Vulcan County Family Resources- February 2021

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


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

Winter Walk Day  – Winter Walk Day – Open the Door and go for it! Get more active outdoors this winter. Register at

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

COVID-19-Coping-Addiction Mental Health Resources (002)

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

Foothills Virtual Job Fair - Feb 4 2021 (1)

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

CPO Workshop. Virtual. Feb.05.2021

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

RBCLW Workshop. Virtual. Feb.09.2021

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

RS Workshop. Virtual. Feb.12.2021

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

LI Workshop. Virtual. Feb.25.2021

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

New 2 U – Skate Donation Program

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

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

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

Census Jobs 2021 – March-July

Census Recruitment poster-EL

Vulcan Lifeguard Jobs – Summer 2021 Apply now


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

Rosie’s Gift of Love

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

Community Education Services provide free public education available via webinar

Tues Feb 2 @ 6:30 pm  

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

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

Tues Feb 9 @ 1 pm  

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

Thur Feb 11 6:30 pm Bullying and ASD 

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

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

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

Fri Feb 26 11 am Put the Pro in Cognitive Proficiency   

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

A Simple Plan to Get Your Family Outside More Often

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

The Importance of Teaching Life Skills 

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

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

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

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

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

-first we do it for you

-then we do it with you

-then we watch you do it

-then you do it completely independently

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

Lindsay Hutton, “I Did it All by Myself” an Age-by-Age Guide to Teaching Your Child Life Skills,”

Ages 2 and 3: Small Chores and Basic Grooming

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

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

Ages 4 and 5: Important Names and Numbers

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

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

Your child should also learn how to

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


Ages 6 and 7: Basic Cooking Techniques

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

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

Your child should also learn how to

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


Ages 8 and 9: Pride in Personal Belongings

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

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

Your child should also learn how to

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


Ages 10 to 13: Gaining Independence

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

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

Your child should also learn how to

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

Ages 14 to 18: More Advanced Skills

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

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

Young Adults: Preparing to Live on His Own

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

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

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

Take care of yourself and the people around you,

Lori Gair

Community Liaison

Vulcan and Region Family and Community Support Services

Phone: 403-485-2192 ext. 103

Email: [email protected]

Vulcan County Family Resources- Jan 2021

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

Parent Cafe’s Survey Link

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

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 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 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

Top Parenting Tips for School Life during Covid


Balancing Work and Life during Covid


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



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:


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


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

Caring Connections Program by Wild Rose Community Connections  

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


Help Lines 

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

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

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

Family Violence Info Line: 310-1818

Kids Help Phone: 1-800-668-6868

Child Abuse Hotline: 1-800-387-5437

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

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

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

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

Income Support Contact Centre 

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

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

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

Crime Stoppers: 1-800-222-8477

Vulcan RCMP Detachment: 403-485-2267

Poison Control: 1-800-332-1414

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

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

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

Pandemic and Isolation Stress

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

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

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


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

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

Here is how it works:

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

A few conditions apply:

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

Here are the participating businesses:

Hair by Jordyn Cornet

Kona Fitness

Mind Meld Massage Therapy

Vulcan Yoga and Wellness

Vulcan Art Studio

The Hair Hut

Mama’s Pizza

Center Street Eatery – Arrowwood, Alberta

Mossleigh Bar N Grill

Aspen Crossing

Clever Scoops

The Great Full Cup

Lynn’s Place

Village’s Bistro

New Club Cafe

Amy’s Family Restaurant

Denver’s Diner

Milo Hotel/T’s Saloon

Lisa Blair’s Beauty Room

Habitat Lifestyle Boutique

Full Motion BodyworX

ASANI Healing

Bodyworks Fitness Centre

Nails and Hair By Robyn Mears

Lori Gair

Community Liaison

Vulcan and Region Family and Community Support Services

Phone: 403-485-2192 ext. 103

Email: [email protected]

Vulcan County Family Resources- Dec 2020


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

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

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

Greater Foothills Family Centre December Programs

Vulcan Recreation Programs and Facilities Notice

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

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

Lomond Lions Food Drive at S&S Grocery Store

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

Career and Employment Services – MCG Career Remote

Message from Vulcan Medical Clinic

Write to Santa – He’ll write back!

