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One of FCSS and Community Development’s main responsibilities is observing what is happening in the community and identifying gaps in local social programs and services. The department’s activities change frequently, so up-to-date information is posted on Lac La Biche County FCSS’ Facebook page.

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Seniors
Adults and Families
Volunteers

Children and Youth

Lac La Biche County believes in providing opportunities for younger residents to develop skills, gain confidence and boost self-esteem, and reach their full potential. These range from babysitting courses to cooking classes to face-painting workshops.

For more details about programs and services for children and youth, including dates and costs and available subsidies, please call (780) 623-6754.

Face paintingNotable Programs:

  1. Circus Skills Camp: A unique summer day camp for kids ages 9-14. Participants learn from professional entertainer and instructor Flyin' Bob how to walk on stilts, juggle and more.
  2. Face Painting Workshops: Three different workshops for participants ages 14 and up (adults also welcome). The workshops each cater to different skill levels, ranging from the basics to advanced techniques.
  3. Teens In The Kitchen: A multi-day course that teaches youth ages 13-17 how to plan, prepare and cook a full meal.
  4. Teen Leadership and Team Building Camp: A summer day camp for kids ages 13-17, designed to teach skills like goal setting, effective communication, confidence and creativity. Participants gain first-hand experience volunteering and taking part in a wide variety of activities.

Success Stories: Participants in our programs are active volunteers who give back to their community. Participants in our first ever Teens In The Kitchen course took the lead in preparing and serving food at our Volunteer Fair and Bistro later in the year.

Developing programs for children and youth is an ongoing process and we welcome ideas and feedback. Call (780) 623-6754 for details about current programs and to provide input.

Seniors

Serving seniors is a cornerstone of FCSS and Community Development’s operations. Seniors and older adults are valued community members with unique needs. Lac La Biche County’s programs are centred on helping seniors continue to be active participants in the community.

For more details about programs and services for seniors, please call (780) 623-6726.

Income Tax and Income Support Assistance

County employees host tax clinics for seniors every year, through Canada Revenue Agency’s Canada Volunteer Income Tax Program. Seniors with simple tax situations can get help preparing and filing income tax and benefits paperwork. This service begins annually in March.

FCSS and Community Development staff members can also provide information and assist with the following income support programs:

Federal
Canada Pension Plan
Guaranteed Income Supplement
Old Age Security
Allowance Program

Provincial
Alberta Seniors' Benefit
Alberta Aids to Daily Living
Special Needs Assistance for Seniors


Elder Abuse Awareness and Referral Assistance

Elder abuse is any action, or lack of action, that endangers a senior’s health or wellness. It can take many forms, any senior can be victimized, and it does not need to be physical in order to be considered abuse. In fact, emotional and financial abuse are the most frequently seen types of elder abuse in Canada.
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Prevention of elder abuse begins with awareness, and FCSS and Community Development is working to raise the profile of this important issue. A Resource Centre for people who want to learn more and access referral services is located in the FCSS and Community Development office at the Bold Center (8702 91 Avenue, Lac La Biche, Alberta).

For additional information online, please visit the websites of Alberta Seniors and Alberta Elder Abuse Awareness Council. If you are a victim of abuse, you have nothing to be ashamed of and there is nothing wrong with seeking help. If you are in danger, call 911.

Recreational Activities

FCSS and Community Development strives to provide barrier-free programming that allows seniors to continue leading healthy, socially integrated lifestyles.

Notable Programs:Smiling seniors

  1. Seniors Aquafit: Free aquafit classes available for seniors through a partnership with Portage Pool, offering gentle exercise in a safe environment. Seniors are welcome to stay afterwards for refreshments and conversation.
  2. Seniors Garden Social: A free tea party-style event for seniors and their families, in recognition of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day on June 15.
  3. Seniors Holiday Social: A free holiday-themed gathering in December, giving seniors an opportunity to mingle and celebrate the holidays in fellowship.
  4. Seniors Staycations: Organized outings to a variety of destinations around the region. Popular destinations include Mayfield Dinner Theatre in Edmonton and Cold Lake Provincial Park.

Success Stories: A group of seniors taking part in our first round of Seniors Aquafit classes exchanged contact information on the last day, and now they get together on their own and go swimming. We are glad to see that our programs are an inspiration to community members.

Adults and Families

FCSS and Community Development encourages healthy families within an engaged and caring community, and supports programs that foster understanding and empathy between people. In addition to these, the department hosts and assists with public events that encourage the family experience and community interaction.

"It Takes A Village" Information Sessions

This series of workshops is designed to give parents and adults insight into the challenges that youth face in today’s world. Inspired by the saying “It takes a village to raise a child,” the sessions promote the idea that nurturing and supporting younger citizens should be a shared community goal. The workshops give important information and perspective on matters that might be difficult to have a conversation about. Call (780) 623-6754 for more information, and to confirm workshop dates and times.

Workshops:

  1. Fact, Fiction, Truth, Myth - Date to be announced: Drug and substance abuse awareness, understanding and coping with addictions, etc.
  2. Eating Disorders and Body Image - November 21, 2017: Understanding social pressures, promoting healthy habits and attitudes, etc.
  3. Teens Have Anxiety, Too - December 5, 2017: Signs of stress and anxiety, tools for understanding and helping, etc.

Public EventsFamily Day kids

Community events bring people of different age groups and backgrounds together for positive shared experiences. Two recreation-focused events that take place every year are Family Day Festival, on the public holiday in February, and Carnival Night in July.

The annual Community Awareness and Registration Evening (CARE) in September is an ideal opportunity for residents to learn more about local non-profit organizations, from children’s sports associations to service clubs. In previous years, over 50 different groups have set up booths at CARE.

Volunteers

Our community has a reputation for strong volunteerism, and a large number of non-profit groups operate in Lac La Biche County and the surrounding area. FCSS and Community Development believes that volunteering has many benefits for residents. Lac La Biche County invests in programs that support volunteers and promote community involvement.

Teens in the KitchenThe annual Volunteer Fair and Bistro in April recognizes current volunteers for their contributions, and acts as a networking forum for community members interested in helping with non-profit groups.

Volunteer Database

Lac La Biche County is one of a select few municipalities in Western Canada that provides GoVolunteer service. GoVolunteer.ca is like a job board for volunteers. Non-profit groups and charities can post available volunteer positions for all to see. This is a good way to boost visibility and connect with an online audience.

FCSS and Community Development administers posts on behalf of local organizations. Please send an e-mail to fcss@laclabichecounty.com to find out more.

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