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MD of Bighorn Council Awards 2011 Community Service Grants
The MD of Bighorn is pleased to announce that the following organizations will be receiving Community Service
Grant Funding in 2011.
                                       Exshaw Library Association-Operations                  $13,000
                                       Exshaw Community Association-Operations                  7,600
    S p r in g 2 0 1 1                 Water Valley Library – Materials
                                       Ghost/Waiparous Trails Assoc.-Operations
       Connecting East                 Ghost/Waiparous Trails Assoc.-Projects                   1,000
                                       Benchlands Community Assoc. – Benches                    3,000
                                       Harvie Heights Community Assoc.-Operations               2,100
      Connecting West                  Harvie Heights Community Assoc.-Facility Upgrades          150
                                       Canmore Canada Day Parade                                1,500
     Parent Link Centres
                                            The MD of Bighorn also supports a number of support organizations on
         in Bighorn                         annual basis through their regular budget process, including:
                                            Bow Valley Victim Services       Cochrane and Area Victim Services
          Vitalize 2011                     Bow Valley Biosphere Institute STARS Air Ambulance
    You Could Attend for Free!
                                            We believe that it is important to support our community organizations
                                            and the volunteers that provide so much to all of us. Do you belong to a
          Senior’s Week                     local community organization in the MD of Bighorn that could benefit
   Join us for a Celebration                from some funding to help with a project? If so, The MD of Bighorn has
                                            a small grant program to assist. The deadline for applying for 2012
                                            funding is Friday September 30thth, so give Emily Smith a call at 673-
     Community Events                       3611 or 233-7678 for more information.
      -   Ghost Watershed Alliance
      -   Ghost Waiparous Trails             It is Tax Time – Do you Need Help?
                                             Both Canmore and Cochrane offer programs available to all Bighorn
      -   Lac des Arcs Comm. Assoc.
                                             residents to get assistance or learn how to do your taxes more efficiently.
                                             (Certain criteria applies depending on program)
   Things You Should Know
                                                            For information on all these programs, call:
    The M.D of Bighorn’s Community
  Bulletin is produced three times a year                     Town of Cochrane FCSS: 403-851-2250
         to highlight programs and
    opportunities that are available to                       Town of Canmore FCSS: 403-678-7125
    Bighorn residents and community
                organizations.                    MD of Bighorn Community Services: 403-673-3611 or 233-7678
 Connecting East
Here is a highlight of a few of the programs and services available in Cochrane to all Bighorn residents.

                                        Upcoming Clinic at Beaupre Hall
                                            Saturday May 14, 2011

                              Call Cochrane FCSS at 403-851-2250 for more details

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Connecting West
Community Kitchen                                                               Considering Long-Term Care
The Community Kitchen involves Bow Valley adults – young and old,               Families will learn how to access the
male and female who get together the third Wednesday of each month at           long-term care system and explore
the Recreation Centre to prepare meals to take home for themselves, their       the decision making process. This
friends and roommates. Cost per serving is $3 – $5. A group leader assists      course addresses questions such as
with planning, shopping and cooking. It’s a fun way to meet people, learn       “How does the placement process
new recipes, save money, take home delicious meals, and HAVE A GOOD             work?” and “How can I help my
TIME!                                                                           family adjust to long-term care?”
Third Wed of each month beginning Wed Apr 20 6 – 10 pm                          This 4hr course provides information
Group Leader: Jan Brychka                                                       on long-term care placement: making
Register by calling 403-678-7131                                                the decision; understanding the
                                                                                process, and adjusting to the change.
Parenting After Separation Seminar (P.A.S.S.)                                   $25 per person/or couple + GST
This free 6hr seminar is for parents who are going through separation /         Town of Canmore Civic Centre,
divorce. It provides information on how parents can help themselves and         Council Chambers
their children during this time of family transition. The course is mandatory   Wed May 11 1 – 5pm
for those applying for parenting, custody or access orders in the Court of      Max of 30 participants
Queen’s Bench.                                                                  Register by calling 403-609-3743
No charge Town of Canmore Civic Centre Classroom
Sat May 7 9am – 4pm                                                             All programs offered by
Facilitators: Lisa Grover and Shawn Carr                                        Canmore FCSS are open to all
Register by calling 403-609-3743                                                Bighorn Residents

The Parent Link Program is a free parent and child development program for children between the ages
of 0-6. This free program provides both drop-in opportunities and organized workshops and programs.

        Exshaw Satellite                                               Beaupre Centre
Portable, Exshaw School                                          Beaupre Community Hall
Parent Link continues every Monday afternoon from                Hwy 40, 5 minutes north of Hwy 1A on the right
1-3pm and Thursday mornings from 930-1130am.                     handside.
All Bighorn residents are encouraged to come check it            Parent link program with a country twist. Come meet to
out.                                                             play, learn and connect. Bring your imagination to ride
                                                                 stick horses, do some exciting crafts, listen to stories
                                                                 and sing. Everyone welcome. FREE, no registration
                                                                 required. 10-11:30am every 2nd Thursday.

