Smoky River Family and Community Support Services – In Focus

Lynn Florence
Director

Annual Overview

Smoky River Family and Community Support Services (FCSS )……2017 in review? Who are we? A little bit of background….. Smoky River FCSS is a partnership between the Provincial government and the 5 municipalities in the Smoky River region including the Municipal District of Smoky River No. 130, Town of McLennan, Town of Falher, Village of Donnelly and the Village of Girouxville.

Our Mandate is to develop locally driven preventative social initiatives to enhance the well-being of individuals, families and communities…. Smoky River FCSS is here for you!

Our Vision is to build strong communities through positive, caring interaction and mutual respect…….what this means is that Smoky River FCSS is here for you!

Promotion and advocacy of what FCSS does, will always be a yearly goal. With the assistance of our local paper, on a weekly basis we shall continue to submit an article on the various programs and services we have to offer. FCSS is always looking for Volunteers to assist in the various programs, please contact the office if you are interested.

Highlights for 2017:

. We said goodbye to Georgia and Lynn Florence took on the role of Director!
. Number of times our services were utilized grew from 9230 to 13274! Which is fantastic!
. Home Support Program is strong and continues to grow.
. Our Senior, Youth and Community Programs make up the majority of our programming in 2017.
. Our Facebook page grew from 450 to 553 and continues to grow!
. The Smoky River transportation program saw a growth in ridership in 2017 from 713 to 967. This program is not just for seniors! It’s for everyone!!!
. Ol Tyme Family Nite celebrated its 10th year! And Jean accepted an Award of Excellence from FCSAA.
. Third year of the Christmas Voucher program that was very well received and very much appreciated once again by those who applied as well as by the local businesses. In 2017 this community helped 223 Adults and children with food and gifts to celebrate Christmas.
. Smoky River Interagency membership has grown with more outreach organizations offering programs in the Smoky River area.
. Roots of Empathy facilitated programs in three schools in the region, including three classes at Routhier school and one class at Providence School and one class at Eaglesham School. Roots of Empathy Facilitators are Crystal Marschner and Marie-Anne Jones.
. 2017 brought more growth of 884 children or youths with six programs offered in the regional schools.
. Information and referrals continued to be prominent as well as supportive listening with 737 clients coming into our office for assistance.
. Emergency Social Services is continuing to recruit volunteers for its reception centers.

Bottom line is that FCSS is here for you! We look forward to becoming a regular part of the your reading time of the Smoky River Express and to continue to have an opportunity to share with you, the assets of all of our communities and to explain who we are and what we do and to put our programs into focus for you! If you would like a copy of our annual report and financial statements please feel free to contact the office and pick up a copy.

Summer Youth Programs
Information pamphlets are available at the office and registration packages will be available at the office and our municipal offices started in June. Don’t delay, contact the office today and talk with Kristina Nolette or email her at sypsrfcss@outlook.com!

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