Around Town with

Stavely FCSS 

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Around Town with Stavely FCSS

Welcome 2015!

a new year is always exciting, and this one looks to be coming along in the exciting category!

Please see below and to the right for the 2014 final report and information on new programs.


Movie nights starting January 16, every Friday until the end of April. In conjunction with the Archery Clubs new ladies night. Come join us at 6:30 every Friday to vote for the movie of the night. Admission is free. Pop and Popcorn will be available for $1 each.

Stavely Community Easter Party

Updated January 13, 2015


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What Is FCSS?

Family and Community Support Services (FCSS) is a unique 80/20 funding partnership between the Government of Alberta and participating municipalities or Métis Settlements. Provincially, the FCSS Program receives its mandate from the Family and Community Support Services Act and Regulation.

The Regulation sets out the service requirements that a municipality or Métis Settlement must meet to be eligible for funding. Section 2.1(1)(a) of the FCSS Regulation states: “Services under a program must be of a preventive nature that enhances the social well-being of individuals and families through promotion or intervention strategies provided at the earliest opportunity.” Section 2.1(2)(b) states: “Services under a program must do one or more of the following:


  1. -help people to develop independence, strengthen coping skills and become more resistant to crisis;
  2. -help people to develop an awareness of social needs;
  3. -help people to develop interpersonal and group skills which enhance constructive relationships among people;
  4. -help people and communities to assume responsibility for decisions and actions which affect them;
  5. -provide supports that help sustain people as active participants in the community.”


At the local level, a municipality or Métis Settlement Council chooses whether to establish an FCSS Program and enters into an agreement with the Government of Alberta to jointly fund projects/services. These projects/services depend on community resources, often involving volunteers in management and delivery.

The FCSS philosophy is based on a belief that self-help contributes to a sense of integrity, self-worth and independence. Programs developed are intended to help individuals in their community to adopt healthy lifestyles, thereby improving the quality of life and building the capacity to prevent and/or deal with crisis situations should they arise.

One of the key principles of the FCSS Program is local responsibility for priority setting and resource allocation. Within the parameters of the FCSS Act and Regulation, each municipality or Métis Settlement determines how the FCSS funding they receive should be allocated to best meet the needs of their community. Local FCSS Programs are part of the larger provincial Program that collectively helps to ensure that Albertans have access to a strong network of prevention supports.





Hello and Welcome to the Stavely FCSS Website!! 


Here you will find information and details about programs and activities in and around Stavely, contact information and resources, presented by FCSS and other groups in and around town. This is a place not only to find information, but to share it as well.

This website is just in the beginning stages (from a novice web page designer), so bear with me as I try to construct something amazing for your community.



 January 13, 2015




2014 was a busy year! Planning for 2015 now begins. And, with that, a new website for us! Stay tuned for further information.



FCSS Director 2014 Report


  • Stavely FCSS Facebook Page

 I am finding that this is a great way to communicate and share information with people. The FCSS website is still available, but is a lot of work to update  (so there will be a new webpage soon!). I am encouraging people to join the facebook page and am adding updates regularly, now that we have so many programs running. Have you joined the facebook page?


  • Home Help
  •  New Stavely Program Funded and staffed.
  • Stavely Home Help program available offering short term help to residents of Stavely and surrounding areas.  This program

    has staff available to help residents with household tasks and errands, for a short term period.  This is a subsidized program,

    no qualifiers.    Contact the office for further information.

  •  -Awaiting participants.

    -Presented program to Golden Age board meeting.

    -Now advertised in newsletter (December 2014,January 2015)


    • Homework Club 2014 
      • $20 snack fee is in effect and working well.
      • 1 work experience student.
      • 2 volunteens registered.
      • 21 participants registered.
      • new independent arrival agreement in effect
      • average daily attendance: 6.9
      • Brittney completed course work and awaiting certification
      • Brittney completed coursework and awaiting certification

    • Playschool
      • 2014 welcomed Sharon Lange as our new playschool teacher!
      • As of January 2015, we have 22 registrations for Playschool, making us at licensing capacity!
      • Lorna continues as assistant.
      • One parent helper attends each class.
      • Students are completing Handwriting Without Tears program
      • Licensing visit in October was completed, no issues.
      • Playschool will have a monthly newsletter and calendar


    • High School Work Experience Students

    We currently have one high school student who is paid by FCSS. Brooke is a great asset, with work hours during homework club and assisting in other programs and with admin work as required.


