Community Development & Engagement

FCSS is committed to getting everyone involved in making our community a better place to live. It is our goal to work together to address the social issues identified by the community. 

Communication, Cooperation, Coordination, and Collaboration

Our involvement with community projects, campaigns, initiatives, and coalitions may include being a partner, organizer, or facilitator to identify, plan, and implement strategies.  

  • The Developmental Assets® Framework: The Search Institute has identified 40 positive supports and strengths that young people need to succeed. Half of the assets focus on the relationships and opportunities they need in their families, schools, and communities (external assets). The remaining assets focus on the social-emotional strengths, values, and commitments that are nurtured within young people (internal assets).

  • Welcoming & Inclusive Community (WIC) Initiative: This is a partnership between the Alberta Urban Municipalities Association (AUMA) and the Government of Alberta to support municipalities to implement policies and practices to help overcome issues of racism and discrimination. The goal of the WIC initiative is to create communities where all residents and visitors enjoy a sense of belonging and where diversity adds to the social and economic vibrancy of the community and improves the quality of life for all residents.

  • Family Violence Prevention Month: Each November, communities can help raise awareness and prevent family violence by organizing public events and activities.

  • Pink Shirt Day: Celebrated across the globe, Pink Shirt Day was inspired by an act of kindness in small-town Nova Scotia. On the last Wednesday in February, we are encouraged to practice kindness and wear pink to symbolize that we do not tolerate bullying.

  • Seniors Week: During the first full week of June, Albertans can show appreciation for Alberta’s seniors and all that they contribute to Alberta. 
  • Vegreville Interagency: A group of service agencies who meet to share information and discuss current trends and issues that affect residents’ quality of life. Meetings are on the second Wednesday of the month. E-mail fcss@vegreville.com to be added to the email distribution list.

  • Vegreville Cares Coalition: Aims to strengthen individuals and their relationships through education and awareness. Our goal is to have increased awareness, understanding and ability to respond to the factors related to bullying, violence, substance abuse, and mental illness. Membership is open to individuals and group representatives with a vested interest in our goals.

  • Rural Elder Abuse Prevention Coalition (REAP): A coordinated community response to address elder abuse. Organizations encompass five rural areas being Lamont County, the Town of Vegreville, Beaver County, the County of Minburn, the County of Two Hills, and Flagstaff County.

  • Seniors’ Wellness Committee: The goal is to improve the health and wellness of older adults and assist them in maintaining optimal levels of independence without undue risk. To achieve this objective, the committee offers educational workshops and presentations to both seniors and their families (including caregivers). The information and support offered in this program enable seniors to make choices that will improve their health and well being. Organizations involved are VegMin Learning Society, AHS Health Promotion and Kalyna Primary Care Network.

  • Volunteer Appreciation Committee: It’s FCSS’s honour to work with our partners to celebrate our local volunteers during National Volunteer Week which is held during the month of April. Together we are giving thanks and recognize our volunteers so richly deserve.

  • Drug & Vaping Committee: This is a dedicated group of individuals, agencies, and businesses who are working hard to engage the community and provide opportunities that bring awareness and contribute to the well being of community members.

  • Violence Threat Risk Assessment (VTRA) Committee Coordinated through the school divisions, this group is comprised of community and justice agencies, health and social service professionals who collaborate to create and maintain school environments in which students, staff, parents/guardians and others feel safe. The focus is on early intervention, prevention, and aftermath strategies for crisis trauma, violence, and conflict.

  • Eastern Edge Regional Collaborative Service Delivery - Local Advisory Group (LAG): Is a group working collaboratively to promote and strengthen partnerships by eliminating barriers between the school and community to enhance the school, home and community life of the child or youth and family.

  • Emergency Social Services (ESS) Central Region Committee: The purpose is to exchange knowledge and resources among communities, municipalities, and regions to enhance Emergency Social Services for Albertans. FCSS participates in regional meetings along with key stakeholders, including Alberta Emergency Management Agency (AEMA), Alberta Health Services (AHS), Alberta Emergency Management Agency (AEMA), Non-Government Organizations (NGOs) Council.

  • Family Day Committee: Each February, FCSS, along with other organizations and businesses in Vegreville, work together to plan a free event that creates stronger family ties within the community. FCSS brings different partners to the table for planning and serves as the main coordinator.

  • Child & Youth School Break Committee: FCSS partners with other organizations in Vegreville to plan a fun and educational programs and events for youth and children during school breaks. Some programs and events that have happened are Spring Break Escape Room, Babysitters Course, and the Sizzlin’ Summer Fun Day.  

This program is made possible in partnership with Vegreville & District Family & Community Support Services (FCSS), Mental Health Capacity Building Project (MHCB), WJS Canada, BGS Enterprises Inc., Brain Injury Network North East Region, VM Systems, and Family Resource Network (FRN). 

