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United Way teams up with McDonald’s for first Heart Campaign in Central Alberta


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October 26, 2017


United Way of Central Alberta has teamed up with McDonald’s Red Deer for the first ever Heart Campaign in Central Alberta

Red Deer, Alberta – October 26, 2017 – United Way Central Alberta is pleased to announce the inaugural McDonald’s Red Deer Heart Campaign is underway, and continues until the very first McDonald’s United Way Day on November 15th. United Way Hearts have landed in McDonald’s locations across Red Deer, Alberta. Guests visiting Red Deer McDonald’s locations can purchase a paper Heart to publicly pledge support towards United Way.

On November 15th, Red Deer McDonald’s locations will be wrapping up the Heart campaign with McDonald’s United Way Day. One dollar ($1.00) from every Big MacTM, Happy MealTM and Egg McMuffinTM will be donated to United Way. McDonald’s United Way Day is a one-day community event that provides an opportunity for participants to make a positive impact. All the money raised by McDonald’s stays local and goes directly to helping kids be all they can be.

“We strongly believe in our community and giving back to the neighbourhoods where we live and work,” said Bob Carpenter, McDonald’s Red Deer Franchisee. “McDonald’s United Way Day and the Heart Campaign will give our employees an opportunity to support families and children in Central Alberta.”

“The timing of this new partnership with McDonald’s couldn’t be better. We know there are a lot of businesses still struggling with the economy and we can’t keep asking the same people to give more each year,” commented Ken Johnson, United Way Co-Chair. “This is a great step forward in expanding the reach and impact of United Way Central Alberta.”

About United Way Central Alberta

United Way’s mission is to improve lives and build community through engagement and mobilized collective action. By investing in programs that get to the root causes of complex social issues, United Way is able to change people’s lives and lift them to new levels of possibility. All donations are invested by active community volunteers and directed into Central Alberta communities to create community impact. Established in 1965, United Way Central Alberta celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2015.

About McDonald’s Canada

In 1967, Canadians welcomed the first McDonald’s restaurant to Richmond, British Columbia. Today, McDonald’s Restaurants of Canada Limited has become part of the Canadian fabric, serving close to three million guests every day. Together with our franchisees, we proudly employ nearly 90,000 people from coast-to-coast and approximately 85 per cent of McDonald’s 1,400 Canadian restaurants are locally owned and operated by independent entrepreneurs. Of the almost $1 billion we spend on food, more than 85 per cent is purchased from suppliers in Canada. For more information on McDonald’s Canada visit

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Downtown Business Spotlight: Petrichor Massage Therapy

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This week’s Business Spotlight shines on Petrichor Massage Therapy! This unique business is located within Paris Aesthetic in the Bunn Building (#2-4820 Gaetz ave, Red Deer)

What is your business?

Registered Massage Therapy.

When did your business open?

February 15th, 2021 (brand new, baby!)

What makes your business unique?

I don’t have different “types” of massage that you must choose between for your treatment (relaxation, Swedish, therapeutic, deep tissue, etc), instead I only book by the time slot. This is means every massage session is perfectly tailored to your needs and goals! My favorite thing to do is scalp and neck massage, you’ve got to get on my table and experience it!


What are some products/services that you offer?

60/90/120 minute massage therapy services

Why did you choose Downtown Red Deer?

You can’t beat the convenience of the location.

What do you think makes Downtown vibrant?

All of the different kinds of businesses all smashed together in such a small location! I also love all the programs centered around the downtown location, there’s a definite sense of community.

I love Downtown Red Deer because…

It’s got an undeniable “cool” vibe, it feels so fresh to be involved with a part of my community that’s so vibrant and hip.

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Red Deer Local Immigration Partnership surveying citizens about racism

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This post is submitted by the Red Deer Local Immigration Partnership

RDLIP Would Like to Know Your Thoughts on Racism

Understanding Experiences of and Responses To Racism in Red Deer

Red Deer Local Immigration Partnership (RDLIP) would like to know your thoughts on racism in our community as they launch a survey to aid in the Racial Harmony Campaign, which is a social marketing campaign aimed to change perceptions, attitudes and behaviours on Black, Indigenous and people of colour (BIPOC).

The survey is conducted to gather perceptions on people of colour and the state of race relations in our community. The findings from the survey will inform strategies in the implementation of the campaign. “It is important for us to understand the extent of racism in Red Deer”, said Lori Jack, Co-Chair of the Central Planning Council, RDLIP. “It’s the first step in building harmony among all of us”, added Jack.

“We would like to ask the community to help us by answering the survey”, says Ezgi Sarioglu, Program Manager, RDLIP. “This survey will provide valuable insight on the experiences of our community members who may be struggling due to racism”, added Sarioglu. The survey will take 10-15 minutes to complete. Three $100.00 Visa gift cards are available for participants who would like their name into a draw. The survey can be found on this link: .

The RDLIP is a community-based partnership aiming to create a community which openly receives newcomers (immigrants and refugees); embraces cultural diversity; strives to understand the needs of newcomers to provide access to a full range of services and participation in all aspects of society; and works to strengthen the understanding of two-way responsibility & benefit for newcomers and the broader community.

For further information on the campaign or the Red Deer Local Immigration Partnership, contact:

Lori Jack, Chair
Central Planning Council
Red Deer Local Immigration Partnership Phone: (403) 967-1363
Email: [email protected]

Ezgi Sarioglu, Program Manager
Red Deer Local Immigration Partnership Email: [email protected]

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