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 Bighorn and Community Connections

                                   Vitalize is a Provincial Volunteer Conference which annually attracts more than 1,500
                                   participants who are involved in all aspects of volunteer organizations.
                                   Between June 14-15th the Shaw Conference Centre in Edmonton will host the Vitalize
                                   This one-of-a-kind conference provides for a unique professional development and
                                   training opportunity for those working or volunteering on behalf of non-profit
It is important to support our community members who volunteer their time to support their community and enrich the
lives of Bighorn residents. The MD of Bighorn is looking to send up to two community volunteers who have never
attended or not attended in the past two years.

We will cover the cost of your registration, provide your transportation in our municipal van, and cover your
accommodations at a conference hotel (any other costs will be the responsibility of the participant). All you need to do is
fill in the form below and submit it by fax, mail or email to the MD of Bighorn, attention Emily Smith, Community
Services Coordinator by Friday April 29th. Up to two volunteers will be chosen randomly.
For information on the Vitalize conference, visit their website at:

 Vitalize 2011
 Yes, I would like to attend the Vitalize Conference in Edmonton between June 14-15th .

 Name:                                                Phone Number:



 Volunteering that I’m currently involved in or how I would use the skills I will learn at the Vitalize
 Conference to benefit my community.

 Deadline to submit is: Friday April 29, 2011

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Bighorn and Community Connections

                             The MD of Bighorn and Exshaw School would like to invite
                                           ALL BIGHORN SENIORS
                                           to join us for a celebration of
                                              ‘Adults with Experience’
                                    in our community as part of Senior’s Week
                                              Tuesday June 7, 2011
                                          Heart Mountain GoGetters Hall
                                    Exshaw (Upstairs from the community hall)
                                     Refreshments and Entertainment Provided
                                      Call Emily at 403-673-3611 for details

 Community Events
This space is provided as available to community organizations to support
activities and events.

Ghost Watershed Alliance Society
Sun April 24 - 10am at Beaupre Community Hall: Easter Surprise Walk in the Watershed
Sun June 12 - 9am (time to be confirmed) at Ghost River firehall: Birds & Plants Walk on the Butters Ranch guided by
Gus Yaki. For details on these events, check the GWAS Website:

Ghost Waiparous Trails Association
Sat. May 14, 2011 Annual General Meeting at Ghost Fire Hall 10:30 - if anyone is interested in volunteering 20 hours a
year to assist on the Board we are looking for new board members.
Sat. June 25 - 9:30 Spring/Summer Trail Crew - at Trail Head
Sat. Sept 10 - 9:30 Summer/Fall Trail Crew - at Trail Head
If anyone requires any information please email at

Lac des Arcs
Sat. May 28th Spring Community Clean-up Meet at 9am at playground. Watch for community email and check bulletin
board for updates closer to event.

    Post your event on Bighorn’s New Community Calendar. Check out our website:
        Check out our website and click on the community services department to download a form.

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 Things You Should Know

  Programs for Seniors                                             Personal Directives
                                                                   Choosing Now for the Future
  DID YOU KNOW? If you 65 or older, own a
  residential property in Alberta and have had                     This document is not just for seniors – all
  an increase in the education portion of your                     adults in Alberta should have one. No lawyer
                                                                   is required and the form takes as little as 10
  property taxes, you are eligible for the
                                                                   minutes to complete.
  Provincial Education Property Tax Assistance
  Program.                                                         A personal directive is a legal document you
                                                                   write in case you cannot make your own
  Are you a senior currently receiving the                         personal decisions in the future. It ensures
  Alberta Senior’s Benefit? There are a number                     that written instructions are known in case
                                                                   something happens; it lets you choose another
  of programs to which you may qualify for
                                                                   person, an agent, to act on your behalf and
  financial assistance. These include home                         make personal decision for you; it only
  repair, medical travel expenses, Aids to Daily                   comes into effect if you are found to lack
  Living, etc.                                                     capacity to make personal decisions.
                                                                   A personal directive does not apply to
  If you would like more information on any of                     financial matters, only personal care.
  these programs contact either the Alberta                        Help your loved ones REALLY know your
                                                                   wishes. To get more information go to
  Senior’s Information line at 1-800-642-3853,
                                                          , call the Office
  go online to or call the                   of the Public Guardian at 1-877-427-4525 or
  MD of Bighorn Community Services at 403-                         Community Services at the MD of Bighorn
  673-3611 or 403-233-7678

Library Cards for Bighorn Residents
                                          Through Bighorn’s participation in the Marigold Library System, residents can
                                          get The Alberta Library (TAL) card that gives them access to a consortium of all
                                          types of libraries that helps to
                                          provide enhanced electronic and remote services.
                                          ▪ TAL card — allows borrowing from the collections of over 290 public, post-
                                          secondary and special libraries across Alberta, including Exshaw Library,
Airdrie, Cochrane and Canmore.
▪ TAL Online — one catalogue providing listing of member libraries’ collections
▪ Coordinates Ask A Question, a collaborative email virtual reference service
▪ Negotiates and administers licensing agreements for electronic resources (databases)
▪ Partners with CNIB to provide persons with print disabilities access to resources in
alternative formats
Library cards are available to Bighorn residents by calling Bighorn Library Services
(Exshaw Library) at 403-673-3571. Cards are also available at Marigold member
libraries mentioned above (though fees may apply at these libraries). You can also go on-line at for
more details.

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