Community philanthropy strong in Leduc County

Even with Alberta’s tough economic times Leduc County, local businesses as well as residents continue to lend...

Leduc County offices

Leduc County offices

Even with Alberta’s tough economic times Leduc County, local businesses as well as residents continue to lend a helping hand when needed.

At county council’s Jan. 24 meeting councillors discussed two topics in which donations would be needed.

CanBuildit Can Art Project

Once again the Leduc and District Food Bank Association and Blackjacks Roadhouse are coming together to head the CanBuildit Can Art Project.

CanBuildit is a food donation event for the Leduc and District Food Bank. Participants are required to build a sculpture out of collected cans, and this year’s gala will be hosted by Blackjacks on April 8.

Structures can begin construction on March 1 and judging will take place March 29.

Leduc County is the reigning champion of last year’s competition, said Laurel Fitzsimonds, Family and Community Support Services director.

“We just wanted you to be aware we will start drumming up enthusiasm shortly. Although it’s not hard to find that enthusiasm,” said Fitzsimonds, FCSS director, speaking to council.

Fitzsimonds says following the Christmas holiday season the food bank stocks start to deplete. This is why the food drive was moved from Christmas to Easter a few years ago, until the CanBuildit campaign started.

Leduc 4-H Beef Club request

Unlike most 4-H clubs the Leduc 4-H Beef Club does not have access to recreation board grants.

At their Jan. 24 meeting councillors approved a request for a $500 sponsorship.

Coun. Glenn Belozer voiced his support for the request and mentioned other clubs in the area without access to recreation grants should also have the opportunity to come forward.

Council approved similar funding for other beef clubs in Leduc County, on an annual basis, if they do not have access to the grants.

The Leduc Beef Club holds events at the Leduc Recreation Centre and council feels it is a good opportunity for urban residents to become more educated on that angle of food production and to see where beef comes from.

Unsure of the answer, Coun. Tanni Doblanko questioned whether or not the Leduc Recreation Centre donates the space the club uses, and if not, felt it could be something the City of Leduc could put forward. “Is this not one way the city could show support to its rural partners?”

Rick Thomas, general manager of community services, says the City of Leduc does put sponsorship toward the club and also noted to council, like many, the city is also feeling the downturn in the economy and that must be taken into consideration by all organizations.