August 2021 Vulcan County Family Resources

Some Upcoming Events in our County:

July 28 -31 Home town Olympian!
Keyara Wardley, is off to Tokyo Japan to take part in the 2021 Olympics in Women’s Rugby 7’s.  There is a banner of support for her at the Bell Park downtown Vulcan.  The banner will be up on weekdays from 9-4.  We will post on there when her games will be aired and will have community viewing at the Vulcan Lodge Hall, see the attached poster for times.  Go Keyara Go!!

July 31-August 1 Clever Scoops Anniversary Weekend Supporting the Champion FCSS, 5km walk/run register at Clever Scoops registration Form attached, Coloring Contest, Dunk Tank, Garage Sale in the Legion basement , and a water balloon fight, see poster for details.

Aug. 1 Heather Highland dance is open to register your children contact Susan at 403-485-3660 or email [email protected]

Aug 3-6 Pre-school Tumbling Tots Ages 4-8 Register on the website www.townofvulcan.ca/recreation or call 403-485-6659. See Summer Day Camps Poster.

Aug.  6 – 8 – Milo One Pitch Tournament register with Jessy at 403-485-1451 or Deanna at 403-485-8384. See Poster attached.

Aug. 8 – Milo BBQ – Show “N Shine will be a “Show” only this year.  You are welcome to bring to your vehicles for people to enjoy looking at, but there will be no awards.  Vehicles should arrive by noon. Poster attached.

Aug. 13-15 – Spock Days – Parade, Pancake Breakfast, FCSS Great Re-Connect BBQ, Family Treasure Hunt, Family Games, Fireworks, Vul-Con and Trekkie BBQ.

Aug. 13-14 – Southern Alberta Music Festival – Aspen Crossing https://www.aspencrossing.com/events/

Aug. 14 – Bike4Vets – Poker Run Vulcan Legion. See Poster.

Aug. 16 – 20 Youth Creative Camp. Ages 7-11. Register with www.townofvulcan.ca/recreation or call 403-485-6659. See Summer Day Camps Poster.

Aug. 17 Mala Bead Bracelet Making & Breathing Techniques for registrants 12 and older.  Drinks and Snacks provided.  To register, call Marsha 403-396-0791 or email at [email protected]. See poster attached.

Aug 18 KIDS Mala Bead Bracelet Making & Breathing Techniques for parents and their children.  Drinks and Snacks provided.  To register, call Marsha 403-396-0791 or email at [email protected]. See poster attached.

Sept 3rd Mossleigh 40th Annual Labour Day Classic Slowpitch Tournament call 403-809-0444 to register.  Poster attached with more information.

Carmangay Library Children’s programs and activities in Carmangay all summer long. See poster attached.

August Wednesday’s

Kids Day Out in Arrowwood10:00am-3pm. Lunch included. Games, activities and crafts for kids 5-13. Must register with FCSS Get-A-Way Youth Centre at 403-485-6033 or email [email protected]. See poster and registration form.

Rainbow Literacy Little Adventurers for parents with children 2-5 and Big Adventurers for Parents with children 6-9 Call 403-485-3107 to register.  Poster Attached.

Rainbow Programs

August Thursday’s –

Kids Day Out in Milo10:00am-3pm.  Lunch included. Games, activities and crafts for kids 5-13. Must register with FCSS Get-A-Way Youth Centre at 403-485-6033 or email [email protected]. See poster and registration form.

Greater Foothills Family Centre – many programs in-person and online. Play in the Park in Vulcan and Milo.  See poster for more details.

Swimming Pools are open for the Summer! 

Champion 587-793-0680 or follow Champion Swimming Pool on Facebook for updates.

Available Rental Times

August 1st 4-5

August 8th 1-2

August 15th 1-2,4-5

Vulcan Lions Swimming Pool is open. See attached Pool schedule.  Call for Rental Availability

Go to Camp as a Family – SABC is opening the camp for families to come together and take part in all the activities together.  And they do all the cooking for you. RV spots and cabins available.  And the best part is they do all the cooking.  Sponsored spots are available for families who would otherwise not be able to afford camp.  Go to https://www.sabc.ca/family-camp/family-camp-registration/  to register!

Support Groups

Tuesday’s  

Prenatal Support Group – Families Matter 6-8pm online by Zoom. For women who are experiencing anxiety/depression. Your well-being matters too! Tuesday’s 6-8pm via Zoom. Register at www.familiesmatter.ca or 403-205-5194 or 403-205-5180.

Wednesday’s 

SMART Recovery – Addiction Support Meeting.  7pm at Vulcan FCSS. Call Beth at 403-485-1054 for information.

Every Tuesday and Thursday 

AA – Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) Contact Gary at 403-485-5818 Meetings are Tues. and Thurs. 8pm

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

Resources 

CES – Community Education Services Workshops for parents, caregivers, and professionals. http://community.hmhc.ca/sessions/?p=all

Caregiver Education Workshops – Parenting, Mental Health, Self-Regulation, Back to School Readiness, Junior High Jitters and more. See poster.

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

See the attached document with hyperlinks to the postings!

Job Postings

Michelle Ganchar

Rural Reaching Home Program Coordinator

[email protected]

Vulcan and Region Family and Community Support Services

Phone: 403-485-2192

Email: [email protected]

July 2021 – Vulcan County Family Resources

July 1 – Vulcan Swimming Pool grand opening, Kids Parade, BBQ and free swimming and Canada Day celebration. See poster.

July 1 – Canada House Decorating in Champion and the new Prairie Winds Market has kids activities and pony rides as part of their grand opening.

July 5 & 19 – Beach Volleyball in Milo at 7pm next to the Curling Rink. See Milo Recreation Events Poster.

July 6 – Tuesday’s – Milo Summer Reading Program at the library July 6th to August 24th, Tuesdays from 1:30 to 3:30 pm. Ages 4 to 11

Tuesday’s – Drop-in at the Get-a-Way Youth Centre in Vulcan 12:00 – 7:00pm. 105A 3rd Ave. S. Kids 10-18 (No drop-in for July 13 for the Babysitters Course)

Wednesday’s – Time for Rhymes via zoom 10-11:00am. Register with Rainbow Literacy 403-485-3107.

