Reflections By Bonnie Hutchinson

By Bonnie Hutchinson

I am not your dear

I felt my jaws clench.
The checkout person had just handed me my purchases and said, “There you go, dear.”
Perhaps she was trying to be friendly or show she appreciated my business.
I did not feel appreciated. I felt patronized.
I know that other people are not responsible for my reactions. If I choose to feel patronized, that’s my responsibility. It may only be my imagination that she did not say “Dear” to younger customers in the line-up.
Okay, so I’m not comfortable with this aging thing. My reaction speaks more about me than about the cashier. That’s all true.
And–I get to decide who can call me Dear.
I had an instant of asking myself, “Do I want to make a production out of this?” and decided, “No.” But I’m still thinking about it. There are, on this planet, people I treasure who can call me “Dear,” “Honey,” “Love,” and other terms of endearment that have personal meaning.
The drug store cashier is not any of them. Neither is any serving staff in a coffee shop. Neither is any health professional in a clinic or hospital or care facility.
Once, when I was with my mom for many hours in big-city hospitals, I noticed that many of the staff called the patients “Dear.” I imagine they thought it expressed caring. However, both mom and I judged their degree of “caring” by their actions, not by their fake terms of endearment.
On one occasion, a fake term of endearment really set my teeth on edge. Mom had asked me to stay overnight with her–and I was glad she did because of what we’d observed on the ward. I got permission from the day shift head nurse to do so.
Later that evening, we witnessed staff yelling at the patient in the next bed, and not answering her calls for help, presumably to “manage her behaviour.” Both mom and I were glad I was with her. We couldn’t stop the noise or help mom rest, but at least mom knew she was not on her own with no protection, and that I would get help if nobody answered her call.
About 11:30 p.m. that evening, the staff person doing check-up rounds observed me sitting in a chair next to mom’s bed. She said to me, “Sorry, sweetie, you have to leave now. Visiting hours have been over for a long time.” “Sweetie?” Two things were confirmed. First, obviously nobody had told this staff person that I had permission to stay. That confirmed our suspicion that we couldn’t count on information from one shift being communicated to people on the next shift, which was one of several reasons mom wanted someone with her overnight. And second, the incident confirmed that a term of endearment should never be confused with actual caring.
One of my stupider moments happened when I was going through airport security. I debated whether to take off my boots to avoid setting off the alarm, but it was a hassle. I decided to keep the boots on–my first stupid choice. Yes, the alarm was set off.
The security person said, “You’ll have to take off your boots and go through again, Dear.” You know how sometimes your rational intelligent mind is telling you something, but your mouth is already in action? While my rational intelligent mind was saying, “Just get through security,” my mouth was saying, through gritted teeth, “I am not your dear.” Double stupid!
So, am I over-sensitive to being called “Dear” by strangers? Probably. A serving person once said to someone I was with, “I’m just trying to be friendly.” On a scale of violations, this is not one of the bigger ones.
But I do think we all have the right to be called by whatever name we choose, and on a personal level, I do not presume to call anyone “Dear” unless I know it’s okay with them. How about you? Do you like being called “Dear” by strangers?
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Homespun By Laurel Nadon

By Laurel Nadon

Pursuit of greatness

My family was enthralled with the Winter Olympics. We each loaded a heaping bowl of popcorn, grabbed a cozy blanket and settled in on the couch on a very regular basis. We watched several freestyle skiing events such as aerials, half-pipe and slopestyle as well as snowboard cross (a crazy race where snowboarders are practically touching), bobsled, ice dance, speed skating, figure skating and curling. Our children will be 12, 10 and seven the next time they can watch the Winter Olympics again, so we even retrieved the older two kids from bed before they had fallen asleep because an exciting event came on.
One of the commentators described the Olympics as the “pursuit of greatness” and it was definitely exciting to watch this pursuit. I was awestruck by the kinds of positions that other people can get their bodies into, and how high and fast they are willing to go! Only about half of the freestyle skiers landed their jumps in some events, which made it heart-stopping to watch. It was hard to imagine how many times a person would wake up at 3 a.m., replaying in your mind the mistake that cost you a gold medal.
We felt a wide range of emotions as we watched: embarrassment for the couple from France with a wardrobe malfunction in ice dance, concern with the great height and speed reached in skiing events, and heartbreak when athletes weren’t able to land any of their jumps after four years of preparation. We also laughed when the husband of Canada’s curling skip Rachel Homan appeared to arrive back in the arena with two beers in hand at 9 a.m. Korea time, just missing the end of the game against Japan. (Though I later found out that the clip was taken during the game, but aired afterwards so he didn’t actually miss the end.)
We watched the gold medal ice dance performance by Canadians Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir and took to Google to ask, along with many Canadians, if they were a romantic couple. How could two people dance on the ice with such passion and longing and not be a couple? (Apparently they are not, but I think they are just saying that to keep up the suspense.)
One day I turned on CBC in the afternoon, and was surprised to find the British soap opera Coronation Street. Apparently during the Olympics, one of the few shows still on is Coronation Street shown from 4 to 5 p.m. daily. It must have quite a following.
We learned more rules and new terminology for the sports, like a move called the truck driver in the half-pipe and the twizzle for ice dance. I had no idea that curling required so much strategizing and staying one step ahead of the opponent since the last rock (apparently known as the hammer) changes everything. It brought me back to my days as the editor of the Nanton News where I was the editor/reporter/photographer in a one-person news room. Coverage of the curling league was confusing as I didn’t know many of the rules, so I cheered along with them, never fully understanding who was in the lead or what was going on.
My family also talked about what sport we would do if we were ever to compete at the Olympics, and figure skating and speed skating both came up. I suggested that due to my lack of flexibility, fear of extreme heights, fear of extreme speeds, and fear of irretrievably hurting or maiming myself, the only sport at the Winter Olympics that I could possibly compete in would be curling. I mimed throwing a rock and my daughter slapped her palm to her forehead in embarrassment and groaned “Oh, mom!” They protested that I would hurt my back because I need to be much, much lower to the ground when throwing my fake rock. So it would appear that my Olympic dreams are dashed. Though I guess I still have four years to hone a sport…or practice my cheering from the couch.
Way to go, Canada!

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Augustana athletics loses operationally funded Nordic sports


With anticipated reductions in the operating budget across the University of Alberta, dean Allen Berger asked the heads of budget units at Augustana to consider ways to reduce spending. One such unit is athletics. “Much of the current structure and program mix in athletics and across the entire Student Life program were determined years ago; now with fewer resources available we’ve needed to undertake a comprehensive review,” said Randal Nickel, executive director of Student Life.
 “Athletics has been operating on a lean budget for several years and due to new budget realities, it has become apparent that the department is no longer in a position to sustain the breadth of its current programming,” admitted Greg Ryan, director of athletics and recreation. “We’ve been in a difficult financial situation for a while now, hoping that operational support would improve.”
The main programming change is that Augustana will no longer offer operationally funded Nordic sports (biathlon and cross-country skiing) as part of the varsity athletics program. The campus will try to sustain these opportunities as club sports and/or broader recreational programming.
According to Ryan, “As difficult as it was to come to these conclusions, disbanding operational funding for Nordic sports proved to be the least disruptive with regard to student participation in athletics, spectator involvement and contributions to campus life.” Nickel added “One of the positive results from this difficult decision is that campus recreation, which is intended to serve all Augustana students, will see some modest investments through a reallocation of a portion of the anticipated savings.”
Much seems to have changed in the world of Nordic sports since the time Augustana first fielded competitive teams in these areas. There are not a lot of cross-country intercollegiate programs, and Augustana has had the only university-level varsity biathlon program in Canada. “Our history at Augustana and our natural terrain within Camrose make Nordic sports important to us, yet we’ve struggled for years to find a rationale to maintain competition at a varsity level. It’s difficult to justify when we compete in a league conference (ACAC) that does not include these sports,” said Ryan.
 “Though a troubling and difficult decision,” dean Berger notes, “Augustana is hopeful that with creative planning we can still provide opportunities to meet our students’ athletic and academic aspirations.”

