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Red Deer Public commemorates the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation with Division-wide video

Red Deer Public Schools will remember the lost children, survivors and families impacted by residential schools on the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. The day will give time and space to reflect and learn more about the history and ongoing legacy of residential schools.

On the morning of Thursday, September 30, 11,000 students and 1,500 staff in Red Deer Public Schools will commemorate the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation by watching a Division-wide video and participating in activities, lessons and projects related to truth and reconciliation.

Following the federal government’s declaration of September 30 as the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, and after consultation with representatives in the Indigenous community, including our partner the Red Deer Native Friendship Society, Red Deer Public Schools made the decision to remain open for an instructional day, with a focus on commemorating residential school survivors, their families and communities and honouring those who did not survive.

“In partnership with the Red Deer Native Friendship Society and local elders, it was agreed through consensus that September 30 remain as an instructional day in Red Deer Public Schools,” said Chad Erickson, Superintendent. “Our schools have a longstanding commitment to commemorating Orange Shirt Day, with many students and staff throughout the Division recognizing the day by wearing orange, as well as honouring children who attended residential schools, and remembering the children who did not survive. With students and staff in class on September 30, it will enhance the teaching, learning and understanding of residential schools and truth and reconciliation.”

As mentioned, students and staff will watch a Division-wide video, which was produced in two versions, one for elementary students and one for middle and high school students. The video includes various elements such as:

  • Land recognition recited by a Red Deer Public student

  • Messages from the Red Deer Native Friendship Society

  • Details of the residential school that was located near Red Deer

  • Information of the residential school children’s memorials at the Red Deer Cemetery

  • Indigenous poem recited by Red Deer Public students

  • Traditional music performed by local Indigenous drummers

  • Moment of silence to remember the children who did not survive

Following the video, students will participate in grade appropriate activities, lessons and projects, which have also garnered interest of other school divisions, including those from out of province as they look to Red Deer Public for leadership in this area.

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Updated 2021 Municipal Election and Referendum Results from the City of Red Deer

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Updated unofficial 2021 Election results

Following a recount of two voting stations which had not yet reported results, The City has updated unofficial results to reflect 100% of votes cast. A recount was performed earlier today after an isolated technical issue disrupted results reporting for Advance Vote at the Baymont by Wyndham Red Deer and the Mustard Seed. The recount did not change the outcome of the Election.

Red Deer saw an increase in voter turnout compared to the last Municipal Election. In the 2021 Election, 21,548 out of 71,475 eligible voters, or 30.15 per cent, cast their ballots, including 10,622 during the Advance Vote. This was an increase over 2017, which saw 19,265 of 66,897 eligible voters, or 28.8 per cent, cast their ballots, including 2,639 during Advance Vote.

Unofficial results of the 2021 Municipal and School Board Elections are as follows:

MAYOR FOR THE CITY OF RED DEER

Number of positions to be filled: 1

CANDIDATE VOTES
1 Johnston, Ken 11,611
2 Moore, Jeremy Richard 3,169
3 Buchanan, S.H. (Buck) 3,086
4 Magee, Bradley James 2,049
5 Hickey, Dwight G. 900
6 Allen, James 389

COUNCILLOR FOR THE CITY OF RED DEER

Number of positions to be filled: 8

CANDIDATE VOTES
1 Dawe, Michael 12,141

2 Jefferies, Cindy 11,304

3 Wyntjes, Dianne 8,961

4 Lee, Lawrence 8,310

5 Buruma, Bruce 7,067

6 Higham, Vesna 6,298

7 Barnstable, Kraymer 5,892

8 Doerksen, Victor 5,884

9 Krahn, Chad 5,122

10 Khan, Sadia 5,000

11 Williams, Dax 4,865

12 Somer, Janise 4,809

13 Huizing, Hans 4,687

14 MacDonald, Jason 4,677

15 Curtis, Craig 4,543

16 Olubwale, Sheyi 4,245

17 Barclay, Graham 4,061

18 Lydiard, Nicole (Nikki) 3,725

19 Campbell, Brenda 3,525

20 Harksen, Sarah 3,290

21 Engel, Grace Joy 2,540

22 Ratra, Harish 2,495

23 Spencer-Cook, Lisa 2,468

24 Campbell, Calvin 2,067

25 Milaney, Liam 1,634

26 Larocque, Lindsay 1,362

27 Mihaly, Jozef 1,353

28 Laloge, Ryan Andrew 1,317

29 Chapin, Matt 902

30 Coop, Stephen (Steve) 435

 

TRUSTEE OF THE RED DEER PUBLIC SCHOOL DIVISION

Number of positions to be filled: 7

CANDIDATE VOTES
1 Manning, Bev 6,074
2 Gould, Matt 5,272
3 Buchanan, Nicole 5,143
4 Macaulay, Dianne 4,781
5 Peacocke, Cathy 4,775
6 Sommers, Angela 4,581
7 Watters, Jim 4,473
8 Tweedle, Jaelene 4,185
9 Peters, Paul 3,892
10 Warkentin, Reg 3,550
11 Parisian, Meagan 3,358
12 Elliott, Kari 3,274
13 Davies, Nathan 3,082
14 Grills, Terri 3,024
15 Chapin, Matt 1,653
16 Swarek, Mark 937

 

TRUSTEE OF THE RED DEER CATHOLIC SEPARATE SCHOOL DIVISION, RED DEER AREA WARD

Number of positions to be filled: 5

CANDIDATE VOTES
1 Watson, Anne Marie 3,169
2 Pasula, Kim 2,956
3 Hollman, Murray 2,923
4 LeGrange, Monique 2,546
5 Leyson, Cynthia 2,489
6 Mariani, Vanessa 2,209

The Red Deer Catholic Separate School Division’s QEII Ward and Highway 11 Ward were both unaffected by the recount, as the two voting stations affected were within the Red Deer Area Ward. Unofficial results for the QEII Ward and Highway 11 Ward remain unchanged.

Official election results for the Municipal and School Board Elections will be announced at 12 noon on Friday, October 22.

The City also hosted a Senate Election and two Referendum questions on behalf of  The Province. Updated results noted below are unofficial results for Red Deer voters only; official results from all Alberta voters will be calculated and confirmed by Elections Alberta at a later date.

ALBERTA SENATE ELECTION

Number of positions to be filled: 3

CANDIDATE RED DEER VOTES
1 Pam Davidson 7,951
2 Erika Barootes 7,227
3 Mykhailo Martyniouk 4,896
4 Kelly Lorencz 3,002
5 Doug A. Horner 2,945
6 Ann McCormack 2,475
7 Nadine R. Wellwood 2,464
8 Karina Pillay 1,959
9 Rick Bonnett 1,837
10 Duncan Kinney 1,777
11 Jeff Nielsen 1,510
12 Sunil Sookram 1,229
13 Chad Jett Thunders Saunders 1,004

REFERENDUM QUESTION 1: EQUALIZATION

1 Yes 13,980

2 No 6,393

REFERENDUM QUESTION 2: DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME

1 Yes 11,523

2 No 9,580

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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

Read more Success Stories from the Red Deer Primary Care Network.

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