Smoky River Family and Community Support Services – In Focus

Lynn Florence

DARE program and other partnerships

Collaboration is a very important in our region.

One of the most key components of the Smoky River FCSS office is that it collaborates with many different organizations throughout the year.

Some of the examples are: the DARE program, we work together with the local RCMP liaison to put together the graduation process for the Grade 6 students who have completed the DARE program; High Prairie and District Food Bank, with this collaboration our residents in the region have the ability to apply for and pick up their food hamper in either McLennan or Falher; Big Lakes County Smoky River Early Years Coalition, through a partnership with this organization the region was able to take part in a very important compilation of statistics as to the development of our youth before they enter into kindergarten; Emergency Social Services Northwest Region, the supports and partnerships that are made with this organization may one day assist residents should there be a state of local emergency; Smoky River Transportation Program a collaboration of all five municipalities in the Smoky River Region, the M.D. of Smoky River No. 130, the Town of Falher, the Town of McLennan, the Village of Donnelly and the Village of Girouxville, this collaboration provides transportation to our residents who otherwise may not be able to travel to outlining areas for medical appointments and socializations; Prairie Parent Link Outreach, provides programming and support for families with children ages 0 – 6; Smoky River FCSS also has partnerships with all of the schools in the region, we provide information of our programming as well as work together with wellness coaches and administration to provide programming, information and referral when the need arises.

These are some of the many partnerships that allow us to stay involved and active in our community, our region, with our neighbours and provincially.

FCSS values local autonomy, this simply means we want to know the pulse of the residents, which fosters the grassroots approach. This enables the FCSS staff and board to be more aware and involved in issues that will benefit the region.

Smoky River FCSS would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our collaboration partners as well as all of our Volunteers, without all of you many of our programming would not take place.


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