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Schedule of services in Central AB plus a couple of notable videos to help remember this Remembrance Day

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As we approach the 100th anniversary of the armistice that ended WWI, here are a couple of videos that you may wish to watch.  The first is a video tribute to the Canadian military set to the song “Sounds of Silence” by Disturbed.

The second is a long format documentary that explores the experiences of Alberta Reservists who have deployed oversees, produced in 2017.  Deployed: Army Reservists Overseas is a 90 minute documentary by LCol Mike Vernon of the Calgary Highlanders. It features interviews with a wide variety of current and former soldiers who have deployed on dozens of missions, beginning with the United Nations peacekeeping mission in Egypt in the 1970s on through the Afghanistan deployments of recent years. In Canada, reservists are not ordered to serve overseas, but volunteer to do so, putting their civilian lives on hold until their return. The Highlanders are part of 41 Canadian Brigade Group, based in Calgary, and all the soldiers in the documentary are drawn from units of that Brigade Group.

Though each is a unique individual, their personal stories tell some universal truths about our soldiers, their lives and their work. For all of them, their days overseas were filled with moments of adrenaline-filled risk balanced by the daily routine of regular duties that are part of every deployment. As reservists who often must immediately integrate themselves back into civilian life after their return from deployment, they also have faced some unique challenges. LCol Vernon has served in both the regular force and reserves. In civilian life, he has worked as a video journalist for CBC Television News and is currently a journalism instructor at Mount Royal University in Calgary.Starting in 1956 with file footage of Egypt, the documentary uses interviews with Alberta soldiers who have served overseas to tell the story of their experience and the impact of their service on their professional and personal lives.

Here is a list of Remembrance Day services in Central Alberta:

Red Deer 

Red Deer Legion Service @ Servus Arena – Starts at 10:30 AM

The Korean War Veterans Association Service at  Veterans Park – 49th Ave and Ross Street  Starts at 10:30 AM.  You can park at Sorensen Station Parkade.

Bells of Peace Ceremony at Gaetz Memorial United Church – 4758 50th Street starts at 5 PM

Lacombe 

Lacombe Memorial Centre – 5214 50 Ave starting at 10:45 AM.

Bells of Peace Ceremony at St. Andrew’s United Church 5226 – 51st Avenue from 4:30 to 5:15 PM. There will be a commemorative bell ringing ceremony to to mark the 100th anniversary of the Armistice that ended WWI.

Meals at Lacombe Legion – 5138 49th Street with breakfast 8-10 AM (by donation), Noon to 2PM (light lunch) and from 5-7PM, a community potluck dinner will be held. Please bring enough food to feed the group you are bringing, and then add a bit to ensure there’s enough from everyone.

Blackfalds 

Remembrance Day Ceremony at Abbey Centre – 4500 Womacks Road starts at 10:30 AM.  Note that parking is limited. There will be a brief ceremony at the Cenotaph but the main service will take place inside.

Rimbey 

The Rimbey Legion Service will take place at The Peter Lougheed Community Centre starting at 10:45 AM

Sylvan Lake 

Remembrance Day Ceremony at NexSource Centre – 4823 49th Avenue starts at 10:30. Please arrive early to be seated.  Soldiers from 41 Signal Regiment 2 Squadron will provide the Honour Guard.

Bells of Peace Commemorative Ceremony  Memorial Presbyterian Church – 5020 48th Street begins at 4:45 PM.  There will be a bell ringing ceremony to mark the anniversary of the Armistice.

Innisfail 

The Innisfail Legion’s Remembrance Day Memorial Service ( Innisfail Legion – 5108 49 Ave) begins at 9:45 AM. There will be a wreath laying ceremony at 10:45.  There will be a video feed into their clubroom for overflow and sandwiches and refreshments will be served after the service.

