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That’s a wrap!

Congratulations Wellness Warriors!!!!!   Thank you for joining us for the wrap up party last night! It was great to see so many of your faces!   We had a 1st/2nd Place Tie with The Tragically Fit & Coronitas! 3rd place was Estrogen Express!   Honestly we are so proud of all the teams! So […]

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Week 5 Points!

Here’s your week 5 points!! We had some serious movement on the list – way to go!   Finish strong in your last couple days!   The Tragically Fit 7000 Coronitas 7000 Estrogen Express 6875 FFAS Twoonies 6810 The 4 Amigas 6560 Spike Rules 6475 Ma-KIN-it-Work 6390 Not Slim KINda 6375 Hubba Hubba 6330 Late […]

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Wellness Challenge Info Session #6 – Eat

In wellness challenge info session #6 the theme from How’s Your 5 was EAT.  Greta Kubis who is a registered dietitian with AHS gave great tips for Healthy Eating During Stressful Times.

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Week 4 Points Total

Woot Woot!! 🔥🔥🔥 Here’s your totals after 4 weeks! Things are heating up! Finish week 5 strong friends!     The Tragically Fit 5600 Coronitas 5600 Estrogen Express 5485 FFAS Twoonies 5415 Spike Rules 5225 The 4 Amigas 5215 Not Slim KINda Shady 5150 Ma-KIN-it-Work 5100 Hubba Hubba 5055 RadioHeads 5010 The Hungry Games 4995 […]

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Wellness Challenge Info Session #5 – SLEEP

In our info session this week we are joined by both Mary and Tracy.  We learn about the benefits of reading, bedtime stories, 15 bedtime rituals and an evening wind down.

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Week 3 Points

Here’s what the totals from Week 3 look like in the Wellness Challenge.  We have lots of fluctuation throughout the middle in the week.  Lots of teams moving up and down.  Keep up the great work! The Tragically Fit 4200 Coronitas 4200 Estrogen Express 4105 FFAS Twoonies 4030 Spike Rules 3975 Not Slim KINda Shady […]

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Wellness Challenge Info Session #4 – Play

Week #4’s theme is PLAY.  So in our info session this week Zumba instructor Amber Kenney joined us to talk about adding active & fun play into our lives. Plus she takes us through a quick 20 minute zumba class.

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Week 2 Points

Here we are POINTS wise after two weeks!! The Tragically Fit             2800 Coronitas                         2800 Estrogen Express             2755 Spike Rules                      2740 FFAS Twoonies      […]

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Work Out Safe From Home

If you haven’t had the chance to meet Lisa Szabon-Smith from The Hub PT: Fitness and Nutrition yet – let us introduce you.  She is a professional athlete and coach!  She’s awesome! She has created for us an ‘everything but the kitchen sink’ workout idea for us to add some activity to our wellness challenge, […]

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Wellness Challenge Info Session #3

Welcome to our Info Session # 3! Darlene Donovan – Parks & Facilities Supervisor with the Town of High River joins us for Week 3 – Mental Health – – to talk about the mental benefits of gardening.  Thank you also to her lovely assistant Tracy Morgan.    

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Week 1 Points Reveal

Ok…those who like a little FRIENDLY COMPETITION….this is the post you have been waiting for!!   POINTS REVEAL!!!   Spike Rules                       1400 Coronitas                          1400 The 3 Amigas & 1 Amigo 1400 The Tragically […]

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Wellness Challenge Info Session #2 – LOVE/Self-Care

Bruce Masterman joined us for Info Session #2.  A chat about nature and self-care.   Bruce shares with us how research shows exposure to nature reduces stress.  He share tips on how to connect with nature while staying safe during Covid-19.  Plus he tells us “give yourself permission to take a break.”  

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Wellness Challenge Info Session #1 – WORK (School)

Carol MacMillan joined us for Info Session #1 to talk about ergo-dynamics, the structure of routine (and why it’s important and mental well-being.

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Couch to 5km with Paige!

