Friday, December 3, 2010

A Skate Park For Penhold Youth @ Aviva Community Fund


Congratulations to the Penhold and District Optimist Club for your project making it to the semi-finals of the competition.  Voting started on December 2nd, and they need all of our help for them to make it to the finals.  We encourage all Optimists in the District to take the time to vote daily for this project!

Members of the Penhold and District Optimist Club are advocating for our local youth by helping to make their DREAM of having a Skate Board Park in Penhold a REALITY.  Anyone can register and vote at

The Semi-Finals began yesterday, (Thursday December 2nd) and the Penhold Skate Park will need your votes (and the votes of your friends) more than ever! Remember, you can also ask your friends’ support via Facebook (invite them from this event page) and Twitter – there are links right on the voting page at the bottom to popular social media sites. Make sure everyone knows and keep reminding them to vote every day if you have an office or work email use that as well as your personal one to vote! Get everyone involved to vote!

Once the semi –finals voting begins (December 2nd) if you are not registered, PLEASE REGISTER on the Aviva Community Fund site ( ) Make sure you click on the confirmation email that the Aviva Community Fund will send to your email address to confirm your registration . . follow the link , sign in and in the “Search Ideas” space enter 5775. This will take you to the icon of the Penhold Skate Park idea – click on the icon and then click VOTE NOW! Yay! You did it! Vote every day!!

Members of the Penhold and District Optimist Club are advocating for our local youth by helping to make their DREAM of having a Skate Board Park in Penhold a REALITY. As seen in our application video, our local youth feel their dream of a skate park would promote positive change in our community by providing them a place they can take ownership and be proud of. We feel that if our youth are involved in the process of undertaking such a large development such as this, that they will know that they are an important part of our community which will in turn develop their desire to keep the community clean, safe, and vibrant.

Local youth who participate in the Penhold Youth Club and/or attend the Penhold School have expressed their desire to have a place they can call their own, a place they can go and skate board or bmx bike where they can be free to develp their skills and meet new friends in a safe and positive environment.

An important part of Penhold's vission is the Penhold S.H.A.R.E.S. Model. (Supportive.Healthy.Accepting.Responsible.Ever-Active.Safe.) This project supports the S.H.A.R.E.S. Model and we believe that...

A Skate Park in Penhold would promote Positive Change in our Community and turn a DREAM into REALITY!

The Penhold & District Optimist Club, formed in June of 2010, is part of Optimist International whose sole mission is to better the lives of children and youth in every community. Each year Optimists conduct 65,000 service projects that reach more than six million young people throughout the world, and Penhold & District is now proudly a part of it.

Centrally located on Highway 2A between Red Deer and Innisfail Alberta, Penhold is a vibrant family orientated community; a perfect place to raise a family. We boast a unique relationship with our local schools in working together and supporting a healthy, active community. Penhold is a vibrant, growing town within the Central Alberta corridor that is demonstrating innovation, partnerships and significant growth. It is our mandate to protect the vitality and health of our town, which also includes supporting a responsible, ever-active and safe community for everyone. This will positively impact the economic, social and environmental well-being of our citizens. We look forward to helping you create positive change in your community.

Originally submitted by Opt Laura Murphy on our District Facebook page.


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