Slave Lake Interagency council notes

Updated April 8 – corrected the registration time for the Community Clean Up.

March 26, 2024 meeting

Interagency is made up of ‘helping’ agencies and businesses in Slave Lake.

Vanderwell Heritage Place

The Lodge has programs most weekdays and sometimes on the weekend, which are open to anyone 55 and older living in Slave Lake and area. It also runs the seniors shuttle bus.

On April 20 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Lodge is holding a Spring Market, which is open to everyone in the community.

Anger Education

The Town of Slave Lake is offering a free men’s Anger Education course on April 26 to 28. To register, email FCSS@slavelake.ca. Women interested in the course can email to be added to a wait list. When enough women sign up, a time will be found to hold the course.

Family and Community Support Services

Community groups have until April 30 to apply for FCSS grants to fund community projects. For the grant form and eligibility go to www.slavelake.ca/178/Family-Community-Support-Services.

There is $30,000 less money this year, so likely only one chance to apply.

The next Family Fun Day is a Wibit Warrior Swim on April 20 from 4 to 6 p.m. These free events fill up fast, so email FCSS@slavelake.ca to register.

Roots of Empathy is looking for volunteer families with babies born in June, July, or August of this year to go into classrooms next year.

Volunteer Income Tax Program

The Town of Slave Lake’s Volunteer Income Tax program has been busy, having helped many low income or moderate income individuals file their taxes. It is Tuesdays and Fridays at the Multi Rec Centre (MRC) until the end of April. Housebound individuals who fall into the income bracket can contact Tammy Kendall, at tammy@slavelake.ca, to see if the volunteers can come to their home. This will be decided on a case-by-case basis.

Northern Lights Aquatic Centre

A new pool schedule started on April 1. Swims include lane, family, public, preschool plunge, and seniors. In April and May, seniors swim has a new time. It will be Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. The pool is open seven days a week.

Community Clean Up

With less snow this year, the Town of Slave Lake Community Clean Up will be early. It will be April 22 (Earth Day) to 29. Registration opens on April 8. To register call or stop by the MRC or call 780-849-8028. The town supplies the garbage bags and gloves.

Other Town of Slave Lake programs

The Town of Slave Lake is looking for an avid gardener to teach a beginner gardening workshop focused on rain barrels and small scale gardening, including in containers. If you are interested, contact laura.grottoli@slavelake.ca.

Printed Town of Slave Lake spring program guides are available at the MRC and other town facilities.

On April 5, Paint the Ice includes public skating from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m., followed from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. a chance for people to decorate the ice before it is removed for the summer. The painting is free.

The next Y.E.S. (Youth Event Slave Lake) activity will be on April 22 from 5 to 7 p.m. Teens will have a chance to snack and play board games, watch a movie, or do arts and crafts. The one in May is a ‘Beach Party’ on May 30. At 4:15 p.m., teens meet at the MRC to take the bus to the party and return at 6:45 p.m. Register online at ActiveNEt, at the MRC, or call 780-849-8028.

In May, the town is organizing a dodge ball tournament. For details on any of these events, contact Grottoli at the email above.

Northern Haven Support Society

April 24 from noon to 3 p.m. NHSS Outreach is holding a free Cooking Club for women. The goal is to help women with food security, by teaching them cooking skills. To register, call or text Nikki at 587-516-0543.

NHSS exists to help people fleeing domestic violence. It does this through three branches. Outreach raises awareness, holds community events, and teachers violence prevention in the schools and community. The women’s emergency shelter in Slave Lake houses and helps women and their children escaping domestic violence. Community Services helps women and men escaping domestic violence, who live in the community and surrounding area.

If you think you might be being abused, call the NHSS 24/7 crisis line at 780-849-4418 or 1-877-214-4418.

Slave Lake and Area Mental Health Network

Mental Health Week is May 6 to 12. SLAM is looking for partners to organize something small to raise awareness about mental health that week. With the likelihood of the wildfire season being active at that time, SLAM has decided to postpone a bigger mental health awareness event until Suicide Awareness Month (September) or Mental Illness Awareness Week (October 1 to 7).

Each month, SLAM and the Slave Lake Library hold a Human Library, which is a chance for local people to tell their lived experience. April is Organ Donation Awareness Month. Pearl Lorentzen will speak about her experience as a living liver donor, and Everett Evison will speak about being a kidney recipient. For more information on SLAM, email slavelakementalhealth@gmail.com.

AHS Addictions and Mental Health

Canada’s suicide and crisis helpline is 988.

AHS has added lung cancer screening for people who smoke or who have smoked in the past. For more information call, 1-866-727-3926 or talk to your doctor or nurse practitioner.

AHS Public Health

Since COVID-19, the number of people vaccinating their children against measles has decreased, said Tim Horsman with AHS Public Health. Europe has an outbreak of measles, which will likely reach Canada. This could be a problem for unvaccinated kids and possibly for seniors who aren’t sure if they are vaccinated. Horsman will bring more information to the next Interagency meeting.

Next meeting

The next Interagency meeting is April 30 at 1 p.m. in the Town of Slave Lake office in the Sawridge room. For details, contact FCSS@slavelake.ca.

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