Volunteerism Drives Rural Alberta Communities

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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!

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