Champion Gingerbread Houses-

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

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

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

Canada Benefit Programs

Canadian Benefit Programs-NOV26

Service Canada Outreach Brochure

Service Canada Community Outreach Brochure

Free Virtual Nutrition Tour

Virtual Nutrition Tour_Poster (1)

How Racism can affect Child Development

How 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 ;-))!

Christmas Shopping 

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

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

Arrowwood Library has a shop local market available all December.

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



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 

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


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



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.

A Little More on Christmas this Year

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

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

“It came without ribbons! It came without tags!

It came without packages, boxes, or bags!”

He puzzled and puzzed till his puzzler was sore.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Vulcan County Family Resources- Nov 2020

Attached Posters

Pillowslip Stories – Make your own Workshop – In person or via zoom Nov. 5.  Rainbow Literacy will supply the materials and you create an interactive play experience to go with a story.

Nov. 5 – Make Your Own Story in a Bag – Pillowslip Stories

Nov. 4-25 -Curiosity Kids – Vulcan Playgroup Wednesday’s

Nov. 16 – Literacy and Parenting Skills, Monday’s

Literacy and Parenting Skills (LAPS) – Monday’s 6:30-7:30 FCSS Office starts Nov. 16th.  Register with Rainbow Literacy at 403-485-3107

Thursday’s – Mentorship Program

Mentorship – Thursday’s 3:30-5pm Youth Centre Register with Rainbow Literacy 403-485-3107

The Great Pumpkin Walk – Champion Nov. 1

On Monday’s they will be in Milo! Beginning November 9, they will be running a Little Carpenters program for 3-6 year old’s at the Milo Library. Registration is required, please call 1-877-652-8633 to register, spaces will be limited and health and safety protocols will be in place.

Little Carpenters – Milo Mondays in November ages 3-6 years

Family Literacy Programs Fall 2020

Family Literacy Programs Fall 2020 (1)

Mealtime Struggles and Feeding Your Baby.  Courses online.  Most parents have many questions about difficulties with babies and small children around food.  Learn a few new skills to help ease struggles.

Mealtime Struggles & Feeding Your Baby Fall Schedule 2020 Posters - Printer (1)

SABC Drive Through Pumpkin

SABC Drive through Pumpkin Festival

Play Infographic – Think Play is not that important? – Think again.


Nov. 16 – Community Connection Cafe – An opportunity to learn something and then discuss and visit.

Community Connection Cafe Nov 16

Nov. 18 – Paint Day and Elder Abuse Information session.

Step Up Parent Support Group  – Nov 26 from 1-2pm Vulcan Youth Centre Register at 403-652-0566

Vulcan Step Up Support Group Nov 2020

New 2 U Skates

For those of you who have children in the early years,  there are many things available to support you:

-The Greater Foothills Family Centre is doing the play program this year at the Lodge Hall in Vulcan on Wednesdays.  You must register even if you can only come once. Call to register at 1(877) 652-8633.  This is a great opportunity to connect with other families and get out of the house for a bit.

-Rainbow Literacy has Time for Rhymes in Vulcan and Carmangay on Friday’s, Champion on Thursday’s and Milo via Zoom on Wednesday’s.    Learn some rhymes and stories that are not only important in building language skills in child development but they can help you as a parent when establishing routines and teaching appropriate behaviour. The best part is that it is fun.

Inside Out –  Your Child’s Social-Emotional Development

A Learning Series for Parents and Caregivers Wednesdays beginning November 4th at 7pm via Zoom

Each week will feature a different age group   November 4    0-3 months

November 18     3-9 months         November 25    9-15 months

To register for one or more of these sessions, please call 1-877-652-8633

Triple P Parenting – Offered through Zoom by the Greater Foothills Family Centre

– The Power of Positive Parenting: learn about reasonable expectations, assertive discipline, positive learning environments and looking after yourself as a parent.  November 16, 2020 7:00 – 8:30 pm

-Raising Competent, Confident Children: learn how to help your child express their feelings appropriately.  November 23, 2020 7 – 8:30 pm

-Raising Resilient Children: learn about emotional resilience in children and six important life skills that help children deal effectively with life’s challenges and thrive.  November 30, 2020 7:00 – 8:30 pm

Learn and Play – Tiny Two’s at the Greater Foothills Family Centre in High River 1-877-652-8633

Other Activities

-Carmangay After School Program – Tuesdays right after school – 6:30. Call the Carmangay Library for details.  Located at the Curling Rink.

