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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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Blackfalds Bulldogs Jr A Hockey Club announces finalized agreement to join the BC Hockey League effective immediately

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News release from the Blackfalds Bulldogs

The Blackfalds Bulldogs have announced a finalized franchise agreement with the British Columbia Hockey League (BCHL) and are official members of the league, effective immediately. 

Prior to this agreement, the Blackfalds Bulldogs had agreed to terms on a framework of what joining the BCHL would look like. 

Along with the Blackfalds Bulldogs, the Brooks Bandits, Okotoks Oilers, Sherwood Park Crusaders and Spruce Grove Saints will also join the BCHL starting this season. 

“The Blackfalds Bulldogs are thrilled to express our excitement to be joining the BCHL. The BCHL’s dedication and efforts in expediting this process in light of the AJHL decisions have not gone unnoticed and we are sincerely grateful for the commitment they have shown to ensure all our players have the opportunity to complete this season with competitive hockey. This swift transition in light of the AJHL’s decisions is a testament to the BCHL’s professionalism and passion for the sport. We eagerly anticipate the journey ahead and look forward to contributing our Bulldog Best to the vibrant hockey community that the BCHL represents,” said Doug Quinn, Owner of the Blackfalds Bulldogs Jr A Hockey Club.  

“We are pleased to officially welcome these five franchises into the fold as members of our league,” said Graham Fraser, Chairman of the BCHL Board of Governors. “All five are strong organizations from great communities and we look forward to the immediate boost they will give our league.” 

Due to the Alberta Junior Hockey League cancelling league games for the 2023-24 regular season, the five teams will engage in competition with each other as BCHL teams for the remainder of the season and will eventually crown an Alberta champion. Following the conclusion of the BCHL Playoffs, there will be an opportunity for the champion from Alberta to meet the champion from B.C. in a year-end competition. 

“With the unfortunate situation the Alberta teams have faced in recent weeks with having games cancelled in their previous league, it was imperative to us to get these players back on the ice in meaningful competition,” said BCHL Commissioner Steven Cocker. “This five-team schedule and postseason will give these athletes the chance to get in a full set of games for the remainder of the year, which is the most important thing to us.” 

The schedule for the Alberta teams starts tomorrow and can be viewed here.

Details for the post-season competition will be announced at a later date. 

For a list of Frequently Asked Questions about this decision, visit our FAQ page here.

About the BCHL: 

Sending more players on to Division I college hockey every season than any other hockey league in Canada, the BCHL has established itself as a national leader in the development of young student athletes. Considering approximately a third of today’s NHL is made up of NCAA alumni, the BCHL has become a breeding ground for some the sport’s most elite and successful players. In 2022-23 alone, there were a league-record 190 players in the league with NCAA Division I scholarships. The BCHL is also a leader in player safety, with a full-time Department of Player Safety, the toughest rules on fighting in North American junior hockey, as well as a league-wide independent Safe Sport Officer and an individual Athlete Advocate assigned to all 17 teams.  

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Coldest Night of the Year looking for your help to raise $100,000.00!

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Support The Mustard Seed and Red Deer Food Bank in CNOY 2024

The Coldest Night of the Year is a winterrific family-friendly walk in support of local charities serving people experiencing hurt, hunger, and homelessness. Join us on February 24, 2024 – team up, fundraise, walk, and take a moment to look closer… because it’s cold out there.

The goal in Central Alberta is to raise $100,000.00 for the Red Deer Food Bank and the Mustard Seed Red Deer. 

About Red Deer Food Bank

Many think that the food donated to the food bank only goes into food hampers. It is true the Red Deer Food Bank, with your help, assisted over 19,000 people in 2019. Approximately 40% of them were children.

With that being said, the food bank also provides food to other agencies right here in Red Deer. Agencies such as the Boy’s and Girl’s Club, The Mustard Seed, Potter’s Hands, Women’s Outreach, soup kitchens, homeless shelters and kids camps.

The Red Deer Food Bank also supplies food to other food banks in Central Alberta such as: Blackfalds, Coronation, Caroline, Delburne, Ermineskin, Maskwacis, Innisfail, Lacombe, Mirror, Olds, Ponoka, Rocky Mountain House, Rimbey, Sylvan Lake, Stettler, Three Hills and Trochu.

The Red Deer Food Bank covers an area of 20,000 square kilometres in Central Alberta.

The bread, produce and pastries that our driver/gleaner picks up each day from grocery stores are available daily. People in need can access the product Monday through Friday in our Client Service Area.

