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Red Deer family gives lift to STARS lottery launch with their live-saving story

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  • When you hear the sound of a STARS helicopter, you know it s involved in a life-saving mission.  That was certainly the case when Red Deer boy Jayden Sorsdahl fell gravely ill on March 8, 2015 (see video). The 25th edition of the STARS lottery launched today offering 3,034 prizes valued at $4.7 million.  LUCKY STARS 50/50 is back and a lucky ticket buyer could win up to $1.75 million.

    Ticket prices range from $25/ticket to 18 for $250.  You can find all of the details on tickets, prizes and all things lotto by clicking right here. 

    Click through the gallery to see a few photos of the famed helicopter, pilot Ken King re-united with Jayden Sorsdahl, and pilot Jennifer Thiel giving Jayden a personal tour of the cockpit.

    Read more from Todayville.com. 

     

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    Pilot Ken King and VIP Jayden Sorsdahl


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    Salvation Army Christmas Campaign Down from Last Year

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  • Red Deer, AB – December 5, 2018 – Kettle donations are down at The Salvation Army in Red Deer, and they are in danger of not reaching their $240,000 goal. Their Adopt-a-Family program is also short 30 sponsors to help families in need this Christmas.

    “Our Kettle donations are behind $11,000 from this time last year and we’re desperate for Adopt-a- Family sponsors for families,” says Red Deer Salvation Army Officer, Major Larry Bridger. “We could really use some extra help this year with donations, sponsors, and volunteers.”

    Major Bridger is asking for businesses, clubs, or families, to become a sponsor and help a family in need this Christmas. It’s an anonymous match-up to make sure that every family will receive what they need for a good Christmas, and it’s easy to become a sponsor – just call 403-346-2251.

    Also, all Kettle donations made in Red Deer stay local to ensure Salvation Army programs and services continue year-round, including their food bank services, school meal program, clothing, hot meals, summer camps, and senior’s programs.

    “To make it easier to donate, we’ve added debit and credit card machines to six of our 10 Kettles this year, for those who don’t carry cash,” says Major Bridger. “You can also donate online anytime at fillthekettle.com.”

    Please call 403-346-2251 for information on helping The Salvation Army’s Christmas Campaign in Red Deer.

    The Salvation Army is an international Christian organization that began its work in Canada in 1882 and has grown to become the largest non-governmental direct provider of social services in the country. The Salvation Army gives hope and support to vulnerable people in 400 communities across Canada and in 131 countries around the world. The Salvation Army offers practical assistance for children and families, often tending to the basic necessities of life. When you give to The Salvation Army, you are investing in the future of marginalized and vulnerable people in your community.


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    Aspiring entrepreneurs invited to be part of upcoming Red Deer College events

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  • Red Deer, December 4, 2018 – This winter, Red Deer College will be hosting two opportunities that will help to educate and encourage future small business owners. The Business Basics for the Aspiring Entrepreneur Seminar along with Breakthrough Your Business, a Dragon’s Den-style competition, will help people learn how to develop and then pitch their business ideas.

    “Central Alberta is filled with people who have innovative ideas and entrepreneurial spirits,” says Darcy Mykytyshyn, Dean of RDC’s Donald School of Business. “The two events we’re offering provide unique opportunities to introduce people to foundational business knowledge and skills that will help them transform their ideas into actionable business plans.”

    Business Basics for the Aspiring Entrepreneur is a one-day seminar that is open to anyone, including RDC alumni living in Alberta. The free event will provide information for people interested in starting and operating a small business. Topics will include legal structure and risk management, financing, accounting, sales and marketing, entrepreneurism, tips for success, key steps, and lessons learned.

    For those looking to elevate their business ideas to the next level, the Breakthrough Your Business competition will provide an opportunity to create a proposal and business plan, which they will then present to a panel of judges. The first and second place winners will be awarded $6,000 and $4,000, respectively, to help them start their small businesses. Each winner will also receive a $500 tuition voucher for RDC’s School of Continuing Education.

    Local philanthropists, Joan and Jack Donald, have sponsored this event since it was first created, dedicating their time through mentorship and donating a total of $20,000 in prize money over the years. As business owners, they understand the challenges that can come from starting a new business. They believe the learning and opportunities from Breakthrough Your Business will help support local entrepreneurs to make timely, sound decisions as they pursue their business goals.

    “There are many good opportunities lost and precious time wasted for lack of a timely decision,” says Jack Donald. “Both Joan and I have always followed this rule: marshal the facts, make a decision and move on. As long as you make more ‘good’ decisions than ‘poor’ ones you will prosper. This Breakthrough Your Business event is a great opportunity.”

    To help this year’s participants prepare for the event, competitors will have the opportunity to partner with students to develop the business proposals.

    “This is a great example of collaboration and learning, with students from the Donald School of Business working with local people to help them develop viable business plans,” says Mykytyshyn. “It’s a practical learning opportunity that has benefits for everyone involved.”

    Anyone competing in Breakthrough Your Business must participate in the Business Basics Seminar, either this year or in the past years, as the learning from this seminar will help to position them for success in the competition and in their future businesses.

    People interested in participating in Business Basics for the Aspiring Entrepreneur Seminar and Breakthrough Your Business are encouraged to be aware of the upcoming dates and deadlines for the events:

    January 18, 2019 – January 26, 2019 – February 15, 2019 – February 22, 2019 – March 9, 2019

    Expression of Interest registration deadline for Breakthrough Your Business Business Basics Seminar (required for Breakthrough Your Business) Submission deadline for Breakthrough Your Business

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    For further details, contact BreakthroughYourBusiness@rdc.ab.ca.

    About RDC: For 55 years, RDC has been proudly serving its learners and communities. The College continues to grow programs, facilities and opportunities as it transitions to become a comprehensive regional teaching university during the next three to five years. This year, RDC will add seven new programs to more than 100 established programs (including full degrees, certificates, diplomas and skilled trades programs). RDC educates 7,500 full-and part-time credit students and more than 38,000 youth and adult learners in the School of Continuing Education each year. The College is expanding its teaching, learning, athletic and living spaces with the additions of the state-of-the-art Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre/Centre des Jeux du Canada Gary W. Harris, Alternative Energy Lab and construction of a new Residence which all enhance RDC’s Alternative Energy Initiative. Main campus is strategically situated on 290 acres of Alberta’s natural landscape along Queen Elizabeth II Highway. RDC is also proud to serve its Donald School of Business students housed at a downtown campus, located in the Millennium Centre, in addition to housing teaching and learning space at the Welikoklad Event Centre.

    For more information on RDC, please visit: rdc.ab.ca| twitter | facebook | instagram


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