Part of the fun with the 10th High River Community Wellness Challenge is an opportunity to learn to run!  (yes, what you learned as a child needs to be built on!)  All kidding aside we are thrilled to have Paige Valgardson teaching us how to go from couch to 5km. Each week on the High […]

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Wellness Challenge Orientation

The 10th High River Community Wellness Challenge is back!  This year 100% VIRTUAL! Jody Seeley and Carol MacMillan from the committee share the details of what to expect, what it is and how to get involved. Download your Team Captain form and your Participant Form for all challenge information. Then email hrcommunitywellnesschallenge@gmail.com to register.  Or […]

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High River Community Wellness Challenge 2020

2020 marks the 10th year for the High River Community Wellness Challenge.  Considering Covid-19 restrictions, the group wasn’t sure what the future would hold for the challenge.  After much discussion all members felt that this year it was needed more than ever, with a few tweaks and adjustments for our current situation, the challenge will […]

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10th High River Community Wellness Challenge

VIRTUAL EDITION Welcome to the 10th High River Community Wellness Challenge.  In light of Covid-19 but we have adjusted the information/sessions and connections online to continue with this annual event in our community. Our Committee is made up of a group of passionate people who care about health and wellness in High River.  This challenge is fun, […]

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Humans of High River – Karen Dees

Karen Dees has been an active community High Riverite since 2004.  When she’s not chasing around her three boys, or at work,  she is volunteering.  You may recognize her as she may have recently been knocking at her door as she worked on the Town of High River’s Census or helping you out at a […]

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#OwnIt

Are you ready to think about January? (Don’t throw anything!) I know Christmas is out before Halloween and it’s almost time for Valentine’s displays…we are bombarded with thinking ahead.  But hear me out!  2020 is going to be full of community-awesomeness!  Starting out with the annual Community Summit January 23-25, 2020!! We want you to […]

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Humans of High River – Craig Carswell

Craig Carswell is a born and raised High Riverite.  He works at Agriterra and runs his own recording studio in town called RedBlack Recording.  He keeps even busier these days since he and his wife have welcomed a son into their family…just 4 months ago. You’ve probably seen or heard him playing tunes in our community […]

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Humans of High River – Amara Duxbury

It’s a pretty cool story of overcoming and working together. Amara and her horse Allie (also known as Dragon) have had a challenging rodeo season together this year.  Back in June (which is typically the start of rodeo season) Allie (Dragon) had to vet out and take some time off….she didn’t rodeo for over 6 […]

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Humans of High River – Tricia Rakos

She’s a new mom (5 months now) and a realtor with Century 21…High River, meet Tricia Rakos.  She moved into our community in 1989.  She’s a highly involved volunteer.  She sits on a Town of High River Board and Committee (You may have seen her in their recent recruitment campaign) and she’s been very involved […]

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Humans of High River – Jim Graham

High River, meet Jim Graham.  He’s been in our community for over 40 years.  He served as a School Teacher, Principal and School Division District Supervisor before retiring.  Now, he keeps busy as a grandpa to three kiddos and as a volunteer!  (#funfact he’s been on a Town of High River Board/Committee for over 25 […]

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Five Summer Fun Things To Do In High River

With Summer half-way through there is still lots of time to get the family out for fun in High River.  Although there are many things to do in our town, we complied a Top Five list to get you started. The Highwood River This amazing river that runs through High River originates in the Rockies […]

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Summer Self-Care

While drinking a cup of tea and reflecting this morning the thought popped into my head about self-care in the summer.  Is this easier because the weather is nice, and you feel like you are “allowed” to relax more, or you can go outside for that nature boost?  Or, is it harder because your kids […]

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Humans of High River – Lyndsay Butler

Let us introduce you to High River’s Country Music sweetheart Lyndsay Butler.  She grew up in our community, and currently lives in Foothills County – more directly Gladys Ridge.  She is a Canadian country music recording artist and songwriter who has recently been accepted into an artist development contest with Alberta Music called Project Wild.  […]

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Humans of High River – Steve Hanulik

We kick off the month of June with Steve Hanulik.  Originally from the Yukon, this husband and father of two has lived in High River for the past 14 years.  He is an underwater enthusiast, an amateur historian, a filmmaker – documentarian and mechanic. (He’s a man of many talents – the list could go […]

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Humans of High River – Karon Argue

Meet Karon Argue, a local illustrator and artist.  She has lived in High River for the past 18 years with her husband Darren and three children.  She is a former business owner (Gecko Graphics) and published author/illustrator. That list alone makes Karon a pretty amazing member of our community.  However she’s got a pretty cool […]

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It’s Canadian Mental Health Week!

