September 27, 2022 meeting

Pearl Lorentzen
Lakeside Leader

Interagency is made up of ‘helping’ agencies and businesses in Slave Lake.

Service Canada and CRA

Representatives from the outreach and community services branches of Service Canada and the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) did a presentation on the various workshops and services provided by these government agencies. Service Canada is in charge of Employment Insurance, Social Insurance Numbers, Canada Pension Plan, and old age security. CRA is in charge of taxes. Slave Lake is part of the Community Volunteer Income Tax Program for people with moderate incomes. One of the resources is a series of short lessons on to teach young people about taxes.

AHS Community Health

AHS Community Health and AHS Addictions and Mental Health are collaborating on some workshops for elders at the Slave Lake Native Friendship Centre. They are also looking for other groups to collaborate with.

Seniors’ services

The Town of Slave Lake has a volunteer snow removal program for seniors and people with disabilities.

Depending on volunteers, this can be 15 to 16 properties, said Tammy Kendell, seniors coordinator with the town.

Volunteers are needed for this program and for the volunteer tax program which starts in the spring.
“You don’t really need any experience,” Kendell said about the tax program.

Slave Lake Homeless Coalition

The Homeless Coalition has a new executive director, Jacki Freamo. Anyone with questions about the coalition, can email her at

The Coalition also needs volunteers and is hiring security staff.

A community information session over Zoom is being planned.

Rotary Club of Slave Lake Public Library

The regional library board is looking for a Slave Lake community board member.

The library has weekly, monthly and yearly events.

On October 31 the library becomes haunted from 5 to 8 p.m.

Each Monday there is story time in the morning and Movie Mondays in the afternoon. On Fridays starting at 4:45 p.m., there is Laser Tag in the Library. People sign up, the lights are turned off, and they get to play laser tag.

There is a fall reading program and a Plant Library. People can take a small cutting (at the moment these are mostly spider plants) or drop off some.

For adults, there are three monthly events in the evening – Reel Talk (Oct. 4), Book Club (Oct. 19) and Writers’ Group (Oct. 24).

WJS Canada

In Slave Lake, WJS Canada has two programs open to the public. One is family resiliency – open to families with children seven to 18. Families can sign up to learn about parenting and how to tackle issues they are facing. The second is FASD support for people with (or suspected of having) FASD. Support starts with assessment and includes services for life.

Children’s Resource Council

CRC has three programs – Good Start, Stronger Together, and Brighter Futures Next Steps. Good Start is for mothers and babies from prenatal to one year old. Stronger Together is family visits and training for families with children zero to six years old. For older children, see WJS Canada on Page 13. Better Futures Next Steps provides support for families with children zero to 17. It has workshops, home alone and babysitting courses, Play and Learn (zero to five), and a weekly teen program starting in November.

The CRC is looking for a community member from Slave Lake to be on its board. At the moment, the only Slave Lake representatives are a town councillor and a town staff member. Everyone else is from the High Prairie or McLennan areas.

Rupertsland Institute

Rupertsland has job and education resources for Métis people, include evening seminars for women who want to start a business, a health care aid program through Norquest College, and a new program to do with apprenticeships.

Town of Slave Lake

Anger Education for adults was scheduled to start the week of Oct. 4. Sign-ups were low, so it might be cancelled.

The first Y.E.S. (Youth Events Slave Lake) was on Sept. 24. This program offers monthly youth events. There were 19 at the first one. The next one will be Oct. 21 with a Halloween theme. Registration is required.

Family Fun Nights (another monthly program) started up again on Sept. 22. The next will be Oct. 20. Registration is required.

The Slave Lake pool was scheduled to re-open on Oct. 11. Swimming lesson registration is open. Aquafit will be added to the schedule soon.

The Multi Rec Centre (MRC) has a walking track, two ice rinks, and a play area. There is free public skating and other exercise opportunities. Some activities have a drop-in charge and others have a different cost.
Roots of Empathy will be in seven classes this year. This program brings a baby and parent into schools to teach kids about emotions. There is a need for one more volunteer with a baby born this summer.

Frost Fest will be February 11 to 20. There will be a planning meeting in Dec. or January.

Slave Lake and Area Mental Health Network

SLAM is a group of community members and mental health professionals in Slave Lake working toward building a grassroots movement toward better mental health and wellness. The next meeting is October 5 from 5:15 to 6:45 p.m. at the Town of Slave Lake office or on Zoom. For the link, contact Pearl at

Next meeting

The next Interagency meeting is October 25.