AHS COVID-19 Community Conversation for the Calgary Zone

AHS Medical Officer of Health Dr. Jia Hu invites you a virtual COVID-19 Community Conversation for the Calgary Zone. Following an update on the status of COVID-19 in Alberta and the Calgary region, and AHS’ response – including vaccine safety – Dr. Hu will answer your questions.

Two virtual events have been scheduled – to register, click on the date and time that works best for you:

Tuesday, March 9: 8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.

Tuesday, March 9: 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Please feel free to submit any questions you may have when you register, or email them to us at [email protected]. This will help us to design a presentation that reflects your key concerns.

Vulcan County Family Resources- February 2021

Vitality Café – Monday’s at 7pm you can break your isolation and connect with other people in some authentic conversation via zoom.  Improve your personal wellbeing.  Join any week.  Email [email protected] to get the link or find it on the website www.vulcanandregionfcss.com, the link is under the poster.

 

Parent Café – These are for parents to engage in real conversations about parenting and just a chance to connect with other parents. Will begin via zoom Feb. 16 and in person in March if regulations allow.

Winter Walk Day  – Winter Walk Day – Open the Door and go for it! Get more active outdoors this winter. Register at shapeab.com/winter-walk-day/

Coping with Covid-19 – Addiction and Mental Health Resources. There are a lot of links to resources in this booklet on a variety of topics.  Helplines, Wellness, Finances, Families, Seniors and Suicide

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MCG Careers is thrilled to be offering a virtual job fair as an opportunity for job seekers to connect with employers. In addition to the main event we will be offering some Bootcamps the days leading up to the job fair. One of these boot camps will be all about Zoom and is in partnership with the Literacy for Life Foundation. If someone you are working with is unable to attend the job fair but is interested in one or both of the bootcamps they are welcome to attend! All three events are being offered at No Cost to attendees or to employers.  Interested parties can register by following the link to our listings on eventbrite on the corresponding attached poster.

Foothills Virtual Job Fair - Feb 4 2021 (1)

Career Planning Online – “Kick-start your next career path”    Friday February 5, 2021, 9:30am – 12:00pm

CPO Workshop. Virtual. Feb.05.2021

Resume Building and Cover Letter Writing – “Tailoring and targeting”  Tuesday February 9, 2021, 1pm – 3:30pm

RBCLW Workshop. Virtual. Feb.09.2021

Resume Scanners? – “Getting your resume past the system and in front of the hiring manager” Friday February 12, 2021, 9:30am – 12pm

RS Workshop. Virtual. Feb.12.2021

LinkedIn – “Create and advance your online presence” Thursday February 25, 2021, 9:30am – 12pm

LI Workshop. Virtual. Feb.25.2021

Greater Foothills Family Network – List of Programs Pre-register for programs at 1-877-652-8633. Supplies are provided.

Be my Valentine – Create a special gift – Feb. 12 10:30am –   0-12 years old

Daily Discoveries – Wednesday’s at 1:30pm – Preschool

Design Squad – Engineering challenges for 9-12 years old. Tuesday’s at 4:30pm

Family Fun Night – Wednesday’s at 6:30pm

Game Show – Friday, Feb. 5 for  3-6 year old

Junior Inventors – Thursday’s at 10:30 for 3-6 year old

Kid’s Paint Night – Friday, Feb. 19 at7 pm for 7-12 year old

New 2 U – Skate Donation Program

Space Adventures – Wednesday’s at 10:30am for 3-6 years old

Sunshine Stretches Yoga – Friday, Feb. 26 at 10:30 for 3-6 years old

Holiday Craft-a-Long – Feb. 2 for Groundhog Day 2- 5 year old’s at 4pm, 6-8 year old’s at 6:30pm Register at Rainbow Literacy at 403-485-3107

Census Jobs 2021 – March-July

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Vulcan Lifeguard Jobs – Summer 2021 Apply now

Resources

The Making Connections Program for Palliser Schools now has a Facebook page. It will be a place where we post different events, tips, etc. Here is the link if you wanted to include it in your emails/ news letter and let parents know they can like it for all different sorts of awesome information 🙂 https://www.facebook.com/Palliser-School-Divison-Making-Connections-Program-104502814933151/?view_public_for=104502814933151 

Rosie’s Gift of Love

Hi friends!. It’s a good day to stay inside and keep warm . If anybody is still in need of a warm coat, mitts, hat or scarf, let us know. Mom says she still has some to give away. Share the love, Rosie.  Visit Quarks Consignment or Facebook Message Sandy Stoddard.

