Service groups in Wetaskiwin spotlight Dec. 14

Chamber of Commerce luncheon highlights who’s doing what in the city

Guests at the Wetaskiwin Chamber of Commerce member luncheon Dec. 14 got a great lesson in charity. Many groups who support the community got to give a brief presentation on their efforts.

The Spirit of Giving luncheon at the Best Western Inn was opened by a few comments from City of Wetaskiwin mayor Tyler Gandam. He stated city council is currently working on an interim budget and councilors are currently looking at zero-based budgeting. Gandam noted if local residents are curious, the city’s website has a budget page that should be able to answer questions.

Gandam also stated the city is currently looking for a new manager and has hired a consultant to help. It’s estimated a new manager could be in place by early to mid-February, depending on many factors.

The mayor also noted the city’s first economic development newsletter was also issued this week.

Next up was County of Wetaskiwin reeve Terry Van de Kraats, who said the Spirit of Giving luncheon shows what a great and generous community the Wetaskiwin area is. Van de Kraats said the county wished everyone a happy holiday.

The Horizons Centre spoke to the crowd, noting they help adults with developmental disabilities in employment and other areas. It was also noted the City of Wetaskiwin staff decided to hold a single Christmas party this year and donate the 50/50 proceeds to the Horizons Centre; the donation ended up being over $700.

John Strong of the Wetaskiwin Health Foundation then spoke, stating the organization’s goal is to enhance the quality of healthcare in Wetaskiwin. He noted the registered charity saw, last year, donations from city residents total $741,281. The charity’s total revenue last year was $1.3 million, including grants.

He also pointed out zero percent of donations go to pay administration costs.

Many other non-profits, charities and generous businesses also had a bit of time to explain how they help out in and around Wetaskiwin. They included the County of Wetaskiwin, FCSS, the Wetaskiwin Ladies Auxiliary, Neighbours Outreach Centre, Precision Gymnastics Centre, TD Canada Trust, The Prom Project, The Salvation Army, The Wetaskiwin Food Bank, The United Way of Central Alberta, the Wetaskiwin and District Heritage Museum, Wetaskiwin and District Victim Services, Wetaskiwin Community Health Centre, Wetaskiwin Early Years Coalition, Wetaskiwin Co-op, Maskwacis Employment Centre and the Millet Lions Club. It was also mentioned at the lunch that the host venue, Best Western Inn, donates much to the community every year.

Two donations were also made to the Salvation Army and food bank at the luncheon.

Stu.salkeld@pipestoneflyer.ca

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