July 7 & 14 – Kids Day Out in Lomond. 10am-3pm. Lunch included. Games, activities and crafts for kids 5-13. Must register with FCSS 403-485-2192 or email [email protected]. See poster.

July 7 – Every Wednesday – Little Adventurers. Free program for kids 2-5 years old Virginia Mitchell Park. 10-11am. See poster.

July 7 – Every Wednesday – Big Adventurers.  Free program for kids 6-9 years old Virginia Mitchell Park. 1-2pm. See poster.

Thursday’s –  Farmer’s Markets – Vulcan Legion 3-6pm

Thursday’s – Family Park Fun – For the young and old.  Outdoor games. 6pm. Vulcan Pool Park
Thursday’s – Beach Volleyball 7pm Vulcan Pool Park.

July 10 – Pickleball at 10am outside the Vulcan Legion.

Friday’s – Free Food Friday’s at the Get-a-Way Youth Centre in Vulcan 12:00 – 7:00pm. 105A 3rd Ave. S. Kids 10-18 Drop-in.

July 13 – Babysitters Course – 9am – 4pm at the Get-a-Way Youth Centre in Vulcan. Register at 403-485-6033.

July 16 – Milo Golf Classic in Nanton Register with Deanna at 403-485-8384 or Jessy at 403-485-1451. See Milo Events poster.

July 19-23 – Basketball Camp – Grades 5-8 and 9-12. Register with www.townofvulcan.ca/recreation or call 403-485-6659. See Sports Camps Poster.

July 21 – Pop Up Food Rescue in Milo, Arrowwood, Lomond and Vulcan.  Call High River Food Rescue to sign up 403-336-2893

July 26-30 – Volleyball Camp – Grades 5-8 and 9-12. Register with www.townofvulcan.ca/recreation or call 403-485-6659. See Sport Camps poster.

CRA is offering workshops on how to do your taxes, make sure you are receiving all the benefits you are entitled to, opening a “My Account” and more about scams.

July 28, Aug. 10 – Doing your Taxes – Benefits Poster – Goods and Services Tax Credit, Canada Child Benefit, Canada Child Benefit Young Child Supplement,  Climate Action Incentive, Canada Workers Benefit, My Account, Scams. See CRA Benefits Poster and Income Tax Basics.

CRA - Benefits poster

July 29 or Aug. 12 Income Basics – Canada’s tax system – When you start working,  parts of the tax return, ways to file, my Account

Income tax basics

July 31 – Champion 5km Walk/Run by Clever Scoops. See poster.

July – Fleetwood Farms is offering Horseback Camp/Riding Lessons in July. Call 403-894-4432

Aug. 3 – 6  – Preschool Tumbling Tots in Vulcan 9 -11:30. Register with www.townofvulcan.ca/recreation or call 403-485-6659. See Summer Day Camps Poster.

Aug.  6 – 8 – Milo One Pitch Tournament register with Jessy at 403-485-1451 or Deanna at 403-485-8384. See Milo Events Poster.

Aug. 13-15 – Spock Days – Parade, Pancake Breakfast, FCSS Great Re-Connect BBQ, Family Treasure Hunt, Family Games, Fireworks, Vul-Con.

Aug. 14 – Bike4Vets – Poker Run Vulcan Legion. See Poster.

Aug. 16 – 20 Youth Creative Camp. Ages 7-11. Register with www.townofvulcan.ca/recreation or call 403-485-6659. See Summer Day Camps Poster.

Children’s programs and activities in Carmangay all summer long. Find out more and register at the Carmangay Library.August Wednesday’s – Kids Day Out in Arrowwood. 9:30am-3pm. Lunch included. Games, activities and crafts for kids 5-13. Must register with FCSS 403-485-2192 or email [email protected]. See poster.

August Thursday’s – Kids Day Out in Milo. Lunch included. Games, activities and crafts for kids 5-13. Must register with FCSS 403-485-2192 or email [email protected]. See poster.

Greater Foothills Family Centre – many programs in-person and online. Play in the Park in Vulcan and Milo.  See poster for more details.

Kids Bored at home?

Lomond Library – Crafts to Go.  See Poster.

Summer Activity Kits Delivered by the Greater Foothills Family Centre.  See Poster.

Rainbow Literacy and Learning Society has many programs to support families. See Poster.

Rainbow Literacy-Family Programs 2021

Swimming Pools are open for the Summer!

In Champion, the pool is fixed and opening soon.  587-793-0680

Vulcan Lions Swimming Pool is open. See attached Pool schedule with a few changes: Public Swim Time Changes
July 4 – 1pm to 5pm
July 5 -9 – 4pm to 7:30pm

Go to Camp as Family – SABC is opening the camp for families to come together and take part in all the activities together.  And they do all the cooking for you. RV spots and cabins available.  And the best part is they do all the cooking.  Sponsored spots are available for families who would otherwise not be able to afford camp.  Go to sabc.ca

Support Groups

Tuesday’s

Prenatal Support Group – Families Matter 6-8pm online by Zoom. For women who are experiencing anxiety/depression. Your well-being matters too! Tuesday’s 6-8pm via Zoom. Register at www.familiesmatter.ca or 403-205-5194 or 403-205-5180.

Wednesday’s

SMART Recovery – Addiction Support Meeting.  7pm at Vulcan FCSS. Call Beth at 403-485-1054 for information.

Every Tuesday and Thursday

AA – Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) Contact Gary at 403-485-5818 Meetings are Tues. and Thurs. 8pm

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

CES – Community Education Services Workshops for parents, caregivers and professionals. http://community.hmhc.ca/sessions/?p=all

Caregiver Education Workshops – Parenting, Mental Health, Self-Regulation, Back to School Readiness, Junior High Jitters and more. See poster.

