STARS takes off with a podcast

The library sells books. Don’t worry, it’s cool. These are older, less popular books (and movies and audiobooks) that needed to be dropped. The library will always have plenty of other books it will keep for you to borrow. I promise.

Their mission is to save lives by air when ambulances cannot get there fast enough by road. STARS Air Ambulance has done this countless times since beginning operations in Calgary in 1985.

Now it takes flight in a totally different way. STARS has launched its new podcast on electronic waves.

Mission Ready is a podcast that promises to take listeners deep into some of STARS’ most harrowing and compelling missions.

“Often these missions are deep and complex, so we wanted to find a way to really bring people inside these emergencies and highlight how we care for critically ill and injured patients,” said Terri Strunk, fundraising and brand manager at STARS. “People who come forward to share their stories do so in such a compelling way that assignments become highly personalized and poignant to the listener.”

The first season of Mission Ready will feature the story of biologist Marcia Birkigt who was attacked by a huge cougar at a construction site. Brutally injured and in terrible pain, she lay on top of a mountain as the predator walked around her. She couldn’t wait two hours for the ground ambulance. This is where STARS and its highly skilled team come in.

Listeners will follow along with responders as witnesses comment on some of the most compelling emergency calls with highlights from the actual dispatch recordings used to add even more drama to the stories of emergency rescues of seriously ill and injured people. Real doctors, nurses and paramedics of the crew will be in conversation to highlight the importance of the work that STARS does.

“We’re honored to be a long-term partner and title sponsor of the Mission Ready Podcast, enabling STARS to share the stories of what’s happening where they’re needed most,” said JoeAnne Hardy, President of WBM. Technologies.

“In our inaugural season, biologist Marcia Birkigt was attacked by a huge cougar at a construction site and is lying in the dark on top of a mountain, bleeding and in excruciating pain. The menacing cougar paces No. The ground ambulance is at least two hours away and Marcia can’t wait that long. Over the course of six episodes, you won’t want to miss the remarkable bond this patient has with the team sent to help her. and how they and others on the ground deal with the consequences.

Mission Ready is available wherever podcasts can be found, including Apple Podcasts, Google, Amazon and Spotify, or you can follow this link at

STARS now operates 24/7 from bases in Calgary, Edmonton, Grande Prairie, Regina, Saskatoon and Winnipeg. It is a nonprofit charitable organization that operates largely through public donations and other fundraising efforts, including its STARS doorstep lottery. March 23 is the deadline to buy tickets for its current lottery featuring three grand prize houses in Calgary, Edmonton and Lethbridge. The draw will take place on April 7, the same day as his Lucky STARS 50/50 draw worth up to $9 million. Currently worth around $6.1 million, the winner will receive half of the total ticket sales.

The Spring Book Sale is back

It seems like it’s been years since the St. Albert Public Library held its annual spring book sale…because it is. The good news is that the sale makes its triumphant return at the end of the month.

Look for books, DVDs, CDs, audiobooks, and magazines to stock your home’s shelves when tables are set Thursday, March 31 through Monday, April 4 during library hours. Prices range from $1 for paperbacks, children’s books and all audio-visual materials to $2 each for hardbacks and trade books. The ever-popular fill-a-bag option will return for sale: buy a bag for $20 and fill it however you like.

The Friends of the St. Albert Public Library also present their Easter Purdy’s Chocolatier fundraiser. Visit for some great deals and be sure to place your orders by Saturday, March 26.

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