Penhold

Service takes place Nov. 9 at 7 p.m. – Ceremony at the Penhold Regional Multiplex

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New home for the Central Alberta Child Advocacy Centre

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The Central Alberta Child Advocacy Centre is moving

A new interim home for the CACAC 

The Central Alberta Child Advocacy Centre has a new place to call home. The CACAC is thrilled to announce they have found an interim space to operate before the permanent move to RDC campus.

The CACAC has seen rapid growth since opening in late 2017 – with case numbers continuing to increase instrumentally year after year, the need for support is greater than ever. With the increased volume of cases and clients comes the inevitable increase of required space – and thanks to some wonderful individuals, a new space, a larger space, has been found.

“We have been needing a new space for quite some time now. We have been seeing a high rise in our numbers over the past year, with a surge in demand of our support services like our Court Prep Program and Mental Health Therapy – but we are running at full capacity. This new location gives us the space to provide all of our services and gives us the opportunity to support even more children and families who need us.” – Mark Jones, CEO

The CACAC’s new office is in Red Deer’s Capstone District, located in the Westview Business Centre building. The space is over 12,500 sq, tripling the size of the original space, and includes 5 family waiting rooms, two interview rooms, two mental health therapy rooms, an advocate volunteer office, and a large educational space. The ability to have two interview rooms is vital for the CACAC, as the Centre has been seeing an upwards of 10 interviews a day. In the past year, the CACAC has also welcomed 2 more RCMP Forensic Interviewers, now operating with 3 in-Centre members. “As an integrated partner, the RCMP are excited for the CAC to open their new child friendly space in Red Deer. This new building is the beginning of an exciting new chapter for the CAC. The RCMP are continually encouraged by the bold steps the CAC has made to improve the lives of Central Alberta children and their families.” Sgt Ian Ihme Red Deer RCMP-GRC

The organization is still working on constructing the new building on RDC Campus and is hoping to be in by August 2022.

This move was made possible thanks to help and generosity of the Central Alberta community. The CACAC would like to extend a special thank you to John & Joan Donald, and Jack & Joan Donald of River Valley Properties for the creative lease agreement and for their individual contributions.

The team would also like to thank those who helped facilitate this exciting move: Brett Salomons of Salomons Commercial, Reid & Wright Advertising, Phil Stork Outsource Installation, Mark McCleod and Bill Robinson from Sorento Custom Homes and Winmar Restoration. Thanks to the work of these individuals and businesses, the space already feels like home – and it is a safe and welcoming place for a child to share their story.

Please visit centralalbertacac.ca to learn more about the community support services the CACAC offers. Collectively, we can end child abuse.

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Third Aviation School coming to Red Deer Regional Airport

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From the Red Deer Regional Airport

The Red Deer Regional Airport is proud to welcome their newest aviation business to Central Alberta, the Canadian Aviation College!

The Canadian Aviation College is a designated training institution who currently operate from their main college in Pitt Meadows, British Columbia, and are happily transitioning a secondary location to the Red Deer Regional Airport. This transition into Central Alberta with both single and twin-engine aircraft will allow students and instructors from the college to take advantage of the diverse landscapes of the region, while utilizing the consistent winter weather of Alberta.

As a student-oriented aviation training facility, the team at Canadian Aviation College focus on empowering their students to graduate with a higher level of experience and be better suited for employment in Canada. International students who graduate from their Commercial Pilot Program are also eligible for post-graduation work permits in select countries. The economic impact of students within Central Alberta is immense.

Students with the Canadian Aviation College will live within Central Alberta as they complete their studies, and this number of students will continue to grow year after year. These students are able to contribute to the local economy by eating meals, visiting sites, and contributing to daily activities and transportation. This addition to our local economy is vital in times such as these.

“Students are a huge economic driver for Central Alberta, and we are so happy to see upwards of 100 students here with the Canadian Aviation College as we look to the future”, says Graham Ingham, CEO of the Red Deer Regional Airport. “The Airport has continued to remain busy throughout 2020, with essential service business and VIP traffic, and this addition of the airport’s third aviation school is a fantastic benefit to that economic impact.”

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