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Your story is important – #RedDeerStrong – free and easy story form


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Use to tell the community how your business has adapted and what new products or services you’re offering.  

Share your story with Todayville.  And Todayville shares it with the community. Click below to access an easy to use form.  Fill it out and click SUBMIT. 


 As an example, we’ll share our own story, below.  We know there are a lot of businesses that may not be able to change their model.  But there are some who are, and we want to feature them. They are the heroes of our time.  They inform us, they feed us, they help us keep our homes running properly, all in an era of social distancing.

Today we’re starting this series off by telling our own story.  We invite you to tell us all a bit about yourself.

By Lloyd Lewis, President of Todayville, Inc.

Business Name:  Todayville Inc.

Contact: Duane Rolheiser 403-350-1155 or Lloyd Lewis 780-232-2863 — email [email protected] (monitored continuously)

What does your business do?

We have created a platform that allows everyone to have a voice and share information on an open platform. Our focus is this community and we create and publish stories that are unique and help inform. We also have regular contributors, including local businesses, who publish interesting and informative content about their companies and organizations. Todayville is an open platform that is not restricted to your group of followers.

There is no subscription fee.  We offer advertising and brand storytelling to help our clients (business, charities, and other organizations) increase their exposure in the region. Having a well-told story is key to marketing today, and our stories are easy to share in social media.  These are published within a mix of other stories of interest to the community. We are also an affiliate of Canadian Press and provides an up-to-date stream of provincial, national and international stories. This cross-pollination of stories in one place helps to break down the information echo chambers that many of us live in by bringing stories to diverse audiences who may not otherwise see them.

We’d encourage people to REGISTER on and write their own stories, or promote their events, meetings, gatherings, etc. Once registered, we review the registration and in no time, you’ll be able to post a story or an event direclty onto our site. Here’s our story.

How has COVID-19 affected you?

It’s affected us in a number of ways.  Our clients are local businesses, all of whom are struggling to pay their employees and keep them safe, pay their rent, renegotiate with suppliers, find supply chains to replace others that may have collapsed during this period, literally so may things that are more important than marketing and telling their story.

On the other hand, we have seen inredible increases in people coming to our site. Our footprint has been increasing continuously since we launched in the fall of 2016.  Covid-19 has created a new interest in current events.  We’ve also seen intense interest in local stories since we launched.   Trusted sources are suddenly becoming more and more important when lives are at stake.  We’ve worked really hard to be a good actor.  Our team has decades of experience in traditional news and media organizations, including CTV, Global, and CBC.  Both Duane and I have long histories in Red Deer.  I started my career in TV here in 1981 and have had a relationship with this market for almost 4 decades.  Duane started working here in 1992 as a reporter and has lived and raised a family here. We have both been really involved in this community for a long time.  This gives us a pretty deep understanding of this city and the people who live here. We want to help.

What are you doing to adapt?

We are doing a LOT more online meetings. If done properly, we’re finding them very effective.  Our focus right now is about helping our community communicate with one another and support one another.  We want to be inspirational and help promote how others are finding ways to adapt (where possible) and change course in a way that allows them to survive.

What kind of help do you need?

We want people to follow us on Facebook and Twitter.  We share the most relevant stories on our site to social media.  You can also bookmark our site so that we’re easy to find.  We want stories.  We also need businesses who want to take advantage of this period to advertise or send a message of hope to the community.  Some businesses will flourish during this time.  Others will struggle.  We have significant traffic on our site and if you have the means to promote yourself, now is a great time to do it.  We will provide really good value.  Also, tell your own story. We’d encourage people to REGISTER on and create content that can be read, enjoyed and considered by the entire community.  Our audience, this community, wants to hear your story.  It’s a way of bringing the community together.

What do you want the community to know?

We are a local business that started right here in Red Deer.  Our stories are generating tens of thousands of views each day.  If you want to tell your story or advertise your products and reach a wider audience, there is no better time! We want to help this community. We have been a part of it for decades.  Your story may be just the inspiration our readers need.  We’d love to help you tell your story. You can call me directly at 780-232-2863.  Duane is available at 403.350-1155.

If you want to publish a story, simply register and once approved, it’s a pretty simple process.  Here are some examples of “feature images” that you’ll want for your story. Try to create your thumbnail in a 16×9 format.  It should be a .JPG no more than about 200kb in size.  Online tools such as Canva make this pretty simple to do.

Let us know how we can help!  Click here to email us directly.

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Former student lovingly remembered by classmates

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From Red Deer Catholic Regional Schools

A former Father Henri Voisin School student, Julie Burke, was lovingly remembered today through an outdoor blessing and dedication ceremony.

