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Christmas is a difficult time for those in our community who are less fortunate. With the charitable support of the central Alberta community, The Outreach Centre has brightened the Christmas season through its Adopt-A-Family program for over 20 years.

Adopt-A-Family provides assistance throughout the year to families when they are most in need. With a focus on the Christmas season, the program takes care of single parent families who are struggling and require extra help to provide for their family. Annually, sponsors in the community and The Outreach Centre have shared the spirit of Christmas with families in Central Alberta by providing gifts under the tree, special treats and a holiday meal to share.

As fall sets in, we begin to reach out to our wonderful community to help bring the Christmas Spirit to families who are finding themselves in difficult circumstances. Each year the Adopt-A-Family program is met with great need and we do not expect this year to be any different.

How Can You Help?

Sponsor a Family – Every year, The Outreach Centre works to match applicants with program sponsors to ensure a happy holiday experience.

Donate Gift/Grocery Cards – Donations of Gift and Grocery cards will ensure that any family who suddenly needs our assistance will receive Christmas gifts and the means to shop for their holiday meal.

Make a Monetary Donation – Programs available at The Outreach Centre provide support to families whose lives are affected by poverty, domestic violence and unfortunate circumstances.

The Outreach Centre works closely with the Christmas Bureau, Food Bank and the Salvation Army to ensure that no one is left out and that there is no duplication of services.  Your donation and “adopted” family remains anonymous and is coordinated through our office to respect confidentiality.

Your consideration of supporting The Outreach Centre is greatly appreciated.

Visit website for more details.   https://www.womensoutreach.ca/programs/poverty/adopt-a-family/

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Blackfalds Town Council approves Arena and Library Expansion – Video and photo galleries included

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The Town of Blackfalds is moving forward with the Arena and Library Expansion

The Town of Blackfalds is excited to announce that the Arena and Library Expansion project will be proceeding and shovels will be in the ground in June of 2020 with a completion date targeted for Spring of 2021.

At their May 26 regular meeting, Council voted 4 to 3 to approve the final and guaranteed maximum price of the $24.6M capital budget which includes $18 M for the arena (which includes a $1 M contribution by the Junior A team) and $6.6 M for the Library.

Over the last year, the Town participated in various engagement opportunities including public open houses and meetings with stakeholders, school boards, and other organizations. The consultations prompted changes and additions to be incorporated into the design to improve the functionality of the facility which also resulted in increased costs.

Town of Blackfalds Mayor Richard Poole is proud of the work that Administration and its contractors ACI Architects, Eagle Builders and Delnor Construction undertook in the last 2 months to review those areas where costs could be reduced to come up with a target value design, “I support this project for a number of reasons,” asserts Mayor Poole. “First of all, this will be an excellent value for our community when it is built. It will be second to none and I believe it will be a project our community will be proud of, and, as Councillor Taylor stated, it will ‘enhance business opportunities within our community.’ The Abbey Centre continues to receive praise and compliments from community members throughout Alberta and I am confident Blackfalds will duplicate that success with this facility.”

Mayor Poole added, “I am also excited about the opportunities that the AJHL will bring to the community. The new Library is going to be one of the largest in central Alberta and, for a community under 20,000, this will be an attraction that we will not only be extremely proud of, but given the provisions of the facility, will allow for progressive programming even in a post-COVID era. In addition, by awarding the construction contract to Eagle Builders, we are providing jobs for many central Alberta families. I am thrilled to be working with such great partners like Eagle Builders, Delnor and ACI with whom we have had a great relationship in the past.”

The guaranteed maximum price ensures that the Town will not pay any more than the $24.6M and therefore, if the cost of the project does go up, the risk will be to Delnor and Eagle Builders, and not the municipality. CAO Thompson echoed some of Council’s words, “We want to provide a high quality facility to our community similar to our past successful projects, and not have to cut corners.”

A gallery of final design concepts can be viewed on the Multi-Plex Arena web page at blackfalds.com/tourism-recreation/multi-plex-ice-arena.

A small ground breaking ceremony will take place on Friday June 19 and will celebrated by invitation only to ensure physical and social distancing.

If any organizations are interested in sponsorship, please see the sponsorship brochure at http://blackfalds.com/tourism-recreation/multi-plex-ice-arena.

 

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