Monday, 13 March 2017

Take Some Time for Your Mental Health

It is very easy for all of us to notice when we need to seek help or take time for physical pain but how many of us don’t take the time for mental health?  After having been through a traumatic event, we need to take this time more than ever.  

One way that could help would be to attend a Mindfulness Weekend Intensive which is provided by Borealis Counselling Services.  One such event is coming up on March 18 and 19, 2017.  The sessions run from 9 am-4 pm each day at the office which is located at 118 Millenium Drive.  The Red Cross has provided funding in order for this weekend session to be offered free of charge.

The Mindfulness Weekend Intensive is designed to help teach skills of stress reduction and to enhance wellbeing through mindfulness.  There is no prior experience in mindfulness needed to sign up for the session.  If this sounds like something you would be interested in, phone 780-791-1757 to find out more or to register.

Tuesday, 28 February 2017

It’s Time to Start Planning Culture Days in Wood Buffalo

Photo Credit: Greg Halinda
Alberta Culture Days began in 2008 as Alberta Arts Days, since then, it has expanded into a vibrant, three day celebration. Alberta Culture Days then inspired the creation of Culture Days – a pan Canadian movement that raises awareness and participation in the cultural life of our communities. 

Wood Buffalo became involved with the festival in 2009. 2017 marks the 9th year that the region will celebrate Culture Days, taking place this year from September 29th to October 1st. 

The key to a successful Culture Days celebration is the involvement of local cultural organizations and enthusiasts. Last year, over 2,000 people enjoyed Culture Days activities within Wood Buffalo. Over 25 community groups helped to organize and execute the 19 events that took place over a total of 5 days.

Photo Credit: Greg Halinda

These individuals and organizations dedicate their time and expertise to plan free, family friendly activities that engage the public and contribute to a broadened understanding of a communities cultural assets. Some of their many responsibilities include; organizing individual activities; attending and supporting Culture Days Planning Committee meetings; acquire funding; budget management; venue coordination; individual event marketing; volunteers coordination; information sharing and more.  

This year, the Wood Buffalo Culture Days planning committee would like you to get involved! 

The next meeting is to occur on:
Monday, March 20th from 6:30 – 8:00 PM within Jubilee Plaza in meeting room #1010 located on the main floor, 9909 Franklin Blvd.

To participate, contact the Culture Days administrative support, Theresa Jolliffe at the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo Community Strategies Branch be email at  or by phone at 780-743-7994.
Looking for ideas and tips on how to host an event? 
Check out the National Culture Days website at 

Also, visit the Alberta Culture Days in Wood Buffalo Facebook page @culturedayswoodbuffalo  to see past local events. 

Friday, 24 February 2017

Recreation Culture Calls

If you want to know about what's going on around town, then check out Recreation Culture Calls!

This electronic newsletter showcases local recreation and cultural events, job postings, as well as volunteer and funding opportunities, and much more.

If you would like to have your email added or removed from this list, or would like to submit information about an upcoming opportunity please send your request to

To find out what's going on this weekend, please visit the Recreation Culture Calls page on the Municipal website or click here