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Volunteer Central’s Volunteer of the Month: Dave and Melissa Lorenson


Written by Ryan Charles Parker // Photo: Red Deer Royals

Beloved is a good performance. But what is a movie without extras? How can a play proceed without the make-up artists? It takes work outside of the limelight for entertainment to be what it is. There must be people to keep the band marching.

In this case, David and Melissa Lorenson do just that. Literally.

They both volunteer for the Red Deer Royals. As David explained, “Red Deer Royals (are) a Marching/Parade/Show band that has members that range from 12-21 years old.”

Both David and Melissa help to maintain the Red Deer Royals website, which is no easy task. The site is informative, useful and easy to navigate. And David and Melissa keep it that way. Almost all of the information about the Red Deer Royals can easily be found within it.

But their contributions do not end there. Both David and Melissa do additional work for the Royals. David holds the title of Westerner Events Coordinator, and Melissa does a large chunk of Public Relations for the organization.

But that still doesn’t exhaust their work with the organization. As David told me, “…we are also chaperones and we help other parents understand the requirements for fundraising/volunteering to help keep the organization working as smoothly as possible.”

Their work is a family affair. Their children are members of the band. Initially hesitant to become involved themselves, they eventually decided to play the integral role in the organization that they now do.

Their volunteer work extends past working for the Royals. David volunteers for the Red Deer Rebels. “I am helping out with the stats, video replay, +/-, goal judge (whatever is needed).”

Both David and Melissa volunteered for the Winter Games last year, in various roles.

Although Melissa has focused on her work with the Royals lately, she has a history of volunteering. As she explained to me, “I have devoted most of my volunteer time to the Red Deer Royals in the last few years however I did volunteer with the Winter games and also a little bit with Girl Guides.” And she wants to do more in the future: “I have put my name forward to help with the Red Deer Festival of Performing Arts.”

It should be mentioned that both David and Melissa do all of this volunteering while maintaining full-time jobs, which makes their contributions to the community all the more impressive. David is a System Analyst with the Red Deer Public School District and Melissa maintains student records at Lindsay Thurber.

The bottom line is that, although they may not share the limelight with the Red Deer Royals, they are integral to its function. Their work deserves to be recognized, and that is the reason why Volunteer Central selected them as co-winners of the Volunteer of the Month. David and Melissa, you certainly deserve it.

Thank you for keeping the drums beating.


If you know someone in our community that is doing great things, we want to hear about them! Make a nomination for our Volunteer of the Month award by visiting

10 Places to Volunteer for Mental Health


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


Test your fitness while raising funds to remove financial barriers for family and youth programs



YMCA of Northern Alberta Launches
“Move to Give” Campaign to Inspire the Community

Edmonton, Alberta, February 20 — YMCA of Northern Alberta is excited to announce a new event that will allow people to put their fitness to the test while raising funds for a great cause. 

Move to Give takes place April 4, 2020 at six different YMCA centres in Edmonton, Red Deer and Fort McMurray.

Everyone will have the opportunity to participate individually or as a team to complete either one three-hour indoor cycle challenge or choose from three one-hour fitness master classes, all while raising funds to provide life-changing experiences to those in need.

Funds raised at Move to Give will go towards removing financial barriers for individuals and families to get fitness memberships, for children to enroll in swim lessons or day camps, for youth to access programs that will equip them for success, for families to access emergency child care in times of need, or for individuals to participate in life-changing community outreach programs.

YMCA of Northern Alberta is proud to partner with ENMAX to put on this event. Both organizations believe in powering the potential of people and are excited for the ways Move to Give will help build strong kids, healthy families and thriving communities.

“ENMAX is proud to partner with the YMCA of Northern Alberta for this event,” said Diana Stephenson, Vice President Public Affairs, ENMAX. “Move to Give enables participants to put their own power behind the YMCA’s cause, and we’re excited to see how the communities of Edmonton, Fort McMurray and Red Deer will come together to help their communities thrive.”

Registration for Move to Give is now open.
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YMCA of Northern Alberta is a registered charity dedicated to building healthy communities since 1907. From supporting people in their health and wellness to providing important community outreach programs, the YMCA of Northern Alberta works to support strong kids, healthy families, and thriving communities.
Through its subsidiaries, Enmax makes, moves and sells electricity to residential, small business and large commercial customers and is headquartered in Calgary, Alberta. ENMAX Power Corporation owns and operates transmission and distribution infrastructure in Calgary and ENMAX Energy Corporation owns diverse generation facilities throughout the province. Through its subsidiaries, ENMAX offers a range of innovative energy solutions to over 667,700 customers across Alberta including electricity, natural gas, renewable energy and other services.
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Thursday Charity Lunch at Messinger Meats to support Turning Point



From Mercedes Messinger at Messinger Meats

Hello Ladies and Gentlemen

Another Charity Lunch in February for Turning Point is coming up.  Thank you very much for all your ongoing support.  Let your friends, family, colleges and business partners  know.
The biggest THANK YOU to the Chamber of Commerce for  ordering 28 catered Lunches from us!
Our Menu Thursday, February 20
1. Stuffed Pork Tenderloin
2. Bourbon Orange Cream Chicken Thighs
3. Mediterranean Meatloaf Roulade
4. Cordon bleu
5. Italian Shepherd’s Pie
6. Beef Ribs braised
7. Porchetta
9. Creamy Pasta Meatball Primavera
10. Soup & French Baguette Sandwich Special
11. Hungarian Gulasch Soup
12. Mexican Bean Soup

About Turning Point

For over 30 years Turning Point Society (formerly the Central Alberta AIDS Network Society) has been responding to the health needs of communities using a harm reduction approach. Simply put harm reduction refers to policies, programs and practices that aim primarily to reduce the adverse health, social and economic consequences of risk taking behaviors such as drug use.
We hope to see you
Kind regards,
Mercedes Messinger
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february, 2020

sun12jan(jan 12)2:00 pmsun22mar(mar 22)5:00 pmAnne Frank: A History for Today opening at Red Deer MAG(january 12) 2:00 pm - (march 22) 5:00 pm mst Red Deer Museum & Art Gallery Address: 4525 - 47A Avenue, Red Deer

sun02feb(feb 2)7:00 pmsun15mar(mar 15)8:00 pm7:00 pm - (march 15) 8:00 pm Festival Hall, 4214 58 St, Red Deer, AB Event Organized By: Country Pride Dance Club

thu20feb(feb 20)10:00 amsun23(feb 23)4:00 pmRed Deer RV Show10:00 am - 4:00 pm (23)

tue25feb5:30 pm7:30 pmDiabetes Discussion Drop InLearn about Type 2 diabetes5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

wed26feb7:30 pm11:00 pmCeltic Illusiion7:30 pm - 11:00 pm

thu27feb5:30 pm7:00 pmMonthly Mindfulness Drop-In5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

fri28febsun01mar54th Annual Sport & Outdoor Show4:00 pm - (march 1) 9:00 pm

fri28feb6:00 pm11:00 pmFriday Family DanceFamily Dance6:00 pm - 11:00 pm

fri28feb7:00 pm11:00 pmBattle of the Bands for Crime Prevention7:00 pm - 11:00 pm Burgundy's Food & Stage, 5008 48 ST Event Organized By: The Central Alberta Crime Prevention Centre