March 2022 Vulcan County Family Resources

> Did you know that March is Nutrition Month? The Calgary Zone Public Health Dietitians created a calendar to help you make healthy eating a priority this month.
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> The calendar includes tips, recipes, and ideas to try for the month of March. Feel free to explore the calendar, share it with others, and try something new!
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> The Nutrition Month Calendar can be accessed at: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1o9XiTWDl_H4nTuN7HDPtfsVF3FyyUozu/view
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> Each day of the week has following themes: Sharing Sunday, Meatless Monday, Try It Tuesday, Wellness Wednesday, 30 Min or Less Thursday, Fun Fact Friday, Swap It Saturday
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> New** – Man Cave – Thursday’s at 1pm. If you every hear a man in your life say they are bored, lonely, no where to go or no one to talk to- send them to the Man Cave. Come and talk to real people, IN PERSON! (See attached poster)
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> New** – One-on-one sessions with Amy, meeting at Vulcan FCSS while doing her practicum. Life skills, connection, family support, and more. Free for a limited time. Taking Thursday appointments. Book with FCSS at 403-485-2192.
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> Preschool and Kindergarten Registration is open. Please call your local school to register and sign up for a developmental screening. It’s free, it’s fun and it’s important. Arrowwood parents can visit www.arrowwoodECS.weebly.com They are also looking for new Board Members. (See attached poster about VPE Developmental Check-ups)
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> VPE Dev Check-up Email Poster

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> Mar. 8 – Mentorship Program begins – For youth 6-17 years old to improve the well-being of children and youth by providing a role model that can support them academically, socially
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Mentorship Program

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> Mar. 8 and Mar. 15th – Vulcan and Region FCSS is a Community Volunteer Income Tax Preparation Centre. If you have a low income and need assistance with your taxes, you can have them prepared by a volunteer for free. Book your spot now. Call 403-485-2192. Volunteers do NOT prepare returns for individuals who: · have self-employment income · have business income and/or expenses · have rental income and/or expenses · have capital gains or losses · have employment expenses · file for bankruptcy · are deceased in the tax year
Doing Your Taxes - Whats in it for you

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> You should file a tax return even if you made no money in 2021 as you may qualify for benefits. Call 403-485-2192 to book a time or drop-off.
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> Mar. 14 – Family Caregiver Wellness Initiative Workshop (See attached poster)
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> Family Caregiver Wellness Initiative

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> Mar. 17 – Food Rescue in Champion and Carmangay. Call 403-336-2893 or email [email protected] to book a bag. (See attached poster)
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> Mar. 18 – Moonwalk 7pm- 5km walk/run in fundraising support for AutoPulse Resuscitation Systems for the Fire Departments (See attached poster and Partnership letter)
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> Mar. 23 – Food Rescue in Milo, Arrowwood and Vulcan. Call 403-336-2893 or email [email protected] to book a bag. (See attached poster)
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> Apr. 2 & 3 – Firearms Courses Register with Rainbow Literacy 403-485-3107 (See attached poster)

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> April 19-22 – Easter Adventure Camp https://app.bookking.ca/vulcanrecreationpub/courses/index.asp
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> Time for Rhymes – Register with Rainbow Literacy at 403-485-3107 [email protected]
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> Milo – Wednesdays at 10:30 Milo Drop-in Centre
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> Vulcan – Fridays at 10:30 Vulcan Yoga and Wellness Centre starting March 11th.
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> Champion – Tuesdays at 10am Champion Legion
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> Countywide – Tuesdays at 9am via Zoom
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> Mondays
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> Arrowwood Play Group – 10 am Arrowwood Hall. Drop-in. Contact Betty for more information 403-485-8623. (See attached poster)
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> Community Skating – 6:45-7:45pm Vulcan Arena.
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> Community Walking – 8:30-9:45am Vulcan C.R.C.
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> Bedtime Stories – Online in the evening. Register with Rainbow Literacy 403-485-3107 (See attached poster)

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> Milo Roving Gym – 10:45am Milo School Gym.
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> Get-A-Way Youth Centre – Open 3:30-6pm for 10-18 year olds at 105A 3rd Ave. S. Vulcan 403-485-6033. Come enjoy ping-pong, pool tables, foosball, air hockey, video games, crafts and music!
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> Virtual Baby Group with Public Health 10-11:30am email [email protected] for the link. (See attached poster)
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> Mossleigh Play Group – 10am Mossleigh Hall. For information call Amanda at 587-224-7379 (See attached poster)

