Mayor's Recognition Award Recipients

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The Mayor’s Recognition Awards recognize Red Deer individuals, groups or teams who have brought honour and recognition to Red Deer in one of five categories. Award recipients are selected by the Mayor’s Recognition Awards Committee.

Mayor's Recognition Award Recipients are listed below.


Breanna Beck

To call Breanna Beck “determined” is an understatement. She grew up in Red Deer with one goal constantly on her mind: suiting up in red and white and representing her country as the goaltender for Team Canada on the Senior National Ringette team. After years of practice, sacrifice and hard work, Breanna made that dream a reality in 2017 and again in 2019, when she led Team Canada to a silver medal at the World Ringette Championships. The same year, Breanna was named the National Ringette League Goaltender of the Year.

Breanna is the ultimate ambassador, both for the game of ringette and the city of Red Deer. She is proud to tell anyone who will listen about the benefits of growing up in central Alberta.

Cole Bergheim

Most golfers drive, chip and putt for their entire lives without achieving the accolades Cole Bergheim has achieved already. Cole was a pre-teen when coaches began to take note of his skill and enthusiasm. Since then, he has completed impressive achievements including medals and championships on the McClennan Ross and Maple Leaf Junior Tours, Champion of the Alberta Junior Golf Tour, and Gold Medal Champion at the 2019 Western Canada Summer Games.

Cole is also a well-rounded athlete and community member, having earned his lifeguard certification, serving as on-ice assistant for a power skating program, and spending many hours volunteering in aquatics.

Mark Bush

Mark Bush was a part of Canadian athletics history in 2019 when he and his teammates returned home from the Pan Am Games in Lima, Peru, with three silver and two bronze medals – the best-ever performance for Team Canada Taekwondo at the Pan Am Games. A graduate of St. Joseph High School, Mark captured silver in Mixed Team Poomsae (a choreographed sequence of stances, punches, blocks and kicks arranged in response to attacks from multiple imaginary assailants) along with his Red Deer teammate Valerie Ho and two other athletes.

Mark was part of the Canadian qualifying team and one of the first medalists in team Poomsae, as the discipline made its debut at the Pan Am games.

Valerie Ho

Red Deer’s Valerie Ho made her name known on the international martial arts stage as the youngest Canadian ever to medal in Team Poomsae at the Pan Am Games. Along with her Red Deer teammate Mark Bush, Valerie earned a silver medal in the Taekwondo discipline as the sport made its debut at the 2019 Pan Am Games in Peru.

The four-member team also included two athletes from Ontario, meaning Valerie was forced to miss more than five weeks of classes while in high school as she and her teammates travelled to combined training camps. The sacrifice proved well worth it when the team accepted their silver medals, and in the process made Team Canada history.

Jared Howse

Jared has achieved incredible success at the provincial and national levels in the 1500 metre, 3000 metre, and 2000 metre steeplechase, along with the 6-kilometre cross-country race. In 2019, he was ranked number one in Canada in the under-18 2000 metre steeplechase.

As a long-time member of the Red Deer Titans Track and Field Club, Jared has earned a reputation for the respect, sportsmanship and leadership he shows to his teammates, coaches and competitors.  In addition, Jared’s athletic accolades led to many scholarship offers from universities across Canada.

Hailey Jackson

Hailey Jackson is the definition of a well-rounded athlete. She was selected to carry the Zone 4 banner during the opening ceremonies of the 2020 Alberta Winter Games, and led her Red Deer Sutter Fund Bantam Elite hockey team and the Alberta Female Hockey League in playoff goals and total points in 2020. She competes in pentathlon, relay and 100m with the Red Deer Titans Track and Field Team, and does it all while maintaining Honours with Distinction in her high school academics.

When Hailey is not on the ice or track competing, she enjoys volunteering and helping young players at summer hockey camps. She hopes to continue her competitive hockey career during her post-secondary education in Canada or the U.S.

Tyler Larson

After joining Special Olympics Red Deer as a speedskater in 2014, Tyler has won five gold, three silver and four bronze medals with multiple appearances at the Special Olympics Provincial Games. He was named to Team Alberta for the 2020 National Winter Games where he glided past the competition, collecting two gold medals along with a silver and a bronze.

