From the Western Canadian Lottery Corporation
Sundre couple wins $14.9M on LOTTO 6/49
New multimillionaires living a waking dream
Kim Verkerk was having trouble sleeping one mid-June night, and checking her LOTTO 6/49 numbers was no help. The Sundre resident checked the June 15 ticket she shared with her husband, Michael, and discovered they had won $14,912,312.30!
“I was up late – probably one or two in the morning,” said Kim. “I saw the ticket on the kitchen table and thought, ‘Sure, I’ll see if the numbers are up yet.’”
“I tried to scan the ticket on the mobile app, but I kept getting the ‘Prize information not available at this time’ message,” she continued. “So I went to WCLC’s website and checked the numbers there.”
The new winner said she was not expecting what she saw next.
“I started going through the numbers and they were all matching,” she said. “It felt like I had fallen asleep and started dreaming – it felt so surreal.”
“I told Mike and he couldn’t believe it either,” she continued. “We waited a little while and then checked the mobile app again. It all started to feel real when we saw all of the numbers come up on the screen.”
As the initial surprise of winning begins to sink in, the Verkerks said they have started thinking about ideas for their multimillion-dollar windfall.
“We’re going to share with some family members, and plan a trip or two,” said Kim. “But the majority of the money will be put into the business we run together.”
The happy winners purchased their $22 LOTTO 6/49 ticket at Sundre IGA, located at 557 Main Avenue West in Sundre. Their winning numbers were 10, 19, 24, 30, 35 and 49.
The Verkerks shared the draw’s $29,801,647 jackpot with another Alberta ticket purchased in Edmonton.
Official Installation Ceremony for RDC President Dr. Peter Nunoda
From Red Deer College Communications
Red Deer College celebrates new President during Installation Ceremony
Festivities included new traditions and a look towards institution’s future as a university
It was a special day for Dr. Peter Nunoda, Red Deer College’s new President. While he began his tenure in September, Dr. Nunoda was officially installed as RDC’s 11th President during a ceremony Tuesday, November 12.
“I am humbled to receive the warm welcome from the College community and our external partners that I have enjoyed today, as well as during other occasions in the brief time I’ve lived in central Alberta,” says Dr. Nunoda.
Red Deer College was a buzz with special moments during the Installation Ceremony as the College community, government representatives, dignitaries and community members from across central Alberta welcomed formally Dr. Nunoda.
Indigenous drumming and singing provided entertainment for the audience, as well as signifying RDC’s continued commitment to collaborating with Indigenous communities in the spirit of reconciliation. In recognition of Dr. Nunoda’s proud Japanese Canadian heritage, members of the Students’ Association honoured him with a loaned piece from the College’s permanent art collection. The students presented a colour woodblock on silk by famed Japanese artist Kunisada that dates from 1848-58. This art will be displayed by Dr. Nunoda in his office during his term.
A new tradition for Red Deer College was introduced as Dr. Nunoda took an Oath of Office led by Her Honour, the Honourable Lois E. Mitchell, CM, AOE, LLD, Lieutenant Governor of Alberta. Dr. Nunoda also received a new Presidential stole that he will wear as part of his academic regalia at future Convocation Ceremonies and other important events.
“On behalf of my colleagues on the Board of Governors, I was honoured to host today’s Installation Ceremony as we welcome Dr. Nunoda into our College community at this momentous point in our institution’s history,” says Guy Pelletier, Chair of RDC’s Board of Governors. “Dr. Nunoda has already identified a strong path for where he will lead this institution into the future as a university, and we are very excited to collaborate with him and our community to realize this bold transformation that has been decades in the making.”
Dr. Nunoda provided the audience with a glimpse of his leadership and the future he envisions for Red Deer University during today’s ceremony. This vision includes continuing to serve learners as a polytechnic university offering more diverse programs. As a university, this includes degrees, apprenticeships and the full breadth of other credentials that RDC currently offers. Additionally, existing and future facilities on RDC’s vibrant campuses will provide opportunities for community collaboration and a culture of engagement. Recognizing Alberta’s current economic conditions, Dr. Nunoda identified the need for a strong business model that contributes to the institution’s economic and environmental sustainability.
While honouring RDC’s past successes and strong reputation, Dr. Nunoda also noted it will be important to highlight the value of practical education and signature learning experiences that students will receive from Red Deer University, so that employers realize the benefit of the skills and knowledge that work-ready graduates will provide to the local and global economy.
“We have an exciting future ahead as Red Deer University, continuing to grow practical learning opportunities for our students, and creating stronger connections with individuals and organizations in our region,” says Dr. Nunoda. “Through innovative solutions, creative problem solving and an energetic touch of imagination, we will reach our goals and position Red Deer University as the first choice for post-secondary education.”
Dr. Nunoda identified a strong desire to work with government partners to allow the institution to begin calling itself Red Deer University starting in September 2020, citing the institution’s readiness and work that is currently underway. This work includes program development for three new degrees: Bachelor of Education, Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Business Administration, with students anticipated to begin classes as early as September 2021, pending government approval.
Learn more about RDC’s 11th President, Dr. Peter Nunoda, by visiting rdc.ab.ca/president
Attempted Robber learns not to mess with patrons at the Blackfalds Motor Inn
From Blackfalds RCMP
Blackfalds RCMP lay charges following robbery attempt
On Nov. 1, 2019 the RCMP took one male into custody following an attempted robbery at the Blackfalds Motor Inn. The male is facing several criminal code charges and the investigation into the incident continues.
At 12:42 a.m., the RCMP responded to a 911 call that a male fired a shot in the bar and that he was being held by bar patrons after he attempted to rob the bar. Responding officers took the adult male into custody and launched an investigation.
It was determined that one shot appears to have been fired, but not towards any person. Another shot from the gun was discharged during a struggle for the gun. Nobody in the bar was injured from either of the gun shots.
27-year-old Ryan Allan Bell from Red Deer is charged with 14 criminal charges, most being firearms related. They include discharge firearm while being reckless, careless use of a firearm and using a firearm in the commission of an offence.
He remains in custody and is next scheduled for court in the Provincial Court of Alberta in Red Deer on Nov. 7, 2019.
The investigation into this incident remains ongoing.
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