A life dedicated to preserving wildlife

By Lori Larsen

A love for wildlife and the incredible natural resources we are all so fortunate to have at our doorsteps, is what led Tom Tomaszewski to a life dedicated to its preservation.
“My love for wildlife started when I was a young boy on the farm,” said Tom. “I spent a lot of time alongside a creek that went through our place. I probably picked out things that were so unique, concerning wildlife, that most people would take for granted.”
Walking around Tom and Evva’s (Tom’s wife of 58 years) home, one can easily see their devotion to wildlife. Photographs of birds, carvings of large game animals, books on wildlife, not to mention a beautiful sunroom overlooking Duggan Pond – all part of a shrine to nature.
“Over the years, I have continued to study wild birds and animals, their habits, calls and conservation of them,” commented Tom, “And I still do.”
In the early 1960s, Tom became one of the founding members of the Camrose and District Fish and Game Association and remained so until the club’s dissolution. “I was very involved and helped start the club up again in 1993.” Since then, Tom has been very active, heading up many projects including being chairman of the wonderfully successful Fish Pond project named Pleasure Island.
“We have moved a camp kitchen to the site and a walk to it, which was mainly so physically challenged people could use it. We applied for and received a grant from Alberta Conservation Association, built fishing stations around the pond along with 2,112 feet of walkway around the pond.
“We’ve also planted hundreds of trees in the area from seedlings, designed goose nests in waters adjacent to the pond, built and put up bluebird and swallow houses, built two bridges over the waters leading to and from the pond, installed aeration  at the pond (fountain and diffuser models) plus built a building to house the systems and put in a power supply to the pumps.”
Tom remarked on the hundreds of thousands of volunteer hours and hard work everyone has put in to bring this project to fruition. It can be enjoyed by everyone, but especially youth, elders and people with physical challenges.
Recently, Tom received the Individual Award for Conservation Volunteer from the Battle River Watershed Alliance.
Humble about his contributions, Tom thanked the people who nominated him for the award and all the volunteers and members of the Fish and Game. “I want to thank them all for the help they have given me to accomplish the things we have done.”
On a heartfelt note, Tom said none of what he does would be possible without his wife Evva, who has been with him through it all.
Evva and Tom look forward to joining other Fish and Game members and guests in celebrating all the amazing initiatives the Camrose and District  Fish and Game Association contribute at the 24th annual Fish and Game Awards Banquet Wild Night, held on March 24 at the Norsemen Inn.
Tom has since retired from the position of Pond Chairman, handing over the baton to Lorne Ferguson, who Tom said will continue to ensure the upkeep and growth of Pleasure Island.
At a young age 84, Tom has come to accept that physically, he is not as able to do the work he used to, but he is still heavily involved in the preservation of wildlife through his work with the Camrose Wildlife and Stewardship Society.
“A lot of what I do involves working with the City and the County to find locations to put the purple martin houses and then finding keepers (landlords) to look after them.”
Tom added the society is always looking for volunteers to help put up houses.
As the interview concluded, we moved into the sunroom where Tom and Evva pointed out their own purple martin houses and nesting spots for other bird species right in their backyard.
“When we moved off of the farm where we had a beautiful view, fishpond and purple martin houses, we knew we had to have a place where we have another beautiful view. We got the first pick of the lot,” he said, pointing out that Duggan Pond is a hub for wildlife including a plethora of water foul and other bird species.
Tom has also set up a trail camera enabling him to capture all sorts of wildlife activity, amongst which includes a curious coyote who pays a visit to the back patio.
“When God created this earth, He wanted to make something even more beautiful and that is when he made wildlife.”
Who do you know as a community Difference Maker? Let us know. Call The Camrose Booster at 780-672-3142.


Seniors learn how to prevent being scammed

Seniors learn how to prevent being scammed
City of Camrose Mayor Norm Mayer and Camrose County Reeve Don Gregorwich seated left to right, sign a proclamation declaring March Fraud Prevention Month 2018. Present for the signing, which occurred on March 1 at the Camrose Recreation Centre, were back row Camrose Police Service Crime Prevention/Community Relations Kelly Bauer, Deputy Chief Lee Foreman and Alberta Council on Aging executive director Donna Durand. Seated far right, Camrose Wise Owls representative Mary Durand.

By Lori Larsen

In conjunction with the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre, Camrose kicked off fraud awareness with the signing of a proclamation by City of Camrose Mayor Norm Mayer and Camrose County Reeve Don Gregorwich declaring March Fraud Prevention Month.
Present for the signing, which occurred on March 1 at the Camrose Recreation Centre, were Camrose Police Deputy Chief Lee Foreman and Crime Prevention/Community Relations Constable Kelly Bauer, Alberta Council on Aging executive director Donna Durand and Camrose Wise Owls representative Mary Durand.
After the signing of the proclamation Camrose Police Service, the Alberta Council on Aging and Camrose Wise Owls Program hosted an informative presentation made by Constable Bauer to over 100 attendees, specifically seniors, from Camrose and area.
Prior to the presentation Mayor Norm Mayer greeted guests on behalf of the City of Camrose and Council. Mayer related his own recent experience with a scammer who tried to convince Norm and his wife (Betty) they were lucky early bird winners of the STARS draw. In a manner, befitting of Norm, he outwitted the scammer and no harm was done.
Camrose County Reeve Don Gregorwich also addressed the crowd, reminding them of the power of the ripple affect and the importance of spreading the messages on how not to be defrauded.
To an attentive audience, Const. Bauer began the presentation on fraud by saying, “Scammers do not discriminate. They don’t care what age you are, sex you are, religion you are or race you are. What they do is cast a wide net and whoever they catch doesn’t matter.”
Const. Bauer added however, seniors will be the most likely ones caught.
When asked why the crowd thought seniors were the ones most likely to be caught up in a scam, responses included; home more often, trusting, willing to assist someone in need, lonely, naive and more likely to have the financial means, all answers Bauer agreed with and added that seniors are more likely to have landlines.
Const. Bauer continued by sharing the top 12 scams that the police service hears about and subsequently deal with.
“With all of these, the scammer is going to contact you by telephone, door to door, regular mail, email or the internet.”
Top scams
Const. Bauer covered, in detail, the following scams including how the scams work, signs it is a scam and “how to” tips on preventing being scammed.
The first scam involved  false telephone calls on winning lotteries and sweepstakes. “With any kind of winnings lotteries, contests or such in Canada, you will never have to pay a fee in advance. Any time you are asked to pay an up front fee, it is a scam.”
The second scam involved money transfer requests. “Whenever someone you don’t know is asking you to transfer money to them it should be a red flag,” said Bauer.
The third scams occur through the internet and are also hitting businesses and involve scammers trying to access, and subsequently hack, computer systems. Bauer warned about emails or websites that appear to be legitimate but are actually operated by scammers.
Health and medical scams will entice victims by promising health benefits or other medical miracles that are often scams.
Of particular sensitivity, Const. Bauer related the grandparent scam that relies on the victim’s eagerness to help or more importantly, on the emotion of the victim. Bauer suggested asking the scammer a question about your grandchild where only you and the grandchild would know the answer.
“The next scam doesn’t happen as frequently but when it does people lose a lot of money. It is a dating and romance scam. There are a lot of lonely people in the world and scammers prey on that.”
Charity scams involve the scammer contacting the victim, stating they are raising or collecting money for certain charities. “The scammers use something current. There is always some angle, some catch,” said Bauer advising attendees if they get a call don’t send money to this person but if interested in donating then hang up the phone and do research and send to legitimate organizations.
Job/employment scams  where scammers pretend to be an employment agency asking for fees in exchange for finding employment for the victim.
“Investment scams are a little tricky,” noted Bauer. “We as police do not see a lot of people come to us with investment scams because it is unclear if it is a scam or an investment gone wrong.”
Service scams involve offering of good deals, saving the victim money or providing services they begin and do not complete.
“Do not let anyone in your home unless you know who they are,” warned Const. Bauer.
One of the most familiar scams Bauer spoke about was the CRA (Canadian Revenue) scam. “We constantly have people coming in being scammed with this one.” Bauer reminded the crowd that CRA would never request payment by method of ITune Cards and would not send the police out to arrest them. “I have been a police officer for 12 years and I have never arrested anybody for not paying their taxes.”
The final scam has scammers calling victims, disguising themselves as bank inspectors requesting the victim to help with an investigation on their bank. Bauer noted this is happening locally, where the scammer requests the victim to withdraw money from their account then meet them (scammer) at Duggan Mall in the parking lot (where there are no video cameras) and hand over the money. “It is mostly seniors who get caught in that net. If you get a call like that then play along with it, agree to meet them then contact the police and tell us the meeting time and place and we will meet them. This one we can prevent from happening.”
Warning signs
Const. Bauer provided warning signs that often  accompany scams advising attendees to be alert.
First and foremost Bauer said. “There are two things a scammer is always after, either your hard owned money or your personal information.”
Bauer also related that  scammers will use pressure tactics, will often be in a hurry, inform the victims it must be kept a secret and are often from foreign locations.
Throughout the presentation Const. Bauer repeated a powerful message regarding scams, “If it is too good too be true...than it probably is.”
What to do
In conclusion Bauer provided tips on what people can do when they think they are being scammed or have been scammed.
Contact your bank or credit card company as soon as you think you have been scammed.
If you recognize the telephone call as a scam hang up immediately and contact the Canada Anti-Fraud Centre at or by telephone at 1-888-495-8501.
If you were the victim of a scam call your local police department.
For more information on fraud and fraud prevention or if you are interested in a presentation on Crime /Fraud Prevention contact Constable Bauer at email or 780-672-4444.

