos. Stroll with her along Little Gaetz (50) Avenue between 48 & 49 Street. This event is open to the public and free to attend.  Photos are allowed.  Feel free to use your own camera or cell phone for pictures.

  • Little Gaetz Avenue, 50 Ave & 49 St
  • 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Live Lunch Performance at City Hall Park Plaza

Friday, February 22 from 12 – 1 p.m.: Art Barker

  • City Hall Park Plaza, 4914 – 48 Avenue
  • 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

 

Koselig Corner with the Norwegian Laft Hus

The Laft Hus will be open during the Canada Winter Games! We are going to serve as your cozy hideout in Rotary Recreation Park with Norwegian snacks, hot beverages, and a fireplace to get cozy in front of. We encourage you to bundle up and come out to learn a little bit about Norwegian winter sports with us. Try out one of our kicksleds, or some vintage cross country skis. For our little visitors we will have some crazy carpets, but you are welcome to bring your own sled to enjoy the park!

  • Norwegian Laft Hus, 4402-47 Ave, Heritage Square
  • 1:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Central Alberta Youth Pride

Ages 12 – 21 ONLY Open to all LGBTQ+ young adults and rainbow allies. Make friends, chat with mentors, have fun and just be yourself in a welcoming, supportive community SAFE space. Nervous about attending your first meet-up? We can help! Call and book a meet and greet with group facilitators: Kate (587-434-0301) or Rhys (587-436-5779)

  • Red Deer Public Library – Downtown Branch, 4914 48 Av
  • 3:30 PM – 5:00 PM

Woodworking

Join Eco-Tree for a wood milling demonstration and workshops with Sawing for Schools.

  • Little Gaetz Avenue , 4815 50 Avenue
  • 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM

52° North Music + Cultural Festival

This free, non-ticketed outdoor festival includes a variety of activities for you and your family to enjoy from February 16 to March 1. Activities include: Artisan Avenue and Alberta Craft Council markets, Crokicurl, Snow Maze, Ice Slide, Skating and so much more!

  • Gary W. Harris Celebration Plaza, 5205 48th Ave
  • 4:00 PM – 11:00 PM

Craft Beverage Sampling

Come downtown to sample local fare and taste beer, spirits & sodas at The Scott Block Theatre.  We’ve teamed up with local restaurants, breweries and distilleries to provide a menu that is crafted right here in central Alberta.  It’s a great stop to make on your way home from work or on your way to the 52˚ North Music + Cultural Festival.  Craft Beverage Sampling happens from 4 – 7 p.m. February 22, 23, 28, March 1 & 2. Admission is free. Photo I.D. is required to purchase alcohol. Sampling tickets are $1 each. Today’s breweries are Albeerta, Belly Hop Brewing, Sawback Brewing Co and Undercurrent Brewing.  Food is by Original Joes.  Entertainment provided by Ryan Marchant.

  • Scott Block Theatre, 4816 50 Avenue
  • 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM

 

Live Evening Performance at City Hall Park Plaza

Friday, February 22 from 4:30 – 5:30 p.m.: Art Barker

  • City Hall Park Plaza, 4914 – 48 Avenue
  • 4:30 PM – 5:30 PM

Chainsaw Carving

Come watch Chainsaw Spirit turn wood into unique pieces of art! Each carving takes approximately 30 minutes and is outdoors. Proudly sponsored by ENMAX.

  • Little Gaetz , 4815 50 Avenue
  • 5:00 PM – 5:30 PM

Central Alberta Film Festival – Weeknight Screenings

The 3rd annual Central Alberta Film Festival (CAFF) is a 4 day showcase of Albertan, Canadian, and international films taking place at Carnival Cinemas in Red Deer, February 20-23, 2019. Film descriptions, screening times, and tickets are available at www.cafilmfestival.ca/2019-selected-films/. Tickets for individual feature films or thematic groups of short films (Drama, Cultural, Horror, etc.) are $10 each. Industry Passes for the full four day festival, including the special screening and awards ceremony, are $100-$120. Tickets for the special screening and awards ceremony are $30-$40.

  • Carnival Cinemas, 5402 47 St
  • 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

 

Bullskit Comedy Late Night Winter Games Edition

An insane mix of sketch, improv, music and weird talents. It’s our own spin on late night TV shows like Letterman, Fallon, etc. A host, “celebrity guests” maybe an animal show. This one should get pretty wild.

  • Scott Block Theatre, 4816 50th avenue
  • 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM

After 15 years as a TV reporter with Global and CBC and as news director of RDTV in Red Deer, Duane set out on his own 2008 as a visual storyteller. During this period, he became fascinated with a burgeoning online world and how it could better serve local communities. This fascination led to Todayville, launched in 2016.

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Gift that keeps giving: 35 Alberta non-profits funded through the 2019 Canada Winter Games Legacy Fund

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From the Canada Games Council

LEGACIES OF THE 2019 CANADA WINTER GAMES CONTINUE TO GROW

Legacy Fund Society awards legacy funds to not-for-profits across Alberta

The 2019 Canada Winter Games Legacy Fund Society has awarded the financial legacy from the 2019 Games to not-for-profit sport and community organizations across Alberta.

“The Legacy Fund Society is pleased to announce that we have awarded $655,000 in grants to 35 not-for-profit sport and community organizations across Alberta,” said Guy Pelletier, Legacy Fund Society Chair. “The grants support a wide variety of projects across the province. These organizations and their respective projects build on the numerous legacies of the 2019 Games.”

Through a grant application process in early 2021, the Legacy Fund Society received and reviewed funding requests for 200 projects from nearly 150 organizations at a value of over $7.1 million.‍

“The response to our call for applications was phenomenal. There was no shortage of meaningful and innovative projects,” said Pelletier.

