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.
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 CovidJob Searching DC Workshop. Virtual. Jan.12.2021
MCG Careers – Interview Skills WorkshopInterview Skills Workshop.Virtual. Jan.20.2021
MCG Careers – “Linked In” Create and Advance Your Online PresenceLinked 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
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First Nations Health Consortium December NewsletterFNHC December 2020 Newsletter
Vulcan Library is open for Curbside Pick-up
December 14-January 12
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 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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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:
Here are the participating businesses:
Hair by Jordyn Cornet
Mind Meld Massage Therapy
Vulcan Yoga and Wellness
Vulcan Art Studio
The Hair Hut
Center Street Eatery – Arrowwood, Alberta
Mossleigh Bar N Grill
The Great Full Cup
New Club Cafe
Amy’s Family Restaurant
Milo Hotel/T’s Saloon
Lisa Blair’s Beauty Room
Habitat Lifestyle Boutique
Full Motion BodyworX
Bodyworks Fitness Centre
Vulcan and Region Family and Community Support Services
Phone: 403-485-2192 ext. 103
Email: [email protected]
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!
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Service Canada Outreach BrochureService Canada Community Outreach Brochure
Free Virtual Nutrition TourVirtual Nutrition Tour_Poster (1)
How Racism can affect Child DevelopmentHow Racism can affect child development Infographic_2020
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 ;-))!
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.
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.
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.
Tips for the Month
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
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.”
It is waiting to be released.
-What do you call a parade of rabbits hopping backwards?
A receding hare-line.
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.
“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!”
Raising a Resilient Child – Workshop with Dr. Robbin Gibb on Brain Development and the Importance of Play. Oct. 13 9-3:30 Lunch Included.
Art and Story Time – Vulcan Lodge Hall for parents with small children. Wednesday’s at 10am. Registration required at 1 877 652 8633
Carmangay Halloween Parade Oct. 31 2pm
Milo Calendar of Events
Family Literacy Programs Fall 2020Family Literacy Programs Fall 2020
Circle of Security Parenting Program
Family Centre Programs October 2020October 2020 Family Centre Programs
First Nations Health Consortium NewsletterFirst Nations Health Consortium Newsletter 09-2020
Mealtime Struggles and Feeding Your BabyMealtime Struggles & Feeding Your Baby Fall Schedule 2020 Posters - Printer
Milo Fall Spooktacular – Oct. 17 Milo Lions Park 1-3pm
Pickleball – this Saturday morning, north side of the Legion @ 11:00 am! Let’s hope for great weather, last week outside! Please bring your own chair, water and wear appropriate footwear! Last chance for outdoor pickleball for this season! Come and give it a go!
All of Rainbow Literacy and Learning Society’s programs require registration prior to attending an event. Please call 403-485-3107 to register or email [email protected]
|Program||Dates||Time||Outdoor/Online Venue||Indoor Venue|
|Time for Rhymes (Vulcan)||Every Friday starting October 16, 2020||10:00 am-11:30 am||Allen Subdivision Park||The community room in the new wing of the hospital (approx. the end of October)|
|Time for Rhymes (Carmangay)||Every Friday starting October 16, 2020||10:00 am-11:30 am||Carmangay Library Park||Carmangay Curling Rink|
|Time for Rhymes (Milo)||Every Wednesday starting October 14, 2020||9:30 am-11:00 am||Online (Zoom)||Milo Library (starting in approx. January)|
|Time for Rhymes (Champion)||Every Thursday starting October 15, 2020||10:00 am -11:30 am||Champion Hall Park||Champion Hall|
|Pillowslip Stories||November 5, 2020||6:30 pm-8:00 pm||N/A||Vulcan Legion Branch 21|
|Animal Tales||October 16 to December 18||1:00 pm-2:00 pm||N/A||Porthos Pet Supplies|
|Mentorship||October 16||3:30 pm-5:00 pm||N/A||Get-away Youth Centre (FCSS)|
|Alphabet Soup||Every Tuesday||2:00 pm- 3:00 pm||Online (Zoom)||N/A
Getting a COVID-19 test in Vulcan
You can call the Vulcan Hospital if you need a COVID-19 test and you are symptomatic. They do testing daily at 11:30 in the ambulance bay but you must call 403-485-3333 for an appointment time. If you would like an asymptomatic test, you must call 811.