Community Education Services provide free public education available via webinar   https://community.hmhc.ca/

Tues Feb 2 @ 6:30 pm  

Thur Feb 4 @ 1 pm (rebroadcast of Feb 2 live presentation) Friend or Foe? How to create healthy relationships with digital devices in the family 

Wed Feb 3 6:30 pm Managing Anxiety within the COVID-19 World
SATURDAY Feb 6 10 am Putting Stress Under the Microscope: Parenting Stress and Its Relationship to Parenting 

Tues Feb 9 @ 1 pm  

Wed Feb 24 @ 6:30 pm Supporting Your Children to have Healthy Relationships During a Pandemic 

Thur Feb 11 6:30 pm Bullying and ASD 

Wed Feb 17  6:30 pm School-and-community-based strategies to support newcomer youth and families: Taking relational and culturally responsive approaches to promote resilience and mental well-being 

Thur Feb 18  10 am Teens in Trouble With the Law: What You Need to Know 

Tues Feb 23 6:30 pm The COVID-19 Pandemic: Pedantics and Peculiarities 

Fri Feb 26 11 am Put the Pro in Cognitive Proficiency   

Sat Feb 27, Mar 6, Mar 13 11 am Teens Talk Transition

A Simple Plan to Get Your Family Outside More Often

“The premise is really simple,” she said, “but the impact is really profound. You have to make a conscious choice of what you want to fill your life with. Otherwise, time just slips away.”

The Importance of Teaching Life Skills 

In her book, “How to Raise an Adult,” Julie Lythcott-Haims makes a case for breaking from over-parenting and doing your children a favour by doing less for them.

As a parent, the goal, apart from surviving each day, is to get your beautiful little babies though childhood, thriving and alive, and launch them into adulthood with skills to make their way in life with an attitude, of “I can do this.”  That attitude is “Self-efficacy” and it means having the belief in your abilities to complete a task, reach goals, and manage a situation.  It means believing in your ability and effort – not in your parents’ abilities to help you do things or to do them for you.  Childhood is about the endless and repeated trial-and-error opportunities that allow us to learn. As long as we let the kids fail, do the work themselves, experience the discomfort and help them believe that they can learn something if they keep trying, they will gain valuable life skills.

Whether it is learning to read or managing a difficult friendship, we need to provide support rather than the solve the problem. We cannot just do everything for them, prevent them from failure or discomfort and then dump them out in the world at eighteen and wave bye-bye.  We can talk about how to let go of hurt feelings with a friend, and how to see someone else’s perspective.  We can expect them to clean up their own toys or help clean up the spilt milk.  We can involve them in cooking and get them to the point of leaving them in charge of cooking something nutritious for the whole family.  We can set expectations that they study for a test and work towards getting a better grade by putting in the effort.  We can skip teach them about the safety and how to stay at home alone safely, before they are old enough to become a babysitter and be in charge of other people’s children.

As parents we want to keep them safe, see them feel success at school, sports and in relationships and reduce their pain in difficult situations but we need to let them learn from their own mistakes too.  To take our “pounce” instinct and tone it down to a “wince” reaction when our child gets a boo-boo or fights with a sibling.  Can you watch at a distance to see if they can work it out or suck it up without your intervention? Can we help them mature into a responsible adult that can handle responsibilities and obligations beyond their own personal care and pleasure?

One strategy for parenting with a practical path toward independence involves teaching new skills in steps:

-first we do it for you

-then we do it with you

-then we watch you do it

-then you do it completely independently

Think of teaching your child to drive a car.  What skills can you teach a preschooler following this method?

