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Red Deer Citizen of the Year Terry Loewen spearheads critical community projects

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The Red Deer Rotary Club has named Terry Loewen 2018 Citizen of the Year.  Loewen is Vice President of Abbey Platinum Master Built, one of Red Deer’s largest home building companies.  Over the years he has used his professional skills time and time again to build support, and physical buildings for various community projects.  Starting with unique and impressive playhouses donated to the Festival of Trees, Terry moved on to larger and larger commitments.  Two massive projects stand out as incredible accomplishments.  In 2014 Loewen lead the charge for a complete overhaul of the facilities at Camp Alexo.  The summer camp has provided life changing experiences for Central Alberta youth for decades, and the original facility was in dire need.   Loewen recruited over 300 volunteers and tradespeople  to spend a weekend in what became known as Weekend Warriors for Camp Alexo.   Loewen also spearheaded a local group looking for relief for young people suffering various forms of trauma.  This has culminated in the the new Central Alberta Child Advocacy Centre which offers co-ordinated supports for children impacted by various forms of abuse.

Please see this short video profiling Terry Loewen and his role in these crucial projects.

Todayville congratulates Terry Loewen, 2018 Red Deer Citizen of the Year.


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Ellis Bird Farm… A place where nature and industry need each other.

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Can industry and the environment thrive side by side?  There’s an amazing park just west of Red Deer where industry and nature have combined to create something precious… The Ellis Bird Farm.

40 years ago, Union Carbide.. a huge multinational company was looking for a new home in Central Alberta.  Union Carbide wanted to set up an ethylene glycol plant along the Red Deer River, right smack in the middle of some of the best agricultural land in the country.

The last person many would expect to deal with the company was a slight and aging farmer, a bird lover named Charlie Ellis.   In the years after their parents died, Charlie and his sister Winnie stayed on the Ellis farm and cultivated their passion for nature.  Charlie started innocently enough with a few birdhouses, and a strong urge to protect native birds… tree swallows, chickadees, purple martins, flickers, and especially Mountain Bluebirds.  The birds flocked in record numbers to Winnie’s orchards and flower gardens as well as Charlie’s growing number of birdhouses stretching acre after acre.   When an agent of Union Carbide came for a visit.. to everyone’s surprise, Charlie proposed a deal.  If the company was willing to take care of his birds, if they’d promise to keep up what Charlie had built up… well then Charlie would sell his land to the company.   That was the beginning of Ellis Bird Farm.

Sponsored by DOW Chemical Canada and Ellis Bird Farm, Todayville is proud to present a series of features on the history of Central Alberta’s incredible prairie oasis and nature preserve… The Ellis Bird Farm.  In this video we hear from Jean-Yves Vanier of Dow Canada.

 


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Urgent need for blood donors by Canada Day!

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More than 23,000 donors across Canada needed by July 2

Canadian Blood Services is urging Canadians to help meet patients’ needs this summer by donating blood and by encouraging others to roll up their sleeves as well. With people away or busy with other activities, there tend to be fewer donations, making summer one of the most challenging times for Canada’s blood system.

More than 23,000 donors are urgently needed by July 2 to ensure patients continue to have access to the blood and blood products they need.

“The summer is a time for family to relax and enjoy themselves. Yet, the need for blood and blood products is constant. The need for blood does not take a holiday,” says Rick Prinzen, Canadian Blood Services’ chief supply chain officer and vice-president of donor relations

Kiran Benet from Brampton, ON is grateful to blood donors for the critical support they provided to her 15-year-old daughter, Cierra, who required 28 blood transfusions, in addition to a life-altering stem cell transplant.

“At age 10, Cierra was diagnosed with Myelodysplastic Syndrome (MDS), a rare blood disorder in which the bone marrow fails to make enough viable blood cells,” says Kiran. “Life turned upside down for a couple of years until a genetically matched volunteer stem cell donor was found. Today, Cierra is preparing for her Grade 9 exams and recently celebrated her birthday. None of this would have been possible without the generosity of donors willing to help people like us.”

Currently, the national blood inventory continues to meet patients’ needs but a boost in donations by Canada Day will ensure demand is met throughout the summer. New donors are urged to get involved.

Canadians who are unable to give blood can encourage others in their networks to give blood on their behalf. Making an appointment to donate has never been easier.

Visit blood.ca, download our GiveBlood app or call 1-888-2-DONATE to find a nearby donation site. Walk in appointments are also available at all locations.Ur


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june, 2018

wed30may - 26sepmay 303:30 pmsep 26ATB Financial Downtown Market(may 30) 3:30 pm - (september 26) 6:30 pm

sun10jun - 24jun 1010:00 amjun 242018 Edgar Farms Asparagus Festival10:00 am - 4:00 pm (24)

sun17jun - 1juljun 1710:00 amjul 1- 4:00 pm2018 Edgar Farms Asparagus Festival10:00 am - (july 1) 4:00 pm

tue19jun - 15juljun 198:00 pmjul 15Freewill Shakespeare Festival8:00 pm - (july 15) 10:30 pm

thu21jun - 3juljun 216:30 pmjul 3THE WORKS ART & DESIGN FESTIVAL6:30 pm - (july 3) 12:00 am

fri22jun - 1juljun 227:30 pmjul 1- 9:15 pmEdmonton International Jazz Festival7:30 pm - (july 1) 9:15 pm

fri22jun - 23jun 229:00 pmjun 23A Weekend With St. James Gate I Bo's Bar & Stage9:00 pm - 1:00 am (23)

sat23junAll DayRed Deer Highland Games(All Day: saturday)

sat23jun4:00 pm- 8:00 pmOlds Beer Festival4:00 pm - 8:00 pm

sun24jun11:00 am- 2:00 pmOne Eleven Jazzy Brunch11:00 am - 2:00 pm

mon25jun - 3sepAll DayRip ‘N Rec Summer Pass returns for youth in Red Deer(All Day)

tue26jun5:00 pm- 6:30 pmUnited Way Central Alberta Annual General Meeting5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

tue26jun - 22juljun 268:00 pmjul 22Freewill Shakespeare Festival8:00 pm - (july 22) 10:30 pm

wed27jun - 1juljun 279:00 amjul 1- 8:00 pmWestern Canadian Breeders Championships9:00 am - (july 1) 8:00 pm

wed27jun2:00 pm- 3:30 pmMayor’s Garden Party2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

sat30jun9:00 am- 12:00 pmRed Deer Roundup 5k/10k/15k Run9:00 am - 12:00 pm

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