A proclamation is an official public announcement or declaration issued by the Town of Vegreville intended to increase public awareness of an important issue, specific matter, or specific event. A proclamation may recognize a day, week or month.
Vegreville Town Council recognizes the importance of public awareness campaigns, events, art and culture celebrations and organizations' special honours. Town Council also recognizes the value of proclamations as a way to promote, educate, inform and bring public awareness in these areas. Proclamations declared by the Town of Vegreville are based on a framework that ensures all requests are dealt with consistently.
- Every request requires a completed Proclamation Request Form accompanied by a draft copy of the proposed full proclamation.
- A completed request form must be submitted at least 3 weeks in advance of the proclamation date.
- If no draft copy is received, the proclamation will not be considered.
- The Town of Vegreville may edit and revise the wording of the proclamation at its discretion.
- The Town will not provide media coverage for proclamations.
- Proclamations will not be put onto a council meeting agenda and will not be read out at a council meeting.
- A request for proclamation will not be considered if it:
- is determined to be of political controversy, religious beliefs or individual conviction;
- is determined to be intended for commercial or profit-making purposes;
- advocates discrimination, hatred, violence or racism;
- is contrary to the Town of Vegreville’s policies or bylaws.
Please note, you must include a draft copy of the proposed full proclamation with your form. If no draft is provided, the proclamation will not be considered.
A complete request form must be submitted at least three weeks in advance of the proclamation date.
VAL SWEETING DAY
April 23, 2022
WHEREAS, Val Sweeting has been representing Vegreville, Alberta on curling’s national and international stages since her first appearance at the Scotties Tournament of Hearts in 2010; and
WHEREAS, Be it as skip of ‘Team Sweeting’, or more recently, as third for ‘Team Einarson’, Sweeting has gone from being the youngest skip ever to represent Alberta at the Scotties to now six appearances at the national women’s curling championships including back-to-back-to-back tournament victories in 2020, 2021, and 2022 as well as two second place finishes in 2014 and 2015; and
WHEREAS, She has earned five Grand Slam of Curling event victories including the 2013 Masters, the 2016 Tour Challenge, the 2017 Tour Challenge, the 2019 Players’ Championship, and the 2021 Players’ Championship; and
WHEREAS, Most recently, Sweeting represented Canada at the 2022 World Curling Championships earning a Bronze Medal; and
WHEREAS, Sweeting, who called Vegreville home for nearly two decades, joins a long list of local athletes who have turned a game they loved as youth into a profession as adults, proving once again that you don’t have to be from a big city to fulfil big dreams; and
WHEREAS, While she may have been born in Saskatchewan and may now play with a team based out of Manitoba, she, due to the impact she made and the relationships she’s forged, will always be ‘Vegreville’s Val’ to our citizens.
NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor Tim MacPhee, on behalf of Vegreville Town Council, do hereby proclaim April 23, 2022 as “Val Sweeting Day” in the Town of Vegreville.
NATIONAL VOLUNTEER WEEK
April 24 - 30, 2022
WHEREAS, 24 million Canadians give their time through formal or informal types of volunteering, contributing close to 5 billion volunteer hours per year; and
WHEREAS, volunteers in Vegreville & County of Minburn mentor our children, support those feeling isolated, beautify our green spaces, and fundraise for our charitable organizations; and
WHEREAS, volunteers in Vegreville & County of Minburn have stepped up during the COVID-19 pandemic to support families, friends, neighbours, and strangers, people standing up to systemic racism, and people sharing insights on how to create a more just and equitable society: and
WHEREAS, Vegreville & County of Minburn’s volunteers are individuals, families, workers, retirees, community members of all ages and backgrounds; and
WHEREAS, the collective result of the work done by our town’s volunteers is that the Town of Vegrevillle is a more desirable place to live; and
WHEREAS, fundraising, tutoring, building or delivering hampers, delivering food, cutting grass, shovelling walks, calling a senior, being a board, coalition, or committee member, organizaing a food drive, coaching, strengthening the non-porifts in our community; and
WHEREAS, organizations in Vegreville & County of Minburn that rely on volunteers include such fundamental organizations as the Agricultural Societies, VALID, Christmas Bureau, Preschool Association, Elk Lodge & Royal Purple, Warwick Ladies Club, Lion’s Club, Rotary Club, Kinsmen & Kinette Clubs, Sunshine Club, MD of Minburn Foundation, Heritage House, The Crisis Association, VegMin Learning Society, Vegreville Food Bank Society, Heather Curling Club, Lavoy Action Society, KidSport.
NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor Tim MacPhee, by and with the advice and consent of the Council of the Town of Vegreville, and I Roger Konieczny, Reeve of the County of Minburn, do hereby proclaim April 24-30, 2022, as National Volunteer Week, and urge my fellow citizens to recognize the crucial role played by volunteers in our community.
ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT WEEK
May 9 - May 13, 2022
Whereas, the International Economic Development Council is the largest professional economic development organization dedicated to serving economic developers, and
Whereas, the International Economic Development Council provides leadership and excellence in economic development for communities, members, and partners through conferences, training courses, advisory services and research, in-depth publications, public policy advocacy, and initiatives such as the Accredited Economic Development Organization program, the Certified Economic Developer designation, and the Entrepreneurship Development Professional, and
Whereas, economic developers promote economic well-being and quality of life for their communities by creating, retaining, and expanding jobs that facilitate growth, enhance wealth, and provide a stable tax base, and
Whereas, economic developers stimulate and incubate entrepreneurism in order to help establish the next generation of new businesses, which is the hallmark of the American economy, and
Whereas, economic developers are engaged in a wide variety of settings including rural and urban, local, state, provincial, and federal governments, public-private partnerships, chambers of commerce, universities, and a variety of other institutions, and
Whereas, economic developers attract and retain high-quality jobs, develop vibrant communities, and improve the quality of life in their regions, and
Whereas, economic developers work in the Town of Vegreville.
NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Town of Vegreville recognizes the week of May 9 through May 13, 2022, as Economic Development Week, and remind individuals of the importance of this community celebration which supports expanding career opportunities and making lives better.
NATIONAL PUBLIC WORKS WEEK
May 15 - May 21, 2022
WHEREAS, public works professionals focus on infrastructure, facilities and services that are of vital importance to sustainable and resilient communities and to the public health, high quality of life and well-being of the people of Vegreville, Alberta and,
WHEREAS, these infrastructure, facilities and services could not be provided without the dedicated efforts of public works professionals, who are engineers, managers, and employees at all levels of government and the private sector, who are responsible for rebuilding, improving, and protecting our nation’s transportation, water supply, water treatment and solid waste systems, public buildings, and other structures and facilities essential for our citizens; and,
WHEREAS, it is in the public interest for the citizens, civic leaders and children in Vegreville, Alberta to gain knowledge of and to maintain an ongoing interest and understanding of the importance of public works and public works programs in their respective communities; and,
WHEREAS, the year 2022 marks the 62nd annual National Public Works Week sponsored by the Canadian Public Works Association be it now,
NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor Tim MacPhee, by and with the advice and consent of the Council of the Town of Vegreville, do hereby proclaim the week May 15 – 21, 2022 as National Public Works Week; I urge all citizens to join with representatives of the Canadian Public Works Association and government agencies in activities, events, and ceremonies designed to pay tribute to our public works professionals, engineers, managers, and employees and to recognize the substantial contributions they make to protecting our national health, safety, and quality of life.
EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATOR APPRECIATION DAY
May 20, 2022
WHEREAS, Years of research confirms the benefits of high-quality childcare for young children’s intellectual, emotional, social, and physical development and later life outcomes;
WHEREAS, Childcare promotes the well-being of children and responds to the needs of parents and the broader community by supporting quality of life so that citizens can fully participate in and contribute to the economic and social life of their community; and
WHEREAS, Trained and knowledgeable Early Childhood Educators and child care staff are the key to quality in early learning and child care programs and champions for children; and
WHEREAS, Childcare is a vital community service that supports healthy families and a strong economy.
NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor Time MacPhee, on behalf of Vegreville Town Council, do hereby proclaim May 20, 2022 as Early Childhood Educator Appreciation Day, in recognition of the education, dedication and commitment of child care workers to children, their families, and quality of life in the Town of Vegreville.
ALBERTA RURAL HEALTH WEEK
May 30 – June 3, 2022
WHEREAS, Rural health providers are powerful assets in their communities; and
WHEREAS, not only do their health-care skills and practices enhance their community’s quality of life, but these professionals also contribute to rural life on a more personal level; and
WHEREAS, rural health providers have special relationships with their patients and community as family, friends, neighbours, volunteers, teachers, and mentors; and
WHEREAS, community volunteers, led by local health professional attraction and retention committees, are the heart and soul of their communities; and
WHEREAS, these volunteers go above and beyond to support health care and healthcare providers in their communities, developing innovative and collaborative approaches to successfully attract and retain health-care providers, and help keep health care close to home;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Mayor Tim MacPhee, by and with the advice and consent of the Council of the Town of Vegreville, and I Roger Konieczny, Reeve of the County of Minburn, do hereby proclaim May 30 – June 3, 2022 as Alberta Rural Health Week in Vegreville and the County of Minburn, and urge all community residents to show appreciation for the contributions of the rural health professionals and community volunteers whose abilities and efforts enhance the quality of life in rural Alberta.
June 6 - 12, 2022
Whereas, Seniors’ Week has been recognized since 1986 to celebrate and recognize the contributions seniors make to enhance the quality of life in Alberta; and
Whereas, we recognize seniors have made, and continue to make many contributions to strengthen our Town, our province, our communities, and our daily lives, and
Whereas, seniors are a vital part of our families, giving generously of their wisdom, experience and love, and
Whereas, a more positive attitude toward aging is creating new opportunities for seniors, and
Whereas, we must honour seniors for their skills, knowledgeable experience and leadership, and
Whereas, it is appropriate that a special week be set aside to celebrate with seniors;
THEREFORE, I, Mayor Tim MacPhee, by and with the advice and consent of the Council of the Town of Vegreville, do hereby proclaim June 6-12, 2022 as Senior’s Week in the Town of Vegreville.
June 12-18, 2022
Whereas, Vegreville is a welcoming, diverse and inclusive community where we are pleased to celebrate and support Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Questioning, Two-Spirit, Intersex, Asexual, Pansexual, Polysexual, and other identities; and,
Whereas, this marks the second annual raising of the Rainbow Pride flag in the Town of Vegreville in a show of solidarity to the LGBTQ2S+ community; and,
Whereas, Pride Week brings visibility to the region's community in order to illuminate and celebrate human diversity, captivate the public, inspire and foster harmony and acceptance;
Therefore, I, Mayor Tim MacPhee, by and with the advice and consent of the Council of the Town of Vegreville, do hereby proclaim June 12-18, 2022 as Pride Week in Vegreville, Alberta.
June 18, 2022
Whereas, Lemonade Day is a fun, experiential program that teaches youth how to start, own and operate their very own business - a lemonade stand. Each year, youth have the opportunity to experience entrepreneurship by setting up their business during their Town's community-wide Lemonade Day; and
Whereas, the foremost objective of Lemonade Day is to empower youth to take ownership of their lives and become productive members of society - the business leaders, social advocates, volunteers, and forward-thinking citizens of tomorrow; and
Whereas, Lemonade Day was brought to Northern Alberta in 2018 by one Community Futures office and was offered to participants in their region. Since then, Lemonade Day has spread to 12 Northern Alberta Community Futures regions; and
Whereas, each child that registers receives a backpack with an Entrepreneur Workbook and attends Lemonade University where Community Futures instructors teaches them the lessons of Lemonade Day, like creating budgets, setting profit-making goals, serving customers, repaying investors, and giving back to the community; and
Whereas, along the way, kids acquire skills in goal setting, problem solving, and gain self-esteem critical for future success. All while having fun and being creative.
THEREFORE, I, Mayor Tim MacPhee, by and with the advice and consent of the Council of the Town of Vegreville, do hereby proclaim June 18, 2022 as Lemonade Day in the Town of Vegreville.
