Slave Lake Interagency Council

 

Katrina Owens
Lakeside Leader

Learning circle
Tracy Leggett, Northern Haven outreach worker, updated attending agencies of upcoming community events this month at the Feb. 28 meeting.
On March 7 there will be a ‘ladies learning circle’ focusing on personal budgeting, March 14 is the first ‘ladies social hour’ of the month and will feature a leprechaun garden activity, March 21 is a ‘simply cooking class’ and to wrap things up on March 28 is another ‘ladies social hour’ which will be a paint night.
“All women are welcome,” she said. “These programs are free and childcare is provided.”
To register contact Leggett at 587-516-0543.
Bernadette Baldwin, Northern Haven support worker, announced that there will be a special presentation on human trafficking on March 27 at the Legacy Centre in town. It starts at 6:00 p.m. and registration is required.

Compassion fatigue
Teresa Callihoo, Slave Lake Family and Community Support Services (FCSS) co-ordinator, announced that FCSS in collaboration with the Alberta College of Social Workers will be hosting a compassion fatigue workshop on March 24 from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.
“It will be at Northern Lakes College and is $10 for registered social workers and $20 for other professionals,” she said.
Callihoo also mentioned that the Town of Slave Lake has spots available for its spring break camp for kids age six to 11.
“It’s running from March 20 to 24 and costs $27 a day,” she said. “You can sign up at the multi-rec centre.”

Income tax
In other FCSS news, Callihoo said the community volunteer income tax program starts this month.
“FCSS is hosting this free of charge for all seniors and low to moderate income families,” she said. “The program runs from March 20 to April 30; Monday, Tuesday and Wednesdays only at the multi-rec centre.”
Tammy Kendall is the contact person for the tax program and can be reached at 780-849-8031.
Callihoo mentioned that the annual volunteer appreciation night is approaching.
“This is a collaboration between the Slave Lake Native Friendship Centre (SLNFC), the Lakeside Leader and FCSS,” she said. “Nominations for citizen of the year and Slave Lake lifetime volunteer award can be dropped off at The Leader or emailed to [email protected] planet.net. Organizations wishing to attend can contact the SLNFC to reserve a table.”

Inamojo
Darlene Morton, Inamojo facilitator, reminded agencies that the deadline to register kids for its wellbeing program ends March 3.
“It’s a nine-week wellbeing program for children five to eight,” she said. “They will be weaving together stories, movement, art, meditation and specially composed music. It’s for children to giggle, dance and imagine while learning beautiful tools to navigate their lives.”
This program runs on Mondays from March 6 to April 8 and costs $94.50. For more information call 780-919-7557.
AHS events
Trina Napier of Alberta Health Services (AHS) Addiction Services said business is as usual.
“Last month was national non-smoking week and we did a few activities around town,” she said. “We have national mental health awareness coming up in the beginning of May and we are looking for volunteers to partner with to put on events.”

Boys & Girls Club
Karry Mazzerole, executive director and program co-ordinator for the Slave Lake Boys and Girls Club said that she is in need of board members.
“If you can donate even an hour a month we would be grateful,” she said. “We’re also looking for active volunteers.”
For more information call 780-805-1778 or email [email protected]

Healthy Living
The Alberta Healthy Living program is planning another round of its free eight-week exercise program at the MRC field house. It will be running on Tuesdays and Thursdays starting in April and is for adults with chronic health conditions, including arthritis, high blood pressure, weight concerns, diabetes, heart disease, mental health issues and chronic pain. To register, call 1-877-349-5711.

Spring Break Lego
Lindsay Rosentreter, children’s librarian from the Rotary Club of Slave Lake Public Library, said they will be hosting a spring break Lego competition from March 20 – 24. It’s an all-day affair and the winner will win a prize.

Rental grant
Crystal Potts-Jensen, manager of the Legacy Centre, told agencies about a rent subsidy grant available for organizations hosting an event focused on performing arts.
“It’s administered by the Wildfire Legacy Corporation,” she said. “The Wildfire Legacy Corporation will make a one-time, single transaction of 50 per cent of the total rental sum to the local community group applying for funds.”
Call 780-849-6700 for more information.

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