Slave Lake Inter-Agency Council: Health-related programs and events happening now or coming up

March 26, 2019 meeting

Pearl Lorentzen
Lakeside Leader

The Inter-Agency Council meeting was short as there was no speaker. There were 12 members in attendance to share information about upcoming events.

Volunteers have increased for Blanche Chymycz at Slave Lake long-term care, so starting in April there will be monthly birthday parties and weekly teas. Parent Link will be bringing kids in to do an Easter egg hunt.

Blanche and Tim Horsman at AHS Public Health are working toward a fall prevention program at the facility. “Falls are the leading cause of injury in Alberta,” Tim said.

Peggy Yetman at the Slave Lake Wesleyan Church has very dedicated, but tired volunteers. For the last 18 months, three, sometimes four, volunteers ran afternoon programs for children aged five to 12 on Wednesdays and Sundays. They served over 2,000 meals. They have had to close the Wednesday program, but are continuing with Sunday. Wednesdays in some form will start back up in June. In the summer, the church will provide 20 days of full programming. The adult and older children craft night continues on Wednesdays from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

AHS Addictions and Mental Health are understaffed and still looking for two staff members on the psychiatry side Trina Napier reported. Being short staffed, it takes a while to get an intake appointment, but mental health drop-ins are on Mondays from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Haylie Millard chaired the meeting and shared about FCSS projects. Free disconnect boxes, which are small boxed to put phones in with suggestions for fun activities for families, are available at the office. There will be a draw for families who use them for two weeks and do a survey on May 3. FCSS is running a pilot program of anger management in a few schools. Next school year, they hope to run the program for all grades in all schools.

April Events
Kellirae Tkach presented for Parent Link and Happy, Healthy Kids Coalition Slave Lake. Parent Link Centre’s April calendar is available. There are events from Monday to Saturday. For people having trouble getting to Parent Link meetings, Royal LePage has sponsored taxi rides. See the office for details.

Rhymes that Bind is a new six week registered program for parents and tots put on by Parent Link. It begins Monday April 8th.

On April 12, the FCSS is hosting a Volunteer Appreciation Dinner at 6:00 p.m. at The Friendship Centre. RSVP by April 5 to Arlene at 780-849-3039.
Saturday, April 13 is ‘Who let the dads out?’ at Parent Link. The theme is Mother’s Day crafts.

May Events
On May 10, the of Town of Slave Lake hosts an all day seminar called Leading Healthy Teams at the Legacy Centre. It is a video training course, but they plan to recruit a local speaker for the lunch hour. Lunch is included. Tickets are $135 and available at

Tracy Leggett for Northern Haven Support Society Outreach Society shared several upcoming events. The Tuesday Ladies event for April will be Simply Cooking with a theme of a travelling dinner. This event is full, but there will be more space for Ladies Social Hour in May.

Sometime in May, mammograms will likely be coming to Slave Lake and Wabasca, according to Tim Horsman from AHS Public Health. The community garden and P.A.R.T.Y. program will happen again this year.

June Events
On Saturday June 8, at the Northern Star Hotel, NHSS Outreach Society will host Complete Wellness for you and your family. The event runs from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Vendors include reiki, essential oils, and foot reflexology. There are lots of partners and vendors involved in this event. Entry is free, but vendors set their own prices. Tracy said. NHSS Outreach Society has some $30 coupons available at the office. For more information contact, Tracy at 587-516-0543.

Stephanie Lukan from Children Services dropped off Northern Haven referrals and overview of services. Bernadette Baldwin from Northern Haven, Jackie Deley from WJS Canada, Laurell Sloan from Slave Lake Housing, and Garry Roth from the Town of Slave Lake also attended.

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