MLA for Livingstone-Macleod Roger Reid personally visited multiple recipients of grants from the government of Alberta.
He was in High River on Dec. 17 to present cheques to the Boys and Girls Club of the Foothills ($39,550) and also to the Highwood Memorial Centre ($12,970).
Other recipients of grants in the Foothills included Granum Educational Support Society ($38,703), Friends of A.B. Daley Society ($43,807), Canadian Senior Pro Rodeo Association ($35,000), Southwest Alberta Sustainable Community Initiative Centre ($75,00), and the Crowsnest Pass Women’s Resource and Crisis Centre Society ($40,353).
The grants were given as part of the Community Initiatives by Minister of Culture, Multiculturalism and Status of Women, Leela Aheer.
“These are community groups that have a variety of initiatives and needs that have applied for funding,” said Reid.
The Boys and Girls club will be using the money to help fund their Outdoor Youth Leadership program while Highwood (where most big events in High River are held) will use it to purchase equipment and improve their sound system.
“I’m a huge proponent for what our local groups are able to do,” said Reid.
“I think that whenever you have a local community group that’s involved in the betterment of the community, I believe they are way better stewards of the funds they receive, than government agencies would be. There’s a deeper passion and I think there’s an a better engagement with whatever the program is that goes beyond what we would be able to do as government.”
“I love being able to present cheques like this to local organizations because I believe that they use the money well and they are able to use it make transformational changes in our communities.”