Flu Shots look Different this Year Starting October 19
-Influenza Immunizations will be available at many Pharmacies for Adults and Children 5 years old and up. You must call to book an appointment.
-Public Health will provideInfluenza Immunization for families of children under 5. Appointments can be booked after Oct.13 by calling the Vulcan Health Unit at 403-485-2284, calling 811 or booking online at https://www.albertahealthservices.ca/influenza/influenza.aspx
(Do not book until Oct. 13)
-Physicians will offer vaccines toall Albertans 9 years of age and older. Some physicians may be offering vaccines to children 6 months up to and including 8 years of age as well, please check with your physician’s office
–Milo and Lomond – As there are no pharmacies in these communities, Public Health will do clinics on Oct. 20 in Lomond and Nov. 17 in Milo by appointment only. Call 403-485-2285 to make your appointment.
Vulcan and Region Family and Community Support Services:
Youth Worker –Full time to manage the Youth Centre and provide outreach programming Contact Joan at 403-485-2192
Relief Worker– Casual position to cover home support, reception and youth centre duties. http://www.vulcanandregionfcss.com/
Vulcan Regional Victims Services Society –Full time Program Manager – Recruits, manages and trains volunteers, provides court support, manages government reporting, works closely with RCMP and covers on-call phone. Details www.vrvss.com Deadline to apply Oct. 13, 2020 [email protected]
Carol Seaman’s Rise and Shine– Support Staff for Person’s with Developmental Disabilities 403-485-0609
Respite Care Provider, Behavioral Assistant, Community Assistant, Developmental Assistant, Job Coachin Vulcan County **Inclusion Foothills serves as a referral agency only to assist in introducing individuals and/or families and care providers. www.inclusionfoothills.org
Pork Production Technician – Premium Farms
Parts Person – Arman Equipment Sales
Unit Clerk – AHS Vulcan
Child Care Worker – Vulcan Daycare
Food Services Supervisor – A&W
Farm Labor/Sheep Manager – Nolan Farms
Health Care Aide – Extendicare
AHS – Cook Vulcan
Interview Skills – Tuesday October 20th – 1:00pm-3:30pm @ Vulcan Municipal Library – MCG CareersInterview Skills Workshop Oct.20.2020
NEW – Resume Scanners? The Who, What, Where, Why & How: Friday October 30th – 9:00am-11:30am VIRTUAL ONLY – via Zoom platformRS Workshop Remote Oct.30.2020 Virtual
To ensure everyone’s safety, proper PPE is available and protocols are in place registration is required.
Keep Calm and Job Search on: Wednesday October 28th – 10:30am-1:00pm @ High River Public LibraryJob Search Workshop Oct.28.2020 HR
Wheat Country Special Needs Society ( A Not-for-Profit Society) is looking for Board Members. The Society is a vital part of the fabric of this community, providing services to individuals with Developmental Disabilities for over 30 years. The Society offers the full spectrum of service including Vocational, Residential and Community Access services. The Board member would be responsible to attend monthly meetings on the 2nd Monday of each month at 7pm. Meetings run about 2 hours. Some committee work is involved. If interested, please contact Linda Schierman at 403-485-4733.
Vulcan and Region Family and Community Support Services and the Vulcan Regional Food Bank Society are seeking new Board Members. Meeting are 10 times per year for FCSS and 4 times per year for the Food Bank. Contact Joan at 403-485-2192.
Online Conference with lots of great sessions for Parents on many interesting topics https://instituteofchildpsychologyconference.com/
was founded to educate parents and professionals on issues pertaining to children’s mental health and to promote the psychological and emotional well-being of children and adolescents.. Our mission is to empower caregivers (i.e., parents, teachers, therapists, social workers, psychologists) by giving them pertinent insights, skills and tools necessary to help children thrive.