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Fire takes home

By Lori Larsen

A structure fire occurring at 4715-49 Street on March 14 caused total destruction to the house on the property at a loss of approximately $300,000.
Camrose Fire Department was on scene at 7:40 p.m. and remained on scene until March 15 at 1:20 a.m.
“There were no injuries and all occupants of the home got out safely,” said Camrose Fire Department Chief Peter Krich. “And there were no injuries to firefighters.”
As of March 15, fire investigators were on scene and the cause of the fire was yet to be determined.

Public tip helps recover stolen truck

By Lori Larsen

With property thefts on the rise, more and more residents are becoming aware of suspicious individuals or activity around their property and in their neighbourhoods and are making calls to their local police.
Camrose RCMP, along with neighbouring detachments, recently made arrests and recovered a stolen vehicle as a result of complaints received from the public about suspicious activity.
On March 8 at 10:49 p.m., Camrose RCMP responded to a suspicious vehicle complaint. Immediate patrols were made and the suspect vehicle was located leaving a local business.
The RCMP attempted a traffic stop, but the vehicle fled. It was determined that the vehicle had been reported stolen out of Leduc earlier in the day.
With assistance from Wetaskiwin and Maskwacis RCMP, a tire deflation device was deployed. The vehicle in question was abandoned in Wetaskiwin and two male suspects fled on foot. Following a short foot pursuit, one male suspect was located and arrested.
RCMP used police dog services in an attempt to locate the second suspect, however, he was not located at that time. The stolen vehicle (truck) was recovered by the RCMP and returned to the owner.
A  28-year-old male from Rimbey has been charged with the following criminal code charges: Operation of a Motor Vehicle While Being Pursued, Drive While Disqualified, Break and Enter With Intent and Possession of Property Obtained by Crime over $5,000.
 An ongoing investigation led the RCMP to identify the second suspect and a warrant was issued for his arrest.
On March 12, following a complaint of a suspicious male, Didsbury RCMP located the male driving what was determined to be a stolen truck.
When RCMP members tactically tried to contain the suspect and the stolen truck, the driver (suspect) attempted to flee resulting in the vehicle getting stuck.
The driver, who was determined to be the suspect from the previously referenced arrest warrant, was arrested by Didsbury RCMP without further incident.
A 32-year-old male from Ermineskin First Nation is facing criminal code charges of Possession of Property Obtained by Crime over $5,000 and Break and Enter with Intent, with regards to the  prior Camrose incident.
As a result of the investigation in Didsbury, the 32-year-old male is also facing criminal charges of: Possession of Property Obtained by Crime over $5,000; Dangerous Operation of a Motor Vehicle; Fail to Stop for Police; Drive While Disqualified and Drive an Uninsured Motor Vehicle.
“We are partners with the community when it comes to solving crimes like this,” said Camrose RCMP Corporal Isaac Verbaas. “We need the eyes and ears of the community to tell us when something looks out of place. Be the best witness you can be and we will take it from there.”

Kentucky Headhunters ready for local show

By Murray Green

Guitarist and singer Richard Young of the Kentucky Headhunters is excited about returning to Camrose and putting on a great show at the Jeanne and Peter Lougheed Performing Arts Centre on March 28 at 8 p.m.
The last time the country rock, blues band played in Camrose was at the Big valley Jamboree in 2009.
Young loves to entertain crowds across North America and share his memories.
“This is our 50th anniversary year and more than anything family keeps it fresh for us. I play with my brother and Greg is my cousin. Actually, Anthony is my cousin, but he had to retire. We all get along and we all bring different things to the music table,” explained Richard. “Its actually more fun today then it was back then.”
The Kentucky Headhunters have released eight studio albums, three compilations and 23 singles with a dozen hits including “Oh Lonesome Me,” “Dumas Walker” and “Walk Softly on This Heart of Mine.”
The southern country rockers were founded in 1968 as Itchy Brother, which consisted of brothers Richard Young (rhythm guitar, vocals) and Fred Young (drums) along with Greg Martin (lead guitar, vocals) and Anthony Kenney (bass guitar, vocals). Itchy Brother performed together until 1982, with James Harrison replacing Martin from 1973 to 1976. The Young brothers and Martin began performing as The Kentucky Headhunters in 1986, adding Ricky Lee Phelps (lead vocals, harmonica) and Doug Phelps (bass guitar, backing vocals) to the band.
After the success of their debut album, The Kentucky Headhunters began touring with Hank Williams, Jr.
“Now we make music we like and hope everyone else likes it. It may sound selfish, but it has to be that way in order to keep going for 50 years,” said Richard. “We have a new generation of fans, which is excited for us.”
The Youngs live near Edmonton, Kentucky and write songs down on the farm between shows and albums. The brothers still have about 100 head of beef cattle on the 700 acre family farm.
“Since we are touring a lot, we lease or share crop our beans and corn. We just bought $6,000 worth of hay for our cattle, so we need to get up to Canada and play to pay for some of that hay,” he joked. “We also have to decide who is feeding the hay for us when we are gone.”
Richard’s son, John Fred Young, plays drums in the rock band Black Stone Cherry. The band practices at the same farm house where The Kentucky Headhunters once rehearsed.
“Until two years ago, I didn’t fly. We didn’t play in Europe because of my fear of flying for 34 years. But my son’s band is very popular in Europe and he said we have to join them for a tour. He was tired of making excuses on why we were not going to Europe. I said yes, but thinking no. They booked a tour within a week and had us playing in Sweden. It was fabulous and the group that was headlining was Queen. They had a huge crowd for us at the rock festival. We played eight straight days, which was a lot for us old guys. Last year, we played another eight shows on our own.”
The Kentucky headhunters had a lot of success with its blues album. Orr also recorded That’ll Work, a collaborative album with Chuck Berry’s pianist, Johnnie Johnson. It was released later in 1993 and it comprised 12 songs which Johnson and the band wrote over the course of four days. The album featured Johnson on piano, as well as lead vocals on the title track.
“Now I have to tell you about Johnnie. He was in one of those original black-Afro-American marine groups that went to Japan during the Second World War. He said he didn’t have to fight very much because he played the piano so good. After he got out of the marines he moved to east St. Louis. In 1952, he had a band called Sir John’s Trio. On New Year’s Eve, he was booked to play, but his sax player got sick. He was desperate to find someone to fill his shoes. He couldn’t find a sax player, but there was this little kid that wanted to play that night and that was Chuck Berry. Johnnie hired Chuck to play in his band. Chuck played for Johnnie for years, not the other way around, that’s how good Johnnie was. Chuck was so flamboyant that eventually he took the band over. Johnnie was just happy to play piano. He wrote songs like “Johnnie Be Good” and “Maybellene.”

Augustana celebrates donor generosity

Augustana celebrates donor generosity
David Stolee, left, presents University of Alberta Augustana student Leah Reid, right, with the Glynne Jones Memorial Award during the 2017 Community Awards Banquet held at Augustana on Feb. 27.

