MLA for Lesser Slave Lake
It’s always great to attend events around our community in Lesser Slave Lake, and spend time listening to people. The past two weeks it has been especially fun for me to take part in quite a variety of special events around the Lesser Slave Lake constituency, all showcasing our unique communities.
On June 30, I had a very busy day starting in High Prairie with an event at one of my favourite local small businesses – Christie’s Gardens and Greenhouses – to recognize a new economic development project initiated by Big Lakes County, and supported by a CARES grant from the Ministry of Economic Development and our provincial government.
Then it was on to the High Prairie Legion to present the Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers to Wendell Ebbett for his extensive volunteer efforts around High Prairie. Wendell’s ongoing commitment to making life better for people in our community is a big part of what makes High Prairie so welcoming and vibrant, and I can’t thank him enough for his passion and dedication.
Then I was honoured to speak to the E.W. Pratt High School graduating class at their 2017 convocation ceremony, and to encourage them as their next adventure begins. Travelling further north that day, I enjoyed the opportunity to kick off Canada Day early at Gift Lake Settlement, where there was a large turnout for games and a talent contest at their two-day celebration, and I must thank the Settlement for inviting me to the barbecue.
My day ended with a great visit to Whitefish Lake First Nation in Atikameg, for the second day of their Treaty Day celebration.
July 1 started off for me in Triangle at the Pioneer Threshermen’s Association event. I enjoyed visiting with some of the volunteers and visitors as I toured the museum and watched sawmill and flour-grinding demonstrations. Later, I was glad to be a part of the opening for their Canada Day in the Park event in High Prairie, with volunteers set up to host an array of kids’ activities and other events.
Next, it was off to the inaugural Spruce Point Park Rodeo. I missed what was reported to be a great parade, but I was very glad to be able to bring greetings to the large crowd in attendance at the opening ceremony at the rodeo grounds.
I finished off the day by visiting both Joussard and Slave Lake, and was happy to chat with quite a number of people in both places as they enjoyed games, entertainment and good food.
This past weekend, Slave Lake started a great new event. On Friday, the town hosted the first Rock the Block Party, which was a great success. A parade, food and games for families put everyone in a festive mood.
The best part of all was the overwhelming turnout. The sidewalks and streets were lined with visitors, both local and from our surrounding communities.
The theme of this year’s Riverboat Daze was A Blast from the Past, and it showed!
Saturday, I had the pleasure of attending the Alliance Church pancake breakfast. Later on, Devonshire beach played host to this year’s Sand Blast Sand Sculpture Competition. And though it didn’t feature participants from far and wide like in the past, the participants still brought their A game and the creations were incredible.
I had the opportunity to take a ride out on the Lesser Slave Regional Fire Service’s search and rescue boat, and it really put into perspective just how much they’re responsible for. I continue to be amazed at the the passion, dedication and hard work they put into making sure our residents are safe and able to enjoy the beautiful area we live in.
I cannot stress enough just how important this year’s Riverboat Daze was to Slave Lake. After the fire in 2011, a lot of time and focus was spent on rebuilding and getting back to a normal way of life. The turnout at this year’s event showed how far we’ve come, and that we all finally feel safe and comfortable enough to get out and take in a weekend of fun. This strengthens not only our sense of security but as well our sense of community as we come together to celebrate.
I would like to say a big thank you to all of the many volunteers who made so many wonderful events happen around our constituency. Your hard work, and the smiles on the faces of the many participants, showed that there is a great pride and diversity in all of our small communities in the constituency. I look forward to attending more events in our community throughout the summer, so please let me know what’s coming up!