Some of the on-going programs that the Kiwanis Club of Red Deer
sponsors are the following:
1) Red Deer Kiwanis Safety City:
Dedicated to the safety training
of young children:
2) Camp Sherbino:
A Girl Guides of Canada campsite near Sylvan
3) Kiwanis Red Deer Festival of the Performing Arts:
A week long event followed by a special "Showcase" that
provides the opportunity for young local music performers to
compete and receive professional adjudication:
4) Terrific Kids Program:
A program connected with local
elementary schools that aims at building young students'
self-esteem through monthly individual awards to students chosen
by their teachers.
5) Note Bene Youth Choir:
A group of about 40 young people who
perform on request at local events, and who at the same time are
learning choral singing. The choir leader is Jennifer Forsland who
is associated with Red Deer College.
6) Twilight Homes Foundation:
Initiated by Kiwanis in 1953, this Foundation operated Seniors Retirement residences in Red Deer serving 354
living spaces. In 2009, the housing management function was turned over to the Piper Creek Foundation, so that
THF is now strictly a charitable organization for local senior's and other causes. As a self-funded
organization, the Kiwanis Club no longer makes cash donations to the THF but oversees the management with
Kiwanis members serving seven of the nine Board of Director positions. The scope, history and contribution
record of this outstanding Foundation can be found through the Club History link on the Home page.
7) The Golden Circle:
This is a social and recreational centre
for Seniors, the building of which Kiwanis in Red Deer spearheaded
in 1977, and subsequently contributed over $130,000. The Club
continues to be involved in management of the facility and funds
are donated by Twilight Homes.
8) Christmas Carol Festival:
This is a very popular two-night
Christmas song and music event sponsored and organized by the Red
Deer Kiwanis Club, and held at the Gaetz United Church. Typically
over $2000 in donations for the Christmas Bureau and hundreds of
dollars in food are collected for the local Food Bank.
9) Scholarships and Awards:
Our Kiwanis Club donates
scholarship funds to several local high schools to deserving
students. Each award is named after a deceased or current member
of Kiwanis to recognize their contributions. Typically about $1200
total is donated.
10) Loaves & Fishes:
An organization that prepares food for the hungry,both adult and children. Loaves and Fishes
currently assists more than 175 children in the Red Deer area alone, with a nutritious lunch 5 days
a week from September to June.
Red Deer Kiwanis Club recently made a 3 year monetary commitment to this organization to assist with
the "SCHOOL LUNCH PROGRAM".
11) Local Educational and Athletics:
We routinely support a
wide variety of school initiatives, such as Music programs,
elementary school breakfast programs, and the P.A.R.T.Y program.
Financial assistance has been provided to the Young Writers
Workshop and workshops on multiculturalism. Noteworthy here was a
$2700 purchase of books for special education classrooms
12) Ronald MacDonald House - Red Deer Kiwanis in conjunction with Twilight
Homes foundation made a $125,000 commitment over the next 5 years. Their
donation will go towards a room for families of children undergoing procedures
at the Red Deer Regional Hospital, to stay and be
close to their loved ones.
13) Alzheimer Safely Home Program
Kiwanis Club of Red Deer recently Donated $5000.00 to this new
and worthy initiative. "Further information can be found at
The Central AB Science Fair, the Red Deer Royals, Red Deer
Minor Soccer, the Alberta Winter games, summer camps for special
needs children and other local sports are also supported.