Last week, Edmonton K-Day’s kicked off with the annual K-Day’s Parade! Thank you to all those who attended this fantastic family event. Summer in Alberta is a fantastic time to get out and enjoy the sunshine with great activities such as K-Days. If you’re in the Edmonton area this week, I encourage you to head over to the Northlands Fairgrounds and partake in some old fashion fun!
While we continue to enjoy yet another beautiful summer here in Alberta, it is important that we continue to help those in need. This week, we announced new supports networks for Albertans affected by eating disorders. The first new support groups will launch in Edmonton this year, with Calgary groups starting next year. Expansion into other locations across the province is planned to follow. Albertans who are battling eating disorders rely on the support of their loved ones, and I am proud that these new community-based support networks will help ensure these families are also supported during their loved one’s recovery. With 1.3 per cent of Albertans at risk of an eating disorder, supporting networks like the Eating Disorder Support Network of Alberta means investing in Albertan families and their futures.
This week, I am pleased to support the introduction of a new Alberta license plate designed to Support Our Troops. This license plate gives Albertans a new way to show their respect and appreciation for Canada’s brave service men and women. For every plate that is purchased, $55 will go to the Support Our Troops Program, which is administered by the Canadian Forces Morale and Welfare Services organization. This group helps current and former members of the Canadian Armed Forces and their families in Alberta.
I am proud to call Alberta home. This province of ours is full of some truly spectacular beauty. This week, we took some major steps to further protect Alberta’s natural beauty through an expansion of conservation areas, protected watersheds, and native grasslands in southern Alberta. The South Saskatchewan Regional Plan will help manage growth pressures and protect the environment in southern Alberta with eight new or expanded conservation areas, two new provincial parks, and six expanded provincial parks. So take some time this summer and get out and enjoy our province’s natural beauty!