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    90 Days of Positivity – The Last Post

    Day 1: Stay Positive In the same way we started, so we conclude. Keeping a positive mindset has proven extremely challenging through all of this. And it’s not over yet. Not only are we concluding 90 days of positivity, but we are concluding nearly 20 years of positive changes in the community. We didn’t know […]

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  • 90 Days of Positivity Part 9

    90 Days of Positivity-Part 9

    The last installment of our series! I will have to find other ways to fill my time now. Who’s for some T-shirt designs? I would never have thought that things in the world would actually have gotten WORSE in the final two weeks of our countdown. Not the pandemic, that seems to have been all but […]

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  • Zoom Cafe

    Zoom Cafés

    The last time the team at Everything Olds gathered at the office in Uptowne, we asked ourselves… how can we best serve the community? The general consensus was that the best thing we could do was “keep the porch light on”, for the community as a whole. One place we know we can be of […]

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    90 Days of Positivity – Part 8

    The last three weeks of our positivity posts are upon us. There have definitely been times – especially in recent days – when it has been a challenge to look up and maintain this positive mindset trend. But when we left the office in March, we vowed to continue “leaving the lights on for the […]

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  • Tourism Week

    Tourism Week May 24-31

    Tourism Week is May 24-31 across Canada. Travel Alberta is offering five virtual events to connect industry to the work that is being done around the province and in Canada to help navigate the way forward. FOUR CONNECTIONS LIVE WEBINARS Our weekly webinars deliver topics to help you tackle the business challenges resulting from COVID-19. This Tourism Week we are excited […]

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    90 Days of Positivity – Part 7

    Here we are! Only 30 days remain! Have you been able to keep a positive mindset about life these past two months despite the obstacles? Now that summer feels like it is finally here, the last third of this exercise should be a BREEZE! Day 30: Reward Yourself. It’s the last month of this positivity […]

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  • Six women represent olds as nominees for 2020 women of excellence awards

    NEWS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 12, 2020 Community represented by a strong team of talent and experience (Olds, AB – May 12, 2020) As the province prepares to ease into a re-opening of activities and business, more good news is announced for five local ladies. Last week the Red Deer & District Community Foundation announced […]

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    90 Days of Positivity – Part 6

    Alberta has started to re-open. This is good news for many. Others are still fearful. Having spoken to several members of our business community, it is important for you to understand: EVERYONE is concerned, and has full intention to adhere to recommendations from their regulatory bodies, Alberta Health Services and government to put practices in […]

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    90 Days of Positivity – Part 5

    Hello! Is anybody out there? It’s interesting when you stand back and observe things going on around you. Within days – sometimes hours – of my posting or preparing a post on a subject, it shows up in a Facebook feed, on a You Tube video, or someone sends me a web link. Weird? No. […]

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    90 Days of Positivity – Part 4

    One month down. Two to go. Hopefully by the time this little countdown ends, we will all be able to move about more freely than we are at the moment. I will admit to you… I have to dig some days to find that positive mindset. I too am prone to anxiety, fear, depression. But […]

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  • “Unrolled”: Key Points from Travel Alberta Webinar

    This morning Travel Alberta hosted the first in a series of webinars to support small business and tourism operators through the COVID-19 restrictions. The topic of this week’s webinar was “Communicating with Your Customers Through a Crisis”. If you follow Everything Olds on Twitter (@everythingolds) you will have seen us tweeting key points made during […]

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    90 Days of Positivity-Part 3

    We are approaching the end of the first 30 days of our 90-day positivity experiment. We all hope this is helping you get through the collective muck of this drama in our lives. (Oh and in case you are losing track, Day 70 is April 8, 2020.) ONWARD! Day 70: Follow — And BE — […]

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  • 90 Days of Positivity Part 2

    90 Days of Positivity-Part 2

    Ten days down! And we are starting off the next 10 with something a little radical: Day 80: Do… Nothing. This is my third re-write of this post. I had two other ideas which for different reasons were topics I chose to move forward. This rewrite – at the last minute I might add – […]

