The Free-Press – May 29, 2018 Fundraising continues for Gibbons playground being installed this summer



During the Spring Concert on the evening May 24th, MLA Colin Piquette presented a cheque for $115,000 to the Gibbons School Parent Association to go towards our playground renovation. This generous donation allows the association to complete the construction of the new playground structure in August of this year. Left to right are: Parent Council Members Tracey Wessel, Lisa Hewitt, Eryn Davies and daughter Danika Kneller, MLA Colin Piquette, and Parent Council Member Susan McCann.
Story page A6. –photo by Lori Mellott, Office Clerk

Athabasca Advocate – May 8, 2018 – Local cooking program gets $10K

Money given to the Cooking Circles Program from provinces’s Community Initiatives Program

“The support we have from (MLA) Colin Piquette was very much appreciated,” she said. “We would also like to thank the numerous agencies who have helped out as well, including Healthy Families-Healthy Futures, the Words Work Society, the FCSS, THRIVE, the Native Friendship Centre, as well as all the volunteers who’ve helped out.”

Visit to St. Elias Russo Orthodox Church Pakan – March 10, 2018

On March 10th I had the pleasure of presenting a Community Facility Enhancement grant for $21, 552 to the St. Elias Orthodox Church Society in Pakan. I was touched when the congregation sung “Many Years”, a traditional Ukrainian celebratory song for me. I could not have felt more welcome. Afterwards, I was honoured to attend the 40 day Memorial Dinner for John Edward Chinery.  Mr. Chinery had in fact worked on the CFEP grant application with his wife Sylvia so it was wonderful to be able to present it on his memorial day. Thank you to the Chinery family,  Archimandrite Gerasim, and to the St Elias Orthodox Church Society for your hospitality and kindness. Thanks also to Ron Rosychuk for the great photos.  Mnohaya lita! 


Redwater School receives a Climate and Environment Student Action Challenge grant – March 1, 2018

Students at Redwater School are building an outdoor classroom this spring. All students and groups are invited to participate making the space somewhere they can enjoy nature, relax, learn and grow their own food.  It is so great to see youth engaged and thinking of exciting ways to protect and nurture our environment. 

Climate and Environment Student Action Challenge

Do you have an idea for a project that could reduce the environmental footprint of your school? Alberta Environment and Parks (AEP) could help make it happen!

The Climate and Environment Student Action Challenge invites Alberta students from kindergarten to grade 12 to develop a school-based initiative or project that will address climate change or minimize other negative human impacts to the environment.

Students are invited to submit their project idea for a chance to win one of 10 grants (maximum of $1,000) that can be used to turn their proposal into a reality – and give them hands-on experience tackling an environmental issue that directly impacts them, their school or their community.

Successful applicants have now been selected from each school level (Division 1, 2, 3, 4) for 2017/2018.

Participating teams are invited to contribute to the online learning community! Provide real-time project updates, share tips, ask questions and inspire new levels of learning – the provincial Climate and Environment Student Action Challenge community is a great way to explore new ideas throughout the school year.

Students at Redwater School received a grant for their outdoor classroom.