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Terri-Jean Baillie, B.A.

Uno anyone?

One of my favourite childhood memories is
playing Uno with my family, parents, siblings
and sometimes even Grandpa. I can promise
you it was not the Uno game that made the time
enjoyable, it was the fact that my parents took
the time to play a game with us as a family.
Family Day every February is an excellent
reminder to spend time with your family young
or old. Board games or card games are a great
opportunity to spend quality time with family
without having to spend lots of money. This
time is also a great opportunity to help your
children develop stronger social skills, learning
to take turns, how to lose or win gracefully and
Edson and District Caregivers Association Family Day Extravaganza was attended by over 70 families. the enjoyment of being around friends and
Photo Deanna Mitchener family.
Something as simple as having dinner
Caregivers Association Family Day together without the television or cell phones
interrupting the conversation. Research shows
that children and youth that eat a family meal
Extravaganza a hit together at least three times a week are at a
significantly less likely to be truant, use alcohol
and drugs or engage in other risky behaviours.
by Deanna Mitchener the end of the event. extremely well. Overall so I bring other peoples Try some of these dinner conversations with
Knowing that's when all we were pleased with the kids' or their bringing your family:
Gean Chouinard, the big draws are done, numbers as in past their grandkids now." If you were stranded on an island, besides
organizer for the Edson some families prefer to years," said Chouinard. "We had about 25 food and water, what are three things you
and District Caregivers come just a bit later." "I talked with some volunteers helping to would take with you?
Association Family Day "This was our 7th families at the event and keep things running Which superhero would you most like to be?
Extravaganza, said, "We annual event for Family they were saying this smoothly. The 4-H Club
had another great year Day. Two years ago was their fifth year (Night Riders) and some Why?
with over 70 families. Family Day Un-Plugged c o m i n g . A n o t h e r v o l u n t e e r s f r o m What are three words that describe you?
The afternoon started off started and I think each comment was 'I used to Children's Services See much more on our website
a little slow but families event complements the bring my kids to the came out again this year
kept coming in towards o t h e r , w o r k i n g event, now they are older to help," said Chouinard.
Making the connection:

HIV and addiction

by Deanna Mitchener March 9 at the Provincial between healthcare
Building from 12:15 providers and people
Coordinator Karly p.m. to 1:30 p.m. living with addictions.
Savoy with HIV West T h i s s e s s i o n i s Savoy said, "It is our
Yellowhead will be recommended for health hope that healthcare,
hosting another 'Lunch and service workers or social service workers,
and Learn' session as anyone who knows or and the general public
part two of a series works with someone at will take some time to
'Making the Connection risk or is living with attend this session and be
HIV and Addictions'. addictions. Topics open to broadening their
HIV West Yellowhead covered will be health knowledge around HIV
is offering HIV and culture, reaction to and addictions."
addiction sessions in conflict the health care Lunch is provided at
Hinton, Edson, and s y s t e m v s . s t r e e t no cost, but donations
Whitecourt throughout reactions, understanding are always welcome so
the next few months. addictions, pain control, they can continue to
The upcoming session withdrawal, common provide services through
in Edson will be held on myths, bridging the gap the region.

Howard Bouldry volunteering for the Edson Historical Society and the
Galloway Museum during Galloway's Adventures at the Museum held
February 15. Howard just finished showing Hannah Dixon (8) how to make a
homemade candle. Photo Deanna Mitchener
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