Town of Canmore

Social Connections for Children and Youth

After carefully assessing staffing implications and the potential operational impacts of the changing situation, the Family Connection Centre will re-open to in-person programs the week of Jan. 17 with safety protocols in place. We can't wait to see you!   

                        
COVID-19 Requirements


The Town of Canmore has chosen to participate in the Government of Alberta’s Restriction Exemption Program (REP) for our drop-in Community Social Development and in-person Family Resource Network programs for those over the age of 18. Anyone born in 2003 or earlier who wants to attend a Community Social Development or Family Resource Network drop-in program must have received two doses of a Health Canada approved COVID-19 vaccine, a negative PCR or rapid test COVID-19 test result taken within 72 hours, or a medical exemption letter. 

All participants ages 2+ are required to wear a mask during drop-in programs. Programs currently following the REP include Toys Together, Babies & Blankets, and the Parent/Youth Mindful Workshop.

Proof of vaccination (must contain valid QR code) can be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. in advance of a program or presented in person before a program starts. Your personal information is protected in accordance with the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act and is collected, used, and disclosed only for the purpose of determining your eligibility to enter our facility.

Additional Safety Protocols in Place

  • Participants aged 18 or older must provide proof of full vaccination (at least 14 days from the second dose of a 2-dose vaccine or a single dose of Janssen), a negative PCR, or rapid COVID-19 test result taken within 72 hours, or a medical exemption letter. Those aged 18+ must also provide government-issued identification.
  • We require that you do not enter the space if you or your child is experiencing COVID-19 symptoms or are a close contact of a positive case.
  • Staff and participants must sanitize before and after programming and perform daily deep cleaning of all surfaces and toys
  • We have installed two HEPA filter air cleaning systems
  • We will open windows in the FCC to increase ventilation, as temperatures permit
  • We will provide medical-grade masks provided to all participants over the age of 2. Participants must wear these masks to participate in programming
  • We have reduced the capacity of the program to 25 participants to allow for greater distancing
  • We will space chairs at the tables to promote extra distancing between participants
  • Staff and participants will maintain 2 metres distance from others, wherever possible

Please note that given rising COVID-19 cases in the community, we may need to close the Family Connection Centre if we are unable to safely deliver programming or maintain programming due to staffing shortages. 

The Social Connection Specialist (SCS) works for the Community Social Development department and closely aligns with the Bow Valley Family Resource Network's services. The SCS focuses on building connections between children, youth, teens, and families by identifying gaps in social programming for families in the community, and by providing programs in alignment with these needs. Programming focuses on child and youth development and bringing families together to create a socially connected community and build resiliency. The SCS has expertise in early childhood and youth development, experience in planning and facilitating programs for children and families, and has the connections and expertise to make appropriate referrals to community agencies as needed.

 

Programs available through the SCS include, but are not limited to:

Babies & Blankets (click for more information, including program dates)

Babies and Blankets is a drop-in program for prenatal and parents with infants ages 0-12 months. In this program, you and your baby will have the chance to form new relationships and have open discussions about topics of your choice.

Location: Family Connection Centre, 600A 9 St. Canmore 

Equipment Needed:
Blanket, any personal items such as snacks, water, diapers, toys

Program Dates: Thursdays from 1 - 2:00 p.m. (except statutory holidays)

This is a drop-in program and registration is not required.

This in-person program is following Alberta’s Restrictions Exemption Program. For participants born in 2003 or earlier, proof of two doses of a Health Canada approved COVID-19 vaccine, a negative PCR or rapid test COVID-19 test result taken within 72 hours, or a medical exemption letter is required.

Toys Together (click for more information, including program dates)

Toys Together is a drop-in program for caregivers and young children ages 0-6. This is an open space to play, explore, and socialize with others. Toys are provided to help your children learn through free play, use their imagination, and develop gross motor skills. Families may join and leave at any point during each session time frame. Each day will finish with a circle time session of songs and storytime.

Location: Family Connection Centre, 600A 9 St. Canmore 

Equipment Needed: Personal items such as snacks, water, and/or diapers

Program Dates: Wednesdays and Saturdays from 9 - 11:45 a.m. (except statutory holidays)

This is a drop-in program and registration is not required.

This in-person program is following Alberta’s Restrictions Exemption Program. This in-person program is following Alberta’s Restrictions Exemption Program. For participants born in 2003 or earlier, proof of two doses of a Health Canada approved COVID-19 vaccine, a negative PCR or rapid test COVID-19 test result taken within 72 hours, or a medical exemption letter is required.


For more information about dates/time of programs offered through the SCS and other child, youth and family programs available through the Town of Canmore, click here

The Town of Canmore is located within Treaty 7 region of Southern Alberta. In the spirit of respect, reciprocity and truth, we honour and acknowledge the Canmore area, known as “Chuwapchipchiyan Kudi Bi” (translated in Stoney Nakoda as “shooting at the willows”) and the traditional Treaty 7 territory and oral practices of the Îyârhe Nakoda (Stoney Nakoda) – comprised of the Bearspaw First Nation, Chiniki First Nation, and Wesley First Nation – as well as the Tsuut’ina First Nation and the Blackfoot Confederacy comprised of the Siksika, Piikani, Kainai. We acknowledge that this territory is home to the Métis Nation of Alberta, Region 3, within the historical Northwest Métis homeland. We acknowledge all Nations who live, work, and play and help us steward this land and honour and celebrate this territory. We commit to working to live in right relations and to advance Truth and Reconciliation.

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