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Primary Care Network gears up for annual Fun Run Proceeds help to support the Central Alberta Child Advocacy Centre


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By Mark Weber

It’s time to hit the trails for an exceptional cause with the annual Primary Care Network Fun Run right around the corner.

This year’s event is slated to run May 7th in the Capstone area near downtown.

Anyone can take part, and participants can opt to sign up for 3km, 5km or 10km routes.

There is even a ‘Dog Jog’ this year for those who would like their furry friends to join in the fun.

Organizers point out that you can also choose to walk if you like.

The youngest members of the family can also get involved via the ‘500m Little Surfers’ and the ‘100m Boogie Babies’ events.

“The Fun Run is something that really fits with us – we are all about health promotion, encouraging people to be active and also encouraging families to get out there,” explains Lorna Milkovich, the PCN’s executive director. “And any funds being raised are going to the Central Alberta Child Advocacy Centre.”

Although some registration deadlines have passed, it’s not too late to get involved. Folks are welcome to even come down on May 7th and sign up. “There have been different deadlines for certain prizes and things, but you can do ‘walk-on’ registration,” she said.

“It’s also basically accessible to anyone!”

Adding to the action-packed day is a special ‘beach’ theme this year, according to the web site.

“You may have to use a little imagination to feel the sand between your toes as you run/walk your 10km, 5km, or 3km route, so put on your best sun gear to help set the mood – we’re thinking bright colours, fun shades and beach hats!”

And it’s not just about the Fun Run – there are loads of activities planned through the day from a Central Alberta Child Advocacy Centre Charity barbecue, face painters and lots of family activities and games by the Red Deer Family Resource Network to the CACAC Beer Gardens and Games area (partnered with Troubled Monk) and the Courage Cup Ball Hockey Tournament and After-Party.

The Central Alberta Child Advocacy Centre is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the protection and recovery of children.

“The organization was founded in response to a community crisis,” notes the web site. “An epidemic of youth suicides hit hard in Central Alberta, sparking overdue conversations and the need for a solution.

“A community coalition was formed with a goal to provide accessible mental health resources for adolescents, but the vision quickly expanded thanks to Sheldon Kennedy. It takes courage for a child to come forward and share that someone has hurt them – we are here to listen without judgment, provide a safe and comfortable space for them to share their story, to provide guidance and support – and to ultimately give them back the chance of a healthy future.”

In the meantime, things continue to be very busy at the PCN – staff members are gearing up to run a bike corral at the Farmer’s Market as they’ve done for years, said Milkovitch. It’s a popular public service to protect people’s bikes while they check out the market.

And of course, on the medical/health side of things, there is plenty going on via the organization’s multitude of very helpful programs.

Staff are hosting a Health Café with the City of Red Deer and Alberta Health Services on May 17 at 1 p.m., and it’s going to be on ‘Year of the Garden’.

It’s all part of a City of Red Deer initiative to encourage folks to get outside and be more active by gardening through the spring and summer.

And on June 15, a Health Café on ‘Post-partum Mental Health’ is set to start at 1 p.m. This session will be hosted by Ivy Parsons of AHS and PCN Family Nurse Michelle Abbott.

There are also plenty of regular programs through the PCN, which are free of charge, to check out from Anxiety to Calm, Happiness Basics and Moving on With Persistent pain to Relationships in Motion, Sleep, and Journey
Through Grief.

Others include My Way to Health (formerly Health Basics), Strong and Steady (which focuses on bolstering one’s strength and flexibility) and H.E.A.R.T.S. which has been designed to help families through the loss of a child during pregnancy or shortly after birth.

Several individual programs are available as well from help with diabetes, blood pressure and cholesterol to pharmacy queries to assistance with everything from quitting smoking to learning more about housing or financing.

For more about the PCN, check out or call the office at 403-343-9100.

For complete details about the PCN Fun Run, check out

Born and raised in Red Deer, Mark Weber is an award-winning freelance writer who is committed to the community. He worked as a reporter for the Red Deer Express for 18 years including six years as co-editor. During that time, he mainly covered arts and entertainment plus a spectrum of areas from city news and health stories to business profiles and human interest features. Mark also spent a year working for the regional publication Town and Country in northern Alberta, along with stints at the Ponoka News and the Stettler Independent. He’s thrilled to be a Todayville contributor, as it allows him many more opportunities to continue to focus on the city and community he not only has a passion for, but calls home as well.

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Sweet February Bake Sale for CA Humane Society

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Issue: 2023-2 February


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Visit CA Humane

We are here for you!

Tuesday – Saturday

10 am to 6 pm

Cat cuddling, Dog License renewal, Retail store and Bunny cuddles!

Dog viewing is by appointment only,

we do this to reduce the stress on the dogs.

View Available Animals for Adoption 
  • Altered Adult $125
  • Altered Kitten $175
  • Senior +8 yrs $60
  • Altered Adult $375
  • Altered Puppy $475
  • Senior +8 yrs $250

Cat & Dog Adoption prices include:

  • Initial Vaccinations & De-Worming
  • Complete Health Examination
  • Any procedures required for the health and wellness of the animal.