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  • Vehicle restrictions applied to parks and recreation areas

    Automobile access is temporarily suspended at access points to all provincial parks as well as provincial recreation areas. The restrictions, which came into effect March 27 at 1 p.m. through two ministerial orders, are in place to help stop the spread of the COVID-19 virus and are the same restrictions currently in place at national […]

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  • Tax relief for tourism industry

    March 27, 2020 Hotels and other lodging providers can delay paying the tourism levy until Aug. 31 for amounts that become due to government on or after today. This will free up more than $5 million in additional cash flow for employers – money that can be used to retain staff, maintain operations and continue […]

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  • 90 Days Positivity Part 1

    90 Days of Positivity

    We kept the office open this week to keep a light on for the community. In conversation this morning though, we think it is prudent to close and work virtually starting next week. We want to help, and wondered these past few days how we could do that best. Sharing information as it comes in […]

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  • FREE Webinar

    Due to the unprecedented outbreak of Covid-19, the coronavirus now sweeping countries around the world, we are re-scheduling this Wednesday’s webinar “The Five Fastest Growing Tourism Trends,” to Wednesday, April 8th at 8:30 Pacific Time, and instead we are offering a special presentation this Wednesday, March 18th: “Dealing With the Coronavirus: What to do immediately […]

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    We remain open… BUT…

    UPDATE: MARCH 23, 2020 Our offices are now closed and we are following isolation protocols. We can still be reached through email and phone. Response times may be intermittent; please be patient as we make our adjustments. Thank you for your continuing support.

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  • 2020 Entrepreneur Events

    UPDATE: March 25, 2020 – Due to COVID-19 all programs are cancelled. Roger Brooks webinars are recorded and once we are able to return to business as normal, replays will be made available. To see the replay on his special webinar, “Dealing with the Corona Virus: What to do Immediately to Help Save Your Tourism […]

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    Fair Trade Olds makes a splash in its 10th Year

    10TH ANNIVERSARY CONTINUES AT NATIONAL CONFERENCE IN 2020 (OLDS, Alberta – December 20, 2019) When Olds Institute formed the Fair Trade Olds committee, it likely didn’t imagine the visibility it would have gained for the community a decade later.

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  • Where should we eat?

    We have such a great selection of restaurants, markets and cafés in Olds, and when we have people from near and far stop in to ask about the community, they will often ask, “Where’s a good place to eat?” So we decided to capture the Best Eats in Olds into a small booklet – complete […]

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  • Olds Fashioned Christmas & Kiwanis Village

    With Olds Fashioned Christmas and the Kiwanis Village Olds creates a wonderful Christmas season with so much to do.

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  • Community Showcase is Ready to Roll!

    On Thursday September 5 the Olds Sportsplex will be a-buzz with activity as Olds Institute once again hosts the annual Community Showcase! With some requests that came in, we decided to set up a small demonstration area on the floor, as well as making a space available in “The Fishbowl” overlooking the Auxiliary Ice surface.  […]

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  • Women of Excellence Olds

    Congratulations to Doreen Bergum on winning the Lifetime Achievement Award!

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  • Adjusting to new realities: The Roger Brooks Webinars

    I consider myself a real writer and real writers don’t write social media or use buzz words like “organic”, “drill down”, and “synergy”.  For me, anything trendy is akin to ipecac—vomit inducing.  I worked hard in University; I studied the classics and the canonized.  Real writers conform to literary devices and genre formulas.  I taught […]

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  • Welcome Home

    Jennifer Rabchak: “The reason we moved to Olds was because we were interested in the opportunities that the high school offered, but we still wanted to live in a small town. I was nervous making the decision to move to Olds. The school seemed awesome and shiny and new and looked great on paper, but […]

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  • The Battle You Don’t Fight Alone

    Ashley Parker Clarke “Unless you knew me then, I doubt you’d guess it now. I felt like I was sinking. I was tired all the time. I frequently had a headache, or a sore throat, or some other minor ailment. It might have been in my head. It might not have been. It still made […]

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