People who came out to the MRC on September 10 got a taste of the amazing opportunities in Slave Lake.
On that day, 40 service providers, recreation groups and businesses, and community groups took part in the first annual Welcome Back Fair. These represent a good portion, but not the full extent of the opportunities in Slave Lake.
There were other organizations, businesses, and groups who were interested, but unable to attend.
This event was similar to ‘Parade of Programs’ which was held in the community in the 1990s.
The Welcome Back Fair was an opportunity to learn about things to do from art classes to sports and support services such as mental health counseling services in Slave Lake.
People could sign up for dance, language lessons, sports groups, youth activities, a writers’ group, and various opportunities to volunteer.
On the service provider side, there were employment support services, family support services, support for people with FASD and special needs, etc.
Attending organizations and businesses included: the Slave Lake Native Friendship Centre, WJS Canada, Slave Lake Ukrainian Cultural Association, Slave Lake Minor Soccer, Slave Lake Sharks, Rupertsland Institute, Slave Lake Hospital Auxiliary, Slave Lake Elks, Lesser Slave Lake Regional Arts Councils, AHS Mental Health and Addictions, Indigenous Psychological Services, and many more.
For a full list, go to @slavelakementalhealth on Facebook or @slave_lake_mental_health on Instagram.
It was organized by the Slave Lake and Area Mental Health (SLAM) and Town of Slave Lake Family and Community Support Services (FCSS).
This is in keeping with the SLAM’s theme of ‘healthy connections and positive activities.’ SLAM is a grassroots movement to engage people on topics of mental health and promote wellness in Slave Lake.
Another one will likely be organized next fall. There is also a possibility of having one in the spring, depending on capacity within the network and feedback from community groups, recreation businesses, and service providers.