Greetings from G5 leaders

On behalf of Birch Hills County Council and staff I would like to wish everyone in all our communities a very merry Christmas and a prosperous new year. Remember to be safe and have a wonderful holiday season. As we get close to the end of the year and the beginning of a new one, we can look back on this past year as a year of accomplishments and also some challenges. 2020 has shown the resilience and can-do spirit of Birch Hills County residents. Even with all of the difficulties COVID-19 presented, the people of our area persevered. We now get ready to face the next year with hope and anticipation of what is to come.

Gerald Manzulenko
Birch Hills County

On behalf of the MD of Spirit River Council and administration, I would like to wish you a very merry Christmas and a healthy and prosperous new year. 2020 has been a challenging year on many fronts. Certainly, the COVID-19 pandemic has been in the forefront this year. Yet, with a vaccine now expected to be administered in 2021, we are hoping the coming year will be much better. Despite the pandemic, work carried on within the MD of Spirit River. The Low Level bridge is being replaced, river erosion is being dealt with, and we are working on a solution to prevent the annual flooding in Rycroft. In addition, public works replaced numerous culverts, was kept busy cleaning ditches, graveling and grading roads, all while also maintaining a brush control and spray program. We have also been working on developing an industrial corridor to attract new business to our region. Our work with the Central Peace Medical Clinic, FCSS, a regional water plant and the proposed seniors care facility carries on. Administration has also been busy with grant applications totaling more than $5 million for 2020/2021. Council and staff hope you may look forward to a great 2021.

Tony Van Rootselaar
MD of Spirit River No. 133

While 2020 has certainly been a challenging year for all of us, at this special time of the year we are reminded of the many blessings we have to be thankful for.On behalf of Council and staff at Saddle Hills County, I would like to extend our best wishes to all and our sincere hopes for a happy, healthy and prosperous year ahead.

Alvin Hubert
Saddle Hills County

2020 is quickly coming to an end, and with the year we have all been having, it probably can’t come soon enough for some. In regards to the COVID-19 situation, we offer our deepest sympathies to all those who lost a loved one or a friend due to the coronavirus or otherwise. With the arrival of the COVID-19 vaccine, we are hopeful that 2021 will be a much better year. Having said that, we should all be appreciative of what we have – friends, family, and the great community we live in. On behalf of the Council and staff of the Town of Spirit River, we wish everyone a merry Christmas and a happy new year.

Allan Georget
Town of Spirit River

On behalf of the Village of Rycroft staff and Council I would like to wish everyone in the G5 a merry Christmas and happy new year. Even though this has been a tough year, I would like to thank everyone for doing their part to keep our community strong and growing. Don’t forget to donate to your local food bank. Thank you and stay safe this holiday season.

James Verquin
Village of Rycroft