Dear friends and neighbours,
Alberta’s Recovery Plan is in full swing and our communities of Fort Saskatchewan-Vegreville have yet again been blessed by this ambitious plan to grow, build and diversify.
I’m happy to announce various organizations from Fort Saskatchewan-Vegreville have received funding from the Mental Health and Addictions Community Grant Program.
Alberta’s government understands the immense effect that this pandemic has had on the mental health and wellbeing of Albertans.
Our communities have received nearly $100,000 in grants to upgrade their operations to better tend to the mental health needs of their clients and provide enhanced access to addictions services.
This funding will directly aid the constituents of Fort Saskatchewan-Vegreville.
One of the organizations to received grant funding was the Lamont Health Care Centre; which received an $85,000 grant to purchase a new wheelchair-accessible bus for their residents.
The Lamont Health Care Centre plans to use their new wheelchair accessible bus to provide their residents with more opportunities for outings within their community.
These outings can take the form of drives through the country, transportation to services or medical appointments, as well as breaking the isolation of their residents by providing them with ‘little escapes.’
Additionally, the Bridge Christian Reformed Church has received $10,000 in grant funding to finance their rental of the Camp Nakamun facilities to engage teens in team-building and therapeutic activities. By bringing together teens in a safe and sanitary environment to allow them to cope with the stress of isolation, loneliness, and uncertainty brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.
This is a great initiative to see from the Bridge Christian Reform Church as they focus on destigmatizing mental illness and strengthening relationships to increase mental supports following the camp experience.
Lastly, I wanted to inform constituents about the new UCP Government Caucus surveys we have on our website.
The current surveys you can participate in focus on the subject of illegal protest groups, how to reduce your commuting time, and our policing survey.
Visit ucpcaucus.ca/haveyoursay to make your voice heard.
As well, the Ministry of Finance has put out a budget consultation survey where you can voice your opinion regarding the budget. It can be found at:
alberta.ca/BudgetConsultation and is open until December 4th.
Jackie Armstrong-Homeniuk, MLA Fort Saskatchewan-Vegreville