Local Food and Delivery
-Prairie Perfection Catering is available for small and large events. BBQ Dinner takeout from the Milo Curling Rink by pre-order. 403-485-8461 or email [email protected]
-You can order meals from Southern Alberta Bible Camp www.sabc.ca/daves-meals/
-Stone Soup Meals are still available, frozen meals for anyone isolated or for frontline staff and first responders. Nominate someone today, they can be delivered from the Vulcan Regional Food Bank.
-Meals in Minutes delivers meals anywhere in the County. [email protected]
-Local Fresh Garden Veggies call Geri Budd to order Cell: 403.485.0873
Mental Health & Wellness October 10 is World Mental Health Day
Beverley Edwards – Vulcan Community Health Centre
Self referrals welcome. Provides counselling for children ages 6 and over, adolescents, adults and seniors. Mon-Fri 9am-5pm. Phone for an intake appointment. 403-485-3356 FREE
Access to Psychologist and Child Psychiatric Services are available through the Vulcan Medical Clinic 403-485-2216 and the Arrowwood Medical Clinic 587-652-5999.
Rowan House Emergency Shelter Outreach can provide free counselling and will come to Vulcan. 24 hour crisis line 403-652-3311
MUMS – Postpartum Peer Support 403-827-6245
Teen and Young Adult Clinic – Tues 2-6pm walk-in PCN Office 103, 303 -9 Ave SW High River Sexual Health can also do counselling 403-652-1654
Thanksgiving is about more than giving thanks one day of the year!
Giving Thanks in your life can bring you greater health by making a choice to practice gratitude every day. A growing body of research across multiple fields, shows us that you can create happiness in your life by practicing gratitude. Even when terrible things happen that are out of your control, if you make an effort to think of things that are still good, it will help you get through each day for the better. Even small things like, “I am glad my hands still work to write,” or “I’m thankful for food delivery.” Many people have created a practice through a gratitude journal, through habits like counting gratitude’s instead of sheep, either when you wake up or before you go to sleep, by writing gratitude letters to others, through prayer or giving thanks together at the table. Practicing gratitude can take time but research shows it can lead to lower levels of depression and even produces changes in our brain. Give it time, savour little things and enjoy what feeds your soul and you might just see an increased sense of connectedness, enhanced satisfaction with daily life, optimism, and reduced anxiety.
Vulcan Lionettes Community Connection (Welcome Wagon) – will deliver a welcome bag to anyone new in town. Call Marg at 403-485-2426 or Joyce at 403-485-6802 to arrange a pick-up or to let them know about someone new to our community.
Wild Rose Community Connections is reaching out
www.wildrosecommunityconnections.com Caring Connections Program
Contact us at 403 437-4984 Monday – Friday 10:00 – 5:00 or by email at [email protected]
Caring Connections is an Emotional Safe Spot for anyone feeling disconnected, alone or just need to chat. We hope we can make your day a little bit brighter and help connect you to other resources. We want to hear from you so that we can be here for you!
What can you expect from “Caring Connections”
–Individuals – Check in and have a conversation about how things are going. We can start with a “How’s Your 5” check in: How is your Work, Love, Play, Sleep and Eat going? Then we can go from there and have daily or weekly check ins and chats if you want to continue the conversations.
-Seniors – We have a real soft spot for supporting our seniors in our community. Join our “Soup for the Soul” club and have a volunteer come for a visit and leave you with some Soup and a Bun (and some other goodies) to enjoy later. We can also have your groceries delivered to you. We would love to hear your experiences & wisdom and share them on our website.
–Youth – LUNCH in a CRUNCH Text 403 813-9819 and type in LUNCH. We will connect with you and let you know where to pick up your free lunch. Available all summer long!