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> Tech Talk: Open ended sessions about devices, internet and all things related to Technology. (See attached poster)

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> Quilting – Carmangay Seniors Centre 9am-12pm.
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> Get-A-Way Youth Centre – Open 3:30-6pm for 10-18 year olds at 105A 3rd Ave. S. Vulcan 403-485-6033. Open for Teen Night from 6:30-9pm for ages 13-18 year olds.
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> Adult Basketball – 8pm at the CRC.
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> Community Walking – 8:30-9:45am Vulcan CRC.
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> Seniors Social – 2pm Lomond at the Drop-In. Games, cards, coffee, etc.
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> BINGO – Carmangay, first and 3rd Wednesday. Doors open at 6:30pm. Seniors Centre
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> Creative Minds – Carmangay Seniors Centre 9:30am- 12pm for any type of project.
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> Little Explorers – 10am Vulcan Birch Park Allan Subdivision Outdoor Nature Play. Come dressed for the weather! (See attached poster)

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> Get-A-Way Youth Centre – Open 12:30-5pm at 105A 3rd Ave. S. Vulcan 403-485-6033. Ping-pong, pool tables, foosball, air hockey, video games, crafts and music!
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> Community Skating – 5-6pm Vulcan Arena.
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> Youth Shinny – 3:45-4:45pm Vulcan Arena.
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> Community Walking – 1-2:30pm Vulcan C.R.C.
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> Yoga – Milo at the Drop-In at 10am
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> Tip Talks for Parents – 10am on Zoom Call Greater Foothills Family Centre 1-877-652-8633 or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/GFFCFRN (See attached poster for all the Greater Foothills Family Programs in March)
March Programs - Greater Foothills Family Centre

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> Mar. 4th – Positive Parenting
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> Mar. 11th – Toddlers Hurting Others
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> Mar.18th – ADHD
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> 25th – Being a Parent/Coping with Stress
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> Carmangay Community Centre is open for walking from 10:30-11:30am.
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> Saturdays
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> Pickleball – 10-11am Vulcan CRC.
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> Vulcan Legion Meat Draw – 3-6pm.
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> Vulcan Legion – Drop-in Pool at the Hall 3pm. $5/person No membership required.
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> Sundays
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> Youth Community Basketball – 3-5pm at the CRC.
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> Monday – Saturday
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> Vulcan Senior Centre Drop-In 9am-12 at 303 Centre St.
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> Support Groups
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> -MUMS – Peer-to-Peer Maternal Support for pre- and post-partum. Weekly confidential phone calls. Call Families Matter at 403-205-5194.
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> -Every Tuesday and Thursday – AA – Alcoholics Anonymous – Meetings are at 8pm. Contact Gary at 403-485-5818
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> -Al-Anon Family Group – meetings as needed. Contact Betty at 403-652-8285
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> -Wednesday’s – SMART Recovery – 7pm Addiction Support Meeting. Call Beth at 403-485-1054 for information.
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> -Thursday’s – Men’s Healthy Relationship Group – 6-8pm Registration details at rowanhouse.ca/safe-at-home
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> Doing Your Taxes – What’s in it for You? Information sessions (See attached poster)
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> Do you ever wonder what benefits and credits you or your clients may be eligible to receive?
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> Post-secondary Students – Tuesday March 1, 2022 & Saturday March 12, 2022
Doing Your Taxes - Whats in it for you

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> Adults 65+ – Thursday March 3, 2022
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> Disability Tax Credit – Wednesday March 9, 2022
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> New to Canada – Tuesday March 15, 2022 & Saturday March 26, 2022
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> Indigenous – Thursday March 17, 2022
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> Benefits and credits for all – Wednesday March 23, 2022
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> Information Session with Service Canada
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> An overview of our various electronic services including – My Service Canada Account, Job Bank, Benefits Finder, ESIN, and EServices.
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> To join either of the information sessions, please sign in to the appropriate link below.