By Lori Larsen

The University of Alberta Augustana held its 45th annual Community Awards Banquet on Feb. 27  in celebration of the generous givings of community donors.
In the past year, 178 Augustana students were recipients of donor-funded student awards, scholarships and bursaries totally over $273,000.
Master of Ceremonies, University of Alberta Augustana assistant registrar, Jonathan Hawkins welcomed donors, special guests, alumni, family, friends, staff and students to the event. “Truly our academic community could not exist without the extraordinary contributions of our staff, our alumni and our many friends and supporters in Camrose, Alberta, Canada and beyond.”
The evening began with a blessing of the meal by the Augustana Choir and a prayer of thanksgiving by student chaplain Leah Marshall.
Opening the formal part of the evening Augustana Student’s Association (ASA) president Ben Curry, thanked all the donors on behalf of the student body. “The ASA would like to congratulate everyone in the room for their hard work and commitment. To the donors, the students thank you for you contributions. These opportunities that you have provided to receive this recognition are important in the growth and development of the students in their academic success, as well as in their lives at Augustana.”
Greetings were given by Mayor Norm Mayer on behalf of City Council, the City of Camrose and Camrose citizens, councillor Doug Lyseng on behalf of Camrose County and MLA for Wetaskiwin-Camrose Bruce Hinkley on behalf of the Government of Alberta, Premiere Rachel Notley and colleagues.
Augustana Development assistant director, Bree Urkow thanked donors and recognized long time anniversary donors  of 15,20,25,30,35,40 and 45 years. “This year we celebrate the 45th year of the Community Awards program at Augustana. Some of you in this room have been a part of the program that entire time, and we are so grateful,” said Urkow adding that Augustana is grateful for all the donors.
“The Community Awards program continues to provide much needed support to Augustana students and rewards these students for their efforts and achievements. While at the same time, remains a remarkable symbol of the incredible partnership between Augustana and the community.”
Dean Allen Berger began his address by recognizing Augustana retired director of development Bonnie Anderson and welcoming new assistant dean, Advancement Debbie McIntosh.
Dean Berger reiterated the importance of the Community Awards Banquet amoung the events that occur at Augustana. “We are gathered once again to celebrate the generosity and commitment to students and post secondary education, of so many members of our community. All of you, by supporting access to quality post secondary education, are transforming lives and investing in the future of Alberta, indeed of the world.”
Berger related two stories, while each quite different, both recognizing the importance the role Augustana faculty and staff play in the success of students. In reference to a quote by Hillary Clinton (American politician) Berger said. “It takes a village. All of you are part of that village here at Augustana.”
In closing Berger said. “To all of you who have already donated generously to scholarships and awards on behalf of our entire faculty and staff and in particular on behalf of our students and their families, I offer a sincere thank you. To all of the students who are here, I extend my congratulations. Your accomplishments are certainly worthy of our recognition.”
He invited students to remember the night and the generosity of the donors who made it possible and challenged the students to pay it forward.
Berger presented The Right Honourable Don Mazankowski Entrance Citation award to recipient Timothy Shapka and the Gunvor and Erik Mygind Entrance Citation award to recipient Makenzee Kruger.
The recipient of the 2017 Distinguished Alumni Award was Dr. Odell Olson.
Born in Saskatoon, SK, Olson figured out early his lot in life, knowing from 6th Grade he wanted to be a rural doctor.
His path to a long and dedicated career as a physician began at Camrose Lutheran College (now University of Alberta, Augustana) in 1965, graduating in 1966, then continuing to receive his Bachelor of Science in 1970 and his Medical Degree in 1972 both from the University of Alberta.
Following an internship at Edmonton General Hospital, Olson began his 38-year medical career in Clearwater, BC. Olson returned to Alberta where he worked as a General Practitioner Anesthesiologist in Daysland Hospital until the 90’s when half of the Daysland Hospital was closed. At that point he drove into Camrose a few days a week fulfilling shifts at St. Mary’s Hospital before moving his practice to Camrose in 1996.
As an advocate of quality rural health care and rural health education he began working half-time as the vice-president of Medical Services eventually leaving private practice in 2007 and going full time. After this he became senior medical director, Community and Rural for Alberta Health Services until his retirement in 2011.
During his career Olson also sat on numerous boards and committees.
Maintaining his passion and commitment to rural healthcare through his retirement, Olson sits on a board for health benefits in Edmonton and chairs the Governing Board for the Bethany Group, as well teaches lectures on stroke and heart attack in the Augustana’s nursing program.
Dean Berger congratulated Dr. Olson on receiving the award. “To receive this award the person must be an alumni or alumnus of Augustana. He or she are selected for outstanding achievement in their chosen vocation of career.”
Dr. Olson thanked his wife, Karen and three children (in attendance) for their support over the years and noted how proud he was of his children for their success in their careers, but more importantly, their active involvement in their communities and with neighbours. “I think there is nothing more important than service to one’s fellow man.”
Olson remarked that he has never thought of himself as a self-made man, that in fact many people throughout his life have helped him.
One of the first people to influence Olson’s life was his father (a Lutheran pastor.) In describing the integrity of his father, Olson related a story of when he was a young boy (age 13) left one night to babysit his five younger sisters. In his attempt to show them a magic act he swallowed an unthreaded needle which lodged in his throat. When his parents returned and he told them what happened his father took him to the local hospital. When the doctor arrived, Olson’s father refused to allow the doctor to work on Odell. Instead he took him to the next town’s hospital where he received immediate, kind and professional attention.
“It illustrated three things for me. I saw how kind the doctor was and how intelligent he was and how he applied science to the care of mankind. The second thing I learned was about my father. The first doctor was drunk and that is why my father took me away but my father did not condemn the doctor instead he became his friend,” remarked Olson adding it showed his father could accept a person despite their flaws.
Olson spoke fondly of other people who influenced his journey throughout life.
Admitting, once he retired his first thoughts were to retreat to his wood workshop, Olson said once again his father’s influence spoke and he became involved in the community. “One of the things I became involved in was the Hospice Society of Camrose and District and through them I met Dr. David Goa. He impressed upon me the necessity of preserving the conversation with people we disagree with.”
In conclusion Olson commented on being proud to be an alumnus of Augustana. “I think that Augustana, as a liberal arts college, has a special place with its emphasis on rural life and emphasis on spirituality. Augustana, as well, educates not only the students but the community around.”
At the conclusion of the evening donors, or representatives on behalf of the donors, throughout the room personally presented the awards certificates to the recipient students.

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Skipping for hearts

Skipping for hearts
St. Patrick Catholic School kindergarten student Owen Felgate, right, gets a little help from principal Bob Charchun as he readies to throw a pie in the face of vice-principal Michelle Nanias, seated.

By Lori Larsen

St. Patrick Catholic School students jumped right into raising money for healthy hearts during the Jump Rope For Heart (JRFH) fundraiser held at the school during physical education classes from the beginning of February to March 14.
“The students were challenged at the start of February to raise $5,000 to support the Heart and Stroke Foundation,” said assistant principal Michelle Nanias.
As an added incentive, the students were told that for every $1,000 they raised, a teacher would get a pie thrown in their face.
“The students ended up raising over $10,000 and the top five fundraisers got to throw pies in their teachers’ faces.”
On March 14, during the Jump Rope for Heart windup, St. Patrick’s gymnasium was “jumping” with excitement, as five very brave and very dedicated teachers (including the principal and vice principal) sat front and centre, donning shower caps and some interesting protective clothing.
Each of the five top fundraising students got an even bigger surprise when they were called up to be the lucky ones to throw, or in most cases gently smush, the pies into the teachers’ faces.
“Jump Rope for Heart has been a cause that St. Patrick School has been supporting for many years,” said Nanias.
“At St. Patrick School, we believe in supporting the whole child, so fundraising for JRFH, which focuses on a healthy lifestyle, was right up our ally. At the school, we also encourage our students to participate in acts of service for others.”
And participate they did. To loud cheers of delight, the students read off the dollar values raised from $1,000 up, until reaching the $10,000, at which point the gym was vibrating.
“We are so proud of our students and school community for all their generosity.”

Here an egg, there an egg

By Lori Larsen

Once again, the University of Alberta Augustana Campus will be hosting their annual Eggstravaganza Easter Egg Hunt on March 24 from 10 a.m. until noon. Families with children ages 12 and under are invited to come and hop into a morning filled with fun.
The event will take place at Augustana Forum and, along with the traditional candy hunt, there will be cookie decorating, arts and crafts, face painting and a magician.
The event is open to alumni and their guests and space is limited, so registration is required and will close once the capacity has been met, or on March 22.
There is a nominal fee for this event which includes all the activities and light refreshments.

Twain's play simply hilarious

By Murray Green

You can leave your thoughts of the day at the front door when you attend this hilarious play.
You will laugh from beginning to end as the cast of Infinite Imagination will take you on a journey back in time, a funny excursion at that.
Infinite Imagination Travelling Theatre cast thrives on comedy and brings fun routines to the Bailey Theatre.
They are featuring the work of Mark Twain in Is He Dead? playing March 23 and 24. The performances are a dinner theatre style with dinner at 6:30 and show at 8 p.m. You can also just go to the show without the dinner.
Twain was fascinated by the theatre and made many attempts at playwriting to help pay his bills in his later years, many of which were mediocre. His best, Is He dead?, was written by Twain in 1898 after he had emerged from one of the most serious bouts of depression in his life.
For several years Twain’s works have been the object of study by scholars and authors, but it was not until the contemporary American playwright David Ives adapted Is He Dead? for the modern stage that this play appeared on Broadway. Ives’s additions to Twain’s original script contributed to the success of this comically rich situation that is in all Twain’s works.  The play  made its inaugural performance in 2007.
The focus of  the comedy is on a group of impoverished  artists  residing  in  Barbizon,  France during the mid-19th century.  Struggling  along  with his pupils is the famed Jean- Francois Millet, a young painter of genius.  Millet is in love with Marie Leroux, but he is highly in debt to a villainous picture-dealer named Bastien Andre.
Although Mike Hicks (playing Chicago) and Trevor McTavish (Jean Francois Millet) are funny on their own, putting them together is a comedy waiting to happen. Both reach new heights in delivering funny moments and they know how to make people laugh until it hurts.
Andre threatens to foreclose on Millet and send him to debtor’s prison unless Marie marries him. Millet realizes that the only way he can pay his debts and keep Andre from marrying Marie is to die, as it is only after they are dead that painters achieve real fame and fortune for their art works.
Throw in Jason Adam (Dutchy), Kevin Schole ((O’Shaughnessy), Desiree De Kock (Marie Leroux), Dale Adam (Bastien Andre) and senior ladies Marlene Maertens-Poole (Madame Bathilde) and Sandra Schole (Madame Caron) and you have a cast that can add valuable support.
With the help of his pupils and friends, it is decided that Millet should fake his death to make ends meet and be able to marry Marie. To do so, Millet must turn into his own sister, now the rich Widow Tillou. The antics carried out during Is He Dead? combine elements of farce and social satire.

