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RDC announces new Vice President Corporate



Red Deer, October 3, 2017 – Red Deer College will enhance its leadership team on October 16, when Shelley Ralston joins the College as the Vice President Corporate.

Since 2011, Ralston has been the Director of Talent and Culture with Xerox Canada, and her national-level portfolio included all aspects of sourcing, recruiting, learning and development, leadership development, strategic workforce planning and diversity and inclusion. With her extensive corporate experience and community contributions, including her input as a past member of the Provincial Task Force for Excellence in Teaching, Ralston brings a wealth of knowledge to her new role at RDC.

“It is a tremendous opportunity for Red Deer College to have Shelley Ralston join our team,” says Joel Ward, President & CEO. “The Vice President Corporate has to have a broad base of knowledge and experience from the corporate world, as well as an understanding of the post-secondary sector. Shelley’s years of experience at the national corporate level and her knowledge and vision for post- secondary makes her the ideal candidate to complement our Vice President group.”

The Vice President Corporate position is new to the College, and RDC undertook a national search to fill the role. The position is part of the Vice President Model that was introduced July 1, 2017, which consists of a Vice President Academic, Vice President College Services and Vice President Corporate. In her role, Ralston’s portfolio will consist of Marketing & Communications, Strategic Planning & Analysis, Human Resources and, within this academic year, Community Relations.

Ralston looks forward to her diverse portfolio, which will allow her to integrate her experience into a new operational role. “Joining RDC in this capacity is a wonderful opportunity for me to further commit my passion and abilities to help prepare for our future. I have always been impressed with the dedication and commitment of the faculty and staff at RDC and look forward to bringing new insights and perspectives to support our learners and the communities of central Alberta.”

While busy in her daily corporate life, Ralston also dedicates her time to high-level community initiatives that support central Alberta and beyond. She was part of RDC’s Board of Governors for six years and has also been on Boards for numerous community organizations. Currently, Ralston is a Board Member with Fortis Alberta and is the Volunteer Lead for the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2019 Canada Winter Games. She is a recipient of the Central Alberta Women of Excellence Award. A highlight from her community work includes her role as Co-Founder and Board member of the Women’s Leadership Foundation that raised over $4 million through the successful design and delivery of conferences and workshops.

“Through her corporate and community work, Shelley continually demonstrates her unwavering commitment to enhancing our region,” says Ward. “As we look to RDC’s exciting future filled with growth and opportunity, we know that her contributions as Vice President Corporate will be an incredible benefit to our College and to the learners we serve.”



Photo club focuses on Arctic images



If you’ve ever imagined grabbing your camera and heading off to photograph remote parts of the northern hemisphere, the Northwest Passage, Iceland or the remote Islands off of the shores of Scotland, the central Alberta photo club has a presentation you need to see.
Adventure Canada will share their experience photographing in Canada’s north and its coastlines. The company hosts tours on smaller cruise ships bringing photographers to shore via zodiacs.

“The club brings in different speakers to please the variety of individual needs of its members,” says Scotty Roxburgh, the club’s president, adding, “and we like to stimulate each level of photographer to move outside of their individual comfort zone.”

“Adventure Canada provides a variety of experts on their cruises to educate individuals about the remote areas they visit, professional photographers along with historians, marine biologists, culturalists, archaeologist, authors, artists,” Roxburgh said. He thinks the cruise will interest more than just the club members, so tickets for the March 3 presentations at Golden Circle event will also be available to the public at the door or online at .

Dr, Scott Forsyth, is an expert landscape photographer and he’ll share how he creates images, demonstrate setting up and photographing in remote areas, discuss composition, available light and post processing to achieve great images. The session runs from 2 until 5 pm Saturday returning at 7 pm with David Newland sharing his experiences of travelling the Northwest Passage through his Story and Song, a musical and spoken-word performance of original songs, along with photographs, inspired by the sights and sounds of the Canadian Arctic.

Roxburgh’s club, the Central Alberta Photographic Society, goes by its acronym nickname, CAPS, and is having a banner year, providing and organizing compelling presenters and interesting and rewarding outings. Membership includes beginners and experts and all levels in between, all enthusiastic about capturing images of great experiences. Think snowy owls. X-country ski championships. Beautiful Alberta landscapes. Ice bubbles at Lake Abraham.

