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County FCSS programs connect people to community

Programs offer community engagement and valuable information

by Mikaela Kuefler is for non-profit groups looking for information to
help out, whether it's administratively or
The Yellowhead Family and Community financially. It is offered on the last Monday of
Support Services (FCSS) is a program that has every month, alternates its location between the Blind View
been running in Yellowhead County for 42 years. Wildwood and Edson Yellowhead Office and is Window Fashions
It's mandate is “to operate a preventative social open from 2-6pm.
services program to Yellowhead County On November 2, the Rural Women's Conference
residents”. will take place at Carrot Creek. This conference
An assortment of workshops and information has guest speakers, a fashion show, lunch, door
sessions is offered by FCSS. Information sessions prizes, and a silent auction to support next year's Custom Window Treatments
often involve hiring a specialist to travel to the conference and the Yellowhead Women's Shelter. since 1988
county to discuss topics, such as seniors housing FCSS will offer the Legal Issues in Common
or self care for caregivers. “These programs are a Law Relationships once again on October 24 at
great way to get out into your community and 6:30pm at the Evansburg Seniors Centre. The
meet other people,” says FCSS Supervisor Wendy program talks about legal issues related to being 780.723.5734 Julie Van Ember
Robinson. in a common law relationship. “We're asking 780.542.0898
Other programs planned by FCSS include people to be preventative and prepare for the
family field trips, to provide more opportunities worst case scenario,” says Robinson.
for families to spend time together. Penguins and Painting is being offered again
Although these programs have been offered free
blind view of charge or are inexpensive, less and less people due to the overwhelming response from the last
event. “We had a huge wait list and had 50 extra
are registering and participating in these
registrations,” states Robinson. Parents can
window programs. “These are all information sessions, register their children to go to West Edmonton To our Family & Friends
workshops or activities that would have some
Mall and see the underwater exhibit. They get a
type of value for our residents,” says Robinson.
lesson on penguins and get to see one live. Later,
children will go to a ceramic studio in the mall to
There is much value from attending FCSS
fashions programs such as attaining important information paint a ceramic figure. “It's kind of like an art and We would like to thank everyone for the
for your community, which can be learned from
science day,” says Robinson.
surprise 35th Anniversary Party.
attending programs and listening to speakers.
Although this program is popular, it is “outside
“There's a value of coming out and getting that of the FCSS mandate and such is not meant to be
information face to face. It's really helpful to be primarily recreational. We have to demonstrate Thank you for your presence as well as
able to connect with the speaker and ask them that the activity has a greater social impact than all the cards and gifts.
specific questions. It can also provide people with just having the kids out for a day. We do it once in
January 4, January 25 an opportunity to meet up with a member from awhile because it makes people aware of us and Special thank you to our children.
FCSS to ask for specific services and programs or
makes them more likely to look for our
programming. It also gets people comfortable to
to give their input. We want to make sure that
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with what they need,” says Robinson.
that we're a quality service and they don't have to
Some up and coming programs offered by FCSS worry about their children. It makes them more
include the Board Tool Box. This drop in program likely to sign them up for other programs,” states
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