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Blake Campbell
Gull Lake Events
Gull Lake Events
May 14, 2022
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Blake Campbell
Gull Lake Events
Gull Lake Events
May 13, 2022
In Informative Posts
Here are the dates for swimming lessons at Crescent Point Pool in 2022!! Source: Crescent Point Pool
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Blake Campbell
Gull Lake Events
Gull Lake Events
May 12, 2022
In Informative Posts
Community Council for Gull Lake School. The meeting will report on the activities of the council for the past year and to elect new members. Nomination forms are available from the school or at the meeting. All parents, students and community members are welcome. Gull Lake School Tuesday, June 21*', 2022 2:00 p.m. Source: Gull Lake School
Gull Lake School Community Council Annual Meeting content media
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Blake Campbell
Gull Lake Events
Gull Lake Events
May 06, 2022
In Informative Posts
Spring has arrived once more, and planting season will be here before we know it. We are looking for donations of flowers, bedding plants, and seeds to plant in our courtyard at Autumn House Independent Living Facility. Donations can be dropped off at Autumn House, or call (306) 672-3672 for more information. Autumn House Independent Living Facility
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Blake Campbell
Gull Lake Events
Gull Lake Events
May 02, 2022
In Informative Posts
Fun new league starting up this summer! Let us know if you would like to join our mini golf league for the month of June! We have lots of fun planned for our mini golf this year, follow along on our new page! Kinette's Corner Mini Golf
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Blake Campbell
Gull Lake Events
Gull Lake Events
Apr 29, 2022
In Informative Posts
Source: Gull Lake Lyceum Theatre
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Blake Campbell
Gull Lake Events
Gull Lake Events
Apr 27, 2022
In Ideas
Many prosperous communities actively engage with their residents to plan for the future of their communities. A municipal Strategic Plan assists a Town Council in assessing what is happening in their community today, where they want to be tomorrow, and what steps they will need to take to get there. Shaunavon's plan was recently updated, and hopefully Gull Lake will consult with its residents and update our strategic plan. Building Community Together is the only way we will be able to move our community forward. Blake Campbell
Town Council Needs to Reengage With Residents to Update Strategic Plan  content media
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Blake Campbell
Gull Lake Events
Gull Lake Events
Apr 27, 2022
In Informative Posts
Source: Gull Lake School
Gull Lake School Drama Club Presents Order UP! content media
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Blake Campbell
Gull Lake Events
Gull Lake Events
Apr 27, 2022
In Informative Posts
Source: Go-Fer-Hole
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Blake Campbell
Gull Lake Events
Gull Lake Events
Apr 26, 2022
In Informative Posts
The Clairbank 4H Club will be holding a Battery Drive on April30th at the Gull Lake Pioneer Co-op parking lot. So be sure to round up your old old vehicle batteries and bring them to the Battery Drive and support the Clairbank 4H Club.
