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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.

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    Lionel Page and his troop of men after the turn of the last century.

    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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    President Todayville Inc., Former VP/GM CTV Edmonton, Honorary Lieutenant Colonel 41 Signal Regiment, Board Member Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Arts Award Foundation, Past Board Member United Way of Alberta Capital Region, Musician, Photographer.

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    National Volunteer Week Feature: Red Deer Hospice Society

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  • National Volunteer Week is a time to recognize, celebrate and thank Canada’s 13.3 million volunteers! Here at home, there are so many fantastic volunteers who help to build our communities by giving generously of their time & talents. This week, Todayville in partnership with Volunteer Central  is profiling several incredible volunteer initiatives.

    Today we’re taking a closer look at the Red Deer Hospice.

    The mission of the Red Deer Hospice is to provide physical, social, emotional and spiritual care in a community-based, home-like setting for individuals who are dying and for their loved ones.

    The Red Deer Hospice house features 10 resident rooms, kitchen, multiple family sitting areas and a sanctuary, along with work spaces for staff. Each room is equipped with a hospital bed and a living-room style seating area with a pull-out couch, chairs, and television with cable. Guests are welcome to spend the night with their loved ones if that is the wish of the resident.

     

    Red Deer Hospice has nursing staff on site 24/7 and staff are specialized for Hospice Palliative Care Nursing, ensuring the very best of individualized, personal care.

    Residents are not charged a fee to stay at Red Deer Hospice. While some costs are offset by Alberta Health Services, the organization relies mainly on charitable donations to cover the costs of care.  Donations are gratefully accepted to help cover these costs.

    Volunteer at Red Deer Hospice

    When you invest your time, your talents, and your heart into Hospice volunteering, you change a life: your own. Red Deer Hospice could not operate without the thousands of hours contributed by dedicated volunteers each year. Careful screening, in-depth training, and the ever-present support of health professionals enable volunteers to offer the compassionate care and support that help residents live more fully during the completion of their life journey.

    Is Hospice right for you? Please consider the following to assess whether you are ready for Hospice Volunteering:

    • I have an interest in the Hospice concept and have a desire to help others.
    • I have some awareness of what is drawing me to Hospice work and am willing to explore this in depth.
    • I am not bringing personal agendas or ‘missions’ to my Hospice work and I understand that our goal is not to change dying people but to be with them where they are.
    • I am sensitive to the special needs of dying residents and their families and have chosen to work to support them.
    • I am aware of the losses I have experienced, my way of grieving, and I have a sense of perspective about life and death, loss and grief.
    • I am open to others who may have different values, beliefs, and ways of living. I am able to listen well and to validate others where they are, rather than where I believe they should be.
    • I am willing to commit myself to the training and to the Volunteer responsibilities that follow, and to gaining an understanding of the standards and policies of the Red Deer Hospice.
    • As I may be called to work in a variety of areas and perform many tasks, self-reliance, flexibility, and adaptability are assets.
    • I have a realistic awareness of my own strengths and weaknesses, and realize that the ability to set limits is important.
    • I enjoy working as part of a team, and am willing to explore ways of supporting and being supported by team members.
    • I am dedicated to my own growth and on-going learning. My personal strengths include warmth, concern for people, sense of humour, and approachability.

    If this is of interest to you, consider filling out a volunteer application here.

    About Volunteer Central

    Through our comprehensive website, convenient downtown location, and relevant programs and workshops, we connect volunteers, non-profit organizations, and businesses to create successful volunteer relationships in Central Alberta.

    At Volunteer Central, we…

    • offer a listing of volunteer opportunities
    • list non-profit employment opportunities
    • host training programs and workshops
    • develop corporate volunteer programs
    • promote and support community events
    • build capacity in the nonprofit sector across central Alberta


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    National Volunteer Week Feature: Central Alberta Refugee Effort Volunteer Profile

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  • National Volunteer Week is a time to recognize, celebrate and thank Canada’s 13.3 million volunteers! Here at home, there are so many fantastic volunteers who help to build our communities by giving generously of their time & talents. This week, Todayville in partnership with Volunteer Central  is profiling several incredible volunteer initiatives.

    Today we’re taking a closer look at the Central Alberta Refugee Effort (C.A.R.E.) and one of it’s volunteers.

    Bigazi Nsanzabera  has been a volunteer with C.A.R.E. for almost 2 years. In that time, he has volunteered with the Public Awareness program at various events.

    C.A.R.E. says volunteers like Bigazi are such a treasure not only for the organization, but also for the community. The organization says Bigazi is full of compassion and knowledge and that his willingness to share this knowledge with students and community members is amazing to watch. He is able to connect with the students not only in English but also in French, and of course his teaching skills come into play to deliver the message. Which is no surprise, as his professional background is in teaching.

    As Bigazi explains in his own words: “Nothing pleases me more than sharing my story to the students. Many kids here don’t know Africa and its troubled history. So it is my pleasure to  share my story with the students and teachers, I remember in one school, a child stood up after my presentation and gave me a ” thank you” note. Thanks to CARE for allowing me to be part of this”

    When asked, how this volunteer work helps newcomers in the community, he replies “I always tell students that we are ALL One. We all have the same red blood in our veins and as Canada is a country of immigrants, we should strive to love one another and live in peace”

    Bigazi is always willing and ready to help, he sees this as an opportunity to give back to the community. The schools, the community and especially C.A.R.E. appreciates his work and dedication to volunteering.

    Interested in volunteering with C.A.R.E.? Click here for all the information you’ll need to share your unique talents, passion, knowledge and time to ensure the successful integration of newcomer immigrants and refugees.

     

    About C.A.R.E.

    C.A.R.E. was formed in 1979 by a group of concerned citizens who wanted to assist with the settlement of Indochinese refugees fleeing the aftermath of the Vietnam War. A year later, C.A.R.E. became a registered non-profit society. In 1982 it received status as a charitable organization. Since our founding, our mission has been to assist in the settlement and integration of immigrants and refugees in the community.

     

    We provide settlement support to newcomers in Central Alberta, in close partnership with the Immigration and Settlement Service of Catholic Social Services

    Our Guiding Principles

    Throughout our daily work we are loyal to the following guiding principles:

    • To empower clients to become self-sufficient
    • To provide accessible community based services and programs
    • To appreciate cultural diversity and differences
    • To respect clients’ right to make their own choices
    • To ensure clients of confidentiality
    • To value clients, volunteers and staff
    • To serve everyone with fairness and respect
    • Our office is fragrance free. Thank you for not wearing scented products when visiting our office.

     

    About Volunteer Central

    Through our comprehensive website, convenient downtown location, and relevant programs and workshops, we connect volunteers, non-profit organizations, and businesses to create successful volunteer relationships in Central Alberta.

    At Volunteer Central, we…

    • offer a listing of volunteer opportunities
    • list non-profit employment opportunities
    • host training programs and workshops
    • develop corporate volunteer programs
    • promote and support community events
    • build capacity in the nonprofit sector across central Alberta


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