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2019 Canada Winter Games

The role of the College in the 2019 Canada Winter Games



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  • RDC is Ready for the Games

    In just eight days, the 2019 Canada Winter Games will begin, and the feeling of anticipation and excitement is becoming palpable across our community and at Red Deer College.

    It’s been four-and-a-half years since Red Deer first learned we would get the Games – years that now seem to have gone by in an instant – but years that were filled with planning and preparation. After so much work by so many people, this community is ready. And Red Deer College is ready.

    As a competition venue, RDC will be showcased on the national stage when we host five competition events in our new Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre/Centre des Jeux du Canada Gary W. Harris. In week one of the Games, we will host Wheelchair Basketball and Speed Skating – Short Track. In week two, there will be Badminton, Figure Skating and Squash.

    I had an opportunity to see competitions in these sports earlier this fall, when RDC hosted Pre- Games events leading up to the Winter Games. What I saw was incredibly talented young athletes who were at the top of their sport. Coaches, parents and spectators were using our new Centre – many for the first time – and the feedback they gave was that it was an incredible facility, and they couldn’t wait to come back for the Games. These Pre-Games events were exciting and positive, and they were just a sample of what’s to come. I cannot wait to see all of the activities that will take place and the people who will be here from across our nation during the Games.

    Beyond competitions at the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre, RDC will have another major role during the Games when we host all 3,600 competitors at the Athletes’ Village. Each week of the Games, there will be about 1,800 athletes living on our main campus. They will eat, sleep and live at Red Deer College, including in our new Residence, which will be complete and ready for athletes when they arrive.

    Outside of the competitions and the training that happens during the Games, there’s a mini community formed when people from across the country come together and live in the same place. This community will have its home in the Athlete’s Village at RDC, and we’re very pleased to host such an important part of the Games. It is only possible because of extensive work and planning on part of our leadership team, the Games Host Society, our Residence staff, Olds College and our students – thank you for all of your expertise, input and support in making this happen.

    And thank you to all of the RDC staff, faculty and students for the work that you’ve done leading up to the Games and for the contributions you will make during this major event. In my conversations with people from across the College, I know that there are many passionate, dedicated people who have already and will continue to volunteer their time to be part of the Games – at RDC and in other roles throughout the community.

    An event of this magnitude won’t likely happen again in our region for a generation or more. I encourage everyone to get involved, in whatever way works best for you. Whether it’s volunteering, watching events or enjoying the arts and cultural activities happening throughout the city, please take every opportunity to enjoy all the Games have to offer.

    I look forward to seeing you at Red Deer College and throughout the community during the 2019 Canada Winter Games.

    Joel Ward is President & CEO of Red Deer College.

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    2019 Canada Winter Games

    To a “City of Volunteers” from the Chair of the 2019 Canada Winter Games… Thank you!



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  • The 2019 Canada Winter Games are underway and the city is alive with activity.  You can feel a buzz on major roadways, near any of the games venues, and on the sidewalks and streets downtown.  It’s time to enjoy the experience, take in the sport and culture.. make memories with your loved ones.

    It certainly is a good time to be grateful and that’s the way Games Chair Lyn Radford is feeling.  In the days leading up to the games she reached out to her community to offer thanks to a short list of citizens.  Well… at least that ‘was’ a short list of citizens… until the final day of Radford’s “grateful campaign”.    For her final thank you, Lyn turned her attention to the thousands of citizens who are volunteering in all the roles needed to make sure these games are a ‘smooth’ success.

    These people have all stepped up to the plate in a major way and Lyn wants to recognize their impact.  If you’re looking for someone to say thank you to for this event and for the many legacy infrastructure projects that will enhance Central Alberta’s offering to future citizens..  say Thank You… to someone in a volunteer uniform.

    Thank you from Todayville as well!   Now over to Lyn:

    Day 1 of personal thanks for 2019 Canada Winter Games – Red Deer journey- is to the 5000 + volunteers that believe in their community and are sharing their time and skills to make this event a life shaping experience for athletes and spectators .

    From the bottom of my heart ❤️ I send so much love to all of you for stepping up! I know you will show CANADA the class act Red Deer, Central Alberta and Alberta is!

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    2019 Canada Winter Games

    Brett Kissel and Frannie Klein kick off the 52 North Music and Cultural Festival Sat. Feb. 16



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  • Opening night of the 52 North Concert Series features some serious country music with Alberta’s own Brett Kissel and Manitoba’s Frannie Klein.


    Brett Kissel seemingly sprung out of nowhere onto Canada’s country music scene – an apparent overnight sensation who now occupies the lofty space as one of the country’s leading country music stars.
    But there’s always another story – the one that saw a young kid from Flatbush writing songs from a young age, ducking in and out of Legion Halls, shopping centres, and downtown clubs in the middle of  severe Edmonton winter nights.  He was not old enough to get into them through the front doors.
    Always an acoustic guitar case in hand, cowboy hat firmly in place, and the look of calm determination of someone who knew at an early age that this was what they were meant to do.  Polite, energetic, and talented.  Brett’s paid his dues and has what it takes to be an ‘overnight sensation’.

    Here’s some background from Brett’s website:

    Over the past few years, the country crooner has received an armful of Canadian Country Music Association Awards, (including two straight wins for Male Artist of the Year and the coveted Fans’ Choice). Brett was the recipient of the Allan Slaight Honor from Canada’s Walk of Fame (previously presented to Drake, Shawn Mendes and The Weeknd), the Breakthrough Artist of the Year winner at the JUNO Awards, and was recognized as the International Artist of the Year at the Worldwide Radio Summit in Hollywood, California (an honour bestowed upon Ed Sheeran and Adele in the last two years respectively). Click to read more.

    ‘Frannie Klein is bringing real country music back.’

    Frannie Klein’s bio describes her like this:

    Authentic, badass, and genuine – she is the real deal. Growing up on Lake Manitoba and raised on a cattle ranch, she has been immersed in the country lifestyle since birth. Forever embracing her aboriginal heritage, she often spends time back in Ebb & Flow First Nation , and credits much of her musical passion, fierce spirit, and attitude to her time spent there.

    Frannie Klein and Great Canadian Entertainment President Scott Ord started collaborating in the summer of 2015, working together to create the best possible debut project for her. The album was written by Frannie during a handful of trips down to Nashville over the last two years. Together, with a band of Winnipeg’s finest musicians, they have begun to produce a project that is fun, timeless, and classic. 

    Brett Kissel and Frannie Klein are firing up the mainstage dome at the Gary W. Harris Celebration Plaza on Saturday, February 16. You definitely don’t want to miss this!

    6 p.m. Dome opens
    7:30 p.m. Frannie Klein 
    9 p.m. Brett Kissel

    Experience some of Canada’s best arts and entertainment as part of the 2019 Games’ 52° North Music + Cultural Festival, presented by ATB and ATCO.

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