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Mayor Sean McIntyre shares rules for the beach this weekend at Sylvan Lake


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From the Facebook page of  Sean McIntyre, Mayor of Sylvan Lake

Waterfront Crowd Control plans for July 18 and 19, 2020.

The Town of Sylvan Lake is aware that our waterfront, on Saturday, July 11, was at or near a maximum capacity, and that members of the public were concerned with public health and physical distancing practices, or lack thereof.
Albertans are being asked to stay-cation within their home province, and with limited options, are flocking to destinations such as Sylvan Lake. The Town recognizes that everyone is trying to find balance – to prevent the spread of COVID-19, while trying to seek a bit of “normal” again. We do not believe any ill-will was intended on July 11, with respects to the crowding; however, all of us must be more vigilant about respecting health and safety rules regardless of the circumstances.
Looking ahead, for the weekend of July 18/19, the Town of Sylvan Lake is taking the following action to help mitigate potentially negative impacts of crowding:
• Increased RCMP presence along waterfront, enforcing park rules including public health orders such as physical distancing.
• Increased number of Bylaw and Peace Officers to assist in educating the public on health orders, and to enforce municipal bylaws. Members will also have access to, and hand out face masks where they identify a need.
• Increased signage, including signage to reinforce public health orders, and signage to identify waterfront parking restrictions.
• Closure of public waterfront parking lots once they are full; once public waterfront parking lots are full, they will be closed and remain closed until 6:00 PM that evening.
o The parking lots and any associated closures will be staffed.
• Electronic signage into Town, which will indicate if and when the volume of people within the waterfront becomes a concern.
• Observation of successes, continued challenges, and potential needs. Following this weekend, Administration will again assess the health and safety needs of the waterfront, and where required, take additional measures to mitigate potential health and safety risks associated with an influx of visitors to the community.
The Town of Sylvan Lake reminds all Albertans to keep 2 metres from those outside of their family cohorts, to wear a mask when safe distancing is not possible, to wash/sanitize hands frequently, and to stay home if feeling unwell.
Additionally, please consider visiting our community another time/day if when upon arrival, the waterfront appears too busy to safely enjoy your time with us.
These measures have been developed after conversations with Alberta Health, Alberta Environment and Parks, the Solicitor General, RCMP, our Town of Sylvan Lake staff, and more.
As we continue into summer, additional measures may be taken to keep people safe. That is why this update is specific to the weekend of July 18 and 19, 2020. It’s important that we each conduct ourselves responsibly, that we remain vigilant about preventing the spread of Covid-19, that we keep our health and the health of those around us at top of mind, and that we are considerate of others as we try to enjoy our summer while navigating through a pandemic.
Please, be wise and enjoy Sylvan Lake responsibly.

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Chief Clarence Louie and author Matt Tenney featured at Workforce Strategies Summit March 30 in Red Deer

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News Release submitted by the Central Alberta Economic Partnership (CAEP)

Prominent Speakers Keynote Workforce Strategies Summit

Two top caliber speakers will keynote the Workforce Strategies one-day summit in Red Deer March 30th.  In the morning, social entrepreneur and “Serve to be Great” and “The Mindfulness Edge” author, Matt Tenney will share his leadership development and business success strategies. Tenney is a US-based consultant and trainer with the prestigious Perth Leadership Institute. His clients include Wells Fargo, Marriott, Keller Williams, Salesforce, United Airlines, and many other companies, associations, and universities.

In the afternoon, Canadian Speakers Bureau 5-star Indigenous inclusion, First Nation leadership and economic development expert keynote speaker, Chief Clarence Louie will share his experiences, lessons learned and business-smarts approach. Chief of the Osoyoos Indian Band for over 36 years, Chief Louie is one of six First Nations leaders to emphasize economic development to improve people’s standard of living. Under his direction, the Band has become a multi-faceted corporation that owns and manages nine businesses and employs hundreds of people.

