Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Looking for Firefighters

I made a note a while ago about the adoption of the new Fire Service Master Plan. The Plan calls for the largest investment in fire since the city moved from having one hall to our current two. We will add a third hall on the west side of the city in the next few years at a projected cost of $10.7 million.

But of course the capital cost of the hall and equipment is only one small part of the service expansion - you also have to factor in the operational costs. In this case that means paying all the new firefighters that will be required. By the time the new hall is operational in 2010 the staffing costs will be just slightly less than $2 million dollars per year.

It's a big commitment of course but it's an important step in ensuring that city service are keeping up with the growth of the community over the last few years.

So with all that in mind:

"New Release
Have you considered becoming a Firefighter?

The City of Grande Prairie’s Fire Department is hosting a number of recruitment sessions in early September for people interested in a career as a firefighter. The first is Wednesday Sept. 3 at 7 p.m. at the Pete Eagar Fire Station on Resources Road.

“Firefighting is a challenging and rewarding career,” says Deputy Fire Chief Janine Blackburn. “If you are interested in seeking employment in this field, attending one of these sessions will be very valuable for you. It will provide an opportunity to talk to staff who’ve been through the recruitment process, and a thorough understanding of the qualifications required. There will be tours of the fire hall and visitors can review the opportunities available.”

Applicants must be 18 years of age and have no criminal record.

The dates and times for the recruitment information sessions are:
Wednesday, September 3 at 7 p.m.
Monday, September 8 at 7 p.m.
Saturday, September 13 at 2 p.m.

**Note: This is the same information session repeated on different dates.

Pete Eagar Fire Station
8111 Resources Road
Grande Prairie, AB

If you require more information on these Firefighter career information sessions, please contact Janine Blackburn, Deputy Fire Chief, at phone number:  780-830-5022.

Media enquiries may be directed to:
Janine Blackburn
Deputy Fire Chief
Grande Prairie Fire Department
Phone:  780-830-5022"

Monday, August 25, 2008

Library Update - August 25th 2008

Just in time for tonight's council meeting, an update from the folks at the Public Library.

"The TD Summer Reading Game has only one week left!
Over 750 logbooks have been distributed and every week children still come to claim prizes from the Laugh out Loud Loot. On Saturday August 23rd we had two parties for children who have completed 15 hours or more of reading. At the parties we played many hilarious games, and thanks to all the donations we received, every child was able to bring home a door prize and a goody bag. Pizzas were donated from Little Caesars, Busters Pizza and Pizza Experts. We had an awesome time!

Partners In Reading
Partners in Reading wrapped up on the 16th with a party to congratulate all participants. Over 100 volunteers and students participated this year. It was a great success! Thanks to all of our wonderful volunteers for their time and dedication to the program.

Fall Fundraiser: Franklin the Turtle Comes to Grande Prairie
Mark your calendar for Franklin’s Family Christmas Concert, an evening of fun in support of the Grande Prairie Public Library
Christmas is here, but Franklin is having trouble finding his Christmas spirit. "Where are all the presents?" he wonders. So Franklin's woodland friends decide to help him out by planning a party! Beaver takes care of entertainment while Bear cooks the food, sampling everything he makes. Fox gathers Christmas decorations for the perfect Christmas tree that Franklin must find all by himself!

Join Franklin and friends as they get into magical adventures with a dancing snowman, a wacky gingerbread cookie, and a trio of playful elves. Celebrate the holiday season with lots of audience participation, singing, dancing and the jolliest Christmas spirit ever!

Monday, November 10, 2008
Douglas J. Cardinal Theatre at the Grande Prairie Regional College
Shows at 4:00 pm & 7:00 pm.
Tickets: $24 (adult) & $18 (child).
Tickets will be on sale at the Crystal Centre box office in September"

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Search Begins For Community Services Director

Well, when we hired Greg as our City Manager we new that it was also creating another opening in the organization that would need to be filled. The search for a new Community Services Director is officially underway. From the City Media Release:

"The City of Grande Prairie has begun recruiting for its vacant Community Services Director position.

Responsible for the Arenas Group, Aquatics and Wellness, Community Development, Family and Community Support Services, Heritage Resources, Parks, and Recreation and Culture, the opportunity was made available when former Director Greg Scerbak became City Manager on July 1.

“This is a key position within our municipality,” says Scerbak. “The Director of Community Services has a broad mandate and is responsible for a large number of employees in the organization. That means we are looking for a dynamic, flexible individual who has a versatile background to guide the service areas that comprise Community Services.”

Close date for the position is Sept. 19.

“Community Services is a rapidly changing, fast-paced area and, as a result, the leader needs to be a visionary while having a sense of humour,” says Scerbak. “In fact, this position has been referred to as the Director of Fun.”

The position calls for a Bachelors Degree in recreation, social sciences, or a related field with a minimum five years of senior administrative experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

“Grande Prairie is a growing, vibrant community and the Director of Community Service will have an important role in responding to the needs of this City in the coming years,” Scerbak says. “It will be an exciting time with new facilities such as Hearthstone Manor, the Montrose Cultural Centre and the Aquatics and Wellness Multiplex all coming on stream over the next two years.”

Full details of the position are available at cityofgp.com/employment

Media enquiries may be directed to:
City Manager Greg Scerbak

It is a big, diverse job but the person in the position has an opportunity to make a big impact on the organization and the community. Thankfully, filling this position is the responsibility of the new City Manager!


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