City of Red Deer
Red Deer launches Orange Ribbon Campaign to support community Truth and Reconciliation journey
The City of Red Deer is launching the Orange Ribbon Campaign to engage the community in the Truth and Reconciliation journey.
“We know that many Red Deerians are looking for ways to express their grief and anger following the recent discovery of unmarked graves at Indigenous Residential Schools,” said Kristin Walsh, Safe and Healthy Communities Manager. “We are partnering with local Indigenous Elders in launching an Orange Ribbon Campaign to offer people a way to express their grief and solidarity with the Indigenous community.”
The campaign was developed with consideration for indigenous traditions, as the colour orange is recognized as a symbol of the loss of childhood innocence, and disconnection from family in Indigenous experiences. It is also common practice in Indigenous cultures to tie ribbons to tree trunks as a memorial marker.
“The ribbons are 100% cotton, as was stressed by Elders, to ensure they are biodegradable and will not harm trees growth,” said Walsh.
Orange ribbons can be picked up, free of charge, from the following locations:
- Collicutt Centre: 3031 30 Avenue
- H. Dawe Community Centre: 56 Holt Street
- Recreation Centre: 4501 47A Avenue
- City Hall: 4914 48 Avenue
- Intermediate School: 5205 48 Avenue
- Red Deer Native Friendship Centre: 4808 51 Avenue
- Shining Mountains Community Services: 4925 46 Street
- Red Deer Polytechnic: The Gathering Place (Room 1009), 100 College Boulevard
Residents are encouraged to tie the ribbons to a plant or tree in a place that holds meaning for them. When tying to trees or other plant life, residents should ensure the plant is not damaged or hindered by the ribbon. The City has tied ribbons to trees in City Hall Park and on the Ross Street Patio.
“Everyone’s reconciliation journey will look different,” said Walsh. “For this reason, we have also included a list of resources and information on our website for those looking to learn more about our past and our journey forward.”
Information is available online website at www.reddeer.ca/orangeribbon.
City of Red Deer
Mike Olesen, CEO of Westerner Park moving downtown to join The City of Red Deer
Mike Olesen joins City of Red Deer leadership team
“I have every confidence Mike will be an invaluable asset to our general management leadership team and to our organization. His drive to build community and the pride for our city aligns with the values of our organization where we put our citizens and businesses at the centre of what we do at The City,” said Lodewyk. “He will be meeting people and learning the many business lines at The City for the first few months as General Manager. By mid-July he will begin his work leading specific departments.”
City of Red Deer
Registration for Summer Day Camps and all summer programming begins on Tuesday, May 9
Red Deerians can prepare to sign up for Summer Day Camps, summer swim lessons and more starting Tuesday, May 9.
Is your little swimmer ready to sail off to the not-so-salty seas of the G.H. Dawe Community Centre for Shipwrecked? Does your creative kid want to explore the colourful world of visual and performing arts at the Intermediate School? Or perhaps your sporty sprout is ready to take on Sports Extravaganza at the Collicutt Centre. All these camps, and so many more, are included in the summer registration session. Families are encouraged to register their children early to guarantee a spot. Day Camps aim to provide children with an opportunity to play, explore, create friendships and experience time in the pool and outdoors while providing families with quality childcare during summer break.
Summer Day Camps run from July 4 – August 30, 2023 and are available in week-long full or half day options. Additionally, 2-hour teen sport camps are new to the selection this summer. Red Deerians can review camp options now by visiting www.reddeer.ca/DayCamps or by picking up a paper copy of the guide at City arts & recreation facilities.
All other summer programs will also be available for registration beginning on Tuesday, May 9. Red Deerians can create their own custom Activity Guide to review all summer program options at www.reddeer.ca/MyActivityGuide. Programs are viewable in the same fashion as they were in the previously produced paper guide. Customers can create their own custom guide and select categories, age groups and locations relevant to them and their families.
Red Deerians are encouraged to visit their Look’ n Book accounts prior to registration day to ensure access is up to date. For any questions regarding account access please contact Recreation
Registration for summer programs begins at 12:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 9. There are three ways to register for City of Red Deer programs:
- Online through My Activity Guide at reddeer.ca/MyActivityGuide
- By phone: 403-309-8411
- In person at Collicutt Centre, G.H. Dawe Community Centre, Recreation Centre or
To note, we have updated our system to serve our online registrants more efficiently. Confirmation emails will be sent within 24 hours in an effort to reduce the immediate load on our online systems.
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