Community Drug Action Committee in the Spotlight

 

Leduc AB –  When you thought a Leduc Regional Chamber of Commerce report would start with a business topic, you find yourself confronted with the statement that the sponsor of this monthly event was not a business entity per say, but in fact a “good cause” that deserves exposure, and kudos.
The LEDUC COMMUNITY DRUG ACTION COMMITTEE was the sponsor of the April Chamber Luncheon held at the Best Western Denham Inn, and after the usual words of welcome, blessing by Pastor Grant McDowell and a special introduction by the Chamber’s Executive Director Stefanie Schultz of two candidates of the Alberta Race, George Rogers and David Stasiewich, the sponsor was introduced, and its representative Heather Graham came to the podium.   An initiative by the City of Leduc, this committee was awarded a grant last year following it successful intervention in the regional battle against nefarious drugs introduced and distributed in our communities and schools a few years back: it now continues its dynamic fight against drugs in our community, and substance abuse in the regional workforce.  Heather was an articulate and passionate spokesperson for a group that works tirelessly at reducing the costly effects of drug and alcohol abuse in the workplace.
Ms Graham introduced the topic of Lunch & Learns: lunchtime workshops that delve into substance use and dependency in the workplace- facilitated by Alberta Health Prevention Services, Kids & Drugs, a parent’s guide to prevention – facilitated by the Leduc Community Drug Action Committee, and Addictions & Family violence - supported by  Leduc Victim Services and the City of Leduc FCSS.
A free workshop will be hosted on May 9th at the Executive Royal Inn, from 9 to 11:30 am.  Registration is a must, through contact with Heather Graham at 780.980.7184 or via email, hgraham@leduc.ca.
Ms Graham’s interesting and fact-filled presentation was followed by another presentation on the same topic by Ian Sanderson, manager of Security Administration, Risk Safety & Security for Northlands.  A retired RCMP officer, Mr. Sanderson is very familiar with the City of Leduc and region, as he was an active participant in the battle against drugs in our community in the recent past.  
Supported by a visual presentation of facts and statistics, Mr. Sanderson stated that the issue at hand is the cost to the economy of drug and alcohol use in the workplace: $40 Billion for Canada, and $4.4 Billion for Alberta.  Tobacco, drugs and alcohol use have direct impacts on the cost of health care, cause low productivity and other employee costs, and incur more costs through cops, courts and corrections.
He shared that in Ontario, the Auditor General presented a finding of a 565% ROI (return on investment) for making addiction treatment easily accessible to employees (supported by Ontario Mental Health Association reports).  An obvious conclusion of years of tracking by the Canadian workplace watchdogs is that some of the impacts of alcohol and drug use in the workforce are accidents, illness, absenteeism, theft and trafficking, employee morale, productivity and legal liabilities.  Towards positive results, the focus then is on prevention and safety in the workplace.  There is an initiative in place called EFAP, Employee & Family Assistance Plan, where one of the key points is confidential assessment of employee problems and referral to appropriate resources.  
All in all, this topic and these two presentations were informative to all the business operators present at the Leduc Regional Chamber Luncheon, and although this sensitive situation might not affect a majority of local business owners, it is important to all of us to be reminded of these facts, so that the business community can wholeheartedly support the cause of the city-funded Leduc Community Drug Action Committee.  The links to these presentations will be made available on the Chamber’s website, at Leduc-chamber.com.
To conclude the monthly luncheon, several announcements were made, such as the Black Gold Health Foundation thanking the community for its generous support towards the construction of two family care suites at the Leduc Hospital and still looking for the final $25,000 to complete this project: the Leduc Fire Services planning the FireFit Competition for later this year, and seeking sponsors on different levels.   Also, the reminder that the Black Gold Rodeo Parade is taking place June 2 and that the Provincial Candidates Forum is planned for April 12 at the Maclab Centre.  The Telus Cup National trophy was in the house, eliciting excitement at the upcoming midget tournament, hosted in Leduc April 23-29.  Community members are encouraged to visit the Chamber’s website for other announcements and updates. 
 
