Quality of life is important in a community. To ensure residents can have comfort in a safe and caring community, a number of programs have been implemented by council. In addition to these programs, a Citizen of the Year is recognized annually (Don Wong in 2016), as nominated by residents, and scholarships awarded to students entering a post secondary education program.
Family and Community Support Services (FCSS) are locally driven preventative social initiatives that enhance the well being of children, families, individuals and communities. We partner with a number of local agencies to provide counseling and skill building to students, adults and families. This includes McMan Youth, Family & Community Services, Medicine Hat Family Services, and the family school liaison workers in the Prairie Rose School Division. A general overview of FCSS programs can be seen on a provincial association video.
Special transportation services, in cooperation with Deluxe Central Taxi, are available to those persons with special needs who are unable to drive themselves. Once approved, the resident can get to and from their County home and Medicine Hat or Redcliff for a 50 – 50 cost share.
The Cypress View Foundation provides supportive social housing for low to moderate-income seniors. The County, the Town of Redcliff and the City of Medicine Hat operate this non-profit organization to provide affordable senior housing and corresponding services, for those in greatest need, in an efficient, effective and caring manner.
Shortgrass Library System is important to the County to provide access to library materials in the region and from across the province. Access to books, DVD's', video conferencing and electronic resources is there to help keep residents connected to leading edge information. There are two libraries in the County, in Irvine and Ralston.
Recreation, Culture & Summer Games
Most programs in this quality-of-life category in the County are handled by not-for-profit community associations. There are community halls located throughout the district, most of them in hamlets. They typically have an adjacent park with a playground. The local association members decide on the activities and programs that will take place. Specific facilities include tennis courts, curling rinks, arenas, outdoor skating rinks, ball diamonds, rodeo grounds, a bowling alley and a museum.
For athletics, there is always a Cypress/Redcliff team of youth and families participating in the Southern Alberta Summer Games each July. These grassroots games, focused more on friendly competition and individual challenge than on winning, are run by the Southern Alberta Recreation Association (SARA). In 2016, we sent 92 participants in 17 different events, which included a trapshooting team that swept the podium! Team Cypress brought home 73 medals edging Medicine Hat by 2 medals and putting us in 9th place overall. For pictures from this year's Summer Games, click here!
For the more serious athlete, some financial assistance may be available from the Athlete Development Fund for involvement in Provincial, National or International competitions. Policy Rec 1 has the details.
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