Riverboat Daze in desperate need of volunteers

Callie Hermanson
Lakeside Leader

On June 25 Members of the Chamber of Commerce met at the Slave Lake Inn & Conference Centre for there the last meeting before summer vacation.
Next meeting is September 24.

New Members
The Chamber of Commerce welcomed new members Slave Lake Super 8 Motel and Dog Island Brewery.

Riverboat Daze

Chamber member Ali Mouallem said they are still looking for volunteers for the children’s festival. He said last year they did not have enough help and he was putting up tables and tents and also taking them down himself.

Mouallem said it would be nice for the students who are volunteering to have some time to enjoy things too so Mouallem suggested only doing hour-long shifts. He said he wants one adult volunteer and one student volunteer at every game.

If you would like to volunteer or if your organization wants to volunteer this would be a great place to do so.

“It will be lots of fun,” he says.

Last year the festival saw approximately 400 to 500 people at one time.

Chamber President Frankie Giroux said as far as volunteers go for the block part they are only looking for volunteers to cover the late shifts, which will be around 9:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.

Chamber Vice President Josh Friesen said he is also on the hunt for a few more volunteers to come down to the beach to help with Sandblast. He said each shift will be approximately three to four hours long.

Friesen said they need two people for registration, three to four people for clean up afterward and the hard one is he needs 10 people for parking assistance and guidance for people who need help.

Friesen added they are hoping to get the swim club involved and a few other clubs in town and they will be giving out donations to clubs that want to put forward people.

Morning shifts for Sandblast will start at 8:00 a.m.

Parade Route change
Riverboat Daze parade route has changed yet again (twice). The most recent (and hopefully final) change is due to the hospital not wanting both its access points being blocked. According to information from the Town of Slave Lake, the parade will still start on 6th Ave. NE, but will proceed south on 4th St. NE, then west on 4th Ave. turning south on 2nd St. NE and then west to Main St. on 1A Ave. It will then turn south on Main St., by Grateful Heart.

Registration for the parade starts at 6:00 p.m. and the parade will begin at 6:30 p.m.

So far 15 people have registered.

High Prairie School Division
Joy McGregor for the High Praire School Division said they recently had their last meeting as they take July off. She said they had an organizational meeting in the regular meeting. In the organizational meeting, they picked the committees that each person will go on and they also set up the dates and times to have reports with administrators as school visits throughout the year, adding that it will take up six extra days that they will spend travelling around to different schools.

McGregor said they have two new signs now in the ditch on the highway to High Prairie about passing buses and how many demerit points it will cost people.

The bookmobile bus will be going across the whole school division and stopping at different places.

McGregor said they would be doing different things such as book exchanges and crafts to help students keep up with reading over the summer.

There has been a shift in the administration to make sure schools are fully staffed for September.

Northern Lakes College
Melane LeBlanc for Northern Lakes College said continuing education would continue during the summer months, but most of the campuses will be closed for the summer from June 28 to the last week in August.

LeBlanc said there will be a camp running from July 5 to August 5 for Indigenous students from Northern Lakes five campuses. She said students would come to Slave Lake and work on site and it is a great program for mentorship.

Town of Slave Lake
Mayor Tyler Warman for the Town of Slave Lake said taxes are an exciting thing that happens this time of year and so if you haven’t paid your taxes yet you probably should, as there is a penalty after July 1. He said the town office would be open over lunch to help make it easier for people.

Daze parade route, as of June 29.

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