Slave Lake Interagency Council Notebook

January 30, 2024 meeting

Pearl Lorentzen
Lakeside Leader

Interagency is made up of helping agencies, organizations, and businesses in Slave Lake.

Frost Fest

Frost Fest runs February 10 to 19. It starts with the Family Carnival on Feb. 10 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Multi Rec Centre Fieldhouse and ends with Frolic in the Park on Feb. 19 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Schurter Park. In between there are many events. One event mentioned at the meeting was a Mindfulness and Meditation workshop on February 15 from 7 to 8 p.m. at the Legacy Centre. People can register or drop in. Please bring a food bank donation. For more information, see article on Page 7.

Volunteer Income Tax Program

The Volunteer Income Tax Program runs March 5 to April 30. Volunteers help low to moderate income individuals file a simple tax return. The income threshold for a single person is $35,000 per year and lower. For larger households the threshold increases. Pamphlets with details are available in the Town of Slave Lake office lobby. It is open for drop-ins on Tuesdays and Fridays from 8 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4:30 p.m. For more details, call 780-849-8031.

Town of Slave Lake Family and Community Support Services

The next Family Fun Night on February 23 has a wait list.

Roots of Empathy brings babies into school rooms with their parents to teach kids about connecting with others by watching a baby develop over the course of the year. It is in need of volunteers with babies born in June, July, and August 2024. For more information, contact Darcy Comeau at fcss@slavelake.ca.

Anger Education for men will be in April. It is also being taught in the schools to Grade 8 students and one on one to kids and adults.

FCSS grant applications will likely be in March. The amount of money being offered will be significantly lower that previous years, said Comeau.

Northern Lights Aquatic Centre

The pool will be open on Family Day, Feb. 19. The Multi Rec Centre will not be.

The pool is offering lifeguard courses. One of the prerequisites is first aid.

Students can use these courses for high school credit, said Joy McGregor, High Prairie School Division chair at the meeting. Junior high students can save them for when they are in high school. For more information, students and parents can talk to the school’s career coaches and work experience staff.

The pool will refund the course fees to any lifeguards who are hired who did the training in Slave Lake, said Comeau, who manages the pool.

Town of Slave Lake other programs

Go Girls, a four-week program for girls in Grades 5 to 8 will start in March. On Monday, Feb. 12 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., YES (Youth Event Slave Lake) pool party at Northern Lights Aquatic Centre. To register, call 780-849-8028 or go to www.slavelake.ca. There are PD Day Camps. There may still be room in Friday, Feb. 9 and Feb. 15. The Winter Program Guide has information on the drop-in schedule for arena, fieldhouse, and pool, and Town of Slave Lake programs.

Rotary Club of Slave Lake Public Library

On February 2 and 23, the library has Baby Bounce Story Time, which includes songs, stories, and a craft. On Mondays (except Feb. 19), it has Story Time for toddlers. The library has three Frost Fest events (Feb. 10, Feb. 12, and Feb. 19) see article on Page 7.

On February 29 from 5 to 7 p.m., the library is offering Teen Vision Boards. The library will be taking the information to the schools to try to drum up interest.

For adults, the library has Book Club on Wednesday, Feb. 21 at 7 p.m. and Writers’ Group on Monday, Feb. 26. Other events include Movie Mondays, Magic the Gathering, Laser Tag, Human Library (see Slave Lake and Area Mental Health Network below) and Resumé Writing (Feb. 9 and 10).

Slave Lake and Area Mental Health Network

February 1 to 23, SLAM has a team in The Push-Up Challenge to raise awareness about mental health and raise money for the Canadian Mental Health Association. To join the team or donate, go to www.thepushupchallenge.ca/fundraisers/slam.

The Human Library is on February 17 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Slave Lake Library, Hilda Lambert and Rosemarie Boucher will tell part of their life stories.

KidSport

On February 11 starting at 11 a.m., KidSport and SLAM have a Family Fun Run which starts at Schurter Park. This is a fundraiser for KidSport which provides money and equipment to help children afford to take part in sports, dance and other types of physical activities. For details, see the Frost Fest article on Page 7.

Children’s Resource Council

The Children’s Resource Council has weekly programs for children from zero to 17. These target a few years at a time. The programs include Play N Learn, Baby and Me, Rad Kids, Teens, All Stars, and Mighty Kids (preschool reading).

