Politicans talk with Slave Lake FCSS and agencies about services

Local agencies share thoughts

Katrina Owens
Lakeside Leader

Honourable Danielle Larivee, Minister of Children’s Services along with Honourable Irfan Sabir, Minister of Community and Social Services came to town and chatted with local agencies last week.
The Leader had the opportunity to meet with both post-meeting and found out what they learned.
“We heard about the strengths and successes the community has seen,” said Larivee. “We also learned about the challenges that they (the agencies) still face – there is still work to be done.”
Larivee added, “We’re on the right track but there is work to be done for areas such as mental health. We have more to do to tackle the gaps in services.”
Sabir chimed in and said that meetings such as this one are scheduled so government officials see first hand what work there is to do.
“I think people are better judges of their own community and can tell us what is working and what isn’t. That was the purpose of this meeting; to be on the ground and in the front-line.”
All-in-all, or so it seems, both ministers walked away from the meet and greet with a better idea on what issues FCSS and other agencies face in Slave Lake and surrounding areas.

(l) Honourable Danielle Larivee, Minister of Children’s Services and (r) Honourable Irfan Sabir, Minister of Community and Social Services.

Representatives from local social services stand with Larivee and Sabir last week on Aug. 11, 2017 inside council chambers in Slave Lake.

Larivee (l) and Sabir (r) speak with the director of community services for the Town of Slave Lake, Ruth Rolfe (centre).

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