Jan. 30, 2018 meeting
The Wesleyan Church
The Peggy Yetman, of the Slave Lake Wesleyan Church, reported that the church was donated 10 computers. The plan is to start up a after-school homework program. This should be up and running once the computers are set up.
Native Friendship Centre
Barb Courtorielle, of the Slave Lake Native Friendship Centre, said there will be the Indian tacos event coming up for Frost Fest 2018, on Feb. 14 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Friendship Centre.
Courtorielle announced that Dr. Anne-Marie McLaughlin, of the University of Calgary, will be coming to town to speak on the university’s Slave Lake homelessness study. There will be a lunch event held at the Friendship Centre on Feb. 27 from noon to 1:00 p.m.
The Slave Lake Parent Link Centre has several activities on the horizon.
On Feb. 9 it will be National Pizza Day. This will occur during the drop-in program. There will be crafts and free play.
Later on in the month, on Feb. 20, there will be the free dental hygiene information session for parents. It runs from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Better Together Resources Centre. A registered dental hygienist will be a guest speaker.
Alberta Health Services
Trina Napier, of Alberta Health Services (AHS) mental health, spoke about a tobacco reduction. She said there is a program in its fifth week and it is full. She said it is rolling along great.
Napier said AHS is looking to do another session in the fall, but she wanted to stress that there are resources available to help people quit smoking, called AlbertaQuits. There is phone counseling, where you have access to six phone sessions or you can go to her office. You can call 1-866-710-7848 for more info.
Tim Horsman, AHS health promotion facilitator, said that cancer prevention will be the focus now. He said there is an increase in cancer screening and prevention.
AHS will also be working with schools on injury prevention.
The Alberta Healthy Living Program will be holding a new program in March. This will focus on managing emotional eating. It will take place on March 6, 13 and 20 from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. each day.
The sessions will help you understand emotional and mindful eating behaviours, learn the effects of eating behaviours as well as build up skills to help deal with emotional eating.
Family and Community Support Services
Haylie Millard, Slave Lake FCSS co-ordinator, said there are several events coming up.
There is the Red Cross disaster management volunteer information night on Feb. 22 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Lesser Slave Regional Fire Service. Millard said this would focus on preparing for a disaster.
Millard explained that some of the “moving beyond anger and anxiety” sessions had to be rescheduled. FCSS is still taking registration for the March sessions. The program runs from March 13 to May 17. Women meet on Tuesdays and meet on Thursdays from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. To register you can call 780-805-6532 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Millard said she is still looking for volunteers for the Buddies for Seniors program. This is where a volunteer is paired up with a senior, based on mutual interests, and the pair spend time together. Email email@example.com for more info.
(The Slave Lake Interagency Council meets once per month, 10 months of the year, at noon on the last Tuesday of the month. Facilitated by the Town of Slave Lake FCSS office, it gives a chance for all the “helping” agencies in the area to get together and share information about their services and programs.
For more information on Interagency, call Haylie Millard at the Town of Slave Lake.)