    • "Donate A Skate"

    A bin continues at the Skating Rink for people to share used skates and helmets. I am told this program is used and appreciated. There are also Kidsport applications. Thank you to Lorna for her assistance!


    Summer Fun

     -Staff provided the Library reading program.

     -Funding from The Society for Canadian Studies provided 2 field trips with transportation to the Galt Museum in Lethbridge and Head Smashed in Buffalo Jump. This will be reapplied for in 2015.



    • Community Projects 2014


     -PHECC Community meetings. Funding provided for Play Bins


     -Community Easter Party


    - Santa Skate


       *    Stavely Townwide Garage Sale

                        Saturday June 14th from 9-3pm.

           We will be having a garage sale program fundraiser at the Youth Hall, with special guests from Granum raising funds for a water well in Uganda. There will be a map available at the Youth Hall with the location of the other garage sales in town. Come out and support the community!


       *   Stavely Summer Fun Program.

    Starts July 7. Runs 9-4, mon-fri until August 29. Registration is required. Contact the office for more information. We are also facilitating the Library Summer Reading Program, which will take place on Tuesday and Thursday from 2-4pm at the Library.


       *   "Stavely FCSS" Facebook page

     Please come over to Facebook and join our page. I am updating events and closures regularly on this page. This is the best place to find out what is going on!


    *    Stavely Playschool 

     Is now accepting registrations for the 2014-2015 school year. Contact the office for more information..


     *   Stavely Homework Club

    Wraps up another great year with our big bang party, June 25th at the Youth Hall.




       *     Stavely FCSS Newsletter


       *     Donate a Skate


       *   Stavely Garden Club

     Meets 3rd Wed at the Stavely Youth Hall


        *   Painting Pioneers

    Art Group

    Meets the first Friday and some Saturday workshops


        *   Community Volunteer Income Tax Program

    Once again FCSS will offer, for Seniors and people with low Income, no cost Income Tax preparation through the Claresholm FCSS office. Please call the office for more information. 


       *      Porcupine Hills Early Childhood Coalition- PHECC  

    The Porcupine Hills Early Childhood Coalition was formed to address the information collected from a study completed by Alberta kindergarden teachers about how ready children were to start school. The study was designed to identify early childhood issues and present the statistics regionally. The coalition now moving forward to receive our local information.  A coordinator has been hired and is gathering early childhood assets for our region. Stay tuned for more local information. If you are interested in getting involved, please contact our office

    click HERE for PHECC poster                      Click below for the Alberta EDI Study information website Https://


    There is a CALENDAR of the events happening at the Stavely Youth Hall. Please check back regularly as new information will be added.






       *      GARAGE SALE

                  July 27, 2013, 10-2pm Stavely Youth Hall  Click  

                  The garage sale was a HUGE success raising over $600!! thank you to everyone who donated and purchased!!


     *       COW BUS

    The C.O.W Bus came to the Stavely Youth Hall on January 29 from 1:30-4:30pm. 

    Before they left, they donated 50 children's books to our programs! A big thank you to the facilitators! 

    The COW (Classroom On Wheels) Bus is a free program for families with young children (0-6 years old). It is a full sized bus painted like a Holstein cow and renovated to make room for family activities. It includes ideas to support early learning at home, activities to build reading and writing, and practical ways to include literacy in everyday life! 



    This will also be a place to find useful links to useful FORMS, INFORMATION AND SERVICES available for this comminity. (under construction)



    Claresholm FREE SWIM poster




    As our playschool program is licensed, subsidy is HERE  for the Alberta Child Care Subsidy Estimator- note: when filling in the estimator fields, Stavely and Claresholm are in the "Calgary and Area CFSA". Also, You must fill in all areas for child age, even if it is '0'. Please do not hesitate to check this calculator, even if you do not think you qualify. For example, a family with 3 children and an income of $55,000 qualifies for subsidy.



    This website is meant to be a collaborative effort.

    Please feel free to call the office and share events and information!


    Gail Wilson, Director, Stavely FCSS

    403 549 2262

    [email protected]

    5031 48 ave, Stavely, AB, T0L1R0

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