NAIT ends hockey season for Vikings

NAIT ends hockey season for Vikings
LOOSE PUCK Augustana Vikings goalie Curtis Skip keeps his eyes on the puck, while his defensive teammates battle NAIT forwards in the ACAC playoff semifinals.

By Murray Green

Augustana Vikings gave everything they had to try and knock off the NAIT Ooks in the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference semifinals.
The Vikings lost a tough 4-3 contest in double overtime, which gave the Ooks the upper hand in the series on March 9. NAIT won 4-1 in the second game to capture the series and advance to the final against the MacEwan Griffins.
In the first game, NAIT went up 3-1 with Travis Mayan scoring for Augustana. The third period was all Vikings as Mitch McMullin and Cody Fiala garnered markers to even the score.
Goalie Curtis Skip made 43 of 47 saves.
Fiala scored first in the second game, but the Ooks took control of the game from the middle frame on to the rest of the game. The Vikings’ power play went zero for seven as the NAIT penalty killers were the difference.
Skip stopped 36 of the 40 shots directed his way.
The Vikings women’s team earned a bronze medal at the ACAC championships. In the first round the Vikings tied the opening game 1-1 with King’s Eagles and then won two straight to place first. They beat Olds 3-0 and Lakeland 6-1.
After finishing first in their division Augustana lost a tough 1-0 semifinal decision against the Lethbridge Kodiaks.
The Vikings then beat King’s Eagles 2-1 in the bronze medal match. Medicine Hat won the gold medals and Lethbridge received silver medals.
Coach Paul Stone of the Vikings guided the women’s team with most of the soccer players from Augustana.
The Vikings earned bronze medals at the ACAC championships in Camrose and earned a trip to nationals. The top curling teams will continue on to the Canadian Colleges Athletic Association curling championships in Leduc from March 24 to 28.
Skip Andrew Klassen, third Colton Simard, second Austin Lavallee, lead Aiden Anderson, alternate Jackson Sweder and coach Roger Galenza will be on the men’s side of the draw.

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Two local hockey players earn medals at Winter Games

By Murray Green

During the regular season Hayden McIndoe and Bryton Morrow are teammates on the Camrose Vikings peewee hockey team. But the two forwards were split up for the Alberta Winter Games in Fort McMurray, Feb. 16 to 19, and were on different teams.
“We had tryouts in different areas because the highway (Highway 13) divided Camrose into north and south,” explained Bryton, who lives on the north side. “I went to the tryouts and did pretty well. On Sunday night, the day after, I got a phone call that I made the team and a day later, it was announced what team you were on.”
Hayden lives on the south side of the highway. “I received a call saying that you made it. They said when they were going to post everything to the website and that I could see what team I’m on. There were eight zones with 20 players on each team.”
Hayden is the captain of the Vikings, while Bryton is one of the assistant captains on the playoff-bound team. Last year, the squad earned a bronze at Provincials, but will have a lot tougher opposition this time around.
The hockey players at the Winter Games didn’t have a lot of time together prior to the tournament. “They tried to mix the players the best they could. Another player on our team, Oliver Hawkes from Wetaskiwin, was at my tryouts, but ended up on another team,” said Bryton. “We didn’t know any of the players on our team. Day one, from the bus ride up to Fort McMurray, is when we met.”
Hayden said players were able to text each other through an app to get to know other players before the bus ride. “It was a great experience (Winter Games) and a way to make new friends.”
Both players knew they were on a good team early in the tournament. “In the first game, we were down 4-1 going into the third period and we came back to win 5-4. Our team scored two goals in the last minute, so that’s when I knew we could do this,” shared Bryton.
“On my team, I was wondering if we were going to do anything in this tournament. In the first game, we won 4-2 and then everyone settled in with each other and started to know how each other plays,” said Hayden.
These two boys have been playing winter hockey together in Camrose on the top teams in their levels for the past five years.
“We met each other in the semifinals. They took over the game for 15 minutes in the second period to win the game. It was 1-1 going into the second and then they scored five straight goals,” recalled Bryton.
“We had a couple of lucky plays, that’s for sure,” added Hayden.
Bryton’s team came back to win the bronze medal game. “We were down again after the first period, but fought back and all I could think about was winning to get the bronze medal. It was pretty awesome, especially the experience of being in the Games.”
Hayden’s team won the tournament. “It’s that feeling you get when you just win a gold medal. It is special and an experience of a lifetime. It was a great feeling, winning it and bringing home a gold medal for your home city,” he said.
They both attend École Charlie Killam School together in Grade 7. On the Vikings, they are coached by Harry York, Rick Jarrett, Stephen Hawkes and Nick Ganske.
“In an event like this, the competition gets harder as you go and the message I would pass on to Camrose teammates is that if you fall behind, you still can come back. Don’t give up,” said Bryton.
“You have to have that positivity. If one teammate is down, you pump them back up. That’s what we did a lot on our team. I learned that when you play against the best players in Alberta, the added time and space gets taken away and you have to make decisions quicker. You have to move the pass a lot faster,” added Hayden.
The players also picked up on things outside of the arena. “It was kind of cool sleeping in dorms with your team and meeting other people. Our team was the home squad, so we were the last team to go in the ceremonies. When we walked out, it was with all of the lights and cameras, so that was cool,” said Bryton.
“It was a cool experience. Being in the ceremonies gives you a good feeling,” said Hayden, who agreed it was like a mini-Olympics for them.
Participates signed the Alberta flag and sent it to Korea for the Olympics.
In biathlon, Avry Niven of Camrose collected a silver and two bronze medals at the Winter Games.

James returns for concert

By By Murray Green

By Murray Green
The last time Colin James was in Camrose he wasn’t allowed to get off the train because of his busy schedule. He performed some blues Christmas songs during his stop on the Holiday Train before the Christmas season last year. He vowed to return to Camrose and so far he has kept his promise.
Critically acclaimed, Juno Award-winning singer-songwriter Colin James announced cross Canada tour dates to keep his promise and support of his new album Blue Highways.
James and his trio will be on the Jeanne and Peter Lougheed Performing  Arts Centre stage on March 26 at 7:30 p.m.
From the prairies of Saskatchewan to the stages of the world, sharing his talent with some of the greatest and most influential musicians of all time, six time Juno award winning singer/songwriter James has steadily established himself as one of Canada’s greatest musicians. With a career spanning over two decades he continues to sell out coast to coast.
He just picked up three Maple Blues Awards in January, including Guitarist of the Year, Electric Act of the Year, and Recording/Producer of the Year.
CD Blue Highways pays tribute to some of the singer/ guitarist’s long time blues idols including Howlin’ Wolf, Jimmy Reed, Freddie King, Jr. Wells and Buddy Guy, Peter Green, Robert Johnson and William Bell.

Spice Girls music featured

By Murray Green

Wannabe: The Spice Girls Tribute Band will be bringing ’90s pop music to the Bailey Theatre stage on March 27 at 7:30 p.m.
When it comes to celebrations, epic dance parties and conjuring up serious ’90s nostalgia, no one does it better than the darlings of Toronto’s cover-band scene. This 11-member group is a staple in venues, festivals and soft seaters across Canada.
Now, the platforms are higher, the accents are stronger, the dance party is wilder and the costumes more outrageous and more spectacular than ever before. From back-up dancers to flash-mobs to gospel choirs to celebrity guests, each show offers a surprise twist.

