With the break-up of the mighty Mackenzie River summer is upon us! Your next blog will have updates and highlights of what’s shaping up to be a very busy summer of construction projects on behalf of our residents.
Our annual Spring Fling was a great success. Thank you to everyone who attended the events and a huge shout out to everyone who put in many long hours that weekend to ensure that the entire festival went smoothly! It is great to see so many of us taking time to get out and enjoy activities with one another. I’m already looking forward to our next Spring Fling! Special thanks and recognition to our very own Jordan Balanuik, who stepped up big time to make Spring Fling happen!
Another sure sign that we have all survived another winter is that the Ray Persson Arena has closed for the summer. Again, thank you to everyone who came out and made it a wonderful skating season.
When one area closes another is getting set to start up. The Town is currently working on completing some necessary renovations to Penguin Palace Pool and we are working hard to ensure that the pool is in peak condition for its annual opening. More information will be coming soon on the pool schedule for 2017 so keep your eyes peeled to the Town sites.
In the last few months of 2016, as many of you know, Norman Wells was lucky to have the Reel Youth project visit us and work with our local Youth and Elders for two weeks. In the time they were here, Reel Youth worked alongside our participants and volunteers to create a total of 13 films; three youth and elder documentaries, ten animations and a Norman Wells Tourism Video. This project engaged 75 of our local youth and it is heartening to see the final products of their hard work. If you didn’t get a chance to attend the film festival for these films’ premiers, I encourage all of you to take some time, go online and view these wonderful pieces. All the films can be viewed on the Reel Youth website at: http://reelyouth.ca/normanwells2016.html. The tourism video can be viewed on YouTube at: https://youtu.be/8G_NaeFezCg.
The first week of May was Mental Health Awareness Week. This annual national event takes place all across Canada and Norman Wells is no exception. Mental Health Awareness week aims at creating healthy and supportive communities for the wellbeing of all individuals. Mental health week helps to create spaces and provide information to reduce stigma for those who experience these challenges.
One way to help to is with Music. In Norman Wells – during Mental Health Awareness Week, the Town Office participated in an event titled “Music in the Air” where tunes were played over the Town speakers throughout the week. I hope you were all able to take a moment to listen and enjoy!
With spring comes the annual spring clean-up. The Town is currently working on details around the community clean-up. If any group is interested in helping organize and support this clean-up day, contact the Town Office. Many hands make short work and ensures that our town is in tip-top shape for the Summer.