Interagency Council Notebook

Nov. 24, 2020

Pearl Lorentzen
Lakeside Leader

Interagency is an opportunity for helping agencies in Slave Lake to share information with each other.

The Nov. 24 meeting was only 15 minutes long and had very sparse attendance. Very little was added to what has previously been reported. There will not be a meeting in December, which is normal, but in the new year, the meetings may be virtual, an email chain, or in-person. It will depend on the COVID-19 pandemic.

WJS
At the meeting, Jackie Deley, family support worker at WJS Canada reminded everyone that WJS has Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Disorders (FASD) support and assessments. This is through the FASD Network, which has the vision statement “communities working together in a culture of hope, acceptance, understanding and support to prevent and respond to FASD across the individual’s life span.”

Both adults and children can be assessed and supported through the program. Call 780-516-1027.

A May 6, 2020 Leader article “Prevent FASD during the pandemic” mentions a study that found Canadians were drinking more during the first few months of the COVID-19 pandemic. In many ways, the current situation mirrors what happened in March and April.

AHS Mental Health and Addictions
Trina Napier from AHS Mental Health and Addictions reported on the free weekly online education courses that are being offered in Slave Lake. These will be offered again in January. At the moment, they are Wednesdays from 1 to 3 p.m.

Past sessions were on anxiety and depression.

Upcoming ones are maintaining healthy relationships (Dec. 2), managing difficult emotions (Dec. 9), and understanding the nature of addictions (Dec. 16).

Call 780-849-7127 to register.

AHS also has a free six-week online tobacco reduction course called Quitcore.

Children’s Resource Council
Shay Strome and Christine Boisvert reported on upcoming online and potentially in-person events put on by Children’s Resource Council. For parents and children aged 12 to 17, there is an educational plan program called “building your dream.” Call 1-866-218-6859.

The council is also offering online prenatal education and is working with a local doula to make an online Q. and A.

Slave Lake Long-Term Care
“We started decorating for Christmas, said Blanche Chymycz, recreation therapist at Slave Lake long-term care. There’s lots planned for Christmas for the residents, but because of COVID-19 everything looks different than other years.

Chymycz, is the chair for the local HSAA (Health Sciences Association of Alberta) and as such is interested in networking with other unions in the area. She also brought “I love public healthcare” window stickers for anyone who was interested.

Family and Community Social Services
The Town of Slave Lake FCSS is working on updating the community directory both on the town website and the regional one. FCSS also hired a consultant to assess community needs. The report should be ready in the new year. It will be shared through interagency.

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