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> Tuesday, March 8, 2022: 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM MST
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> Microsoft Teams meeting Join on your computer or mobile app
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> Or call in (audio only) +1 819-303-9295,,128767541# Canada, Gatineau
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> Phone Conference ID: 128 767 541#
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> Monday, March 14, 2022: 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM MST
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> Microsoft Teams meeting Join on your computer or mobile app
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> Youth – See what Service Canada offers to support Youth (See attached poster)

Service Canada Assitance for Youth

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> The Centre for Mental Health and Addictions is a non-profit organization. We offer comprehensive, professional counselling services on a free, low-cost, and sliding scale fee with no cap on the number of sessions. There are no population-specific requirements to receive these services and we believe that cost should never be a barrier to getting much needed proper psychological treatment.
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> We provide our services through virtual sessions/telepsychology so that mental health services can be accessible to clients in rural and remote areas. This will also be convenient for clients who have no means or access to transportation, or who are not physically able to attend in-person sessions or those who suffer from social anxiety.
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> We are offering our services free of charge in 2022. We would like to extend these free services to the members of your community.
> Please feel free to visit our website at www.thecentres.ca or call us at 1-800-704-9033 or 587-441-4043.
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> Community Education Services Workshops https://community.hmhc.ca/sessions/?p=webex&utm_source=mailpoet&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feb+22+2022
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> FREE online workshops for parents and Caregivers. Also check out – https://www.cyfcaregivereducation.ca/ for more workshops out of the north zone.
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> March 2 – ADHD & Executive Functioning: For in School & At Home Learners
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> March 3 – Mental Wellness in Pregnancy & Beyond
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> March 7 – Getting Pronouns Right: How to be an ally to the gender diverse community
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> March 8 – Tips and Suggestions for Helping Young Children Transition to New Shared Parenting Plans and Overnight Routines
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> March 8 – Friend or Foe? How to create healthy relationships with digital devices in the family
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> March 9 – Understanding Psycho-educational Assessments = Understanding Your Student
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> March 9 – Mental health for highly sensitive teens; unique struggles for these emotional feelers
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> March 15 – Taming Anxiety Gremlins using the Anxiety Compass
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> March 16 – Managing Stress in the Family: Recognizing Triggers
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> March 17 – Navigating Technology with our Youth March 25 – Earth Play: The Benefits of Outdoor Exploration
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> March 29 – LGBTQ2S+: What grandparents need to know and do
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> There are also a lot of recorded sessions you can watch at a time that works for you, some of them are only available until the end of March. http://community.hmhc.ca/sessions/?p=recorded
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> Wellness Exchange is a series of skills-building wellness educational workshops intended to help community members increase their coping and self-efficacy through self-exploration and self-management. There are five topics related to wellness – one topic per week. To register for upcoming workshops, click on this link: https://www.albertahealthservices.ca/assets/news/psa/ne-psa-amh-wellness-online-courses.pdf Contact [email protected] with any questions or comments.
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> Webinar: Week 1, Problem Solving March 8, 2022 11AM – 12PM
> Webinar: Week 2, Positive Activities March 15, 2022 11AM – 12PM
> Webinar: Week 3, Managing Reactions March 22, 2022 11AM – 12PM
> Webinar: Week 4, Helpful Thinking March 29, 2022 11AM – 12PM
> Webinar: Week 5, Healthy Connections April 5, 2022 11AM – 12PM
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> EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES
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> -Servers -Mossleigh Bar & Grill
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> -Early Childhood Educator – Vulcan Daycare – Training provided. vulcandaycaresociety.weebly.com
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> -Public Works Positions – Village of Milo send resume to [email protected] before April 1.
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> -Parrish & Heimbecker, Mossleigh, is looking for experienced staff to help out during our spring season. Positions available for two Class 1 drivers and a floater operator. If you are interested, call at Frans at 587 227 6382 or send in your resume to [email protected]
> -Klatt farms and harvesting is hiring for the 2022 season. Message us or contact Blair 403-647-7741 [email protected]
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> -Lifeguards, pool attendants, desk staff – www.townofvulcan.ca/recreation
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> -School Bus Driver Lomond – First Student Canada
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> -Post office assistant – Term Canada Post Vulcan
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> -Health care Aide -Extendicare
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> -Yard shipper/receiver – UFA
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> -Administrative Assistant – Ryan Shearer Agencies
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> -Community Support Worker – Wheat Country Special Needs
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> -Farm Worker, Administrative Assistant and Rail Labourer – Ballco Feeders
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> -Commercial Tire Technician – Fountain Tire
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> -Location Assistant – Richardson Pioneer
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> -Therapy Assistant – AHS
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> -Health Care Aide – AHS
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> -Environmental II (Cleaning) – AHS
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> -Line/Prep Cook – Vulcan Golf and Country Club
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> -Substitute Teaching – Palliser School Division Vulcan County
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> -Paid On-call Firefighter – Vulcan County
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> -Travelling Technician – Vestas
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> -Campground hosts/Caboose hosts – Aspen Crossing
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> -General Farm Labourer – Koch Farms Lomond
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> -Construction Labourer – PTW Energy Services Lomond
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> -Operations Assistant – G3 Carmangay. More information and to apply: https://bit.ly/35uhLTp
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> -Shaw and Xplorenet Internet Technician – Integrated Solutions
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> -Wind Site Manager – Vestas Carmangay
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> -Wind Blade Technician – Vestas Carmangay
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> -Caregiver – Siksika Family Services
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> -Branch Manager – Nutrien Milo
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> -Petroleum and Agro Salesperson – Arrowwood Co-op
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> -Licensed Practical Nurse (Temp/Fulltime and Part-time) – Extendicare
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> -Registered Nurse (Temp P/T, Permanent P/T, Casual) – Extendicare
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> Have you ever used HEAL? It is Health Education and Learning – A resource aimed at providing families across Alberta easily accessible, reliable information about common minor illness and injuries in children.
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> Update on changes in COVID-19 restrictions and numbers in Vulcan County from the Vulcan County Regional Emergency Management Partnership(VCREMP). See attached poster
COVID-19 Update Feb 28 2022 from VCREMP

