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Red Deer’s Boer War Soldiers

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As Honorary Lieutenant Colonel of 41 Signal Regiment, I think it’s important that we learn about our military history, especially one as rich and meaningful as our local military history.  Here in the 2nd of 3 local stories, Michael Dawe tells us about the soldiers from our region who made the ultimate sacrifice in the Boer War.

When the Red Deer Hospital opened in 1904, it was dedicated to the memory of three young men from the Balmoral District east of Red Deer who had been killed in the Boer War. They were Angus Jenkins, Archibald McNicoll and Charles Cruickshank.

Angus Jenkins was born in Fredericton New Brunswick in 1877. He moved with his parents, brother and sister to a homestead about three miles east of Red Deer.  A big strapping man, more than 6 feet in height, he became a “cow puncher”.

In February 1900, he went down to Pincher Creek with his friend Charles Cruickshank and enlisted in the Lord Strathcona Horse. He then departed for South African and the Boer War.

On July 1 (Dominion Day) 1900, he was proceeding with an advance party near Waterval, South Africa. They encountered a group of Boers flying a white flag in a farm house.  When the Canadians proceeded closer, they were ambushed by unseen enemies who were hiding in a small orchard. Trooper Jenkins was killed instantly when a Mauser bullet hit his bandolier and two cartridges exploded.

Angus Jenkins was the first member of the Lord Strathcona Horse to be killed in action. He was buried in a garden at Wuuchaut Spruit. The Earl of Dundonald and Colonel Sam Steele attended the funeral.

Charles Cruickshank was born in 1877 in Pembroke Ontario. In 1891, he moved with his family to Red Deer, homesteading in Balmoral.  Charles originally worked in the construction business with his father, but later became a cowboy. In February 1900, he enlisted in the Lord Strathcona Horse with Angus Jenkins.

On September 4th, 1900, near Badfontein, South Africa, he was part of a small group of soldiers sent to assist an observation post which was coming under enemy attack. Trooper Cruickshank and Sergeant Brothers were in the front of the relieving party. When their company was forced to withdraw, they were found to be missing. Later that night, when the observation post was recaptured, the bodies of the two men were found.

Charles Cruickshank was buried by Rev. Webb Peploe, formerly of Calgary, in a grave at the headwaters of the Crocodile River.

Archibald McNicoll was born in 1876 in Bruce County Ontario. He moved with his family to the Balmoral district in the spring of 1891. The McNicolls started Red Deer’s first market garden. Archibald later became a cowboy, In February 1900, he responded to the call to serve “King and Empire” and enlisted in the Lord Strathcona Horse in Calgary.

In June 1900, he became severely ill with enteric (typhoid) fever. He died at Newcastle, South Africa on June 19th. He is buried near the site of the army hospital.

There was a large plaque at the Red Deer Regional Hospital which commemorated the fact that the Red Deer Hospital was originally dedicated to these three young men who lost their lives while serving their country. When Alberta Health Services took over the management of the Regional Hospital, it was taken down. It now resides at the Red Deer Museum.

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Trevor’s Story: I Have Anxiety and Depression. Where Can I Get Help?

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Trevor has suffered from anxiety and depression for a while. He had no idea where or how to get help with this. In discussing this with his doctor, he was referred to a Mental Health Counselor at Red Deer Primary Care Network.

Trevor says, “I, the skeptic, didn’t expect that I would get much help but did decide to work with the counselor. I needed to do something. We had 6 sessions together. The counselor provided me with insight on things that should have been so obvious to me but they weren’t. You don’t know what you don’t know. The counselor provided me with very practical and valuable tools. I came away with a different, more positive way to think about things. And it was just great to have a non-judgmental person to listen to me. It is a relief to just be able to tell someone who was really listening about my struggles.

These sessions were so valuable. I am in a much better state than I was. My struggles are not over but I manage to get through each day using the tools and improved mindset that I learned.

If anyone else is struggling like me I recommend no matter if they think it won’t help  just go, go in with an open mind. Even if you just feel you need someone to talk to you will get valuable tools to help manage your situation.”

To learn more about the RDPCN programs, visit www.reddeerpcn.com

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Kinsmen Dream Home Lottery Tickets Now Available – Click Here

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The Red Deer Kinsmen Dream Home Lottery is back for 2021

For the past 40 years, the Dream Home Lottery has been the cornerstone of the Red Deer Kinsmen’s contribution to the community’s greatest needs. Many of
the new playgrounds and sporting facilities you see are funded completely or partially with funds raised by the Red Deer Kinsmen. This year, you can once again help the Red Deer Kinsmen make a local impact in your community by supporting the Dream Home Lottery.

The 2021 Lottery is a little different from previous years with more prizes and chances to win. This year’s lottery offers 104 prizes valued at over $864,700;
including the Grand Prize, fully landscaped show home in the new community of Timberlands. The $744,000, 2,368 sq. ft. dream home, built by True-Line
Homes features 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms plus den, a fully upgraded kitchen with premium appliances, Quartz Island, and walk-in pantry.

