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2019 Canada Winter Games

It’s about Legacy- Ron and Cari MacLean talk about Canada Games Celebration Plaza



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Native son and Red Deer uber-ambassador Ron MacLean and his wife Cari are serving as Co-chairs of the 2019 Canada Winter Games. Both grew up in the city and are committed to not only making the games as successful as possible, but are also really excited about the legacy that will be left behind. From upgrades to the old arena, new traffic circles, interchanges and road improvements to the RDC’s Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre and the Celebration Plaza.

In this video Ron and Cari share some of their thoughts on the long term impact of the Canada Games Celebration Plaza, a legacy project of the 2019 CWG.  Though we don’t touch on it in this video, Cari is also one of the Class of 2018 and will be dancing in this year’s Sheraton Celebrity Dance Off.  You can help with her fundraising efforts by clicking right here to donate.

The Canada Games Celebration Plaza will be home to festival programming during the Games and will provide a long-term celebration space in the heart of the city.

Central Elementary School, built in 1939, is one of Red Deer’s most significant historical sites. It 2009 it received a Statement of Significance by Heritage Collaborative for The City of Red Deer.  Built in Art Deco Style, the school is also significant for its association with the theme of Red Deer’s development as a regional centre.

Canada Games Celebration Plaza will become a focal point in downtown Red Deer.  A Plaza, Park, Art, Culture, Celebration, Entertainment, Festivals… This is a special place where Central Albertans will gather for decades to come.

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Here are some artist renderings of our future community space, Canada Games Celebration Plaza!

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Please support your Celebrity Dancers in the 2018 Sheraton Celebrity Dance Off!  For more information go to CelebrityDanceOff.Ca

Duane Daines

Troy Gillard

Melissa Hollingsworth

Cari MacLean

Carla MacLeod

Cindy Mandrusiak

Todd Simenson

John Young



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Celebrity Dancer Melissa Hollingsworth dancing with Michael Myroniu

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CELEBRATING THE GOOD WORKS IN OUR COMMUNITY A COMMUNITY INITIATIVE The Sheraton Celebrity Dance Off (SCDO) is a community builder initiative that brings together the professional dance community, community leaders, the business community and many talented volunteers to build awareness and raise funds for the great works happening in our community. It's about Red Deer coming together to Share the Magic! RED DEER'S PREMIER ANNUAL GALA Every year 8 community leaders step out of their comfort zone accepting the challenge to raise $15,000 for a chosen charity and, with the assistance of a professional dance instructor, learn a dance routine which he/she will perform on the night of the event. It is a sold-out event! Over eight hundred people from all walks of life attend the event supporting their favourite dance couple and the chosen charity. By now the audience is hyped right up and eager to hit the dance floor so the evening closes with a public dance with the popular Calgary band Dr. Zeus and the Who!

2019 Canada Winter Games

2019 Canada Winter Games announces the names of over 100 torchbearers



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2019 Canada Winter Games Announce Torchbearers

Over 100 inspiring Canadians have been named as torchbearers in the national MNP Canada Games Torch Relay.

During a press conference, the 2019 Canada Winter Games Host Society unveiled the first round of torchbearer names.

“Congratulations to these outstanding leaders in youth, sport and community across our nation who are making an impact in our communities,” said Lyn Radford, 2019 Canada Winter Games Board Chair. “The MNP Canada Games Torch Relay is an exciting opportunity to bring communities across the country together to celebrate the spirit of the Canada Games movement and recognize the accomplishments of these deserving individuals.”

“MNP congratulates the inspiring 2019 Canada Winter Games torchbearers who will be lighting up the nation with the spirit of the Games during the relay. As a truly Canadian firm with team members and offices in urban and rural communities from coast-to-coast, we are honoured to play a key role in this historic event. We will be cheering you all along the way,” said Jason Tuffs, Chief Executive Officer of MNP.

Over 900 torchbearer nominations were received and reviewed by the 2019 Canada Winter Games between May 14 and June 30, 2018. “The quality and number of nominations was truly impressive,” said Radford.

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The MNP Canada Games Torch Relay officially starts in Ottawa from the Centennial Flame on Parliament Hill on October 4, 2018, and visits almost 50 communities across Canada through a series of torch relay and community celebration stops before arriving in Red Deer for the Opening Ceremony of the 2019 Games on February 15, 2019.

