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Enterprise Recognized at Awards Presentation

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Young Mothers Gather for Community Daycare Meeting

MAY 9, 2012

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Dave Bruha (left) accepts awards on behalf of Consort Enterprise from Alberta Weekly Newspapers Association president Murray Elliott.

Ideas for providing child daycare in Consort were discussed at a public meeting on Monday, May 7th. Mothers, community members, and board members of the newly formed Neutral Hills Child Care Society filled the hall Monday night for an informational evening dealing with the possibility of a daycare in Consort. Wanda Diakow and Corinne Kelts from the Special Areas office along with Village CAO Monique Jeffrey gave a very informative presentation that contained several options for a future day care proving the idea to be much more of a future reality rather than just a possibility. Councilor Stillings remarked that day care in Consort is, “Definitely needed! It has been too long and the need for one has already been proven”. The Neutral Hills Child Care Society was formed as a non-profit entity on January 12th, of 2012 after a meeting back in 2010 identified an extreme need for child care in Consort.

From there the group looked futher into public interest for a daycare by doing a survey which resulted in a 48% positive response from residents indicating a need for child services. “I have been told by someone who used to live in Consort that they just couldn’t stay because there was no child care and they couldn’t work,” said Wanda, who went on to explain why a daycare is needed to keep young families in the community. This daycare would also provide jobs for people in the community. At an estimate of around twenty kids, there would be a need to fill five different job postings: Executive Director, an Assistant Executive Director, two full time Level Three Certified Instructors, and two Full Time Level Two Certified Instructors. The Executive Director post has already been filled by Esther local Courtney Westerlund who has her Early Learning and

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Child Care diploma and much experience to bring to the new daycare. After going through the society’s goals, mission statement, values, and vision, the exciting details started to be unveiled. The presenters explained that a daycare location has come down to two options; to renovate the basement of the Neutral Hills Learning Society building (Community Connection Center) or construct a whole new facility. Renovation for the basement of the Community Connection Center has an estimated price tag of $200,000.00 which has the potential to be above or below that estimate. The positive side of this venue is low rent, shared utilities and low operating cost which would be shared by the Community Center, but the mothers were mostly concerned with the risk of such an investment and heavy traffic in the area. Sam Vogel of the Neutral Hills Adult Learning Society, assured the parents that separate parking can be provided by doing some landscaping with the caraganas and there is space for an outdoor play area which can be fenced off separate from the high school parking lot. This venue also allows for a partnership with Adult Learning and the playschool upstairs, which could prove to be beneficial in the future through shared programing and other cooperative efforts. The new building would come to a cost of $221,000.00 but the pre-

senters assured the audience that a grant should be in place to cover 50% of the cost, leaving approximately $111,000.00 for the society to cover with fundraising. As people CONTINUED ON PAGE 5

Enterprise Journalist Awarded Scholarship Congratulations to Kelsey Simpson who was awarded the Fred Row scholarship for Journalisim students. The bursary, sponsored by the Alberta Weekly Newspapers Association and Alberta Newsprint, is awarded annually by a committee of newspaper editors to a first year Journalism student from one of Alberta's accredited programs. Simpson says there have been a lot of costs associated with her first year and she will probably use the scholarship money to pay some bills so she can keep on track next year. "It was a very surreal experience," Kelsey continued. "It's a real honor to be selected and it was a great experience to be invited to the Alberta Weekly Newspapers convention and have my family present for the award." During her summer break from Mount Royal University in Calgary, Kelsey is employed at the Enterprise and will be on the local beat for the

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-By Kelsey Simpson

Dave and Carol Bruha were to Calgary last weekend for the annual AWNA convention and General Meeting of the association. During the awards presentation on Saturday afternoon they were delighted to hear The Enterprise earned two certificates from the judges. From among the Class A newspapers, Consort was awarded third place in Best Editorial Page and another third place for Sports coverage. First place in both categories was awarded to Valleyview Valley Views. The AWNA association, which represents over 100 community papers in the province and NWT, holds the annual Better Newspapers Competition - General Excellence Awards each spring.

Kelsey Simpson receives Fred Row scholarship award from Gary Smith of Alberta Newsprint at the AWNA convention at Calgary on May 4th

months ahead covering the multitude of summer events

and working on her photography skills.

Daycare in Consort  
Daycare in Consort  

An article about the community coming together to create a safe and affordable daycare in the area.