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


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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


Downtown Business Spotlight: City Center Vacuum

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This week’s Business Spotlight is with City Center Vacuum Sales & Service. This business has been in operation for the past 27 years, in the same location at 5311 – 50th Avenue. They are known for carrying high-quality products, fair pricing, and excellent customer service.  Its no wonder they have people that travel from out of town just to shop with them! We sat down with James and Rose-Marie Sherman to learn more!

What is your business?

We are vacuum sales and service with janitorial products as well. Our products include portable vacs, built-in vacs, carpet shampoo, vacuum bags, belts, and service repairs.

When did your business open?

We opened in May of 1993 and have been in the same location ever since.

What makes your business unique?

It’s a go-to business, it’s a destination. We supply what people can’t find elsewhere and our products are of high quality, people come to us when they are tired of buying disposable products. Customers like our 1 on 1 service. They like the honesty and sincerity we offer when they come to us for repairs. James is awesome with customers over the phone as well, he can assess what’s going on by asking the customer to perform different tests they can do at home, and then go from there. A lot of times the customer ends up being able to fix it at home and we can help them through it. It saves them from having to make a trip down here or us having to go to them.

What are some products/services that you offer?

As mentioned, we do repairs on most models of vacuums, we carry items that are hard to find elsewhere, Canadian Tire or Walmart won’t carry all the accessories for vacuums that we carry. We have a whole wall in the store dedicated to bags, filters, belts, and shampooing parts. We also carry janitorial supplies for commercial use. Some of these products are also for household use too. If you need something to clean toilets or hard water stain removal, then we have that available.

Why did you choose Downtown Red Deer as the location for your business?

I ran another vacuum store downtown for several years before we opened this one. It was a partnership but when that ended, we moved to this location. This was a built-in vacuum store called Air Stream, so we just absorbed it and went from there.

What do you think makes Downtown vibrant?

I think it’s about retailers and family business owners that believe in building and supporting downtown. We’ve had a lot of bad representation and even gossip that’s not always true. What is happening in downtown is happening everywhere in Red Deer. We want to stay in downtown and help to support the other businesses in the area.

Finish this sentence: I love Downtown Red Deer because… The sense of community, family, local businesses, and its always in motion. It has taken care of me and my family for the past 27 years, it helped me raise 5 kids by providing me with a good location for a business. I find most of the downtown people support each other.

City Center Vacuum Sales & Service are truly experts in their field. Their highly knowledgeable team will make your shopping experience a pleasure and you will know you are getting exactly what you need for a great price.


Make sure to check out their website for everything in the store!



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Investment in high profile downtown property should boost downtown

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From Cam Tomalty of RE/MAX Commercial Properties


Downtown Office Building Sold

Some good news for Red Deer’s downtown core. The former Abacus Datagraphics Building, located at 4814 Ross Street, has sold to a local investor. The purchaser is excited about this new venture and will be making some upgrades to the building in hopes of attracting new tenants. The four-story building overlooks beautiful City Hall Park and is anchored by IDA Drugs. There are currently two new tenants undertaking tenant improvements with the hopes of occupancy in September. Sunreal Property Management Company has been retained to professionally manage the property and will be handling the day to day operations. The new owner plans to work attracting new tenants to the building and is offering Naming Rights to a qualified tenant.

“This is a positive sale for our downtown”, states Cam Tomalty of RE/MAX Commercial Properties. “We have seen many businesses close or relocate from the downtown core, so it is promising to see an investor willing to commit to the purchase, put money into renovations, and work at attracting new businesses to help revive the downtown core. In addition to the Abacus sale, over the past few months RE/MAX has been successful in selling the historic Prairie Office Products building and the Old Mill. Both locations are opening new businesses, which is more positive news for Downtown. As of last week, the former Roger’s Insurance building was sold as well, filling up a downtown office building that has been sitting vacant. We are hopeful this is a sign our economy is improving and is encouraging news for our City’s downtown”.

If you would like more information, please call Cam Tomalty at 403.986.777 or email him at [email protected]

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thu27aug(aug 27)12:00 amsun30(aug 30)11:59 pmHUGE Garage Sale for Crime Prevention12:00 am - 11:59 pm (30) PIDHERNEY CURLING CENTRE, RED DEER, AB, 4725 43 St, Red Deer, AB T4N 6Z3 Event Organized By: The Central Alberta Crime Prevention Centre