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Red Deer Celebrates 100th Anniversary of Victory at Vimy


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In the accompanying video Capt. James Gascoyne explains the significance of the Battle of Vimy Ridge.

From April 9 to 12, 1917, the Battle of Vimy Ridge was fought by four divisions of the Canadian Corps (see Canadian Expeditionary Force).  At 5:30 AM on Easter Monday, April 9 the first wave of 15 thousand Canadians (fighting together for the first time) attacked the critically strategic ridge and took it from the German army.  More than 10,500 Canadians were killed and wounded in the assault.

This weekend Red Deer will celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the Battle.  This Sunday morning (April 9th) at 10:30, the military parade will start and finish in the parking lot at 52nd Street and Gaetz Avenue.  A Remembrance Ceremony will be conducted at the Cenotaph on 50th Street, wrapping up by 11:30.

Taking part will be soldiers from 41 Signal Regiment and 78 Field Battery, 20 Field Regiment, Royal Canadian Artillery, with the support of the City of Red Deer. Also participating in the parade are members of the 1390 Royal Canadian Army Cadet Corps 24 Royal Canadian Air Cadet Squadron (RCACS) and the Royal Canadian Legion in the downtown core and culminate with ceremony at the Cenotaph, ending at approximately 11:30.

For an excellent overview of the Battle, click this link to the Canadian War Museum.   Also Sunday, at 1:30 PM the Red Deer Museum and Art Gallery  is featuring a presentation from local author Sigmund Brouwer called “Innocent Heroes: Animals in War and the Battle of Vimy Ridge” and the Red Deer Legion Branch 35 invites the public to drop by after the ceremony for refreshments and fellowship.

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Strategies to Manage Persistent Pain, September 16th

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Strategies to Manage Persistent Pain Thursday, September 16, 2021 1:00-2:00 pm
Red Deer Public Library Facebook Live

Come learn more about persistent (chronic) pain from our team at Red Deer PCN. You will learn about different types of pain, medication to manage ongoing pain, the effects and benefits of opioids, and the importance of non-medication strategies to help manage your pain.

Presented by Red Deer PCN’s Dr. Myburgh G.P, Jennifer Howe, Pharmacist & Jennifer Wallin, Psychologist.

Tune into Facebook Live at Red Deer Public Library Facebook page for this program.

This is one of a series of health-related programs co-sponsored by the Red Deer PCN and the Red Deer Library.
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Getting My Blood Glucose Back in the Normal Range Gave Me Tears of Joy

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Diabetes runs in my family; my mom has it and my grandma did too. Well before Christmas 2019, at a routine physical my doctor told me that I have diabetes. I tried to bring it down for the next 3 months, but I was not successful, in fact it got worse. At this time, the doctor referred me to the PCN Family Nurse. I started seeing her and we made plans for how I could get through the Christmas season. However, I did very poorly as I love sweets. Getting poor readings, feeling exhausted and worrying who would look after my daughter if something were to happen to me left me very lethargic and depressed.

The nurse was patient and very encouraging. She helped me to change my mindset. I decided to take up the challenge to improve my blood glucose. The nurse and I talked about the rice in my diet and portion sizes of rice. I am from an island nation and rice is our staple. I did some testing of my blood glucose after consuming some of my favorite foods and I notice that amount of rice I was consuming did increase my blood glucose significantly. I thought I could never have a meal without it being mostly rice but I have learned now that I can do this quite easily. Even though I have a puppy, I would only walk her for 5 to 10 minutes at a time.

Since my mindset change, I worked to build up my activity. I started with 5-minute stints and pushed myself forward until now I am at one-hour stints. I take the dog for nice long walks and we both enjoy it. People comment on how good I look and how much more energetic I am. I feel really good now, both physically and mentally. The nurse helped to give me the confidence to tackle diabetes. I had tears of joy when I learned my blood glucose is back to the normal range.

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