(From left) Colleen Lewis, Regional Coordinator, Central Alberta Vision for Non-Violence Coalition, Sean McIntyre, mayor of Sylvan Lake, Tara Veer, mayor of Red Deer, Barb Miller, MLA for Red Deer South, Kim Schreiner, MLA for Red Deer North and Irfan Sabir, Minister of Community and Social Services. Image: Government of Alberta

Provincial help to address social issues

Government announces cash for central Alberta agencies to deal with homelessness, violence

People in need will be the target of additional provincial cash in the region.

The Alberta government announced on Aug. 17 that it will be investing nearly $300,000 to help address homelessness and prevent family violence throughout central Alberta.

Minister of Community and Social Services Irfan Sabir stated the money is headed for three separate initiatives designed to make people’s lives better.

“Every Albertan deserves to have a place to call home and live free from violence. This funding will help address homelessness and domestic violence in Red Deer, Sylvan Lake and the surrounding areas,” he said.

“Together, with our community partners, we are working hard to make life better for all Albertans.”

The recipients of the funding include $125,000 for Red Deer’s Housing First program to increase its capacity for services to those that are homeless, $36,000 to upgrade Red Deer’s adult emergency shelter and $150,000 to Sylvan Lake for the Central Alberta Regional Vision for Non-Violence Coalition.

The grant for Sylvan Lake — to be run through the the Family and Community Safety Program — will help the coalition create centres in 13 communities to provide information, resources and referral supports to those affected by family violence and bullying.

The coalition includes Sylvan Lake, Benalto, Bentley, Blackfalds, Bowden, Delburne, Eckville, Elnora, Innisfail, Lacombe, Rimbey, Rocky Mountain House and Stettler.

“This grant funding has allowed our coalition to begin steps towards addressing family violence in each of our communities,” stated coalition regional coordinator Colleen Lewis.

“We will be using the same language and resources, working towards our common goals and providing seven different education and training opportunities for service providers in our coalition. Also, we will be creating a Centre for Positive Relationships in each of the 13 coalition communities.”

The money is all part of the Alberta government’s commitment this year to an investment of $3.3 billion in community and social services to protect and improve human services that make a difference to all Albertans.

Just Posted

Fundraiser a test of endurance and fitness

Ponoka gym setting up to participate in worldwide fitness event

Alberta Justice Minister advocates UCP rural crime plan

Expanded property rights, more power to peace officers, demonetizing scrap mental part of UCP plan

Wolf Creek Public Schools appoints new facilities manager

Kevin Henderson to take over after Len Landry’s retirement

Ponoka UFA celebrates grand opening

New farm and ranch supply store is larger, has new features

Four Maskwacis residents charged with 38 crimes Nov. 9

Maskwacis RCMP: four arrested following armed robbery, pursuit and home invasion

Louis C.K. accuser ‘infuriated’ by Canadian comedy booker’s defence

Accuser says she did not consent to C.K. undressing and masturbating in front of her

Premier vows to fight for oilpatch as drillers forecast almost no growth in 2020

The CAODC said it expects the Canadian drilling rig fleet to continue to shrink

NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh meets Trudeau to discuss throne speech

Top ask was the immediate creation of a national universal Pharmacare program

Jagmeet Singh says he’ll vote against throne speech if NDP requests not met

Singh is to meet with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Thursday

PHOTOS: Ponoka Legion’s Remembrance Day ceremony

Guest speaker Ron Labrie recounts moving story of fallen Ponoka airman

Small group of Cherry fans protest his firing at Rogers HQ

One sign at the Toronto rally: ‘Rogers cancels Don, we cancel Rogers’

Ideas for Alberta independence would increase costs, Nenshi says

Province has formed panel to examine how to get what a ‘fairer deal’ from Confederation

UPDATED: Alexandra Lewis has been located

UPDATED: Alexandra Lewis has been located, safe and well. ORIGINAL STORY: Ponoka… Continue reading

Most Read