Slave Lake Interagency Council hears from the Red Cross

May 30, 2017

Joe McWilliams
Lakeside Leader

Building capacity
Participants at the May 30 Interagency Council meeting heard from special guest Vishva Ragunathan of the Canadian Red Cross. He gave an overview of the organization’s mandate and work in Alberta and around the world. The numbers were pretty impressive. For example, of the 5,000 trained Red Cross volunteers in Canada, 2,489 of them are or have been deployed to help out in Fort McMurray.
Responding to disasters is only one of the things the Red Cross does, but it’s a big one. Ragunathan said the organization hopes to build capacity in Alberta – particularly in northern Alberta – to respond to such events. To do that it needs volunteers, and the plan is to work with municipalities on that.
Helping people with training/jobs
Jenna Jackson of Employ Alberta said the agency is just getting started in Slave Lake and has lots to offer. This includes job placements, employability assessments and access to training benefits. Her office is located in the RE/MAX Realty building, she said.
World No Tobacco Day
Trina Napier of Addictions and Mental Health said May 31 was World No Tobacco Day and various efforts and events were happening locally to mark it. This included a couple of big signs in town that said, ‘Share Clean Air,’ and other displays on the topic. Napier said ‘quit-smoking’ kits were available at all the pharmacies in town, at the Family Care Clinic and the dental offices.
Bicycle rodeo
Health promoter Tim Horsman of Alberta Health Services said the annual ‘bike rodeo’ is coming up on June 16 at the MRC in Slave Lake. He expects a couple hundred kids to take part, and learn all kinds of things about bicycle safety.
In other community health news, Horsman said the final push on constructing the community garden near the hospital was on, just need a team of muscular people to set up the heavy concrete blocks that it is constructed of. That takes some organization and he said he’d be getting on it in the next day or two.

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