Lindsay Hutton, “I Did it All by Myself” an Age-by-Age Guide to Teaching Your Child Life Skills,” https://www.familyeducation.com/teens/6-life-skills-every-teen-should-master-before-college

Ages 2 and 3: Small Chores and Basic Grooming

This is the age when your child will start to learn basic life skills. By the age of three, your child should be able to

  • Help put his toys away.
  • Dress himself (with some help from you)
  • Put his clothes in the hamper when he undresses
  • Clear his plate after meals
  • Assist in setting the table
  • Brush his teeth and wash his face with assistance

Ages 4 and 5: Important Names and Numbers

Safety skills are high on the list, now. She should know

  • Her full name, address and a phone number to reach you
  • How to make an emergency call

Your child should also learn how to

  • Perform simple cleaning chores like dusting in easy-to-reach places and clearing the table after meals
  • Feed pets
  • Identify money denominations and understand the very basic concept of how money is used
  • Brush her teeth, comb her hair and wash her face without help
  • Help with basic laundry chores, such as putting her clothes away and bringing her dirty clothes to the laundry
  • Choose her own clothes to wear

 

Ages 6 and 7: Basic Cooking Techniques

Kids at this age can start to help with cooking meals, and can learn to

  • Mix, stir and cut with a dull knife
  • Make a basic meal, like a sandwich
  • Help put the groceries away
  • Wash the dishes

Your child should also learn how to

  • Use basic household cleaners safely
  • Straighten up the bathroom after using it
  • Make her bed without assistance.
  • Bathe unsupervised.

 

Ages 8 and 9: Pride in Personal Belongings

By this time, your child should take pride in her personal belongings and take care of them properly. That includes being able to

  • Fold her clothes
  • Learn simple sewing
  • Care for outdoor toys such as her bike

Your child should also learn how to

  • Take care of personal hygiene without being told to do so
  • Use a broom and dustpan properly
  • Read a recipe and prepare a simple meal
  • Help create a grocery list
  • Count and make change
  • Take out the trash

 

Ages 10 to 13: Gaining Independence

Ten is about the age when your child can begin to perform many skills independently. She should know how to

  • Stay home alone
  • Go to the store and make purchases by herself
  • Change her own bed sheets
  • Use the washing machine and dryer
  • Plan and prepare a meal with several ingredients
  • Use the oven to broil or bake foods

Your child should also learn how to

  • Read labels
  • Iron clothes
  • Use basic hand tools
  • Look after younger siblings or neighbors

Ages 14 to 18: More Advanced Skills

By 14, your child should have mastered of all of the previous skills. On top of that, she should be able to

  • Perform more sophisticated cleaning and maintenance chores, such as plunging a toilet, cleaning the stove and unclogging drains
  • Fill a car with gas, add air to and change a tire
  • Read and understand medicine labels and dosages
  • Interview for and get a job.
  • Create and maintain a calendar

Young Adults: Preparing to Live on His Own

Your child will need to know how to support herself when he goes away to college or moves out. There are still a few skills she should know before venturing out on his own, including

  • Make regular doctor and dentist appointments and other important health-related appointments.
  • Have a basic understanding of finances, and be able to manage his bank account, pay a bill and use a credit card.
  • Understand basic contracts, like an apartment or car lease.
  • Schedule oil changes and basic car maintenance.
  • How to deal with an illness, when to seek a doctor, how to make up an exam, etc.

It’s a process.  If there is a skill that is missed, you still have time to teach it.  Just don’t expect them to know how to do things without the time to teach them.

Take care of yourself and the people around you,

Lori Gair

Community Liaison

Vulcan and Region Family and Community Support Services

Phone: 403-485-2192 ext. 103

Email: [email protected]

Vulcan County Family Resources- Jan 2021

Parent Cafe’s are an opportunity to connect with other parents. Which is important now, more than ever.  Parent Cafés are emotionally safe spaces where parents and caregivers talk about the challenges and victories of raising a family. Through individual deep self-reflection and peer-to-peer learning, participants explore their strengths, learn about the Protective Factors, and create strategies from their own wisdom and experiences to help strengthen their families.  These will begin as soon as it is safe to do so.  Please take the Parent Cafe survey to help us plan for the best time.