Despite his medal winning performances, Tyler says it is not the medals, but setting new personal bests and pushing his limits that keeps him coming back to the oval. When Tyler is not on the ice, he enjoys volunteering and writing stories which he hopes to one day publish.

Jeremiah Lauzon

Not many Red Deer athletes can say they are world ranked in their sport – but Jeremiah Lauzon is not your average athlete. Originally from Haiti, the Red Deer Titans Track and Field Club runner is officially the fastest Canadian under 20 in the 200m and has the gold medal from the 2019 Canadian Track and Field Championships in Quebec to prove it. That win boosted him into the world track and field rankings and broke a 31-year-old Canadian record.

Now attending Simon Fraser University on a track scholarship and competing in the National Collegiate Athletic Association, Jeremiah has another goal in mind: to run for his home country of Haiti in an international track competition.

Thomasina Payne

It is rare for an athlete to achieve great success in two separate sports, but Thomasina Payne is taking it one step further. Throughout her 16-year career with Red Deer Special Olympics, she has racked up over a dozen medals in three sports: track and field, curling and speedskating. In 2020, she represented the Red Deer Central Lions Speedskating Club with pride at the Special Olympics Canada Winter Games in Thunder Bay, Ontario, coming home with a gold medal in the 777m and three silvers in the 222m, 333m, and 500m races.

For anyone anxious about facing their fears and trying out something new, Thomasina has this advice: “Sport is for everyone, no matter what age or ability. Respect, inclusion and acceptance of everyone are important in sport but also in employment, volunteerism and life.”

Marissa Richards

Red Deer’s Marissa Richards is one of Alberta’s most accomplished high school basketball players; a feat in itself as the vast majority of top-tier players live and train in the larger centres of Calgary and Edmonton. Marissa was a key member of the 2019 U-16 Women’s Alberta Basketball team which took home the gold medal at the Western Canada Summer Games. Marissa captained her Hunting Hills High School Senior Girls team in 2019-2020 and was invited to play with the Calgary Basketball Academy club team to further develop her skills.

It is not just her on-court play that contributes to her success. Marissa’s coaches call her a model leader, a motivator of other players, a caring and approachable teammate, and a pleasure to coach.

Community Builder

Carroll Borg

For nearly 40 years, Carroll Borg has been the driving force behind Red Deer’s Nordic dance community. Carroll and her late husband Robert co-founded the Fanatullen Folk Society in 1984, to educate, inspire, entertain and represent the Nordic culture in central Alberta. Carroll continues to volunteer her time and expertise teaching Nordic dance to members of the Fanatullen Folk Society. The team has performed at countless events throughout the years, including the annual Canada Day celebration at Bower Ponds, Celebration of Dance, Red Deer’s 2019 Canada Winter Games, and the Calgary Stampede.

In 2012, Carroll was honoured with a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for spearheading the renovation and rejuvenation of Red Deer’s multicultural historic site, the Cronquist House. Carroll works tirelessly to maintain cultural heritage in Red Deer and central Alberta and is happy to educate people from all walks of life about Nordic traditions, dance and culture.

Dr. Cheryl Cooney

The Red Deer Public Library has come alive with music once a month for the past 14 years, thanks in part to the work of Dr. Cheryl Cooney. Along with her husband Dr. Richard Huddleston, they founded First Thursdays in the Snell, a free, lunchtime concert series at the Snell Auditorium. Since creating the concert series in 2007, Dr. Cooney has committed countless volunteer hours to organize 144 free public concerts for the citizens of Red Deer and central Alberta.

The mid-day concerts feature local and touring national and international musicians playing everything from instrumental classical to jazz, folk, pop and country. These concerts have also provided forums for many young, local musicians to play in front of appreciative crowds while honing their performance skills.

Brenda Garrett

Waskasoo is one of Red Deer’s oldest and most storied neighbourhoods, and Brenda Garrett is one of the driving forces in keeping that history and community spirit alive. Technically, her title is Secretary of the Waskasoo Community Association, but in reality she is so much more. Brenda is described as a diplomatic listener, a representative voice of the neighbourhood, an invaluable resource and a beloved neighbour.