Community Band holds big concert

By Murray Green

The Camrose and District Community Band will be holding its annual concert on Sunday, March 25 at the Jeanne and Peter Lougheed Performing Arts Centre beginning at 2 p.m.
The Community Band, under the direction of Tom Spila, will be joined by musical guests the Battle River Big Band (with Dennis Rusinak, artistic director).  Admission to this concert is by donation.
The Camrose and District Community Band will perform a variety of selections, from standard concert band literature and marches, to jazz and movie themes. The Battle River Big Band will perform well-loved big band tunes.
Formed in 1983, the Camrose and District Community Band was started by a group of 13 interested local musicians, under the baton of Tom Spila, for the purpose of providing a recreational adult band for the community. The original community ensemble, called the Rose City Band, was active in the 1960s, but later disbanded. The formation of the Community Band allowed former Rose City Band members, former school players and interested beginners to join together for an enjoyable evening of music every week, and to acquire and improve skills many thought they might never get the opportunity to work on again.
While the focus of the band is educational, the group provides a wonderful social outlet: members thrive musically and make new friends at the same time. Membership is open to anyone.
The band’s repertoire consists of a wide variety of styles. Performances include local trade shows and events, public concerts and festivals. The Camrose and District Community Band membership consistently totals over 60 musicians representing a wide array of occupations and people from all walks of life. For many years now, Augustana students with experience on an appropriate instrument have been able to join in the band as full members while receiving university credit for their work.
Rehearsals are held on Tuesday evenings from 7:30 to 9 p.m. at the Camrose Composite High School band room. If you are interested, come out to the concert and feel free to talk to members of the band and the director.

Kodiaks face Okotoks

By Murray Green

The Camrose Kodiaks are down two games to the Okotoks Oilers in the Alberta Junior Hockey League south semifinal playoffs. The teams play game four tonight, March 20 beginning at 7 p.m.
Okotoks won 5-2 and 3-0 at home before the series moved to Camrose.
If needed, game five is slated for March 23 in Okotoks, game six is back in Camrose at 7 p.m. on March 25 and game seven would be in Okotoks on March 27.
Camrose swept the Calgary Mustangs in three straight games.
The Kodiaks wrapped up the series with a 4-3 win in overtime on March 11.
Brock Bremer opened the scoring, but Calgary pushed back with three tallies in a row. Peter Kope netted a goal late in the second to cut the Mustangs lead. In the third, Bremer connected on a power play to force overtime. He completed his hat trick on the night in the extra frame.
Goalie Luke Lush stopped 27 of 28 shots he faced. Meanwhile, Camrose fired 48 shots at the Mustangs’ cage.
The Kodiaks doubled Calgary 6-3 in the second game, this time with McKenzie Welke garnering the hat trick. Matt Dykstra, Tyler Schendel and Kyler Kupka added single markers.
Goalie Lush stopped 19 of 22 shots. Camrose had 40 shots on the Mustangs’ net.
Bear facts
Team Canada player Karl Stollery will be bringing his Olympic Games medal to the March 20 game to show hockey fans.
The Brooks Bandits and Drumheller Dragons are playing in the other south semifinal with Brooks winning 6-1 and 5-3 in the first two games.

Camrose introduces home health monitoring initiative

By Lori Larsen

The Camrose Primary Care Network (PCN) is launching a new Home Health Monitoring program available to appropriate patients with a Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) diagnosis, residing within the Camrose PCN catchment area.
The focus of the Home Health Monitoring program is to enable COPD patients to monitor and self-manage their COPD with the support of their family doctor and the PCN healthcare provider team with the goal of reducing emergency department visits and hospital admissions.
The idea
The initial idea for the program began in early 2017. With a grant from Boehringer Ingelheim the Camrose PCN was able to bring together key community stakeholders to develop a collaborative COPD screening and management program. “Anyone involved in the prevention and maintenance of COPD, including Covenant Health St. Mary’s Hospital, the Respiratory Health Strategic Clinical Network and Alberta Health Services, were brought together with Dr. Nichol, PCN physician lead, to determine how to work together to improve COPD care,” said PCN executive director Stacey Strilchuk.
Preliminary work involved developing a COPD screening and management tool which could be used in the patient visit to accurately screen and diagnose patients with COPD. This tool was made available within the family doctor’s Electronic Medical Record (EMR) for easy access. “The family doctor initiates the screening tool to assist with identifying patients at risk or to confirm the (COPD) diagnosis,” explained Strilchuk. “Once confirmed, the family doctor is able to refer the patient to the PCN healthcare team to further develop an appropriate care plan.”
Strilchuk noted that this COPD screening and management tool also provides physicians practicing at Covenant Health, St. Mary’s Hospital (Hospitalists), the opportunity to refer COPD patients to the PCN upon discharge to be cared for in the community. “The PCN also wanted to develop a program whereby emergency department visits and readmissions decreased over time,” said Strilchuk. “The idea is to support individuals in managing their COPD so that they can stay within their primary care setting and not have to go to the Emergency Department.”
Phase two of the program saw the PCN supporting family doctors to identify patients already diagnosed with COPD and provide them additional support. “Along with that came other discussions, again with Dr. Nichol, on how we reach rural communities, where individuals may be living in remote areas or a long distance from their family doctor or a hospital. We discussed how we could help manage a patient’s chronic disease better from their own home which led us to consider home health monitoring.”
Finding partners
The PCN team began investigating potential partners who had the technology needed to provide home health monitoring. “We considered ease of use, cost, flexibility and meeting the criteria for evidence based practice for COPD management.
“Alberta Innovates was looking for an initiative they could support by providing seed funding or funding to bring technology alongside a care model, to see if it actually works” remarked Strilchuk. “They saw the advantage of being able to bring in the technology, test it and then evaluate the return on investment when individuals (patients) aren’t accessing the emergency department or be admitted or readmitted to hospital.”
In the search for an appropriate technology, GE Healthcare made a presentation to the PCN about their Home Health Monitoring equipment (tablets, blood pressure and oxygen monitors used by patients in their homes). “We were pleased with their level of engagement in partnership and collaboration to work with us to make this work for our patients,” said Strilchuk adding that GE Healthcare indicated a strong desire to work with the Camrose PCN to develop the COPD program to best benefit patients in accordance with current practice guidelines.
Boehringer Ingelheim  also brought some of the provincial players to the table. “Program costs are being shared amongst GE Healthcare, Alberta Innovates, Boehringer Ingelheim and the PCN for the first year.”
Patient’s process
Once COPD patients are correctly diagnosed and referred, Steve Smith (Camrose PCN pharmacist) and Miriam Neufeld (Camrose PCN nurse practitioner) review individual patients with respect to where they are in their disease trajectory and speak to the patient about their confidence in using technology. “In discussions with the patient and the family doctor, the PCN healthcare provider team determines if the patient is a good fit for the Home Health Monitoring program.”
Once the patient agrees to participate, the PCN healthcare team demonstrates and explains what the technology will do once they receive it (tablet, blood pressure cuff and oxygen monitor). The monitoring kit is sent directly to the patient’s home and the patient is then supported to self-initiate the start-up which includes a trial period to prepare them for the program. “Steve and Miriam tailor the program to fit the needs of the patient; they adjust the parameters and set times which allow for the patient to establish a consistent routine where they can take and record their measurements in their tablet at the same time every day, as well as spend time learning how to self-manage their disease.”
Patients are assured their daily inputs entered into their tablets are monitored by the PCN healthcare team, although they can still call and speak to their health care provider if they so choose. For after-hours support, patients are directed to Alberta Health Link (811) or the closest Emergency Department or Urgent Care Centre.
“It is anticipated the patient will be enrolled in the program for up to six months,” said Strilchuk.  “The goal is to develop their confidence in self-managing their COPD while continuing their relationship with the PCN healthcare team as needed.”
The goal of the PCN is to register 150 patients to the HHM by the end of this year.
The benefits
The benefits to the patient are multiple. The ability to be educated in self-managing their disease, the potential savings (time and money) to the healthcare system and the forecasted reduction in emergency department visits, admissions and readmissions.
“The cost savings for the health care system will be measured through evaluation by the Institute of Health Economics,” said Strilchuk. “For us it is all about the patients. Seeing their increased confidence in managing their COPD, helping them to maintain and even better their health is of great importance.”
Strilchuk added that with the model for COPD set, it would not take much to replicate the process for other chronic diseases.  “We know within our catchment area the three main chronic health conditions are diabetes, COPD and hypertension (high blood pressure) so it only makes sense to explore the expansion of our Home Health Monitoring program to better support these respective patient panels.
“Our hope is that the Home Health Monitoring program will become the norm–an additional follow up support mechanism to offer to our patients.”
Strilchuk concluded by saying that these types of initiatives wouldn’t be possible if not for the investment and dedication of the PCN healthcare provider team and specifically the leadership of Dr. Nichol PCN physician lead and Colleen McKinstry, PCN clinical director.

