December 13th, 2017 ~ Vol. 87 No. 50
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Crowsnest CanDo’s vision
Crowsnest Pass Herald Front Page
ANNA KROUPINA
Pass Herald Reporter
The Crowsnest CanDo Society has a renewed objective that focuses less on building a viable multi-purpose cultural center, and more on supporting youth and community groups through whatever facility that may be.

According to a press release, the society’s renewed vision aims “to enhance cultural and recreational opportunities for youth, families, seniors and all residents of the Crowsnest Pass.”

Their short-term goal is to provide financial support for a youth centre, whether it’s contributing to maintenance costs of an existing facility or to the development of a brand new one. They plan to do this by working closely with local government and organizations to coordinate streamlined recreational and cultural programs in Crowsnest Pass.
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“The important thing here is that we want to create something that is sustainable, even if the money goes towards maintenance costs for a building,” says Crowsnest CanDo fundraising director Randall Shemko. “Year after year, our society will be helping that youth group with those costs.”

Shemko also stresses the need for a common goal within the community that CanDo wants to be a part of.

“We need to have discussions with all the groups, not just the user groups, but also our local government. We need to come together and find out what the updated needs are because our senior and our youth needs fluctuate and change over time,” he says.

Crowsnest CanDo will also start applying for raffles and casinos with the Alberta Gaming & Liquor Commission.
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The society’s long-term goal remains creating a viable, multi-purpose recreational facility in Crowsnest Pass, with the involvement of community user groups, government and institutions.

The Crowsnest CanDo Society plans the annual Wintervention weekend that takes place in February. Now in its sixth year, it is their only major fundraiser of the year that, according to Shemko, earns them approximately $10,000 per annual event.

Any groups that want to collaborate and offer input can contact Shemko at crowsnestcando@gmail.com.
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