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Sep
08

Why I Choose to Live in Rural Alberta

Posted by: in North West

When we started with KnowlegdeConnector we were asked to describe our region.

Northern Alberta is famous for the bright dancing lights of the ‘Aurora borealis’ and its five major industries: forestry, agriculture, oil & gas and tourism. The North West Region specifically can boast to be one of Alberta’s best recreational playgrounds. We have a wide range of activities and events all year that are unique and special to each of their host communities; from skiing and hiking in the Rockies, to farmers markets throughout the peace region, various rodeos, bluegrass jamborees, summer music festivals, quadding and snowmobiling, fabulous fishing and hunting, and the Northface Great Canadian Death Race.

You can step out your backdoor and experience Alberta at its best. Life in a rural community has many benefits:

  • Open Spaces
  • Peaceful Surroundings
  • Safety Concerns – living in rural Alberta does have less reported crime.
  • Clean Air
  • Taking in the view of the sun as it sets
  • Feeling of community and belonging, knowing your neighbour.
    Recreational Opportunities, enjoying the great outdoors right in your own backyard
  • Healthier Lifestyle

Home base for me is Grande Cache Alberta, “jewel of the north” in the Rocky Mountains. I never get tired of the view. I am proud to call this rural Alberta community home for the last 15 years. Check us out at www.grandecache.ca.

Come for a visit. Also check out Travel Alberta, for things to do www.travelalberta.com

If you have an interesting story about where you live in NW rural Alberta or want to brag about a special event, please share by emailing me at yvonne.rempel@knowledgeconnector.ca and I will post it for you.

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Sep
02

Volunteerism Drives Rural Alberta Communities

Posted by: in Central East

I had a fantastic trip across rural Alberta last week and was able to visit just a few very inspiring volunteer-driven communities.  One great example is Daysland. Located on Highway 13 and just East of Camrose, Daysland has one of the strongest volunteer bases I have ever seen.

For example, thier local theatre, which is called the Palace Theatre is 100% volunteer driven. Absolutely everything is operated by volunteers. From manning the concession, to securing the films, to janitorial duties and building maintenance the volunteers have got a hold on it.

The Daysland Sunbeam Drop In Centre is also volunteer operated along with the public library. Daysland services and businesses employ under 100 people and volunteers take care of the rest. These businesses that are managed by volunteers and staff are critical to the Town of Daysland being able to achieve its mandate to its community.

Daysland of course is not the only volunteer driven community in Alberta. During my travels this month I had the opportunity to visit 18 communities in Central East Alberta and found that all of them have volunteer based organziations that are crucial to the communities. For example, many communities rely on volunteer firefighters. To the left is a picture that I took of the Lougheed Fire Hall. It was one of the cutest fire halls I have ever seen (albeit it is more for show than purpose). But my point is still moot. Rural Alberta communities would not be what they are without volunteers.

What also impressed me during my travels was the committment of these volunteer driven communities to continue learning and growing. This was evident by their willingness to immediately get involved with KnowledgeConnector when residents learned of the value it would have for their many community leaders. I am very excited to host workshops and revisit these communities in the upcoming months. If I was unable to reach your personally please contact me!

Victoria Poschadel | P: 780.945.6134 | E. victoria.poschadel@knowledgeconnector.ca

 

 

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