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St. Joseph Grad Service Project week for Family Services of Central Alberta

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From Red Deer Catholic Regional Schools

 It’s Grad Service project week for Grade 12 students at St. Joseph High School. This year, students have chosen to support Family Services of Central Alberta through their Grad Service project, because of what the organization stands for, specifically with youth anxiety and seniors with dementia.

“We are so excited to be raising awareness and support for Family Services of Central Alberta as their organization coincided with not only the issues-of-interest our students identified and also aligned with our school’s faith journey. Helping those most vulnerable in our community (the young and elderly) is something our students are very passionate about,” said Grad Service Project Coordinator, Ashley Visscher at St. Joseph High School.
During this week, students are participating in activities that raise awareness and support for Family Services of Central Alberta, which includes:
  • Monday, April 29 – Grad Fundraising Kick-Off Barbeque, where students can purchase a hot dog and pop for lunch.
  • Tuesday, April 30 – Restaurant Takeover at State and Main with local celebrity servers and a silent auction.
  • Wednesday, May 1 – Dessert Day, where students can purchase ice cream sundaes.
  • Thursday, May 2 – Movie Day, where all students can pay to watch Spiderman in the gymnasium.
  • Friday, May 3 – Paint Day, where Father Henri Voisin School students partner with high school students to learn about regulating emotions through artwork.
St. Joseph High School serves over 690 Grade 10 to 12 students in Red Deer. As a learning institution, the St. Joseph High School is committed to serving students with a complete offering of learning opportunities delivered within the context of Catholic teachings.

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The Results have Convinced Me

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The Results have Convinced Me

I have been diabetic for a while but have never cared much about monitoring it. Finally, my doctor got upset at me and suggested I pay more attention and referred me to a Family Nurse to help me get focused. The nurse was very understanding and she listened to me. She made suggestions. However, I wasn’t really convinced this would make any difference. She asked me to write down everything I ate or drank and take my blood sugars regularly and write them down. I started to see trends and the errors in my ways. I decreased my intake of sweets and pop.

My A1C went from 15.8 to 7.1. I got more involved in activities. Now I walk 10,000 steps almost every day. The walking seems to help me keep everything else in line. And then the nurse suggested that I start doing regular blood pressure readings and I saw my blood pressure improve. An average reading for me now is 122/54. My doctor is really happy. My pant size decreased also. I was forced to retire a few years ago due to back issues, but I find when I exercise regularly I have much less back pain. I no longer needed pain killers.

You can see how I have become convinced that I can make a big difference in my health through my lifestyle choices. I would highly recommend anyone not paying attention to their diabetes to see a Family Nurse.

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PETER VON TIESENHAUSEN’S EPIC ART

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Peter von Tiesenhausen, a Lieutenant Governor of Alberta 2015 Distinguished Artist, spent the past six months hunkered down in Demmit Alberta building a deluxe playground for the community center – and musing about connectedness, the importance of social interaction and his role as an artist in the social contract.

Peter’s last project prior to the March 2020 COVID-19 lockdown was the installation of Things I Knew to be True in the newly renovated Stanley A. Milner Public Library, part of the City of Edmonton’s public art collection.

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