Partnership letter - AutoPulse

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February 2022 Vulcan County Family Resources

Below are events and programs happening in Vulcan County and Resources available in person and online. Please have a good look and share them with family, friends, clients and associates.

One nice thing about the increase in online webinars, it has never been so easy to access Parenting Workshops. We are never done learning and especially when we are dealing with a particular concern at a developmental stage for our kids, it is nice to build our skill set from home or the office without driving anywhere or needing a babysitter. Maybe a quiet room would be nice though! The Greater Foothills Family Centre has had great turnouts for their parenting workshops now that it is so easy to log on. Scroll to the bottom of the email to see a list of many workshops below from GFFC and AHS (CYF, CES), that are available for no cost.

Feb. 1 – 5:30pm – Do I need to file income tax? How do I file my income tax? What are deductions and credits? Even if you made no money this year, it is worth it to file your income tax. (WCIS) Willow Creek Immigrant Services presents this FREE webinar. (See poster for details)
WCIS About Income Tax Poster Feb 1

Little Explorers – Vulcan Municipality Park on Feb. 3, 10, 17 at 10am. Outdoor In-person. Register with Greater Foothills Family Network (See poster for details)

Feb. 4 – Junior Curling Clinic and Funspeil in Milo. (See poster for details)

Feb. 5 – Vulcan Legion presents Rockabilly Cruise during the Saturday Meat Draw 3-6pm.

Feb. 10 – Grants information session – Community Foundation of Lethbridge and Southern Alberta 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, February 10, 2022. Look them up online.

Feb. 11 – Valentine’s Day Craft-a-long – Online via Zoom 6pm for ages 2-5 and 7pm for ages 6-8. Register with Rainbow Literacy at 403-485-3107 [email protected] (See poster Family Literacy Programs February)

Feb. 13 – Superbowl Party at the Vulcan Legion (See poster for details)

Feb. 15 & 16 – Pop Up Food Rescue – High River Food Rescue will deliver to Arrowwood, Milo, Lomond, Vulcan and Champion. Call 403-336-2893 or email

[email protected] to register for a bag.

Feb. 16 – Ever thought about doing respite? Connections Registry Q & A – Scroll down to see more details.

Feb. 25 – Minute to Win It for 7-12 year olds online with GFFC (See poster for details)

Greater Foothills Family Centre – Family Programs for February (See poster for details pg. 1 and pg. 2)

Monday’s – GLOW program for girls ( See poster for details)

Mar. 5 & 6 – First Aid Course Vulcan (See poster for details)

Apr. 2 & 3 – Firearms Courses Restricted and Non-restricted (See poster for details)

Curling Bonspiels in Milo: Feb. 10-13 – Men’s, Feb. 18-20 – Women’s, Mar. 3-6 Mixed

Outdoor Skating around the County – Milo, Arrowwood and Champion rinks are open. (If the weather is cold enough to have ice)

Always remember to be courteous to other users, wear appropriate gear, wear masks and limit of 10 people in change rooms and have fun! Arrowwood hours are 4-9 weekdays. 1-9 weekends. Closed if it’s been too warm.

