Slave Lake Interagency Council Notebook

May 31, 2022

Pearl Lorentzen
Lakeside Leader

Interagency is open to any group, organization, or business which is involved in the ‘helping’ industry.

The Dragonfly Centre

Amber Cook and Jessie Heisler did a presentation on The Dragonfly Centre.

The presentation included the following statistics: two in every three women and one in every three men are survivors of sexual violence.

The Dragonfly Centre offers free counselling and support for survivors of sexual violence and their support people. Dragonfly started in Bonnyville in 2015 and has expanded north and east. It covers around 65,000 square kilometres. This includes M.D. of Lesser Slave River, Slave Lake, M.D. of Opportunity, the First Nations geographically within those boundaries, and Slave Lake. At the moment, the support is virtual, as the Slave Lake and Wabasca satellite offices are still in the works. The Athabasca office is up and running.

Dragonfly is open business hours, but the online, confidential chat on its website is open until 9 p.m. https://thedragonflycentre.com/.

Also, Alberta’s One Line for Sexual Violence, 1-866-403-8000, is free and open 24-7.

Dragonfly is looking for board members from Slave Lake. Its AGM is June 15 starting at noon. It is online.

Bike Rodeo

Bike Rodeos are open to kids aged six to 12 years old. It introduces children to cycling safety.

The Slave Lake one is Wednesday, June 8 from 4:30 to 6 p.m. in the MRC parking lot. Register by calling the MRC reception 780-849-8028 or on ActiveNet.

The Wabasca and Calling Lake Bike Rodeos were in May. The Red Earth Creek one is June 14 starting at 10 a.m. To register, contact 780-649-2534.

Town of Slave Lake

Seniors Week is June 6 to 12. There is a free pancake breakfast at 9 a.m. on Thursday, June 9 at the Pioneer Drop-in Centre in Slave Lake.

Roots of Empathy is looking for volunteers with babies born in June, July, or August 2022 to go into schools once a month. The program teaches school children about what it takes to raise a baby.

Family and Community Support Services (FCSS) will have two more grant deadlines. The first will be in August. The second will be in October. For the criteria, email Darcy Hoover at [email protected]

Northern Lights Aquatic Centre summer swimming lesson schedule was to be released on June 7, with registration starting on June 15. There’s also times to swim seven days a week.

Multi-Rec Centre (MRC) has drop-in opportunities throughout the summer. Activities include the walking track, pickle ball, basketball, volleyball, floor hockey, roller skating, and the play centre.

Summer Splash is a day camp which runs from July 4 to August 26 on weekdays. It is open to children aged six to 11 years old. Registration is at the front desk in the MRC.

Slave Lake Adult Education

SLAE AGM is June 22 online. For the link, email [email protected]

June 25, SLAE is holding a firearms safety course.

In the fall, it will be offering ESL, computer basics, and other courses.

Rupertsland Institute

Rupertsland is looking to connect employers and Métis students who are looking for summer jobs. Rupertsland will pay some of the wages.

Also, in the future there will be a hospitality training and practicum course for Métis people.

Northern Haven Support Services

Northern Haven has a women’s crisis shelter, support for women and men escaping domestic violence not living in the shelter, and outreach programs.

The new outreach support worker will be at the Kinuso Farmer’s Market on June 11.

AHS Mental Health and Addictions

AHS Mental Health and Addictions has free walk-in/call-in appointments on Tuesdays from 1 to 3 p.m. It is Slave Lake Government Centre Suite 104, 101 3rd St. SW, Slave Lake. For more information, call 780-849-7127.

There are two free, virtual workshops on mental health and addictions topics coming up. These are maintaining healthy relationships on June 14 and managing difficult emotions on June 21. Both are from 9 to 11 a.m. on Zoom. To register, contact [email protected] or 780-849-7127.

Children’s Resource Council

‘Play and Learn’ is now in Schurter Park on Tuesdays from 10 to 11:30 a.m.

June 16 at 6 p.m. CRC is holding a free barbecue to honour fathers. To register, contact 1-866-218-6859.

‘Baby and Me’ is the second and fourth Thursday of the month. Registration is required. To register, email [email protected]

AHS Health Promotion

The community garden is full.

A mobile health unit will be coming to Slave Lake to do cancer prevention. This may be connected with Seniors Week events.

Tim Horsman with, Health Promotion is part of the Bike Rodeo. He is also doing other things in schools to promote active transportation, such as walking, cycling, skateboarding, and scootering.

Rotary Club of Slave Lake

June 1 to 17th the Rotary Traveling Toilet is coming out of mothballs. People pay to have it removed from their lawn. For information contact Nicole at 780-849-0213.

The Rotary is looking for members. Also, it is considering restarting Interact Club (the youth version of Rotary) in Slave Lake. Slave Lake hasn’t had the youth version for several years. This includes an international exchange program.

Community Futures

June 18 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. is Lemonade Day. Children learn business principles by opening a lemonade stand. A map of the stands will be available on the Community Futures Lesser Slave Lake Facebook page.

Slave Lake Public Library

June 6 the summer book sale starts.

June 25 there is a kickoff for the Summer Reading Program in Schurter Park. Details are in the works, but it will include a magician.

The library is looking for a programs coordinator, to cover a maternity leave.

Slave Lake and Area Mental Health Network

The next Slave Lake and Area Mental Health Network (SLAM) meeting is Thursday, June 6 from 7 to 7:45 p.m. on Zoom. For the link, email [email protected]

The Welcome Back Fair is September 10 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Slave Lake Multi-Rec Centre (MRC) fieldhouse. Come out to learn about local community groups, organizations, programs, and services. To book a table, email [email protected]

Next meeting

August 30 from 1 to 3 p.m. in the Town of Slave Lake council chambers. There will be a presentation about Community Futures.

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