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
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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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: www.vitalizeconference.ca.
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
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: ghostwatershed.ca
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
NEW SERVICE FOR COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS:
Post your event on Bighorn’s New Community Calendar. Check out our website: www.mdbighorn.ca
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,
www.seniors.alberta.ca/opg , call the Office
go online to www.seniors.gov.ab.ca 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
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 www.marigold.ab.ca for
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