Time for Rhymes – Register with Rainbow Literacy at 403-485-3107 [email protected]
Family Literacy Programs-February

Milo – Wednesday’s at 10:30 Milo Drop-in Centre

Vulcan – Friday’s at 10:30 Vulcan Yoga and Wellness Centre

Champion – Tuesday’s at 10am via Zoom

Countywide – Tuesday’s at 10am via Zoom

Monday’s

Arrowwood Play Group – 10 am Arrowwood Hall. Drop-in. Contact Betty for more information 403-485-8623. (See poster for details)

Adult and Tot Skate – 12-1pm Vulcan Arena. Must pre-register at townofvulcan.ca/recreation click on Registration.

Community Skating – 6:45-7:45pm Vulcan Arena. Must pre-register at townofvulcan.ca/recreation click on Registration.

Community Walking – 8:30-9:45am NOTE THE TIME CHANGED Vulcan C.R.C. Must pre-register at townofvulcan.ca/recreation click on Registration.

Tuesday’s

Milo Roving Gym – 10:45am Milo School Gym. Adults must sign in and wear masks.

Get-A-Way Youth Centre – Open 3:30-6pm for 10-18 year olds at 105A 3rd Ave. S. Vulcan

403-485-6033. Come enjoy ping-pong, pool tables, foosball, air hockey, video games, crafts and music!

Virtual Baby Group with Public Health 10-11:30am email [email protected] for the link.

Wednesday’s

Mossleigh Play Group – 10am Mossleigh Hall. For information call Amanda at 587-224-7379 (See poster for details)

Get-A-Way Youth Centre – Open 3:30-6pm for 10-18 year olds at 105A 3rd Ave. S. Vulcan 403-485-6033. Open for Teen Night from 6:30-9pm for grades 9-12.

Adult Basketball – 8pm at the CRC. Must pre-register at townofvulcan.ca/recreation click on Registration.

Community Walking – 8:30-9:45am NOTE THE TIME CHANGED Vulcan CRC. Must pre-register at townofvulcan.ca/recreation click on Registration.

Bingo – Lomond Drop-In at 7pm.

Tech Talk – 10:30am Vulcan – Learn more about smartphones, tablets, internet safety, online safety and enjoy and chance to connect with others. Rainbow Literacy (See poster for details)

Thursday’s

Kids Craft Corner – In Champion at the Prairie Winds Market. 2-4 yr. olds at 3pm and 5-12yr. olds at 4pm. Register at 403-396-0791.

Friday’s

Get-A-Way Youth Centre – Open 12:30-5pm at 105A 3rd Ave. S. Vulcan 403-485-6033. Come enjoy ping-pong, pool tables, foosball, air hockey, video games, crafts and music!

Community Skating – 5-6pm Vulcan Arena. Must pre-register at townofvulcan.ca/recreation click on Registration. Adults must show proof of vaccine.

Youth Shinny – 3:45-4:45pm Vulcan Arena. Must pre-register at townofvulcan.ca/recreation click on Registration.

Community Walking – 1-2:30pm Vulcan C.R.C. Must pre-register at townofvulcan.ca/recreation click on Registration.

Yoga – Milo drop-in at 10am

Mon. Wed. Fri.

Carmangay Community Centre is open for walking from 10:30-11:30am.

Saturday

Pickleball – 10-11am Vulcan CRC. Must pre-register at townofvulcan.ca/recreation click on Registration.

Vulcan Legion Meat Draw – 3-6pm.

Sunday

Youth Community Basketball – 3-5pm at the CRC. Must pre-register at townofvulcan.ca/recreation click on Registration.

Monday – Saturday

Vulcan Senior Centre Drop-In 9am-12pm at 303 Centre Street Vulcan.

Support Groups

-MUMS – Peer-to-Peer Maternal Support for pre- and post-partum. Weekly confidential phone calls. Call Families Matter at 403-205-5194.

-Every Tuesday and Thursday – AA – Alcoholics Anonymous – Meetings are at 8pm. Contact Gary at 403-485-5818

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

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

-Thursday’s – Men’s Healthy Relationship Group – 6-8pm Registration details at rowanhouse.ca/safe-at-home

Inclusion Foothills – Connections Registry Virtual Q&A Session Registration – February 16, 2022 at 7:00 PM on Microsoft TEAMS to learn more about becoming a care-provider!
Click the Link to Register
For more information please call (403)-603-3232 or e-mail Vanessa at [email protected]

What is the Connections Registry?