This is Canadian Mental Health Association Week (May 6-12, 2019) “Mental health is a state of well-being, and we all have it. We might have a mental illness, and we might not. Either way, we can all feel well. We can all have good mental health. It is about having a sense of purpose, strong […]

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Up the Grade – Environment (Vital Signs)

We have a great opportunity before us to ‘Up the Grade’ from our 2018 Vital Signs Report in Environment.  As a community we gave our town a B+ in this key area of life.   We celebrated the following three areas: The number of natural spaces and parks that are easy to access. The opportunities for […]

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How about collaboration instead of competition?

Collaboration is a process of participation through which people, groups, and organizations work together to achieve desired results. Collaborations accomplish shared vision, achieve positive outcomes for the audiences they serve, and build an interdependent system to address issues and opportunities. Doesn’t that sound amazing? It’s a common goal within all community.  It’s really a part of what we […]

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Humans of High River – Laura Suarez

She hails from Chihuahua Mexico but has called High River home, with her family, for the past ten years.  Let us introduce to you Laura Suarez.  She works with the FCIS (Foothills Community Immigrant Services) Team in High River helping new Canadian families get situated and learn about the community. What is your favorite thing […]

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Happy Volunteer Week

It’s National Volunteer Week and the Town of High River officially declared it for our community on Monday April 8th, 2019 when they raised the volunteer flag outside town hall. The Town hands out the awards to the Volunteers of Year winners on Tuesday night April 9th, 2019. No surprise this event has SOLD OUT […]

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All We Share

I think we (sometimes) take for granted all the things we share as a community.  We love our community, without question.  But when is the last time you slowed your busy and reflected on that?  I admit, with the schedule I keep – I am guilty of not doing that.  But this morning watching a […]

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Humans of High River – Michael Koehler

Another 2019 Community Summit Actionator from our summit is Michael Koehler.  He shared with the community his idea to vision to in-progress for The Venue and the creation of the High River Performing Arts Society. Michael and his family (wife Lori and daughters Anna and Grace) have lived in High River for 13 years.  He spends […]

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Humans of High River – Alaine Kowal

Let us introduce to you another one of our 2019 Summit Actionators – Alaine Kowal. She moved to High River with her family in 2006 from Boston.  Not surprising this mover/shaker in our community has a few things on the go.  Outside of her busy family life she works at the Foothills Fetal Alcohol Society, […]

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Reflecting on Summit 2019

Being in a room of people who love their community is electrifying. From January 24- 26 Our High River hosted our 5th Annual Community Summit. The evening of the 24th was ‘Summit Lite’ including appetizers and Actionators – a little taste of Summit.  Friday was an invite out to other communities to look at Our ‘Tools […]

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Humans of High River – Wade Nelson

Meet Wade Nelson, a Rancher in the County of Foothills…Father, Husband, Volunteer, Actionator!  You may or may not recognize the Nelson name…as his Great-Grandfather moved into our area before the war…so they’ve been ranching here for almost 100 years. (Talk about deep roots…) When we called Wade to find out a little more about what […]

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Humans of High River – Amanda Pawlitzki

Our next eight ‘Humans of High River” were the 2019 ‘Actionators’ at the Community Summit.  Chosen to speak to share because they are people who say yes, people who volunteer, people who take action in our town. Meet Amanda Pawlitzki.   She is a Health Coach and Barre Instructor who moved to High River when she […]

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Humans of High River – Alyssa Briggs & Steve McMasters

