Local briefs – February 1

A knighted British author is coming to Red Deer to speak about “finding your passion.”

Knighted author coming to Red Deer

A knighted British author is coming to Red Deer to speak about “finding your passion.”

Sir Ken Robinson is an author, speaker and international advisor on education in the arts to government, non-profits, education and arts bodies.

He was professor of arts education at the University of Warwick and was knighted by the Queen in 2003 for services to education.

Originally from a working class Liverpool family, Robinson now lives in Los Angeles with his wife and children.

Tickets to the 7 p.m. lecture on Wednesday, Feb. 9, at Westerner Park are $10 by calling 403-505-5889. Proceeds go to the Central Alberta Women’s Emergency Shelter.

The event, aimed to “advance Alberta’s future as a creative and vibrant society,” is sponsored by the Red Deer public and Catholic locals of the Alberta Teachers’ Association, as part of the Central Alberta Teachers’ Convention.


Frigid conditions stall residential street snow clearing

Monday’s frigid temperatures have put residential snow clearing on hold.

The City of Red Deer was planning to tackle Vanier Woods on Monday but temperatures that dipped below -30C meant it was too cold to operate equipment without risking serious breakdowns.

City spokeswoman Jennifer Margach said public works managers will decide early today whether it is warm enough to resume residential snow clearing.

Crews are expected to head to Vanier Woods and Kentwood first. It takes about 25 days to fully clear residential roads.


Learning program receives award

A unique hands-on learning program offered jointly by the Chinook’s Edge School Division and Olds College received a Mayor’s Excellence Award from the Calgary Educational Partnership Foundation.

The award for the Community Learning Campus, which offers a seamless transition from school to post-secondary to the work world, was recently presented by Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi.

“This award is a true honour and a tribute,” said Olds College president Tom Thompson, who accepted the award alongside Kurt Sacher, superintendent of the Chinook’s Edge.

CLC participants, including teachers and business leaders, are “passionately” committed to helping student achieve success, whether they are pursuing post-secondary studies, trades and technology opportunities, or an immediate entry into the workforce, Thompson added.

Among the unique aspects is the chance to earn credits at both the high school and the college level, as part of a dual credit course concept.

Students are networking, learning more about themselves and the world, said Sundre high school guidance councillor Lisa Wilson, who believes participating teenagers have developed “a new level of maturity” by being on the Olds College campus.

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