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Local groups showcased at annual resource fair

The final Fort Macleod Farmer’s Market of the season will include a variety of people selling a unique product — the community’s vast crop of resources.
The annual Community Resource Fair runs from 3-6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 22 in conjunction with the Farmer’s Market at the Fort Macleod Curling Club.
“We want people to remember and know just how many great organizations there are in this community,” Fort Macleod Family and Community Support Services director Angie O’Connor said. “The resource fair is intended to bring the community in and make them aware.”
Fort Macleod FCSS is a sponsor of the Farmer’s Market and traditionally organizes the resource fair in conjunction with the last market of the season.
Community groups and service providers are encouraged to set up displays in the curling rink to promote their activities and programs.
“We just want people to know what is available,” O’Connor said. “The resource fair provides sort of one-stop shopping for community resources.”
In previous years as many as 30 organizations have set up displays.
“They feel it is helpful,” O’Connor said.
Representatives of the Canadian Cancer Society will be on hand Thursday to promote its services and programs.
The Fort Macleod Chamber of Commerce will have some volunteers present to promote the benefits of membership and to explain the many activities it undertakes.
Service providers such as Children’s Care Services, Community Mental Health, Public Health, Global Training, Fort Macleod Kids First Family Centre and Parents As Teachers will be present.
People can also learn about educational opportunities available in Fort Macleod from representatives of the Lethbridge College Satellite Campus and the Willow Creek Community Adult Learning Society.
Community groups such as the Empress Theatre Society, Fort Macleod Hospital Auxiliary, Lifeline, Fort Macleod Lions, The Fort — Museum of the North West Mounted Police, Fort Macleod Skate Club, Ranchland Victim Services, the Rotary Club and the Welcome Mat will have displays promoting their activities.
The community groups will also talk to people about becoming members and volunteering in some of the activities.
“There is still room,” O’Connor said of registration for the resource fair.
There is no charge to have a display at the resource fair.
To register, call Angie O’Connor at 403-553-4491.

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