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The City of Red Deer steps in to take financial control of Westerner Park

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From Westerner Park and The City of Red Deer

Westerner Park and City work together to ensure financial stability

Financial challenges at Westerner Park have resulted in a request for support with The City of Red Deer assuming temporary financial oversight of Westerner Park in an effort to ensure the short, medium and long-term success of the organization.

As a hub for central Albertans to gather and celebrate community events, Westerner Park is a non-profit organization and agriculture society that serves the community in a number of ways. From concerts and trades shows, weddings and banquets, hockey games and agricultural events, Westerner Park drives over $150 million of regional economic activity. However, at this time, the organization can no longer continue on its current course, and is therefore seeking financial support from The City of Red Deer.

“As a key organization to the economic health of the region and from our commitment to the community, we are compelled to be open and transparent with the community in our current circumstances,” said Janice Wing, President and Board Chair of Westerner Park. “Westerner Park is facing some significant financial challenges, and it is important we tell the community what we plan to do about it.”

A number of factors ultimately led to the financial instability at Westerner Park, including the decision to expand the facility, major event contract negotiations and the current economic reality, to name a few.

“The City will be working with Westerner Park to re-establish viable and sustainable business practices to stabilize the financial situation at Westerner Park. The City will assume financial oversight so Westerner Park can continue to provide services that are pivotal to our community life and economic development in our city,” said Mayor Veer. “The City will be stepping in to ensure stability and certainty for Westerner Park’s major partners and patrons, and we will maintain financial oversight until we are certain of financial stability.”

“We have already taken a number of steps to reduce financial pressures,” said Mike Olesen, Westerner Park CEO. “We remain committed to serving our community through leadership and vision for a venue and community asset that connects people with each other and with their city in invaluable ways. Westerner Park is an economic driver in Red Deer and central Alberta, and I am confident, we as an organization, will overcome these challenges, continuing to serve the citizens who will live, work and play here for decades to come.”

The Westerner Park Board of Directors will continue to provide overall direction to Westerner Park with support and oversight from The City of Red Deer as it relates to financial decision-making and approval of Westerner Park’s annual budget.

“The City of Red Deer is working to fully understand the complexity of the current financial situation. However, through this process, we endeavor to stabilize operations, which will include an in-depth joint audit with The City of Red Deer to fully assess the current financial situation,” said City Manager Allan Seabrooke.

Currently scheduled events will continue as planned; however, Westerner Park is reviewing contracts related to key major events to ensure they are financially viable for the organization.

Westerner Park plans to remain central Alberta’s “destination for celebration” for generations to come.

After 15 years as a TV reporter with Global and CBC and as news director of RDTV in Red Deer, Duane set out on his own 2008 as a visual storyteller. During this period, he became fascinated with a burgeoning online world and how it could better serve local communities. This fascination led to Todayville, launched in 2016.

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Strategies to Manage Persistent Pain, September 16th

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Strategies to Manage Persistent Pain Thursday, September 16, 2021 1:00-2:00 pm
Red Deer Public Library Facebook Live

Come learn more about persistent (chronic) pain from our team at Red Deer PCN. You will learn about different types of pain, medication to manage ongoing pain, the effects and benefits of opioids, and the importance of non-medication strategies to help manage your pain.

Presented by Red Deer PCN’s Dr. Myburgh G.P, Jennifer Howe, Pharmacist & Jennifer Wallin, Psychologist.

Tune into Facebook Live at Red Deer Public Library Facebook page for this program.

This is one of a series of health-related programs co-sponsored by the Red Deer PCN and the Red Deer Library.
Watch for others in the series!

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Getting My Blood Glucose Back in the Normal Range Gave Me Tears of Joy

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Diabetes runs in my family; my mom has it and my grandma did too. Well before Christmas 2019, at a routine physical my doctor told me that I have diabetes. I tried to bring it down for the next 3 months, but I was not successful, in fact it got worse. At this time, the doctor referred me to the PCN Family Nurse. I started seeing her and we made plans for how I could get through the Christmas season. However, I did very poorly as I love sweets. Getting poor readings, feeling exhausted and worrying who would look after my daughter if something were to happen to me left me very lethargic and depressed.

The nurse was patient and very encouraging. She helped me to change my mindset. I decided to take up the challenge to improve my blood glucose. The nurse and I talked about the rice in my diet and portion sizes of rice. I am from an island nation and rice is our staple. I did some testing of my blood glucose after consuming some of my favorite foods and I notice that amount of rice I was consuming did increase my blood glucose significantly. I thought I could never have a meal without it being mostly rice but I have learned now that I can do this quite easily. Even though I have a puppy, I would only walk her for 5 to 10 minutes at a time.

Since my mindset change, I worked to build up my activity. I started with 5-minute stints and pushed myself forward until now I am at one-hour stints. I take the dog for nice long walks and we both enjoy it. People comment on how good I look and how much more energetic I am. I feel really good now, both physically and mentally. The nurse helped to give me the confidence to tackle diabetes. I had tears of joy when I learned my blood glucose is back to the normal range.

To learn more about the RDPCN programs, visit www.reddeerpcn.com

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