When it came time to revamp Waskasoo Park with a community garden, gazebo gathering place, and a new playground, Brenda went to work fundraising, planning an online auction and tirelessly researching and writing grant applications. She also played a major role in the development of the Waskasoo Historical Walking Tour, which earned a Heritage Recognition Award in 2008.

One of Brenda’s nominators sums up her invaluable contributions like this: “Our neighbourhood is vastly better off because of who she is. She helps us come together to be a better community.”

Dr. Richard Huddleston

If there is music emanating from the downtown Red Deer Public Library branch, there is a good chance Dr. Richard Huddleston had something to do with it. Dr. Huddleston and his wife Dr. Cheryl Cooney are the driving forces behind the popular First Thursdays in the Snell concert series, facilitating more than 140 free concerts since 2007. The lunchtime concerts are open to anyone who wants to stop by and enjoy – although the popularity of the concerts often causes seats to fill quickly and concertgoers to spill into the hallway!

Dr. Huddleston often arrives at the Snell well before the noon concert begins, setting up the stage and ensuring that the online livestream is able to capture the concert for those who are unable to attend in person.

Debbie Langvand

Ever since she began swimming competitively at the age of ten, Debbie Langvand has been breaking barriers and improving lives, both in the pool and on dry land. As a coach, she has helped to teach and train numerous young and not-so-young swimmers as part of the Catalina Swim Club, Red Deer Marlins Summer Swim Club and the Masters Swim Club.

Debbie is also a founding member of the Red Deer Silver Sharks Masters Swim Club, where she has achieved multiple podium finishes in World Masters Games in Toronto, Edmonton, Vancouver and Auckland, New Zealand. It is no small feat that Debbie also holds records in every age group with the Silver Sharks.

Red Deer Citizens on Patrol Volunteers

For more than two decades, Red Deer Citizens on Patrol has been the eyes and ears of the community for the Red Deer RCMP.  These dedicated volunteers conduct high-visibility patrols of Red Deer’s downtown, building relationships with business owners, listening to community concerns, and relaying information about suspicious activity or crimes in progress to the RCMP.

The Citizens on Patrol program provides an extra level of visibility in the downtown, preventing crimes of opportunity and resulting in significant arrests and recovery of stolen property. Citizens on Patrol volunteers are community builders and continue to improve the quality of life for Red Deer residents and business owners.

Red Deer Festival of Trees

Since its inception in 1994, the Festival of Trees has raised funds for the Red Deer Regional Health Foundation, and continues to give back and enrich the quality of health care in the community. Each year hundreds of volunteers assist with assembling trees and facilitating events such as Mistletoe Magic, and Breakfast with Santa.

The inaugural event brought in a modest $28,509, supporting the hospital’s laboratory. Over the past 27 years, the Festival of Trees has grown exponentially, often raising over $1 million per year to support the purchase of critical equipment and services including mental health, emergency department, cancer screening, intensive care, diagnostic imaging and more. The festival will soon pass the $17 million mark in funds raised, with no signs of slowing down.

Rotary Sunrise - Access for All Barrier-Free Playscape

When a group of Red Deer parents identified a lack of accessible play areas for kids in wheelchairs, it sparked an idea for a project that would end up changing lives and garnering provincial recognition. The Access for All Barrier-Free Playscape at Mattie McCullough Elementary School is designed as a place where all kids and families can play, regardless of their physical abilities. Featuring accessible ramps, ladders, slides, swings and even an accessible zip line, the playground has been a hit with children and families.

A committee spearheaded by Rotary Sunrise and Red Deer’s other Rotary and Rotaract Clubs, along with Mattie McCullough parents, teachers and families, kept the project moving, secured funding and donations, and transformed the playground from dream to reality. The Playscape was recognized with the Alberta Advisory Board on Recreation for the Disabled Legacy Award, along with a Premier’s Council Award of Excellence in Community.

Safe Communities Coalition Central Alberta

Numerous injuries have been prevented thanks to the ongoing efforts of the Safe Communities Coalition Central Alberta. The goal of the volunteer organization is to make Central Alberta the safest place to live, learn, work and play. From the Falls Prevention Coalition and Bike Safety committee to the Road Safety and Young Farm Workers committees, these volunteers and their partner agencies are catalysts in raising awareness of safety, spreading the message to the public and preventing injuries.

