Lacombe BBBS huge support for Blackfalds’ schools: Blackfalds council

Blackfalds Town Council meeting March 23 (Screen shot)

The Town of Blackfalds council unanimously voted in favour of supporting Big Brothers Big Sisters of Lacombe & District.

During its regular council meeting March 23, council heard that the Lacombe & District BBBS asked council for a support letter. BBBS said they want the letter for their Community Initiatives Program grant application of $25,000 for operational costs to run their core programs.

Sue Bornn, Family and Community Support Services Manager for the Town of Blackfalds, said she was in favour of the support letter.

“They have been such an amazing partner of ours with the mentoring programs, the opportunities they brought into our school with their game on for youth, video games for youth, and the girls’ empowerment group they run,” she said.

“They have been an absolute integral part of social well-being of a lot of our youth. Our FCSS are such huge fans of our BBBS and I know last year has been very challenging so if there is any way we can support them it’s a wonderful opportunity for us to do that.”

Mayor Richard Poole agreed and pointed out that BBBS wasn’t able to hold many of its regular fundraisers over the winter.

“I’m sure they are struggling to maintain their programs,” said Mayor Poole.

Coun. Ray Olfert also praised BBBS.

“This organization does great work in the community and I wholeheartedly make the motion that our council send a support letter to them.”

BBBS Lacombe & District covers Lacombe, Lacombe County, Blackfalds, Alix, Clive, Bentley and Eckville.

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