Lac Ste. Anne County Activity Report ActivityLSAC_QTLY_2018-19_WINTER_FINAL_SM - Page 10

LAC STE. ANNE COUNTY INTERESTED IN LENDING YOUR VOICE TO A BOARD OR COMMITTEE? BE SURE TO CHECK OUR VOLUNTEER SECTION ONLINE FOR ANY VACANCIES LSAC.CA/BOARDS-COMMITTEES Beachwave Park Committee, Alberta Beach Community League Bus Committee for County West End Reeve Blakeman; Councillor Vaughan With representation from Lac Ste. Anne County, the Village of Alberta Beach, the Summer Villages of Sunset Point, Castle Island and Val Quentin, and a variety of community organizations, the Beachwave Park Committee was historically comprised of community stakeholders who engaged a coordinator to supervise and bring programming to the Beachwave Park facility in Alberta Beach. In 2017 the committee dissolved, thereby assigning their administration role to the Alberta Beach Community League. Although the Beachwave Park Committee no longer exists, the Alberta Beach Community League has requested bi-annual stakeholder meetings to ensure the commitment and involvement of community to continue with the initiative. Councillors: Bohnet; Giebelhaus Lac Ste. Anne County has partnered with the Town of Mayerthorpe and Woodlands County to develop the West End Bus Committee and its subsequent programming. The current West End bus fleet includes a 2011 Mercedes Sprinter with wheelchair lift; a 2009 Dodge Sprinter; and a 2001 Dodge Minivan with wheelchair lift. The West End Bus Committee’s programs are designed to facilitate social interaction and recreational opportunities for regional senior citizens. Specifically, the Seniors Excursion Program provides transportation and admission at subsidized rates to various events, activities and shopping excursions. In addition, the program provides seniors and persons with disabilities with cost-reduced access to a wheelchair-accessible minivan to attend medical appointments. Bus Committee for County East End Campground Committee Councillors: Gelych; Olsvik The East End Bus Committee is a registered society whose purpose is to provide programming and transportation services to area seniors. Current society membership includes representation from Lac Ste. Anne County, the Village of Alberta Beach, the Town of Onoway, and Summer Villages, plus a member-at-large. Core business areas within the East End Bus Committee include scheduled shopping and appointment trips to Edmonton and Spruce Grove, and its Seniors in Motion excursion program that provides a social opportunity for participants to enjoy culture, recreation and entertainment by participating in area events, activities and facilities. The committee schedules its meetings approximately twenty-six times per year, rotating between the Town of Onoway and Village of Alberta Beach. WINTER 2018/19 COMMUNITY REPORT Councillors: Bohnet; Giebelhaus; Hoyda Lac Ste. Anne County is justifiably proud of the three campgrounds it owns and operates (Paddle River Dam Campground, Lessard Lake Campground and Sangudo Riverside Campground), and has formed a committee to ensure their optimal upkeep. The Campground Committee provides recommendations and guidance to Council regarding the needs of each of these County campgrounds. Stewardship of the County’s open spaces and boat launch areas is also the purview of the Campground Committee. Community Futures for Yellowhead East Councillor Gelych Funded by Western Economic Diversification Canada, Community Futures has supported rural economic diversification since 1986. A community- based non-profit staffed by business 780.785.3411 www. LSAC .ca professionals and guided by a volunteer Board of Directors, Community Futures provides a range of small business services and business management tools for those seeking to start, expand, franchise or sell a business. This group hosts specialized business programs, organizes exciting regional business events, and actively works with community and business leaders to foster rural economic growth. Given the importance of small business to Alberta’s shifting economy, one of the primary focuses of Community Futures is to foster entrepreneurial development by providing financial and technical support to small business ventures. Darwell Wastewater Lagoon Commission Reeve Blakeman; Councillor Hoyda The Darwell Wastewater Lagoon Commission authority was established when the Darwell Lagoon was expanded with the cooperation of the Summer Villages of Silver Sands and South View. Meetings are held as required to discuss the operation and expansion of the lagoon. Economic Development Advisory Committee Councillors: Gelych; Hoyda; Olsvick The Economic Development Advisory Committee is committed to helping retain and grow existing businesses while promoting the Lac Ste. Anne County region to new prospective businesses. The committee is very proactive and encourages growth within the business sector, with an additional focus on tourism within the County. Throughout the year, committee members review items and make recommendations to Council, in addition to generously providing resources, industry insight and strategic guidance. Through the hard work and commitment of committee members and community partners, many of the County’s economic development initiatives are realized.