Snowflake Festival– Either the First Friday or Saturday of December.  Pictures with Santa (maybe with a green screen) and some family activities.


Town of Vulcan Recreation programs at the CRC. Must register at www.townofvulcan/recreation  (See attached posters)

Youth Sport Ball – Tuesdays’s 4-5:30 age 6-12

Strength and Conditioning – Friday’s 4:30-5:30 Ages 12+

Ball Hockey – Wednesday’s 4-5:30

Walking – Mon + Thurs 4-5:30pm, Fri. 3-4pm 18+

Basketball – Wed 8-9:30pm 14+

Volleyball and Badminton – Tues. 8-9:30 14+

Karate Monday’s and Thursdays at the CRC ages 8+ 7:30-9:00pm

Milo – Dance Fit – Tuesday’s and Thursday’s at 5, Yoga Friday’s at 10am

Looking to join a curling league this year? Please contact the league organizers in Vulcan.

Doubles (Monday nights) contact Rick at (403) 485-6766

Mixed  (Tuesday nights) contact Linda at (587) 436-7028

Mens  (Wednesday nights) contact Troy at (403) 495-8699

Ladies  (Thursday nights) contact Katrina at (403) 485-5897

Sturling (Afternoons)  contact Ron at (403) 485-2118

or contact John Cumiford  at (403) 485-2214

Remembrance Day


Vulcan – The Royal Canadian Legion Branch #21, Vulcan will be having a scaled down tribute to the men and women who gave their lives for our freedom and the men and women who still serve to protect that freedom. On November 11th beginning at 11 AM, the ceremony will take place in the parking lot of the Legion.

Following the ceremony, lunch will be provided in the Legion Hall. In keeping with Alberta Health protocols seating is limited to 50 people. (as per current restrictions for our area) There will be two seatings:

  • The first seating will be at 12 PM to 1 PM.
  • The second seating will be 2 PM to 3 PM. This will allow time in between to re-sanitize all the tables.

In order to attend either one of the seatings, you must have a ticket. Tickets are available starting Friday October 30th at the Legion. There is no charge for the tickets; but you must have one to attend the lunch. No exceptions. Only fifty tickets will be available for each seating.

Help is out there

-It’s freezing out ! If you need a warm jacket head to Quarks in Vulcan and see if we have one in your size . If not let us know your size and we will find you one . Open until 5 . Sat 11-4 Free jackets for those in need of a warm jacket.

-Frozen Meals are still available for anyone who is isolated, struggling or been affected by Covid-19.   If you know someone who would benefit from some pre-made meals call the Vulcan Food Bank for Stone Soup Meals at 403-485-2192.  Reach out to someone with some meals today.

Christmas is only 56 days away!

-Kinettes Christmas Market has been cancelled.  They plan on being back next year.

-Arrowwood Library Shop Local Market

-Christmas Market at SABC:

Dec 4-5th   Friday 11am-8pm,   Saturday 10am-4pm

$2 at the door (kids under 10 free), Come kick off your Christmas shopping at SABC – Enjoy a Festive Coffee, Pick up some gifts for your Christmas list and be sure to plan to check off some of your own wish list!  Vendor list to be updated as confirmed.  Vendor’s welcome to apply

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 

-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 provide Influenza Immunization for families of children under 5.  Appointments can be booked by calling the Vulcan Health Unit at 403-485-2284, calling 811 or booking online at

-Physicians will offer vaccines to all 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 – Public Health will do a clinic on Nov. 17 in Milo by appointment only.  Call 403-485-2285 to make your appointment.

-Arrowwood Pharmacy has Flu shots available Monday-Friday 9-5 and Saturdays 9-2 Call for an appointment.  403-534-3333


Employment Opportunities

Need assistance with your Career and Employment Goals?   A Career Coach is available at NO COST In Person – Tuesdays at the Vulcan Municipal Library Appointment is Required. Virtual/Phone appointments available.  1-844-601-2660

Vulcan and Region Family and Community Support Services: 

Temporary Part-time Receptionist/ Office Assistant

Start Date November 4, 2020 until January 15, 2020.  End date may change based on staff leave.