INTERNATIONAL DAY OF OLDER PERSONS
October 1, 2022
WHEREAS, The General Assembly of the United Nations adopted resolution 46/91 on December 16, 1991, which laid out the UN Principles for the Older Person which promote: Independence, Participation, Self-Fulfilment and Dignity; and
WHEREAS, the UN encourages governments to incorporate these principles into their national programs whenever possible; and
WHEREAS, we recognize and appreciate the contribution that older persons make to their communities; and
WHEREAS, we recognize that individuals are reaching an advanced age in greater numbers and in better health than ever before; and
WHEREAS, in 2050, 80% of older people will be living in low and middle-income countries; and
WHEREAS, the pace of population ageing is much faster than in the past; and
WHEREAS, all countries face major challenges to ensure that their health and social systems are ready to make the most of this demographic shift; and
WHEREAS, this year’s day is about enabling and expanding the contributions of persons in their families, communities, and society. It focuses on the pathways that support full and effective participating in older age, in accordance with older persons’ basic rights, needs, and preferences.
THEREFORE, I, Mayor Tim MacPhee, by and with the advice and consent of the Council of the Town of Vegreville, do hereby proclaim October 1, 2022, as the “International Day of Older Persons” in Vegreville, Alberta.
WASTE REDUCTION WEEK
October 17-23, 2022
Whereas, we are committed to conserving resources, protecting the environment and educating the community; and
Whereas, we recognize the generation of solid waste and the needless waste of water and energy resources as global environmental problems and endeavor to take the lead in our community toward environmental sustainability.
Now Therefore, I, Mayor Tim MacPhee, by and with the advice and consent of the Council of the Town of Vegreville, do hereby proclaim the week of October 17-23 as 'Waste Reduction Week' in the Town of Vegreville, Alberta and I call upon the citizens and civic organizations to acquaint themselves with waste issues and make daily efforts to reduce waste for the planet's health.
October 20, 2022
Whereas, the Canadian Royal Purple recognizes the intersection of Acquired Brain Injury and the incidence of Interpersonal Violence which affects as high as one in three women in Canada; and
Whereas, the third Thursday in October each year will be declared as a special day of connection between the Canadian Royal Purple, our communities and Women's shelters across Canada to stop the violence; and
Whereas, the Vegreville Royal Purple Lodge #125 is a valuable asset to our community
Now Therefore, I, Mayor Tim MacPhee, by and with the advice and consent of the Council of the Town of Vegreville, do proclaim October 20, 2022, the third Thursday of October 2022, as Canadian Royal Purple's National Purple Thursday.
FAMILY VIOLENCE PREVENTION MONTH
Whereas, there are many people in Alberta who experience family violence; and
Whereas, the effects of family violence may be carried on from generation to generation; and
Whereas, all Albertans have a role to play in preventing family violence.
Now, therefore, I Mayor Tim MacPhee, by and with the advice and consent of the Council of the Town of Vegreville, do hereby proclaim the month of November 2022 to be Family Violence Prevention Month in the Town of Vegreville.
And, I call upon citizens to help those at risk learn where to turn. I call upon you to make a difference by helping those affected by family violence know what supports and resources are available to them. It takes all of us working together to promote healthy relationships and create safer communities in our province.
INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES
DECEMBER 3, 2022
Whereas, persons with disabilities live in every part of the province and are an integral part of who we are as Albertans.
Whereas, persons with disabilities make a major contribution to the economic and social pulse of Alberta.
Whereas, the community benefits if persons with disabilities are included in school, work and community activities.
Whereas, the full value of persons with disabilities is often not realized because of physical or attitudinal barriers.
And whereas, on December 3, individuals and organizations throughout Vegreville, Alberta will focus on raising awareness of persons with disabilities and their contributions.
Therefore, I, Mayor Tim MacPhee, by and with the advice and consent of the Council of the Town of Vegreville, do hereby proclaim December 3, 2022, as "International Day of Persons with Disabilities" in the Town of Vegreville.