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What's Happening in Chestermere

Recreation Centre to remain open

Last week, after initially announcing that the Chestermere Recreation Centre would close due to safety concerns with the Red Arena roof, Rocky View County Council made the decision to keep the facility open provided that a snow monitoring program is put in place. 

A statement from Chestermere Mayor Chalmers is below:

"I am delighted that Rocky View County Council have decided to reopen the facility and allow for full operations while not compromising public safety with an effective snow monitoring program. 

I will continue to be personally engaged on this file and will keep public safety and programming opportunities as a priority. 

While my role throughout this ordeal has been an advocate for common sense, it has become clear to me that the City of Chestermere, Rocky View County and the Recreation Association need to continue our dialogue about how to best provide quality recreation services to our residents and the types of facilities and costs to make that a reality."

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More than $200,000 in grants awarded to local agencies by Chestermere City Council

Fifteen local agencies have been awarded a total of $207,599.19 through Chestermere City Council’s Community Grant Funding Program.

“The program is used to enhance amenities in sports and recreation, arts, culture and history,” says Mayor Chalmers. “We received 25 applications from local organizations and Chestermere City Council made their decision based on the recommendations from the Community Grant Funding Adjudication Committee.”

This new funding program was developed by City Council earlier this year and supports projects that provide a benefit to City of Chestermere residents. These projects are intended to facilitate local activities which engage a broad section of the community.

Learn more & view full list of grants awarded...

Chestermere Peace Officers launch partnership with Calgary 9-1-1 to improve officer safety

The City of Chestermere is pleased to announce a new partnership with the City of Calgary that will ensure Community Peace Officers are fully supported throughout the entirety of their shift.

Peace Officers throughout the province often work outside of normal business hours and occasionally work alone. Prior to this agreement, there was little in the way of officer monitoring or backup support if a situation escalated.  

With the new partnership, officers will check in with Calgary 9-1-1’s 24/7 emergency dispatch when they begin and end their shift. Dispatchers will monitor officers during the shift, check in during investigations and have the ability to dispatch additional resources should the need arise. 


Christmas with Dignity gets new title: Gifts of Kindness

Chestermere Community Support Services has launched its Gifts of Kindness annual fundraising campaign. The campaign began in 2007 but the community may remember it by its previous name: Christmas with Dignity.

“The campaign is now called Gifts of Kindness and we are launching it sooner as a way to modernize the program and illustrate that donations will be accepted and can be accessed at any time throughout the year,” says Danielle Fermin, Manager of Community Support Services for the City of Chestermere. “We’d like it to be clear that some individuals and families in the community need access to assistance year-round and not just during the holiday season.”

Donations collected from the Gifts of Kindness program will continue to be used the same way as they were with Christmas with Dignity. These funds will be used to help individuals and families in Chestermere and the S.E. Rocky View area with basic needs.

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Chestermere Profile: the McCullough Family

Laura and her husband Joe moved to Chestermere in 2015 shortly after they married in Squamish, BC.

“We built our home in Westmere, and a few short weeks after, we were graced with the birth of our beautiful and spirited boy, Grayson,” says Laura.
Laura says she developed a fondness for Chestermere during a previous visit, adding that the connection to nature and the outdoors is very important to her family.
“With the abundant walking and biking trails along the lake and canal system, we feel immersed in the beauty that Chestermere has to offer every single day,” she adds.

Laura and Grayson frequently attend classes and workshops offered by the City and the Parent Link Centre. They have also visited more than a dozen parks, including both natural playscapes, the bike park and just recently participated in their first Loop Around the Lake!

Photo by local photographer, Roberta Horne of Sunflare Images @Sunflare_Images.

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