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 BeezusĀ and I, Sunday, September 9.

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My best girl, Beezus, and I.