Programs and services organized by the Safe Communities Coalition include bike blitzes to improve bike safety and distribution of helmets to those in need, car seat technician courses, and the annual Young Farm Workers Safety Training Workshop, including courses in first aid and CPR, equine safety, large machinery safety, and mental health and suicide prevention.

Lisa Spencer-Cook

Her nominators describe Lisa Spencer-Cook as an entrepreneur, volunteer, promoter of arts and culture, and defender of downtown Red Deer. When Lisa opened LV’s Vinyl Café in 2017, it was with the dream of making intimate, live music accessible to all. Inspired by her daughter who was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) at two years old, Lisa actively hired people on the Spectrum to work in the café, added monthly ASD nights to her event schedule and created ASD Saturday Mornings, a place for teenagers with neurodiversity challenges to meet and mingle.

A strong supporter and volunteer with Aspire Special Needs Resource Centre, Lisa also created a support and education group, The Neurodiverse Allies of Central Alberta, to educate, create awareness, and break down stereotypes and barriers for those with neurodiversity challenges.

Distinguished Voluntary Service

Diane Assinger

Diane continues to be a dedicated advocate of lifelong learning and literacy, even after her retirement from the classroom. In 2007 she began volunteering with the Red Deer Public Library Adult Literacy Program, which matches volunteer tutors with adults looking to improve their literacy skills. Her knowledge, caring personality and positive attitude and nearly 700 volunteer hours, has helped new Canadians from Sierra Leone, Cameroon, El Salvador, Ukraine and Syria to learn to read and write english.

Outside the library, Diane continues to give her time and expertise to many other organizations including the Youth and Volunteer Centre, Waskasoo Environmental Education Society, Central Alberta Women’s Outreach, Red Deer Christmas Bureau, Book Clubs for Inmates at the Bowden Institution and GrammaLink.

Eileen Bantjes

There is no shortage of dedicated, exceptional volunteers in our community, but not many can say they’ve been giving back to the community for nearly six decades. Eileen Bantjes is one of those people, and shows no signs of slowing down.

Eileen is the President of Sons of Norway – Aspelund Lodge, a local chapter of the international organization dedicated to representing people of Norwegian heritage and promoting and preserving Scandinavian culture. She is also the President of the Red Deer Bingo Association and an active member of the Golden Circle. Her many other volunteer efforts to name a few are the Red Deer Cultural Heritage Society, Council on Aging, Red Deer Retired Teachers Association and Laft Hus Museum.

Della Deminchuk

Della Deminchuk plays a pivotal role in ensuring no child in Red Deer goes hungry while at school. She volunteers three to five days a week with the School Lunch Program at the Mustard Seed. The program provides nearly 400 school lunches every day to students within Red Deer’s school districts.

Della has volunteered over 400 hours with the School Lunch Program, and her dedication, compassion, and empathy is helping to overcome food insecurity for Red Deer’s youth. Her hard work ensures our future community leaders have one less thing to worry about while they grow.

Lisa Herder

During our long and snowy winters, Lisa Herder is making sure everyone can get outside and enjoy the slopes, no matter their physical abilities. She began volunteering when her son joined Canadian Adaptive Snowsports in 2003 and helped the group introduce adaptive snowboarding in 2016.  She has been instrumental in the creation and development of disabled alpine skiing in Red Deer, volunteering in several roles with the Canadian Adaptive Snowsports Red Deer Zone, including president, treasurer and secretary.

Lisa is referred to as the quintessential champion and spokesperson for adaptive sport in central Alberta and has been described as “a wonderful human being and without her involvement Canadian Adaptive Snowsports Red Deer would not be the organization it is today… Without people like Lisa, these programs would simply not exist.”

Joe Hittel

Peering out over the edge of a 12-storey office building at the cars and people below may be enough to turn the stomach of the average person… but not Joe Hittel. At the age of 86, he’s taken it one step further, literally, rappelling down the side of Red Deer’s Stantec building dressed as a green leprechaun, all for a great cause. Known to many as “Leprechaun Joe”, the Red Deer man has performed the stunt several times as part of Rope for Hope, to raise money for the Make-A-Wish Foundation. The organization grants wishes to critically ill children and in his first two years, Joe raised nearly $50 thousand to grant the wishes of four separate kids and their families. In 2019 alone, he raised $33,000, the most of any single Make-A-Wish fundraiser in Canada!

