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Perfect week adds a point to Rebels’ lead in Central Division

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REBELS THIS WEEK

January 16-22, 2023

THREE FOR THREE!

The Rebels got back on track in a big way by winning all three of their games this past week.

  Sat. Jan. 14 – Hunter Mayo scored with 5.9 seconds left in overtime to give the Rebels a thrilling 2-1 road win over the Lethbridge Hurricanes. Kalan Lind scored for Red Deer in the second period to run his goal streak to three games. Rhett Stoesser made 31 saves for his team leading 16th win of the year. The Rebels are now 2-0-0-1 versus Lethbridge this season.

Fri. Jan. 13 – A three-goal third period powered the Rebels to a 4-1 win over the Edmonton Oil Kings at the Peavey Mart Centrium, and a sweep of their nine-game head-to-head season series. Jace Isley and Kalan Lind each had a goal and an assist for Red Deer. Jhett Larson scored the game winner shorthanded early in period three. Jace Weir scored an empty netter. Red Deer was 1-for-2 on the power play while Edmonton was 0-for-five. Red Deer outshot Edmonton 38-35. 

  Wed. Jan. 11 – Kai Uchacz opened the scoring and added the shootout winners as the Rebels edged the Moose Jaw Warriors 4-3 at the Peavey Mart Centrium. Frantisek Formanek and Kalin Lind also scored for the Rebels. Lind also had two assists. Rhett Stoesser made 30 saves through regulation and overtime, and three more in the shootout to earn the win. Red Deer outshot Moose Jaw 50-30 and was 1-for-3 on the power play while Moose Jaw was 2-for-3.

GAMES THIS WEEK

– Friday, Jan. 21 – The Prince George Cougars come to town for the first time since Jan. 26, 2019. Alberta Health Services and SPARC Red Deer will on-hand for their Winter Warm Up and Paint the Town Positive campaign.  Please bring new toques, mitts and socks to donate, and share the share the gift of warmth this winter. 

– Saturday, Jan. 21 – The Brandon Wheat Kings come to town on 80s Night at the Peavey Mart Centrium

Both games start at 7 p.m. with tickets available through ticketsalberta.com and reddeerrebels.com.

– Sunday, Jan. 22 – The Rebels finish a busy weekend by visiting the Calgary Hitmen for a 4 p.m. tilt.

OTHER UPCOMING GAMES

– Friday, Jan. 27 – The Saskatoon Blades visit Red Deer for the second and final time this season 

– Saturday, Jan 28 – The conference leading Winnipeg ICE visit the Peavey Mart Centrium on a night that will feature live music from See Alice, Post-game Disco Skate, and another Beer Night Special

– Tuesday, Jan. 31 – Connor Bedard and the Regina Pats pay their final visit of the regular season. This game is already sold-out! Stay tuned in the coming days as the Rebels work to make a limited number of standing-room tickets available.

BLUE LINE BOLSTER:

On Tuesday, January 10, the Rebels acquired 2004-born defenceman Nicholas Andrusiak from the Portland Winterhawks in exchange for a seventh-round selection at the 2024 WHL Prospects Draft. Signed by Portland as a list player in September 2021, Andrusiak has appeared in two games with the Winterhawks during the 2022-23 WHL Regular Season. The left-shooting blue liner from Tisdale, Saskatchewan has three points in 20 games this season with the Melville Millionaires of the SJHL.

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Red Deer Public Schools facing million dollar deficit due to inflation and carbon tax

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Draft Three Year Education Plan

While the full Division Three-Year Education Plan will be presented to the Board next month, in order to facilitate strategic planning at both the school and Division levels, the Board was presented with the
proposed Strategies and Performance Measures that will set the strategic direction for Red Deer Public Schools in the coming years.

The highest priority for the Division is the success of every student. For the upcoming school year we have organized our strategic work around the following Alberta Education Assurance Domains:

  • Student Growth & Achievement
  • Teaching and Leading
  • Learning Supports
  • Governance

The fifth Alberta Education Assurance Domain, Local and Societal Context, encompasses all of the
aforementioned areas. Ten proposed strategies, which will be used to guide Red Deer Public‘s work, as well as 14 proposed performance measures, were also presented. PLAN

Budget Review and Schedule

Red Deer Public Schools is in the process of reviewing its budget for the 2024/2025 school year.
The Division’s budget totals $131 million. With a current projected deficit of $1 million, the state of the Division’s reserves will be about $2.8 million as of Aug. 31, 2024 year end.