24 hours a week.  $17.00 – $19.00/ hour based on qualifications.  Responsibilities include answering calls and greeting visitors, organizing volunteers, making service referrals, write and edit documents, verify invoices and other general administrative task.  Minimum 2 years of office experience. • MS Office skills. • Attention to detail. • Confidential and professionalism a must. • Clean, current, Criminal Record Check with Vulnerable Sector Check.  View the full job description at    Email: [email protected]

Youth Program Manager 30-37.5 hours/week.  Evenings and weekend work will be required.  Post-secondary degree/diploma in education, social work, or related field.  Minimum 5 years’ experience working directly with children and youth ages 8-18.  Supervise youth, volunteers and staff at the Youth Centre (YC).  Lead the development and implementation of programs, services, activities and events in Vulcan and other communities in Vulcan County.  Act as a resource and advocate for participating youth.  Provide a clean Criminal Record Check Intervention Check and possess a valid driver’s license and reliable vehicle.  View the full job description at   Email: [email protected]

Casual Relief Worker Position to cover Home Support, and Youth Centre duties. Contact Joan at 403-485-2192

Volker Stevin is hiring snow plough drivers [email protected] or call 403-485-1888

Vulcan Daycare Society is hiring Early Childhood Educators

Canada Post – Postmaster in Champion

– Post Office Assistant in Blackie

County Central High School – Learning Commons Facilitator

Carol Seaman’s Rise and Shine– Support Staff for Person’s with Developmental Disabilities 403-485-0609

Inclusion Foothills 

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.

Volunteer Opportunities

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.

Learning Opportunities

Online Conference with lots of great sessions for Parents on many interesting topics


Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more.  If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.

         -Oprah Winfrey

Social Connection

Excerpt from … Borrowing a Cup of Sugar from a Neighbour Benefits Everyone Katherine Martinko at

Even though it is easier and cheaper than ever to find what we need without borrowing, BORROW WE MUST. It’s a habit that builds community, fosters connection, counteracts loneliness and incidentally, saves planetary resources. 

Borrowing is also good for your soul, especially when you ask a neighbor for something. It creates an easy opener for conversation, an opportunity for connection, a chance for someone to demonstrate generosity – and you get a task done more easily.  Borrowing, in fact, has little to do with saving money. It’s more about creating a culture of sharing, of investing in the people who live around us, which in turn creates a safer and more cohesive community. It increases the amount of social capital, or our level of connection to others.

Lazarovic writes,  “The more people you feel comfortable asking to borrow sugar, the more likely you are to get the things you want and need out of life. In these increasingly unequal times, what many people lack is social capital.”

I’ve experienced this in my own life. I grew up on a small lake in rural Ontario, surrounded by seasonal neighbors who, over the years, enriched my life in more ways than I can count. We got many a cup of sugar (and eggs and butter) from our closest neighbor, who received a flow of baked goods in return.

But it didn’t stop there. Books, clothes, musical instruments, boats, bicycles, summer jobs, weekends in the city, even my career as a writer can all be traced back to connections made with those neighbors. Only now can I fully appreciate how my parents’ friendliness, openness, and willingness to loan and borrow freely helped build up that social capital, putting us kids at an advantage.

It shouldn’t feel like a chore because these mini connections make us happier. Humans are social creatures, whether we want to admit it or not, and science shows that even small talk boosts our moods. So, the next time you’re craving cookies warm from the oven and are short on sugar, ask a neighbour instead of racing to the store. Then share the cookies with your new friend! It’s a win-win situation.

Make today the day you help yourself.  Give, Share, Support & Do acts of service and kindness for others. Research shows that compassion and volunteering has huge health benefits and create a sense of connection and purpose.

Take care of oneself. Stress is linked to high self-focus and therefore a lower sense of connection. If you are happy from within, you are also more likely to feel connected.

Ask for Help. Research shows that people are willing to help us but if we don’t ask, they assume we don’t need help.

Join a class. It might have to be virtual or in a big space with a small number of people, but you are never too old to learn something new. Join a fitness class is a way of helping you physically but it also helps with your mental wellbeing.

Reach out to those around you today!

The Dangers of LOW Social Connection

* Worse for health than smoking, high blood pressure or obesity

* Higher inflammation at the cellular level

* Higher anxiety and depression

* Slower recovery from disease

* Increased antisocial behavior and violence

* Suicide

The Benefits of HIGH Social Connections

* 50% increased chance of longevity

* Lower rates of anxiety and depression

* Higher self-esteem and empathy

* Better emotion regulation skills

* Social connectivity creates a positive feedback loop of social, emotional, and physical well being

Virtually everyone experiences loneliness from time to time.  Social Connection is the best way to stem the feeling of loneliness.

