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Volunteer Central Announces The Volunteer of the Month Recipient for September!

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We’re excited to announce our first recipient for our new Volunteer of the Month program! Erica Herron was nominated by the Red Deer Health Foundation for the 180 hours of time that Erica has spent volunteering for the Red Deer Regional Health Foundation. It is a significant amount of time, but that is not the only reason Erica has been given this award. It is the manner in which she does the volunteering.

She is dedicated. For example, Brent Labrosse, Donor & Volunteer Relations Coordinator for the Foundation, shared with me a story of her spending 3 hours above and beyond her scheduled shift at A Taste of Red Deer because of the unexpected volume of attendees. “Erica works extremely hard and jumps in with two feet, no matter the task.”

She is trustworthy. “She is extremely reliable and has the best intentions of the Foundation at heart as she does her volunteer work,” tells Cynthia de Boer, Event Manager at the Foundation.

She is fun. “Fun, funny, happy, enthusiastic, always smiling, positive!” Explains de Boer. “Yes, Erica is definitely fun to be around.” At the end of the aforementioned difficulties at the Taste of Red Deer, her personality still shone through. Labrosse worked with her that day and at the end of the night, with everyone tired and weary, “she managed to make us all smile at the end of a long day by having a tape ball game while we were pulling electrical wires, knowing we were all tired and at the end of our physical capabilities.”

When Erica was asked why she volunteered, she put it quite simply: “For the pure fun of it.

But she knows that everything isn’t fun and games. “We set the first impression of the event,” she says.” I take that seriously.”

And it is the balance of her earnest hard work and outgoing personality that has earned her the award as our Volunteer of the Month. Congratulations, Erica. You deserve it!

We are now accepting nominations for October. Find out how to nominate a volunteer here.

Erica’s profile was written by our volunteer blogger, Ryan Charles Parker.

Volunteer Central strives to build a strong, connected and engaged community through volunteerism.

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Achieving Mental Health is an Everyday Task

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Achieving Mental Health is an Everyday Task

Duane (not his real name) shared, “I have dealt with my depression on my own for over 15 years, with the aid of anti-depressant drugs. I wasn’t even aware of the anxiety issues until they were pointed out to me just last year. Approximately 4 years ago I did seek therapy during one particularly low period in my mood. I carried on until April of last year when I had a suicide attempt that showed me I need additional help from outside resources including Mental Health, Red Deer PCN, and my company EFAP. Seeing how my suicide attempt impacted my immediately family was my impetus to get additional help.

I took the Red Deer PCN Happiness Basics program. I believe the course helped me to see that I have to make a daily practice of the skills I have been taught. I can’t just try and apply them when I’m feeling down. By doing this I have levelled off my moods; I am not walking on air but I seem to be avoiding the deep depressive periods I had in the past. I am thankful for this change in my daily life.

For anyone else struggling with depression, I would suggest they attend the Red Deer PCN groups and actively participate. Very good tools are provided but they are of no use if not implemented in your daily life. I will continue with one on one therapy. I am now taking the Anxiety to Calm group and I will apply the skills I learn every day!  I also will continue the medications prescribed by my psychiatrist.”

Always remember achieving mental health is an everyday task!

About the Red Deer Primary Care Network

We (RDPCN) are a partnership between Family Doctors and Alberta Health Services. Health professionals such as psychologists, social workers, nurses and pharmacist work in clinics alongside family doctors.

In addition, programs and groups are offered at the RDPCN central location. This improves access to care, health promotion, chronic disease management and coordination of care.  RDPCN is proud of the patient care offered, the effective programs it has designed and the work it does with partners in health care and the community.

 

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WATCH: DataCan Services wins Business of the Year in the “+21 Employee” category

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As a proud platinum sponsor of the 2019 Business of the Year Awards, we hope you enjoy these videos, produced by Todayville in association with Are You Social

Our first story is about Datacan Services, winner of the Red Deer and District Chamber of Commerce Business of the Year Award in the “+21 Employee” Category.  Please watch their video below and learn more about this great local organization! 

“…DataCan is a design, engineering and manufacturing team that specializes in creating products for down-hole tool data collection solutions.

In 2006, DataCan was founded. DataCan first designed and produced quartz and piezo resistive memory pressure gauges. DataCan quickly became known as a worldwide supplier of innovative, high-performance, pressure and temperature recording devices and systems. In 2014, DataCan purchased the electronics divisions of Quinn’s Energy Services, formerly known as Lee Specialties. We now manufacture and support the Lee Specialties line of Production Logging Tools, Data Acquisition Systems, and Software.

There were 2 other finalists in this category.  Click on the links and watch these short videos to learn more about these amazing local businesses!…”

Budal Group

“…Budal Construction was founded in 1979 by father and son, Bud and Dallas McPeek. They joined both their names and their commitment to workmanship together and created the solid foundation for our company.

With over 25 years history of successful projects and growing respect in the community, Budal’s leadership is now in the hands of the third generation. Todd McPeek our current general manager literally grew up building with his father and grandfather and now charts the course for the future of the company…”

Famosa Cosmopolitan Pizza

“…A PIZZERIA WITH PERSONALITY! We love to be the neighbourhood pizzeria that everyone comes to. At Famoso, we want to create a fun and lively atmosphere for you to relax with your friends and family any day of the week. There are plenty of choices in our menu – from Neapolitan to New World pizzas, to artisan pastas & delicious beverages to friendly and energetic staff, we hope to make each visit a memorable one. See you soon!…”

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About the Chamber:  The Red Deer & District Chamber of Commerce is the largest and most influential business association in Central Alberta. We are committed to promoting business growth and prosperity in the region by providing networking opportunities, educational and relevant speakers, benefit programs like group insurance and discounted merchant card rates to save you money, and being your advocate on issues that matter. Chamber membership is the most effective way to raise your business profile and capitalize on business development opportunities.

All companies, Chamber members and non-members, are eligible for nomination for an award in their respective category.

Todayville is proud to be a platinum sponsor of the 2019 Red Deer and District Chamber of Commerce Business of the Year Awards.

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