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Safey City Wheels in Some Great Summer Programs

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Looking for some fun activities to put into your summer calendar?  Have you considered Safety City?  It’s a fantastic facility that offers a multitude of programs to entertain and educate your children.

Red Deer Safety City opened its doors to classes on April 24, 2001. The main focus is to teach children and their families how to be safe in varying situations.

At Safety City, they what to do when faced with a tough decision or emergency. Knowledge is power and can save a child’s life. Feed them the power to know how to be safe in numerous situations.

Safety City is an organization dedicated to ensuring safety for everyone in and around our community. We have programs that we deliver both to the schools and for the public. Safety is the key message in all of our programs. What would your children do in a fire? How would they behave if they came face to face with a momma cow? Do they know the proper steps for crossing the street safely? Do you? Come see us at Red Deer Safety City to help keep you and your children safe.

Field Trips

Safety City offers fun, interactive field trips available to schools in Red Deer and Central Alberta. Children learn in a classroom setting and then get to apply their knowledge in a hands-on setting.

  • Pedestrian Traffic Safety, offered in May and June
  • Fire and Home Safety, offered in September, October, and April
  • Acreage and Farm Safety, offered in September, October, and April

Programs:

Safety City is open to the public for a variety of safety-oriented programs. Children learn in a classroom and apply what they have learned to real-life settings. Join us in escaping a fire (simulated), riding on quads as the driver’s on the road, trying to climb out of a dug out, and using your bikes properly. Or do it all and some, with our exciting week-long summer camps.

  • Pedestrian Traffic Safety
  • Bicycle Safety
  • Fire and Home Safety
  • Acreage and Farm Safety
  • Summer Camps
  • Birthday Parties

Acreage and Farm

  • This interactive 2 hour program teaches children to recognize potential dangers and avoid injury on the acreage or farm. During a classroom story lesson, children learn to safely navigate a number of realistic, potentially hazardous situations. In the Safety Centre for the final 90 minutes of activity, children practice new safety skills at displays including animal, ATV, grain handling, dugout and chemical safety.
  • Cost: $15/child. Parent attends with child – Dates available: July and August

Pedestrian Safety:

During this 90 minute program, street safety lessons are presented in the classroom using an interactive story board depicting a neighbourhood. Children learn to safely cross the street, the meaning of various road signs, and how to read a set of traffic lights. Outdoors on the streetscape for the final hour, children practice their new skills as drivers and pedestrians. Bicycle helmet required – Cost: $15/per child. Parent attends with child – Dates available: July and August

Fire and Home:

Do you have a home escape plan? Do your children know how to call 911? This 2 hour program combines a safety lesson with hands-on-activities, to teach about how fires start, ways to eliminate fire hazards from the home, and how to create a home escape plan. Children also practice calling 911. In the Fire Safe House, children conduct a kitchen inspection and put their home escape plan into action.

Cost: $15/per child. Parent attends with child – Dates available: July and August

Bicycle Safety:

With a focus on proper road safety procedures, this 5 hour program combines classroom instruction with on-site training to build on existing skills of the young cyclist. Participants must be able to ride without training wheels, and are required to bring their own bicycles and bicycle helmets.

Cost: $40/per child – Supervised program – Parent not required  to attend – Dates available: May, June, July and August

Summer Camps:

A week of fun, unique experiences and activity! Children explore a new safety topic each day and learn how to avoid injury. Through stories, games, and crafts children learn about pedestrian traffic safety, animal bite prevention, acreage and farm safety, fire and home safety and bicycle safety (training wheels permitted).

Morning Camp: 9am – 12noon, $100/per child – Full Day Camp: 8am-5pm, $180/per child.

Supervised program. Parent not required to attend – Dates available: July and August

Birthday Parties:

Celebrate your child’s special day in a fun and unique way! At this 2 hour party, children learn about road safety, ride battery-powered quads, and enjoy family time in the party room.

Maximum of 15 children (including birthday child) – Ages 4-12 – Cost: $150 per party. Includes safety lesson, quad riding + indoor classroom. Parents provide rest of party items – Dates available: May, June, July and August

Facility rentals:

We have space available for your next corporate party, board meeting, family reunion or birthday party. We can accommodate smaller and larger groups for various purposes. Contact our office for more information or check our event calendar for availability.

There is a wonderful outdoor space, which can accommodate very large groups during the beautiful weather of spring, summer and fall. We also have a smaller, indoor room better suited for meetings and more formal group gatherings. Separate from those, we also have a party room that is perfect for birthday parties, family reunions or the special gathering of your choice.

For more information on Safety City, CLICK HERE.

Make sure you support these terrific local companies and organizations that through their sponsorship make Safety City possible.