The access to these products helps supplement our clients’ grocery expenses. Coming in for bread and potatoes can save them extra funds for fresh milk and other food items they may need for their family.

Without the generosity of our community the Red Deer Food Bank Society would not exist. Many factors play a part but it is the generosity of people that is the heart of our organization.

About The Mustard Seed Red Deer

The Mustard Seed and the Red Deer Food Bank are partnering for our 40th birthdays this year for CNOY 2024 – walk with us as we raise funds to fight hunger and homelessness in our communities!

The Mustard Seed is a Christian non-profit organization that has been caring for individuals experiencing homelessness and poverty since 1984. Operating in six cities across Alberta and British Columbia, The Mustard Seed is a supportive haven where people can have their physical, mental, and spiritual needs met and grow toward greater health and independence.

At The Mustard Seed, we recognize that the root causes of poverty and homelessness are complex and diverse, so we continue to grow and evolve with the needs of those we serve.

Coldest Night of the Year is an incredibly valuable way for the community of Red Deer to partner with us to experience a small part of what our guests endure.  We would love to have you, your family, and your friends walk alongside The Mustard Seed and the Red Deer Food Bank at this incredibly important event.

Event Day Details

Save the date – CNOY Day is February 24, 2024!

It all starts here: GOOGLE MAP

6002 54 Ave, Red Deer, AB T4N 4M8

Red Deer Community Impact Centre

Schedule

  •  4:00 pm: Meet Check-in + Welcome
  •  5:00 pm: Move Send-off
  •  6:00 pm: Munch Light meal served
  •  7:00 pm: Mosey Goodbye + see you in 2025!

Not able to join us in person at the Main Event? We hope you’ll register, fundraise and walk offsite with friends and family.

Route Details

  •  Route Distances: Check out the maps below to see where we will be walking.
  •  Rest stop: Keep an eye out for opportunities to rest and refresh with yummy snacks along the route.
  •  Signage: Routes will be well-signed with our bold blue CNOY signs.
  •  Route Support: Route marshals, rest stop hosts, and support vehicle drivers provide support along the route.
  •  Children 12 and under must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at all times.
  •  No Pets: We love our little furballs like you do, but pets are not permitted at the Coldest Night of the Year except for approved and trained service animals. Read more about our pet policy >

Check-In

  •  All walkers participating at the Main Event on Saturday, February 24, 2024 must check-in upon arrival.
  •  Toques! Fundraising walkers who raise $150+ (or $75+ for those under 18) will receive a CNOY toque as a thank you on event day, while supplies last.
  •  Offsite fundraising walkers can contact their local event director to arrange toque pickup the week of the event.

Have questions? Visit the FAQ section!

Handling Money

  •  Credit Card: The Best Option! Simple, secure, automatically tax receipted for gifts of $20+. Visit the Donate page, share your personal page link, or have your donor call the CNOY Head Office.
  •  Cheques: The Old Faithful – made out to Coldest Night of the Year with your name on the Memo line. Mail them to CNOY Head Office along with your completed pledge form.
  •  Cash: You have 2 options:
  •  1. Login to FundHub, click “Enter $$ and Cheques,” create pledges for your cash donations, pay them off with your personal credit card, and keep the cash. OR…
  •  2. Write a cheque (made out to “Coldest Night of the Year”) for the total amount of cash you’ve collected. Mail it to the CNOY Head Office with your completed pledge sheet.

Waivers

All participants must register online and accept the electronic waiver.

  •  Adults accept the waiver automatically when they register online.
  •  Youth/Children under 18 need a waiver signed by their parent or guardian.
  •  An online form will be emailed to all parents/guardians before CNOY Day.
  •  Waivers will also be available at check-in on CNOY Day.

What to Bring

A few common sense suggestions:

  •  A cell phone for emergencies (recommended but not required)
  •  Good waterproof shoes/boots for walking
  •  Warm coat and mitts/gloves
  •  Extra snacks if you have allergies or food sensitivities
  •  Your own water bottle
  •  A passion for the charity you’re walking and fundraising for!

Red Deer Maps

Check out this year’s CNOY route maps below:

Contact Us


CNOY Red Deer 2024

The CNOY Team Participant & Donor Services
Toll Free 1.877.743.3413 / Phone 519.603.2250
Email [email protected]

Got questions about the Coldest Night of the Year?
[email protected] | 1.877.743.3413
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