“The 2019 Canada Games in Red Deer were truly transformative and continue to foster meaningful legacies across Alberta,” said Kelly-Ann Paul, Senior Vice-President of Host Relations at the Canada Games Council. “These legacy grants will enrich and uplift organizations and communities as we strive to strengthen the fabric of Canada through the power of sport.”

Requests for funding were reviewed and evaluated based on their alignment with the values of the 2019 Games and distributed in four categories: athlete and coach or official development; infrastructure or equipment development or acquisition; sport development capacity building; and non-sport or discretionary projects.

The following is a listing of the organizations who were awarded funding:

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2019 Canada Winter Games Chair Lyn Radford Wins STC Sport Event Volunteer of the Year Award

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From the Canada Games Council

Lyn Radford, Chair of the 2019 Canada Winter Games, has been named the recipient of the 2020 Sport Tourism Canada (STC) Sport Event Volunteer of the Year Award.

The presentation of the 2020 PRESTIGE awards, postponed from last year, were hosted virtually as a gala on-line production. The presentation was hosted by Olympian, World Cup medallist and CBC Broadcaster Kelly VanderBeek.

The STC Sport Event Volunteer of the Year Award recognizes the outstanding contributions of an individual’s volunteer efforts during the hosting of one or more sport events in Canada in 2019.

Lyn Radford Background and Accomplishments

-Lyn Radford served as the Chair of the 2019 Canada Winter Games Host Society from 2014 – 2019

-Lyn oversaw the leadership, planning, execution, governance, and fundraising of the 2019 Canada Games, while serving as the primary spokesperson for the organization

-She is the first singular female Chairperson of a Host Society in Canada Games history

Lyn has volunteered her time to other major events throughout Red Deer and Alberta including the following:

  • 2003, 2006 and 2007 Bid Committee member for Alberta & Western Canada Games
  • Committee member for 2013 Memorial Cup Bid
  • Chair of the 2006 Alberta Summer Games
  • Directed the 2010 Olympic Torch Celebration
  • Served as a Director for 1998 Alberta Winter Games
  • Served as a Director for the 2004 and 2012 Scotties Tournament of Hearts
  • Served as a Director for the inaugural 2013 Tour of Alberta cycling race
  • Served as Capital Campaign Chair for Red Deer’s Ronald McDonald House
  • Founding member of both the Alberta Sport Development Centre – Central and the Red Deer Leadership Centre
  • Served on the Alberta Sport Connection as the Provincial Games Chair
  • Served as a Director on Red Deer College’s Board of Governors

Lyn has been recognized through various other awards including:

  • 2005 Alberta Centennial Medal for Volunteer Service
  • 2006 Toyota Never Quit Award
  • 2007 Mayors Award of Distinction for Volunteer Service
  • Red Deer’s 2009 Citizen of the Year
  • 2011 Women of Excellence Lifetime Achievement Award winner
  • Governor General of Canada 2012 Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal
  • 2019 City of Red Deer Lifetime Achievement Award
  • 2019 honorary bachelor of interdisciplinary studies degree
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“The 2019 Canada Winter Games were an incredible event that showcased our nation’s top amateur athletes and left behind a legacy of infrastructure, sustainability, and community pride in Red Deer. Lyn Radford was the driving force behind how successful these Games were, and we are grateful for the years of hard work and dedication she invested in the 2019 Canada Winter Games. The Canada Games are stronger than ever because of Lyn, and we’re thrilled that she’s being recognized for all of her accomplishments.”

Evan Johnston, Chair, Canada Games Council

“Congratulations to Lyn on being recognized  by Sport Tourism as the Sport Event Volunteer of the Year.  What a well deserved honor. Lyn has worked tirelessly as a volunteer for all of her adult life. No task is too small or too large for her to tackle. But the legacy of her volunteerism goes deeper than just her own involvement in a myriad of activities and events. She leads, motivates, encourages, cajoles and celebrates in such an infectious manner that the result is literally thousands of people who are giving back to their community because of her passion for commitment. The 2019 Canada Winter Games was just one of many opportunities for her to lead others to impact our community. I am sure all of the nominees have been involved in their events because of an intrinsic motivation to make a difference.  And Lyn was no different. Her motivation is never about self but about transforming community and people. During one day in the preparation for the Games, Lyn made an important presentation to our political leaders in the morning, helped with the orientation of volunteers in the afternoon and then was found hanging ornamental snowflakes from the light posts of main street in the evening. She exemplifies the saying ‘life is short-do stuff that matters-for and with others.”

Hugh McPherson, Vice Chair, 2019 Canada Winter Games Host Society

“Thank you to Sport Tourism Canada for recognizing the 2019 Canada Winter Games, and the hard work of our “force-to-be-reckoned with” Chair, Lyn Radford. This award recognizes the leadership, strength and fortitude demonstrated by our Chair, Lyn Radford and CEO, Scott Robinson, and the more than 5,000 incredible community volunteers. We made this once-in-a-lifetime moment ours, as individuals, as a community, and as a country in pursuit of possibilities. Congratulations Lyn on this prestigious award.”

Tara Veer, Mayor of Red Deer

About the Canada Games

Held once every two years, alternating between winter and summer, the Canada Games are the largest multi-sport event in Canada for up and coming amateur athletes. Each Games features two weeks of competition, between 16 – 19 sports, approximately 3,400 summer and 2,350 winter athletes, and over 4,000 volunteers. Hosted in every province at least once since their inception in Quebec City in 1967, the Games are proud of their contribution to Canada’s sport development system in addition to their lasting legacy of sport facilities, community pride and national unity.

The organization of the Canada Games is made possible thanks to the contribution and support of the Government of Canada, provincial/territorial governments, host municipalities and the Canada Games Council.

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