(Dental, treatments etc.)

  • Microchip Implant (pet identification device)
  • Spay/neuter
  • Complimentary Vet Exam within 3 weeks of adoption
  • Initial de-worming
  • Some medications (if necessary)
  • Starter food kit provided

We feed our pets Hills Science Diet!

View Available Animals for Adoption 

Morti Dog of the Month February!

Just in time for Valentine’s Day Morti may be the love you are looking for!!

No more eating alone, he could keep you warm at night, and you could go on adventures together! He is just over 1 year old and is a Shepherd/Border Collie Cross and is extra handsome with 1 bright blue eye!  If you’re looking for an active buddy to take hiking or swimming and then come home to snuggle with on the couch, he may be your perfect match! Morti has lots of energy but he’s also just the sweetest boy! He would just love to meet you! If it sounds like he could be a good fit for your life, please call and book an appointment. Who knows, it could be love at first sight!

For the coming months, Energy Effects & One Smart Cookie K9 Services Inc. are offering a lucky adopter ONE COMPLEMENTARY session of K9 Training and ONE COMPLEMENTARY session of Jin Shin Jyjitsu ~ PLUS discounts on more sessions!! Their goal, as well as ours, is to help new fur families have all the tools to create successful live-long relationships.

If you are interested in meeting Morti, please contact us at

403-342-7722 ext 0

This program is a collaborative effort between Central Alberta Humane Society, Energy Effects & One Smart Cookie K9 Services Inc. to promote one adoptable dog each month.

Foster Families

If you’d like to make a big impact on homeless animals in Central Alberta, consider becoming a foster family.

The ability to provide a temporary home to a shelter

animal in need is an immensely rewarding experience!

We are looking for dog fosters that are interested in having weekend sleepovers with one of our shelter dogs. Specifically, homes with no other pets and children for our long-timers in our care.

Please send in your application to be a part of our Foster Team!

Telisha ~ Animal Care Assistant Manager & Foster Coordinator

403-342-7722 ext 212 E: [email protected]


Volunteer Opportunities!

Volunteers are an important part of the Central Alberta Humane Society. We need volunteers to assist with everyday operations.

Shelter Helpers – We are always in need more volunteers for shelter support. We have various roles that are always needed. Cat Cuddling, Kennel Care, Laundry and some administrative support. Training privided!

Bingo – CA Humane needs more volunteers for our monthly Bingos. The Central Alberta Humane Society is a charity and not-for-profit so it is important for us to do community events and fundraising to make the funds that will keep our shelter running throughout the year. Each bingo requires 4-8 volunteers and has various roles.

Dog Walking/Enrichment – Would you like to help our shelter dogs get out of their kennels, all while enjoying some canine bonding time and sharing some great exercise endorphins?  We need dog walkers to help our shelter kids get some much-needed outdoor enrichment time.

Amber ~ Volunteer Coordinator

403.342.7722 ext. 216 E: [email protected]


Birthday Pawty!

CA Humane is the perfect place to host a birthday party!

2 hours of ‘Pawty’ fun!

$175 Includes

  • room set up and clean up
  • space for up to 15 children
  • lightly decorated room with your choice of tablecloth colour
  • children’s craft
  • mini tour/presentation of the CA Humane Society.
  • Animal visits
  • One hour for your food, cake, and presents.

Book your party now to be assured of your chosen date!!

Contact Lindsay for more information!

[email protected] 

Upcoming dates:

4-day camp February 21-24 (Tuesday-Friday)

Single days also available

CA Humane offers camps for children aged 6-10 on pd days and school breaks that coincide with both the Red Deer public school board and the Red Deer regional catholic school board!

Register early to ensure your spot!

Contact Lindsay for more information!

[email protected] 

Register for Camp

January Volunteer of the Month!

Nicole is the CA Humane Volunteer for the month of January!

Nicole is a cat cuddler volunteer and helps our CA Humane team by doing laundry and dishes. She loves animals, caring for them, and of course cat cuddling! She began volunteering to gain experience as she would like to work in the animal field someday. Nicole loves to help organizations that care for animals by doing anything she can do. In 2022 Nicole made 15 blankets for our animals in care! Nicole is a bright light to have around the shelter and is a huge help to our staff every time she is in. Thank you, Nicole, for your service within CA Humane and our community!

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Red Deer Mayor Shares Message on Mentoring

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In an effort to help Youth HQ and Big Brothers Big Sisters recruit more mentors for the kids on their waitlist, Red Deer Mayor Ken Johnston took a moment to record a video and speak on the matter:

There are currently over 70 kids in Red Deer on a waiting list, hoping for a mentor.

Anyone looking to become a mentor can visit the Youth HQ website, or reach out directly to Volunteer Resources Coordinator, Janessa McCormack via email at [email protected]

Big Brothers Big Sisters has been active for over 100 years. The organization came to the Red Deer & District region in 1976 and has been at work in this community ever since. Several programs and services are available to young persons and their families, including in-school mentoring.

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