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

2 Temporary Assistants -1 month and 7-week assignment – Lomond Community School (horizon.ab.ca)

Client Service Representative – Agriculture Financial Services Corporation (indeed.ca)

Client Services, Train Associate – Aspen Crossing (workopolis.ca)

Communications and Engagement Manager Aspen Crossing (workopolis.ca)

Crop Production Advisor – Nutrien Ag Solutions, Inc Milo (jobbanks.ca)

Grain Plant Operator -Cargill – Blackie (linkedin)

Location Assistant – Richardson Pioneer (indeed.ca)

Milo Alphabets Kindergarten Society – Kindergarten Teacher pallisersd.ab.ca

Plant Operator Orica – Blackie

Registered Dietician – Extendicare Vulcan (linkedin)

Residential Support Worker – Wheat Country Special Needs (indeed.ca)

Senior Lifeguards – Town of Vulcan Call 403-485-6659

Solar Farm –Vulcan County General Labour, Gatekeeper, Admin assistant/bookkeeper, equipment operators 403-381-8128

Warehouse Operator – BASF Canada – Blackie (jobbanks.ca)

Casual farm work – help paint a swing set, garden shed, trim weeds, clean barn. Call Linda 403-485-4733

 

As it is sooooo hot outside I’ll share my favorite summer recipe:

Easy Healthy Popsicles 

Throw some watermelon, and frozen or fresh fruit (like raspberries and strawberries) in a blender or food processor and blend up.

Pour in Dixie Cups.  Freeze for about 30 minutes then add popsicle sticks.

When your child is hot or hungry before dinner “let” them have a popsicle.  It is a serving of fruit.  The Dixie cup also catches the drips if they are slow eaters.  Remind them to put away their litter and refill the freezer and trailer freezer all summer.

 

 

Lori Gair

Community Liaison

Vulcan and Region Family and Community Support Services

Phone: 403-485-2192 ext. 103

Email: [email protected]

June 2021 Vulcan County Family Resources

Survey

Act4Health is doing a survey about health eating in our community.  If you live or work in Vulcan and surrounding communities, please take a minute to fill it out.  It is only 4 quick questions to help see how see how the community feels.  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/BM6LRLW

Monday’s 

Feeling lonely or isolated and need to connect with people?  Did you know anyone can join Conversation Café on Monday’s at 7pm online via Zoom?  If you are you wary and don’t know how to zoom, we will do a practice session with you. Find the link at vulcanandregionfcss.com under Cafés or call 403-485-2192.  See poster.

Tuesday’s  

Tot Lot – Free play session at Vulcan Birch Park Tuesday’s at 1pm.

 Prenatal Support Group – Families Matter 6-8pm online by Zoom. Pregnancy is both an exciting and challenging time and for some it can feel overwhelming.  For women who are experiencing anxiety/depression. Your well-being matters too! Tuesday’s 6- 8pm via Zoom

To register either go online at www.familiesmatter.ca or call: 403-205-5194 or 403-205-5180

An intake will be completed upon registration.

Wednesday’s  

Time for Rhymes via zoom 10-11:00am. Register with Rainbow Literacy 403-485-3107. 

SMART Recovery – Addiction Support Meeting.  7pm at Vulcan FCSS. Call Beth at 403-485-1054 for information.

Flex Your Head – 12 week online program for youth age 13-18. Promoting positive youth mental health. Boys and Girls Club. 4:30pm starting June 9. See poster.

BGCF - Flex Your Head (Virtual - June to August 2021)

Thursday’s  

Family Park Fun – For the young and old.  Outdoor games.  Bring your own picnic.  6pm. Vulcan Pool Park

Beach Volleyball 7pm Vulcan Pool Park

Friday’s 

Have a youth looking for work?  The Get-A-Way Youth Centre has a job board.  Call 403-485-6033 or stop by to check it out.  105A 3rd Ave. S.  Check it out on Free Food Friday’s between 12:30-4pm. See poster.

May 31 – June 7 Storywalk in Vulcan.  See poster.  Read a story as a family as you walk or ride around town.  Registered participants receive a craft kit.

June 3 – Champion Kindergarten Grad Drive-by Parade.  6:30pm Please meet at the Firehall at 6:15pm.

June 4, 8 and 9th – Developmental Check-Ups – See poster. Vulcan June 4, Milo June 8 and Champion June 9.  Call your local school to register

Important Information for parents of children turning 3 and up to 5 years old – What is a Developmental Check-up? Can your child hop on one foot? How does he hold a crayon? Can other people understand her when she speaks? Just like checking your baby’s height and weight, or getting regular eye and dental check-ups, it is important to check up on their development physically, socially and in language and communication.  The first 5 years of life are very important because this time builds the foundation in the brain for success in school and later adulthood.  This is the optimal time for your child to learn through play and experiences. It is important to help along each child’s development during this period.

Parents that register for the Developmental Check-Up will complete a simple screening tool while doing fun actvities with their child.  Referrals can be made if needed.  Find out about resources for children under 6 in Vulcan County. Ask questions about the preschool program in your area. Go home with a goodie bag of tools to help growing minds and bodies.

 

June 5-12 – Storywalk in Arrowwood. See poster.  Read a story as a family as you walk or ride around town.  Registered participants receive a craft kit.


June 5 – Darkness to Light Walk – Participant walk from darkness to light at 4:45am in the morning in the name of mental health awareness and suicide prevention.  Presented by the Vulcan Mental Wellness Support Community.

June 7 – 13 is Seniors Week.  Vulcan and Region FCSS and Vulcan Municipal Library are celebrating the senior members of our community by handing out a special Seniors Celebration Package on Monday, June 7th at the   Library.  Limited quantities.  Then on Thursday, June 10th there will be a drive-thru continental breakfast from 9-11:00am in the Senior Centre parking lot off Centre Street.  See poster.

June 8 – Q&A Session on Sleep Behaviour by Centre for Sleep.  Email [email protected] to register.

June 8 – Carmangay Library is offering Virtual Macramé Class – $20 – All materials provided, instructor led.

June 8 and June 10 – Don’t Get Scammed! Online workshop for Seniors Week.  See poster.

Don't get scammed - Seniors Week Online Workshop CRA

June 10 – Champion Grade 9 Grad Parade Thursday at 5:30pm.  Line up at the Firehall at 5:20.

June 13 – Champion 5km Walk and Run.  Meet at 3pm at the school.

June 15 – The Great Disconnect via Zoom Why are people feeling more and more socially isolated in a world seemingly more connected than ever before? 7pm email [email protected] to register and receive the link.