Projected student enrolment is also similar for the 2024/2025 school year at about 10,800 FTE students. One challenge this year is that there has not been additional funding provided for inflationary cost increases such as benefit costs, carbon tax, supplies and materials and utilities.

The Board is expected to approve the 2024/2025 budget on May 8, with submission to Alberta Education on May 31. BUDGET

Field Studies Approved

The Board of Trustees approved two Field Studies for students at Hunting Hills High School and Gateway Christian School.

Hunting Hills students enroled in the Chinese Language and Culture courses will travel to China in April 2025. Students will be immersed in the Chinese language and learn to appreciate Chinese culture.

As well, in April 2025, students part of the Co-Impact Team from Gateway Christian School will travel to the Dominican Republic to take part in a number of service activities.

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Three City of Red Deer Bob Stollings Award winners announced

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John Galbraith, Tamara Greba and Leigh-Ann Martin are The City’s 2024 recipients of the Bob Stollings Memorial Award.

The Bob Stollings Memorial Award is given out each year to a City employee who displays outstanding performance in alignment with The City’s RISE cornerstone values – respect, integrity, service and excellence. Nominations for the award are submitted by fellow coworkers detailing the employee’s achievements professionally and interpersonally, along with letters of support. The award is considered a great honour among City staff.

“This year, three extraordinary employees stood out as more than deserving of this recognition. Each one of these exceptional individuals go above and beyond, exceeding the bar set for our Bob Stollings award recipients, which is why this year, we are celebrating three invaluable employees,” said City Manager, Tara Lodewyk.

John Galbraith is a Welder with The City. His work makes a positive impact on every City department, as he ensures all city machinery and equipment is working properly and in the most cost-efficient manner. His handiwork includes fixes to playground equipment, cracked snowplows, buses, trucks and snowblowers to fabricating goal posts, Ross Street Patio lights, ergonomic worktables, and tandem brine tanks.

Described by his nominators as the perfect example of a City employee as hardworking, honest, helpful, respectful. and attentive to details, John embodies the RISE principles – respect, integrity, service and excellence – every day. John’s focus on customer service and honouring his commitments earns him the respect and admiration of his coworkers across the organization.

Tamara (Tammy) Greba started as a lifeguard at the G.H. Dawe Community Centre and now is the Recreation Facilities Supervisor. Tammy consistently exemplifies the core values of respect, integrity, service, and excellence. Her recent involvement with the G.H. Dawe Community Centre expansion showcased her commitment to service and excellence for the community. During this project, Tammy modelled strong leadership skills while demonstrating her ability to think strategically while managing many small details at the same time.

Tammy is known for her investment in people, her integrity, professionalism, and her smile. Believing safety must be intentional, she invests heavily in contributing to a safe work environment.

Leigh-Ann Martin is the GIS Supervisor. She has profound knowledge of geographic information systems and a very specialized skillset that makes her irreplaceable and sought after by many other departments. Leigh-Ann worked tirelessly to migrate our mapping information into our new GIS system in 2022 and 2023.

Her nominators recognize Leigh-Ann for her honesty, trustworthiness, and reliability. She incorporates a lifelong learning approach to both her work and personal life. Leigh-Ann treats everyone with kindness and respect. Whether someone is struggling with a personal matter or with plotting assets on a map, her first words are always, “How can I help?” She is a strong ambassador to the community for diversity and inclusion, as evidenced by her support of Syrian refugees.

“We are incredibly excited to honor these three exceptional individuals with this award.” said City Manager, Tara Lodewyk. “Their unwavering commitment to modelling our cornerstone values makes them truly deserving recipients of this year’s Bob Stollings Memorial Award,”

The Bob Stollings Memorial Award was first established in 1985 and is presented every year to honour Robert (Bob) E. Stollings, a loyal and dedicated City employee from 1960-1984.

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