Mayor and council challenge others to join in helping displaced residents of Slave Lake fire

  • May. 23, 2011 1:00 p.m.
District of Barriere Mayor and council each hold up a personal cheque for $100 that will be going to help those in Slave Lake

District of Barriere Mayor and council each hold up a personal cheque for $100 that will be going to help those in Slave Lake

The District of Barriere’s Mayor and Councillors have personally donated $100 each to the Slave Lake Fire Relief Fund that is set up with Scotia Banks across Canada.

“For those of us that experienced the turmoil of evacuation, loss of employment and/or loss of belongings, we know all too well what the people of Slave Lake are going through. Barriere sympathizes and we all want to do what we can to help,” said Mayor Mike Fennell.

As a result mayor and council are challenging other community leaders to meet or exceed their donation in an effort to make a significant financial aid impact to the residents affected by the devastating wildfire in Slave Lake, Alberta.  They are also encouraging residents and businesses of Barriere to donate if they can, saying “every dollar adds up to helping those in need”.

Councillor Ward Stamer commented, “Communities in B.C., Alberta, and across the rest of Canada all stepped up to help Barriere in our darkest hour in 2003. We need to do our best to repay that generosity which allowed so many of us to find our footing when we were knocked down.”

It has been reported that donations of goods, while appreciated, are no longer needed at this time. However, financial aid continues to reign as one of the greatest needs for the community. Anyone wanting to make a donation can do so with any Scotia Bank in Canada through the ‘Slave Lake Fire Relief Fund’.  Alternatively, donations are always welcomed through the Red Cross: www.redcross.ca or 1-800-418-1111.

Additional info can be found on the District of Barriere website: www.districtofbarriere.com.