Telly Hunt has played an important role in his time at Siksika Health Services serving across multiple teams and as a friendly face in the community. More recently Telly has had the honor to join the Calgary Hitmen and the rest of Calgary Sports and Entertainment Corporation (CSEC) as the new In-arena host for our friends the Calgary Hitmen.
In his own words a Q and A with Telly.
1. So what’s your new role? What is the title, and what’s involved?
My role new role with the Calgary Hitmen is called the “In-Arena Host” which is part of the “Game Presentation” department, I’m the guy that’s in the crowd, or in the “bowl” which is the “In-Arena” part and I’m a Host, so before puck drop, I tell the audience what kind of sponsor promos or games we will be playing that day and basically what they can expect from the game that includes fan participation. I just usually say I’m the Hitmen Hype Man.
I am the Hitmen In-Arena Host for the Calgary Hitmen, so, I’m dedicated to all their home games. However, sometimes life happens, and a host can’t be there for a game or two and host from other CSEC teams will fill in. I’ve already filled in as a host for the Calgary Wranglers a couple times.
2. How’s it going so far? What do you enjoy about it?
Overall I think it’s going well. I tend to be very hard on myself and I focus on every little mistake I make, however, there is a lot going on behind the scenes and can be fast paced so I’m trying not to let the mistakes get to me, because if I get stuck there, it will have a domino effect on everything else that’s to come. So, learning how to forgive myself in the moment is a big lesson.
What I enjoy about it? The Hitmen fans! They’ve been very welcoming and encouraging to me. I get to know the season ticket holders and it’s really cool to see the youth out there. Sometimes, it might be their only event out and I like to think that the Game Presentation team helps to enhance their Hitmen game experience and that it’ll become a tradition to come out to games and when they become parents they bring their kids out to
Also, The team, of course! I couldn’t do what I do without the Director, Stage Managers, and the Promo Team. Shout out to Aaron, Maddie, Erica, Jill, Nic, Oscar, Maggie, Michael, Ashlyn, Laine, Astin, Farley and friends, the rest of the Game Presentation team upstairs and sorry to anyone I forgot. But it’s a fun team to work with.
3. When/how can people come see you in your new role?
They can come to any Hitmen home game at the Scotiabank Saddledome. I’m usually trying to figure out where I’m supposed to be so if you want to say hi when I’m walking by just call out my name.
4. Anything else you’d like to say about your new role?
I want to thank the Hitmen and the Calgary Sports & Entertainment Corporation for giving an unknown, like me, an opportunity to be the In-Arena host. I think I got the practice from emceeing Siksika Health events so, of course thanks to Dr. Tyler White and Community Wellness for putting on the spot to do those things and really helping me cut me teeth.
I also want to say that I don’t think I’m a big deal, at all. To me, I will always be that outcast from Siksika who never fit in and just sort of made his own way. I’ve dealt with loss and know what it’s like out there for an indigenous person. Through everything that’s happened I developed stage fright and a fear of public speaking which is why I haven’t done it in a few years, but I’m determined to overcome it. So, I guess I want to encourage people to continue to build yourself up in a good way. But it does require you to take steps and not wait for an opportunity to be handed to you. Growing up people would make me feel like nothing, well, if I am nothing then that means if I can do you anyone can do it.
Remember, there’s blessing in every lesson and a lesson in every blessing. Eugene Brave Rock told me that.
Telly we wish you all the best in this new endeavor and are so grateful that you continue to be a part of our team.
Siksika Health Services will be temporarily suspending X-ray services at the Siksika Health and Wellness Centre (SHWC).
The closure is due to a staffing change, as our long-term Combined Laboratory and X-Ray Technologist (CLXT) has retired.
We look forward to the eventual resumption of our X-ray services as soon as possible. In the meantime, some of the nearest options for X-ray services include:
Strathmore Hospital – X-rays are available by walk in. No need to make an appointment. Services are available from 8:30am-4:30pm Monday to Friday, excluding statutory holidays. Doctors will need to use AHS requisitions for Connect Care numbers.
Frontier Diagnostics – Appointments Only. Located at 231 2nd Ave Strathmore, AB. Please call 403-983-9998 for an appointment.
Bassano Hospital – X-rays are not available until after December 1. Hours are 8:30-12:00pm and 1:00-3:00pm Monday to Friday, excluding statutory holidays. Doctors will need to use AHS requisitions for Connect Care numbers.
