FCSS - Supports for Families

Communtiy Groups

Brownies, Guides and Pathfinders, Cubs, Beavers and Scouts, Gymnastics, Legion, Skating, Hockey, Curling, Fire Deptmnt, Boys and Girls Club, etc.


Special Needs Association for Parents and Siblings (SNAPS)

This non-profit organization works to provide respite, support, and information to families who have one or more children with special needs. Visit admin@foothillssnaps.org or call 403-603-3232 for more informaton.  Check out Sibshops Club and Teen Nights!

For information on events, please visit SNAPS EVENTS PAGE at http://www.foothillssnaps.org/events   


Rowan House Emergency Women's Shelter and Region 3 Family Based Care Society

Visit them online at www.rowanhouse.ca or contact the crisis line at 403.652.3311


Boys and Girls Club

Kids - looking for a good place for kids to hang out with friends?   The Boys and Girls club is a great place to meet.  With pool tables, guitars, a piano and a large TV with blue ray for movies, the club offers plenty of opportunities to have fun.  There are also 6 computers for your use, cameras and video cameras for movie making, video games, books, art supplies and games.  The arena staff are also willing to set up basketball, tennis and volleyball nets for indoor use over the summer.  So come check it out.  You'll be sure to find something to suit your interests!

Friday Night Fun with Leigh Bretzlaff - Oilfields High School

Leight Bretzlaff runs a great Friday night activities program over the summer. Look for more info here or through the Boys and Girls Club in June. 


C. Ian McLaren School

Babysitting Course - The Babysitter Training Course covers all areas in babysitting and child safety.  Children 11 years and older are eligible to register.  Course is open to all age-qualified residents of Black Diamond, Turner Valley and the M.D. of Foothills including Longview.

The dates for the April 2014 course are April 15th, 16th, and 17th, right after school at C. Ian McLaren School.  On the Tuesday and Wednesday, the class goes from 3:30 to 6:30 but since there is early dismissal on Thursday, the class starts at 12:30.  Also on the Thursday, it won't be a full class, just the final test and the certificates.  Food and refreshment is provided for students right after school, prior to each class.  Registration for this course has now been closed as the maximum amount of students has been reached.  If you require further information please call FCSS Coordinator Suzan Nagel at 403-933-4348 or e-mail at fcss@town.blackdiamond.ab.ca . 

Roots of Empathy - An evidence-based classroom program, its mission is to build caring, peaceful, and civil societies - child by child - through the development of empathy in children. At the heart of the program are classroom visits by an infant and parent. Through guided observations of this loving relationship, children learn to identify and reflect on their own thoughts and feelings and those of others (empathy). Independent evaluations consistently show children who receive Roots of Empathy experience dramatic and lasting effects in terms of increased pro-social behaviour (sharing, helping and including) and decreased aggression.

Bike Rodeo - An obstacle course is set up in late spring to test and teach bicycle safety skills and education about safe bicycle road rules and helmet and bicycle maintenance information.  Black Diamond Protective Services, Black Diamond Fire Department, Turner Valley R.C.M.P.  and many volunteers are involved and share in educating and enhancing life skills for area young people. 


Parent Link meets at the Boys and Girls Club in Black Diamond Mondays from 9:30m - 11:30 am.   This free service is for children and parents.  This service provides information and support for parents and caregivers on how to assist with your child's learning, development and health.   You will find information about becoming a parent, promoting a healthy pregnancy, locating and choosing child care, various health issues, communication, discipline.    Check out the website:  http://www.parentlinkalberta.ca   

Families Matter:   Visit www.familiesmatter.ca for more information on available programs and services.

McMan Youth, Family and Community Services Association provides quality care and services to children, youth and families in communities throughout Alberta.  Visit their website at http://www.mcman.ca

Please feel free to contact the FCSS Coordinator, Suzan Nagel at 403.933.4348 or at fcss@town.blackdiamond.ab.ca with any questions.


Mature Worker Program - McBride Career Group offers a flexible, no-cost program to help those aged 50+ with workplace skills, job seaching, resume preparation, self-employment, interviewing techniques and much more.  Call 403-995-4377 (Okotoks) or 403-601-2660 (High River).  Click here to view poster or go to www.mcbridecareergroup.com  


Preschool Fluoride Varnish Program -  Free for eligible children 12 to 35 months.  For more information click here for brochure or call 403-955-1350.


Free Summer Camp for Qualified Families

The Okotoks Healthy Family Resource Centre is again offering  registration to Foothills children for a FREE week-long summer camp experience in Bragg Creek for children ages 7-16 living in modest-income families.  The camp is run by Our Lady Queen of Peace Ranch.  Information on the camp can be found at www.ourladyqueenofpeaceranch.com or click the following links to see forms directly from this page.

Information Sheet

Med Form

Camp Session 3 Form

Camp Session 6 Form