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Organization closing in on a half million dollars in donations, 1 woman at a time!


It was shades of February 2015 when the room started to overflow and we were reminded of our first-ever meeting when we were short on chairs, ballots, registration forms . . . at 6:55 p.m., just minutes before the meeting, the two of us were dragging out more chairs to meet the last-minute rush. Thankfully, that was a happiness problem and the meeting started (almost) on time.
Despite the cold, more than 130 people attended last night. We were thrilled to extend a warm welcome to our 14 new members!
Here are the highlights:
To kick off the evening, our very own Jodi Dore treated us to delicious Chai Lattes, Almond Milk Hot Chocolate and the most lovely heart-shaped Chai Spice Cookies from her company, The Chai Wallahs. Jodi also provided the door prize. That Jodi – she’s always there when we need her! Congratulations to Lauren Harder for winning the prize. Enjoy the chai and beautiful ceramic mugs.
Kim Mortimer of Snaphappy Photography was kept busy all evening taking candid pics of the whole crowd. We will use these photos for social media and other promotions. Stay tuned to see the photos. Thank you, KIm. We sure appreciate it.
Taylor Poor from the Salvation Army filled us in on how our November meeting funds are being used to support their Weekend Backpack Feeding program. Our donations will provide food for about 300 Red Deer kids for two months, so they don’t go hungry over the weekend.  It’s heartbreaking to think about the hungry youngsters in our community, but heartening to know that we have helped. 
With 12 nominations in the hat, we had three great pitches from:
  • Amanda Blair – The Lending Cupboard
  • Bonnee Gregg – Central Alberta Women’s Outreach Society -The Dragonfly Centre
  • Eleanor Sugarman – The RDRHC Lifeline
After nominating the Outreach Centre 6 times and never even getting drawn, the 7th time was the charm for Bonnee. Her emotional and passionate endorsement of The Dragonfly Centre, which helps the children and their moms deal with the trauma of domestic abuse, garnered the most votes. 
Including February’s donations, we will exceed $400,000 in total donations since 2015. We celebrated with a second (or was that third) cookie and a glass of wine at the end of the evening. What a great way to start year #6!
Please mail or drop off your cheque to the Central Alberta Women’s Outreach Society (Women’s Outreach will do) to 4751-56 Street, Red Deer T4N 2K2.

Our next meeting is on Monday, April 20th. With luck, we will be adding a plus to 15 degrees and not a minus like last night!
Thank you so much for your continued support – we are thrilled each and every one of you are part of 100+ Women Who Care Red Deer. With gratitude,
Cindy and Susan


Test your fitness while raising funds to remove financial barriers for family and youth programs



YMCA of Northern Alberta Launches
“Move to Give” Campaign to Inspire the Community

Edmonton, Alberta, February 20 — YMCA of Northern Alberta is excited to announce a new event that will allow people to put their fitness to the test while raising funds for a great cause. 

Move to Give takes place April 4, 2020 at six different YMCA centres in Edmonton, Red Deer and Fort McMurray.

Everyone will have the opportunity to participate individually or as a team to complete either one three-hour indoor cycle challenge or choose from three one-hour fitness master classes, all while raising funds to provide life-changing experiences to those in need.

Funds raised at Move to Give will go towards removing financial barriers for individuals and families to get fitness memberships, for children to enroll in swim lessons or day camps, for youth to access programs that will equip them for success, for families to access emergency child care in times of need, or for individuals to participate in life-changing community outreach programs.

YMCA of Northern Alberta is proud to partner with ENMAX to put on this event. Both organizations believe in powering the potential of people and are excited for the ways Move to Give will help build strong kids, healthy families and thriving communities.

“ENMAX is proud to partner with the YMCA of Northern Alberta for this event,” said Diana Stephenson, Vice President Public Affairs, ENMAX. “Move to Give enables participants to put their own power behind the YMCA’s cause, and we’re excited to see how the communities of Edmonton, Fort McMurray and Red Deer will come together to help their communities thrive.”

Registration for Move to Give is now open.
Visit to create your team and get started!
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YMCA of Northern Alberta is a registered charity dedicated to building healthy communities since 1907. From supporting people in their health and wellness to providing important community outreach programs, the YMCA of Northern Alberta works to support strong kids, healthy families, and thriving communities.
Through its subsidiaries, Enmax makes, moves and sells electricity to residential, small business and large commercial customers and is headquartered in Calgary, Alberta. ENMAX Power Corporation owns and operates transmission and distribution infrastructure in Calgary and ENMAX Energy Corporation owns diverse generation facilities throughout the province. Through its subsidiaries, ENMAX offers a range of innovative energy solutions to over 667,700 customers across Alberta including electricity, natural gas, renewable energy and other services.
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Thursday Charity Lunch at Messinger Meats to support Turning Point



From Mercedes Messinger at Messinger Meats

Hello Ladies and Gentlemen

Another Charity Lunch in February for Turning Point is coming up.  Thank you very much for all your ongoing support.  Let your friends, family, colleges and business partners  know.
The biggest THANK YOU to the Chamber of Commerce for  ordering 28 catered Lunches from us!
Our Menu Thursday, February 20
1. Stuffed Pork Tenderloin
2. Bourbon Orange Cream Chicken Thighs
3. Mediterranean Meatloaf Roulade
4. Cordon bleu
5. Italian Shepherd’s Pie
6. Beef Ribs braised
7. Porchetta
9. Creamy Pasta Meatball Primavera
10. Soup & French Baguette Sandwich Special
11. Hungarian Gulasch Soup
12. Mexican Bean Soup

About Turning Point

For over 30 years Turning Point Society (formerly the Central Alberta AIDS Network Society) has been responding to the health needs of communities using a harm reduction approach. Simply put harm reduction refers to policies, programs and practices that aim primarily to reduce the adverse health, social and economic consequences of risk taking behaviors such as drug use.
We hope to see you
Kind regards,
Mercedes Messinger
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february, 2020

sun12jan(jan 12)2:00 pmsun22mar(mar 22)5:00 pmAnne Frank: A History for Today opening at Red Deer MAG(january 12) 2:00 pm - (march 22) 5:00 pm mst Red Deer Museum & Art Gallery Address: 4525 - 47A Avenue, Red Deer

sun02feb(feb 2)7:00 pmsun15mar(mar 15)8:00 pm7:00 pm - (march 15) 8:00 pm Festival Hall, 4214 58 St, Red Deer, AB Event Organized By: Country Pride Dance Club

thu20feb(feb 20)10:00 amsun23(feb 23)4:00 pmRed Deer RV Show10:00 am - 4:00 pm (23)

tue25feb5:30 pm7:30 pmDiabetes Discussion Drop InLearn about Type 2 diabetes5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

wed26feb7:30 pm11:00 pmCeltic Illusiion7:30 pm - 11:00 pm

thu27feb5:30 pm7:00 pmMonthly Mindfulness Drop-In5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

fri28febsun01mar54th Annual Sport & Outdoor Show4:00 pm - (march 1) 9:00 pm

fri28feb6:00 pm11:00 pmFriday Family DanceFamily Dance6:00 pm - 11:00 pm

fri28feb7:00 pm11:00 pmBattle of the Bands for Crime Prevention7:00 pm - 11:00 pm Burgundy's Food & Stage, 5008 48 ST Event Organized By: The Central Alberta Crime Prevention Centre