 June 15 – 17 – Friends of the Library Bottle Drive in Arrowwood.  10am-7pm the Collection Trailer will be in front of the library.

Financial Fitness Workshops – Lunch and Learn via Zoom 

Fill your mind while you fill your stomach.  We are not taught a lot in our lives about how to manage our finances.  Learning a little more is time well spent.

June 15 – Retiring without Debt – Tuesday, 12-1pm

Participants will learn about debt elimination options so that they can enter their golden years without the shackles of debt.

June 16 – Making Cent$ of Money – Wednesday, 12-1pm

Participants will learn the 7 steps to budgeting which will help them take control of their finances and give them peace of mind.

Presentations by Credit Counselling Society.  Register through FCSS by emailing [email protected] or calling 403-485-2192 and we will send you the link by email for the Zoom session

 

June 18 – Virtual Cloud Computing – Chinook Arch Libraries Online Class. See poster.

June 25 – Milo Kindergarten Bottle Drive – Friday 10am-12pm Milo Curling Rink

June 26 – Vulcan Porchfest – A grassroots community music spectacle downtown this year.  See poster.

June 27 – Carmangay Nature Walk consists of a 2+km walk through one of the most beautiful river valleys in Vulcan County.  It starts at the Lions Campground at 9am.

July 1 – Champion Canada Day Yard Decorating Contest and Scavenger Hunt.

July 1 – Vulcan Swimming Pool Grand Opening

Family Literacy Programs for Spring 2021 – See Poster.  

Rainbow Literacy and Learning Society – All Adult Literacy and Learning Programs are available either in-person (one-on-one) or on-line to accommodate for the learners availability as well as for COVID-19 restrictions that may be in place.  Please call Rainbow Literacy and Learning Society at (403) 485-3107 if you require assistance with adult literacy, numeracy, skills for learning, basic digital skills or English Language Learning.

Rainbow Literacy Family Programs Spring

Nominate a Youth for an Outstanding Leader of Tomorrow Award at the Volunteer Appreciation Event in September?  See the attached Poster (LoT) and forms or find them at vulcanandregionfcss.com.

LoT-Nomination-Form-2021

 

Vulcan Outdoor Dance Fit – Mon. and Wed. 7:00pm VPE Parking Lot $10

Milo Outdoor Dance Fit – Tues. and Thurs. 5:00 Grass beside the Milo Hotel – $12

Check Life in Vulcan and Milo District on facebook for updates.

MCG Career Workshops are all free and online via Zoom

MCG Career Workshop Descriptions Apr - Jun virtual

June 10 – LINKEDIN “Create and Advance your Online Presence!”  10am-12:30 pm 

June 16 – CONDUCTING AN EFFECTIVE JOB SEARCH “Pick up some Great New Job Search Ideas”  1:00 pm – 3:30 pm

June 18 – INTERVIEW SKILLS “Build your Confidence!”  9:30 am – 12:00 pm

Register on Eventbrite or Call High River 403-601-2660 or Toll Free 1-844-601-2660

Career Coaching can be booked for one-on-one help.

 

July 16 – Grill Classes at Furniture Villa 6pm.

www.eventbrite.ca/e/better-together-summer-grilling-series-episode-1-pork-tickets-156721643655

Join us for an evening of delicious food, beer and learn about the art of grilling from Rocky Mountain Smokers’ own Kris “Big Daddy” Valckx!

 

Parenting Workshops -Community Education Services, AHS

http://community.hmhc.ca/sessions/?p=webex&utm_source=mailpoet&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=May+26

Some of the sessions include:

June 1 Trans & Parent Perspectives: How to support transgender, non-binary and gender non-conforming youth  

June 2 Children and Parenting After Separation ‘ Parenting Coordination and other Dispute Resolution Processes ‘  

June 3 From Homework to Housework: Raising Responsible Children for parents of children 5 – 12 years old  

June 8 Habits of Mental Health  

June 9 Starting or changing medication for your child/youth’s mental health? An introduction to genotype-guided prescribing  

June 10 Understanding Childhood Stress & Anxiety  

June 10 Personal Safety in the Community, at Home and Online  

June 14 Helping Your Child Cope with Needles  

You can also click on the “Recorded Sessions” link at the top of the website to see other available webinars to watch at a convenient time.

www.cyfcaregivereducation.ca

 

Caregiver Education Sessions – AHS 

June 1 Supporting Self-Regulation in Elementary School Children

June 8 Technology and the Teenage Brain Digital Wellness for Families 

June 15 More Than Just a Bad Day:  Understanding Depression and Self-Injury in Youth 

 

Lunch & Learn Webinars 12:00 – 1:00 pm

Mindfulness: Benefits for the Whole Family Part 1 – May 31, Part 2 – June 7

Parenting Teens in the 21st Century Part 1 – June 2, Part 2 – June 9

Sleep and Your Family’s Mental Health – Part 1 – June 14, Part 2 – June 21

Drop-In Series 6:00 – 7:30 pm

June 2 SEEDS: Growing Parenting Skills, Managing Meltdowns and Shutdowns

June 9 Helping Our Kids Figure Things Out

June 16 Effective Consequences

June 3 Anxiety Part 1: An Introduction

June 10 Anxiety Part 2: Calming Our Bodies

June 17 Anxiety Part 3: Settling Our Minds

June 24 Anxiety Part 4: Overcoming Avoidance

Resources

New2U Bikes – Do you have a child in need of a bike? Greater Foothills Family Centre has donated, used, inspected bikes. Call them at 1-877-652-8633 to see what inspected bikes they have available.

 

Healthy Futures – Support for pregnant women and after the baby is born.  For anyone needing extra support.  Can help with food, vitamins, emotional support and planning. Provided by Foothills FAS.  Available in Vulcan County. 1-403-336-8556.

 

Youth Engaging Workplaces – Inclusion Foothills for any youth 16-24 years old facing any kind of barrier to employment.  See poster.

Connections Registry – Inclusion Foothills

Respite Care Providers, Community Assistant/Job Coach, Developmental Assistant, SLP, OT,PT, Behavior Supports – Connect screened providers looking for work with and clients looking for support.  See poster.