As members get comfortable with their cameras, getting that great shot gets more compelling; the opportunities to take interesting photos keep expanding and they get together for some really enjoyable and instructive activity. Often outside, in fresh air.

Last month, more than a dozen members of the club covered the 2018 Haywood Noram/Peavy Mart Western Canadian Championships at Riverbend, taking thousands of images and providing organizers and athletes with a collection of more than 3,000 moments captured. Roxburgh says he’s pleased with how well the membership gels socially this year with good attendance and lots of enthusiastic participation.

Details of the Adventure Canada and Northwest Passage in Story, Song and Photograph are available at

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Get your tickets now for the Red Deer Hospitals Lottery



The Red Deer Hospitals Lottery helps to raise funds for programs, services and the purchase of medical equipment. This year, the funds will be used to purchase new technologically advanced patient beds.

What’s in a bed? Springs, foam, air, water, feathers? …new technology for hospital beds has far more options than these! If you or a loved one has stayed in a hospital you quickly discovered that one-size does not fit-all in terms of a bed.

Innovations have improved safety, comfort and functionality while reducing pain, pressure points and skin breakdown. Red Deer Hospital Lottery 2018 is dedicated to providing this new technology for patients at the Red Deer Regional Hospital Centre.

These new beds will extend to fit a larger compliment of the population served by the Red Deer Hospital. They will also lower, allowing easier access for shorter patients. This helps to prevent falls and slipping. Air surfaces can be adjusted to the firmness the patient requires to suit his/her comfort and therapy needs. New bed fabric – considerably more breathable – will lead to enhanced comfort and reduced sweating. Plus, unique air inflation options will make repositioning in bed easier for immobile patients. This not only optimizes patient comfort, it reduces strain and effort by caregivers while repositioning or performing other care activities.

From a safety perspective, newer beds have sensitive alarms that tell staff if a patient is about to get up without assistance. This alerts the nursing staff to attend to the person’s needs much sooner than the inevitable “bump” of a patient falling against something. The same alarm will identify when the mattress needs to be inflated to a therapeutic setting, which also supports patient comfort and safety. Finally, our new beds will have a very practical safety feature: a light under the bed illuminating the floor and any potential tripping hazards while not distracting from the need for sleep.

Red Deer Hospital Lottery 2018 is continuing to support this exciting technological advancement at the Red Deer Regional Hospital Centre, as the 2017 campaign was able to fund for half the beds required, with 49 left to purchase!

The 2018 Red Deer Hospital Lottery Dream Home, designed by Sorento Custom Homes, combines classic design with modern luxury. This $839,895 corner lot bungalow features 2,917 sq ft of developed living space, high vaulted ceilings, a screened sunroom, private side entrance, and a big double garage. But, there’s more! Enjoy your cozy main floor library, or start the day fresh in your own yoga room. Plus! This year’s home comes with furnishings provided by The Brick valued at $35,000. Our Dream Home is located in the gorgeous new community of Laredo, on the south east corner of Red Deer.

Todayville is proud to be a sponsor of this year’s Red Deer Hospitals Lottery.

Click this link to view all of the fabulous prizes up for grabs in this year’s Red Deer Hospitals Lottery. 

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february, 2018

wed14feb - 4aprfeb 146:00 pmapr 4TRIPLE T -Act/Dance/SingYouth 6 Create Your Own Play!6:00 pm - (april 4) 7:45 pm

thu15feb - 5aprfeb 155:30 pmapr 5Art of Friendship5:30 pm - (april 5) 7:30 pm

wed21feb - 25All DayThe 2018 Red Deer Gem & Mineral Show(All Day)

thu22feb7:00 pm- 10:00 pmPaint Night7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

fri23feb - 25All Day2018 Central Alberta Film Festival(All Day)

sat24feb11:00 am- 2:00 pmInternational Mother Language Day Event11:00 am - 2:00 pm

sun25feb8:30 am- 3:00 pmRBC Training Ground QualifierCOULD IT BE YOU?8:30 am - 3:00 pm