Parent Cafe’s Survey Link https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/PGYRC2D

Vitality Cafés are peer-to-peer guided discussion groups that use the six Vitality Domains and empowered engagement techniques to help participants come up with strategies to improve their overall holistic health.  Vitality Cafe’s will be offered virtually at first.  Please take the survey to help us plan for the best time.  

Vitality Cafe’s https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/62PR65L

Virtual Winter Wellness at the Carmangay Library will begin in January.  Watch for posters and on their Facebook page for details. Prizes to be won.

Skating  – Champion has their outdoor ice open. Please skate with your own households and respect space from other skaters.

Fundamental Digital Literacy Skills:  Online Privacy – Chinook Arch Libraries in January. Check your local library website or chinookarch.ca and go to Events.

Posters

Snow Angels – Be a Snow Angel in your neighbourhood. If you have a shovel and see someone’s sidewalk not yet cleared, pitch it and help a neighbour out.  You are also helping the people who want to get out and walk safely, free from ice.  You can also sign up with FCSS at 403-485-2192. We will be out of the office until Jan. 4 but you can try us on Facebook messenger.

Fireworks – Vulcan Recreation presents New Year’s Eve Fireworks – Dec. 31 at 7:30pm Vulcan Arena parking lot.

Read With Me – Ages 3-6

Ages and Stages – Development for kids 0-6years

Building Fine Motor Skills for ages 3-6

January programs at Greater Foothills Family Centre

More programs from the Family Centre

Kids in Motion – Ages 3-6

Glow – For girls 9-12

Winter Reading Challenge through Chinook Arch Libraries

MCG Careers – Job Searching During Covid

Job Searching DC Workshop. Virtual. Jan.12.2021

MCG Careers – Interview Skills Workshop

Interview Skills Workshop.Virtual. Jan.20.2021

MCG Careers – “Linked In” Create and Advance Your Online Presence

Linked In Workshop. Virtual. Jan.28.2021

65 years or older? Join a research study about games created to help keep your mind vibrant.  Must have an android device.

Games for Vibrant Minds Research Study

Triple “P” parenting courses online for parents of all ages https://www.triplep-parenting.ca/alb-en/find-help/triple-p-online/?itb=4dcfbc057e2ae8589f9bbd98b591c50a

Top Parenting Tips for School Life during Covid

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Balancing Work and Life during Covid

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First Nations Health Consortium December Newsletter

FNHC December 2020 Newsletter

Vulcan Library is open for Curbside Pick-up

December 14-January 12

Monday 10-3

Tuesday 10-5

Wednesday Closed

Thursday 10-5

Friday 10-3

 

Resources

Al-Anon Family Group -meetings as needed. Contact Betty W. at 403-652-8285 for information.

Vulcan Regional Food Bank Society and Vulcan and Region Family and Community Support Services will be closed from Dec. 24 at 12pm – Jan.3.  If you are without food, there are Emergency Hampers at the Vulcan Hospital 24 Hour Reception.

There is also a new Give-and-Take Pantry For anyone in need of food or for anyone to drop off donations. Please only take what you need or donate unopened goods that have not expired. Outside the Vulcan Library.

Mental Health Support  Help Lines

Family Ties Association Clinical team can provide subsidized counselling. Currently the service is available through Zoom.  Referrals can come from the FCSS office or clients can call Family Ties directly and ask to speak to Clinical Intake at 403-320-8888.  We ask that the clients pay what they can.

 

Online resources:

–      https://www.anxietycanada.com/articles/covid19-balancing-public-health-and-mental-health/

–    Online Mental Health Resource from the U of A – a newly developed online mental health resource that provides tools for families and individuals.   http://www.comhs.health/  this is postponed until January 2021

 

Text4Hope – Incoming positive daily messages.  Text COVID19HOPE to 393939 to subscribe.

Caring Connections Program by Wild Rose Community Connections  

Contact us at 403 437-4984  Phone or text        Monday – Friday 10:00 – 5:00   or by email at  [email protected]   Emotional Safe Spot for anyone feeling disconnected, alone or just need to chat.   