Are you between 18 and 29 years old? Finding that getting a job/going to school/getting training is turning out to be more difficult than it should be? PolicyWise is looking to meet with those age 18 thru 29 who are without work and not currently in school or training to hear about your experiences. They are working to identify gaps and challenges faced by opportunity youth (that’s you), and find ways to remedy them and help young folks find employment and success. Check out our Facebook (@getawayyouthcentre), website (www.vulcanandregionfcss.com/wp/youth/youth-centre), or drop us a line (403-485-6033) for more information.

Vulcan County Wide Wellness Challenge Kicked off on May 31, 2021, there is much to share. All of the information is available on the VCHW Foundations Website.

https://www.vchwfoundation.com/county-wide-fitness-challenge/  This year’s challenge focuses on the 7 pillars of Wellness, and that includes Sleep.  You can still do all the activities without tracking points even if you did not register.  Community Better Challenge  – If you’re planning (or hoping) to be active at all this coming month, go download the ParticipAction app and get signed up for this community challenge (simply entering the T0L 2B0 when setting up your account links you to Vulcan). Or maybe you’re looking for a little bit of extra motivation to get moving or get exercising…. Use this challenge and help Vulcan try to win the grand prize of $100,000 towards local physical activity initiatives!

If you wear an activity tracker (Fitbit, Google Fit, Garmin) it can be synced to this app and your active minutes are automatically logged. If you don’t wear one of those trackers, your active minutes can be manually logged through the app. It’s very simple.

Just about any activity counts – walking, running, cycling, swimming, racket sports, weight lifting, general exercise, house or yard work, yoga, gardening, dance, etc.

I know our community has a LOT of active residents, so spread the word and let’s get everyone that I see on the walking path to download this app and sign up!

Free Swimming – Town of Vulcan Recreation

One of the biggest challenges with learning to swim and having fun in the pool is access and cost barriers. The Wayne Ericksen Memorial Swim Lessons has provided the opportunity for youth to learn to swim and we thank Donna Ericksen and the Vulcan Lions for providing those opportunities.  Swimming Lessons for Vulcan County Residents are free this year.

In keeping with that generous donation, today I had the wonderful experience to chat with someone in the community that gave the Recreation office a generous donation to provide free swim passes to those who face financial barriers to getting into the water this summer. Thanks to our generous donor who recognizes the importance of enjoying the summer in the water. If you are considering helping others out by a donation, give me a call at 403-485-2554.

https://mentalhealthfoundation.ca/impact/programs-initiatives/family-connections/

Willow Creek Immigrant Services (WCIS) – Provides connection to local services and assists with the resettlement process for newcomer immigrants and refugees in rural Alberta. All services are free.  Serving Vulcan, Claresholm, Nanton, Stavely and surrounding areas. 403-973-5583 [email protected]

Rosie’s Gift of Love 

Hello friends! I’ve been chilling out with mom during all this Covid. Just wanting to let everybody know we are planning on doing our Rosie’s Clothing Give-away again this year, late August. We are accepting new and used clothing for all ages. Children and adults. Donations can be dropped off at Quarks or 617 Centre St. in Vulcan .call mom at 403 485 5507 she can also pick up. The last 2 giveaways have been very successful. Thank you everybody for your donations.

 

Camp

Town of Vulcan Recreation townofvulcan.ca/recreation

Basketball Camp July 19-23 – Grade 5-9 and Grade 9-12

Vulcan Volley July 26-30 – Grade 5-9, Grade 9-12

Golf Camp July 12-16 and July 26-30- Ages 7-9 and Ages 10-18

Tumbling Tots Camp August 3-6 – Ages 5-8

Creative Camper August 16-20 – Ages 7-14

Camping at Camp as a Family – Families are welcome to come together to enjoy what camp has to offer. Home away from home, and a safe Harbour to dock and rest in. Register to bring your family to camp at www.sabc.ca

Summer Day Camp Program at the Carmangay Library – Dates TBA

 

From Canada Revenue Agency: See poster fact sheet about modest income earners

Factsheet about Modest Income Earners

For Senior’s Week our program is running TWO virtual webinars, “Don’t Get Scammed!” June 8th at 10am OR June 10th at 2pm. Please email [email protected] to register!

Nicole Frandsen, Outreach Officer, [email protected], 1-866-837-1531 or directly at [email protected] or 403-829-3850.  Reach out to me for FREE virtual presentations on all our benefits and credits and financial literacy presentation!

 

Donate to Rainbow Literacy and Learning Society and Shaw will match your donation

Chip in for Kids today by texting KIDS173 to 30333 and help us sustain our Family Literacy and Learning programs here in Vulcan County. Shaw will match your donation and the matched donation will then be matched again by the Shaw Charity Classic, up to an additional 50%. Your $10 can grow into a donation of $30 to Rainbow Literacy and Learning Society.

o With Shaw’s text-to-donate initiative, Albertans can easily support the charities they care about most like Rainbow Literacy and Learning Society!

o To help your contributions go further, Shaw is matching text-to-donate donations until August 15, 2021.

o The matched donation will then be matched again by the Shaw Charity Classic Foundation, up to an additional 50%. This means that an individual $10 donation can grow into a donation of$30, with Shaw and Shaw Charity Classic Foundation matching.

  • The donations and matched contributions raised through Chip in for Kids will help support charities like ours, that need support now more than ever as we recover from the challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic.

o If you would like to donate more than $10 you can text to donate up to 10 times during your billing cycle till August 15th or stop by our office to pick up a pledge form.

Food Bank Wish List

This is the time of year the shelves get a little bare.

-Salad dressings

-Snack Crackers

-Cookies

-Shampoo/Conditioner

-Ketchup, Mustard, Relish

-Mayonnaise

 

Employment Opportunities

Looking for work but not getting called back?  Did you know that MCG Careers can help you for free with your resume, cover letter, job searching and interview skills either one-on-one online with a career coach or in a workshop?  Call them at 1-844-601-2660 to book now.

 

Shawne Excavating – Labourers 16+, Pipe Layers, Class 1 truck Drivers, Equipment Operators (facebook jobs)

Aspen Crossing – Landscape labourer, servers, marketing assistant, and customer service (Canada job bank summer jobs)

Home Hardware – Part-time 2-4 days a week for an adult. Apply in store.

