Volunteer Newsletter
February 2019
Do you know someone in our community who selflessly gives their time?
Nominate them before March 1, 2019 for the following awards:

2019 Volunteer Appreciation Event being held on April 11, 2019 6:30pm at the Community Centre (supper, speaker, awards ~ see below)
  • Carol Simpson Volunteer of the Year Award Recognizes an individual who has exemplified volunteerism by being a leader through their actions. Nomination Form
  • NEW! Gloria House Mentor Award Recognizes an outstanding mentor in our community who demonstrates commitment to mentoring community members. Nomination Form
  • NEW! Outstanding Group Award (Adult category) Recognizes a group of 3 or more people, organization, society or team who have come together to volunteer time involving leadership, innovation and creativity. Nomination Form

NEW! 2019 Youth Recognition Night (taking place during National Youth Week)
being held on May 2, 2019 6:30pm at the Community Centre (live entertainment, dessert, awards ~ see below)
  • Dylan Stork Youth Ambassador Award Recognizes a youth individual or group who has contributed to their community and been an ambassador for the community of Blackfalds. Nomination Form
  • Leaders of Tomorrow Awards (Elementary, Junior High and High School category) Recognizes a youth between grades 1-12 who deserve recognition for their devotion to helping others. Nomination Form
  • NEW! Outstanding Group Award (Youth category) Recognizes a group of 3 or more people, organization, society or team who have come together to volunteer time involving leadership, innovation and creativity. Nomination Form

Cara Kroetsch, FCSS Volunteer Programmer
Volunteering offers vital assistance to people in need, worthwhile causes, and the community, therefore transforming both the lives of the people who volunteer and those who benefit.

“The Heart of a Volunteer is not measured in size, but by the depth of the
Commitment to Make a Difference in the lives of others.” ―  DeAnn Hollis

As part of the volunteer recruitment process, we require your Volunteer Application form on file and a Criminal Records and Vulnerable Sector Checks to be conducted as part of the screening process. Because this is a requirement through the Town, there will be no charge to you. To download the application form click here .

For more information please contact the Blackfalds FCSS Volunteer Programmer at 403.885.6360 volunteer@blackfalds.com.
Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities
Winterfest ~ February 18
Below is a list of volunteer opportunities still available during Winterfest:

* Kids Zone
Shifts: 11:45am-1:00pm, 12:45-2:00pm
Field House | Abbey Centre
Help supervise inflatables or drop-in sports in the field house
* Ice Slides
Shifts: 10:45am-1:30pm & 1:15-4:00pm
Outside of the Abbey Centre
Help with line management
* Wagon Rides
Shifts: 10:45am-1:30pm
Outside of the Abbey Centre
Help with line management
* L'IL Chippers
Shifts: 10:45am-2:00pm
Outside of the Abbey Centre
Help families carve ice sculptures in the Igloo
* Parking Attendees
Shifts: 1:00-3:30pm
Parking lot at the Abbey Centre
Help Bylaw with parking
Penguin Dippers Needed ~ Join the traDIPtion!

It's once again the time of year where participants take an icy plunge in order to raise money for a favourite charity! Would you like to make a difference while participating in one of the most popular Blackfalds winter events? Sign up today to join other eager dippers for the 2019 Penguin Dip. Not only is it a chance to raise funds for charity, there's also prizes for the best-dressed dipper and the dipper with the most pledges will win a prize as well as have their name imprinted on the Winterfest honorary cup!

For more informa tion please check out the Penguin Dip Package
Pink Shirt Day ~ February 27
FCSS would like to invite you to join Town Council, all Town Staff and our RCMP detachment in celebrating Pink Shirt Day on Wednesday February 27 th 2019. Pink Shirt Day is a nationally recognized bullying awareness campaign. We are encouraging everyone to practice kindness and wear a Pink Shirt on February 27 th to symbolize that we, in the Town of Blackfalds, do not tolerate bullying
Snow Angel Program ~ Winter Season

The Snow Angel Program is a volunteer program that supports Blackfalds residents who require assistance to clear their snowy driveway and/or walkway.

"Adopting" a drive/walkway is a fun and healthy way for all ages to be good neighbours, while contributing to improving the quality of life of others in the community. Those needing assistance can contact the Volunteer Programmer to be matched with a Snow Angel. 

As a Snow Angel you are committed to the same resident throughout the season and may adopt more than one resident if desired. Volunteers who have been matched will receive a toque & collapsible shovel at the beginning of the season, which has been generously donated by Telus. 

For more inform ation ple ase check out the brochure. click here
Other Volunteer Opportunities
  • Blackfalds Lacrosse Association is accepting registrations for the upcoming season. Please contact Evelyn at blackfaldslacrosse@gmail.com for more information.

  • Central Alberta Victim & Witness Support invites you to accept the challenge of helping others in your community and to make a difference in the lives of victims/witnesses of crime and tragedy. Call 403-885-3355 to learn more about becoming a Victim Services volunteer crisis advocate, a Member of the Board or an event volunteer for the victim services program at the Blackfalds RCMP Detachment. Alternatively check our website at www.victimsupport.ca for volunteer application forms and check us out on Facebook.

  • Want to better prepare your family for emergencies? Do you have an interest in helping communities become more resilient to disasters? If so, consider volunteering with Canadian Red Cross Emergency Management Program. We are currently seeking Disaster Assistance volunteers to work in both mitigation and disaster response. All training is provided. Local volunteer hours vary based on need; National deployments available for those with 10-21 days consecutive availability. Apply online redcross.ca/volunteer

  • Block Parent is a non-profit organization and being a board member is really easy. We meet when we can (a few times a year) and we try to put on one fundraiser a year. Previously, we have run a BBQ in partnership with FCSS. As well, we try to attend at least one market/fair to talk about the program & getting more Block Parent homes signed up. Board Members Needed!!! Please contact Jody for more information at 403.350.9434 or Info@blackfaldsblockparents.ca
Blackfalds FCSS | 5016 Waghorn St | Blackfalds, AB
Volunteer Programmer | 403.885.6360 | volunteer@blackfalds.com