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

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Circle of Security Parenting Program


Family Centre Programs October 2020

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First Nations Health Consortium Newsletter

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Mealtime Struggles and Feeding Your Baby

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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

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NEW – Resume Scanners? The Who, What, Where, Why & How: Friday October 30th – 9:00am-11:30am VIRTUAL ONLY – via Zoom platform

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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

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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

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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.