You’ve probably seen this new power-couple of High River on the news in the past few weeks.  Their love story went a little viral after the release of their 2018 Christmas card and announcement of engagement.  Alyssa Briggs and Steve McMasters were featured on Global News, The Daily Hive, B-93, Kool FM, Battlefords Now, Lethbridge […]

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January Community Connection Challenge

I recently took part in a (Re)Connection Challenge from Dr. Jody Carrington via social media and it inspired me to create something similar for our community for 2019.  It will be fun! Print off this calendar, save it to your phone or email ourhighriver@gmail.com if you want one emailed to you. Track your progress on […]

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Merry Cadetmas! (lol….see what I did there?)

I was invited to be the guest of honour at the 187 Foothills Air Cadet Squadron Mess Dinner this year. It was so cool to see what this group does, learn more about them and share in a special evening.  The staff, parents and cadets are so awesome and kind. This packed house full of […]

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Humans of High River – Yousra Jomha

She’s known as the one of the most decorated Mortgage Brokers in Canada. Our Yousra Jomha was just awarded the honour of being named a ‘Woman of Influence in 2018’ in all of Canada in her industry to add to that list of accolades. She is proud of all these accomplishments, but when you sit […]

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Humans of High River – Carter Wilson

Meet 12-year-old Carter Wilson of High River. This born & raised kid of our community is on cloud nine these days.  In December he’s headed to Las Vegas!  Not your usual child destination, but when you’re a rodeo kid there’s no place you’d rather be than Vegas during Wrangler National Finals Rodeo time! A year […]

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Humans of High River – Jaden Holle

Meet Jaden Holle of High River.  A dynamic, out-going and community enthusiastic citizen.  She was born & raised in High River and graduated from Notre Dame Collegiate.  Holle is the Chad Besplug Invitational Rodeo Queen (Claresholm) and is competing in the Miss Rodeo Canada contest.  She is headed to Red Deer this week (Oct. 29-Nov. […]

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Humans of High River

One of many things we do through Our High River is ‘highlighting.’   Our newest campaign to highlight our citizens is called Humans of High River.  We will be showcasing the faces in our community each week.   The idea comes from a couple of places…our desire to share stories of our awesome people and the ‘Humans […]

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It’s not goodbye, it’s see you soon…

The ‘Our High River Wisenheimers’ will be defending their championship title this Saturday at the Grate Groan Up Spelling Bee. The trophy has spent the last year in our office and Fawna wanted to make sure that she knows she’s well-loved.  The bond between Fawna and Trophy was deeper than we first thought. Upon further […]

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20 Years of Service: Danna Ormstrup and Foothills Fetal Alcohol Society/101 Centre

Here’s a chance to shine the light on our fourth “God-Mother.”  We lovingly came up with this nickname for the four executive directors of the social profit agencies celebrating 20 years in our community.  These four women have really been pioneers in paving the way to help citizens and families in High River and surrounding […]

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20 Years of Service – Marianne Dickson & Wild Rose Community Connections

Over the last few weeks we have been highlighting the 4 social profit agencies and their Executive Directors who have been servicing our community for the past 20 years. This week we introduce you to Marianne Dickson with Wild Rose Community Connections. Don’t forget coming up on Saturday August 25th – there is a BIG […]

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20 Years of Service: Sue Stegmeier and Literacy for Life Foundation

Like we chatted with you last week, 2018 is the year 4 of our social profit agencies celebrate 20 years of service in our community.  There is a big party celebration coming up on Saturday August 25th in George Lane Park. At the helm of the Literacy for Life Foundation (one of the four agencies) […]

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20 Years of Service – Orvella Small & Foothills Special Needs Association for Parents & Siblings

2018 marks the 20th Anniversary of four social-profit agencies in High River (and surrounding communities). August 25th is a big celebration in George Lane Park! On Talk of Our Town this week we salute Foothills SNAPS Executive Director Orvella Small!

