Family Week 2014
Family week was celebrated in February from the 23rd to the 28th this year. It was organized by Child and Family Services and has been a yearly event. The week consisted of a scheduled variety of activities that the community and families could take part in.
The week was started on Sunday February 23rd, with the proclamation of Family Week at Saint Joachim’s Church during regular Sunday mass. The proclamation was read and declared by Chief George Ginnish and Emerson Francis drummed and sang the Honor Song. There was a gathering at the Band Administration Building afterwards with soup and sandwiches, cake and beverages served. There was a balloon release and the snow sculpture contest was also announced.
On Monday, there was the Community Breakfast with pancakes, sausage and juice being served. There were approximately 200+ plates served. The same day there was an Elders luncheon held at the seniors’ room. There was a good crowd and they enjoyed a meal and company there were 10 draws for gift cards and other prizes to add to the festivities.
On Tuesday, there was a luncheon for the many foster parents who have been active in our community. Their commitment to helping with children and youth in the community is very much appreciated. There was a sleigh/wagon ride organized for young and old alike outside the Band Administration Building. The horses were a welcome sight to many and the participants enjoyed themselves. There was lots of pizza and refreshments served afterwards.
On Wednesday, a Family Skating party was held at the Sunny Corner Rink. It was a time to participate in a great form of exercise while having a few laughs and smiles with the other participants.
On Thursday evening, a celebration was held in recognition of the “Eel Ground Youth Homes 25th Anniversary.” There was a Community Supper/Banquet held in the main hall of the Band Administration Building. There was a meal prepared with roast, potatoes, mixed vegetables and a dessert and beverage and the community was invited to attend the festivities. There were presentations made for the current staff members of the Youth Home as well as a special presentation to Wayne (Flash) Ward who has been on staff since 1989 when the home first opened. It was a great evening enjoyed by all who attended.
The final event of the evening was the presentation to the crowd of the depiction of the new school. A few changes to the outside were made from the images shared previously but the changes will not affect the inside functionality. The school will begin to be constructed in May 2014 with the expected finishing date to be in January 2015.
On Friday, the last day of Family Week the winners of the snow sculpture contest were announced. First prize of $150.00 went to Mervin Ramsay & Tammy on their Sculpture of an Indian head wearing a headdress. Second prize of $100.00 went to the Rising Sun Treatment Centre who created a Smudge Bowl with a Feather snow sculpture. The Third Prize of $75.00 went to Cody & Kelly Narvey who created a Sculpture featuring the popular “Minion” character from the movie: “Despicable Me.”
Thanks to all who participated and helped make this event a success. Eel Ground Child & Family services appreciated the support of “Family Week Celebrations” by residents of all ages who attended the various activities throughout the week. It was another successful event this year. Child & Family Services would also like to thank the following sponsors for their support as well: The Chief & Council of Eel Ground First Nation, The Eel Ground Health Centre, The Eel Ground Bingo Committee, The Eel Ground Quilting Club & Seniors Committee and The Rising Sun Treatment Centre.