The grandfather of 14 and great-grandfather of 14 was named Outstanding Philanthropist of the Year in 2019 by the Association of Fundraising Professionals. Joe’s nominators describe him as selfless and willing to do whatever it takes to put a smile on someone’s face. As for Joe’s philosophy on life, it’s simple: “Whatever you’re doing, do your best. That’s all people can expect from you." 

Marilyn Howard

It takes a special person to listen, support and coach a complete stranger through one of the most traumatic and painful periods of their life. Marilyn Howard has proven herself to be that person time after time during her 15+ years as a volunteer with the Central Alberta Sexual Assault Support Centre. She volunteers over 500 hours per year answering calls on the crisis line from survivors of sexual assault in emergency and historical situations.

Marilyn’s caring and compassionate attitude and dedication to lending a listening ear to someone in need, has helped change the lives of countless survivors. She is a role model to other volunteers within Central Alberta Sexual Assault Support Centre, and is always learning and educating herself on new ways to help those in need.

Gerry Johnston

If you have been to the Red Deer Regional Hospital in recent years, there is a good chance Gerry has helped make your stay a little easier. Gerry has been a dedicated volunteer in many areas and departments of the hospital since 2016. From serving as a greeter in the Diagnostic Imaging and lab collections departments, to an assistant in the Emergency Room and Intensive Care units, Gerry is dedicated to making sure patients and family members are comfortable during what are often stressful and uncertain times.

Gerry also gives back to the community by volunteering with RCMP Victim Services, the Red Deer Native Friendship Centre, Habitat for Humanity, the IIHF World Juniors and 2019 Canada Winter Games among many others. Speaking about his volunteer service at the hospital, he has been described as “especially good with those that were anxious or afraid. He has a natural talent for making patients feel comfortable while they waited before and after their exams. He has a great sense of humour and would manage to get a chuckle out of even the most serious of folks.”

Charlotte Maffenbeier

It was an injury that first brought Charlotte Maffenbeier into The Lending Cupboard as a client. Her search for medical equipment would soon lead to a dedicated volunteer career that has now surpassed a decade. At The Lending Cupboard, Charlotte works in the storefront where she greets customers, helps find the equipment they are looking for, and makes sure they are comfortable using it – all with a warmth and caring attitude that affects everyone who walks through the door.

When she is not at The Lending Cupboard, Charlotte can be found at her church, organizing, purchasing supplies and creating the weekly food hampers that are distributed to Red Deer’s less fortunate. Her co-volunteers and managers call her kind, charismatic, and a blessing to the people she dedicates her life to helping.

Noreen Odell

Noreen Odell has been a dedicated volunteer for years with Meals on Wheels. It is just one of the many organizations she has dedicated her time and energy to over the past 27 years in Red Deer. More than a decade has been spent volunteering with the Festival of Trees in support of the Red Deer Regional Hospital. Noreen has also served on the board of directors and as a parent volunteer with the Red Deer Royals, as well as the Red Deer Hospice and the Ronald McDonald House.

Noreen spends many of her free evenings crocheting baby blankets for newborns at the Red Deer Regional Hospital. She is passionate about Red Deer and central Alberta and her volunteer work continues to have a lasting impact on the community.

Michelle Parker

Nearly 400 Red Deer students have access to a fresh, nutritious meal every day, thanks to the efforts of Michelle Parker. She volunteers with the Mustard Seed’s School Lunch Program and since 2017, has dedicated over 600 hours to making sure local students have a full stomach at school, so they can focus on learning.

Michelle is a proud supporter and champion of the School Lunch Program and its benefits. Her volunteer manager writes “Michelle speaks to everyone that will listen about the program, and why they should volunteer also.”

Anita Pimm

A long-time volunteer and champion of the Red Deer Nordic Skiing Community, Anita Pimm first came to the sport while chasing her son around the ski trails in northern Alberta. For over 15 years, Anita has worn several hats with the Red Deer Nordic Club including administrator, secretary, marketing and promotions coordinator, coach and grant writer. She was a major part of the Nordic ski facility upgrades at River Bend in time for the 2019 Canada Winter Games, and participated in the construction of a new multi-use trail which allows skiers, walkers and cyclists to traverse the main creek intersecting the River Bend trails.

