Sylvan Lake is like one big family according to Jeannette Davis who has entered the community in Canada’s most interesting towns contest by Readers’ Digest.
“One Big Family” is the title of her entry in the most community spirit category.
She said because the community includes a mixture of new people from around Canada, its one of the most actively engaged communities in the country.
“If there are any festivals, community projects or community events, there are a large number of volunteers willing to help out to make the event fun and exciting. We are also raising a new generation of volunteers. Our youth are actively involved with a large number of community projects and are the backbone for many successful annual events …
“As a citizen if you need a hand, odds are all you have to do is go on Facebook or phone a community organization and ask for help and you will have dozens of people willing to help out. Sylvan Lake is a town I’m proud to call family.”
There are seven categories in the contest — best destination, greenest, healthiest, best cuisine, most community spirit, most artistic, and most entrepreneurial.
“We need your stories and images celebrating the sites, sounds, quirky facts and fascinating folks that define the unique places we live in,” states information on the contest. “Tell us your story and you could win a cash prize of $5,000 for you, and $5,000 for your town for a community improvement project. There are also seven prizes of $1,000 each to be won.”
Each of the almost 500 entries in the various categories are available for viewing on the Readers’ Digest website (www.readersdigest.ca). Then you may vote for the ones you want to support.
At press time, Sylvan Lake’s submission had garnered over 925 votes and was climbing daily. That’s significantly less than the over 82,000 votes for Cranberry Portage, MB or 42,464 votes Dubreuilville, ON have received in the community spirit category.
There were 145 entries in the community spirit category. In all categories there was a total of 34 entries from Alberta communities.
The contest closes Dec. 18 and winners will be selected Jan. 17.
“Our readers will help choose Canada’s most interesting towns. Vote for as many entries as you like, as often as you like, and be sure to tell everyone in your interesting town to vote, too!” states the website.