• 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 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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