Slave Lake Interagency Council Notebook

January 26, 2021

Pearl Lorentzen
Lakeside Leader

The Slave Lake Interagency council is made up of representatives from ‘helping agencies’.

Family and Community Support Services (FCSS)

FCSS is updating a community directory.
“This directory will include community programs, sports organizations, support/emergency services and other recreational services/spaces,” says an email from FCSS coordinator Serena Weipert.
Any of the above groups which did not receive an email with the information to register can contact [email protected]
FCSS has gathered data from social needs surveys. It hopes to have a report ready by March.

Children’s Resource Council

Lindsay Davies and Shay Strome provided information about the Children’s Resource Council. This runs the Family Resource Network, Healthy Choices, and Stronger Together. It has various programs running online for children zero to 17 and their parents. Most are weekdays, but there will be some programs on Saturdays coming up. For infants and their parents programs include – Baby and Me and prenatal courses. There are also Brighter Futures Next Steps child and youth development groups in three age groups – one to five, six to 12, and 13 to 17. One of the goals is “building positive parental and peer relationships.”
If people don’t have access to the internet or phone, staff can do home visits with parents and children. More information is on

Psychological First Aid

Blanche Chymycz, Slave Lake long-term care recreation therapist, didn’t have an update about long-term care. She did however recently become a Psychological First Aid facilitator. Trina Napier, AHS Mental Health and Addictions, also has this training. They are willing to lead online courses. For more information, contact Napier (780) 849-7127.

AHS Mental Health and Addictions

AHS Mental Health and Addictions is seeing clients online, over the phone, and in person, says Napier. On Wednesdays, there is a series of free mental health webinars offered in January and February on Thursdays from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. The final one will be on anxiety on February 11. These will be offered again in March in the evenings. People can attend as many sessions as they want. They do not need to commit to attend all of them.
For anyone wanting to stop smoking, QuitCore is being offered online. This is a six-week course. Anyone who completes the course gets a Blue Cross Card which is good for $500 of nicotine replacement or prescription medicine to help quit smoking. Napier’s class is full, but there are others starting at various times, which are available.

Rotary Club of Slave Lake Public Library

The library is doing Blind Date with a Book (which means choosing a book sight-unseen) in January and February, said Suzanne Wilson, library program coordinator. For Family Literacy Day on January 27, the library had Read for 15. People who read for 15 minutes could let the library know and be entered into a draw for a gift card.
February 6 to 15 is Frost Fest. During this time, there is Story Walk, with pages of book in the front windows of local businesses around Slave Lake.
The other library Frost Fest event is a virtual magician on Friday, February 12 from 1 to 2 p.m.
The library is open for curb-side pickup only. It has a variety of online events. These include a book club on the third Wednesday from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. and a writers’ group on the final Monday from 6:30 to 8 p.m. These are on the calendar on the library website –

Rotary Club of Slave Lake Frost Fest story walk will be February 6 to 15. Courtesy of the Slave Lake Library.

Rural Mental Health Project

Pearl Lorentzen reported on her new role as the Slave Lake Rural Mental Health Project ‘animator.’ The animator’s role is to ignite a community conversation and community-led action toward making Slave Lake a mentally healthy community. In coming months, she will provide more information. She is in training, but if anyone is interested in being part of the conversation they can call 780-849-4380.

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