Chamber of commerce Notebook

Living Waters School Division looking for board member and other Chamber news

Sept. 30, 2019

Pearl Lorentzen
Lakeside Leader

Living Waters Catholic School Division
Florence Gladue shared for Living Waters School board.

“I’m very proud of our children,” Gladue said.

Living Waters is in need of a new board member. Application forms are available at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic School and St. Mary of the Lake Catholic School. The deadline is October 11.

High Prairie School Division
Ali Mouallem shared for the High Prairie School board. Monday Sept. 30 was Orange Shirt Day, to raise awareness about residential schools. The success coaches met with all of the classes to explain the day. Education about residential schools is also in the curriculum.

All of the schools have full staff. The only change to leadership is Roland Michener Secondary School teacher Deanna Sloan is the new vice-principal.
On September 26, Mouallem handed out the awards at Roland Michener’s award night. He was very impressed with the students.

“There’s lots of great kids in the community,” Mouallem said.

The school division is working on revamping its policies. One of the new areas that will be added in in regards to vaping.

Keepers of the Athabasca
Jule Asterisk presented the Keepers of the Athabasca workshop series “Flowing into Right Relationships.” All pertinent details have been printed in the past.

Business directory
The chamber is working toward making a digital business directory and app. After looking into developing it’s own software, the decision was made to use Chamber Master Software. It is used by 90 per cent of chambers. Executive director, Kim Hughes, is learning the program.

The board is working on a fee sheet for listings and advertising.

The town is also interested in having something similar for industry, said mayor Tyler Warman. However, they don’t want to duplicate work. There are oil field companies interested in the area and the town wants to help them connect with local companies.

Past events
This was the first meeting of the chamber since Riverboat Daze. The new location for the midway worked well, and the event was well attended.

The dates for next year are on the July 3 to 5th. The chamber would like more volunteers than it had this year.

Upcoming events
The federal election forum was on October 3.

October 20 to 26 is Small Business Week.

Monday is the election.

Tuesday the focus is on shopping locally.

Wednesday there is “Figuring out Financial Statements” at the board room of Community Futures from 9 a.m. to noon.

Thursday from 5 to 7 p.m., there is a Mix and Mingle event at Dog Island Brewery. Buy your own drinks, but appetizers are provided.

On Friday, there is a free marketing workshop from 10 a.m. to noon in the Medallion Room at the Slave Lake Inn. This is put on by Strong Coffee Marketing. The topic is “Increasing your Digital Footprint”. Register on www.myslavelake.com.

One-on-one marketing sessions are available in the afternoon. There are 16 spots available. These cost $40 and registration is on www.myslavelake.com.
On October 31, the chamber is organizing Mini Monster Halloween. Instead of trick-or-treating in neighbourhoods in the evenings, kids stop by participating businesses to get candy during the day.

Participating businesses are added to a map and list.

Businesses which want to participate can register on www.myslavelake.com.

The map will be provided to interested parents before Halloween.

In November, there is a Leadercast conference for women on November 7. It is a full day conference at the Legacy Centre. It costs $70, which includes lunch. Tickets are at www.myslavelake.com.

Moonlight Madness and Santa Claus Parade are on November 15. More details will be announced.

Town of Slave Lake
Mayor Tyler Warman shared about town news. The water meter project is complete. Pavement patching is starting. The town council met with various ministers at the Alberta Urban Municipalities Association (AUMA). One of the issues raised was the need for a new ambulance station. The town has made a formal request to obtain Phoenix Heights.

Next meeting
The next chamber of commerce meeting is October 28 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Slave Lake Inn, in the Medallion Room.

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