Blackfalds Neighbourhood Place Society is dissolving as a non-profit society and will be transferring their financial and human resources to Family and Community Support Services to continue to ensure the needs of the community are met.
“This is a bittersweet proposal,” said Deputy Mayor Richard Poole.
“I was the first council member that was assigned to the Blackfalds Neighbourhood Place when it came to town. The excitement and good work that they’ve done over their existence has been phenomenal.”
As both services currently share a facility at 5016 Waghorn St., the merger will not change the location of where services can be accessed by the public. FCSS office hours are Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
“I think this will be a very efficient use of our wonderful space,” said Sue Bornn, FCSS manager. “It really falls hand in hand with what FCSS is doing. To see that Blackfalds Neighbourhood Place has full confidence in our abilities and our support is very encouraging.”
The current Community Building Initiative funding contract between Blackfalds Neighbourhood Place and the Children and Family Services Authority (CFSA) will be closed and a new contract between the Blackfalds FCSS and CFSA will be signed.
“The demand for social services keeps increasing,” said Mayor Melodie Stol.
“So this merger is about how we can stretch the dollars to better capacity and maintain a much needed program.”