Regional WCPD Winners 2018


For three years running, FireSmart Canada has held its Wildfire Community Preparedness Day (WCPD) each spring. Under this program, Canadian communities contemplating home-grown activities aimed at reducing wildfire risks can apply for funding courtesy FireSmart Canada, through Partners in Protection. This year’s program awarded funds to 94 community initiatives across Canada – six of which are right here in the Lesser Slave River region.

“Events like WCPD remind us that there are many simple, grassroots things we can all do in our homes and communities to reduce wildfire risks and stay safe,” commented Murray Kerik, Reeve of the MD of Lesser Slave River. “By funding and recognizing these local efforts, we reinforce FireSmart strategies in the hearts and minds of all community members.”

Wildfire Community Preparedness Day projects may include initiatives such as clearing leaves and other combustible debris from around homes and other structures, working with neighbours to hire a chipper service to remove slash, or creating and distributing wildfire safety information. Groups of all sorts and individuals of all ages are welcome and encouraged to take part each year.

Our six regional award recipients are listed below. The MD congratulates these groups and wishes them success in their FireSmart initiatives! The full list of 2018 recipients can be found on the FireSmart Canada website.

Slave Lake Region Outdoor Adventure Trade Show & Sale

Friday & Saturday, May 4 & 5, 2018
The award was used for draw prizes for trade show attendees who engaged with the FireSmart/Alberta Wildfire booth (leafy trees).

Canyon Creek Recreation Association

Saturday, June 23, 2018
Award used for a Community Cleanup & BBQ.

Marten Beach Cottager’s Society

Saturday, August 18, 2018
Award used for Community Cleanup & BBQ.

Summerwood Subdivision & Gilwood Golf Club (Hole 17)

Friday & Saturday, May 4 & 5, 2018
The award was used for draw prizes for trade show attendees who engaged with the FireSmart/Alberta Wildfire booth (leafy trees).

Bayer Road/Whitetail Way Subdivision (neighbouring Sawridge First Nation)

Date & activity to be announced.

Sawridge First Nation

Date & activity to be announced.

About FireSmart Canada

FireSmart Canada is the go-to national program committed to helping Canadians reduce their wildfire risk and become fire adapted through community-based solutions. FireSmart is administered by the Partners in Protection Association; a non-profit coalition of federal, provincial, First Nations', private industry, and municipal fire, emergency, and land management experts. Through publications, programs, outreach training, and workshops, FireSmart provides tools for Canadians to become proactive in reducing the risk of wildfire to their homes and communities. FireSmart programs and products are supported through membership and ongoing active support from organizations such as the Canadian Interagency Forest Fire Centre, the Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction, the National Fire Protection Association and The Co-operators Insurance. For more information on FireSmart visit

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The Lesser Slave Lake and the river were the main links to the Peace River district until the beginning of the 20th century, when the construction of the Northern Alberta Railway facilitated transportation in the area. Visit the Municipal History section to learn more about our region's rich heritage.
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Just a few hours due north of Edmonton, Lesser Slave River is a truly unique place to live, work and play. From breathtaking expanses of boreal forest and unspoiled natural wonders to a thriving economy and genuine work/life balance, opportunities abound. Here you'll discover a place of rugged beauty. A place of real people. A place you'll never want to leave.

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