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The Optimistic Citizen – June 2018

Have you had a chance to read the new postive news source in High River? We are so excited for Alaine Kowal’s great idea!! Check out The Optimistic Citizen – TOC June 2018 Do you have an idea you want to share?  Book a coffee date with us and let’s chat!  Email: ourhighriver@gmail.com

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Emotional Resiliency – You are going to get a kick out of this.

by Fawna Bews As I sat in a meeting this morning – a meeting of big minds trying to figure out the current socio-political landscape (I know, silly right?) I kept getting an image of feet. As I heard the woman beside me say “I’ve always been told you need to get a thicker skin […]

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Perspective. Let’s Change from What’s Wrong? to What’s Strong?

In this section of our website we want to share stories of amazing community builders.  And this is ANYONE.  It doesn’t matter the size of the impact.  It’s just about those who are creating it. Our team watched this Ted X video this week and we just had to share. WE (all of us in […]

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Passionate People Parlaying Purpose into Perfect Projects

by Fawna Bews There’s nothing quite as inspiring as a person who is full of aliveness.  They bring life to the community. It doesn’t even seem to matter what they are passionate about, it’s the fervor of sharing it, of transforming a simple idea to a big event or program.  I’ve been seeing a lot […]

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There’s more to the story…

by Fawna Bews One of the hardest things about community are the people.  Am I right?!  Annoying people, bossy people, lazy people, stuck-up people, judgey people (wink, wink).  And yet, we can’t really have community without them. One is the loneliest number.   I’ve had the gift of working with traumatized youth most of my […]

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Making it Easier – You Need to Be Talking About This

by Fawna Bews There are some things we just don’t talk about.  As a couple of my colleagues said to me “we were taught that you don’t air your dirty laundry”.  Over the past few years the doors on mental health as an acceptable topic of conversation have opened up.  There was a time in […]

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Senior’s Week in High River

by Fawna Bews This week is seniors’ week and whether you are someone whose roots run very deep in the community of High River [flash quiz – who’s the current longest living resident of High River? Please message us if you know] or one of the many people who choose High River as the perfect […]

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Local Funds = Global Hearts

High Riveritte Liz Vigueres is orginally from Mexico.  When the large earthquake happened in that country last fall she wanted to help.  She rallied support – especially from the Rotary Club and raised some funds. Here is an update from her… STOVE PROJECT The first photo is a broken clay stove, after the Earthquake September […]

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It’s VITAL SIGNS Time!!!

The 2018 High River Vital Signs survey is here! You have until June 4, 2018 to take the survey and share your voice. Why? You Ask? Because YOUR voice matters in our community! The information that is gathered in this survey is used by all of us (citizens), by the Town of High River and […]

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Volunteer Sisters!

Submitted by Alaine Kowal – The Optimistic Citizen Volume 1, Issue 1   Chances are good you have seen at least one of these young ladies volunteering in and around the town of High River.  If you have been living in the town longer than six months, most likely, you have seen both of them […]

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Vital Signs survey launching to collect feedback on Quality of Life in High River.

Our High River and the Town of High River are inviting all residents, businesses and agencies to complete the 2018 Vital Signs survey designed to measure quality of life in High River! “This year we will be gathering information from citizens, agencies and businesses that will allow us to better understand how our community has […]

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Meet Jacqui Patterson

In this “Talk of Our Town” section we are highlighting the many faces of High River.  We want to meet those behind-the-scenes doing amazing things in our community.  Do you have an exceptional neighbour?  Who do you see making High River even better?  Submit ideas to us! Shoot a video with that person!  Tell us […]

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Top 10 Reasons to Get Involved in Your Community

One of the most asked questions we face is – What’s in it for you and the Community?  So we compiled a top 10 list! #10: It’s good for you. Volunteering provides physical and mental rewards. It: Reduces stress: Experts report that when you focus on someone other than yourself, it interrupts usual tension-producing patterns. Makes […]

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What is Our High River?

This is a question we are asked often and it’s not always easy to answer.  It’s not that we are not clear it’s that we want it to be more of an ideal than another program or agency. The hope for Our High River is to encourage citizens to be positively involved in their own […]

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