Inclusion Foothills understands that caring for an individual with special needs requires a great deal of focus and attention. Parents and caregivers may need assistance to be able to take a break or focus their attention on other important matters.
Because of this, Inclusion Foothills has developed a database of potential Care Providers. This registry helps connect families to Respite, Job Coaching, PT, OT and SLP assistance providers when they are in need. Please Contact us to access database of respite providers.
Inclusion Foothills serves as a referral agency only to assist in introducing individuals and/or families and care providers. Positions acquired through the Inclusion Foothills Connections Registry are considered self-employment.

Resources

Feb. 24 at 9:30am – Webinar with Money Mentors A Better Path A Brighter Future

When it comes to money, information is power. Being able to access free Financial Literacy services can affect your bottom line. Come connect and learn information that can keep you moving forward financially. Register in advance for this meeting:

https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0qfuGqqD8qH9EQwij0HUoQOWrA7uJSiTdP

Greater Foothills Family Centre – Tip Talks (See posters for details)

Feb. 4 – Being a Parent

Feb. 11 – Toddlers and Tantrums

Feb. 18 – Separation Troubles

Feb. 25 – Why Does My Child Lie?

Community Education Sessions – AHS

http://community.hmhc.ca/sessions/?p=webex FREE. There are past recorded sessions available as well.

Feb. 2 – 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM Birth Control and Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI) What do you need to know?
Feb. 3 – 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM Supporting Children and Youth through Grief & Loss (Post Pandemic)

Feb. 7 – 10:00 AM – Noon Domestic Violence
Feb. 7 – 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM On the edge of our seats: when excitement tips into

Feb. 8 – 10:00 AM – Noon Part One: The Process of Addiction

Feb. 9 – 10:00 AM – Noon Brain Science: Sciences of Hope and Resilience

Feb. 9 – 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM Cyber Safety

Feb. 10 – 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM Calgary Youth Justice Society/Calgary Youth Justice Committees Public Information Session

Feb. 10 – 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM Thriving and Autism: Tips Tricks and Strategies for Success

Feb. 15 – 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM Providing resolutions for toxic shame in children and youth

Feb. 16 – 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM Managing Anxiety in Youth within the COVID-19 World

Feb. 23 – 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM Dare to Care: Bully Proofing your Child

Feb. 24 – 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM Mindful Moments: Building Stronger Family Connections

Feb. 28 – 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM Part 1: The Process of Addiction

Mar. 7 – 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM Getting Pronouns Right: How to be an ally to the gender diverse community

CYF Caregiver Education Series (See attached poster)
CYF Caregiver Education Newsletter - February 2022

CYF Caregiver Education Newsletter - February 2022

Feb. 1 and 8 – 12pm Keeping Scattered Kids on Track: Supporting ADHD

Feb. 2 – 6pm Resilience in Parenting – Caring for the Caregiver

Feb. 3 – 6pm Supporting Your Child with Structure and Routine

Feb. 7 – 6pm Technology and the Teenage Brain

Feb. 9 – 6pm Strengthening Connections with Ourselves, Our Kids, Our Communities
Feb. 10 – 6pm Managing Meltdowns and Shutdowns
Feb. 15 and 22 – 12pm Mindfulness for the Family
Feb. 15 – 6pm Body Image and Eating Disorders
Feb. 17 – 6pm Helping Our Kids Figure Things Out
Feb. 23 – 6pm Positive Communication that Promotes Growth
Feb. 24 – More than Just a Bad Day – Understanding Depression in Adolescents
Feb. 24 – 6pm Effective Consequences
Feb. 28 – 6pm Sleep and Your Family’s Mental Health
Understanding Anxiety Series – 12-1pm
Part 4: Overcoming Avoidance – Wednesday, February 2 (continued from January)
Part 1: An Introduction – Wednesday, February 9
Part 2: Calming Our Bodies – Wednesday, February 16
Part 3: Settling Our Minds – Wednesday, February 23

Cancer Support
Wellspring serves patients and caregivers living with cancer from every community in southern Alberta ( and beyond). We do have a number of members from Claresholm, Vulcan and Nanton already.

