The following information has been shared with us by IAFF Local 2461 Executive Vice President Elliot Davis. We are all encouraged to register for this informative workshop.
Facilitated by Doris Bonora, a lawyer specializing in the field of wills and estates, this workshop will provide you with a solid foundation for understanding the intricacies and challenges of creating a will which will withstand legal challenges, while achieving the objects you desire for your heirs.Will writing and estate planning needs to start young and be re-evaluated with every life change. Don’t put it off any longer – come join us!Spouses/partners are welcome to join you, but please indicate 2 people when registering. Please register through your shop steward by November 19th. We require a minimum of 20 people to register for each session to proceed. Please note that this is unpaid time.
December 9th, 2018
Build a Grinch Tree Event and SCFPSA Market
On Sunday, December 9th, SCFPSA members Shelley Montemurro and Michelle Brady are hosting a “Build Your Own Grinch Tree” event in order to raise money for our local women’s shelter.
From the Facebook Event Page:
Let’s get together and do awesome Christmasy things together, this event is one of my favorites.
In support of A Safe Place (the Women’s Shelter), proceeds from the event will go towards helping women and their families get back to a peaceful place.
Come and design, build and enjoy your own Grinch Tree. Choose the colors and textures and decorations you want. Make it “you”. All pieces and greens will be supplied. You just need to show up and have fun!
$40 to build a tree. $20 if you have a little one that would like to build one as well. These make awesome teacher gifts or grandparent gifts. They are live greens, so as long as you keep them watered, they will definitely last through Christmas!
Event is capped at 25 people (plus littles). Your spot is secured once your payment is received as I need to buy all of the supplies beforehand. You can pay cash or etransfer to: shelleymontemurro (at) gmail (dot) co
Calling all Business Owners, Bakers, Crafters, and Artists!
A small SCFP market will also be held during this event. Any SCFP Members or Spouses with businesses are welcome to set up a vendor table at Little Sweatshop (#180, 2301 Premier Way, Sherwood Park) for participants to shop and craft. Please let Shelley know if you’d like to set up a table by contacting her at the above address. Those who chose not to make a tree are still invited to shop our SCFPSA vendors and gather in friendship!
*If your business is not “table-vendor friendly,” please feel free to contribute business cards! The members of our Association have expressed their desire to support one another in our ventures.
November 7th, 2018
Heroes Behind the Heroes Workshop
SCFP Spouse Courtney Pytyck has taken the initiative to organize a Heroes Behind the Heroes workshop, led by Psychologist Stephanie Baker of Evolution Psychology. Also the spouse of a Paramedic (not on our department), Stephanie specializes in PTSD in First Responders. This workshop will cover the basics of trauma and PTSD and explore coping strategies with stress in relationships, self-care, and existing resources for First Responder Families.
This workshop is to be held at Station 6 on November 7th, 5-7pm. While children are not welcome to attend the workshop due to mature content, they are welcome to play in the conference room adjacent to the room we are using as a workshop (infants are welcome to stay with their mothers). There will be babysitters available to watch the younger kids in the adjacent room (if your babysitting-aged child would like to help out, please contact us!).
This workshop costs $50/person, however, Evolution Psychology is willing to call this workshop “group therapy” so we can reimburse the cost using our Blue Cross Health Care Coverage. SCFD Members, Spouses, and their children each have $3000/year to spend on counselling services, so claiming the cost of this workshop will not eat into your Member’s counselling allowance. In order to register for this program, please call Evolution Psychology at (780)570-5709. You will need to pay by credit card over the phone, and they will bring your receipt to the workshop on November 7th. Please submit your receipt to Blue Cross by email in order to be reimbursed. If preferred, you can also visit Evolution Psychology in person in order to register.
If your Member joined the department as a single person not claiming family status, his or her Spouse may not be covered by the department’s Blue Cross Benefits program until their status is updated. Please look into this before registering in order to be reimbursed the $50 fee.
So far, over 25 SCFP Spouses have contacted Evolution Psychology to state their interest in the program. For the program to take place, at least 15 must register by November 1st 2018. If interested in this program, please register as soon as possible.
Sunday October 28th, 2018
SCFP Spouse Association Meeting
Where: Little Sweatshop,
#180 2301 Premier Way
Who: SCFP Spouses (children welcome)
What: Please add your voice to the conversation as we discuss concrete ways in which we can work as a group to support our SCFP Members and their Families. Informal meet and greet to be followed with circle discussion. Local Union Executive President Andrew Spence will be in attendance in order to answer whatever questions Spouses may have about current resources. Other points to discuss will include an association Discretion Policy, the proposal of Platoon Reps / SCFPSA Outreach, upcoming events, and in what capacity Spouses are most interested in using this association.
Big thanks to SCFP Spouse Shelley Montemurro for generously volunteering to host our meeting in her gym! This space features an indoor playground and equipment for babes-in-arms in order to support parents who’s spouse may be working.
Attendees: please bring a folding chair if possible.