Mayor of Slave Lake
One of the greatest projects, and possibly the most challenging I have worked on as Mayor is the Legacy Centre. What I find amazing is that we took an idea, something that this region has never had, but many people wanted, and create a facility for everyone to use!
During the preliminary phase of the building, we went out to user groups who helped design it so we could incorporate their ideas in the new building. We worked with industry, government and the public to find the funds necessary to make this dream a reality.
The Legacy Centre is owned by five different organizations, which include the Town, M.D., Sawridge First Nation, Slave Lake Childcare Society and the Slave Lake Elks. This partnership was the first of its kind in Slave Lake. The five entities, of the group worked together to bring you the building that we have today; we have big plans for the future.
One thing we all knew going into this was there was going to be some growing pains. Which leads me to this blog. I am reaching out, to all residents of the region, and asking for some much-needed help.
The Legacy Centre has some amazing parts to it, first being the new daycare, which has been a resounding success. From residents, to the new physicians that we take for tours in the Slave Lake Region, we hear the same thing: the daycare is an added benefit to the region. It will help attract home owners, and business professionals to the area.
One of the other great parts of the Legacy Centre is the multi-purpose facility called the Elks hall. This part of the facility houses a performing arts theatre and a multi-purpose community hall. Over the last year, this part of the facility has hosted entertainers, Christmas concerts, musicians, comedians, dance festivals, and a ballet, to name a few. Companies have used it for meetings, conferences, and educational training sessions.
It is great to see this diversity of use, and events like those are precisely why the facility was built. It will take some time though for this building to recognize its full potential and for us to understand operationally, the best way to go about doing business.
The Elks manage this part of the facility currently, and have been struggling with declining membership and maintaining a volunteer base to ensure its survival. As such the Legacy Corporation board has stepped up and agreed to help out temporarily while the Elks work on building a solid foundation for their organization.
Our first attempt at this is to hold a fundraiser on November 18. Our intention is to host a night of great food, great company and lots of laughs. Our hope is we can raise some money that will go towards supporting this great community facility.
The theme of the fundraiser is outdoors, and we have some great silent and live auction items lined up. Items include sports memorabilia, camping, hunting, and fishing items, tools, artwork, gift baskets, and much more. Some great getaways are part of the package, and the format for the night provides an opportunity that everyone has a chance to go home with something. We have a comedian lined up that will keep you laughing and the night will conclude with some great music.
If you want to help support this great community facility, why not purchase a ticket for $100 and come join us on November 18th? Maybe it can be a night out with friends or family, maybe it’s a great opportunity for your office Christmas party, or maybe its just a great cause that gets you out into the community.
Overall this night will be a night to remember, and we want to see you there!
Now if November 18th doesn’t work, and you still want to support this great community facility, we are still collecting auction items and door prizes for the event. If interested in taking part, or donating an item to the event, or you are looking for some tickets feel free to give me a call at 780-805-4045.
The entire Legacy Centre Corporation wants to thank all the people and businesses who continue to support this facility in the past and in the future.