Furniture Villa – Delivery Team Member drop off resume at the store or email [email protected].

Premium Farms – Pork Production Worker (jobbank.gc.ca)

Carmangay Library – Summer Program Coordinator and Assistant – Temp, P/T must be between 15 and 30 years old. Email [email protected] for information.

AHS Vulcan – Casual Unit Clerk, LPN and Environmental II Housekeeping (Linked In)

Extendicare – RN, LPN and Health Care Aides (Linked In)

Rainbow Literacy and Learning Society – Adult Program Coordinator email [email protected]  See Poster

Vulcan Golf and Country Club – 2 Labourer positions for grounds crew. Email Duke [email protected]

Medical Radiation Technologist – AHS Vulcan (Linked In)

Occupational Therapist II – AHS Vulcan (Linked In)

Horizon School Division – Regular Assistant Lomond Colony and Temporary Assistant Prairiehome Colony School

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Coming in June – opening with PCL Construction for installation of the Travers Solar Project

KPCL – Dozer, excavator, grader, and other heavy duty operators needed for the Travers Solar project. kpcldirtmovers.com

Articles

Step Away from the Tech

Typically, kids spend several hours a day immersed in low-sensory, pixelated landscapes rather than outdoors playing in the mud, climbing trees, examining bugs, rolling down hills, or making up games. As a consequence, kids are less focused, get frustrated more easily, and struggle with more advanced social skills like negotiation, problem-solving, and conflict resolution.  “Technology is addicting and it’s keeping kids from engaging the senses, developing the muscles, and all of the fundamental things that help children develop properly,” says pediatric occupational therapist Angela Hanscom, author of Balanced and Barefoot: How Unrestricted Outdoor Play Makes for Strong, Confident and Capable Children. “We’re at the point where we are seeing kids have pretty significant sensory issues because it’s almost like a sensory deprivation of our environment.”

 

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- May 2021 (updated)

 

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“APPLY TODAY for this Vulcan County Funding Opportunity sponsored by Community Futures Highwood to become certified to work in the solar industry! Submit your funding request by May 10th, and begin class May 11th!  To apply, inquire at [email protected] for a Funding Program Package.”  A limited number of qualified applicants will be accepted.

There is Cultural Diversity Awareness training available through Willow Creek Immigrant Services.  The one on May 12th is aimed at service providers and the one on May 26th is meant for volunteers and community members but will have similar information if one date works better for you than another.  See the attached posters.

Just a heads up for anyone looking for a volunteer opportunity: Vulcan FCSS and volunteers are delivering Resource Directories door-to-door and doing a community “check-in” as we go.  We are doing May 13, 14, 20 & 21 but other shifts can be arranged.  We do ask that volunteers wear masks and are willing to speak to people if they answer the door to find out how they are doing.  If you are interested in helping out contact Lori at 403-485-2192 ext. 103 or [email protected]

SMART Recovery Addiction support Meeting happen on Wednesday’s at 7pm 105B 3rd Ave. in Vulcan.  Call 403-485-1054 for information.  Joining online is an option.

AA – Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) Contact Gary at 403-485-5818 Meetings are Tues. and Thurs. 8pm

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

 

Vulcan and Region FCSS can still see clients individually, if you need to connect to a real person. We are available to talk to you,  work on life skills, talk to you about budgeting, housing, emergency needs and we can help you explore options for counselling whether online, in-person, free, paid or subsidized. FCSS also offers the Volunteer Income Tax program to help file taxes for those with low income.  Call 403-485-2192  or visit us at 105B  3rd Ave. S.  Please only one person in the entry way at a time.

Join an online café by phone or computer for a chance to socialize and talk to more people.  Monday’s at 7pm.  If you don’t know how to zoom, the people at FCSS can walk you through it. Call 403-485-2192.  The link to join is:

https://zoom.us/j/94945035177?pwd=d0FSSUZ5UWEzZ2FoN1N1bFY0V3NTQT09

Dial in by phone at 1 587 328 1099 and follow the prompts.

Meeting ID: 949 4503 5177

Passcode: 190288

As schools go back to at-home and online learning, the Get-a-Way Youth Center is available to children by registration during the day while schools are closed.  If parents work and need a supervised space for their child for a few hours or don’t have internet, they can book an appointment with Josh at 403-485-6033 or Deanna at 485-2192 ext. 101. We cannot provide daycare or any group gatherings, so appointments are necessary.  Unfortunately, our Friday meal will only be available by pre-booking a bag lunch. It will always be free. We also provide Thursday Snack Packs for kids who may need a little more.  If you are aware of anyone who could use any of our services, then please pass on the information.

Conversation Cafe.  The link to the zoom meeting is https://zoom.us/j/94945035177?pwd=d0FSSUZ5UWEzZ2FoN1N1bFY0V3NTQT09 Monday’s at 7pm.  Starting May 10 (No session May 24th) This group is for anyone looking for some engaging conversation.  Questions are shared to get the group talking with the intention of feeling connected and enhancing our feeling of well-being.  Social connection is a pillar of health.  Call 403-485-2192 to register or click the link. If you need help learning zoom give us a call and we can walk you through a practice meeting
Rainbow Literacy Family Programs: Storywalks, Scavenger Hunt, Time for Rhymes, Building Blocks and more!
Register at 403-485-2192

Rainbow Literacy-Family Programs 2021

Greater Foothills Family Centre Programs: Growing Gardeners, Crafty Creations, Kids in Motion, Tiny Two’s, Music Makers, Mothers Day Make and Take, Kids Clubs for 9-12 year olds, Triple P Parenting Program and more!

Early Learning Developmental Check-ups – 2 posters Arrowwood May 20, Brant June 3, Vulcan, May 28 and June 4.
Appointments can be booked at your local school.  IT’S FREE! and available in your community! You can access expertise including a Speech & Language Pathologist, to assess your child’s strengths, and learn how to best support your child in areas of growth.  It’s fun, it’s informative, it’s important and can save tears later.