PJs and Pancakes is monthly. Parenting groups are ongoing.

In February, in May and in July, CRC has special lunches. The first one is Father and Daughter Lunch on Feb. 11. It is full.

“We’re really excited about that,” says Christine Boisvert, with the CRC.

The May one will be for mothers and sons. The July one will be for families.

For more information on CRC programs, contact 587-516-6675 or rose1906@telus.net.

Slave Lake Community Contact List

The Town of Slave Lake is updating its Slave Lake Community Contact List. It is at the back of the town’s program guides and available elsewhere. Local groups, organizations, non-profits, churches, services providers etc. can email Ashley Schroder at ashley.schroder@slavelake.ca for the form.

AHS Public Health

February is heart health month. Tim Horsman, with AHS, will be presenting to groups of various ages on this. February 7 is Winter Walk Day.

AHS Addictions and Mental Health

The Slave Lake AHS Addictions and Mental Health clinic in the provincial building has walk-ins on Tuesdays from 1 to 3 p.m. To book an appointment at other times, call 1-888-594-0211 from Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The clinic helps all ages, but people under the age of 18 must have written permission from a legal guardian.

Trina Napier, with Addictions and Mental Health, is willing to two teach two half-day workshops for groups if they are interested. These are Emergency Preparedness and Psychological First Aid, both of which are helpful when dealing with emergency situations. For more information, email trina.napier@ahs.ca or call 780-849-7127.

North Zone Addictions and Mental Health offers various free online workshops. For more information, email northzoneaddictionandmentalhealthworkshops@ahs.ca.

Slave Lake Native Friendship Centre

The Slave Lake Native Friendship Centre has soup and bannock every Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. It costs $9 for adults, $8 for seniors, and $6 for children.

For seniors it has an Elders Circle on Mondays from 1 to 3 p.m. and crafts on Wednesdays from 1 to 3 p.m.

Cree classes are continuing in February. These have been going for two months.

The Friendship Centre has a cultural worker, who is organizing some events.

In January, the Friendship Centre held a round dance to celebrate the opening of a men’s sober-living house in Slave Lake run by Poundmaker’s Lodge Treatment Centres in St. Albert. It also held drummaking and moon teaching workshops.

The Friendship Centre runs AHS Community Helpers program. Community Helpers trains adults and youth to respond when a youth has mental health concerns or is suicidal. A youth conference is in the works, likely in March. For more information, contact Harman Sandhu at helpers@slnfc.ca or 780-849-3039.

The Friendship Centre has a youth centre upstairs. It currently doesn’t have a youth worker, but is working on grants to hire one.

Community Futures

Slave Lake is one of three Canadian communities which has an employee training grant called Community Action for Workforce Development (CAWD). Part of this is three free community events. A networking event called Meet Your Match (Feb. 8 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Dog Island Brewing), Thrive 2024 (Feb. 15 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at Northern Lake College), and Job Fair (Feb. 22 from 3 to 6 p.m. at Northern Lakes College). Thrive 2024 is a small conference with goal-setting, wellness, and financial fitness.

Lemonade Day

Lemonade Day is an opportunity for Grade 3 to 6 students to learn entrepreneur skills through running a lemonade stand. McGregor runs this for Community Futures. She teaches the course in the schools to Grades 3 to 6, as it lines up with curriculum.

Lemonade Day is June 15.

High Prairie School Division

The HPSD board is working to end vaping in schools. On Tuesday, January 30, Roland Michener Secondary School student council held a webinar with an AHS tobacoo and vaping specialist.

The goal is “so parents don’t buy their kids vapes,” said McGregor.

Christine Boisvert, with the Children’s Resource Council, asked how parents can get involved with lobbying to the provincial government fill the education assistant (EA) gap.

“We need Jordan’s Principal,” said McGregor. The Ministry of Education provides some funding for EA, but not enough for every kid. Jordan’s Principal has the money to hire these EAs, but approvals are two years behind all across Alberta.

Jordan’s Principal is a program which ensures that First Nation, Métis and Inuit kids get the medical, educational, and other supports that they need.

The HPSD board’s advocacy committee is working on this issue.

Next meeting

The next interagency meeting is Tuesday, February 27 at 1 p.m. at the Town of Slave Lake office. For details, contact Comeau at FCSS@slavelake.ca.

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