Vulcan County Family Resources- Jan 2021

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Posters

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

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

Read With Me – Ages 3-6

Ages and Stages – Development for kids 0-6years

Building Fine Motor Skills for ages 3-6

January programs at Greater Foothills Family Centre

More programs from the Family Centre

Kids in Motion – Ages 3-6

Glow – For girls 9-12

Winter Reading Challenge through Chinook Arch Libraries

MCG Careers – Job Searching During Covid

Job Searching DC Workshop. Virtual. Jan.12.2021

MCG Careers – Interview Skills Workshop

Interview Skills Workshop.Virtual. Jan.20.2021

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

Linked In Workshop. Virtual. Jan.28.2021

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

Games for Vibrant Minds Research Study

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

Top Parenting Tips for School Life during Covid

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Balancing Work and Life during Covid

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First Nations Health Consortium December Newsletter

FNHC December 2020 Newsletter

Vulcan Library is open for Curbside Pick-up

December 14-January 12

Monday 10-3

Tuesday 10-5

Wednesday Closed

Thursday 10-5

Friday 10-3

 

Resources

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

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

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

Mental Health Support  Help Lines

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

 

Online resources:

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

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

 

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

Caring Connections Program by Wild Rose Community Connections  

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

 

Help Lines 

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

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

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

Family Violence Info Line: 310-1818

Kids Help Phone: 1-800-668-6868

Child Abuse Hotline: 1-800-387-5437

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

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

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

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

Income Support Contact Centre 

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

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

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

Crime Stoppers: 1-800-222-8477

Vulcan RCMP Detachment: 403-485-2267

Poison Control: 1-800-332-1414

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

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

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

Pandemic and Isolation Stress

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

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

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

 

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

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

Here is how it works:

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

A few conditions apply:

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

Here are the participating businesses:

Hair by Jordyn Cornet

Kona Fitness

Mind Meld Massage Therapy

Vulcan Yoga and Wellness

Vulcan Art Studio

The Hair Hut

Mama’s Pizza

Center Street Eatery – Arrowwood, Alberta

Mossleigh Bar N Grill

Aspen Crossing

Clever Scoops

The Great Full Cup

Lynn’s Place

Village’s Bistro

New Club Cafe

Amy’s Family Restaurant

Denver’s Diner

Milo Hotel/T’s Saloon

Lisa Blair’s Beauty Room

Habitat Lifestyle Boutique

Full Motion BodyworX

ASANI Healing

Bodyworks Fitness Centre

Nails and Hair By Robyn Mears

Lori Gair

Community Liaison

Vulcan and Region Family and Community Support Services

Phone: 403-485-2192 ext. 103

Email: [email protected]

Vulcan County Family Resources- Dec 2020

Posters 

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

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

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

Greater Foothills Family Centre December Programs

Vulcan Recreation Programs and Facilities Notice

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

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

Lomond Lions Food Drive at S&S Grocery Store

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

Career and Employment Services – MCG Career Remote

Message from Vulcan Medical Clinic

Write to Santa – He’ll write back!

Champion Gingerbread Houses-

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

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

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

Canada Benefit Programs

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Service Canada Outreach Brochure

Service Canada Community Outreach Brochure

Free Virtual Nutrition Tour

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How Racism can affect Child Development

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Covid care kits

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

Christmas Shopping 

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

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

Arrowwood Library has a shop local market available all December.

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

 

Resources 

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

Mental Health & Wellness

Beverley Edwards  Self referrals welcome.

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

Phone for an intake appointment.  403-485-3356

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

 

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

 

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

https://www.calgaryschild.com/

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

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

Tips for the Month 

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

Participaction

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

Charity

THE VULCAN PALLIATIVE CARE COMMITTEE

Will be accepting donations to decorate for The TREE of HOPE

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

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

Rainbow Literacy and Learning Society

Vulcan County Health and Wellness Foundation

Kidsport – Town of Vulcan Recreation

Vulcan Regional Food Bank Society

Rowan House Emergency Shelter

Vulcan Lions Club Recreation Fund

Vulcan Healthcare Auxillary

Vulcan Daycare Society

Vulcan and District Historical Society

Local Churches who do amazing charitable work all year.

 

A little laugh for the Day:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

-Really? 

It is waiting to be released.

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

A receding hare-line.

A Little More on Christmas this Year

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

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

“It came without ribbons! It came without tags!

It came without packages, boxes, or bags!”

He puzzled and puzzed till his puzzler was sore.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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.

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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

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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.

Recreation

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

https://www.vulcanyogaandwellness.com/

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

Champion 

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 https://www.albertahealthservices.ca/influenza/influenza.aspx

-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 www.mcgcareers.com

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 www.vulcanandregionfcss.com    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 www.vulcanandregionfcss.com   Email: [email protected]

Casual Relief Worker Position to cover Home Support, and Youth Centre duties.  www.vulcanandregionfcss.com 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

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Canada Post – Postmaster in Champion indeed.ca

– Post Office Assistant in Blackie

County Central High School – Learning Commons Facilitator https://www.pallisersd.ab.ca/

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. www.inclusionfoothills.org

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 https://instituteofchildpsychologyconference.com/

  

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  ..by Katherine Martinko at treehugger.com

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 

www.wildrosecommunityconnections.com  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]