Here’s what’s popular on Lethbridgeliving.com this week:
- A heritage tree is much more than just branches and leaves, it is a cultural landmark with a rich history telling the stories of past generations, and sometimes it even embodies a personality of its own. These trees, a special as they are, deserve to be recognized for what they mean to the community, and to ensure we never forget about them, local certified arborist Maureen Sexmith-West has been busy cataloguing their locations and history.
- A recent survey conducted by Economic Development Lethbridge (EDL) found 32 per cent of Lethbridge’s population, approximately 20,000 people, work for businesses and organizations that employ more than 100 people. The survey also indicated that the top 10 major employers in Lethbridge accounted for 13,473 jobs, and it was also noted that the public sector employed over 12,000 people, which accounts for 20 per cent of Lethbridge’s population. The information gathered by EDL is being used to provide a better understanding of how the local workforce is shaped by employers.
- Fort Whoop-Up, an integral part of our region’s history will reopen this spring with a new operator. The Galt Museum & Archives has taken over operating the historical heritage site after the City issued a Request for Proposals in the fall of 2015. The Galt was chosen to run the facility for the next five years as its mandate to educate and engage communities on Southwestern Alberta history aligns with the Fort’s programming and operational structure.
- Nominations are now being accepted for two awards in honour of those who are making a difference in the lives of people with disabilities. The South Region Self-Advocacy Network (SRSAN) Clarence Marsh Award recognizes self-advocates who stand up for their own rights while also encouraging others to do the same, and the Southern Alberta Individualized Planning Association (SAIPA) Ally Recognition Award recognizes the individuals, families, businesses, and organizations that support persons with disabilities. Nominations are being accepted until March 31.
- Are you interested in making your community better in every way? Would you like to join or start a neighbourhood association in your community? To get you connected with the movers and shakers in our city, we’ve compiled a list of emerging and established neighbourhood associations, along with contact information for the Council of Lethbridge Neighbourhoods, so that you can connect with the people helping make our city better, one neighbourhood at a time.
- To commemorate its 80th anniversary, the Lethbridge Artists Club is hosting a portrait competition as a way of celebrating artists throughout our city and region. Artists were invited to paint portraits of individuals who have made significant contributions to communities throughout Southwestern Alberta. On January 20, the top 10 finalists along with three People’s Choice picks were chosen and the portraits were sent out on a tour to be exhibited in locations across Southwestern Alberta. The final portraits and People’s Choice picks are currently on display in the Claresholm Public Library until March 10 before the exhibit heads to Pincher Creek, Cardston, and finally back to Lethbridge where the winners will be announced on August 11.