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

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Remembrance Day ceremonies go virtual for Red Deer Public Schools

Recognizing Remembrance Day in our schools and remembering those who fought and continue to fight for our freedom is extremely important to students and staff in Red Deer Public Schools – in fact, it’s one of the biggest ceremonies on our school calendar each year.

With COVID-19, schools are not able to host their traditional Remembrance Day ceremonies given the limits on assemblies in schools. Red Deer Public Schools had to think outside the box on how all 12,000 of our students and staff would commemorate Remembrance Day. Schools came together and produced a dynamic video that will be shown Division-wide on November 5.

“Our Remembrance Day video has a strong Red Deer connection with all our schools participating in the production,” said Bruce Buruma, Director of Community Relations. “We showcase Red Deer landmarks that were used during the wars with details from local Historian Michael Dawe. We honour Red Deer Public students who served in World Wars I and II. Throughout the presentation we showcase amazing student art with Remembrance Day themes.”

Commemorating the 75 anniversary of the end of World War II, the video highlights the Dutch Liberation. “Two Red Deer women share their story of the difficult times growing up in Holland under German occupation. Even today, you can see the joy in their faces when they remember what it was like being liberated by Canadian soldiers at the end of the war,” said Buruma.

Community invited to watch our Remembrance Day Video. With local Remembrance Day ceremonies cancelled due to the pandemic, Red Deer Public Schools invites our community to watch the video, which can be viewed here.

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The Results have Convinced Me

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The Results have Convinced Me

I have been diabetic for a while but have never cared much about monitoring it. Finally, my doctor got upset at me and suggested I pay more attention and referred me to a Family Nurse to help me get focused. The nurse was very understanding and she listened to me. She made suggestions. However, I wasn’t really convinced this would make any difference. She asked me to write down everything I ate or drank and take my blood sugars regularly and write them down. I started to see trends and the errors in my ways. I decreased my intake of sweets and pop.

My A1C went from 15.8 to 7.1. I got more involved in activities. Now I walk 10,000 steps almost every day. The walking seems to help me keep everything else in line. And then the nurse suggested that I start doing regular blood pressure readings and I saw my blood pressure improve. An average reading for me now is 122/54. My doctor is really happy. My pant size decreased also. I was forced to retire a few years ago due to back issues, but I find when I exercise regularly I have much less back pain. I no longer needed pain killers.

You can see how I have become convinced that I can make a big difference in my health through my lifestyle choices. I would highly recommend anyone not paying attention to their diabetes to see a Family Nurse.

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PETER VON TIESENHAUSEN’S EPIC ART

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Peter von Tiesenhausen, a Lieutenant Governor of Alberta 2015 Distinguished Artist, spent the past six months hunkered down in Demmit Alberta building a deluxe playground for the community center – and musing about connectedness, the importance of social interaction and his role as an artist in the social contract.

Peter’s last project prior to the March 2020 COVID-19 lockdown was the installation of Things I Knew to be True in the newly renovated Stanley A. Milner Public Library, part of the City of Edmonton’s public art collection.

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