Torch relays are hosted in 26 communities, with additional torchbearers being announced in the coming month. Torchbearers for the Red Deer torch relay are announced starting in January 2019, with the final torchbearers revealed at the Opening Ceremony on February 15.

For more details on the MNP Canada Games Torch Relay and torchbearer profiles, please visit

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Local Alberta businesses step up to sponsor the 2019 Canada Winter Games



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(Red Deer, Alberta) – Six more major sponsors have stepped forward to support Canada’s largest multi-sport and cultural event for youth – the 2019 Canada Winter Games.

“Today, we welcomed six organizations that all have deep Albertan roots and align in our vision to deliver a life-shaping Games experience,” said Lyn Radford, Board Chair of the 2019 Canada Winter Games Host Society. “Thank you to Finning Canada, Parkland Fuel Corporation, Q2 Artificial Lift Services, Red Deer Orthodontics, Stantec and Woody’s RV World for your contributions to the 2019 Games. An event the scope and scale of the 2019 Canada Winter Games is simply not possible without the support from corporate sponsors.”

Finning Canada joins the 2019 Games as a Gold Sponsor and the presenting sponsor of boxing and judo.

“Throughout our 85-year history, we’ve been proud supporters of communities across Western Canada,” said Juan Carlos Villegas, President, Finning Canada and COO, Finning International. “That’s why we are honoured to sponsor the 2019 Canada Winter Games and be part of the spirit, camaraderie and lasting legacy the Games will have on the city of Red Deer and the province of Alberta.”

As the presenting sponsor of the Fuelling the Games program, Parkland Fuel Corporation also joins as a Gold Sponsor of the 2019 Games.

“Parkland Fuel Corporation is pleased to be a Gold Level Sponsor of the 2019 Canada Winter Games in Red Deer,” stated Bob Espey, President and Chief Executive Officer of Parkland Fuel Corporation. “Our longstanding relationship and support for the community of Red Deer dates back 50 years and we are very proud to be part of these Games in this great city. We are excited to have our FasGas Plus and On the Run brands “Fuelling the Games” and wish all the participating athletes best of luck at next year’s Canada Winter Games.”

Q2 Artificial Lift Services is a proud Bronze Sponsor of the 2019 Games.

“Q2 Artificial Lift Services is proud to be able to play a small part by being a sponsor in such a big event. Thank you to everyone who has worked hard to secure the 2019 Canada Winter Games in Red Deer, AB. We are proud of all the athletes who will be attending and admire the dedication and determination it has taken to get here. Whether you stand on a podium or not during this event, you should all be proud of how far you’ve come. Never give up!” exclaimed Doug Quinn, President and CEO, Q2 Artificial Lift Services.

Red Deer Orthodontics joins the 2019 Games sponsor roster at the Bronze Sponsor level as the presenting sponsor of a ticketing program.

“It is my pleasure to be a sponsor of the 2019 Canada Winter Games. From the start, our mission has been to contribute back to our central Alberta community focusing on initiatives that involves our children and youth. The goal for the winter games was to reach as many children as possible and ensure they had the opportunity to attend the Games live and experience sports. I feel sports and physical activity at a young age helps develop discipline, great work ethic, teamwork, and develops neuromuscular development. When children recognize the benefits of sports and start participating in any capacity this helps build a stronger community. Sports bring families, friends and the community together. We are so fortunate to be the hosts of the 2019 Canada Winter Games and plan to make it the most successful games thus far,” said Dr. Cheba, Owner, Red Deer Orthodontics.

Stantec is the presenting sponsor of festival fireworks and a Bronze Sponsor of the Games.

“Stantec is proud to partner with the 2019 Canada Winter Games,” said Stantec Executive Vice President Russ Wlad. “Our company is dedicated to supporting the communities we serve. Stantec has committed to not only be a sponsor of the Games and celebration plaza, but we’ve played a large role in designing the facility that will enhance sport at Red Deer College and throughout central Alberta for years to come, the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre.”

The presenting sponsor of the festival family zone, Woody’s RV World also joins the the Games sponsor roster as a Bronze Sponsor.

“It’s about excelling, effort, enjoyment and all about family and community support – things we stand behind as well. We are proud to be a part of the Games,” noted Woody Paylor, Founder, Woody’s RV World.

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