Emergency Preparedness Week: Minister Madu

May 06, 2019 Media inquiries

Municipal Affairs Minister Kaycee Madu issued the following statement on Emergency Preparedness Week in Alberta:

“Disasters and emergencies can strike at any time. The goal of this year’s national Emergency Preparedness Week, May 5-11, is to raise awareness that all Albertans have a role to play in building safer communities.”

“There are simple steps each of us can take to better prepare ourselves and our loved ones.”

*             Know the risks <https://www.alberta.ca/emergency-preparedness.aspx>
– Find out more about your community’s emergency plans by contacting your local municipal office. Know these risks and the best way to respond to them.

*             Make a plan <https://www.alberta.ca/make-an-emergency-plan.aspx>
– An emergency plan will help you cope with the stress of a disaster. Make a plan for what your family will do and who they will contact during an emergency.

*             Build a kit <https://www.alberta.ca/build-an-emergency-kit.aspx>
– In an emergency, you and your family should be prepared for a minimum of 72 hours.

Build your kit to suit your particular needs with enough non-perishable food, water, medicines, warm clothes and comfort items for all family members.

“I encourage all Albertans to download the Alberta Emergency Alert <https://www.emergencyalert.alberta.ca/content/about/signup.html>  app to their cellphones. Alberta issues alerts to provide critical information about an immediate disaster, where it is happening and what action you need to take to stay safe.”

“On May 8, the national alerting system will test the alert across Canada. The national system complements the Alberta Emergency Alert system, which issues alerts through radio, television, social media and cellphones for critical and emerging issues in Alberta.”

Related information

*             Emergency Preparedness Week events in Alberta


*             Emergency preparedness


*             Sign up to receive alerts


*             National wireless alerting system: Alert Ready


*             Government of Canada: Get prepared


Beaver Foundation Media Release

“In the little village of Holden, AB, that boasts “The Charm of Country Living” as their slogan, one might be surprised to find leading-edge approaches to seniors wellness. Earlier this month, The Beaver Foundation, which operates seniors housing in this small rural community, passed a motion to approve prescribed cannabis smoking. The decision is definitely novel for Albertan communities, but not unprecedented. Cannabis use among seniors continues to grow and has been linked to major health benefits.”

Beaver Foundation provides well-maintained, affordable and adequate housing accommodation and care for seniors and low-income individuals, through the operation of 4 lodges and 5 self-contained facilities. The Beaver Foundation facilities are located with in Beaver County, which include The Town of Tofield, Village of Ryley, The Village of Holden and The Town of Viking.

Beaver Foundation is one of the few Management bodies that has retained smoking rooms within 2 of the lodges it operates, Holden Lodge and Vialta Lodge in Viking. Although both lodges currently allow smoking in the designated indoor smoke rooms, only Holden Lodge will be approved for smoking and vaping use of medical Marijuana. Once legislation is approved on October 17th, 2018, Holden lodge smoke room will allow non-prescribed marijuana use in the designated smoke room.

The village of Holden is conveniently located 30 minutes from four hospitals and provides many inhouse services.

For further information or to book a tour of Holden Lodge, please call

Owen Ligard, CAO
Beaver Foundation
email bvrfndtn@mcsnet.ca


Maria Shihinski, Manager
Holden Lodge
email holdenlodge@mcsnet.ca


HELP Holden Paragon Theatre Get Back On Track!

Help the Paragon Theatre get back on track!

To replace the movies and sound equipment lost to the recent break in’s at Paragon in Holden, we welcome any donations big or small at our donation boxes located at:
Country Bottle Depot outside Holden
Country Kitchen Restaurant in Holden
Holden Village Office

For any further information or donate please contact Beaverhill Players at 780-688-2464 or email beaverhillplayers17@gmail.com

Your serious consideration and participation is Appreciated!

Highway 14 Open House coming September 14

Highway 14 Water Commission invites you to attend their open house,  happening September 14th, 2017 from 4:00 p.m to 7:00 p.m.

There will be a barbecue and refreshments served, as well as a chance to tour our facility and learn about how Highway 14 Water Commission provides quality service to residents in Ryley, and other communities along the highway.

Highway 14 Water Commission is located at 5029-51 Avenue in Ryley.


See you there!