May 19 – Food Rescue Pop Up – to deliver in Milo, Arrowwood, Lomond and Vulcan – Call to register for your bags and help rescue some food.

Free Swimming Lessons for Vulcan County residents. Register May 3.

MUMS Peer Support for prenatal and postnatal support for parents.

Prenatal Support Group

Speaker Series – Bouncing Forward into Well-being with author David Irvine. May 3 Live streamed.

Rowan House Emergency Shelter Outreach Services

New2U Bike Donation Program – Greater Foothills Family Centre

MCG Careers offers workshops and Career Coaches are available to provide guidance and support as you strive to achieve your career and employment goals All of our services, programs and supports are at NO COST.  To book an appointment call 1-844-601-2660
MCG Employment Services Information and Events

AHS Nutrition Services virtual classes,  Mealtime Struggles to Mealtime Success and Feeding Your Baby. Registration is through birthandbabies.com, or by calling 403-955-1450. Registration closes the day before each class at 12 noon.  All classes are currently being held virtually, through Zoom, therefore the classes are no longer location specific for participants when registering.

Mealtime Struggles to Mealtime Success: May 11th 6:30 pm 8:00 pm, May 26th 1:30 pm 3:00 pm, June 9th 6:30 pm 8:00 pm
Feeding Your Baby: May 4th 10:30 am 12:00 pm, May 19th 6:30 pm 8:00 pm, June 2nd 1:30-3:00 pm, June15th 6:30-8:00 pm
Mealtime Struggles & Feeding Your Baby 2021

Rowan House Podcast

Rowan House Podcast

Language Matters – Naming Mental Health: Check out the poster to learn a little more about mental health.
Language Matters - Understanding Mental Health

SAH MHR – Safe at Home Men’s Healthy Relationship Group
SAH MHR Poster

Other Activities:

Fourth Annual Adopt a Pot: Carmangay Horticultural Association needs volunteers to adopt a flower pot in various locations around the village. Duties are as follows: supply flowers , plant and maintain the pots till end of September 2021. Please at the end of September clean your pot back to soil . Thank you   Also there will be first, second and third prize that will be awarded in late July. For your pot , further details and info contact Tanya (587)678-0244

Rainbow Literacy and Learning Society is offering the PAL (unrestricted firearm safety) again on June 19th from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. to register please call: 403-485-3107  We are offering the Restricted Firearm Course on June 20th from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. to register please call: 403-485-3107

Wellness Wednesday’s, hosted by FCSS – One more week left of free lunches at 12pm downtown Vulcan.  The first 20 people get a free lunch purchased from a local restaurant.  They go fast but you can bring your own and enjoy the picnic tables in the empty lot beside Home Hardware. Smile and say hello to the rest of the community.  Please sit with your own household and social distance from others but that does not mean you can’t talk to someone, friend or stranger from a distance.  All those positive experiences give your brain and mood a little boost.  Please use that space respectfully any day and support our local businesses.  Wellness Wednesday only runs if the weather is great.  If it is cold, windy or rainy we will postpone to the following week.  And make an effort to get out and enjoy the beautiful outdoor spaces in all our communities.

Resources

On May 27 at 1 PM there is a webinar about the Centre for Suicide Prevention’s Buddy Up campaign. In Canada, men have a suicide rate three times higher than women. Why? We have socialized men to be strong, stoic and self-reliant; showing emotion is a sign of weakness, as is asking for help. Men are dying in alarming numbers, all around us, alone. How can we change this reality?

Buddy Up is a campaign by men for men, promoting authentic conversations and teaching how to support a buddy if they’re struggling with thoughts about suicide. Learn how to look out for your buddy and raise awareness for men’s suicide prevention. Buddy Up campaign month is in June 2021. Learn more at www.buddyup.ca   Here is the Eventbrite link to register for this webinar:   https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/152428671259
Maybe during the pandemic, you have not been doing as well as usual but also not doing really bad either.  You might be languishing.  Here is a good article that explains languishing.

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/04/19/well/mind/covid-mental-health-languishing.html

CYF – Children, Youth and Families

To register for a session, follow the links found in the newsletter or visit: https://www.cyfcaregivereducation.ca/virtual-education 

Community Education Services has some great workshops this month. Register for these free online workshops at:  http://community.hmhc.ca/  Some are listed below

 May 03 From Homework to Housework: Raising Responsible Children For parents of children 5 – 12 years old 
1:00 PM – 2:30 PM
Parents have a role to play in helping children establish good homework habits. Parents also play a critical role in building healthy school attitudes and effective home/school communication. Being responsible is more than just doing what you’re told; it involves problem solving and decision making. Children are not born responsible; parents must teach the skills to their children. Children need to learn that their actions have consequences, good and bad and that it is their choices and decisions that largely determines what that consequence will be. They also need to learn from the consequences so that they can be a part of any solution that is required if their choices result in a need to “fix” things.
In this workshop, Parents will learn:
What role they play in teaching their child responsibility
The 3 parts to responsibility
Ways to encourage children to become responsible for themselves and their chores
How and when to start giving children chores and some age appropriate chores
Should we pay children to do chores?
Whose problem is it if the chores aren’t completed?
Tips on setting up a family chore chart?

May 3 “All of my coping strategies went out the window”: How neurodivergent individuals and their caregivers are coping during the pandemic 
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM

May 4 Employment Workshops for caregivers and their youth: Resume Writing & Work Search Strategies, Networking and Conflict Resolution 
6:30 PM – 7:30 PM
One-hour workshops, for parents/caregivers & their youth, covering:
May 4 & 8: Resume Writing – Learn how to create a youth resume, including an exploration of the different styles and uses for resumes.
May 10 & 15: Networking and Work Search Strategies – An exploration of youth job search strategies and how to create networks.
May 17 & 22: Conflict Resolution – Gain an understanding of what conflict is and how to resolve it in the workplace.

