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Red Deer high school students surprised by Olympic champion


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From Brian Findlay

A pair of Red Deer students captured Gold medals in the recent edition of Skills Alberta’s annual competition.

The victories earned them kudos from another medalist – Olympic Bobsleigh pilot Justin Kripps.


Jack Lerouge, a grade ten student at Lindsay Thurber Comprehensive High School, beat out 15 competitors from across the province in the Culinary Arts division by calmly preparing ginger lime roasted chicken with Thai red curry vegetables and black sesame rice cakes in front of a panel of judges including professional chefs.

Because the competition was virtual and a lot of the judging was based on presentation, I decided to make a dish that had lots of colours and contrasts,” said Lerouge, “I thought the idea of a virtual competition was cool, and it was great that Skills was able to get an event like this to happen, considering the current circumstances. I liked that I had the opportunity to choose what I wanted to make and I found myself more at ease cooking in my own kitchen.

Bryce Corrin, a grade twelve student at Hunting Hills high school, also won Gold. Corrin’s win came in the IT Office Software Applications division, where competitors were asked to use the full range of Microsoft Office applications to create promotional materials for a fictitious Drive-in theatre.“

I have been a big movie buff ever since I was little so I was naturally very pleased to see that the fictitious company scenario this year was a drive-in movie theatre,” said Corrin. “For over a year I worked at the regular movie theatre here in Red Deer so overall I had a really well rounded idea about what would appeal to the average customer on the poster.”

Big accomplishments, but things got even more exciting when they received some personalized congratulations from another Alberta Gold medalist – Olympic Bobsleigh champ Justin Kripps!  Thanks to program partner RBC, this week the two winners were welcomed into the Gold medal club by the 2018 Olympic Gold Medalist.

The bobsleigh pilot is an RBC Olympian, which involves helping the bank with local community partnerships.  When a handful of the winners’ projects were shown to Kripps, he earmarked a few for special congratulations.  In each personalized message Kripps encouraged the students to keep pursuing their passions, and to try to use pandemic-related downtime in a positive way.

The Skills Alberta Virtual Competition involved 300 students from 78 Alberta secondary schools.  The competition gives students the ability to showcase skills they’ve learned through their career and technology studies classes.  Competitions ranged from robotics to carpentry to animation to baking.  Lerouge and Corrin were the only Gold medal winners from Red Deer.


After 15 years as a TV reporter with Global and CBC and as news director of RDTV in Red Deer, Duane set out on his own 2008 as a visual storyteller. During this period, he became fascinated with a burgeoning online world and how it could better serve local communities. This fascination led to Todayville, launched in 2016.

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Third Aviation School coming to Red Deer Regional Airport

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From the Red Deer Regional Airport

The Red Deer Regional Airport is proud to welcome their newest aviation business to Central Alberta, the Canadian Aviation College!

The Canadian Aviation College is a designated training institution who currently operate from their main college in Pitt Meadows, British Columbia, and are happily transitioning a secondary location to the Red Deer Regional Airport. This transition into Central Alberta with both single and twin-engine aircraft will allow students and instructors from the college to take advantage of the diverse landscapes of the region, while utilizing the consistent winter weather of Alberta.

As a student-oriented aviation training facility, the team at Canadian Aviation College focus on empowering their students to graduate with a higher level of experience and be better suited for employment in Canada. International students who graduate from their Commercial Pilot Program are also eligible for post-graduation work permits in select countries. The economic impact of students within Central Alberta is immense.

Students with the Canadian Aviation College will live within Central Alberta as they complete their studies, and this number of students will continue to grow year after year. These students are able to contribute to the local economy by eating meals, visiting sites, and contributing to daily activities and transportation. This addition to our local economy is vital in times such as these.

“Students are a huge economic driver for Central Alberta, and we are so happy to see upwards of 100 students here with the Canadian Aviation College as we look to the future”, says Graham Ingham, CEO of the Red Deer Regional Airport. “The Airport has continued to remain busy throughout 2020, with essential service business and VIP traffic, and this addition of the airport’s third aviation school is a fantastic benefit to that economic impact.”

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Living under Hitler. Liberated by Canadians. 2 Red Deer women share memories of World War II

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This year marks the 75th anniversary of the Dutch Liberation.  In this video by Todayville Red Deer, our students learned the story of two local women who were liberated by Canadian soldiers.

Red Deer Remembers: An incredible online tribute to our veterans from Red Deer Public Schools

Local artist records original song for Remembrance Day with video showcasing Red Deer’s military history


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