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Red Deer Middle School Takes A Stand Against Bullying


St. Francis of Assisi would certainly be proud. Well over 100 staff and students at Red Deer’s St. Francis of Assisi Middle School found or purchased something pink to wear on Wednesday. This is how schools across the country take a stand against bullying every year on Pink Shirt Day.

Students of the leadership team did a variety of things to make the day successful  including making awareness posters, selling pink t-shirts, placing notes of love on lockers, making an anti bullying video and  hosting a bake sale involving pink cookies that raised $130 for The Canadian Red Cross.

Here’s what it’s all about….

Pink Shirt Day began when two young students wore pink to support a classmate who was being bullied. Since then, Pink Shirt Day has become a powerful movement, and is recognized across Canada every year. Well here’s the whole story…

Bottom line is if you or someone you know is being bullied… you can definitely get help

The Government of Alberta provides supports, such as the 24-hour bullying helpline, 1-888-456-2323 and an online chat. You can also visit for resources and a chat line to speak with someone who can help. Albertans are encouraged to post pink shirt pictures to social media using #ABPinkShirtDay and #BeYou.

Here are some helpful links!

Bullying Helpline

What is Bullying?

Bullying prevention tools

Online Chat

To learn more about Pink Shirt Day Click Here

Lindsay has lived in Red Deer for over 22 years she made her way down from Grande Prairie when she was about a week old. She admires what Red Deer has to offer as a community. She is also passionate about photojournalism and the story it portrays.

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Lacombe’s “Chairs for Charity” exploding in popularity



Lacombe's chairs for charity

Thank you to NOWCO HOME HARDWARE IN LACOMBE for submitting this post


Nowco Home Hardware has organized Chairs for Charity for the 2ndyear and it will run from July 19-31. The project started last year as a collaboration of downtown businesses to decorate downtown during Lacombe Days and raise money for a local charity. In 2018, forty five downtown businesses each bought and painted a chair to raffle off. The chairs were left on display during the 4 days of Lacombe Days and over $3100 was raised for the lunch program at J.S. McCormick School.

This year Deanna Nowochin, who has spearheaded the event wanted things to be bigger and better, so all Lacombe businesses were invited to participate in the event. This year there will be 75 chairs on display around Lacombe from July 19-31. The event was extended this year to ensure there was ample time for people to hear about Chairs for Charity and purchase tickets. The charities benefitting from 2019’s project are Lacombe Minor Football and the breakfast program at Terrace Ridge School.

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This year we have 2000 tickets available, with a fundraising goal of $10,000. Raffle tickets will be sold for $5 each and can be purchased at any participating business. You can see a full list of participating businesses and photos of their chairs at www.chairsforcharitylacombe.comor by searching “Chairs for Charity Lacombe” on Facebook.

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Red Deer Westerner Days Parade Map



From The City of Red Deer

Road closures/transit disruptions during Westerner Days parade

The Westerner Days Fair & Exposition parade will take place in downtown Red Deer on Wednesday, July 17 resulting in multiple road closures and traffic detours, along with transit disruptions.

Roadways on the parade route will be closed from approximately 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and parking will not be permitted along the parade route. Use the 2019 parade map (pdf) to plan your route and find the best place to watch the parade.

Westerner Days Parade Map 2019

There will also be transit disruptions during the parade:

  •   The last departure from Sorensen Station prior to the parade will be at 8:45 a.m.
  •   The last arrival into Sorensen Station prior to the parade will be at 9:10 a.m.
  •   The first departure from Sorensen Station after the parade will be at 12:15 p.m.
  •   There will be no transit service during the parade with a couple of exceptions:

o Route 12 and 2A South Connector will continue to run from Bower Mallo Bolt will depart at 9:15 a.m. from 49 Avenue and 54 Street

Transit users can visit to look up schedules, get up to date departure times and see where buses are in real-time with GPS tracking

For more information about transit service, visit

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