Groups, Programs, and Workshops

A wide variety of services, programs, and workshops available to the community through direct service and/or in partnerships with other social agencies.

Upcoming FCSS Programs and Workshops

Please note: Program registration information is located under each drop-down.

Older Adults and Seniors Information Series

January - March 2024

Please note: The following sessions are all free, drop-in style (no registration required), and are held at the Pioneer House (10102-100 Ave)

Topic Date Time

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Three-Part Anxiety Series

April 2024

Join us with Dr. Caroline Buzanko for a Three-Part Anxiety Series. Registrants will be emailed series’ information and YouTube links to watch at their leisure. Registration is open for the whole month of April.
 

Part 1: Understanding and Addressing Anxiety

In part one of this series, we will explore the difference between normal worries and anxiety disorders, how anxiety shows up, and the fundamental core of anxiety - critical knowledge for effectively supporting anxious children and teens. We will also uncover the common traps that even the most caring adults can stumble into that inadvertently strengthen anxiety and what you can start doing immediately instead to promote children's and teens' resilience.
 

Part 2: Emotional Intelligence for Children and Teens

In part two of this series, we delve into the function of emotions and offer insights on becoming an effective emotion coach for children and teens when big emotions show up. We cover essential strategies to enhance emotion regulation and resilience and tactics to outsmart anxiety's deceptive tricks.
 

Part 3: Empowering Responses to Anxiety for Youth

In our final video, learn how to empower children and teens to confront their anxieties with confidence, enhancing cognitive flexibility, and effective problem-solving. Discover the transformative power of daring and defying anxiety, building resilience, and fostering a mindset of risk-taking and committed action to support thriving and long-term well-being.

Register for the Three-Part Anxiety Series

Fireside Chats with iRelate: Building up Self Esteem in our Children

April 16, 2024

Date: April 16, 2024
Time: 6:00 - 7:30pm
Location: Fort Saskatchewan Public Library

Register online for Fireside Chats with iRelate: Building up Self Esteem in our Children

Emotional Regulation Coaching

April 17, 2024

This workshop is a skills-based session that will provide you with the tools to help someone quickly de-escalate when experiencing overwhelming emotions and return to a more rational, flexible and receptive state of mind. This workshop is especially useful for teachers, parents, administrators and front line workers who are confronted with the emotional dysregulation of others and are not sure what to day or do to help the situation. Participants will also learn about what effects happen to the brain when someone is feeling overwhelmed and why certain tools are effective in de-escalation. Please join Sue Huff as she provides purposeful tools to use and resources.

Date: April 17, 2024
Time: 6:30 - 8:00pm
Location: West River's Edge

Register online for Emotional Regulation Coaching

Fireside Chats with iRelate: How Do I Support my Children through Divorce and Separation

April 23, 2024

Date: April 23, 2024
Time: 6:00 - 7:30 pm
Location: Fort Saskatchewan Public Library

Register online for Fireside Chats with iRelate: How Do I Support my Children through Divorce and Separation

Safer Spaces Workshops

May 2, May 15, May 21, and June 27, 2024

Join us with Outloud St. Albert for the following Safer Spaces Workshops.
 

Queer Inclusivity, Allyship and Contexts

This session is aimed at local organizations that want to continue their growth in creating a safe space.

Date: May 2, 2024
Time: 9 - 12 pm
Location: West Rivers Edge
 

Supporting Queer Youth

This is for community members and caregivers that want a base knowledge of the 2SLGBTQ+ community.

Date: May 15, 2024
Time: 6 - 8 pm
Location: Dow Centennial Centre, Lions Pride
 

Two-Spirit/Indigiqueer Pasts, Presents, and Futures

Date: May 21, 2024
Time: 3:00 - 4:30 pm
Location: West River's Edge

 

Queer Inclusivity at Work

This is a specific session for those who work with children or youth (summer staff).

Date: June 27, 2024
Time: 10:30 – 11:30 am
Location: Dow Centennial Centre, Lions Pride
 

Register for a Safer Spaces Workshop

Caregiver Support Group

Do you care for an aging parent, spouse, friend or other person close to you? You are a caregiver. Would you like to connect with other people in similar situations?

