Last year, the Town of Gull Lake announced that it would be adopting the City of Swift Current’s Safe Places – Youth certified initiative. The Gull Lake Safe Places Committee have been working closely with the City of Swift Current Safe Places Committee on the implementation of the program in Gull Lake. The program is for anyone who comes into contact with children and youth in the community, through their business, organizations, or volunteers. It is designed to help raise awareness of bullying, abuse, harassment, and discrimination of children and provide measures to prevent these things from happening. Program certification is portable and residents who become “Youth Certified” in Gull Lake will have their credentials recognized in Swift Current.” Businesses, Organizations that participate by having their staff trained will be given a certificate to display in their building.
Today we are pleased to announce that the program is available, online and ready to register anyone wishing to participate in the initiative. To start in the next 30 days Council Members: Mayor Blake Campbell; Councilors Dwayne Lavoie, Ed Lowenberger, Steve Haithwaite, Tim Temoshawsky, Nassar Zanidean and Town Staff will sign on to Gull Lake Safe Places Program. We will also be encouraging businesses, clubs, organizations, and volunteers in the community to participate in this important community initiative aimed at protecting our children.
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“ThriveSask draws from elements of the Main Street Program which has been successful in revitalizing communities in Canada and the United States over the past 35 years. ThriveSask encourages communities to take steps to enact long-term change, while also implementing short-term, inexpensive and placed-based activities that support the local business sector and create a sense of enthusiasm and momentum about the community. “
Council reviewed the program agrees it will be a good fit for our community and will help us meet our economic and sustainability goals. A motion was passed by Council and the Town will be participating in the program. ThriveSask Facilitators will start the program with a workshop sometime in April.
Town Council has authorized a $2.50 per month increase to the residential garbage pickup fee effective January 1, 2018. The current monthly fee of $14.50 will be increased to $17.00 on your next utility bill. The town’s residential garbage is picked up by Advanced Waste Solutions and transported to the Swift Current landfill for disposal. The fee increase is needed to offset waste disposal fee increases made at the Swift Current Landfill.