Each spring Jasper is flooded with new staff from around the province, country and the world. In an effort to welcome them and introduce them to the community, an annual Summer Welcome Event is organized by JasperLIFE—a Community Outreach Services (COS) program that offers healthy lifestyle options for people 18+ living and working in Jasper.
For the second year, JasperLIFE and the Jasper Skytram co-organized the event, offering a free tram ride up Whistlers Mountain to the 545 summer staff who came out on May 14.
As well as the complementary trip, participants had an opportunity to discover everything Jasper has to offer by visiting booths from local non-profit organizations and adventure-based businesses.
In attendance was Community Outreach Services, Settlement Services, AB Supports, Options West Yellowhead, the Yellowhead Emergency Shelter for Women, Jasper Employment and Education Centre, Habitat for the Arts, the FASD Network, Victim Services, Alberta Health Services’ Addictions and Mental Health, Parks Canada, OUT Jasper, the Municipal Library, the Fitness and Aquatic Centre, Friends of Jasper National Park, Source for Sports, Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge, Alpine Club of Canada, Jasper Yellowhead Museum and Archives, l’Association canadienne-française de l’Alberta (ACFA), Rockaboo Mountain Adventures, Jasper Wellness Centre and Translucid Adventures.
SunDog Tours provided free shuttles to anyone without a vehicle, leaving from JPL and multiple hotels in the community.
Dana Hospitality was also a big supporter, serving a variety of free burgers for everyone in attendance, ensuring that everyone was well fed before taking in the views at the top tram station.
Adding to the excitement at the lower tram station was DJ Riki Rocket, who kept the party going with some dance beats.
In order to receive a free ride up the mountain, attendees first had to engage with at least six booths in order to get a stamp on their “passport.” Once they had six stamps, they were greeted by Town Councillor Bert Journault who traded their passport for a tram ticket.
In a survey, JasperLIFE asked participants what they enjoyed best about the event, one respondent said: “Meeting the different organizations, the Skytram ride, the shuttle service and the food.”
Another said: “I felt I got a lot of information about life here in Jasper. I really feel welcomed. Thanks a lot. This is a great community.”
Another said the best part was: “Getting involved and feeling included among other colleagues.”
JasperLIFE would like to thank all of the organizations that set up a booth and all of the businesses that supported the event, either by partnering in the organization and hosting of the event, or by providing draw prizes.