For supporters who buy their tickets early, there are TWO Early Bird cash prizes. Deadline for Early Bird #1 – $10,000 cash is 11:59pm November 11th. Deadline for Early Bird #2 – $25,000 cash is 11:59pm December 2nd.

Other prizes include vacations, home renovation packages, exercise equipment, tech, electronics, cash and much more. Tickets are $100 each, 5 for $150, 15
for $250 or our best package 50 for $350. They can be purchased online at reddeerkinsmenlottery.com or by calling 1.833.511.3863 and leaving a message. The lottery is presented by Kinsmen Club of Red Deer.

Back again is the 50/50 Cash Raffle where one lucky ticket holder will take home half of the total ticket sales. Tickets are $10 each, 10 for $25, 25 for $50
or 50 for $75.

Red Deer Kinsmen Dream Home Lottery License #575571 / 50/50 Cash Raffle License #575572

The final ticket deadline is 11:59 pm December 23, 2021. The final draws will be held January 5, 2022.

2021 Dream Home

Since 1981 the Kinsmen Club of Red Deer has run their annual Dream Home Lottery from October to December.  Using local home builders and trades, this project is the club’s largest fundraiser.  Lives continue to change as we make that magical phone call letting the winner know they have just won a new home while the funds raised continue to support our local initiatives.  In 2020, the club had to make the difficult decision to forgo the dream home portion of its lottery due to the unknown brought on by COVID, however, in 2021 we are coming back with an even bigger and better lotto!

Enter the 2021 Dream Home Lottery Today

2021 Cash Raffle

With the ongoing support of heroes like you, we are able to support some incredible agencies that truly make our community better.

The money raised from the lottery stays within our community. Whether it’s one of the many playgrounds, arenas, Discovery Canyon, Library Link or the new Family Link Centre in Parkland Mall, the Kinsmen have been able to construct numerous community structures from our fundraising efforts. However, those are only a very small part of what we are able to do.

These charities are an important part of the City of Red Deer, and it is crucial that we as a community always do what we can to support them. By being able to help provide funding for these and other groups help them make incredible changes in people’s lives that would otherwise be impossible. We are so fortunate to live in a community of such caring, giving people. It is because of you that we are able to do what we do.

Enter the 2021 Cash Raffle Today

Prizes

EARLY BIRD PRIZES

2 Early Bird Cash prizes

• #1 – $10,000 CASH – Deadline: November 11, 2021
Draw will take place on November 23, 2021, at Stride Management Corp. (12:00 pm)
**Only tickets purchased before 11:59 pm on Nov 11, 2021, will be eligible for the Early Bird#1

• #2 – $25,000 CASH – Deadline December 2, 2021
Draw will take place on December 14, 2021, at Stride Management Corp. (12:00 pm)
**Only tickets purchased before 11:59 pm on Dec 2, 2021, will be eligible for the Early Bird#2

GRAND PRIZE DREAM HOME

The Forest by True-Line – 26 Tillier Street, community of Timberlands Red Deer, AB T4N 5E7
• Valued at $744,000!
• 2,368 sq. Ft. of developed living space, 3 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms plus Den, Finished basement & Landscaping

ADDITIONAL PRIZES

• 104 prizes worth over $864,700 to be won!
• Prizes include vacations, home renovations, epic experiences, exercise equipment, tech, cash,
and so much more!

THE 50/50 CASH RAFFLE

• Win half of an ever-increasing jackpot!
• Tickets are easy to buy – 1 for $10, 10 for $25, 25 for $50 or 50 for $75. Purchasers are not
required to purchase a ticket in the Red Deer Kinsmen Dream Home Lottery to purchase
tickets in the 50/50 Cash Raffle lottery.
• For a list of charities that benefit from the 50/50 Cash Raffle, please visit reddeerkinsmen.com

Red Deer Kinsmen Dream Home Lottery Licence #575571 / 50/50 Cash Lottery Licence #575572

Final Draw

• Ticket Cut-off is December 23, 2021 (11:59 pm)
• Final Draws will take place January 5, 2022 at Stride Management Corp. (11:00 am)

TICKET PRICES

1 for $100 • 5 for $150 • 15 for $250 and our best value 50 for $350

**Minimum prize value is $100**

Cause

The Red Deer Kinsmen have served the City of Red Deer since 1937 through fundraising and support of its many groups, community projects, and the people who make it an amazing place to live. This year is even more important as we were unable to run the Dream Home Lottery in 2020 due to the Covid pandemic.

Please go https://reddeerkinsmenlottery.com/cause/ for a full list of organizations the Red Deer Kinsmen have supported in the past.

Call Toll Free 1-833-511-3863
Order Online: reddeerkinsmenlottery.com

Helping Community

We are proud to have been associated with some truly outstanding organizations, including the:

  • Red Deer Food Bank
  • Cystic Fibrosis
  • Red Cross
  • Youth and Volunteer Centre
  • Central Alberta Women’s Emergency Shelter
  • Red Deer Pond Hockey
  • Minor Hockey
  • Red Deer Public School Board Foundation – Bright Start Program
  • Hospice Society
  • Red Deer Royals
  • Red Deer College
  • Paediatric Ward
  • Blackfalds Field House
  • Penhold Multi Plex
  • and many more!

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