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Fort Macleod joins Alberta’s Promise

PHOTO BY KAREN WHITEMAN Fort Macleod town council recently joined Alberta's Promise, a group dedicated to making this province the best place to raise a child. Back row, from left: Coun. Keith Trowbridge, Coun. Gord Wolstenholme, Coun. Mike Collar, Coun. Trish Hoskin and Coun. Michael Dyck. Front row, from left: Mayor Rene Gendre and Deputy Mayor Brent Feyter.

PHOTO BY KAREN WHITEMAN
Fort Macleod town council recently joined Alberta’s Promise, a group dedicated to making this province the best place to raise a child. Back row, from left: Coun. Keith Trowbridge, Coun. Gord Wolstenholme, Coun. Mike Collar, Coun. Trish Hoskin and Coun. Michael Dyck. Front row, from left: Mayor Rene Gendre and Deputy Mayor Brent Feyter.

Fort Macleod cares about the children in its community.
The Town of Fort Macleod will have support in that commitment through a new partnership with a provincial organization.
Fort Macleod is now a member of Alberta’s Promise, and last week council received a symbolic red wagon.
“Our goal is to make Alberta the best place in the world to raise a kid,” said Karen Whiteman of Alberta’s Promise.
Whiteman attended a recent council meeting at Fort Macleod RCMP Centennial Library.
Whiteman presented the town with a red wagon, and gave smaller versions to each member of council.
Council members and town staff also took the Alberta’s Promise “partner pledge.”
“As a committed Alberta’s Promise partner, we pledge to build a better Alberta for kids and help them reach their full potential,” council members and town staff said.
The Town of Fort Macleod earlier this year applied to be a member of Alberta’s Promise.
Alberta’s Promise is a partnership between the province, business, non-profit agencies and community leaders.
Their goal is to enhance the well-being of children and young people.
There are no fees or sign-up costs to become a partner with Alberta’s Promise.
Alberta’s Promise requires its partners to commit time and resources to children’s initiatives.
For town council, this could include adopting family-friendly policies, volunteering, donations of goods and services, or financial contributions and sponsorship.
Alberta’s Promise helps partner businesses make donations of cash, volunteer hours and goods and services to non-profit groups that support children.
“Moving forward what we would like to do is bring on some of the businesses in town that want to become more involved with the community in terms of either volunteer time or in-kind donations and cash,” Whiteman said. “And also bring them together with some of the agencies.”
Alberta’s Promise staff will meet with interested business owners in Fort Macleod.
“We have some very dedicated businesses in town,” chief administrative officer Sue Keenan told Whiteman. “We can provide you with a list.”
Whiteman also urged council to let Alberta’s Promise know about work that is being done in Fort Macleod for children.
“One of the things we like to do is brag about the work that is being done,” Whiteman said.
Alberta’s Promise shares communities’ success stories on its Web site, Facebook page and Twitter.

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