The Healthy, Happy Kids Slave Lake Coalition: what they do and why

Katrina Owens
Lakeside Leader

Kellirae Carleton, new co-ordinator of the Healthy, Happy Kids Slave Lake Coalition says she’s trying to make the coalition known in the area.
“We provide opportunities for community engagement, collaborative planning and partnerships, knowledge mobilization and communication for early childhood development sector in Slave Lake and region,” says the University of Alberta grad. “We really strive to support optimal early childhood development in Slave Lake and region so all kids can grow in healthy and happy ways.”
Aside from the coalition, Carleton spends half her time as a program co-ordinator at the Slave Lake ParentLink Centre.
“I like it! It keeps me quite busy,” she chuckles. “I organize our evening programs (which aren’t running in the summer) and the Saturday program for Dads called ‘Who let the Dads out?’.”
The hopeful outcomes from the coalition, says Carleton in a powerpoint presentation, are increased awareness of early childhood development supports and assets in the community, increased engagement of community members, and increased collaborative planning among service providers.
So far in 2017, Carleton says the coalition has held one event back in May called ‘Lunch and Learn’ which had a turnout of mostly mums and a few agencies.
“We provided dinner for free and a speaker came in to talk about children and literacy,” she says. “Our next community event is a barbeque on Aug. 23, 2017 at Poplar Grove Park.”
When Carleton isn’t conjuring up new programs or events, she says her main project right now is creating a young parents resource guide.
“I’ll have more time to spend on it after the meet and greet barbeque next month,” she says. “It’s my next big thing, I’m going to be speaking with the visitors centre and trying to get in touch with the real estate agents to see if this is something they could put in their welcome packages. We’re really aiming to include all the information a young or new family would need.”
If you’re interested in becoming a part of the coalition, Carleton says she is always looking for members and that you don’t have to be a parent to do so. Contact her at [email protected] for more information.

Kellirae Carleton

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