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Memorial Tree Grows in Fort Assiniboine Park

Built by Front Step Forge, this new memorial tree will soon stand tall at the Fort Assiniboine Park. Come spring the tree will burst into bloom with its first leaves, meant to honour or memorialize residents that are important to the community.

Any person or group wishing to honour or memorialize a resident may do so by completing an application form. Residents may be recognized in the following categories:
-Pioneers of the community;
-Long term service on a fire department or other emergency services;
-Long term service with a community group;
-A significant contribution to the community.

For a limited period of time, community members and organizations within the Fort Assiniboine area will have the opportunity to add the first leaves to the tree. Woodlands County is offering a limited-time, discounted fee of $50/leaf until November 21, 2016.  Application forms are available here or at either Municipal Office.

A grand opening celebration is planned for June 2017 to celebrate spring and the addition of leaves on the memorial tree. Invitations will be issued to honourees and nominators.


Recreation, Arts & Culture Grants

The Recreation Grant encourages the development and delivery of programs that get participants physically active and participating within sports & recreation activities within Woodlands County.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Priority will be given to recreation programs that are orientated to children and youth.
  • Preference is given to groups and organizations that are non-profit and can also demonstrate other fundraising efforts and funding sources.
  • Demonstration of appropriate contribution by participants for recreation programs must be shown (e.g. membership fees, registration, etc.).
  • Funding requests for event hosting will be considered but funding requests for personal expenses will not be considered (e.g. travel, lodging, food, etc.)

The Arts & Culture Grant encourages the development and delivery of arts and culture programs that are orientated to children and youth within Woodlands County.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Preference is given to groups and organizations that are non-profit and can also demonstrate other fundraising efforts and funding sources.
  • Demonstration of appropriate contribution by participants for arts & culture programs must be shown (e.g. membership fees, registration, etc.).
  • Funding requests for event hosting will be considered but funding requests for personal expenses will not be considered (e.g. travel, lodging, food, etc.)

Community Angels Recreation Enrichment (CARE) Program

The Woodlands County Community Angels Recreation Enrichment (C.A.R.E) Program offers assistance to families that may be financially unable to enroll their child in recreational programs. C.A.R.E offers assistance by covering part or all of the costs of registration fees and equipment.

Activities such as band, sports, dance, skating, swimming, etc. may qualify under the program.

For sports clubs, school counsellors, coaches or instructors who know of a family that could use assistance, please contact Woodlands County at (780) 778-8400. All referrals will be kept in the strictest confidence.

C.A.R.E is funded by donations from corporations, clubs, organizations, businesses and individuals, as well as through fundraising initiatives.

Welcome to Woodlands Program

The Welcome to Woodlands Program is a wonderful way to welcome new residents to the area by providing a welcome basket.

Woodlands County encourages residents to call the Municipal Office in Whitecourt to advise of new residents or businesses in order that they may receive a basket.

To obtain further information or to arrange for a basket please contact the Community Services Department:

Community Services Department
Phone: (780) 778-8400
Toll-free: 1-888-870-6315
Fax: (780) 778-8402

Awards

Volunteer Recognition Awards (Business, Civic, Public Service and Golden Heart)

These awards will recognize deserving individuals throughout the County who have volunteered above and beyond the call of duty, either for their community or the County as a whole.

Transportation Grant

Senior Citizens and Disabled Persons Benefits
In order to enhance the quality of life of senior citizens and disabled persons residing in the municipality, Woodlands County has created a policy that includes the following benefits:

  • The County will reimburse health care related transportation expenses at the rate of $0.50 per kilometer to a maximum of $300.00 per year
  • An additional $0.50 per kilometer to a maximum of $300 per year is available to seniors/physically handicapped people attending the Healthy Living Program in Whitecourt
  • The County will provide up to five free snow flags per year

To be eligible for these benefits, applicants must be a senior citizen or a physically or developmentally disabled person who reside(s) in Woodlands County. A senior citizen is someone 65 years or older. A physically handicapped person is a person who can either produce their vehicle mirror hanger or obtain a letter from their physician stating they are physically handicapped.

The County will pay transportation grants twice per year, on June 30 and December 31

For further grant information, contact the Woodlands County Community Services department at (780) 778-8400.