Community Programming

Community Outreach Services offers one-on-one support services as well as engaging and accessible community programming. Meaningful community programs are critical to building a healthy, welcoming and inclusive community that fosters connections between residents and builds resiliency at the individual and collective level.  
Regular & Ongoing Programs
Community Dinners - Sundays at 5:30pm
Join Community Outreach Services along with generous volunteers to enjoy a home cooked meal along with 300 of your neighbours! The Community Dinner Program runs January through March and sees between 200-500 people break bread together on Sunday nights at the Jasper Activity Centre. It's dinner by donation! Hope to see you there. If you're interested in helping out, contact Community Outreach Services' Adult Outreach Worker,
Patrick Mooney at 780-852-6542 or

The Parent Link Playroom - Multiple programs every week
Run by Community Outreach Services, the Parent Link Playroom offers a variety of programs and services each month geared towards early childhood. The playroom is located right downtown at 627 Patricia Street. 

Childrens Indoor Play Society (CHIPS) - Tuesday & Thursday
CHIPS offers an indoor option for parents/guardians with young children to go in the colder months of the year. Run by Community Outreach Services, CHIPS takes place at the Jasper Activity Centre Multipurpose Hall on Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 9:30am - 11:30am November through April.
Mindfulness (Adults) - Tuesdays, 6pm - 7pm at COS
Mindfulness is a wisdom-based meditation practice that centres around self observation and focuses on the present moment. At these sessions, you will learn about the practice of mindfulness and develop skills to reduce the stress in your life. Everyone is welcome. Please contact Patrick Mooney at 780-852-6542 to register.

JasperLIFE Program - Ongoing
This program offers healthy, balanced lifestyle options through programming, events, clubs, and workshops for adults living, working, and playing in Jasper. The program strives to facilitate community connections and help newcomers make the most of their time in Jasper.

Advocates for Special Kids (ASK) - Ongoing
Advocates for Special Kids (ASK) provides a confidential, supportive environment for children, parents and caregivers where they can learn about community resources available for children with special needs. 

Special Events - Annual or Seasonal
Community Children's Festival - Annually in the Fall

Community Outreach Services hosted its first Children's Festival in September 2015 with over 200 children and families in attendance. Participants enjoyed live music, recreational activities, games, face painting and crafts. COS hopes to host another one next fall!  
Family Dances - Next dance, Spring 2016 - Date TBA
Family Dances are held twice a year in the Jasper Activity Centre’s multi-purpose hall. Each dance has decorations, crafts, activities, and music based around an imaginative theme. Families are encouraged to participate by dressing up and bringing a tray of finger food relevant to the theme. An average of 250 community members attend each dance while youth volunteers work along-side outreach staff to man the music, craft, and activity stations. Family Dances are a great venue for parents, youth and children to gather socialize and have some fun. 
Family Day Skate - February 21, 2016
The Family Day Skate is hosted by Community Outreach Services in collaboration with the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge every Family Day in February. Community members and visitors of all ages gather at the Mildred Lake skating rink for an afternoon of fresh air, exercise and fun, while Outreach Staff man the BBQ (free hotdogs are provided). 
New Staff Orientations - Bi-annually in the Spring and Fall
As the seasons change and new staff arrive in town, orientation programming provides an opportunity to meet friends and learn about Jasper’s social service networks. Presentations, interactive education, and comfortable social gatherings set the stage for a memorable and healthy stay in the community.