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Red Deer Hospice recently celebrated $1,000,000.00 milestone


From Red Deer Hospice Society (originally published Dec. 13, 2018

Red Deer Hospice Society is excited to announce the $1,000,000 fundraising mark has been reached in the Expansion Fundraising Campaign.  Construction of the $ 5.2 million expansion is well underway with foundations and framing continuing despite the recent cold weather .

“We are very fortunate to have such an engaged and supportive community,” says James McPherson, Chair of the Expansion Fundraising Campaign.  “We are on time, and on budget.”

Despite celebrating the milestone, the Expansion Fundraising Campaign Cabinet continues to be hard at work, seeking out donations and support. “We still have a ways to go.. While we are so proud of the support we have received to date and we know that lots of hard work is still ahead of us.” says McPherson.

The expansion of Red Deer Hospice Society was in response to increasing community demand.  “Typically we run at over 90% capacity and we want to be available when Central Albertans need us. This expansion will allow us to meet the changing and increasing needs of our community while still providing quality end of life care in a home like setting” explains Val Hilario, Expansion Fundraising Coordinator with Red Deer Hospice.

The expansion of the palliative care facility will include an additional six beds as well as enhanced family lounges and quiet areas as well as multipurpose rooms for community programming. The goal is to open the expanded facility in 2019 and serve approximately 100 additional residents and their families each year.  Red Deer Hospice continues to be open and serving the community during the renovation.

For more information on supporting the Red Deer Hospice expansion, visit or call Red Deer Hospice directly at 403-309-4344.

For additional information, contact:

Val Hilario

Expansion Fundraising Campaign Coordinator

Red Deer Hospice Society

403 309 4344 Ext 111

About Red Deer Hospice:  At Red Deer Hospice we are committed to providing compassion ate end-of-life care.  Our highly specialized, professional staff and trained volunteers are dedicated to caring for the terminally ill and improving quality of life.  Since we opened in 2005, more than 1300 residents have journeyed through Red Deer Hospice.  In September of 2018, we began expanding our palliative care facility from ten to sixteen beds to ensure we meet the future needs of central Albertans.

Goal is 5.2 Million dollars

Photo Caption: Val Hilario, Expansion Fundraising Coordinator for Red Deer Hospice and James McPherson, Chair of the Expansion Fundraising Campaign Cabinet celebrate reaching the $1 million milestone.



Edmonton community members explore using the Emergency Room as an entry point to transitional housing



Is there a better way than simply releasing a person experiencing homelessness from the hospital back onto the street? It creates an endless cycle of emergency room visits and escalating costs, not to mention the challenges the patients face in having a successful recovery.

As we continue to look for solutions to homelessness in our city, a group of community members from different fields and backgrounds met recently to brainstorm and discuss alternatives to the practice of releasing patients into a state of homelessness.

That’s a long way of saying that if someone experiencing homelessness comes to an emergency room with a need for medical aid, the only alternative once treated is to release the patient back onto the street.  The chances of recovery are greatly diminished, while the probability of return visits increases.  The costs are severe, both to the person experiencing homelessness and to our ever-more expensive health care system.

Spearheading the initiative is Dr. Louis Hugo Francescutti, a veteran emergency room physician at the Royal Alexandra Hospital and a Professor at the School of Public Health at the University of Alberta.

Watch this short video to hear from some of those involved and to better understand the concept and learn why there is a growing groundswell of support for this idea.


There are many ways that people can get involved with this initiative.  It’s common sense that housing and health are interconnected. Finding solutions to chronic homelessness and easing pressure on our health care system is something we can all get behind.

Please contact Dr. Louis Hugo Francescutti directly to learn more about the project and how you can help:

Phone 780.932-7187


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Fort Normandeau Days August 24 and 25



Fort Normandeau

Post Submitted by Tanya Wells, Public Programmer & Special Events Coordinator, Kerry Wood Nature Centre & Historic Fort Normandeau

The rain has made everything so beautiful and green. It has been a little cool but this is the type of weather that can make for some great outdoor adventuring and family time!  We have some amazing events coming up at both of our sites.

Join us this weekend at the Kerry Wood Nature Centre for our Trash to Treasure program that runs from 10:00a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Join us at our Fort Normandeau site for Fort Normandeau Days, our biggest party of the season as we celebrate life at the crossing, circa 1885.  There will be battle demonstrations, performers, vendors and activities for the whole family!

Fort Normandeau Days is happening Both Saturday and Sunday, August 24 & 25 from noon until 5:00p.m. each day.

So many great events and programs to choose from.

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august, 2019

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sat24augAll Daysun25Fort Normandeau Days(All Day) Fort Normandeau, 28054 Range Road 382

sat24aug10:00 am12:00 pmRed Deer River Naturalists Bird Focus Group Walk10:00 am - 12:00 pm MST Three Mile Bend Recreation Area