 

Help Lines 

Mental Health Help Line: 24 hour- 1-877-303-2642

Distress & Suicide Prevention Line of Southwestern Alberta
1-888-787-2880 Lethbridge and Area

Distress Centre: 403-266-HELP (4357) Suicide Prevention

Family Violence Info Line: 310-1818

Kids Help Phone: 1-800-668-6868

Child Abuse Hotline: 1-800-387-5437

Alberta’s One Line for Sexual Violence. Call or text: 1-866-403-8000

AADAC Help Line: 1-866-332-2322  Addictions

Alberta Health Link:  811 or 1-866-408-5465

Alberta Info Helpline: 211  – connects you to community and social services in your area 24 hours a day in over 150 languages.

Income Support Contact Centre 

Albertans can call the Emergency Income Support Contact Centre 24-hours-a-day to get help in an emergency for basic needs like shelter, food, clothing and transportation.  1-866-644-5135

Canadian Red Cross: 24 hour disaster services – 1-888-800-6493

Vulcan Community Health Center (Hospital): 403-485-3333

Crime Stoppers: 1-800-222-8477

Vulcan RCMP Detachment: 403-485-2267

Poison Control: 1-800-332-1414

Article by Dr. Jody Carrington about her family getting Covid-19.

The mental and emotional toll that comes with contracting this virus is just as bad, if not worse, than the physical. There is an astounding amount of shame, guilt and fear associated with contracting Covid, and we need to be talking about it more. When you are surrounded by good people, you will be surprised by their grace and kindness, and you will rise. I would have very likely fallen apart on day three if it weren’t for this community holding us up. The love and support we were shown reinforces what I already know: We were never meant to do this alone, and I have never been more confident that we are #bravertogether. 

 
Click to read an article by a recent CES presenter Tanya Mudry, Assistant Professor, Educational Studies in Psychology, University of Calgary.
With the pressures of the holiday season, rising COVID-19 rates, and the resulting social isolation from friends and family, people can easily fall into addictive or excessive behaviours. These are behaviours that are sometimes done to excess, taking on an addiction-like quality….

Pandemic and Isolation Stress

This is stressful for everyone. And it is not short-term stress, we have been in this pandemic for a long time and new lockdown restrictions are a stressful blow to almost everyone.  Not being able to be with your loved ones at Christmas and being further isolated from connections and support is going to take a heavy toll on everyone’s mental health.  When you do not get a break from stress, it becomes toxic stress that affects your physical health as well, because your brain is telling your nervous system that it is constantly under threat.

It is important to take charge of the stress so you can get through this long term.

  1. Acknowledge that the stress is real. Comparative suffering is not helpful, “I am better off than Mary because she can’t see her sick husband who is battling cancer, so I shouldn’t complain or ask for help.”  Suffering is suffering and knowing that your stress is making you snap at your spouse or drink too much is still real to you and your brain. Just being aware of it and going easy on yourself allows you to take away some of the power the stress holds over your emotions.
  2. Forgive others. Remember they are stressed too.  Everyone is trying to process this new reality to make sense of all the new information coming at us.  If they react poorly to a situation, take a breath and try to think, maybe they are having a hard day too. If people are being opinionated or insensitive, remember that your experience and their experience might be totally different and going on the attack is not likely to change their mind.  You might help yourself more by just sending them good thoughts for understanding than to actually engage in a confrontation.  We all tend to find the information to confirm our biases rather than seek to understand more about the other side of an issue.
  3. Take care of your body. Sleep is a big one.  Your body is better able to cope with stress if you are getting a good night’s sleep (at night, not all day).  Pick a get up time and a go-to-bed time and stick to it.  Make a routine to make it work better for you and lessen your restless mind.  Have a warm bath, read an interesting book, try meditation or make a gratitude list of small things before you go sleep.  But give up the screen time, phones, tablets and TV’s that will disrupt sleep before bedtime.
  4. Choose healthy food. While many of us turn to comfort food and Netflix, what our bodies need to cope with stress is a balanced diet of real food.  Your mother was likely right, you need to eat your vegetables.  Make sure you are getting your daily servings of vegetables, fruit, grains and protein before you dip into the snacks so you are not tempted to overeat.
  5. Exercise – Not only is it good for your body, it also boosts your mood. Exercise is good stress and can reset and refocus your brain.  Put on some cheerful music and get moving: dance, stretch, lift, jump, walk or run.
  6. Find things that you can control and that you enjoy to “fill your bucket.” Make an effort to make some moments special, even if you are alone. You are worth it.