Join us for sharing of experience and resources once per month to learn from one another in a safe, supportive environment.

For more information, contact 780-992-6623.

Dragonfly Support Group

A monthly group for parents whose children face mental health challenges.

This groups is a safe and supportive place for parents and caregivers to:

  • share challenges and concerns
  • learn and grow as a caregiver, and
  • access supports from those who are facing similar struggles.

To register, please call 780-992-6267.

Meals on Wheels

Meals on Wheels delivers nutritious meals to Fort Saskatchewan residents. Anyone who finds meal preparation difficult and would benefit from this service can apply.

  • Meals are delivered to your door Monday to Friday.
  • The cost is $7.50 for each meal.
  • Meal cancellations or changes require 72 hours notice and can be made by calling 780-992-6267 (exceptions made for medical emergencies).

For more information call 780-992-6267.

Neighbourhood Programs

Good Neighbour

Neighbourhoods are more than houses, streets and boulevards — it’s the people who live in those neighbourhoods that make them dynamic and unique.

If you have neighbours who make your neighbourhood the place to be, let them know their contributions matter and nominate them as a Good Neighbour!

 

Rainbow Alliance

The Rainbow Alliance is a peer support group for youth ages 13 and up. It is a supportive and safe place open to all sexual orientations and gender identities, where youth can be themselves in a safe, affirming, sex-positive, alcohol and drug free environment.

Meetings are fun opportunities to make new friends, partake in fun activities and work on projects together.

To learn more about the Rainbow Alliance, call 780-992-6267.

Snow Angels Snow Clearing Program

The City of Fort Saskatchewan offers Snow Angels, a volunteer snow clearance program to assist seniors with a disability or medical condition in the community. Applicants must be referred to the program by their family physician, or existing clients of the home support, or home care program can be referred. Applicants must also meet an income level requirement.

To receive support from the program download the Snow Clearance Program Resident Package.

To volunteer for the program download the Snow Clearance Program Volunteer Package.

Apply to be a Snow Angel

For more information, contact 780-992-6267.

Whipper Snippers Lawn Care Program

The Whipper Snippers Lawn Care Program is no longer being offered. If you have any questions, please contact us at 780-992-6623.

Youth Advisory Committee

The Youth Advisory Committee (YAC) is open to all youth ages 13 – 18 and will focus on:

  • Volunteering and fundraising
  • Project orientated activities
  • Youth Wellness
  • Youth driven Initiatives 

Goals:

  1. Engage youth to be involved in the community through volunteering
  2. Plan youth specific events and activities
  3. Collaborate with other groups and agencies
  4. Promote and create initiatives to support the well-being of youth

Location: TBD
Hours: Every Second Tuesday from 4:00 – 5:00pm
Dates: September – June

If you are interested in volunteering with the YAC, or for more information, please email fcssinfo@fortsask.ca or call 780-992-6267.

Youth Council

The Fort Saskatchewan Youth Council is a Committee established by City Council and its purpose is to educate and empower youth to provide information and recommendations to Council in relation to issues that impact or involve youth.

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Membership

Up to 14 youth members between the ages of 14 and 24 years of age, who are residents of the City of Fort Saskatchewan; an appointed representative from City Council; and the Youth and Family Coordinator.

Submit an Application

Roles and responsibilities

The Youth Council shall:

a. research and write policy proposals for Council’s consideration and review;

b. consult with Administration and other youth serving agencies to support youth initiatives;

c. provide a youth lens to City policies, programs and services as part of the City’s Diversity & Inclusion Policy (GEN-007-C);

d. work with Administration to develop and maintain a community dialogue about matters important to youth in Fort Saskatchewan;

e. drive change, and advocate on behalf of youth; and

f. establish partnerships with individuals and youth serving organizations to ensure different perspectives are reflected in Youth Council initiatives and procedures.

Meeting minutes

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2022

Additional information

Youth Council Terms of Reference


If you are interested in being on the Youth Council Committee, please fill out and submit the Committee Application Form.

For more information, please email YouthCouncil@fortsask.ca or call 780-992-6267.