By Kelci Nicodemus
MULTIMEDIA ASSISTANT EDITOR
Four citizen-led initiatives have been granted funding through the Town of High River’s new Community Vitality Fund.
As the guidelines from the funding program stipulate that applications over $2,000 must be approved by council, Caitland Asmundson, support worker for Family and Community Support Services (FCSS), and representatives from the Community Vitality Advisory Committee attended the most recent
public meeting to recommend granting for these local events.
The four initiatives were described as “signature events” in the community and all funds were approved by council.
In chambers, Coun. Don Moore noted he was impressed with Asmundson and the committee members who allocated the funds.
“(Asmundson) was offering to work with people to refine their budgets and saying, ‘Well you can do this better or I can get you a volunteer,’” he said. “It’s better service for those who are applying for money because they have a professional evaluating some of the stuff and working with them.”
As the Community Vitality committee was designed similar to the Community Donations Advisory Committee (CDAC), Coun. Cathy Couey recalled the challenges in allocating funds in the past.
“I saw the challenges and struggles they had … I can sure appreciate what this group has done,”she said. “I want to say thank you. This is a really great program going forward.”
Coun. Bruce Masterman as well as Mayor Craig Snodgrass also thanked the group of citizens who sit on the Community Vitality committee.
Snodgrass added he was pleased to see an increase in funds go toward the Heritage Inn…
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