 

Furniture Villa is doing a cool thing to support local business….from Facebook

With the new strict restrictions that our government has put in place, we know that times are going to be tough for a lot of our amazing local businesses in the Vulcan County. We at Furniture Villa are strong believers in supporting the local business community, and as such we are starting our “Bring it Home” campaign as a way to help support others in the community.

Here is how it works:

From now until December 31st (or we reach $5000 converted), bring in a gift card to a “Big Box” store and trade it in for a coupon of equal value to a local Vulcan County business that has been affected by the new restrictions.

A few conditions apply:

  1. The gift card balance must be verifiable.
  2. You must leave your name & contact information.
  3. Coupons will only be accepted at the single designated business of your choice, from the list of participating businesses.
  4. Coupons valid starting January 2nd.
  5. See store for details, other conditions may apply.

Here are the participating businesses:

Hair by Jordyn Cornet

Kona Fitness

Mind Meld Massage Therapy

Vulcan Yoga and Wellness

Vulcan Art Studio

The Hair Hut

Mama’s Pizza

Center Street Eatery – Arrowwood, Alberta

Mossleigh Bar N Grill

Aspen Crossing

Clever Scoops

The Great Full Cup

Lynn’s Place

Village’s Bistro

New Club Cafe

Amy’s Family Restaurant

Denver’s Diner

Milo Hotel/T’s Saloon

Lisa Blair’s Beauty Room

Habitat Lifestyle Boutique

Full Motion BodyworX

ASANI Healing

Bodyworks Fitness Centre

Nails and Hair By Robyn Mears

Lori Gair

Community Liaison

Vulcan and Region Family and Community Support Services

Phone: 403-485-2192 ext. 103

Email: [email protected]

Vulcan County Family Resources- Dec 2020

Posters 

Youth Centre Space open for Bookings as a safe space for all ages

Family Literacy Programs – NOTE most of these programs are currently being offered online. In-person classes are suspended.

Greater Foothills Family Programs for December – Curiosity Kids, Messy Make and Take, Triple P Parenting and more.

Greater Foothills Family Centre December Programs

Vulcan Recreation Programs and Facilities Notice

Food Drive – Vulcan County Wide – Fire departments will come right to your house if you pre-book

Angel Tree for the Vulcan Regional Food Bank – Thank you to everyone who has adopted families and individuals for Christmas Hampers, almost all the tags on the tree at Vulcan Bell Park have been claimed.

Lomond Lions Food Drive at S&S Grocery Store

Holiday Train at Home Dec, 12 – The 22nd annual #CPHolidayTrain is back. And this year, its first—and only—stop is your home! Virtual concert via Facebook Live on December 12 at 6 MT to raise money for food banks across North America. Performances by Serena Ryder, The Trews, JoJo Mason, Logan Staats and Kelly Prescott.

Career and Employment Services – MCG Career Remote

Message from Vulcan Medical Clinic

Write to Santa – He’ll write back!

Champion Gingerbread Houses-

   The Champion FCSS has a limited number of gingerbread house kits available! Once completed, they will be put on display at the

   Champion Pioneer Club. Please message below, or call the Village Office (897-3833) if you’d like to kit!

Vulcan Snow Angel Program – FCSS will take the names of those willing to volunteer and those who need help with snow removal.  Or just be an Angel and help a neighbour out!