Wellspring is a not for profit cancer support organization, and ALL of their services and programs are completely free. Their non-clinical cancer support programs meet the emotional, social and practical needs of people living with cancer for both patients and caregivers. All their programs and services are accessible to anyone living in southern Alberta or beyond via Zoom or the telephone. When it is safe to do so, they will operate in a hybrid model of both online programs and in-person programs both in Calgary and in pilot communities across southern Alberta outside of Calgary. Not only are these cancer patients, caregivers and families benefiting from our programs but they are being connected with a community of people ‘who get it’. They have programs for families with children, an Indigenous Cancer Sharing Circle, Young Adults, people living with a cancer that may never go away, programs just for caregivers and just for people who live in regional and remote communities and more. You can read more here: https://wellspringcalgary.ca/

They also have a health and community partner newsletter which you can sign up to here : https://wellspringcalgary.ca/health-partners/ This page also includes posters and brochures which you can download and share. There is no cost or referral required to become a member. There is an online membership form here https://wellspringcalgary.ca/programs-services/become-a-member/ or they can assist people over the phone.

Employment Opportunities
-Milo Public Works Positions (See poster for details)

-Vulcan Tourism – 3 Seasonal Positions go to townofvulcan.ca click on opportunities
-Vulcan Swimming Pool – Lifeguards, Volunteer Attendants, Front Desk Staff go to townofvulcan.ca click on opportunities
-Pool Concession Operator (See poster for details)

-Temp full-time teacher Lomond Horizon School division
-Family and Adult Literacy Facilitators – Rainbow Literacy Society 403-485-3107
-Early Childhood Educator – Vulcan Daycare vulcandaycaresociety.weebly.com/employment-opportunities.html – F/T Training provided.

-Klatt farms and harvesting is hiring for the 2022 season. Message us or contact Blair 403-647-7741 http://klattfarms.synthasite.com

Found on indeed.ca

-Commercial Tire Technician – Fountain Tire

-On call firefighter Vulcan County Protective Services

-Community Support Worker – Wheat Country Special Needs Society

-Administrative Assistant – Ryan Shearer Agencies Ltd.

-Environmental II – AHS Vulcan (Housekeeping)

-Highway Maintenance Worker/Operator – Volker Stevin

-Travelling Technician II – Vestas (Carmangay)

-Location Assistant – Richardson International (Pioneer Vulcan)

-Health Care Aide – AHS

-Shaw Satellite and Xplorenet Internet Technician – Integrated Solutions

Found on workopolis.com:

-Administrative Assistant – Ballco Feeders (Brant)

-Operations Assistant – G3 (Carmangay)

-Farm Equipment Operator – Hubka Farms (Carmangay)
-Windsite Manager – Vestas (Carmangay)

-Windblade Technician – Vestas (Carmangay)

-Administrative Assistant – Ballco Feeders (Brant)

-Farm Equipment Operator – Hubka Farms (Carmangay)

-Healthcare Aide – Extendicare

-Field Technicians and Supervisor – Nova Power Source (Lomond)

-Branch Manager – Nutrien Milo

Launch

A work experience and skills development program for young adults aged 20 – 30 that have completed some post-secondary training.

Program Overview

Launch is an MCG program that focuses on providing paid work experience opportunities and career and employment coaching to young adults struggling with the “I need experience to get a job – I need a job to get experience” cycle. Call MCG Careers to learn more. 1-844-601-2660

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

-Make soup at FCSS for the Youth Centre, Food Bank and isolated individuals. You can also come pick up a soup to take to someone who could use a thoughful gesture, has been sick, lonely or just not eating well. volunteerconector.org
-The Champion and Lomond Fire Departments are looking for new members! In Milo call Fire Chief Wayne Tompkins 403-423-0194 in Lomond call Fire Chief Brayden Shepard 403-793-3352.
-Vulcan County Health and Wellness Foundation is looking for new volunteers. Board, Trustees, Ambassadors and Event Volunteers. More information at vchwfoundation.com 403-485-4001
-Spock Days Association is looking for new Board Members to help with event planning. Positions include Secretary, Sponsorship Coordinator and a group to run a dance/cabaret. For information contact Lori at 403-485-0601.
-Vulcan and District Historical Society is in need of new members. Call 403-485-6688 for more information.
-Wheat Country Special Needs Society is seeking members from the Milo, Arrowwood, Mossleigh, Champion, Carmangay, and Lomond areas who would be willing to sit on the Board of Directors. Meetings are held the second Monday of each month at 7:00 pm. Compensation will be paid for mileage to meetings. Please contact Linda Schierman at 403 485-4733 for more information.
-Vulcan FCSS is helping Wild Rose Community Connection find local volunteers in Vulcan and all villages for their Caring Connections Program. Volunteers would check in weekly with seniors or other isolated individuals or provide Practical Kindness. Training is provided. Contact Lori at FCSS 403-485-2192 or Cathy at WRCC 403-601-2910.

