One year ago the Wesleyan church acquired new youth and family life pastor, Laurie Walsh.
Walsh moved to Slave Lake from Sussex New Brunswick where she graduated from Kingswood University. She says her mom already lived in Slave Lake, so moving there for work was easy.
Walsh completed her Bachelor degree in counselling at Kingswood. The school is Christian, she says, and associated with the Wesleyan Church.
Walsh explains she always wanted to work in church-affiliated setting, although as a teenager growing up she adds she only attended church every so often.
At the church, Walsh helps to coordinate and run the youth programs and family outreach programs. She says she helped Pastor Peggy Yetman the main pastor at the church create some of the youth programs and activities.
Some of these included the Ladies Night Out event that took place back in November. Another is the upcoming New Years Eve Fun Night, happening on December 31, 2018 at 8:00 p.m. at the church.
Walsh says right now the church does not have any programs or activities planned for the new year. The focus for now is on their teen program, called Inspire. It aims to build leadership skills in the next generation.
One of the things Walsh really wants to do within the church is build her relationships in the community and connect with everyone.
“I really like Slave Lake,” she says. “It is a unique little town. When I think of small towns, I think of Slave Lake.”
Walsh mentions in her spare time she likes to go for drives and take photos.
Service times are on Sundays at 10:30 a.m., if anyone would like to come to the church.
Walsh adds there will be a New Year’s Eve service at 8:00 p.m.