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Blake Campbell
Gull Lake Events
Gull Lake Events
Apr 26, 2022
In Informative Posts
We are SO excited to have this event back! Contact Natasha, message our page or reach out to any Kinette to enter! If you can't join us for golf, come down to Last Chance Bar and Grill for the afterparty featuring another local comeback from the DIRTY ACES Source: Gull Lake & District Kinette Club
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Blake Campbell
Gull Lake Events
Gull Lake Events
Apr 17, 2022
In Photos
Gull Lake is a forward-thinking town situated in the midst of southwest Saskatchewan's oil region. Numerous oil businesses are located in the town, and the landscape is dotted with pump jacks and battery sites. Blake Campbell
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Blake Campbell
Gull Lake Events
Gull Lake Events
Apr 15, 2022
In Photos
This mural can be found facing the Little Green on the Prairie park on the north side of the Gull Lake Curling Rink. This is by far my favorite mural in any community, and I frequently use it in quote memes on Gull Lake Events' social media platforms. The words between the murals serve as a constant reminder of how our community got to where it is today and how it will progress in the future by BUILDING COMMUNITIES TOGETHER. Blake Campbell
Gull Lake's Motto Found on the Curling Rink Mural content media
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Blake Campbell
Gull Lake Events
Gull Lake Events
Apr 10, 2022
In Informative Posts
On April 5th, 2022 the Saskatchewan government announced an increase in funding for 27 communities' emergency medical services (27 Communities To Benefit From Increased Investment In Emergency Medical Services In 2022-23). Four of the services were non-profit, and they received funds to "address funding gap for non-profit service." The Gull Lake Ambulance Service was not one of the four, and a review of the Saskatchewan Health Authorities Annual Reports (2018-2019 and 2020-2021) reveals little has changed since my retirement in 2017. Having worked in EMS for 32 years, I understand the importance of funding, particularly for rural ambulance services. Non-profit service underfunding has long been a problem. Gull Lake Ambulance Service is a non-profit service and has been chronically underfunded for many years. Indeed, the ambulance would have left the community years ago if it hadn't been for the commitment of Gull Lake rural and urban municipalities to fund shortfalls through the Gull Lake and District Road Ambulance Corporation. Throughout my career, I submitted numerous financial statements and operational surveys to determine the service's funding requirements. While we did see funding increases, the impact on funding shortfalls was always minimal. In reality, calculating funding for the operation of an ambulance service is not difficult. The service in Gull Lakes is staffed by a combination of on-call hours during the day and standby hours at night. The Gull Lake Ambulance Service is adequately staffed and runs as efficiently as possible. The annual audited financial statement submitted to the SHA each year contains all of the information on the actual cost of operating a service in this manner. While the annual audited financial statement may show a break even, this is due to municipal contributions covering annual funding shortfalls. When the Saskatchewan Health Authority reviews financial statements, municipal funding should not be considered as a revenue source. Municipal funding is a revenue source that is primarily used to cover annual shortfalls, and this must be taken into account when determining provincial funding levels. Hopefully, the funding provided to non-profit communities in this budget helped to close their funding gap, and that more funds will be available in future budgets to assist Gul Lake and other non-profit services with their funding shortfalls. Blake Campbell
Funding Gap Addressed for Some Non-Profit Ambulance Services content media
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Blake Campbell
Gull Lake Events
Gull Lake Events
Mar 25, 2022
In Informative Posts
Check out the movies playing at the Gull Lake Lyceum Theatre in April!
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Blake Campbell
Gull Lake Events
Gull Lake Events
Mar 13, 2022
In Ideas
Today's communities are competitive in their efforts to grow, and one of the tools used for citizen engagement can help a community gain a competitive advantage. Getting the attention of online media sources with positive news about your community can help you get the attention of potential residents or businesses. Communities that have online news or radio have an advantage over other communities that do not. However, a municipal blog combined with a good social media platform can be used effectively to attract the media's attention to the positive happenings in a community. Today's communities are competitive in their efforts to grow, and one of the tools used for citizen engagement can help a community gain a competitive advantage. Getting the attention of online media sources with positive news about your community can help you get the attention of potential residents or businesses. Communities that have online news or radio have an advantage over other communities that do not. However, a municipal blog combined with a good social media platform can be used effectively to attract the media's attention to the positive happenings in a community. A town is wasting an opportunity if it does not make the most of its blog. When it comes to spreading the word about what a town is doing to attract new businesses and residents, this is especially important. Unless a Town's opportunities expand outside of the council chamber and the community, its economic development efforts will be sluggish. Blake Campbell