Technology has become an unexpected challenge during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Digital connectivity has proven to be an important resource to survive a pandemic. People require computers to work from home, have access to accurate information available on government websites, apply for government subsidies and supports, complete job applications, make resumes, participate in a video interview, attend online schooling or programming, and to keep connected with family and friends. But what happens when someone doesn’t have the technology and can’t afford to buy something? This is where Community Tech Connect can help! 

Together Let’s Make Technology Accessible  

To qualify for Community Tech Connect you need to live in Vegreville or the County of Minburn and live within the low-income cut off (LICO). This program provides a household with one tablet, laptop, or desktop computer permanently. 

Size of Family Unit  

Low-Income Cut Off 

1 Person 

18,192 

2 Persons 

22,647 

3 Persons 

27,841 

4 Persons 

33,804 

5 Persons 

38,339 


How to apply

Give us a call at 780-632-3966.

Do You Have Old Tech Lying Around? Donate it! 

Your donation will help a family or individual without any access to technology to remain connected to essential supports, services and resources that are needed for their continued wellbeing and success. 

We are looking for gently used but in working order: 

  • Laptops, desktops, tablets and phones 
  • iPhones or iPads (these are the only Apple products accepted) 
  • Must have an Intel Cor i3 or higher and Windows 10 
  • No cracked screens 
  • Must have a working charger or power cord 
  • Laptops must be able to open and close. 
  • Donated computers will be sent to VM Systems to clear out all personal data and to ensure the computers are running well. 

Drop off available at:  
VM Systems
5006 51 ave Vegreville, AB
Tel: 780-632-2859
Drop off: Thursday & Friday 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM 

Monetary Donations will also be accepted to cover the costs of a refurbished computer via VM Systems ($225). 

Vegreville & District FCSS has received this grant. Projects will be led or inspired by seniors, volunteer-based and supported by the community. More information coming soon. 

To limit the number of people going out into public, FCSS has developed a delivery service to meet the needs of the community during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Multiple agencies and organizations are modifying the way they deliver programs and services to become accessible online. This change requires supplies and materials being delivered to people’s homes. Instead of multiple agencies and organizations all going out to deliver items, FCSS will provide a centralized collection and delivery program to limit the exposure to residents. 

Deliveries to residents

  • Made during FCSS office hours 9:00 am to 4:30 pm on Mondays and Thursdays. 
  • Items being delivered will be left outside the recipient’s door. 
  • The delivery person will ring the doorbell bell or knock on the door and then step 2 meters away. Once the items have been taken into the home, this will be documented, and they will leave the property. 

Preparations for agencies and organizations 

  • Call our office at 780-632-3966 or email us fcss@vegreville.com 
  • FCSS will provide bags and label templates to participating organizations. 
  • Print labels with the client’s first name and address stapled to the delivery bag. 
  • Provide an accurate detailed list of clients receiving goods. Include full name, address, phone number, and special delivery instructions (ex: if there’s a time of day to avoid, if there’s an aggressive dog in the farmyard, whether or not the country roads are paved, which door to use, etc.) 
  • Provide FCSS with the items sorted and ready to deliver. 
  • Drop off items using the back door of the FCSS Office. 

FCSS will

  • Assign a number to each package and track the items that are being delivered.   
  • Recruit, train and coordinate volunteers or staff to deliver packages. 
  • If the volunteers or staff encounter any difficulties, they will call FCSS. 

Do you want to become a volunteer delivery driver? 

Are you interested in offering your time and your vehicle for delivering program materials? We would be very grateful for your support! 

  • The delivery schedule prepared and updated weekly by FCSS. If you were unable to deliver, we ask that you call FCSS so that we can get a replacement 
  • Pick up will be at the Town of Vegreville Administration Building. Please park in the big parking lot behind the building. 

The high quality of life enjoyed by our residents is made possible by the programs, activities, and services run by non-profits and charities that make up the nonprofit sector in Vegreville and the County of Minburn. 

FCSS is proud to support these organizations and charities by offering practical resources, innovative practices, and support with monitoring and making sense of changes within the sector. 

Supports we provide:  

  • Volunteer recruitment, appreciation, and retention.
  • Helping non-profit groups work together to address community needs.

Keeping Connected & Informed

Are you a non-profit organization or charity? Would you like to know about important information that applies to your sector? If so, contact Lisa Topilko, FCSS Community Programmer at 780-632-3966 or e-mail ltopilko@vegreville.com.

Resources for Non-profit Governance & Leaders of Volunteers: 

Government of Alberta, Non-profit governance: Board development and facilitation services, resources, and other supports to help organizations improve their services.

Volunteer Canada: Provides national leadership and expertise on volunteerism to increase the participation, quality and diversity of volunteer experiences. 

Volunteer AlbertaStrengthen Alberta’s nonprofit/voluntary sector organizations through knowledge exchange and strategic connections.