Anita has served Red Deer’s Nordic skiing community and the youth of Red Deer tirelessly for well over a decade and helped countless people in their pursuit of healthy living through sport.

Gloria Ross

A self-described reading specialist, Gloria Ross is a true advocate of life-long learning and literacy.  It was a natural transition to the Red Deer Public Library Adult Literacy Program, when she retired from her career as a school teacher. For the past seven years, Gloria has been helping adult learners improve their reading skills, volunteering more than 400 hours with four learners from South Korea, Venezuela, the Philippines and Canada.

Her caring personality and positive attitude allow her to build a rapport with anyone in minutes, and she has changed the lives of her learners for the better. When one of Gloria’s adult learners heard Gloria had been nominated for a Mayor’s Recognition Award, they commented “I am very lucky I have her. She deserves this award. She changed my life.”

Ralph Seland

For over 25 years, Ralph Seland has devoted his time and energy as one of the longest-serving volunteers of the Central Alberta Sexual Assault Support Centre crisis line. A retired school teacher, Ralph takes on up to 15 shifts per month, eight hours at a time, helping survivors of sexual violence, both recent and historical.

Working the crisis line can be a difficult and sensitive responsibility. Ralph takes on his responsibility as a crisis line volunteer with compassion, understanding and a listening ear. His dedication and desire to help those in need has helped change the lives of countless sexual assault survivors in Red Deer and central Alberta.

Rita Schoenberger

Rita Schoenberger knows the therapeutic and healing power of art, and is dedicated to making it available to everyone. Prior to its closing, Rita taught free art classes to anyone who wanted to learn, at the Hub on Ross. No matter the skill level, experience, or personal situation, everyone was welcome to join Rita’s Wednesday morning classes. She is passionate about helping people discover their abilities through art and increase their confidence. With Rita’s guidance, some Hub artists have even gone on to feature their work at art showings and sell some of their pieces.

Rita improves the quality of life for every student she teaches and is a role model for building community through the arts.

Jan Sirrs

Whether she is sitting on the board of directors for the Waskasoo Environmental Education Society or greeting school children at the front desk at the Kerry Wood Nature Centre, Jan Sirrs is making an impact on Red Deer’s arts, culture and heritage scene. A long-time nature lover, over the past 15 years Jan has volunteered in many capacities at the Waskasoo Environmental Education Society. She is always enthusiastic and a role model for children and adults alike.

Her infectious volunteer spirit can also be seen at the Red Deer Museum and Art Gallery, where she has done everything from installing exhibits and planning special events, to welcoming visitors. Jan’s commitment to arts and culture have made a significant impact on the community. One of Jan’s volunteer managers wrote “we are very fortunate… to have an almost-15-year commitment from a volunteer who shows the same amount of enthusiasm today as she did the day she started.”

Shirley Thomas

Shirley Thomas moved to Red Deer in 1978 and began her volunteer career giving her time and energy to serve others. She is a member of the Cronquist House Committee and is always looking for ways to promote and preserve this well-known piece of Red Deer’s history. In 2013, she joined the board of The Lending Cupboard and chairs the policy committee. She has also been an active board member with the Council on Aging for over a decade.

Shirley gives from the heart and understands the value of volunteerism. She is a strong advocate for health care initiatives and the needs of her clients. Shirley is a role model for the next generation of volunteers, and according to *multiple* sources, she bakes one heck of a chocolate cake.

Fine and Performing Arts

Fanatullen Folk Society

The music, dance and culture of Scandinavia has been alive and well in Red Deer and central Alberta for nearly four decades, thanks in large part to the Fanatullen Folk Society. In 2019 the Society celebrated their 35th anniversary, and continues to promote Scandinavian culture - from the countries of Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland and Iceland – through folk dance workshops, lessons, and performances. A fixture at Red Deer’s annual Canada Day celebration, Fanatullen dancers have also performed at the 2019 Canada Winter Games, the Calgary Stampede, Alberta Culture Days, and at countless seniors’ lodges and care homes throughout the city.

The Fanatullen Folk Society is a strong supporter of the Red Deer Cultural Heritage Society and a proud community builder, through Scandinavian heritage and culture in central Alberta.