Social Connection is one of the 4 pillars of cancer prevention.  


Local Resources 

Beverley Edwards– Vulcan Community Health Centre

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

MUMSPostpartum 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 docounselling 403-652-1654

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  Caring Connections Program

Contact us at403 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 can have your groceries delivered to you. We would love to hear your experiences & wisdom and share them on our website.

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.

Service Canada – Support for Canadians, Youth, Businesses and Seniors

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Lori Gair
Community Liaison
Vulcan and Region Family and Community Support Services
Phone: 403-485-2192 ext. 103
Email: [email protected]

Vulcan County Resources- October 2020

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 2020

Family Literacy Programs Fall 2020

Circle of Security Parenting Program


Family Centre Programs October 2020

October 2020 Family Centre Programs

First Nations Health Consortium Newsletter

First Nations Health Consortium Newsletter 09-2020

Mealtime Struggles and Feeding Your Baby

Mealtime Struggles & Feeding Your Baby Fall Schedule 2020 Posters - Printer


Other Activities

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

(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.

Employment Opportunities

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.

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 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

Inclusion Foothills 

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.

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 Careers

Interview 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 platform

RS 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 Library

Job Search Workshop Oct.28.2020 HR

Volunteer Opportunities

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.


Learning Opportunities

Online Conference with lots of great sessions for Parents on many interesting topics

Institute of Child Psychology 2020 Conference – Children’s Mental Health Conference 2020

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

-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   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 experiencesrelationships, 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 learningPoor nutritionexposure 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.


Lori Gair

Community Liaison
Vulcan and Region Family and Community Support Services
Phone: 403-485-2192 ext. 103
Email: [email protected]


Vulcan County Resources – September 2020

Employment Opportunities
Food and Delivery News
  • Carmangay has a new restaurant Villages Bistro 403-423-0324
  • Champion has a new coffee/ice cream shop next to the Library Clever Scoops
  • Cosmic Canteen – Is open at the Vulcan Country Inn for supper.\
  • You can order meals from Southern Alberta Bible Camp
  • Stone Soup Meals are still available, frozen meals from local caterers 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.  See the attached menu. (August 2020 Menu)
  • Thursday afternoons – Farmer’s Market at the Vulcan Legion
  • Arrowwood Farmer’s Market – Check the Village Facebook page to find out date and time.
  • Geri Budd delivers fresh produce to Vulcan many afternoons. See the attached list of produce (Spunky Gardener)
  • Champion Pop-Up Market – Sat., Aug. 29th -local artists, crafters & entrepreneurs.  Near the Clever Scoops Ice Cream Shop


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?

Tai Chi – Begins Sept. 8. Must register at or call 403-485-6659


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

Service Canada Ready to help Businesses
Service Canada Ready to help Seniors
Service Canada Ready to help Youth


Tax Information

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

·         Canada child benefit

·         GST/HST credit COVID-19: Benefits, credits and financial support 

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.


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:

We are pleased to announce that we are a Family Resource Network: Spoke #15 for Children’s Services within the High River and Area. Rainbow Literacy and Learning Society also delivers programming through (CALP) – the Community Adult Learning Program. These programs are funded through the Government of Alberta. For more information on our programs and learning opportunities please visit our website:
Helpful Resources

Calgary’s Child Magazine is free and online and always includes great parenting articles.  The September issue includes articles on:

-How to Manage School Anxiety: What Children Need from Us
-Raising a Reader
-How Mindfulness helps Kids Manage Stress
-Mask Wearing for Kids
-The importance of Play in a Digital World

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.


Supporting Mental Health & Wellness in a Time of Stress & Isolation

Feeling stress, anxiety and depression due to the COVID-19 crisis? We can help.

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.

How to Connect

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.