International truck stands out against the others

International truck stands out against the others
CORVETTE YELLOW Ken Andres grabs the attention of judges and car show enthusiasts when he enters his bright yellow 1946 International truck. He used parts from the International truck and merged them with some Chevrolet pieces to build a grand truck.

By Murray Green

 Ken Andres is proud of his 1946 International-like truck he built. The canary yellow truck is a stand out at most car shows across the area.
“Actually, it is 50 per cent International and 50 per cent Chevrolet. I renamed it ChevInt,” admitted Ken. “It is modified, but every piece of metal on the truck is International. All of the drive line is Chevrolet. I had to do it my way.”
Needless to say, he picked up pieces from several sources. “I went to an auction in Wainwright, picked up fenders from an auto wrecker in Camrose, parts out of Edmonton for the rear. It was a puzzle and I put it together. Everything was separate. I used a Chevrolet frame.”
In 1944, the motor truck division of International Harvester Company was formed to handle the growing volume of International truck engineering, production and sales activities.
“It has fuel injection, anti-lock brakes and all of the safety things a new vehicle would have, are in it,” explained Ken. “I wanted to build an International because it was different. Nobody wanted them. It was not a sought after truck at that time. So I thought I would build one. Now when I go to car shows I’m starting to see more of them. I wanted something that no one else had.”
The International Harvester K and KB Series are trucks that were produced by International Harvester, the first being the K introduced in mid 1940. In total there were 42 models, 142 different wheelbase lengths and load ratings ranging from half ton to large semis.
“The trucks  were built as a farm vehicle, or a working truck. It is true in a sense (the trucks were worked until they couldn’t run anymore) and you would find them on farms in the bush. Most pieces were completely shot and not repairable. I actually still need a tailgate because I haven’t been able to find one. If someone has a half decent one I would get it,” said Ken. “I rebuilt everything myself. It has a 350 Chevrolet engine in it now.”
In the mid-1940s, International released their K and KB series trucks, which were more simplistic than other trucks released in that era.
Ken is known for his bright colours. “I love the bright yellow and if you look around you won’t see a bright colour like this. It immediately stands out and gets noticed. It is an 1986 Corvette yellow.”
Internationals are best known for their durability, prewar design in a postwar era, and low price.
“It took me about four years to build the truck. I worked on and off when I had spare time, when I was still in the towing business,” shared Ken. “When I sold the business, I finished the truck. About nine years ago, my son painted it to complete it.”
Few differences exist between K-1 (half ton) and K-2 (three-quarter ton) models as they share most of their mechanical and chassis components. The rear axles in these two models are supported by a single roller bearing. Their differences in load rating are due to the K-2’s stronger suspension.
The smooth rounded edges of the truck make it look sharp. “It takes a lot of hours to make those really smooth round like the original style.”
The International Harvester Company (abbreviated first IHC and later IH) was a United States manufacturer of agricultural machinery, construction equipment, trucks, and household and commercial products.
In 1946, the company began production of another new line of highly specialized trucks at a new plant in Emeryville, California. The impressive products in this latest link in the expanding company chain were heavy-duty western-type models. Ranging up to 90,000 pounds in gross combination weight, these models were originally designed to conquer the distances and mountainous terrain of the western states and rugged, off-highway hauling jobs.

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Truck inspections keep vehicles safe

By Murray Green

Camrose County will join forces with a Commercial Vehicle Enforcement crew to conduct free farm truck inspections on March 28 and 29 at the east end Wildrose Co-op Cardlock bulk gas station.
County Protection Service officers have begun preparation for the annual Farm Truck Check, which is hosted by Camrose County every spring.
“Camrose County has invited officers from Commercial Vehicle Enforcement department of Alberta Transportation to work alongside Camrose County officers,” said protective services manager Mike Kuzio. “The Farm Truck Check will be held at the cardlock station. This venue allows the inspections away from Camrose County property.”
Last year, the annual inspection had trucks roll in at a steady pace.
“Because this is a free farm truck check, no vehicles will be towed and no tickets are issued,” said officer Manie Germushuysen, of County Protective Services. “Camrose County would like to encourage farmers to take advantage of this inspection program in order to avoid any on-highway problems.”
Inspections will include critical safety items such as brakes, steering, lights, frames, fuel systems and drive shafts.
Camrose County performs truck inspections on an annual basis, usually near the end of March or the beginning of April.
To book an appointment, contact the Camrose County office at or phone 780-672-4449.

U of C basketball wins nationals with Foreman

By Murray Green

The University of Calgary Dinosaurs men’s basketball team captured the national crown on March 11 in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
Former Camrose Composite High School Trojan player Connor Foreman was part of the championship season.
U of C won the final 79-77 against Ryerson to give the first basketball crown in their history. Foreman scored four points in the final.
The Dinos beat McGill 65-43 in the semifinal and Brock 78-76 to advance to the final four. Foreman netted 15 points against McGill and seven against Brock.
In 28 games this season, Foreman scored 198 points. The 6’6” fifth-year science student played volleyball for the Dinos before switching to basketball.

Curb the danger

By Lori Larsen

The dangers associated with impaired driving are imminent. According to MADD, in Canada alone, on average, approximately four people are killed each day in crashes involving alcohol and/or drugs.
As part of the Eyes on Camrose initiative, Camrose Police Service wants to remind residents to be the eyes and ears of the community and assist the police in cracking down on impaired driving.
“Our third initiative is something that should be familiar to us because it is a program that we implemented in 2011 to assist police in keeping our streets safe,” said Camrose Police Service crime prevention/community relations Constable Kelly Bauer. “Curb the Danger is a program that encourages motorists to contact police if they suspect an impaired driver. It is an existing program and it fits within the Eyes on Camrose because it is another tool that the public can use to keep our community safe.”
Bauer explained that impaired driving continues to be an issue in all communities. “In the last three months, we charged six people with impaired driving. The issue isn’t going away. With Canada set to legalize marijuana on July 1st of this year, Curb the Danger will continue to be a very important program.”
Curb the Danger encourages motorists/pedestrians to call 9-1-1 if they suspect someone is driving while impaired.
“Some people hesitate to call 9-1-1 wondering if it really is an emergency,” noted Bauer. “Impaired driving is a criminal offence in progress which is exactly what 9-1-1 should be used for. With the majority of people owning a cell phone, we have so much potential to keep our streets safe.”
Police advise residents to telephone 9-1-1 when they suspect there is an impaired driver, then continue following the vehicle if it is safe to do so, without breaking any traffic violations. “Stay on the phone with our dispatch so that they can guide our police officers to the vehicle. Keep watching the vehicle and describe to our dispatch what the vehicle is doing such as swerving outside their lane, the inability to maintain a constant speed or jumping onto curbs.”
Bauer said residents may hesitate to report what they deem to be an impaired driver because they aren’t quite sure if the driver is impaired. “In many cases they (the reported driver) aren’t impaired, but we still encourage you to place that Curb the Danger call if you suspect that they might be. Frequently during those traffic stops, we might find out that the driver was fatigued, was having a medical issue or a reaction to medication. We have also come across drivers who are disqualified, driving without insurance or a variety of other Traffic Safety Act violations.”
When it comes to the safety of all residents in Camrose, the message remains the same, one can never be too careful.
“Curb the Danger is an important, existing program that we want to reemphasize to the public. It is another example of an Eyes on Camrose initiative where people can contribute to keeping Camrose a safe community.”
Eyes on Camrose is a community awareness program launched by the Camrose Police Service that is taking hold in the community. “Citizens recognize that everyone can play a part in keeping our community safe. There are many different ways that people can be involved.”
Eyes on Camrose’s first initiative, Citizens on Patrol (COP) has since formed an executive and has signed up an initial group of volunteers. For more information on COP or to become a volunteer, email
The second Eyes on Camrose initiative, social media provides residents the opportunity to follow the Camrose Police Service Facebook page or Twitter account.