 May 5 Understanding Teen Mental Health & Wellness 
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

 May 6 Juno House presents: Healthy Brains = Healthy Children 
10:30 AM – Noon
Before High School graduation, one third of adolescent girls will experience depression, anxiety disorders, self harm or an eating disorder.
At Juno House www.junohouse.ca we believe in the extraordinary healing power of parents and caregivers. We believe that you can learn all of the skills that you need to become your teen’s emotional coach. We believe that talking does not grow neurons; experience grows neurons. We will share steps and strategies from the Juno House Therapeutic Model that will give you effective emotional coaching tools for your children as they develop through adolescence and into young adulthood. You will learn about :
• Neuroscience and the developing brain,
• Brain integration of the left and right brain,
• How anxiety develops,
• The background of emotions and how to understand them in your child,
• The five emotional coaching steps,
• Strategies to help guide your adolescent through the challenges they will face in their academic, peer, and emotional environments.

 May 6 Emerging from the shadows – recognizing signs of mental distress in our children and youth as we navigate through the pandemic and beyond 
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Overview on current mental health trends seen in children and youth, we will share universal approaches and an introduction to some easy screening tools parents can review and implement. The session will review the mental health impacts of the last 18 months – what physicians have seen and what is still emerging. Participants will learn to recognize normal distress reactions, including physical signs of emotional stress, when further assessment is needed and the importance of early detection. It will also explore who to turn to for more information and support. Building resilience together – takes a village. 02

May 11 Understanding and Using Mental Toughness to Enhance Performance: When Toughness is Really NOT About Being “Tough.” 
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Mental toughness (MT) has a great deal of evidence to support its use in education, but is also broadly misunderstood because of its roots in competitive sport and in high-performance arenas such as the military and business worlds. There are lots of stories of professional athletes and folks like Navy SEALS who talk about MT. But what about the rest of us? What about kids? In this webinar, we will discuss what MT really is – and the critical value of mental sensitivity and mental flexibility in enhancing our performance and in supporting kids and ourselves to become more willing risk takers, be more resilient, have more interpersonal success, and how to not only learn from mistakes but also actively seek out opportunities for new learning.

 May 12 Intergenerational Trauma- Learning and Healing 
5:30 PM – 7:00 PM
In this session, you will be walked through some information about intergenerational trauma and how it has impacted the Indigenous peoples of Canada and societal imprints on a specific population. With this information participants will learn through questions, videos and examples and hopefully spark attendees to learn more. Attendees will also learn about a Boys & Girls Clubs of Calgary Indigenous led program for youth that is challenging systems and creating space for healing.

May 13 Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for Caregivers – What’s it all about? 
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
This workshop is about caring for the caregiver. Participants will be taught tools and techniques towards taking care of themselves so that they, in turn, can mindfully connect with their child/young adult. Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) processes and how they can support caregivers of neurodiverse individuals (including autism and other developmental differences) will be discussed.
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) seeks to help individuals to manage difficult things in their lives and mindfully connect with things that are most important in a way that is loving and respectful. With an introduction to the concept of ‘mindfulness,’ ACT helps to develop a new mindful relationship with unwanted thoughts and feelings. This process helps a person to be more open, and to take action consistent with what they care about.

May 18 Resilience 
1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Resilience is the capacity to recover quickly from difficulties or hardship. So what makes humans resilient? And what is the role of resilience in our lives? Additionally, how does resilience relate to mental wellbeing? Resilience can also help offset factors that increase the risk of mental health conditions and can help keep mental health concerns like depression or anxiety at bay. Come join us for this presentation as we uncover the five pillars of resilience: self awareness, mindfulness, self care, positive relationships & purpose. By strengthening these pillars, we in turn, become more resilient.

 May 20 Play with Purpose: The Impacts of Play on Development & Incorporating Play into Learning 
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Play is one of the most important and impactful ways children learn. In this workshop, we will explore a variety of skills that can develop through play, the different types and stages of play, as well as working through those tricky moments when conflict arises during play. By the end of this presentation, you’ll have a better understanding and appreciation for play, and more playful tools that you can incorporate into your household or classroom!

May 27 Supporting Your Children to have Healthy Relationships During a Pandemic 
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
This presentation will focus on how parents can help children develop and maintain positive healthy relationships in their children. The COVID-19 pandemic has led to a requirement for physical distancing from peers and increased social connection online. Physical distancing does not mean the same thing as social and emotional distancing. Children and teens can and should stay social and emotionally connected with their peers and others. Healthy relationships and social connections are key in fostering positive social-emotional development and resilience. Strategies to help parents promote healthy and positive relationships during a time of increased physical distance and stress will be provided. Parents will be empowered to have meaningful conversations with their children to build the parent-child relationship, as well as help their children develop and maintain healthy relationships with their peers in person and safely online.

 May 31 Understanding Social Media Use in Teens 
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
The world of social media is constantly changing, and it can be hard to keep up. This session will look at some of the most popular platforms among Canadian youth and how to protect privacy and keep everyone safe. We will also discuss the effects of social media use on teen mental health and how to promote healthy social media habits in a digital world.

 June 1 Trans & Parent Perspectives: How to support transgender, non-binary and gender non-conforming youth 
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM

 June 2 Children and Parenting After Separation ‘ Parenting Coordination and other Dispute Resolution Processes ‘ 
10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Court is not the only way to resolve family law problems, and it’s not always the best way to resolve family law problems. In this webinar, we’ll talk about some alternatives to court. We’ll cover mediation, where a neutral person helps people reach an agreement on their own, and arbitration, where a neutral person makes a decision resolving a problem, just like a judge. We’ll also talk about parenting coordination, a long-term process that combines parts of mediation and parts of arbitration to resolve problems while helping people learn to communicate better and resolve problems on their own.

 June 2 Parenting, Pedantics & Peculiarities during the Pandemic 
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM UN2021

June 3 From Homework to Housework: Raising Responsible Children For parents of children 5 – 12 years old 
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM

 June 8 Habits of Mental Health 
1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Everyone has mental health which is equally important as physical health. Just like physical health, we need proper supports, strategies, and healthy coping habits to maintain an optimal wellbeing. In this webinar we will go through various ways to facilitate positive mental wellbeing as well as the many benefits of positive mental health.

 June 9 Starting or changing medication for your child/youth’s mental health? An introduction to genotype-guided prescribing 
6:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Read more at https://developingchild.harvard.edu/resources/three-early-childhood-development-principles-improve-child-family-outcomes/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_campaign=april_2021

Have a great May,

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]