Local briefs – September 4

The chair of the Red Deer Catholic Regional School Division board will be one of the candidates vying for the position of vice-president of the Alberta Catholic Schools Trustees’ Association in the fall.

Catholic board chair seeking VP position

The chair of the Red Deer Catholic Regional School Division board will be one of the candidates vying for the position of vice-president of the Alberta Catholic Schools Trustees’ Association in the fall.

Catholic board chair Christine Moore has served as a director with the association for three years and is going into her sixth year with the Red Deer Catholic Regional School Division board.

“I’m really passionate about Catholic education and I really enjoy working from a provincial view because we have all the Catholic boards around the table,” Moore said. “I’ve been a director for three years and it just seemed a natural move forward. I really think this is an exciting time to be involved in Catholic education.”

On Tuesday night, the Catholic school board approved a recommendation to cover up to $3,000 for campaign expenses for Moore.

The money will be used for mailing out information, brochures, hospitality costs at the convention and other campaign expenses.

“As public education is being scrutinized as we speak, I think it’s really important that we really show and promote who we are and the good that we bring,” Moore said.

The election will take place during the association’s conference, which runs from Nov. 20 to 22.

Church raises money for orphanage in India

A Red Deer church has come through in a big way for 160 orphan girls in India.

Since January, Living Stones Church has been collecting donations to build an orphanage, plus bed and bedding for the girls.

The congregation has reached its fundraising targets for the project, which couldn’t be better news for Pastor Paul Vallee as he prepares to head to India.

“We set a goal to raise $160,000 Canadian and we’re at $161,500,” Vallee said on Wednesday. “Money is still coming in for it.”

Young people attending Living Stones also raised an additional $8,000 through their own Operation Sweet Dreams campaign.

Vallee is leaving Canada on Sept. 15 and will be in India for 11 days.

Living Stones has partnered with a church in the central Indian city of Itarsi to build the home.

“The goal was to have it completely built in September and it looks like they are on target,” Vallee said.

This is his sixth trip to this location.

A boys’ orphanage is also on hand. A vocational training centre and a clinic are also being built.

Lacombe Corn Maze helping foodgrains bank

On the upcoming Labour Day and Thanksgiving long weekends, the Lacombe Corn Maze will donate $1 from each admission to the Canadian Foodgrains Bank, a multi-denominational charity that works with the Canadian International Development Agency to alleviate hunger throughout the world.

Since 2002, the Lacombe Corn Maze has raised more than $22,500 for the Foodgrains Bank, with CIDA matching those donations at the rate of $4 per $1 donated.

Located on Hwy 12 west of Lacombe, the corn maze is open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Monday.

Admission is $7 for children four to 12, $9 for adults and free for children three and under.

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