Bruin’s Plumbing and Heating

Southside Dodge

Kiwanis Club

Dairy Queen

Fas Gas

Pro Form

Big 105

Ing and McKee

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Empowered, Happy and Healthy

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Michelle lost a kidney to cancer 20 years ago. Her blood pressure has been challenging to keep in a healthy range since. A busy life with little focus on healthy got her in trouble. In late December 2020, she ended up in emergency with extremely high blood pressure in the 200/150 range and a blood sugar of 25. She was very sick. She had a second similar episode in January. At that time, she was let go from her job. This turned out to be the best thing that happened as she now had time to focus on her health.

The RDPCN family nurse recommended she attend Diabetes the Basics as well as providing her with ongoing one-to-one support for several months. She also got connected to a weight management program, supervised exercise and Heartwise.

Fast forward to 18 months, she has decreased her clothing size from 20 to 14. Her blood sugar is now 7 and her blood pressure is in the range of 138/95. Great improvements!

She is back to work. She walks about an hour per day and she feels amazing! She has used the portion control plate to help improve her eating habits. She is eating way better and enjoying it. One thing she could not give up was Pepsi. She used to have at least 3 cans per day. Now she uses Diet Pepsi in much smaller volumes, but she cannot get by without some Pepsi. Long-lasting insulin and using the Libre sensor have been great tools to help her live healthily. She feels very empowered, happy and healthy!!

Learn more about the Red Deer Primary Care Network. Click here. 

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Red Deer Recovery Community will offer hope for residents from Central Alberta and around the world

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Central Albertans won’t be the only ones paying close attention to the official opening of the Red Deer Recovery Community next month. According to Marshall Smith, Chief of Staff to Premier Danielle Smith, jurisdictions from across North America will be looking to the Red Deer Recovery Community for potential answers to their own issues. Red Deer Recovery Community will be the first of 11 the province is opening over the coming months.

Cities across North America and beyond have been battling an addictions crisis, and losing. As the number of homeless people and the number of fatal overdoses continues to rise, cities are looking for new solutions. After years of slipping further behind, Alberta has decided on a new approach to recovery and Marshall Smith has been leading the charge.

Smith is a recovering addict himself.  A political organizer from BC, he once worked for former Premier Gordon Campbell.  His own crisis started with alcohol, then moved to cocaine dependency before he eventually succumbed to methamphetamine use.  The successful political operative found himself without work and living on the street for over four years. Eventually he benefited from a 35 day stay in a publicly funded recovery centre in BC.

Former Alberta Premier Jason Kenney brought Smith to Alberta to head up the UCP’s addictions and recovery file.  His personal experiences and incredible comeback story are at the heart of Alberta’s new approach.

While the success of recovery programs vary, Marshall Smith and Dr. Christina Basedow of the Edgewood Health Network (operators of Red Deer Recovery Community) say with the right treatment and the right amount of time, they expect a very high rate of successful recoveries.  Smith says the province won’t give up on patients, even if some have to go through more than once.

The Recovery Community is central to this new approach, but patients who will be able to stay for up to a year, will need somewhere to go when they leave. This week the province also announced the Bridge Healing Transitional Accommodation Program in Edmonton.  This “second stage” housing will ensure former addicts have a place to stay upon leaving addiction treatment centres. This will be their home in the critical days following treatment when they need to reestablish their lives by finding work or educational opportunities.

Red Deer Mayor Ken Johnston feels the 75 bed Recovery Community will be transformation for Central Alberta. Mayor Johnston says all Central Albertans will play an important role in helping former addicts when they leave the Recovery Community.

Construction of the Red Deer Recovery Community is all but complete.

Thursday, municipal and provincial politicians toured the facility and were introduced to the operators of the new facility. Dr Christina Basedow, Western VP of Edgewood Health Network teamed up with Nicholas Milliken, Alberta’s Mental Health and Addiction Minister, to take questions about operations.

Red Deer South MLA Jason Stephan, Red Deer Mayor Ken Johnston, Dr. Christina Basedow, Minister Nicholas Milliken, Red Deer North MLA Adriana LaGrange

Premier Danielle Smith made the trip to Central Alberta to offer support for the project and see the facility first hand.

Red Deer Mayor Ken Johnston and Premier Danielle Smith listen to Chief of Staff Marshall Smith 

Marshall Smith explains aspects of the Recovery Community to Premier Danielle Smith, Red Deer Mayor Ken Johnston and Red Deer MLA’s Adriana LaGrange and Jason Stephan

In the days leading up to an official opening expected in February, Edgewood Health Network is finalizing the admission process which will see the first batch of up to 75 people suffering addictions moving into single and double occupied rooms.

Typical double occupancy room at Red Deer Recovery Community

The new 75-bed facility, will begin accepting residents battling addictions in February.  Those residents will stay for up to a full year accessing medications, programming and developing life skills.

In the meantime the province expects a recovery industry will be developing in Red Deer including second stage housing opportunities and counselling.

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