The community of Drumheller and area are on the right road to becoming more welcoming and connected.

Back in September, the Town of Drumheller and Family & Community Support Services applied to the Aviva Community Fund's small ideas grant.

Yesterday, Aviva officials released a number of winners for the $10,000 fund, as municipalities have community members vote to gain traction for the money, and Drumheller was one of the lucky winners.

"Aviva, annually, offers two levels of grants out to the entire country. So they offer a number of large grants, which were over a hundred thousand dollars," explained April Harrison from FCSS. "Then a large number of smaller grants that are up to ten thousand dollars. So we applied for the small ideas grant, which is $10,000 and it's to develop our welcome program, here in Drumheller."

Now that one of the many grants was awarded to Drumheller, Harrison and the town can now focus on the organization of these welcoming programs.

"There is no welcome wagon in Drumheller at present. We want to pick that up again and really welcome newcomers to the valley when they arrive," Harrison continued. "We applied for the grant for a few things. The idea is to get a committee together and develop these welcome packages for newcomers to the valley."

The packages might include possible gifts to local attractions as well as information packages about the services available in Drumheller and area as well as the history of the area.

"We are really pleased that we were successful and for everyone that voted. That's how we got this money and that's how we will push this forward," thanked Harrison.

As the money from Aviva works its way into the town, Harrison said that we can expect more outsiders feeling welcomed and connected within our community.

The Hanna Roundhouse also campaigned in a previous year for the Aviva fund grant but was unsuccessful.

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