High River’s godmothers celebrate 20 years of community support

Last Saturday, August 25th, I was gifted the chance to celebrate 20 years of excellence in our community. Our region has been blessed with a quartette of incredible women who have dedicated the past 80 years – albeit collectively – to supporting those in need. These four women, have sometimes loudly, but mostly behind the scenes, helped so many within the MDs of Foothills and Willow Creek to improve their lives and the lives of their families and children. These godmothers, as they are affectionately called, have worked totally unselfishly and are the dedicated founders of the Foothills SNAPS, Literacy for Life, Wild Rose Community Connections and Foothills Fetal Alcohol Society.

Last Saturday was a celebration of these four women and the legacies they have built. Held in George Lane Park with dancing, cakes and camaraderie we toasted their past successes and future dreams.

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Four incredible social agencies on celebration: Foothills SNAPS, Wild Rose Community Connections, Foothills Fetal Alcohol Society and Literacy for Life alongside dancers from High River’s Mexican community.

On a personal note, the Foothills Fetal Alcohol Society (FFAS) holds a special place in my heart. I met the founder, Danna Ormstrup, several years ago and have played a small part in their fundraising and events marketing. A more dedicated and honest woman I have yet to meet. I fully support her’s and the Foothills Fetal Alcohol Society’s work as I have seen first-hand the effects of consuming alcohol during pregnancy as a family member of mine was affected with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder.

I unfortunately missed posting about this celebration prior to the date but there is another event I wish to share. On Sunday, September 9, 2018 again at George Lane Park in High River, the FFAS is hosting a 5km dog walk to help spread awareness about fetal alcohol spectrum disorder. There will be lots of treats for dogs and a BBQ for their owners after the walk. It all starts at 10 am at the stage in George Lane Park.

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Foothills Fetal Alcohol Society poster

The walk will begin at 10:30 a.m. I invite you to join my favourite dog Beezus and I, Sunday, September 9.

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My best girl, Beezus, and I.

Black Diamond Carnival

I was asked to participate in the dunk tank at this year’s Black Diamond Gospel Chapel Carnival in conjunction with the Canada Day Music Festival. Of course I said yes. It gave me the chance to trash talk the local kids who have surprisingly accurate aim when it comes to throwing a baseball. I got dumped into the cold water many times during my half hour stint.

I think the person who had the most fun soaking me was my cohort, Councillor Ted Bain. Here he is attempting to drop me. Out of his three chances he mercifully only managed to connect once. Better luck next year, Ted.

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Welcome

Welcome to my blog site. This is where I will share my thoughts and insights on life as a small town councillor.

A bit about me: I am a first time councillor with the Town of Black Diamond in southern Alberta. I have a family; my spouse and I and our son. We own a duplex with my sister and share a front and backyard. We try not to argue too often. I am self-employed. I like dogs and horses. I try to do as much of what I enjoy in life as opposed to what I hate. Speaking of my dislikes: I try not to waste, I don’t like olives at all and crowds make me nervous.

I look forward to sharing more about myself and what I see and do about town. Please feel free to contact me or leave comments. This blog is a place not just for me to ramble but for you to present your ideas, complaints, queries and thoughts.

I’ll end this introduction with one of my favourite thoughts, and I think a great way to look at life:

Spend the afternoon. You can’t take it with you. — Annie Dillard

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