–Families – Parenting is a daily adventure complete with daily challenges. We all need a little help every now and then. We can help get more smiles from the kids! Nobody’s Perfect -1:1 Parent Support and Groups for parents with children 0 -5 years. Smarter Parenting – Support and strategies for parents of children 3 -18 years to create more harmony in your home.
We know that early experiences, relationships, and environments matter. The latest science shows us just how much: We now know more clearly than ever how the conditions and environments in which young children develop affect lifelong health as well as brain architecture and early learning. Poor nutrition, exposure to pollutants, and high levels of family stress associated with poverty, racism, and other forms of economic or social marginalization can all have disruptive effects on the brain and immune, metabolic, and cardiovascular systems. Excessive inflammation in these systems can lead to adult health impairments like diabetes, heart disease, obesity, asthma, and even depression and dementia. We also know that these conditions and the resulting health problems are experienced disproportionately by families of color. The COVID-19 pandemic has made this even more obvious.
We believe the time has arrived for a mindset shift for the early childhood field as part of a broader movement for social change. The brain is indeed connected to the rest of the body—and early childhood policy in the 21st-century must focus on the overwhelming evidence that early experiences affect the foundations of both educational achievement and lifelong physical and mental health.
Vulcan and Region Family and Community Support Services
Phone: 403-485-2192 ext. 103
Email: [email protected]
Early Learning Program – will run a 3 and 4-year-old play based program in Vulcan. Call your local school in any village to find out registration information for preschool and kindergarten.
Should my Child Attend School?
Seniors Helping Seniors – For those in need of a helping hand with yard work, minor carpentry, odd jobs around your home let us know. We are there to help those in need.
Service Canada Ready to Help
File your 2019 taxes before September to keep getting your benefit payments
Canadians who receive the Canada Child Benefit (CCB) and the Goods and Services Tax (GST/HST) credit need to complete their 2019 tax returns as soon as possible.Filing as soon as possible will ensure you receive the right amount and that your payments continue beyond September 2020. Unsure about your eligibility to receive the CCB or the GST/HST credit? Please verify your status via My Account or MyBenefits CRA mobile app.
Need help filing? Through the Community Volunteer Income Tax Program community organizations are hosting free tax clinics where volunteers file tax returns for those who are eligible. Vulcan and Region FCSS can help you if you have a simple tax return with the Volunteer Tax Program.
File online If you’re entitled to a tax refund, you will receive it faster when you file online. Use the CRA NETFILE and Refile services or Find a certified tax software you can use to file online, some of which are free.
Payment deadlines The payment deadline for any tax amount owing on your 2019 income has been extended to September 30, 2020. Late-filing penalties or interests will not be charged if you file your return and make your payment by that date. For more information on the 2019 filing and payment deadline changes, please visit COVID-19: Income tax filing and payment deadlines.
More information and resources
You can find more information on filing your taxes and available benefits and credits:
· Get ready to do your taxes – Helpful information to start the return filing process
· Doing Your Taxes – Step-by-step guide on completing your return
More attached posters from Service Canada
-Help for Businesses
-Help for Seniors
-Help for Youth
Krystalowich & Co shared this on Facebook about changes to CERB and EI – See the attached documents.
TRANSITION OF CERB TO EI
The government has released details on the transition for those on CERB to EI. Special thanks to Video Tax News for providing a breakdown of the changes. Highlights of the changes include:
– CERB is available up to September 26 and then the transition will commence on September 27
– EI insurable hours reduced to 120 hours in the 52 weeks prior to EI application
– EI minimum benefits increased to $400 weekly
– EI minimum eligible weeks increased to 26 weeks
– Canada Recovery Benefit of $400 for 26 weeks will be available for self-employed individuals and other individuals ineligible for EI
Also, it is noted that those individuals who received CERB through Service Canada may be automatically transitioned to EI, but it is not guaranteed.
The individuals who received CERB through CRA will be required to apply for EI through the usual EI online application process.
