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Red Deer Chamber President Dustin Snider hands the reigns to Matt Cassidy

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News Release from Red Deer and District Chamber of Commerce

Chamber elects new President

Following the 127th Annual General Meeting of the Red Deer & District Chamber of Commerce, the Board of Directors elected Matt Cassidy of Beyond Insurance to be the
100th President of the business association.

An experienced Insurance Broker, Matt founded Beyond Insurance in 2017 and works alongside his wife Andrea. Born and raised in Red Deer, Matt is an active member of the Piper Creek Optimist Club, Against the Wall Theatre Society, and a Western Hockey League Alumni.

Matt replaces outgoing President Dustin Snider of Earls Restaurant.

Chamber CEO Rick More commented on the election: “We owe Dustin a debt of gratitude for his leadership during a trying time. Dustin led our organization with calm, thoughtful and strategic purpose as we dealt with some extraordinary difficulties – most of which were unimaginable when he first agreed to volunteer for our board. We welcome Matt to the role of President. His business acumen and experience in governance will be a great asset as the board works to hire a new CEO and we work toward a strong economic recovery for the region.”

Matt remarked, “I would like to thank my fellow board members for placing their trust in me as President for the 2021 Chamber year, and I look very forward to an exciting time as the Chamber evolves and continues to support business throughout our region. I would also like to thank Dustin and Rick for their leadership and mentorship throughout the past two years, and I anticipate a great year working with all of our board members.”

The Red Deer & District Chamber of Commerce is a non-partisan, collaborative leader in building a vibrant community and fosters an environment where businesses can lead, be innovative, sustainable, and grow.

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The Lending Cupboard staff announces hours for the holiday season

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Red Deer, Alberta – Dec. 3, 2021 – In order to make sure that clients can pick up any needed medical equipment prior to the Christmas season, staff at The Lending Cupboard would like to announce hours of operation for over the holidays.

“This year, we at The Lending Cupboard really feel that it’s important to allow our staff to spend time with their families over the holiday season. Because of that, and because Christmas falls over a weekend, we’ve decided that we will be closed between Christmas and New Year’s this year,” said Dawna Morey, executive director.

“Because of that, we want residents to be prepared so that if they are going to have surgeries, they can come in and see us before we leave on the 24th of December at 2 p.m.,” she said.

The Lending Cupboard will re-open for regular hours on Jan. 3rd.

Morey did emphasize that even with the holiday hours, there is no need for anyone to be concerned about accessing equipment in the event of an emergency.

“We all have emergencies in our lives, and in the case of emergencies people can still call us, and those calls will be monitored for emergencies only,” she said, adding they can call the regular office number of 403-356-1678.

“In those cases, we will be here to provide equipment.”

For inquiries, please feel free to reach out to us.

Dawna Morey – Executive Director

Phone: 403-356-1678 ext. 202

Email: [email protected]

 

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Grant’s story: Amazing Improvement with Hard Work & Support

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Grant was in his mid-fifties – maybe a bit overweight but with no other cardiovascular risk factors. However, a stroke hit and hit hard. His right side was very compromised, he had little use of his hands, he was unable to walk or lift his right arm. He was hospitalized in Red Deer for 4 months and then went to the Centennial Centre in Ponoka for rehab for 6 months. His doctor had told him that he would be bound to a wheelchair for the rest of his life and would never walk again or be able to recover from this stroke. This made Grant angry as he didn’t want this prognosis.

Since that time, he has put a lot of work and effort into getting better. The physios and rehab team helped him make progress, but he kept asking them how he could get more training. They were able to refer him to Recreation Therapy at RDPCN. His therapist arranged to work with him at the Gary W Harris Canada Games Centre three times per week. He is doing a lot better now. He can walk with a cane and he can lift 30 pounds on the machines at the gym. He can now clap hands. He has gained strength and control, his gait has improved along with his endurance, and he has an increased range of motion and strength in his upper extremities. He can now do many more tasks of daily living such as carry groceries, cook and barbeque.

Grant states that his doctor can’t believe his progress. Other people he knows have said very similar things. Working with the Rec Therapist has been very encouraging and supportive. The Rec Therapist has really helped me to stay motivated. Having a plan for myself also helps the attendants at the Gary Harris Centre to work with me to move forward. I have highly recommended this program to others I know who have had a stroke.

My work is not done but I am proud of the progress I have made and thankful for everything I can do for myself.

To learn more about the RDPCN programs, visit www.reddeerpcn.com

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