Kneehill prepares for Facebook followers

“We said we were interested in this. We said we were committed to communication,” was Reeve Bob Long’s comment after listening to the Social Media Policy presentation made by Communications Officer Debra Grosfield at the Oct. 13 Kneehill County Council meeting.

After tabling the policy at the Sept. 22 meeting for further consideration, council decided to proceed with a six month trial period for the policy with a progress report at the three month mark.

CAO Al Hoggan recommended Facebook over Twitter as the platform offers greater flexibility, longer posts and more options.

While the county’s own website already provides information to ratepayers such as road closures or community events, Facebook has the added power to communicate things like emergencies or updates immediately.

“It will offer our residents another form of communication,” stated Grosfield and explained that the page will also act as a tool to direct visitors to the county’s website.

Healthy communities

Kneehill Wellness Centres have partnered with Alberta Health Services and the Alberta Healthy Living Program to offer a number of additional fall workshops for diabetes and heart health, adding to the services the centres already provide in rural communities. The workshops are offered free of charge.

According to Una Erickson, who represented the Centres in a delegation to council, the Centres provide foot care, massage therapy, acupuncture and blood pressure clinics. The centres also provide space for other community users groups like seniors outreach, library book drop off, or women’s and family services.

Erickson presented council with financial statements for the charitable organization with a request for a letter of support for the Centres bid to secure funding from Alberta Health Services.

Council agreed to provide the letter and also consider financial support at the next council meeting.

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