Vulcan County Family Resources – Summer 2020

Caring Connections June 2020
ELP Registration Poster
Family connection kits
Family Violence and Abuse
FB Mason picture fundraiser
FCSS Vulcan's Quarantine Talent
First Years for Families Program WRCC
Rate Sheet 2020
Bicycle Donation
Vulcan Recreation Movies
Vulcadian Anthem
Show Your Spirit
ELP poster 2
Colors Camp
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Parent & Children Resources

Check out these resources for parents & children provided by Lori Gair of Vulcan County Early Childhood Development Coalition

Services available at FCSS

-FCSS has been phoning to see how people in our County are doing. If you have missed the call or are not in the phone book call FCSS at 403-485-2192 to have conversation with someone and receive help directing you to resources.

-Family/Couple kits are available for pick-up.

-The Grandma Share Your Stories With Me – This is a program to connect youth and grandparents through a question book- it may be done online, on the phone, or with distancing. Youth ask some interesting questions about their grandparent’s life. You can request copies from FCSS via email or set a time for an appointment.

-The Resource Directory is on the Vulcan and Region FCSS website along with many links to official sites, such as the federal government grants, free counselling, links to resources etc. Resources are posted on the Facebook page as well as on our Food Bank webpage.

-If you are in need of the AA phone number you can call FCSS to get it. There are some guidelines around its use.

-The Food Bank is doing hampers and accepting donations preferably cheque or pay pal – there are details on the Food Bank website on how to do this. Any clients wishing to have help must call for an appointment. Everything is sanitized before and after a visit.


Building Brains Together along with researchers from the University of Lethbridge have created a survey to learn how isolation is impacting parents. All responses are anonymous and confidential and will be used to help professionals understand the impacts that Covid-19 and the subsequent Public Health Measures are having on parents and families. Data from this survey will be used to inform social supports and services both for the remainder of the Covid-19 pandemic and in future emergency responses. Participants are invited to send us an email once you’ve completed the survey and we’ll enter you into our draw for a $50 Superstore gift card. Draws will take place at the end of each month.

Parenting Program

The Greater Foothills Family Centre is offering the Triple P Positive Program virtually!! If you would like more information on the Triple P Positive Parenting Program please give us a call at 403 652 8633 or email us at [email protected]
Triple P is also offered online! Check out this video about the online Triple P Positive Parenting Program.

If you are interested in enrolling in the online Triple P Program please click this link to be directed to the Alberta Triple P Website:

Connecting the Brain to the Rest of the Body
New Working Paper
Connecting the Brain to the Rest of the Body: Early Childhood Development and Lifelong Health Are Deeply Intertwined This Working Paper, the fifteenth in the series from the National Scientific Council on the Developing Child, informs policymakers, leaders of human services systems, intervention developers, and practitioners in reducing disparities in preventable diseases and premature deaths and lowering the high costs of health care for chronic illnesses that have their origins in early childhood adversity. The paper examines how developing biological systems in the body interact with each other and adapt to the contexts in which a child is developing—for better or for worse—with lifelong consequences for physical and mental health.

Domestic Violence

Agencies in the domestic violence services in Calgary have seen up to 40% increase in services during the first two months of this pandemic crisis. Now more than ever our friends and family members who are experiencing violence and abuse need our positive support. Please consider sharing information about our webinar with your friends and social connections. The focus of the presentation is to give participants the skills and confidence to recognize and support victims of family violence and abuse during this crisis and beyond. This FREE webinar is offered several times per week, with new dates added weekly. For more information, please see our TAKE A STAND info & registration page, On this page there are social media share buttons, or please consider emailing this info to your friends. Please maintain physical distancing, and increase social connections.

The Role of Play during a Pandemic

Play Can Help Children:
cope with changes
experience feelings of control.
foster empathy and relieve tension.
promote well-being and resilience

Nutrition Classes
The PPH Dietitians are offering interactive online classes in June using Zoom. Registration is through, and classes will be limited to 20 participants. Please share this with your clients.
Classes and Dates:
Mealtime Struggles to Mealtime Success: Tuesday, June 23rd, 2020 at 6:30pm
Feeding Your Baby: Wednesday, June 17th, 2020 at 1:00pm

Detailed descriptions for each class:
Mealtime Struggles to Mealtime Success – Do you have questions about your child’s eating habits? Are meal and snack times becoming a struggle? Join a Registered Dietitian from Alberta Health Services and learn about ways to cope with picky eating, refusal of foods, strategies to help you develop a healthy feeding relationship with your child, and more!! This class is for parents and caregivers with children 1-5 years of age.
Date: Tuesday, June 23, 2020 at 6:30pm
Registration is through, and classes will be limited to 20 participants. Classes will be held on Zoom. This is a FREE class! Feeding Your Baby is being offered in June as an interactive online class!

