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Red Deer Renegades winter programs moving to Exhibition Hall at Westerner Park


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News release from the Red Deer City Soccer Association

RDCSA and Westerner Park Rekindle Long Standing Partnership

The Red Deer City Soccer Association (RDCSA) and Westerner Park are re-entering a multi-year partnership that will see the new Exhibition Hall of Westerner Park leased out to RDCSA. The lease, set to start in October 2022, will see the Soccer Association lay down a state-of-the-art indoor turf that will be multi-sport capable thus allowing for sub leasing opportunities. For Red Deer Renegades soccer players, it will be a place to call home as the turf can be used as a 9v9 field, or two 7v7 fields.

Prior to entering the COVID era, RDCSA and Westerner Park had a 13-year long partnership. This partnership started off inside the Stockmen’s Pavilion with one turf field. “This was a game changer for us as we were able to continue to train and develop our players in an environment that mimics outdoor game. We were one of the pioneers in popularizing indoor board less soccer in Alberta,” said Ado Sarcevic, General Manager for RDCSA. The needs of the soccer organization grew rapidly, as did the partnership with Westerner Park. This growth resulted in the purchase of two new turf fields and the rental of both the Agricentre West and Agricentre East facilities. Unfortunately, with the rise of COVID, the need for the indoor facilities diminished and the long-standing partnership would have to be put on hold.

With COVID starting to be a part of history, the Soccer Association has seen a record high number of registrations, even surpassing pre COVID figures. RDCSA President Dr. Stephen Kelly gave some insight, “It is great to see families getting back into sport. Kids need sport in so many ways: physical exercise, mental wellness, teamwork skills, building friendships and having fun. We look forward to providing the best possible experience for as many kids as possible.” With more youth than ever being interested in soccer, RDCSA had to be innovative in coming up with new ways to meet current and future demand. “This hall houses four change rooms and gives us the ability to have two 7v7 games running simultaneously or one 9v9 game. Our parents and fans will love the second-floor spectator area where they can watch the games while sipping on their favorite beverage. Our new world class turf has built in
padding and a Velcro system that makes the field virtually seamless. It also has no infill (rubber pellets you see on most turf) which gets to be quite a nuisance,” said Dr. Kelly. With the increased size of the facilities, RDCSA will look to bring their other soccer programs to Westerner Park. “We plan on getting all our players in this facility, grassroots all the way to our elite Renegades teams,” mentioned Kelly.

The future is bright for soccer in Red Deer and the possibilities for the growth of soccer are endless. The Association is extending an invitation to other sports organizations within the community. “We are planning on implementing an online booking system where anyone can go online and reserve a time slot,” said Sarcevic. A partnership that was put on hold, is now set to comeback stronger than ever before, looking to reach new heights in the Red Deer Community.

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Winners announced for Red Deer Hospital Lottery

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The Red Deer Regional Health Foundation has announced the winners of the 2024 Red Deer Hospital Lottery Dream Home and Tiny Home prize packages, as well as the Mega Bucks 50.

The Mega Bucks 50 jackpot reached $607,200.00, which makes Carolyn Pelerine of Cochrane, Alberta the winner of $303,600.00.

In addition, the luxurious Tree Hugger Tiny Home Prize Package, complete with accessories by Urban Barn and valued at $163,798.00, is now owned by Mary Vincent of Red Deer.

The coveted Sorento Dream Home Prize Package, which includes furnishings and accessories by Urban Barn and boasts a total value of $1,072,624.00, has been awarded to Maxine Rumohr of Sylvan Lake.

The highly anticipated draw took place at 10:00 a.m. Thursday at the Red Deer Regional Health Foundation office, located within the Red Deer Regional Hospital Centre, with an announcement following live on Facebook, allowing participants and supporters to join in the excitement virtually.

“We are delighted to congratulate the winners of this year’s Red Deer Hospital Lottery,” said Manon Therriault, Chief Executive Officer of the Red Deer Regional Health Foundation. “The funds raised from this lottery will significantly contribute to enhancing patient care and services at the Red Deer Regional Hospital Centre. We extend our heartfelt gratitude to everyone who participated and supported this important cause.”

Proceeds from the Red Deer Hospital Lottery and Mega Bucks 50 will contribute to acquiring critically needed, state-of-the-art equipment for several units at the Red Deer Hospital.

This year’s lottery will fund equipment such as a phototherapy system, which allows parents to hold and soothe their infant while undergoing phototherapy, a cardiology case cart to monitor cardiac rhythms during stress testing, and other equipment to help provide excellent care for patients in the emergency and operating rooms at the Red Deer Hospital.

The winners of a variety of electronics were also drawn today. A full list of winners will be available in the coming days on the official lottery website at Prize winners who have not already been notified will receive a letter in the mail with instructions on how to claim their prizes.

The keys to the Sorento Dream Home and the Tree Hugger Tiny Home will be presented to the winners at a special ceremony this summer.

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The Grand Opening is TODAY!

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A Day Filled With Hope – Years in the Making!
For years the CACAC has been walking hand-in-hand with many different partners, community members, donors, policy makers, and leaders in research and advocacy towards this moment.The Sheldon Kennedy Centre of Excellence now stands in the heart of Central Alberta, the first Centre of its kind in North America, creating space for different strategic partners to operate alongside one another in the best interest of children, youths, and families who have experienced any form of abuse.

Now, during this momentous chapter in our history, we invite you to join us for the Grand Opening of the Sheldon Kennedy Centre of Excellence. 

We’re excited to welcome you and your family to the Grand Opening of the Sheldon Kennedy Centre of Excellence today!

Today’s events are family friendly, and there’s something for everyone!

From Noon to 5:00PM the public is welcome to come and see everything the building has to offer at the SKCOE Open House! Staff from every organization from within the SKCOE will be there to answer questions. This is a great opportunity to learn about why this Centre is so important for Central Alberta.

Beginning at 7:00PM, the public is also invited to the formal program at the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre, which is the building immediately North West of us across the parking lot. The formal program will have many messages and presentations from dignitaries, and you can pick up our Champions of Courage pin, which was minted for the Grand Opening only! Following the program there is a ribbon cutting ceremony.

There is a lot to celebrate, so come out and say hi!

When: Thursday, May 16

Where: Sheldon Kennedy Centre of Excellence, and Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre, Main Campus of Red Deer Polytechnic, Red Deer, AB.

12:00 PM – 5:00 PM – Open House

7:00 PM – Formal Program at the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre. Ribbon Cutting Ceremony to follow.

How to get to the Sheldon Kennedy Centre of Excellence

Please note that there will also be parking available at the lot directly North of the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre.

Detailed RDP Parking Map

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