Laboratory and monthly ultrasound services will continue to be available ongoing at the Siksika Health & Wellness Centre, by appointment. Nation members can schedule lab and ultrasound appointments by calling 403-734-5667.
From the lab assistants that take samples to the laboratory technologists that analyze them, many of the workers who staff Canada’s labs are in short supply. During this time, we will continue our diligent search for a technologist. For those who might be interested in working with Siksika Health Services’ diagnostic services, most specifically those qualified in the area of X-ray technologies, we invite you to contact our HR department at email@example.com.
The Deerfoot Sportsplex was jam packed with over 500+ in attendance for the Calgary Hitmen’s annual preseason classic in Siksika. The evening began with a family friendly tailgate celebration in the east parking lot featuring games, music, and a barbeque for the first 150 fans. Special door prizes were given off and Hitmen game worn jerseys were top prizes for free draws.
The match up between the Hitmen and Red Deer Rebels seen the Calgary taking the lead early in the first when d-man Wyatt Pisarczyk broke the scoreless tie on the powerplay. Once the 2nd period began the teams traded goals back and forth up to 4-4 into overtime. shortly into the bonus frame Red Deer Rebels Dwayne Jean Jr delivered the game winner.
Following the game both teams were treated to a traditional and a special culture sharing opportunity.
The wildly exciting game was the first of three games through a tour of Indian Country in Alberta. Calgary has an away stop in Enoch against the Edmonton Oil Kings and will host Lethbridge in Tsuut’ina later this week. Siksika Health Services wishes our friends and partners a successful year as they continue their journey.
The Calgary Hitmen Hockey Club, Siksika Family Services, and Siksika Health Services partnered together in delivering much needed school supplies for Siksika Nation members and 50/50 proceeds from the game will benefit Siksika Minor Sports.
Siksika Health Services would like to thank The Calgary Hitmen, and all others who helped make the evening and partnership what it is today.
During an air quality event, all individuals living in or travelling within the affected area are advised to be aware of potential health concerns that can be associated with poor air quality conditions.
Exposed individuals who are otherwise healthy may have the following symptoms when exposed to wildfire smoke:
Individuals are advised to take the following precautions to reduce exposure and risk:
Individuals experiencing symptoms can also call Health Link at 811 to speak to a registered nurse.
For wildfires resources including emergency planning kits, home guidance, and mental health support, visit ahs.ca/wildfires.
Billed officially as “The Return of the Blackfoot Invitational”, the Siksika basketball staple went off without a hitch. The 20+ teams began play Thursday afternoon, kicking off 3 days of ball spread out between the Deerfoot Sportsplex gymnasium and at the Siksika High School. The Men’s and Women’s tournaments featured 11 and 8 teams respectively from all over Alberta, Saskatchewan, BC, and Montana. Both tournaments came to a close on Saturday evening followed by an official closing ceremony.
1st place: Van City, Vancouver 1st place: Creefoots
2nd place: Kainai Huskies 2nd place: Skoden
3rd place: NDN Family 3rd place: 406 Natives
The Calgary Surge
Calgary’s newest professional sports team, The Calgary Surge were also on-site for the Blackfoot Invitational as they joined in on Friday’s opening ceremony and festivities. “We’re honored to be here in partnership and friendship,” says Vice-Chairman & President of the team, Jason Ribeiro. In proper Blackfoot hospitality Ribeiro was also honored in ceremony with a traditional name, Aapaamskoomapii, which translates in English to “Across the ocean boy”
To all who played, watched, and supported The Blackfoot Invitational. Siksika Health Services specially congratulates The Blackfoot Invitational Committee on a successful tournament and the Calgary Surge ahead of their inaugural season.
For more tournament info and history read more here: https://siksikahealth.com/programs-services/parks-recreation-services/blackfoot-invitational/
Due to the dry, windy, and warm conditions that exist and are forecasted, Siksika Nation Emergency Services has issued a fire restriction effective April 28, 2023. The rapidly changing weather conditions may lead to a fire ban, with little to no notice.
A fire restriction prohibits the use of wood campfires on public lands. Fire permits may be restricted, suspended, or cancelled and no new fire permits will be issued.
Approved Recreational Fires
For further information or clarification, please call the Siksika Nation Fire/Rescue during normal business hours at (403) 734–3999
This will remain in effect until further notice
April 2nd is World Autism Awareness day and all month long we recognize Autism Acceptance month. In Canada and Alberta resources are available. Here is some educational information as well as resources available to parents of children with autism.
What is Autism?