Donate Locally Today
The Shaw Charity Classic contributes to hundreds of thousands of children and youth across Alberta who rely on charitable organizations for support with literacy, food security, mental wellness, and much more. Organizations like Rainbow Literacy and Learning Society rely on donations and we need your support now more than ever as demand for our services continue to increase. Within the community we provide literacy programs for adult learners and children, and train facilitators to deliver programs throughout Vulcan County. These programs are extremely beneficial for learners in their everyday lives — 97%of our adult learners demonstrated increased confidence in their skills and98% reported seeing an increase in their literacy and essential skills.
Rainbow Literacy and Learning Society and Shaw invite you to #ChipinforKids by texting KIDS158 to 30333 to donate $10 and help us continue to provide barrier-free educational services and literacy resources in our community. To make your generous contribution go further, Shaw will match your donation and the matched donation amount will then be matched again by the Shaw Charity Classic, up to an additional 50 per cent. Your $10 donation can grow into a donation of $30 to Rainbow Literacy and Learning Society.
The donations and matched contributions raised through the #ChipinforKids program will help ensure that charities like ours will be able to continue to serve Vulcan County.
If you would like to make a larger contribution to our family literacy programs through the Shaw Charity Classic fundraiser Birdies for Kids click the following link to our page:
Calgary’s Child Magazine is free and online and always includes great parenting articles. The September issue includes articles on:
Did you know there is a link between inflammation, child development and a higher risk of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, asthma, and even depression and dementia? Click on this link to read a very interesting infographic:
-Low German Mennonite Community Resource Inventory: Responding to Covid-19 in Southern Alberta – There are number of videos Low German explaining Covid.
-Children’s Cottage in Calgary provides respite for parents experiencing high levels of stress or losing patience with a young one at the Crisis Nursery. It has a 24/7 crisis line 403-233-2272. They also run Brenda’s House for those looking for housing support if your child is already 18 years old. 403-242-8576. childrenscottage.ab.ca
Supporting Mental Health & Wellness in a Time of Stress & Isolation
The Mental Health Foundation is supporting a new Alberta Health Services program
Text4Hope – a free service providing three months of daily Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)–based text messages written by mental health therapists.
An Alberta-based innovation, Text4Hope is an evidence-based tool that helps people identify and adjust the negative thoughts, feelings and behaviours a pandemic might be expected to provoke. Through a set of daily messages, people receive advice and encouragement helpful in developing healthy personal coping skills and resiliency. Community members simply subscribe to receive ongoing supportive content. There is no cost. The program provides one-way communication and does not replace other mental health therapies and supports. It is a helpful option for people in self-isolation who can’t access face-to-face services, as well as those in remote locations.
Text COVID19HOPE to 393939 to subscribe.
Text4Hope-Addiction Support and Text4Hope-Cancer Care are also available and designed to help Albertans dealing with psychological issues related to addiction and cancer issues. The expanded services are funded by the Mental Health Foundation.
Text Open2Change to 393939 to subscribe to the addiction program.
Text CancerCare to 393939 to subscribe to the cancer program.
Some users may be charged per text message depending on their cell phone plan with their current provider. We encourage users to check with their provider. If they are unable to sign-up due to potential costs, we encourage them to visit Help in Tough Times where free resources are available, including variety of mental health related podcasts and videos for download.
Free Audio Meditation – to help you calm your nervous system and refocus your mind on what you can control
Information from Alberta Health Services about COVID-19 on Prevention, Wearing Masks, Symptoms and the Difference between Covid-19 and Influenza. Click on Prevention on the right hand menu.
The Art of Motivation- A Guide to helping students avoid drug problems and reach their full potential
Art of motivation is an online resource for administrators, counsellors, teachers and others who want to help students avoid drug problems and other obstacles to reaching their full potential.
The Low German Mennonite Community Resource Inventory is regularly updated.
Barons-Eureka-Warner Family and Community Support Services (FCSS) has a YouTube channel that offers a wide range of Low German Mennonite videos, be it guides on Covid-19 and personal hygiene to gun safety and transportation.