Red Deer Royals Concert and Marching Show Band

The Red Deer Royals Concert and Marching Show Band has been entertaining audiences for more than half a century! From their very first performance in 1968 until today, the band has taken on the dual role of entertainer and representative of Red Deer and Canada – they were even named the official ambassador of Red Deer in 2017!  

Comprised of 100 young musicians from ages 12 – 21 throughout Central Alberta, the Red Deer Royals have garnered accolades and awards at home and internationally. The band collected a gold medal at the 2019 World Association for Marching Show Bands in Calgary, before setting off on a tour of England and Ireland that would result in seven more awards and three first-place finishes at the Celtic Band Festival in Limerick, Ireland. 

Hundreds of teenagers and young adults have benefitted from being a Royal. The teamwork, mentorship, dedication and hard work developed through the program are traits that continue to shape lives and build futures.

Red Deer Royals Concert & Marching Show Band 2018-2019

  • Michael Mann, Director
  • Calista Lonsdale-Pangle, Assistant Director
  • Ellie Anderson, Marching Coordinator
  • Vanessa Pastor, Woodwind/Front Ensemble Instructor
  • Megan Wicha, Colourguard Coordinator
  • Lynsey Clancey, Colourguard Coordinator
  • Leath Kresowaty, Percussion Coordinator
  • Riley Parker, Percussion Instructor
  • Colin Bildfell, Percussion Instructor
  • Thomas Golczyk, Brass/Marching Instructor
  • Alyssa Victoria, Front Ensemble Instructor
  • Emily Bettenson
  • Elise Bluett
  • Gabrielle Bolante
  • Hunter Bruneau
  • Angelica Buccat
  • Trisha Bugas
  • Vhon Castillo
  • Ayrton Chillibeck
  • Jarrad Clancy
  • Noah Co
  • Janelle Constantino
  • Gillian Corsiatto
  • Emily Coyle
  • Alec Cruz
  • Jhosselyne Cruz
  • Kristina Del Rosario
  • Riley Demchuk
  • Paige Eklund
  • Kiefer Erickson
  • Chloe Fischer
  • Alexander Fitch
  • Franzes Galera
  • Alexi Gillis
  • Kayia Hartfield
  • Annika Hawkins
  • Jill Hawkins
  • Lucas Hawkins
  • Teryn Herder
  • Brittney Hoefman
  • Aimee Holden
  • Kennedy Holden
  • Victoria Hulsman
  • Arthur Jenkins
  • Lorilei Jenkins
  • Amy Jane Johnson
  • Sophia Juorio
  • Grace Kitchen
  • Savannah Kozak
  • Joel Kutrowski
  • Eleanor Kyme
  • Emma Lacroix
  • Kayla Ladd
  • Christopher Larsen
  • Jadin Lebirk
  • Leela Lizotte
  • Brayden Lord
  • Ava Lorenson
  • Malena Lorenson
  • Liam Lorrain
  • Zackary Lundgren
  • Deanna Ly
  • Macy Lyon
  • Kyla MacDonald
  • Veronica Martens
  • Mackenzie Matthews
  • Jacklynn Moore
  • Joshua Moore
  • Conan Moraal
  • Alexi Morcom
  • Davina Morrison
  • Nethra Natarajan
  • Haley O'Connor
  • Emily Olsen
  • Alexa Pell
  • Sydney Pell
  • Christopher Pfefferle-Hermes
  • Adam Rabski
  • Sarah Rabski
  • Kirissa Rayner
  • Alexandra Read
  • Hannah Reeves
  • Emily Robertson
  • Verenice Rodriguez
  • Ethan Rose
  • Alexis Rudrum
  • Paedra Scheller
  • Samantha Shephard
  • Glenda Shi
  • Gloria Shi
  • Julia Shokeir
  • Koralee Skeels
  • Kyla Skeels
  • Taytum Smithson
  • Chantal Stang
  • Nolan Stang
  • Mackenzie Sugget
  • Madyson Thompson
  • Vinh Tran
  • Emilie Unrau
  • Shaeleigh Walker
  • Faith Whitehouse
  • Adele Wilkins
  • Joshu Wong
  • Tristan Yellowbird
  • Adam Zackowski