Sylvan Lake’s Social Master Plan offers ‘tangible’ goals

Sylvan Lake has identified what kind of community it wants to be and how it hopes to get there in a new plan.

Sylvan Lake has identified what kind of community it wants to be and how it hopes to get there in a new plan.

The Social Master Plan approved by town council earlier this week outlines eight components that create a healthy quality of life.

They include creating an environment where households are able to meet basic needs and residents have the support and services required to maintain a healthy lifestyle and meet physical and mental health needs.

The plan also envisions a community where residents are engaged, have strong, healthy relationships, a common sense of purpose and are able to enjoy the lake and their natural surroundings.

Specifically, the plan outlines three-year goals, led by the opening of an urgent-care centre, for which the community has been lobbying relentlessly for many years. It also proposed that a mental health professional be recruited to provide short-term subsidized support for residents.

Joanne Gaudet, town communications officer, said the plan came out of extensive public consultation and work that was done through previous social needs assessments.

Many of the goals have been on the town’s radar screen for some time and work is already underway to bring them about. For instance, one goal is to promote community involvement through block parties.

Gaudet said the town has already put together a package to help people organize them.

The plan is meant to provide “specific” and “tangible” goals that can be measured as part of an evaluation that will take place in three years to gauge progress.

Building more parks, trails, specialty playgrounds and installing more bike lock-ups are other recommendations.

On the transportation front, the town plans to conduct a feasibility study to see what options are available for low-income residents and seniors. A public transportation system with links to Red Deer will also be pursued.

Promoting crime prevention strategies and ensuring more counselling help is available for families are also planned.

To help boost local volunteer efforts, the plan suggests hiring a co-ordinator to work with local groups and residents.

Just Posted

Red Deer group looking to keep roads safe for cyclists

A Red Deer cycling group is concerned about road safety after multiple… Continue reading

Smoke and pets do not mix

Take care of your pets during the smoky weather

Former Red Deer lawyer sentenced

Charges included possession of stolen property

Man causes mischief with axe in Ponoka

Arson and attempted break and enter charges laid

WATCH: Raising money for kids at the Gord Bamford Charity Golf Classic

Former NHL players, Olympians, pro rodeo circuit members and musicians teed off… Continue reading

Oilpatch fears delays as U.S. judge orders further review of KXL pipeline route

CALGARY — Potential delays in the completion of the Keystone XL pipeline… Continue reading

‘Queen of Soul’ Aretha Franklin dies at 76

NEW YORK — Aretha Franklin, the undisputed “Queen of Soul” who sang… Continue reading

Arrests in Burnaby, B.C., as order against Kinder Morgan protest camp enforced

BURNABY, B.C. — The RCMP arrested protesters Thursday as officers enforced a… Continue reading

‘Hot and dirty work:’ Commander describes fighting massive Ontario wildfire

BRITT, Ont. — From a helicopter flying over a smouldering swath of… Continue reading

Calgary Fire Department logs record opioid overdose calls in July

CALGARY — The Calgary Fire Department says there were a record number… Continue reading

RCMP in Burnaby, B.C., say Kinder Morgan protest camp to be dismantled

BURNABY, B.C. — The RCMP arrested protesters when officers enforced a court… Continue reading

Study: Smokers better off quitting, even with weight gain

NEW YORK — If you quit smoking and gain weight, it may… Continue reading

Most Read


Five-day delivery plus unlimited digital access for $185 for 260 issues (must live in delivery area to qualify) Unlimited Digital Access 99 cents for the first four weeks and then only $15 per month Five-day delivery plus unlimited digital access for $15 a month