MAYOR’S REPORT – Volunteers recognized for efforts

Linda Cox, Mayor, Town of High Prairie

April 11, Councillor Donna Deynaka and I attended the Volunteer Appreciation event organized by Big Lakes Family and Community Support Services.

This annual event is in recognition of the High Prairie and area volunteers who continue to enhance our community. There were 41 volunteers recognized with almost 30 in attendance.

The theme of this year’s National Volunteer Week was ‘Volunteers are the roots of strong communities’. Just like roots are essential for trees to bloom, volunteers are essential for communities to boom.

Thanks to volunteers, our communities grow strong and resilient. Even the tiniest volunteer effort leaves a profound and lasting trace in a community, much like tree rings that appear over time. Looking around High Prairie, I can see the results of many hours of volunteering by our citizens.
Golden Age Club 40th Anniversary
April 14, I dropped into the Golden Age Club for tea and cake. The club was celebrating 40 years as a social and seniors’ resource centre in High Prairie.

Throughout the afternoon about 43 people dropped in and signed the guest book. I discussed briefly with those in attendance Heart River Foundation’s plan for more seniors’ affordable apartments and an addition to Pleasantview Lodge of an apartment wing for those seniors needing the support of the Extended Living Housing Program.
Recreation Board meeting
April 14, I attended the recreation board meeting at the Aquatic Centre.

The arena facilities received extensive use during March and early April due to the Bantam Provincials, pond hockey, and Treaty 8 tournaments.

The Figure Skating Carnival was well attended by approximately 500 people.

The ice was taken out by April 7 in preparation for the High Prairie Gun Show.

The arena facility manager had the following statistics for the 2015-16 ice season:
* Total number of games hosted: 447 – 17,880 kids participated.
* Total number for Pond Hockey games – 3,510 kids participated.
* Total number of practices: 756 – 15,120 kids participated.
* Total number of school skating kids: 2,536 participated.

Administration was asked for an ice utilization report to see how much the two arenas were utilized. During the 2015-16 ice season the Sports Palace and GBRC were used 77 per cent and 72 per cent respectively on weekdays, and 54 per cent and 30 per cent on weekends.

Administration was asked to provide options to better utilize the ice during the weekends to control operational costs. This will be discussed in upcoming meetings.

The Aquatic Centre is continuing to run well. Schools are being asked for confirmation on swim times and lessons required for the 2016-17 season. Planning is already underway for shutdown next fall as a decision must be made shortly on repair or replacement of the Slide Tower.

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