Canada Benefit Programs

Canadian Benefit Programs-NOV26

Service Canada Outreach Brochure

Service Canada Community Outreach Brochure

Free Virtual Nutrition Tour

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How Racism can affect Child Development

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Covid care kits

16th Annual Milo Family “Virtual” Christmas – December 1 – 31, 2020
Merry Christmas everyone! Since the Milo community can’t get together to have our annual Christmas celebration, I thought we could share our Christmas spirit online together! In a similar format to the Milo Facebook Fall Fair, below are categories to share our holiday pictures, videos and greetings to help lift everyone’s spirits. Add your photos/videos as comments to the discussions below.
1. Christmas Decorations – show us your indoor and outdoor decorations or lights. Try to outdo your neighbours!
2. Christmas Tree – let’s see who has the best looking tree this year! We put all the work into putting the tree up, we might as well share our work.
3. Holiday Greetings – share your family photos and well wishes with the Milo Community.
4. Food – yes, my favourite! Show off your Christmas baking, cooking and goodies!
5. Humorous – share what made you laugh this season. That holiday baking flop? The horribly wrapped present? The cat in the Christmas tree? Whatever made you chuckle, we would love to laugh with you (or at you ;-))!

Christmas Shopping 

Some local Black Friday sales will be happening all week in Vulcan.

Milo Library has some local vendors and artisans’ items available in December.

Arrowwood Library has a shop local market available all December.

SABC had to cancel their Christmas Market but a vendor parade is planned check out their Facebook page for info.  They also have truckloads of firewood for sale.

 

Resources 

Family Ties Association Clinical team can provide subsidized counselling to Vulcan County residents.  This service is available through Zoom.  If you do not have computer and internet access, an office at FCSS can be booked at 403-485-2192.  Call Family Ties and ask to speak to Clinical Intake 403-320-8888.

Mental Health & Wellness

Beverley Edwards  Self referrals welcome.

Provides counselling for children ages 6 and over, adolescents, adults and seniors.

Phone for an intake appointment.  403-485-3356

Mon-Fri 9am-5pm.   Vulcan Community Health Centre

 

Al-Anon Family Group—meetings as needed. Contact Betty W. at 403-652-8285 for information.

 

Calgary’s Child Magazine always has some great articles and fun activity ideas.

https://www.calgaryschild.com/

Read about the survey results from The Covid-19 Parent Stress and Resilience Survey was assembled to learn about the experiences of parents and families in the Lethbridge area as they respond to the ongoing realities of Covid-19. This survey is a follow-up to the initial Covid-19 Isolation Parent Survey Building Brains Together conducted in the spring of 2020. The data from this survey is being used to make recommendations regarding supports and services during the ongoing pandemic and in future crisis situations.   Although the data was collected in Lethbridge, there are likely similar concerns in your communities.

https://www.buildingbrains.ca/stress-and-resilience-survey

Tips for the Month 

    1. Be forgiving.  Of yourself and others.  People are short, saying things they wouldn’t normally say, are quicker to upset, maybe more withdrawn, sensitive or more defensive.  Remember that even when things look okay on the surface, adults and children are dealing with the added stress from the pandemic on top of whatever else they would normally be dealing with.   Whether it is financial stress, loss of activities, added work, no work, Christmas pressures, feeling confined at home and especially being separated from our social connections and supports, people have up and down moments that do not define them.  Rather than responding to someone’s negativity with your own anger, take a cool down period and imagine that they are having a hard day and come back with compassion rather than anger.  Grant yourself that same compassion too. Learn about Ambiguous loss at www.psychologytoday.com/
    2. Make the effort to do something you love (that is still on the approved list). Drop whatever you are doing and go outside for a walk while there is a beautiful sunset.  Book the arena for skating or find a swimming pool taking private bookings. Enjoy some pet therapy if you have an animal.  Play a silly board game with your family, make it mandatory even for the ones who think they’re too cool.  Create a playlist of light and cheerful songs.  Do something artistic.  Make some food that that feeds your soul and savour it slowly.  Ask your spouse to keep the kids busy for an hour or two so you can have some alone time.  Return the favour.
    3. Do a project.  Tackling and finishing a project can give you a sense of accomplishment and satisfaction that is worth the work.  Just be honest with yourself.  Don’t take on more than you can handle.  If you can trade in a bit of screen time to finish a job that has been hanging over your head you will feel lighter when it is done.  December’s project might just be Christmas.  And remember, if it is overwhelming already, you don’t have to invite the Elf on a Shelf back.  He might be too busy working overtime in the Elf Covid Recovery Centre!
    4. Limit screen time, exercise and eat healthy.  All the things we know we should be doing.   They are still true during a pandemic and still true at Christmas time! If you eat lots of vegetables and have a balanced diet, it will fuel your mind and body and help you fight sickness.  Exercise helps you feel better physically and mentally.  If you attend to your mental health you are more likely to eat healthy and exercise.  If you have too much screen time you are more likely to eat poorly, exercise less and feel worse mentally.  Start with small goals and challenge yourself to improving one good habit at a time.  Start a positive cycle today.