Municipal Blogs Important Tools for Municipalities to Be Competitive content media
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Blake Campbell
Gull Lake Events
Gull Lake Events
Feb 15, 2022
In Ideas
Keeping Gull Lake sustainable presents a number of challenges, and if we are to tackle those challenges successfully, we must do it as a collective. Some of the difficulties we have been dealing with for a long time are as follows: The amount of unoccupied buildings and vacant lots in the downtown. There is a shortage of commercial/industrial land. Availability of hotel/motel rooms is limited, and the campsite is ageing. The town's and neighboring trading area's population is declining. These difficulties will not resolve themselves and cannot be resolved just by the Town Council or Economic Development Committee. To assist in overcoming these obstacles, a community effort will be required. I would strongly encourage everyone who is interested to these meetings to attend and learn how we can work together to bring our town forward in a positive direction. I've included links to the meetings that interest you below the photographs. Blake Campbell Gull Lake Events
Upcoming Meetings Important for the Future of Our Community content media
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Blake Campbell
Gull Lake Events
Gull Lake Events
Jan 22, 2022
In Ideas
This is a great video with some very simple business advice from well-known American business people. The following are some key takeaways from the video's advice: Delight your customers. Work hard and set an example for your staff. Learn from failures or difficulty and pivot to the idea that works. Think about your business plans and what you want to do next. What is the purpose of your business. Stay focused on your business. Have a clear strategy of what sets your business apart from other businesses. Blake Campbell Gull Lake Events
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Blake Campbell
Gull Lake Events
Gull Lake Events
Jan 14, 2022
In Stories
SWT was the title sponsor of SWT Hockey Week in Gull Lake. The week-long event raised a whopping $128,000.00. Gull Lake hosted a week-long event jam-packed with events from January 14th to January 20th, 2019. SWT partnered with the Gull Lake community on this once-in-a-lifetime event. The annual "Winterfest" event was also held as part of Hockey Week. Winterfest featured a Trade Show, Top Corner Hockey, a Magic Show, and the annual Pie Eating Contest. The Tourism Committee sponsored an Ice Sculptor for the festival.. The Town of Gull Lake Winterfest Event put on a stunning fireworks display at the conclusion of the event. Blake Campbell
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Blake Campbell
Gull Lake Events
Gull Lake Events
Jan 09, 2022
In Ideas
During my tenure on Town Council, I learned the value of engaging residents early on. During the first two terms, Council reached out to residents in order to form committees that would allow for resident participation. The Cemetery Committee, Communities in Bloom Committee, Tourism Committee and Heritage Committee all provided assistance to the council in their respective areas. What was accomplished with the assistance and ideas of these committees could never have been accomplished by council alone. When the town website was updated in 2012, the website designer had extensive experience with community management. He included a website blog that council used to promote things that were going on in our town and things that were important to the town, such as what was going on with industries like oil and agriculture. Residents frequently expressed dissatisfaction with the lack of information available in council minutes. To assist residents, the Blog was also used to keep residents informed with greater detail than was provided in the minutes. The blog also enabled council to inform and solicit feedback from residents in ways that were previously not possible. When new garbage pickup methods were being explored in 2014. The Town could choose between street or alley pickup. Many councils adopted the option without public input. But our council chose to poll residents. Back alley pickup was highly supported. With the help of residents council decide on back alley pickup. Residents were most engaged in the 2017-2022 Strategic Plan survey. Council was able to poll residents to help define a future strategy. The input was broad and offered Council an indication of residents' priorities. I recall sidewalk trip hazards was one thing that was not on Council's radar. After reviewing the poll results, we realized there was a problem and called in "Safe Sidewalks Canada" to help. The Recreation Advisory Committee was established to allow for resident involvement in recreation programs and activities. This committee has done a great job reaching out to residents with a variety of surveys and workshops. In the short time it has been active it has accomplished a number of recreation programs and was responsible for the creation of the Kiaskus Trail. Economic development is a priority for all councils. However, speaking from experience, it is a massive endeavor that requires the cooperation of council and the community. That is why the council on which I previously served recruited an Economic Development Officer and appointed residents to the Economic Development Committee. This committee has done an excellent job with a variety of initiatives aimed at boosting our local economy. I believe that engaging residents should always be a priority for all councils. I made several memes using the mural shot from the Curling Rink. My favorite tagline is "Building Communities Together." Working together is how we got where we are today and how we will move forward into the future. Blake Campbell
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