April 25 meeting
Updates on ESS plan
Ruth Rolfe, director of community services for Town of Slave Lake, chatted briefly with attending agencies at the April 25 meeting about the Town’s emergency social services (ESS) plan.
“I’m looking to form a committee that would meet once or twice a year,” she said. “We have a ‘bare-bone’ plan and it needs to be worked on.”
Rolfe said the role of the committee would be to keep the plan’s contact information up to date and to also keep the plan itself updated.
“If you as an individual are interested or your organization is interested please contact me…the more people we have with training the better the plan will be,” she said.
Rolfe can be reached at 780-849-8017.
New Parent Link programs
Soon-to-be Slave Lake FCSS co-ordinator, Haylie Millard, updated agencies about upcoming events happening at the local Parent Link Centre.
“We have a ‘Dine and Learn’ event happening on May 26 at Northern Lakes College in town,” she said. “It’s completely free and includes a meal and a guest speaker will talk about how to engage little ones with literacy. Parents can register by calling 780-849-4103.”
Another free and interesting program Parent Link is launching starting in May is called ‘Little Sprouts.’
“It’s every Tuesday afternoon at Fournier Park from 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.,” said Parent Link outreach worker Melyssa Sarty. “We will start planting in the community gardens! Each week we will go and check out plants, pull out weeds, water the plants and harvest any of our fruits or vegetables for a little snack.”
To see the entire activity calendar for Parent Link, visit its Facebook page www.facebook.com/slavelakeparentlink.
FASD network coming to Kinuso and Wabasca
During the roundtable portion of the meeting, Patty Gullion of the North-Central FASD Network said she is pleased to announce that FASD programming is expanding.
“We have been approved for a position to work with moms and babies on reserves,” she said. “We will now be covering Kinuso and the Wabasca area.”
Mental Health Awareness
Trina Napier of Slave Lake Addictions and Mental Health said Alberta Health Services (AHS) will be setting up various displays around town for Mental Health Awareness Week in May.
“We’re keeping it pretty low key,” she said.
Other than that, Napier said things have been pretty quiet aside from that the office is back to being fully-staffed.
“We’re running full steam ahead for the first time in a long time!” she chuckled.
Vic. Services team up with RCMP
Jacquie Labrie of Slave Lake Victim Services said there will be another drug-awareness presentation in May.
“We’re working with the RCMP to host our third presentation on May 11,” she said. “It starts at 6:30 p.m. and will be at the Legacy Centre.”
“It’s going to be on October 14th,” she said. “I’ll have more details once more is planned. Also we’re still planning for Victims of Crime Week which is the last week of May.”
Tim Horsman of AHS reminded agencies about a mobile cancer screening service coming to town.
“Screen Test is coming to Slave Lake from May 12 – 19,” he said. “It’s a mobile mammogram clinic that will be at the healthcare centre.”
Ladies can book an appointment by calling 1-800-667-0604.
“There is no cost for this service,” Horsman added.