Participaction

December can be a cold, busy month – but making time to move your body is KEY to combating stress and being at your best. We invite you to take our annual 12 Days of Fitmas Challenge – where every day from December 1st to 12th we will provide an activity that contributes to your overall health and wellness (like moving more, reducing screen time, and drinking more water). It’s that simple. You’ll see how a little effort can go a long way into helping you move a bit more each day. #EverythingGetsBetter #StayActiveStayHealthy #12DaysOfFitmas

Charity

THE VULCAN PALLIATIVE CARE COMMITTEE

Will be accepting donations to decorate for The TREE of HOPE

Your $10 donation can be made at the Vulcan Hospital front desk in memory of your loved one that has passed away. A decoration with your loved one’s name will be added to the tree. All money raised stays in our county and is used to assist families with palliative needs.

Don’t forget about other local charities on Giving Tuesday:

Rainbow Literacy and Learning Society

Vulcan County Health and Wellness Foundation

Kidsport – Town of Vulcan Recreation

Vulcan Regional Food Bank Society

Rowan House Emergency Shelter

Vulcan Lions Club Recreation Fund

Vulcan Healthcare Auxillary

Vulcan Daycare Society

Vulcan and District Historical Society

Local Churches who do amazing charitable work all year.

 

A little laugh for the Day:

-I told my wife she was drawing her eyebrows too high.  She looked surprised.

-Yesterday I ate a clock.  It was very time consuming.  Especially when I went back for seconds.

– My doctor just informed me that I have color-blindness.  It came out of the purple.

-I was selling my dirtbike and the buyer asked, “How low can you go?” I replied, “Well not less than 2kmph or you will tip over!”

-I asked my 91-year-old father, “Dad, what were your good old days?” His thoughtful    reply: “When I wasn’t good, and I wasn’t old.”

-A woman in labour suddenly shouted, “Shouldn’t! Wouldn’t! Couldn’t! Didn’t! Can’t!” “Don’t worry,” said the doctor. “Those are just contractions.”

-There is a new movie coming out called “Constipation.”

-Really? 

It is waiting to be released.

-What do you call a parade of rabbits hopping backwards?

A receding hare-line.

A Little More on Christmas this Year

There are traditions and festivals all over the world in the wintertime which are centered around lighting up the darkness – local firework, electric light, candle procession and lantern festivals, and (of course) Hanukah, Diwali and Christmas, to name only a few.  Embrace the season of light this year and make the most of putting up your lights and decorations if it brings you joy, or just walk or drive around in the evening to enjoy the lights others have put into their displays.  Just like spring and summer when people covered windows and sidewalks with encouraging messages, let the light bring some cheer during a difficult year.  At home use some of the candles sitting in drawers, make mood lighting during dinner, or bundle up to enjoy a backyard fire pit time.

  How the Grinch stole Christmas (I borrowed this from some wise person in Lomond on Facebook who made this analogy of Covid being the Grinch that tried to steal Christmas)

“It came without ribbons! It came without tags!

It came without packages, boxes, or bags!”

He puzzled and puzzed till his puzzler was sore.

Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before.

Maybe Christmas, he thought, doesn’t come from a store.

Maybe Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more!”

So, this Christmas let’s show that Grinch! Let’s light up the town!

Regardless of where you live, anywhere in the world. Put up some lights. If you’re in an apartment light up your balcony, if you own a business light it up. If you’re up the meadow on a farm light up the barn. Decorate your house, yard, whatever you have! Put them up early and leave them up later. We can go for a walk or a drive after dinner and see the bright lights of Christmas!”

Lori Gair
Community Liaison
Vulcan and Region Family and Community Support Services
Phone: 403-485-2192 ext. 103