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Interagency hears from Fort Macleod groups

ANGIE O’CONNOR – GAZETTE CONTRIBUTOR
Fort Macleod and District Family and Community Support Services (FCSS) hosts interagency meetings on a monthly basis.
This is one avenue where community agencies are updated on what different agencies are doing.
Following are highlights of the Nov. 6 meeting:
Heather Anctil reported Fort Macleod Extendicare is getting ready for the Santa Claus Parade and the family Christmas lunch.
Extendicare residents love their new wheelchair bicycle.
They are looking into hosting an Alzheimer’s awareness night for families and the public.
Cynthia Chisholm reported Kids First Family Centre will need to reapply for Alberta government funding.
Kids First will organize the Secret Santa program.
Kids First is advertising for the First Nation outreach worker position.
Stay ‘n’ Play is a drop-in program on Mondays for parents to bond with their preschoolers.
Baby and Me is a program on Mondays as well for parents to have fun with their baby and learn about development.
Dadurday is a program held on the last Saturday of the month for dads, uncles and grandpas to play with their children and meet other dads.
Parent Cafe is held on Wednesdays.
Play ‘n’ Skate has begun at the Fort Macleod and District Sports Centre for children under eight years of age.
Alicia Cahoon reported the Foothills Centre, a non-medical detox centre that offers detox services, transitional housing, outreach and emergency shelter, had a few staff changes.
Foothills Centre recently celebrated its 40th anniversary.
The Alberta Health-Mental Health Services Protection Act requires residential facilities that provide mental health and addiction services to be licensed through the government. Foothills Centre went through the process and is licensed.
Purdy from Fort Macleod Alliance Church reported that on Sunday, Dec. 1 at 5:30 p.m. at the church is having its annual Christmas in the Parking Lot event.
The pick-up for the Operation Christmas Child shoe boxes is Nov. 24.
Karen Sparks, family school liaison counsellor at W.A Day school reported the Roots of Empathy program is running.
Sparks is looking for gently used yoga mats for programming. If you have one you want to donate contact the school.
Jim Monteith told the group council is aware of some changes with the provincial budget.
FCSS housing support worker Brittany Howe noted Lethbridge Housing Authority is not accepting any new rent supplement applications.
CMHC is offering new funding options for investors, developers and first-time home buyers.
Shelly Hansen of Training Inc. works in Fort Macleod every Wednesday and a half day on Fridays because of demand. Intakes have started for Training in health care aide, office administration and security.
Lee Holfeld of the Early Childhood Coalition is working on plans for a speaker and workshop in new year.
Dr. Sherran is speaking in Lethbridge on Nov. 21 on brain research.
Following the meeting the Interagency group was notified there is no further provincial funding after March 2020.
Nicole Asuchak, activity co-ordinator for Pioneer Lodge, reported Fine Dining the third Thursday of the month.
Pioneer Lodge on Nov. 25 is having a shopping extravaganza from 4-7 p.m. and on Nov. 26 is hosting Benefits and Credits for Seniors.
The lodge will have a float in parade.
Librarian Darlene Hofer presented the schedule of activities and programs such as Scrabble, writing club, speakers, and reader circles.
Angie O’Connor reported FCSS has received notice provincial funding is stable.
Funded agency applications were due Nov. 1.
Fort Macleod agencies and organizations are asked to join Help Seeker — a national on-line platform.
Vanessa McKenzie is the new outreach worker for Inclusion Foothills Claresholm and Area. The Web site is www.fsnaps.org and the office phone number is 1-403-603-3232
Courtnay Epp is a health promotion facilitator with Alberta Health Services Population Health working out of Fort Macleod Health Centre.
Dates to note:
• Salvation Army Christmas hamper registration is every Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Food Bank. Applicants must provide proof of address, income and identification. Hamper pick-up is Dec. 11.
• Tea and Bannock, a conversation on best practices for early childhood education for First Nations children, is Nov. 20 at the G.R. Davis Administration Building.
• On Nov. 22-23 there is an “Opioids Don’t Discriminate” event at the Lethbridge Transit Centre.
• On Nov. 26 a Grief and Loss session is at 7 p.m. at Fort Macleod Library.
• Chamber of Commerce Moonlight Madness is Nov. 29 with tree lighting and carols.
• Santa Claus Parade and activities are Nov 30.
• The CPR Holiday Train arrives at 9:15 a.m. on Dec 11.
• Santa’s Gone Looney is Dec. 11 at W.A. Day school.
• The Community Christmas Concert at the Empress Theatre is on Dec. 12.
• The Masons” Community Christmas Dinner is Dec. 14.

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