More Stories:
  • Alberta Farm Days 2014 Discover Alberta’s culinary treasures during the second annual Alberta Open Farm Days, August 23 and 24. “From farm visits for the whole family, to one-of-a-kind culinary experience for foodies, Open Farm Days is a great ...
  • Odysseo By Cavalia – The ‘Fusion’ Show It’s almost impossible to describe the show Odysseo by Cavalia that is taking place in Edmonton, without personally experiencing this unique theatrical performance. It’s not a horse show, although 64 horses participate. It’s ...
  • Making Dreams Come True Imagine for a moment sitting in the front of a race car, feeling the heat of the engine and the roar of the horsepower as it carries you across the finish line in first place. The inner track is filled with other drivers ...
  • I-Robot Arrives In Leduc! On Thursday, July 17th, 2014 two robots arrived at the Edmonton International Airport (EIA) on their way to K-Days. For an hour FURO-D and her younger more versatile sister, FURO-S, demonstrated their capabilities to the ...
  • Alberta Prairie Classroom On Wheels (C.O.W. Bus) When did you learn how to read? At the Centre for family Literacy, we believe that literacy development begins at birth. Our homes are our first schools and our families are our first teachers. When children see family members ...
  • Millet And Area Mourns The Passing Of A Giant Submitted by Brenda Jackson Communities are made up of wonderful people, and we are deeply saddened by the loss of one we called ours for many years - Laurence ‘Laurie’ Linaker. If I could describe Laurie in just a couple ...
  • $17,578 Grant Awarded To Warburg Ag Society On Monday, July 14, Honourable Diana McQueen, Minister of Energy and MLA for Drayton Valley-Devon, met with Warburg Agricultural Society President Les Nemeth and Ag Society member Treasa Nemeth at the constituency office. ...
  • Stage 7 Of Southfork Set To Go The next phase of development in Southfork will see the long-awaited second entrance put in. During the City of Leduc’s June 14 council meeting, manager of Current Planning and Development Carol Hampton said the second access ...
  • Bike Night Raising Funds For Great Causes Terry Evans of Edmonton Classic Rock Station K-97 hosts, “Bike Night” each Tuesday night at Blackjack’s Roadhouse in Nisku, Alberta. Each week Bike Night raises funds for a charitable cause through the Poker Run and Charity ...
  • Canada’s Amelia Earhart Amelia Earhart was the first female pilot to fly solo across the Atlantic and we all know about her ill-fated attempt to circumnavigate the globe. Earhart inspired hundreds of women to become airplane pilots and instill in ...
  • Heimdal Walk For Global Care Heimdal Community Church, located east and a little south of Leduc, held its 39th Walk-A-Thon for Global Care with 77 walkers participating. All of the $70,000 raised by the walkers, plus any additional donations so dedicated, ...
  • RCMP Musical Ride Coming To Leduc The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) will bring the Musical Ride to Amberlea Meadows on July 25th and 26th for Leduc and area residents. This will be the Ride’s second visit to Amberlea Meadows, as they demonstrated their ...
  • New Fibre Optic Cables Set To Increase Internet Speed Throughout Wetaskiwin Beginning this summer, TELUS will be connecting more than 90 per cent of homes and businesses in Wetaskiwin directly to fibre optic cables. This build – which comes at no cost to the municipality or its residents – will bring ...
  • Ma-Me-O Beach Legion Branch Funds Local Reading Program Submitted by Patrick Miller Every summer the Lakedale and Area Community Library Society is involved in a reading program for the children at the Pigeon Lake Public Library in Ma-Me-O Beach Alberta. Royal Canadian Legion ...
  • Jazzy Week In Wetaskiwin Music was the focus for 12 youth (day session) and 8 adults (evening session for 16+) every day from July 6th to 11th at the Grace Lutheran Church in Wetaskiwin. The Church was the venue for the 6th annual Wetaskiwin Jazz ...




 
  • Leduc Radio Ad
  • Industrial Netmedia
  • Industrial Netmedia
  • Industrial Netmedia