FCSS is proud to announce Community Counselling Program
In an environment that respects your privacy, Community Counsellor, Carson Ryner can help you learn how to get through the challenges and changes that come your way.
Counselling Areas: Daily life stresses; marital or partner relationships, parenting challenges, family violence, anger management, grief and loss, and a variety of other life stressors.
Fees: are set on a sliding scale based on annual household income.
Available Appointments: Tuesdays 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.
To Book an Appointment: Town of Vegreville FCSS 780-632-3966
A Successful TD Tree Days Event!
On September 23, 2018, the Town of Vegreville hosted a TD Tree Days event. On a chilly, wet and muddy Sunday morning between 9:00 am and noon, Town and TD Employees and volunteers braved the elements to plant 150 trees in a green space on the west side of town by Highway 16A and 75 Street. Three species of native trees were planted; Jack Pine, Lodgepole Pine, and Paper Birch trees.
This project will not only beautify the existing area with native species trees, it will also reduce maintenance costs. This large area will be returned to a more natural state and will not need to be mowed on a regular cycle as it was before. More Green = Less Greenhouse Gas!
As with many events in Town, the success of this event was in large part due to the amazing volunteers. Giving your time and hard work in less than ideal weather conditions has helped create this wonderful little forest for wildlife, Town residents and visitors to enjoy now and well into the future. Thank you!!
TD launched a new corporate platform in 2018 called The Ready Commitment which supports initiatives and programs within four areas: Financial Security, Vibrant Planet, Connected Communities, and Better Health. TD Tree Days, which has been bringing people together since 2010, was incorporated into The Ready Commitment with a target of helping plant one million trees by 2030. To date, over 300,000 trees and native shrubs have been planted through TD Tree Days in communities across North America. This fall will see another 100 green spaces further enhanced for everyone to enjoy.
Municipal empowerment tops FCM Board of Directors agenda attended by Vegreville Councillor Taneen Rudyk
[Vegreville, AB] – Local Councillor Taneen Rudyk was joined by municipal leaders from across the country in the County of Annapolis, Nova Scotia, to discuss the goals and objectives of Canada’s municipalities for the year ahead. The topics of infrastructure, cannabis legalization and rural broadband dominated the conversation.
The discussion of municipal autonomy at this fall’s Board Meeting took place against the backdrop of an important national discussion about the role of municipalities and their relationship with the provincial and federal orders of government. Above all, members agreed that now is the time to focus on local decision-making, greater empowerment for cities and communities, and the fiscal tools necessary to make that happen.
The FCM Board sent a unanimous message that municipalities will oppose any use of Section 33 (the notwithstanding clause) of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms that would have the effect of overriding local decision-making and democratic rights at the local level. The FCM Board also reaffirmed its support for the ability of municipalities to govern their own affairs and represent the interests of their residents.
“As federal political parties prepare for next year’s election, it is time for a mature and modern conversation about how to empower municipal autonomy,” said FCM President Vicki-May Hamm. “We need political will from every order of government to have a conversation about how we work together within the Constitution. With engaged federal partners, we know it can be done.”
With legalization fast approaching, cannabis was key on the agenda during this year’s meeting. Municipalities have been working hard to get ready for October 17th, but success requires ongoing collaboration and cooperation across all orders of government, most critically at the municipal level.
“Local governments are on the front lines of legalizing cannabis across Canada. Our priority is to keep our citizens safe and well-served,” said Taneen Rudyk. “As October 17 draws near, municipalities need more details on implementation, including assurances that municipal costs will be covered through financial tools like excise revenue sharing.”
Reliable broadband is an essential service for Canadians, yet remains elusive for two million living in rural, remote and northern communities. FCM board members discussed the urgent need for an ambitious, long-term national broadband strategy lead by the federal government to ensure rural communities maintain their vital part role in Canada’s economy.
“We have a situation where Canadian households are struggling to connect and businesses are unable to unlock their full potential. This is unacceptable,” said Rudyk. “We need the federal government to lead this strategy through long-term, predictable solutions and major investments.”
Board members were also updated on developments in the federal infrastructure plan. This plan was designed to empower municipalities to deliver transformational transit, green and rural infrastructure projects across Canada and in Vegreville.
“The federal infrastructure plan we helped shape is unprecedented — in its $180 billion scale, its 12 year commitment, its prioritization of municipal projects, and its tailored tools for rural and northern communities,” said Rudyk. “These investments can move projects forward to build stronger economic growth, lower greenhouse gas emissions and improve quality of life for all.”
Across Canada, in communities large and small, urban and rural, municipalities are the order of government closest to people’s lives. Their local solutions are helping tackle national challenges—from growth and productivity to climate change—and are building a more livable, competitive Canada.
FCM is the national voice of municipal government in Canada. Its Board of Directors represents communities of all sizes from coast to coast to coast.
Taneen Rudyk has served on Vegreville Town Council since 2010. In 2017 and 2018, Rudyk was elected to represent urban municipalities from across Alberta on the Federation of Canadian Municipalities an excellent table to represent the interests of Albertans who live outside large urban centres. Following the advocacy of Vegreville lobbying the Federal Government to have the Immigration Case Processing Centre remain in community, the idea that #ruralcanadamatters has been of key importance to Rudyk as Canada becomes more and more centralized and there is an increasing danger for smaller voices in rural and remote communities to be overlooked. Taneen Rudyk was recently appointed to the Governance Representative on the FCM initiative Towards Parity in Municipal Politics an opportunity to continue her work building community and encouraging diverse participation in the political process.
Vegreville Economic Diversity Enhancement Plan Project
Vegreville Economic Diversity Enhancement Plan Project - Phone surveys are currently being conducted on behalf of the Town of Vegreville. (Residents and business owners)
The future growth of the Town of Vegreville is dependent on a robust economic development plan
The Town is happy to announce the commencement of our economic diversity enhancement project.
If you own or operate a business you should expect the following call. "I am calling from MDB Insight (or another subcontractor) on behalf of the Town of Vegreville and we are conducting a study amongst businesses in the community as a part of the Economic Diversity Enhancement Plan we are assisting with. Your participation is very important and we would like to thank you for taking time out of your busy schedule to speak with us today. Your feedback is critical and will help inform the organization’s business retention and expansion efforts. The survey will take approximately 10 minutes of your time. Please be assured we are not calling to sell or solicit anything.
Residents will also be contacted - Household retail survey
Our household retail survey is happening right now. 150 citizens will be chosen at random to better understand shopping habits and local retail needs. The survey is being run by MDB Insight as part of our Economic Diversity Enhancement Plan.
If you have any questions or concerns please contact
Christopher Robblee, Economic Development and Tourism Manager at 780-632-3891.