Protect your child in car seat

By Murray Green

 Keep your child, or children in your vehicle safe by using proper car seats and seatbelts.
Seatbelts and child safety restraints are a critical part of your vehicle’s safety system and provide the best protection in a collision.
Still, about five per cent of Albertans do not use seatbelts on a regular basis. This works out to nearly 200,000 people who put their lives at risk every day when they travel.
“While we have come a long way in getting Albertans to buckle up, the number of people who do not use seatbelts regularly is too high. For everyone’s safety, buckle up and make sure your children are in the proper safety seat before you shift into drive,” said Brian Mason, minister of transportation.
Police officers are firsthand witnesses to the consequences of vehicle collisions. This month, Alberta RCMP would like to remind motorists that the simple act of buckling up will drastically increase your chances of surviving a collision.
“Seatbelts and child safety seats are proven, simple and effective devices that can protect you and your passengers in a collision. By buckling up, you improve your chances of minimizing injuries or surviving a serious crash by 50 per cent, so make sure to buckle up, no matter how short the ride,” added Supt. Gary Graham, officer in charge, Alberta RCMP Traffic Services.
“There is still a small group who don’t buckle up because they are only driving a short distance,” says Rick Gardner, Superintendent, Alberta Sheriffs Traffic Operations. “I would like to remind them that collisions can happen anywhere and in the blink of an eye; so whether you are driving to work or to a nearby corner store, remember to buckle up.”
The Alberta government has developed online child safety seat training that helps caregivers, and professionals who work with children, learn how to properly select, install and use child safety seats.
Everyone in a vehicle is required by law to use a seatbelt or child safety seat that is properly worn and adjusted.
In 2016, there were 53 deaths and 375 injuries to people not properly restrained at the time of their collision.
Collisions involving restraint users had a much lower injury rate (6.8 per cent) than those not using restraints (24 per cent).
Drivers are responsible for ensuring that passengers under the age of 16 are properly secured using a child safety seat or seatbelt. Drivers may be fined $155 for each unrestrained passenger under 16.
Properly used seatbelts can reduce fatal and serious injury by 45 to 65 per cent depending on the type of vehicle and seating position.
Always refer to the manufacturer’s instructions for the maximum weight and height limits of the child’s particular car seat and to the vehicle manual for installation instructions.
Without a booster seat, a child is three and a half times more likely to suffer a significant injury.

Camrose Arts Council formed to assist with funding

By Murray Green

The Camrose Arts Council is not only up and running, it is seeking applications for grants for 2018.
An arts council was formed to be a governing body for distributing funds. “Our role is to advocate for the arts. The Camrose Arts Council shall advise City council on matters pertaining to arts and culture activities in the City of Camrose and act as a governing body to disseminate grants as delegated under the current Arts Council Grant Funding Bylaw for arts and culture initiatives, while championing a cohesive and collaborative arts and culture community,” said arts council member Nick Beach. “Instead of the City responding to requests one at a time, this is a governing body to do that.”
The council was formed last fall with Val Sims as the chair. Other members of the board are Agnes Hoveland, PJ Stasko, Laurel Warkington,  Judy McLean, Nick Beach, Lisa Borland-Miller and Jane Cherry-Lemire is the arts director liaison.
The council will be going through funding applications for community groups or individuals after the March 30 deadline. The second deadline will be Sept. 30. The organization doesn’t plan any events.
“We have received a budget from the City for 2018. Groups can apply for funding through the arts council on the City’s website under arts and culture application. It has a guideline on how to apply,” added  Nick.
Applicants must be a registered not-for-profit organization in existence for more than a year. Consideration will be given to groups that do not have not-for-profit status, who can provide evidence of their affiliation with a respective society or association.
“The beneficiaries of its programs and services must be directed to the improvement of the quality of life for Camrose residents,” said Nick. “The beneficiaries must predominantly be residents of the City.”
The funds must be used within a year of the grant. “The maximum amount is $5,000, so we can spread the money around to various groups or individuals. We think $2,000 will be the average amount.”
Funding will also be based on how it impacts the community. “The decisions will be based on the criteria that is received through the application process. We are asking questions that will give us the information that we are looking for to determine if and how much funding will be allotted.”
The board is passionate about arts and wants to support local groups.
“People and organizations can become a member. In fact, you have to be a member to receive funding, at no cost,” explained Val. “There are members that just want to be patrons of the arts and show their support.”
Members then have a voice in the annual general meeting that will be held. They could have voting rights and let their name stand to be on the council board. City council would have to approve the arts council board.
One of the first items of the arts council was to help set up a community events calendar so people and groups could see what was going on within the City throughout the year.
The arts council has created an events button designed to guide and drive the community and visitors to the most complete, up to date, and accurate events listing for everything happening within the City of Camrose.
To view the Camrose Events, visit Look for the logo on several arts-related sites within Camrose.
“Anyone can enter their event on the calendar. We want not only arts, but sporting events as well. Anything that isn’t a garage sale or a sale at a store and not a regular meeting. It has to be an event,” added Nick. “It gives lots of space for plenty of details of the event. We like it because it is on the City of Camrose site.”
The arts council is encouraging other sites to link to the Camrose Events, so people can easily find the events by clicking the button.
“The goal is to make it easier for residents and visitors to see what is going on within the City. It will attract people to the events that are being held,” continued Nick. “I think I counted six different events calendars. Now we are hoping to merge them to one site to make it easier for everyone.”

Snowden discusses security

By Lori Larsen

National Security Agency whistleblower, Edward Snowden, will be discussing research, security and the social impacts of cyber surveillance via live stream on March 27, from 6 until 7 p.m. in the Cargill Theatre at the Jeanne and Peter Lougheed Performing Arts Centre.
Residents are welcome to attend the free event, but a ticket is required. Visit to reserve tickets.
The event, An Evening with Edward Snowden: Security, Public Life and Research, is hosted by the Office of the Provost and Vice-president (Academic)–Information Services and Technology, the Kule Institute for Advanced Study (KIAS) and the Chester Ronning Centre for the Study of Religion and Public Life with support from the Faculty of Arts and University of Alberta Augustana Campus.
Edward Snowden is an American computer professional and was a former employee of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and former contractor for the United States government.
Snowden is known for leaking unauthorized, classified information from the National Security Agency (NSA) in 2013, revealing numerous global surveillance programs.
Questions for Mr. Snowden during the live stream must be submitted to the organizing committee prior to the event. Questions from Augustana Campus can be emailed to Join the conversation by using #SnowdenAlberta.
On March 28 from 12:30 until 2 p.m., the Chester Ronning Centre and the Jeanne and Peter Lougheed Performing Arts Centre will be hosting the follow-up event, Responding to Snowden: The Religious Self in light of Technology and Public Policy at the Mayer Family Hall in the Performing Arts Centre.
A group of panelists will be responding to the Snowden’s live stream event from March 27 and will discuss issues surrounding tech culture and the question of what is (or what should be) public or private and will focus on the implications of these matters for religious communities and persons in contemporary society. This is also a free event and is open to the public. For more information  regarding events specific to Augustana, contact Joseph Wiebe by email at or by telephone at 780-679-1599.

Food Artisans of the County

By Murray Green

Camrose County invites local growers, food producers and processors to attend a Meet and Greet Education Night on March 27 at 7 p.m. at the Camrose County administration office.
“This evening will be the launch of the Food Artisans of Camrose County project. Our goal is to build up the local foods industry within Camrose County by connecting local growers, producers and processors with the consumer. This educational evening will explain the County’s local food initiative and build on the success of last summer,” said Bettina van Nieuwkerk, assistant manager of Agricultural Services.
The County initiative is to support growers and producers in gaining more customers, selling more product, boosting the local economy, making connections and getting to know other food producers.
Guest speaker Leona Staples from The Jungle Farm at Innisfail will be discussing Using Social Media to Boost Your Business during the evening.
“She is an outstanding innovator in the local foods movement in Alberta. Leona will be telling her story of their farm and highlighting how they are using social media to assist them,” added Bettina.
There is no charge for the evening, but register by March 23. For more information or to register, contact Marilyn Nordin by emailing or call 780-672-4765.

Future of our water

By Lori Larsen

In an effort to build awareness among youth  regarding protecting and sustaining our watersheds, the Battle River Watershed Alliance is holding a Caring for our Watersheds contest.
Students of Central and Northern Alberta, in Grades 7 through 12, are invited to enter the contest with a chance of winning up to $1,000 for themselves and their school.
Contestants are encouraged to come up with ideas about improving watersheds such as planting trees beside creeks, building bee houses for their schools, teaching students about energy conservation or educating the community about the benefits of rain barrels.
Contestants can submit their proposal, explaining the idea, to the website anytime before April 11.

Births and Deaths

- To Laura and Logan Rinas, of Camrose, a son on March 2.
- To Chelsi and Shawn Nowakowski, of Camrose, a daughter on March 2.
- To Michelle Sarasin, of Bashaw, a daughter on March 7.
- To Alexis and Landon Ponto, of Forestburg, a daughter on March 8.
- To Britney Stewart and Bradley Selin, of Camrose, a son on March 8.

- Robert “Bob” Joseph Wack, of Edberg, on March 8, at 33 years of age.
- Harry “Bim” Gengos, of Camrose, on March 9, at 87 years of age.
- Robert Allen Pearce, of Camrose, on March 12, at 64 years of age.
- Doreen Avonne Anderson, of Camrose, formerly of Edberg, on March 14, at 86 years of age.
- Darryl “Ringo” Lawrence Ring, of Camrose, on March 14, at 66 years of age.