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Coalition helps children develop qualities to succeed in life

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Families of all ages take part in activities at developmental asset-building stations, designed to develop positive qualities in children, as part of Red Deer’s Strengthening Positive Assets & Resiliency in Communities (SPARC) coalition.
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  • Red Deer coalition helps children develop qualities to succeed in life
    Story by Melissa Ballantyne | Photo courtesy of SPARC Red Deer

    RED DEER — Hugs, a giant game of Jenga and an interactive display about gratitude, at first glance, have little in common — but all three play a role in strengthening communities.

    To show gratitude, to be kind and caring to socially engage with others are all considered developmental assets. Fostering these qualities in children is the key focus of Alberta Health Services (AHS) and its partners in the Red Deer Strengthening Positive Assets & Resiliency in Communities (SPARC) coalition.

    “These three activities provide different experiences that help build assets, or positive building blocks, in children,”  says AHS Health Promotion Facilitator Rania Page, also co-chair of the Red Deer SPARC coalition. “There are 40 developmental assets that SPARC wants to educate the community about,” says Paige. “Research shows the higher number of assets a young person has, the more likely they are to succeed in school, make better decisions, have better coping skills and have better overall health.”

    Developmental assets can be both external and internal, and range from family support, a caring neighbourhood, service to others, safety, creative activities, school engagement, integrity, honesty, interpersonal competence and self-esteem.

    There are many ways for families to promote asset-building at home, but many may be unsure of exactly what development assets are, or how to support their children in building them.

    To support families, SPARC offers Simple Connections Stronger Families events. Suitable for families with children ages 6-12, these events build resiliency and teach families more ways to connect.

    Two events have been held in Red Deer so far this year, with a total turnout of more than 600.

    “We’re so happy with the early success of this program,” says Denise Fredeen, AHS Health Promotion Facilitator and SPARC member. “Each event is designed with hands-on activities that give children positive experiences, and help parents recognize the specific assets being built.”

    Games, family meals, constructive use of time, discussions on expectations and boundary-setting all play a role in asset building — and they’re featured in ‘stations’ at these events.

    “A lot of these are things that often come naturally,” adds Paige. “However many parents may not be aware of the total impact they have. These events help foster understanding and enable parents to make that connection. It’s a really simple way to grow healthy, happy kids.”

    The SPARC coalition comprises a number of community groups including: Alberta Health Services, the City of Red Deer, Red Deer Catholic Regional Schools and the Red Deer Public School District.

    For a full list of partners and upcoming events, please SPARCRD on Facebook.

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    Springbrook to construct impressive skateboard park

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  • From the Springbrook Community Skate Park Committee

    Springbrook Community Skate park Committee receives $125,000 CFEP grant from Government of Alberta

    Group is nearly 75% funded for the $635,000 Skate Park Facility

    Springbrook, a young, family oriented community located 8 km south of Red Deer, will benefit greatly from this grant. The $125,000 CFEP (Community Facility Enhancement Program) grant will bring the total funds raised for the project to approx. $455,000 of the $635,000 project total. Red Deer County ($305,000) and community fundraising efforts ($25,000 to date) have contributed to the total.

    Adrian Pidhirney, Committee Director, Springbrook Community Skatepark Committee and FCSS Community Worker commented, “This is a great opportunity for our small hamlet. With nearly 1/3 of our population of 1500 under the age of 20, this park will have major impact now and well into the future. We are hoping to begin construction late this summer, with a completion date of Spring 2020.”

    The remaining $180,000 will be raised through local fundraising efforts and through corporate sponsorship opportunities. Local businesses are encouraged to contact the Springbrook Community Skate park Committee regarding sponsorship opportunities. Please visit www.sc-sc.org or www.facebook.com/SpringbrookCommunitySkateparkCommittee for more information.


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    Time is Muscle Fundraiser for Cardiac Cath Lab Saturday

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  • In February of 2018 a group of volunteers, in conjunction with the Red Deer Regional Health Foundation hosted a Community Cardiac Awareness and Fundraising event called “Time is Muscle”

    Since the event rapidly sold-out, we are eager to forge ahead in 2019 with a larger venue at the sponsoring Sheraton Red Deer Hotel. “Time is Muscle” 2019 is a heart-themed 3 course plated dinner, a “Heartbeats Band: Songs from the Heart” Retro Rock & Roll Party, silent auction, live painting, art gallery & sale, 50/50 & vacation raffles and a fun photo corner. Guests are encouraged to wear red in solidarity for the cause!

    The purpose of the event once again is to raise funds to enhance cardiac care at the Red Deer Regional Hospital with an emphasis on the acquisition of a cardiac catheterization lab, to raise public awareness of cardiac (heart) health and the need for hospital expansion.

    Currently, cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in Canada. Cardiac catheterization is a specialized procedure to unblock coronary arteries that feed the heart (also known as an angioplasty) in the event of a heart attack.

    Corporate and personal donations are sincerely appreciated including cash, products or services and will be issued a tax receipt and optional recognition. Business names will be presented alongside silent auction items at the event. You can also provide your own framed logo. See publications below.

    Sincerely yours, the Time is Muscle Team (Directors Vanessa Higgins-Nogareda & Harley Hay)

     

    Come lend your support for a Cardiac Catheterization Lab and Red Deer Hospital Expansion!

    Time is Muscle’s aim is to raise awareness that Central Albertans need a Cardiac Catheterization Lab and Red Deer Hospital Expansion. Funds raised will go towards Cardiac Care via the Red Deer Regional Health Foundation. 

    When: January 19, 2019

    WhereSheraton Red Deer Hotel, Tuscany Room

    What: 3 course plated dinner, The Heartbeats Band “Songs From the Heart” Retro Rock and Roll Show and Dance, Central Alberta Health Care Advocacy Video Sponsored and Directed by Harley Hay, Silent Auction, H’art gallery and sale, raffles, photo corner

    Dress: WEAR RED! business casual to semi-formal

    Bring: A photo of any loved one who has passed from Heart Disease that you would like to honor on our memory wall

    Information/ Tickets: www.facebook.com/TimeIsMuscleRD or 403-343-4773

     


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