Autism, also referred to as Autism Spectrum Disorder, is a neurodevelopmental disorder that impacts brain development. This means that those with autism may experience difficulties with social interaction and communication.
Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is often accompanied by certain medical conditions such as epilepsy, sleep disorders, various gut abnormalities and immune dysregulation. Mental health issues such as anxiety and depression are common. These conditions can impact an individual’s quality of life in varying severities.
The way we describe autism is also changing the more we learn about the disorder. Terms used in the past and even now have created harmful stigmas, this has led the autism community to try and shift away from terms like “high or low-functioning” as well as quantifiers like “mild” or “severe”. This is because all diagnoses’ are unique and symptoms may display differently on a per person basis for example, someone may be non-verbal while still displaying better social skills than someone who can speak well. The medical diagnoses may unfairly label this person as being more “severely” autistic than someone who is verbal.
What is the “spectrum”?
The spectrum is a term you will hear a lot in relation to ASD and it’s referring to the range and variance of developmental impairment. Those living with ASDs may have particular characteristics in common but the condition covers a wide spectrum. The amount and type of symptoms, how they display, and their age at onset will all vary person-to-person.
Autism Society Alberta (ASA) is a grassroots organization within the autism community connecting to its provincial members through regional partners and networking with agencies and associations throughout the province and nationwide.
ASA is dedicated to increasing public awareness about autism and the day-to-day issues faced by individuals with autism, their families, and the professionals with whom they interact. The Society and its partners share a common mission of providing information and education, as well as supporting research and advocating for programs and supports for the autism community.
There are 8 main resources centres throughout the province of Alberta and these will assist in paperwork, documentation, and resources for service provision and funding. Alberta Family Resource Centres provide services for all disabilities and also have a disability database that is accessible to everyone.
“The Autism Society of Alberta would like to introduce the Indigenous Relations Circle. Rooted in respect, the circles’ goals are to bring together diverse perspectives on the experiences of Indigenous peoples and autism in Alberta. The circle is a central concept to Indigenous peoples across Turtle Island and the Indigenous Relations Circle will listen, learn, share, connect and advocate for Indigenous autistic people and families.”
– Grant Bruno, Chair
AAFS, a common collaborator with Siksika Health Services, was founded by a small, dedicated group of parents who saw a need for social and recreational programming specific to the ASD community. It was known to them that many youth on the spectrum of Autism did not fit within traditional day camps or recreation programs intended for typical children, nor did they feel comfortable with the structure of specialized camps and programs for children with disabilities.
A program was needed that would be tailored to their specific social and recreational needs; a program yet to exist where the staff understood their abilities and they would be accepted for who they were. A place where they could come and be empowered to take part in the world around them, and where they could become a vital part of their community.
Autism Calgary is an association of individuals and families living with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) striving to assist each other and the broader community so that those with ASD live meaningful and purposeful lives in a community that values them. The organization serves as the community of families, caregivers, and supportive professionals collectively striving for a supportive, accepting and understanding community for individuals and families living with ASD.
March Madness is one of Siksika’s many yearly traditions and carries with it our love for sport. The youth basketball, volleyball, and hockey tournaments are a fixture and all take place throughout the month. Below you’ll find all the information you need to know to watch or take part in this years March Madness as well as some frequently asked questions.
16+ Volleyball & U13 Hockey results are in!
1st place: Team Elizah 2nd place: Team Dylan 3rd place: Team Lilly
Tournament MVPs: Mia Twoyoungmen & Joel Auger
1st place: Siksika Grinders 2nd place: Calgary NW Warriors 3rd place: Siksika Buffalos
Good luck to all participants, we hope everyone has a safe and enjoyable time.
Q. What if I don’t have a team?
A. The quickest way to find a team if you haven’t yet is the DeerfootSportsplex@gmail.com email, a community team will be created so no one who wants to play is left out.
Q. What do I need to bring with me?
A. You should be bringing any of your sports relative equipment needed to play, as well all participants will need government issued photo identification verified prior to respective competition beginning.
U13 Hockey: Felicia Jerry – 403-727-0310
Basketball: Lanny Mchugh – 403-734-5735
Volleyball Tournament: JD Black – 403-918-0707
Handgame Tournaments: Tracy Calf Robe – 403-361-0391
Jr Men’s & Women’s Hockey: Chance Breaker-Calf Robe – 403-324-4624
Jr Women’s Hockey: Littlechief@gmail.com – 587-727-9004
For all other or general inquiries please reach out via email at DeerfootSportsplex@gmail.com