The April 30th Inter-Agency Council meeting had several new faces. Angela Tallman recently started at Parent Link. She is the Indigenous Outreach worker, which is a new position fund by the province.
WJS and Norther Haven Support Society also had some practicum students. Alexa Hendricks at WJS. Mya DeJong and Annette Collins are social work students at Northern Lakes College doing their practicum at Northern Haven Support Society. The practicums are over 280 hours, so the students will be working until sometime in June.
After a long wait, Slave Lake is getting a new Mental Health Therapist, Trina Napier said. The therapist starts in May. Napier hopes to bring her to the next meeting. The need for this therapist was mentioned at the March meeting and others.
In preparation for World No Tobacco Day, May 31, Napier, AHS Youth Addictions and Tobacco Reduction Counsellor, presented on the AHS resources that are available to individuals who want to quit smoking and to people and organizations interested in helping.
Slave Lake AHS Addiction Services offers in-person free outpatient counselling on Monday to Friday between 8:00 and 4:00 p.m. Call 780-849-7127 to make an appointment. Be sure to specify it is for tobacco.
Once or twice a year, the clinic offers QuitCore, a free six-week education and support group. The clinic offers pamphlets and free Quit Kits. The newest pamphlet is geared toward explaining vaping to teenagers.
Other free resources are available from albertaquits.ca via online, text, or phone. The website includes information for smokers, family, and agencies including a forum for people to encourage each other and courses.
AHS now offers residential treatment at the Lander Treatment Centre in Claresholm. This costs $40 a day. It runs for eight days, whenever a group of eight people sign-up. Entry requires a referral from an addictions counsellor or medical professional.
Mental Health Week is May 7 to 13; keep an eye out for the Mental Health and Addictions Services banner on a fence by Main Street and other events, Napier said.
Mental Health walk-in hours are Mondays from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. and Addictions walk-in are Monday to Friday from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m., Napier said. These are at Mental Health and Addiction Services.
Tim Horsman, from AHS Public Health, shared about the P.A.R.T.Y. Program. It stands for Prevent Alcohol and Risk-Related Trauma in Youth which will be in Slave Lake on May 14 and in Wabasca on the 15th for Grade 9 students.
Horsman shared that all the beds in the community garden are spoken for, and the committee plans to top up the soil this year.
AHS offers a supervised exercise program from July 19 to September 5, Susan McGhee, AHS Chronic Disease Management, said. Assessments are in June. The program is for anyone who has, or is at risk for, a chronic illness aged 18 plus. AHS covers the cost. There are afternoon and evening classes. To register call 1-877-349-5711.
Blanche Chymycz shared about long-term care. From Mother’s Day tea on May 19 to the need to replace the planters in the garden. The long-term care is busy. Chymycz plans to attend the Seniors Week planning meeting on May 9th. Seniors Week is the first week in June. Several organizations will attend the meeting.
Tracy Leggett from Northern Haven Outreach shared that since she is involved with the P.A.R.T.Y. program, Ladies Social Hour will only have only three weeks of programming in May: Mother’s Day Social (May 7), Driftwood Art (May 21), and Flower Arranging (May 28), at the Alliance Church. These free events include snacks and childcare. To reserve a spot call or text Tracy at 587-516-043.
Bernadette, Northern Haven Support Society Community Services Support Worker, brought overviews, referral sheets, and business cards.
Suzanne Wilson handed out the May calendar of events for the Rotary Club of Slave Lake Library. After School Club on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays except May 2 and 9. Lego Day every Friday, and Afternoon Movie Time on May 6 and 27. The Library is closed on Sundays and from May 12 to 14 and on May 20.
Tallman, from Parent Link, mentioned the first outdoor Family Fitness and Literacy will be on on Tuesday May 7 from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. starting at Schurter park and proceeding to other parks in town. This program combines fitness, walking to the park and playing on the equipment, with literacy, story time. A snack is provided. It runs weekly. Weather permitting, it is outside until October.
Family and Community Support Services
Hailey Millard presented various FCSS programs and volunteer opportunities.
May 11 to 18th is Clean-up Week. Any group of people can volunteer to help pick up trash around the community. Fun Community Clean-Up t-shirts, garbage and recycle bags, and waste drop off are provided. Go to the MRC or call 780-849-8023 to sign up.
On May 28, FCSS and the MD are hosting a seniors information afternoon at the Smith Complex from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. At noon, a free lunch is available. For seniors in Flatbush and West End bussing is available, but it must be requested before May 15.
Registration by May 15 is required. Contact Peggy at 780-681-3929 or Peggy.Laing@mdlsr.ca
FCSS has grants available for organizations and community groups, which help improve the lives of Slave Lake residences and encourage well-being. Any questions contact 780-849-8003 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Apply by June 28.
The income tax program wrapped up on April 30. There will be one final day in June for those people who missed the deadline.
Save the dates of September 13th to 15th for the Outback Power Pack Camp. This is put on by the FCSS, the Town of Slave Lake, and Northern Haven Support Society, Millard said.