Nov. 28, 2017
Parent Link Centre
The Slave Lake Parent Link Centre provided several updates about their activities happening in the coming weeks.
Santa Claus himself will be coming to Parent Link on Dec. 15. He will be there at 10:30 a.m. Drop In Play will still be going on that day from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. There will snacks as well.
Sticking with the Christmas theme, Parent Link will be hosting a Christmas Potluck on Dec. 20. The potluck will take place from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. and there will be Christmas themed crafts, the decorating of gingerbread cookies as well a games.
Lastly the Parent Link Centre announced they will be closed from Dec. 21 to Jan. 1, 2018. Parent Link will be open again come Jan. 2, 2018.
AHS primary prevention and chronic disease
Tim Horsman of Alberta Health Services (AHS) presented the current plans for primary prevention. He said there will be candy cane stops done by both the RCMP and EMS to raise awareness and prevent impaired driving.
AHS will be looking into snowmobile safety as well.
Horsman spoke on the enforcement on child car seats. He said there has been traffic enforcement in from Athabasca who have been out issuing tickets for improper car seat use.
On the chronic disease front, there will a supervised exercise program. This program is design for anyone who is is suffering from a chronic illness or is at risk. There will be fitness tests as well as exercises specified for muscle strengthening, flexibility, cardiovascular and balance.
This program will be offered in the new year on Tuesdays and Thursdays from Jan. 22, 2018 to March 15, 2018 at the Slave Lake Multi Recreational facility. The sessions run from 10:30 a.m. to noon. To register for this program you will need to call 1-877-349-5711.
AHS addictions and mental health
Trina Napier of AHS Addictions and Mental Health said counselling sessions are still available and the is staff ready to help.
There will be a drug awareness presentation coming up. It is a joint effort between Victim Services, the RCMP, AHS Addiction and Mental Health and local physicians. The presentation will be for both kids and adults. Information and resources will be available to educate anyone on the drug issues facing the community, such as fentanyl. This will be at the Roland Michener High School gym at 6:30 p.m. on Dec. 7.
Northern Haven Support Society
The Northern Haven Support Society has many happenings coming up in December. There will be a Ladies Social Hour on Dec. 12 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Alliance Church. It will be a fun craft night. The craft in question will be a Christmas candy dish.
The last event will be on Dec. 19. It will be a Christmas turkey dinner. Both events are for women only.
The Rotary Club of Slave Lake Public Library is continuing with the after school club. The after school club will have bake nights, movie nights, board game nights as well as craft nights. Santa Claus will be making a special visit to the library on Dec. 19 for a story time at 10:30 a.m.
The library will be moving forward on the “food for fines” initiative. This means that if you bring in a food donation, you could get your overdue fines waived. The food donation must be reasonable based on the total of the fine. If your fine is for losing a book, that fine will not be waived.
Slave Lake Family and Community Support Services (FCSS) Coordinator Haylie Millard went through three FCSS initiatives.
She said she is looking for volunteers for senior snow removal. FCSS is offering a coupon for free pizza at Domino’s Pizza for each driveway shoveled. You can call 780-849-8031 to sign up or get more information.
FCSS is also looking for volunteers for the Buddies for Seniors Program. This program would see a volunteer paired up with a senior based on their interest. You can email firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in volunteering.
The last program she mentioned was the Santas for Seniors program. A tree is set up at the Fix Cafe where you can get a tag with the name of a senior and a gift request. Once you draw a tag you would go out and buy the item. Once the item is bought, it and the tag need to be brought in a bag to the Fix by Dec. 10.
The next Interagency Meeting will be on Jan. 30, 2018.