Are you new to the Vulcan Community? Welcome! The Vulcan Lionette Community Connection would like to help by providing you with the civic information you may need to familiarize yourself with the local community including: Local map, recycling, library, recreation facilities, clubs and organizations and coupons from local businesses. Call [email protected] or Marg @403-485-2426.

August 2021 Vulcan County Family Resources

Some Upcoming Events in our County:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

August Wednesday’s

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

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

Rainbow Programs

August Thursday’s –

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

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

Swimming Pools are open for the Summer! 

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

Available Rental Times

August 1st 4-5

August 8th 1-2

August 15th 1-2,4-5

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

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

Support Groups

Tuesday’s  

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

Wednesday’s 

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

Every Tuesday and Thursday 

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

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

Resources 

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

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

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

See the attached document with hyperlinks to the postings!

Job Postings

Michelle Ganchar

Rural Reaching Home Program Coordinator

[email protected]egionfcss.com

Vulcan and Region Family and Community Support Services

Phone: 403-485-2192

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

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.

 

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 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  www.sabc.ca/daves-meals/
  • 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 townofvulcan.ca/recreation 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.

TRANSITION OF CERB TO EI 

The government has released details on the transition for those on CERB to EI. Special thanks to Video Tax News for providing a breakdown of the changes.   Highlights of the changes include:

– CERB is available up to September 26 and then the transition will commence on September 27

– EI insurable hours reduced to 120 hours in the 52 weeks prior to EI application

– EI minimum benefits increased to $400 weekly

– EI minimum eligible weeks increased to 26 weeks

– Canada Recovery Benefit of $400 for 26 weeks will be available for self-employed individuals and other individuals ineligible for EI

Also, it is noted that those individuals who received CERB through Service Canada may be automatically transitioned to EI, but it is not guaranteed.

The individuals who received CERB through CRA will be required to apply for EI through the usual EI online application process.

 

Donate Locally Today

The Shaw Charity Classic contributes to hundreds of thousands of children and youth across Alberta who rely on charitable organizations for support with literacy, food security, mental wellness, and much more. Organizations like Rainbow Literacy and Learning Society rely on donations and we need your support now more than ever as demand for our services continue to increase. Within the community we provide literacy programs for adult learners and children, and train facilitators to deliver programs throughout Vulcan County.  These programs are extremely beneficial for learners in their everyday lives — 97%of our adult learners demonstrated increased confidence in their skills and98% reported seeing an increase in their literacy and essential skills.

 

Rainbow Literacy and Learning Society and Shaw invite you to #ChipinforKids by texting KIDS158 to 30333 to donate $10 and help us continue to provide barrier-free educational services and literacy resources in our community. To make your generous contribution go further, Shaw will match your donation and the matched donation amount will then be matched again by the Shaw Charity Classic, up to an additional 50 per cent. Your $10 donation can grow into a donation of $30 to Rainbow Literacy and Learning Society.

 

The donations and matched contributions raised through the #ChipinforKids program will help ensure that charities like ours will be able to continue to serve Vulcan County.

If you would like to make a larger contribution to our family literacy programs through the Shaw Charity Classic fundraiser Birdies for Kids click the following link to our page:

https://shawcharityclassic.com/donate/rainbowlit/

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: www.rainbowliteracy.com
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:

https://developingchild.harvard.edu/resources/what-is-inflammation-and-why-does-it-matter-for-child-development/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=august_2020

 

-Low German Mennonite Community Resource Inventory: Responding to Covid-19 in Southern Alberta – There are number of videos Low German explaining Covid.

 

-Children’s Cottage in Calgary provides respite for parents experiencing high levels of stress or losing patience with a young one at the Crisis Nursery.  It has a 24/7 crisis line 403-233-2272.  They also run Brenda’s House for those looking for housing support if your child is already 18 years old. 403-242-8576. childrenscottage.ab.ca

Text4Hope 

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.