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What We Do

Community Services supports and encourages recreation, leisure and cultural opportunities for citizens, in order to ensure personal well-being, increased quality of life and a strong, active sense of community.  Through a broad range of programs and services, the department works with citizens to build on existing strengths.

The Recreation & Parks division of Community Services is responsible for facility development and operation; parks development and maintenance and the delivery of recreation programs, both directly and indirectly, for all ages. 

The Family & Community Support Services division of Community Services is responsible for program development and operation; maintenance and delivery of family support programs.

Areas of Responsibility

  • Recreation & parks facilities and programs
  • Family and Community Support Services (FCSS)
  • Support for committees and community groups
  • Disaster Social Services
  • Green spaces

FCSS

The purpose of Family and Community Support Services (F.C.S.S.) is to facilitate the development of programs and services that Hanna FCSS enhance, strengthen and stabilize family life. F.C.S.S. promotes volunteerism and encourages cooperation and coordination of other agencies within the community. Programs are developed through direct input from the community and suggestions and ideas are welcome at any time.

Hanna FCSS offers a broad range of community and volunteer programs. Youth programs are offered in conjunction with the Hanna Youth Club.

200 residents from Hanna and the surrounding communities, along with 15 agencies were randomly interviewed via phone and asked about their knowledge of supports and services in the community and perceptions regarding family violence.  The data was compiled in a needs assessment report. View the Hanna Step Forward report here.

Related Links

 

Alberta Association for Recreational Facility Personnel

Alberta Recreation & Parks Association

Alberta Invasive Species Council (AISC)

FCSSAA

STOPDED

Volunteer Alberta

Gwen Snell

Director of Community Services

403.854.4433

Related Documents

 

Communities in Bloom

2019 – 5 Blooms Bronze

Hanna was pleased to be awarded 5 National Blooms – Bronze again in 2019 with special recognition for Support of Tree Planting

Many thanks to judges Berta Briggs and Larry Hill.

 

2018 – National Winner – 5 Blooms Bronze

 

Hanna was pleased to be awarded 5 National Blooms-Bronze in 2018 with special recognition for Increased Emphasis on Trees

Many thanks to judges Lorna McIlroy and Gaetan Deschenes.

Hanna in Bloom is a not for profit organization that works cooperatively with local businesses and municipal government to improve the Town through people, plants and pride. The committee meets an average of four times per year. Hanna has been registered with the Communities in Bloom program since 2005.  The Town of Hanna is in competition for a National Communities In Bloom award.   After receiving the prestigious 5 blooms BRONZE award in 2018 Nationals, we are helping to continue to see improvements in our community for the 2019 competition!

2017 – 5 National Blooms Bronze


Hanna was pleased to be awarded 5 National Blooms-Bronze in 2017 with special recognition for seasonal planters.  Many thanks to judges Lucy Chang and Louise Dumouchel.

Hanna in Bloom is a not for profit organization that works cooperatively with local businesses and municipal government to improve the Town through people, plants and pride. The committee meets an average of four times per year. Hanna has been registered with the Communities in Bloom program since 2005.  The Town of Hanna is in competition for a National Communities In Bloom award.   After receiving the prestigious 5 blooms BRONZE award in 2017 Nationals, we are helping to continue to see improvements in our community for the 2018 competition!

The judges evaluation covers categories such as:

  • Environmental action
  • Heritage conservation
  • Urban forestry
  • Tidiness
  • Landscape
  • Floral displays

You may also be interested in the following areas on our website:

Public Tree Information – Bylaw, Policy and Adopt-a-Tree Program

FAQ’s 

We have a tree on our boulevard that I just don’t like. Can we get it cut down?

No.  Trees on boulevards are considered public property. These trees are part of our “urban” forest and cannot be trimmed or removed without authorization from the Town of Hanna. To keep trees looking good and healthy the town hires qualified arborists to trim public trees.  If you have a concern with a tree on the boulevard, please contact the Town.  You can also read up on the resources available to assist with trees on public property such as boulevards.

Communities in Bloom is just about flowers. Isn’t it?

No.  The Communities in Bloom program is about people, plants and pride. Communities who have been successful in achieving top honours through the program as vibrant communities who have solid operating plans for their community infrastructure – which is water, sewer and roads as well as green space development and floral displays. They are communities who have a plan for their “urban” forest by promoting and planning for street landscaping that includes tree species that are tolerant to the road conditions and suitable for the area planted.

Many people are choosing to use “hard” mulch to get away from mowing or weeds, is this a good idea?

The misconception is that once you use “hard” mulch such as gravel or rock that there is no need to weed ever again! Nothing could be further from the truth. Wind brings in dirt and weed seeds that nestle into the cracks and crevices. After a while that nicely landscaped “hard” mulch area has to be sprayed with chemicals to eradicate weeds or the weeds must be pulled out by the roots. Before you change your landscape area and use “hard” mulch you have to ask yourself if you are prepared to be spraying for weeds and pulling by hand or is there an easier method?

Don’t you have to have big fancy flower displays and a professionally landscaped yard for the Communities in Bloom program?

No.  Communities in Bloom encourages people to take pride in their community by keeping it tidy and nicely kept. Keep your buildings and fences painted and pull weeds growing along side. Make sure your grass is mowed and neat. A well kept yard designed and maintained is far more welcoming than the most expensive landscaping that has been let go to weeds and disarray!

Community Services Board Grants

The Town of Hanna Community Services Department has been providing financial assistance to not-for-profit organizations since 1986 through the Community Services Board Grant Program.   This allows organizations to provide programs, special events or activities which enhance the recreational and cultural opportunities in the community.  Council provides a budget of $2,500 annually for this program to be granted to eligible recipients through an application process.  Funding criteria and requirements are established by the Community Services Board and can be found in the Application Guidelines.

 

2018 Hanna Municipal Library Assist with sound system, craft supplies and program support.
2017 Citizens on Patrol  Assist with mileage costs for volunteers
Hanna Seals Swim Club  Assist with purchase of lane ropes
2016 Front Row Centre Seed funding for 2017 season
Hanna Seals Swim Club Assist with purchase of computer
Hanna & District Community Band Assist with purchase of music
Hanna Figure Skating Club Assist with coaching costs of new school program
2015 Hanna Community School Enhancement Society Planters
Hanna Seals Swim Club Equipment
Alberta Pioneers of Hanna & District Ceiling renovations
2014 Hanna Curling Club
Hanna Seals
2013 JC Charyk Self Esteem Program
Kiddies Korner Playschool
Colour Festival