The Julie Burke Memorial Bench was unveiled to the Father Henri Voisin School community and blessed by Father Jan. Julie’s family, division senior administration and Grade 5 student leaders were in attendance in a socially distanced manner.

The memorial bench will be a friendship bench for students.

Julie’s former Grade 4 teacher, Jessica Maloughney, fondly remembers Julie as a girl who was full of kindness and bravery, despite her illness, and says that the bench will, “be a symbol of Julie’s love and bravery. Even though Julianna is no longer here with us, she lives on in all of our hearts. When a student is brave enough to sit on the bench, waiting for a friend – Julie will be there with them. When one of you sees someone sitting on this bench, and invites them to play – Julie will be with you too.”

Father Henri Voisin School Principal, Jeff Tuchscherer, added, “we feel extremely blessed and privileged to have been provided this bench by the Burke family. It will honour Julie’s memory and provide a powerful reminder of the value of friendship, as well as the importance of bravery. Present and future students will vastly benefit from this legacy of a child that lived her life with steadfast love in her heart for all.”

The Julie Burke Memorial Bench faces the school playground and will serve as a reminder to all the students at Father Henri Voisin School that nothing is more important than friendship and kindness, just like Julie believed.

Father Henri Voisin School serves over 385 Pre-Kindergarten – Grade 5 students in Red Deer. As a learning institution, Father Henri Voisin School is committed to serving students with a complete offering of learning opportunities delivered within the context of Catholic teachings.

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Great organization marking milestone anniversary

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Story by Amelia Schofield

Photo by Yolanda Genu:

Richelle Belzerowski, Executive Director, Friends of the Red Deer Regional Hospital Centre, Kim Storey, Senior Operating Officer at the hospital and Tracy Reberger, Acute Care Manager, stand next to one of the isolation carts purchased in 2018 by the Friends. The carts store the personal protective equipment staff require on their rounds.

Friends of the Red Deer Regional Hospital Centre celebrate milestone

This month marks 40 years that the Friends of the Red Deer Regional Hospital Centre (RDRHC) have supported the facility to the tune of around $10 million raised to date toward patient comfort and care.
“We’re thrilled to celebrate our 40th anniversary. This is an important milestone, and speaks to the commitment and dedication of our staff, volunteers and board members,” says Richelle Belzerowski, executive director of the Friends.
Since 1980, the group has focused its efforts on fundraising for equipment, supplies and services to enhance care for patients and families.
Over the years, their contributions have ranged from purchasing televisions and tablets for patients to enjoy, comfort items for moms and dads suffering the loss of a child, and enhancements such as new hospital furniture, blanket warmers, blood pressure monitors and more.
“We’re so thankful to the Friends of the Red Deer Regional Hospital Centre for their long-time support of our hospital,” says Kimberly Storey, Senior Operating Officer, RDRHC.
“Their contributions over the past four decades, along with those of the groups before them, have had a tremendous impact on the care we provide our patients. We couldn’t be more grateful for their support, and look forward to our continued partnership for years to come.”
Tracy Reberger, Acute Care Manager for the Palliative Care and Oncology unit at RDRHC, has worked at the hospital for more than 25 years and has witnessed first-hand the difference these contributions make for patients.
According to Reberger, the Friends have supported the purchase of several pieces of equipment for her unit over the years. More recently, their donations funded new over-bed tables for each patient, specially-designed mattresses to prevent pressure wounds as well as bedside baskets to provide nurses with easy access to pulse oximeters, thermometers and blood monitors.
“Our patients are some of the sickest in the hospital, and are often facing the scariest time of their lives,” says Reberger.
“The contributions from the Friends help us provide them with the most comfortable stay we can, and go a long way to lifting the spirits of our patients.”
The Friends currently has more than 120 active volunteers who raise funds predominately through a gift and flower shop, and two cafes on-site at the hospital. They also participate in charitable gaming and hosting events like their recent Friends of the RDRHC Charity Garage Sale.
“We also want to thank the community for their ongoing support of the Friends. Our heart and soul is invested in improving the experience of patients, and supporting our hospital’s staff. It’s with their contributions that we’re able to fulfill that mission each and every day,” says Belzerowski.
The Friends’ roots reach all the way back to 1904 at the Red Deer Memorial Hospital, where they were then known as the Hospital Women’s Aid, truly a visionary group for its time. Later, their name changed to the Women’s Auxiliary to the Red Deer General Hospital, before eventually becoming the Friends of the RDRHC.
For more information on the Friends of the RDRHC and how to get involved, visit or call Richelle Belzerowski at 403-343-4520.
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