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Yogis Set To Take Over City Hall Park This Saturday


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This Saturday, August 19, 2017, a small army of yogis are set to take over Red Deer City Hall Park.

The Stantec Central Alberta Yogathon will run from 10am- 2pm, raising funds and awareness for youth impacted by mental illness in our community. The 4-hour long yoga session will be facilitated by local yoga teachers, with pledgers raising money to participate. All proceeds will be donated to the Smiles Thru Lindsey Foundation, a local endowment initiated to carry on the legacy of a young local woman who took her life due to mental illness.

The goal is to raise $15,000.00 for the Smiles Thru Lindsey Foundation, an endowment that funds local programs meant to educate youth and help prevent similar tragedies from occurring.  The Central Alberta Yogathon is a heartfelt event, which has brought over 50 participants together yearly to raise money and awareness for mental illness. Last year, the event raised $2,500 but this year, we anticipate over 100 yogis will participate.

It is family friendly, open to all ages and experience levels, and is a great way to connect with like-minded individuals within our community that care about the general well-being of our residents.

Brochures and pledge forms are readily available at local businesses including Stantec, local yoga studios, BIG 105 and 106.7 The Drive, and the Red Deer Library.

Participants can participate without fundraising by paying a small $35 registration fee, which includes the 4 hour yoga session, refreshments, and a participant gift.  Registration fees will be waived for any participants who raise $200.00 or more.

Raffle tickets are also available for purchase for those supporters unable to make it to the Yogathon. A $500 cash prize is up for grabs; tickets cost $5 each or 3 for $10 and are available at Stantec or by contacting [email protected].

We hope you will join us for this fun community event on Saturday!


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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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GET YOUR 50/50 TICKETSTODAY!!!! Winner could take home up to $25,000!!! 

The Foundation for Red Deer Public Schools supports programs that have a significant impact on the LIFE CHANCES of students across the Division. By purchasing a ticket to support our 50/50 cash lottery you are giving students opportunities to have better life chances.

From giving kids a Bright Start to school to reconnecting with students so they graduate and cross the Finish Line, the Foundation helps students who face challenges in school and makes things better. We motivate struggling students and inspire them to read and write through Reading College. For students who come to school without basic needs, we give them that needed Step Up.

With the support from the Foundations 50/50 Life Chances Raffle, you are providing a student with opportunities that will improve their life. They can’t always control the situations they’re in but with your help students will continue to have these chances.

Don’t miss your chance, CLICK HERE to buy your tickets today – Draw will be held on October 5! Good luck! 

NOTE: This raffle is open to all community members in Alberta and over the age of 18. 

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Shelly Flint Appointed as New CEO of Westerner Park

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Westerner Park, a distinguished agricultural society and premier exhibition venue in the heart of Central Alberta, is pleased to announce Shelly Flint as its new Chief Executive Officer (CEO). This decision culminates a thorough and extensive search process, with the Board of Directors expressing their enthusiasm for the promising journey ahead under Shelly’s leadership.

Tyler Nightingale, President of the Board of Directors, shared his excitement about the appointment, stating, “After a comprehensive search, we are thrilled to welcome Shelly. Her extensive experience, skill set, and knowledge align seamlessly with the strategic direction of Westerner Park, ensuring a positive and enduring impact on both the organization and the community at large.”

Tara Lodewyk, Red Deer City Manager, added, “Shelly immediately connected with the mission of Westerner Park and the value it brings to the culture of our city and region. We are looking forward to working together and are confident in her leadership of Westerner Park.”

For the past two decades, Shelly has served as a senior executive, spearheading diverse teams within Alberta’s dynamic entertainment and finance sectors. Her tenure as the former CFO at the Calgary Stampede equips her with a distinctive insight into the intricacies of Westerner Park, enabling her to adeptly navigate its challenges and leverage its opportunities. Coupled with her roots in Central Alberta, Shelly is poised to steer the Park towards growth and long-term sustainability.

Shelly expressed her eagerness to join Westerner Park, saying, “I was thrilled at the opportunity to return to Central Alberta, where I grew up! Leading this purpose-driven organization will allow me to contribute to my community and affect meaningful change.”

Shelly Flint’s robust leadership, commitment to community, and extensive experience makes her an exceptional choice to lead Westerner Park into the future. The entire Westerner Park team eagerly anticipates the positive impact she will bring to this renowned institution.

About Westerner Park

Westerner Park is Central Alberta’s largest tradeshow, agricultural, sports, entertainment, and convention facility. A not-for-profit organization and agricultural society, Westerner Park typically generates $150 million annually in economic activity, hosting over 1,500 events and 1.5 million visitors each year.

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