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Red Deer family hosting fundraiser for single mom battling cancer for last 11 years

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  • From Jessica Ryan

    Being diagnosed at age 23 a young woman’s life began to unravel and change more than she could have ever expected.  Diagnosed with stage 3 cancer Jamie Carswell fought through every hurdle and obstacle in her way!

    Jamie faces challenges that only very few have to undertake, and time and time again continues to battle the disease.  At age 29 she became a mom and had a dear friend carry a child for her as, the disease made that challenging.  Now age 34 Jamie continues to battle her 4th bout with cancer over her 11 years of diagnosis.  This life-altering disease has left her a single mom to a 5 year old son and she now requires daily homecare by her mother Pauline Carswell.  Pauline is known in Red Deer by her many years of competitive and leisure leagues at The Red Deer Curling Club.  Her Father Robert Carswell owns and operated the non profit Red Deer Boxing Club for over 30 years in Red Deer.  Both her parents help raise her son alongside her as well as reside together.  Three generations living in one home, and not the usual way we are taught to view life.  Her mother attends to her daily needs and this has proven difficult in a home filled with barriers that have given little accessibility to continue care at home.

    Currently they are building a wheelchair accessible home to help ease and support her daily life.  This home will provide the required access for her future, while providing a forever home for her son to grow up in.

    The Event will be held November 24, 2018 – 7:00 pm at Elephant & Castle Pub and Restaurant #500 Timberlands Drive, Red Deer.
    (Dinner available 5:00 pm onward with pre-sale tickets)

    We are pre-selling tickets which will include : Pub Classic Dinner menu ( excluding Pub Steak) and live entertainment.
    We will be having door prize, raffle items, silent auction and more.

    We ask you to invest in our mission by attending or contributing to our fundraiser Pub night.

    We have a account set up for those that want to contribute but cannot make the event.

    Your participation as a sponsor of cash donation, goods or services will help ensure that three generations of family are given financial help for medical costs, loss of income, costs to raise a child, and future needs for their forever home.  These financial burdens are greatly stressful on everyone involved.  I am making it my mission to alleviate some of these factors causing daily concern for the family.

    With the help from our community we can take part in the mission and we can do it together!

    Thank you for helping us reach our goals!

    keepfighting2018@outlook.com

    Registered to an auto deposit Bank Of Montreal account to etransfer or donate today.

    Click here to connect to our event page on Facebook.

    Respectfully,
    Jessica Ryan
    403-877-3507


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    November 19 2018 Red Deer 2019 Capital Budget Meeting; Item Aquatic Centre

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  • Red Deer Multi-Use Aquatic Centre conceptual model from MacLennan Jaunkains Miller Architects

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    After perusing the agenda for Red Deer’s November 19 Budget meeting, I would say it is obvious that people want a 50m pool.
    20 years ago it was hoped for, and there was discussion about it being incorporated into the Collicutt Centre. 15 years ago it was hoped to be incorporated into the downtown Recreational Centre.
    4 years ago the discussion started about being built by Hazlett Lake in the north-west corner of Red Deer.
    There have been serious concerns about the downtown location. Bussing, parking, traffic and size have brought at least 4 councillors to withdraw support for the downtown location.
    The cost is phenomenal and mysterious and holding back support. 2013 the number tossed about was $85million plus demolition, streets, lights etc.etc. Now 5 years later the number could be $110million plus demolition, streets, lights etc.etc.
    Yellowknife is budgeting $50 million, UBC cost $39 million, Markham and Saskatoon cost $56 million in 2018 dollars.
    Why do we need a Rolex if a Timex will do? The term Taj Mahal is used when talking about Red Deer structures from Public Works to Bus Stations, is that necessary?
    Out of the 7 largest cities in Alberta, Red Deer is the only city that cannot host a 50m swim. We are talking about Fort McMurray and Grande Prairie and Lethbridge doing what Red Deer cannot and unwilling to do.
    The number of pools is a great concern. We have had only 4 pools since 2001, and if we only renovate a current pool then we will be down to 3 pools for a couple of years then be at 4 pools for another 32 years. If we build or renovate a pool every 25 years. The goal was 4 pools for 60,000 residents but we will probably be at 4 pools for 150,000 residents in 32 years.
    The city recently replaced one ice rink downtown, the college opened a new ice rink recently and the city wants to build another rink in the near future. Interesting because the number one activity of Red Deer residents is swimming, even the Red Deer Advocate posted that a few weeks ago. 60% prefer the Collicutt Centre.
    When Red Deer Lodge was renovating their pool, they offered free passes to the downtown pool, a couple of blocks away, and had few if any takers.
    The downtown location is wrong, the cost given is wrong, the delay offered is wrong, so where is the disconnect?
    E-mail legislative services@reddeer.ca and ask or tell them what you think. I did.
    Just saying.


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    Calgary voted against bidding for Olympic Games, would Red Deer have voted against bidding for Canada Games?

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  • Calgarians have voted against bidding for the 2026 Olympic Winter Games. Besides the boosterism of the few, the bid never really resonated with the populace.
    This bid also undeniably fell victim to the unpleasant baggage weighing down the Olympic movement. The cynical narrative is familiar by now. Cities spend billions more than initially proposed to host a two-week party that leaves little long-term positive economic impact. According to reporter Jamie Strashin of CBC news.
    There would have meant billions spent for this event and yet the perception is that there would be negligible long term benefit.
    Another question that was being asked, would the Olympics have delayed other much needed projects, more important to the residents of Calgary?
    Would Red Deer residents, if having the opportunity, would they have followed Calgary in voting against the bidding for the 2019 Canada Games? Will the two-week party in February leave little long-term positive economic impact?
    Has other projects, more important to Red Deerians been delayed or cancelled, until after the Canada Games? Will there be any quantifiable benefits to the average joe in Red Deer having these games?
    I know that the Canada Games does not have the same baggage and is only in the tens of millions not like the billions, in total, by various governments, for the Olympic games, but Calgarians still did not believe they would see any long term economic benefit.
    They can watch the ceremonies, races and events on television like almost everyone else no matter where it is located.
    Will Red Deer be able to show that the Canada Games will give us long term economic benefits without delaying other projects nearer and dearer to our hearts? Will we be scrambling to catch up after it is over?
    Perhaps we should start having plebiscites before we commit our tax dollars to these big events? Just saying.


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