Walk So Kids Can Talk
Walk So Kids Can Talk, a 5 km walk, took place May 6, 2018 at Hawrelak Park in Edmonton. Some of WICS’s customers and staff raised money to participate in this community event. The event celebrated Mental Health Week and raised funds for the Kids Help Phone. The walk began with checking in the team, followed by speeches and then the 5 km walk. Afterwards people congregated around the booths to eat hot dogs, popcorn, candy, win prizes and collect merchandise from the sponsors. Friendships were made and the weather was perfect!
Meet and Greet with Minister Sabir
On Wednesday, February 21, 2018 Community and Social Services Minister Irfan Sabir and Annie McKitrick, the MLA for Sherwood Park, stopped by the WICS office to talk with staff, customers, and guardians about the current PDD (Persons with Developmental Disabilities) program. The current government has committed to a review of the $853 million program. Minister Sabir answered questions about the timeline and details of the review. An audience was given to those individuals impacted by the current PDD program so they could voice any comments or concerns.
ATCO Blue Flame Safety Class
On March 14, 2018 ATCO Blue Flame Kitchen, in Edmonton, hosted a special Kitchen Safety Workshop for customers and staff at WICS. Participants learned many practical and relatable skills to ensure safety in a high-risk work space, such as proper cutting techniques, appropriate storing temperatures for meat, how to prevent cross contamination, and what to do when attention is pulled away from the cooking task.
Thank you, ATCO Blue Flame Kitchen for an informative and fun experience! We at WICS look forward to returning and learning more from your friendly and knowledgeable staff.
ETS Stuff a Bus Campaign
ETS Stuff a Bus has been operating since 1995 to encourage non-perishable food donations and monetary donations to the Edmonton Food Bank right before the Christmas season.
On December 2, 2017 WICS customers and staff again participated in the ETS Stuff a Bus event. They went to Save On Foods locations around Edmonton to donate their time and friendly attitudes to the cause. They interacted with shoppers at the doors to inspire people to donate however they could, collected and moved non-perishable items into the bus for stacking, and collected money from patrons. All done with a great mindset, friendly smiles, and fun!
WICS staff and customers were some of the many volunteers that helped raise 29,823 kilograms of non-perishable food and $19,098 in cash! Thank you WICS for donating your time, effort, and charisma to help the Food Bank and individuals within your community!
Money Mentors Workshop
On November 23, 2017, a Workshop by Money Mentors took place at WICS. This class educated both customers and staff on Financial Literacy, Credit Counselling and Money Coaching.
This interactive session between the money mentors presenter, Linda, and participants focused on the skills and knowledge that will help them make informed financial decisions and gave them a better understanding of all the products and services that impact a person’s financial well-being. The presenter shared information and distributed a list of resources and services that Money Mentors offer.
We would like to say a huge thank you to Money Mentors for educating us on financial literacy and the fundamentals of budgeting.
Annual WICS BBQ 2017
On August 31, 2017 WICS customers and staff had their annual BBQ! It was a great evening to socialize, play bocce ball, and eat some delicious burgers. Staff and customers met up at Centennial Park in Sherwood Park, while Buddy and Laurie Winder cooked up hamburgers for everyone! Thank you to everyone who attended and made it such a great night.
FASD Awareness Day 2017
On September 6, 2017 WICS customers and staff set up a booth at the Baseline Farmers Market in Sherwood Park to raise awareness for Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD). The group set up a Spin the Wheel To Win with prizes being generously donated from business in Sherwood Park and surrounding communities.
This community event allowed WICS to spread the word about FASD, its cause, and how it can be prevented!
A big thanks to all the businesses that donated prizes: Care4U Beauty Inc., Famoso Neapolitan Pizzeria, Arizona Tanning Inc., Swiss Chalet, Binh's Nail 270 Baseline Road Sherwood Park, Hey Cupcake, Common Ground Community Cafe, Beyond Board, Mongolian Indulgence, Average Joes, Mellisa Toennies Your Pampered Chef Extraordinaire, Michaels, Booster Juice, A&W Canada, ATB Financial The Meadows Branch, and Home Depot in Sherwood Park
Healthy Relationships Workshop
On Tuesday, July 5, 2017, WICS customers and staff attended a Healthy Relationships Class at The Sexual Assault Center of Edmonton (SACE). This class covered a variety of relationship topics including setting and respecting boundaries, how to protect oneself, and what to do if boundaries are crossed.
A big thank you goes to Shaelyn from WICS for setting up this class and to Nikki from the SACE Education Team for teaching the class!