Completing the plenary sessions will be two panels of expert speakers on “Embracing the New Workforce” including topics on diversity, GenZ, and immigration, and “Automation and Technology to Fill the People Gap“.  The panelists include: Steve Miller, Implicit Career Search; Andrea Cassidy, Beyond Insurance; Nicole Arienzale, Fortis Alberta; Tonya Woolford, Xerox; Tom Muir, Poeta Digital; Jason Thompson, Warrior Supplies; and Dr. Joy Agnew, Olds College Centre for Innovation.  The panels will be moderated by  Stuart Cullum President Red Deer Polytechnic and Donna Purcell lawyer and owner of Donna Purcell QC Law.

Summit attendees can also attend private meetings with international recruitment agencies, lawyers, business consultants, and human resources professionals to discuss strategies specific to their organization’s needs.  Employers of all types including non-profit organizations and cooperatives are invited to attend to learn more about attracting and retaining staff for their specific sector needs.

Tickets are available through Eventbrite or from the website until March 24. Lunch is included.

Workforce Strategies Summit is hosted by the Central Alberta Economic Partnership (CAEP) to help employers of all sizes gain insight and learn strategies for recruiting, hiring, and retaining employees.  It is being held March 30, 2023 at Westerner Park in Red Deer.

Recruitment and retention related businesses including such as BusinessLink, Labour Solutions Canada, BLHR Consulting, C4ner Consulting, Golden Circle Senior Resource Centre, Camrose County, EPSS, Red Deer Polytechnic, Donna Purcell Law, Immigration Care, Digitex / Xerox, CRT Legal will be available for conversations in the business-to-business B2B Lounge.

Workforce Strategies Summit is made possible through the generous sponsorship of Community Futures Central Alberta, Olds College, Red Deer Polytech, Central Alberta Regional Innovation Network, Red Deer Chamber, Burman University, Fortis Alberta, and Canadian Immigration Visa Services. Donna Purcell QC Law, Pinnacle Communications & Media inc, Waste Connections Canada, / Xerox and JEDI.

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The kids need Umpires more than ever! Central Alberta Softball Umpires Association puts out the call for help

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From the Central Alberta Softball Umpires Association (CASUA)

Become a Softball Umpire

The Central Alberta Softball Umpires Association (CASUA) is looking for new umpires to join their crew in 2023.

With a regular season and tournament schedule that gets underway in early May, CASUA is actively recruiting new umpires to cover minor games hosted by associations across the region.

CASUA works with minor associations in Softball Alberta’s Zone 4, and northern Zone 2.

Communities covered include Didsbury, Olds, Innisfail, Sundre, Elnora, Trochu, Delburne, Red Deer, Sylvan Lake, Blackfalds, Lacombe, Ponoka, Bashaw, Clive, Bentley, Rimbey/ Bluffton, Stettler, Camrose, Castor, Coronation and Consort.

Umpiring is a great part-time job for youths (12+) or adults looking to earn at least $30 for a ninety-minute game.

Regular season games are held on weeknights in May and June, and weekend tournaments offer the chance to work anywhere from 6-10 games in a weekend. In addition to earning money, umpiring provides the chance to develop personal leadership skills such as decision making, communication and dealing with difficult situations.

Without umpires, players would face the prospect of having people pulled from the stands to officiate a game where they are unfamiliar with the rules, diminishing children’s learning and enjoyment of the sport.

And then there is the worst-case scenario of not having anyone to officiate meaning “without umpires its just recess.”

Umpires are required to complete a certification clinic prior to stepping on the diamond. This year, the theory portion of the clinic will be offered online, followed by an in-person mechanics clinic.

Mentorship is offered by senior umpires to help new officials skill development.

Currently, a choice of four in-person mechanics clinics scheduled in April:

 Saturday, April 1 in Rimbey
 Saturday, April 15 in Red Deer
 Sunday, April 16 in New Norway
 Saturday, April 29 in Castor

Registration fee for new umpires is $100, which includes membership with CASUA, Alberta Softball Umpires Association, Softball Alberta and Softball Canada, insurance, rule book, the clinic (including lunch), a mechanics manual, and an umpire shirt.

For more information, or to register as a softball umpire, check out the CASUA website at, or email [email protected].


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