Are you getting ready for your baby to start solid foods? Wondering what foods you should introduce and when? If so, then this class is for you! Join a Registered Dietitian from Alberta Health Services and get answers to your questions about baby’s first foods, timing, textures, eating patterns, developmental stages, and other topics related to feeding your baby. This class is for parents, and caregivers.
Date: Wednesday, June 17, 2020 at 1:00pm

Registration is through, and classes will be limited to 20 participants. Classes will be held on Zoom. This is a FREE class! Please distribute this info to others. Also, don’t forget that people can always call Healthlink 8-1-1 with any nutrition question and speak with one of our Registered Dietitians!

Supporting a Smooth Transition into the 2020-2021 School Year

Michelle Deen, Registered Psychologist, B.A., B.Ed., M.Ed &
Shelly Hutton, Learning Specialist, B.A., B.Ed., M.Ed

RVS MHCB Stepping Stones to Mental Health

Live webinar: Monday June 15 @ 10 AM

Since the closing of schools in mid-March due to the recent pandemic, school districts have offered at-home learning opportunities for all students (e.g., online, telephone check-ins, and/or course packages). Parents (in conjunction with their child’s school team) have been supporting their child‘s learning and social-emotional development during this time. Currently, the province continues to work with school authorities and education system partners on developing a comprehensive re-entry plan. This situation leaves many families wondering how they can support their child to transition smoothly into the 2020-21 school year regardless of the re-entry plan that is developed. Knowing that it will be important for parents to share student strengths and home-based strategies that have worked well with school teams, this presentation will be designed to provide families with effective tools and ways to share information to ensure a smooth and successful transition. Tools to be explored may include; slides, videos, creating books and memory boxes.

A New Online Hub called CORE will coordinate community services for older Albertans and Seniors -The CORE Alberta website is geared toward service providers to enable them to share information, ideas and resources available from across the province. It is a platform to connect community based seniors serving organizations and allied agencies and individuals in Alberta. CORE is designed to provide up-to-date information, resources, and training opportunities and to make it easier to communicate, coordinate, and collaborate in order to help build capacity, strengthen the network, and develop a collective and cohesive voice among volunteers, staff, and others who support healthy aging initiatives. The perspective of rural areas will be important to this endeavour. The main intent of the CORE Alberta website is to enable services providers from anywhere in Alberta to support and learn from each other.

There are various discussion groups available where CORE Alberta participants can share information, ask questions, as well as learn and collaborate. Currently, there are a number of open discussion groups from transportation, to home supports, to food security, and many others.

In addition, you are encouraged to sign up to the site, explore the collaborative opportunities and subscribe to the newsletter. If you have any questions about CORE Alberta or would prefer to register via email, please contact [email protected]

Enhanced Grief Support
Enhanced Grief Support Services being provided by the Calgary Zone Grief Support program and the program’s brochure. This enhanced service is in recognition that the pandemic may intensify and add complexity to bereavement experiences. Clients who call the program can be connected within a few weeks and all counseling is provided telephonically or via zoom.

The Grief Support Program has also created an educational psycho-social video for those who have experienced a death related loss, or for those who want to offer support to someone who has. This educational offering recognizes that grieving can be more complex during an experience like a pandemic.The intention of the video is to offer information, comfort and hope and normalize these challenging bereavement experiences by presenting resources, tools and approaches to grief and loss during a pandemic. This can be a helpful and supportive resource for people to access virtually during this time. The video is posted on the AHS You Tube channel and can be accessed through this link which is also embedded in the memo:

Grief and Loss during a Pandemic

In 2004 The Palliative and End of Life Care Grief Support Program also developed Bereavement Videos that are also on the AHS You Tube Channel: Grief Videos All videos are on the Grief Resources playlist on the AHS You Tube Channel.

Psychological First Aid: Supporting Yourself and Others During COVID-19
When you register, for some reason I couldn’t get any provinces but could put Canada in the state area also put Armed Forces ( other) and it worked.

