Programs and Projects
The Community and Family Services department, with funding from the Jasper Community Team Society, is behind various longstanding programs in the community.
Jasper's Santas Anonymous program is run by the Municipality of Jasper with funding from the Jasper Community Team Society. The program allows Jasperites to share the magic of the holiday season with neighbours and fellow community members who may not otherwise be able to take part. The program supports more than 60 local families each year.
Cash, cheque or gift card donations can be made to the Jasper Community Team Society at 627 Patricia Street, open Monday to Friday 9am-4:30pm.
Follow Santas Anonymous Jasper AB on Facebook for information on events and opportunities to participate in the campaign.
Rec & Resource Fair
The idea for a Rec & Resource Fair came from the community. Participants at the Adult Community Conversation table noted that it can be difficult to find out about all of the activities that take place in Jasper.
In an effort to make the community more welcoming and inclusive, the group determined a rec and resource fair would be the perfect community fix.
Jasper's first fair was held on Sept. 6, 2018 and attracted more than 50 booths and hundreds of community members. Feedback was very positive so the Jasper Community Team Society sought funding to continue offering this event in the community. The Jasper Community Team Society has now obtained funding to organize another Recreation and Resource Fair in Jasper in the Fall of 2019.
In order to ensure Jasper is welcoming and inclusive all year long and that community members can find out about activities in the community during all four seasons, Community and Family Services is collecting contact information for a Recreation Directory.
If you are part of a group or team and would like to be listed, please fill out the short survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/DKJWVGW.
Wilderness Access Program
A Brief History
In 2005, a small group of people recognized a service gap in Jasper. They noticed children with special needs being excluded from the opportunity to access wild spaces. In response, the Jasper Sit Ski and Wilderness Access Committee was formed. Teachers, parents, youth, young adults, seniors and local businesses came together and fundraised more than $18,000. The committee purchased two adaptive ski machines and two Trail Riders. In 2008, the committee partnered with the Jasper Community Team Society to ensure ongoing rental of the equipment and subsequent funding could be sustained.
Mountain life is for everyone. Thanks to the Wilderness Access Program, the whole family can venture beyond in Jasper National Park.
The Trail Rider
The Trail Rider takes accessibility to a whole new level. This innovative adaptive equipment allows people with mobility restrictions to explore Jasper’s world class hiking trails with the help of two volunteers. The large single wheel is able to take the seated rider along narrow trails, over roots and rocks with comfort. Hand brakes make for an easy controlled descent after enjoying a spectacular view.
The Sit-Ski program is now fully administered by Marmot Basin. Call 1-866-952-3816 to book!