The Pigeon Lake Child and Family Society was incorporated in February, 2001 by a group of individuals who believe that strong families build stong communities.
Many of our projects revolve aroung the youth in our community. We feel that cultural learning is important for children. For the past several years we have sponsored the Alberta Opera Society who come and do productions, usually at the Falun Elementary School. Children from Pipestone, Lakedell and Mimew Sakahikan also attend. In 2012 the performance was "Pinocchio".
Another program we have established in our region is the Florence Riske Caregiver award. We choose a person who has given of themselves usually for many years to care for another. These individuals do so without aking in return and we feel they need to be recognised. So we put on an afternoon event for them and 50 invited guests. At this event there is recognition received from the Federal, Provincial and Local Governments. In 2012 the recipient was Keith Burmaster who has been caring for his wife Judy for some years now.
Last year we introduced a new cultural program for children in our four elementary schools. They attend the Winspear concert hall in Edmonton to enjoy a production put on by the Edmonton Symphony. Grades one to three children enjoy one production and another hosts the Grade four to six students. Teachers are given support material prior to these productions to prepare the students for their experience.
Our biggest campaign is Santa's Elves and preparations for this are ongoing throughout the year. We make sure that families who may be struggling just to make ends meet on a monthly basis are able to enjoy a nice Christmas by providing them with an extensive food hamper and gifts for the children. In 2011 over 800 gifts were wrapped for 200 children and 65 hampers were delivered.