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From the 2019 Canada Winter Games Committee

The 2019 Canada Winter Games is saddened to hear of the passing of Gary W. Harris on February 15. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends.

⁣⁣⁣⁣Gary W. Harris had a long-standing history of giving back to his community through volunteer and philanthropic activities. In 2015, Gary made a significant donation to Red Deer College, which was essential for the development of the college’s newest athletic facility and the legacy facility of the 2019 Games- the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre. In 2018, Gary made another significant donation in support of the development of the Gary W. Harris Celebration Plaza, another legacy of the 2019 Games.


From Red Deer College

We were sad to lose our dear friend, Gary W. Harris, on February 15. Over the past five years, our College, our city and the 2019 Canada Winter Games were recipients of his generosity, his support for athletics and his belief in community. For Gary, however, these gifts were just the tip of the iceberg, and his impact has been decades in the making.

Gary’s ties to our College ran deep. As a former student, he understood what it meant to leave this community to finish a degree, and he supported our quest for University status. Recently, he established a scholarship for Education students, to honour the legacy of his mother, a former teacher. As a King, he supported our student-athletes by attending games and alumni events. The Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre stands as a prominent reminder of his generosity, and his absence is felt across our College.

Throughout his career, Gary was a teacher, a lawyer, a businessman, and a philanthropist in the truest sense. We will continue to hold his wife Ruth, his family and his friends in our hearts as we mourn this loss and reflect on his legacy. We’re proud to have called him a true friend, and we’ll miss seeing him on our campus and in the stands.


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Health Basics was my Kick Start to a Healthier Weight

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Editor’s note: The concepts outlined in this article are important and can be adapted to our current isolated lifestyle.

Health Basics was my Kick Start to a Healthier Weight

I am a retired nurse so I know quite a bit about living healthy. However over my last year of work, I had a sedentary job and I felt tired so I did not put as much energy into my own lifestyle and my weight crept up. I was getting a lot of heartburn and I knew weight loss and lifestyle are the first line treatment.

So, after I retired I asked my doctor to send me to Health Basics. It was good to go every week, to have to be accountable, to have others to discuss my choices with as well as to pick up on things from class that I had let slide. I went through the 8 week program and lost 9 pounds. As I know how important it is to continue living healthy and be accountable to myself, I rejoined TOPS which I was a member of a number of years ago. I also continued with exercise classes and yoga at the Golden Circle and now I am down 17 pounds just over 4 months after I started down this path. I am feeling great: stronger, fitter and I have almost no heartburn. Health Basics has helped me to enjoy retirement!”

PS: “I knew Health Basics is a great kick start on healthy living as my husband had attended it years ago when he was diagnosed with diabetes. He followed the class recommendations and has lost more than 75 pounds over the years and feels great too.”

As always Red Deer PCN is here to support your health and wellness. Call 403.343.9100.  Mental Health Counsellors are available for therapy and other concerns.

James: Good information is the miracle drug


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Family Nature Night at the Kerry Wood Nature Centre!

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From The Kerry Wood Nature Centre

Whooo’s ready for an Adventure? 🦉

Join Nature Alberta on July 13th, 2022 at the Kerry Wood Nature Centre 6300 – 45 Avenue Red Deer for their first Family Nature Night of the year!
We’ll learn all about Incredible Ecosystems by taking guided tours of Kerry Wood Nature Centre, investigating the difference between antlers and horns with the Red Deer River Naturalists, and meeting a live Great Horned Owl with the Medicine River Wildlife Centre.
Registration starts at 6:00 p.m., event at 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Come early to register your spot as we can only accomodate a limited number of families. Will run rain or shine. In the event of extreme weather, notice of cancellation will be posted on our facebook page,
This is a free event, although donations are appreciated.
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