Psychological First Aid: Supporting Yourself and Others During COVID-19 is an online only course designed to help individuals build resilience and support themselves and lend support to others during and following the COVID-19 outbreak. The course length is estimated at 60 minutes. The topics covered in the course include:

· Recognizing Stress in Adults, Teens and Children

· Practicing Mental Health First Aid

· Caring for Yourself

· Supporting Your Family

· Supporting Yourself and Coworkers at Work

Each student who completes the course will receive an American Red Cross Psychological First Aid: Supporting Yourself and Others During COVID-19 Online Only certificate at the completion of the course. The certificate date is the date of course completion. The certificate is valid for 2 years. If you enter Canada to register and you have trouble and cannot enter your province or territory, try logging in as Armed Forces (other).

Links to Resources

Eight ways to support brain health for rural older adults

Multi-Faith Resources: Alienation & Separation During a Pandemic

Nicole Frandsen is an an Outreach Officer with the Canada Revenue Agency. Presentations are available via the WebEx system.

I am not only able to give our regular presentations (see below) but we have slides on the new economic measures for COVID-19 that the Canada Revenue Agency is administering such as the enhanced Canada Child Benefit (CCB) and enhanced Goods and Services Tax Credit payment (GSTC), the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) and the Canada Emergency Student Benefit (CESB). I can also create a presentation to cover the topics of most interest for your group, using a combination of the information below.

Excerpts from YYC Weekly – Calgary’s Child Magazine online newsletter:

Get Them to Listen the First Time by Julie Freedman-Smith of Parenting Power

Has the pandemic turned you into the teacher from ‘Charlie Brown?’

Are you the voice that can be heard in the background saying lots of something but nothing actually worth listening to? Does even the dog walk away while you are talking?

It may be because while you are with your kids so much, you are saying the same things over and over again and no one really feels that they have to listen to you.

Let’s face it, when you have something to say that is really important, you’ll make sure they hear it. You will use some way to grab their attention, or grab them. Yelling, getting in their faces, crying, punishment, all of those methods tell kids that this is the time to listen.

But why do they make you yell at them? Didn’t they hear you the other 7 times you said it calmly? They did not.

They have learned to ignore you until the one time it matters.

Get them to listen the first time.

When you are about to nag, stop. AID them to listen:

A = Attention. Go to the child and get his attention before you say anything.

I = Instruction. Give your instruction clearly.

D = Direct. If the child doesn’t do it, direct the child to do it now.

“Are you going to do this with my help or without?”

“Looks like you need my help to make this happen – let’s go.”

Catch yourself before it happens

Before you start to yell an instruction from another room, or say it for the 4th or 5th time, stop. Go to the child, be sure that you have her attention and then say what needs to happen and require it to happen.

Use pre-planned times to give clear instructions

Perhaps you will share your clear instructions and plan it out during the family meeting. Perhaps it will be at the start of the day when you are reviewing the plan for the day. Make a time for it to happen and only give instructions which are important and worth holding kids accountable to complete.

This week, ask yourself these questions:

What am I nagging about daily?
Is it actually something important?
How, when and where can I communicate it clearly once and then hold my child accountable?


Links for things to do also from YYC Weekly
Fight Rainy Day Boredom
Chris Hadfield reads his children’s book, ‘The Darkest Dark’
Build a ‘What Bugs Me’ bug with the City of Calgary Recreation
BOKS at Home workouts for kids and adults
The Calgary Public Library has online at home learning resources to help!
Maui Ocean Center Live Stream of Sharks, Stingrays & More
Imagination Design Studio offers free drawing classes
Make bubble wands and bubble juice at home
Paint kindness rocks for your neighborhood
Build a fairy garden with your kids
Plant herbs, veggies and flowers in recycled containers (hint: those blue IKEA bags make incredible potato planters!)

Betty White Reads

If all else fails, let 98 year old Betty read to your kid. If it doesn’t entertain them, it will most definitely make you smile.

National Geographic

Shark quizzes, science experiments, ‘weird but true’ games, and much more!

Science Fun

Energy, electricity, astronomy: Inside the Perimeter is a Waterloo-based educational site for science lovers of all ages, but they also have a robust section for kids and educators. There are some free resources, but mostly lessons that you purchase.

Art Ninja

This is a BBC Kids show that combines ninja moves with wacky art projects, but the host also has a YouTube channel with lots of colourful arts & crafts tutorials.

Lori Gair
Vulcan County Early Childhood Development Coalition
Phone: 403-485-0601
Email: [email protected]