From Turning Point Society of Central Alberta
Many people are under the impression that opioid use affects only homeless people, or people with previous addiction problems. That stigma is causing a big problem. The fact is opioid use is a global crisis, and it’s impacting Central Alberta residents, no matter their race, age, income, education or background.
Research indicates stigma is one of the main reasons people avoid treatment and support. Turning Point Society of Central Alberta and agency partners are working to break the stigma, by providing information about opioid use. They’re working to address the judgments about people who use drugs, and they’re providing a safe, supportive environment for people to seek help.
That’s one of the reasons Turning Point brought a special exhibit to Red Deer called Opioids Don’t Discriminate. This interactive event aims to reduce stigma, judgments and biases about people who use opioids, and those affected by opioid drug use. The aim is to create a better understanding about opioid drug use, local available support and what people can do if they or someone they know is using opioids.
Please take the time to watch this video produced here in Red Deer explaining “our” shared challenge and inviting conversation that could lead to solutions.
Armed Forces bring Grey Cup to Red Deer tomorrow (Friday)
3rd Annual Operation Tea Cup
Red Deer, AB – The Calgary Military Family Resource Centre (MFRC) is proud to announce the third annual Operation Tea Cup
For one day only, the Grey Cup is coming to Red Deer!
Delivered by military vehicles and escorted by members of the Canadian Armed Forces, the Grey Cup will be arriving at the Cormack Armoury and presented to Her Honour, the Honourable Lois E. Mitchell.
The Grey Cup is one of three cups donated by Lord Earl Grey to various sports organizations in recognition of athletic excellence. A second of these cups resides right here in Red Deer! Learn about the rich military history of these cups and be a part of history as these two cups are reunited by Her Honour, the Honourable Lois E. Mitchell.
In collaboration with our outstanding community partners, this multi-event day including a grey cup tour and private party raises awareness for our Canadian Forces and their deep-rooted connection to the Grey Cup. All proceeds are donated to our local Military Family Resource Centre (MFRC) to support military families throughout Central Alberta.
4402 55 Street – Red Deer
Cup Presentations to Her Honour followed by Media: 3:15 p.m. Friday, September 13, 2019
About the Calgary MFRC
The Calgary MFRC supports families of our Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) members within our service area of Southern Alberta, including Red Deer and Lethbridge. Our CAF soldiers, veterans and their family members face unique challenges that make being in the military an occupation different from any other. At the MFRC we aim to help lessen the impact of these unique challenges, which includes frequent separations, extended deployments and risks. The MFRC is a registered charity run by a volunteer board of directors that was started in 1991 by the Department of National Defense in conjunction with the Military Family Support Program. To learn more, visit calgarymfrc.ca.
About the Red Deer Office
The MFRC works to empower and support our military families. We offer a variety of programs and services including mental health supports, social activities, workshops and training, family separation and reunification support, deployment support, children and youth programs, and referral services to help. Our families are the strength behind the uniform, and we’re here for them.
The Calgary MFRC has satellite offices in both Red Deer and Lethbridge. Each office caters to the specific needs of the forces in their areas. The Red Deer Branch is based at the Cormack Armory and serves a large part of Central Alberta.
Central Alberta is home to over 60 military families. The Canadian Forces in Red Deer consist of the Primary Reserve 78th Field Battery, which is part of the 20th Field Artillery Regiment, Royal Canadian Artillery, and the 2 Squadron, 41 Signal Regiment Reserve Force communications unit who provides communication information systems, strategic infrastructure services and support to 41 Canadian Brigade Group. Both units also operate out of Cormack Armory in Red Deer.
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