Local Programs & Local Programming Support

Developing and Delivering Local Programs

Local programs are community-developed recreational or educational classes. They are classes that come from your interests and your initiative, with most of the planning and administrative support from Community Services. Local programming classes are typically short, simple and safe. Examples of classes that could be developed and offered locally include instruction in basic fitness, art, tutoring sessions, music lessons and so on. See further below (A Quick 5-Step How-To) for simple instructions on how you can develop a local program. Why not get started now?

2024 MD of Bighorn sponsored courses and presentations: March to May

Guitar Club at the Exshaw Community Centre: Three Sessions: March/April/May: No experience necessary, come and join the music as local music-facilitator Sue Denton leads an easy-going group of participants in guitar playing and popular songs. Part jam, part lessons, part show-and-tell, these sessions are for you...really, for you!

  • Time: 7:30pm - 8:30pm
  • Days: Second Wednesday in each of March (13th), April (10th) and May (8th)
  • Venue: Exshaw Community Centre, Exshaw
  • Fee: $20.00 per session or pay-what-you-can, payable at the events or register online here (when link is live, Monday March 4)

Fitness Classes at the Exshaw School Gym: Four Classes, April/May: Great for beginners and for experienced fitness enthusiasts, for teens and adults! Circuit fitness classes include a variety of workouts creating a thorough exercise plan. Taught by a professional fitness instructor who excels at making you feel welcome at the classes and at helping you find the exercise level that is right for you.

Share this program information to ensure sufficient registration: minimum 8 participants. If this is your first online registration, please see below on How to Create an Account to Register, or for more information, contact Community Services: doug.saul@mdbighorn.ca

  • Time: 6:15pm - 7:15pm
  • Days: Thursdays of April 18, 25 & May 2, 9 (must register for all four classes)
  • Venue: Exshaw School Gymnasium (please wear footwear that does not mark the newly refinished gym floor, thanks!)
  • Fee: $60.00 (15 per class, must register for all four classes) Note: If this fee is not affordable for you, please contact Community Services to discuss.
  • Register online here

Open Gym Nights & Teen Gym Nights at the Exshaw School Gym: Come and be active with a variety of sports and activities at the Exshaw School gymnasium. NOTE: Participants 12Y and under must be accompanied by their adult 18Y+ caregiver who will also sign the Canadian Rockies Public Schools waiver. Proper non-marking gym shoes must be worn. Equipment must be suitable for the (newly resurfaced) gym floor. For example, only plastic non-marking hockey stick blades are permitted.

NOTE: Teen nights are specifically for teens and tweens, ages 12Y - 18Y, with accompanying adult caregivers present for drop-off, waiver reading and signing, and pick-up.

Please note the particular date, time and ages for each session.

  • Open Gym Nights:
    • Tuesday, March 12, 6:30pm - 8:30pm
    • Thursday, April 18 & Thursday May 2; 7:30pm - 8:30pm
  • Teen Gym Nights:
    • Tuesday, March 19, 6:30pm - 8:30pm
    • Thursday, April 25, 7:30pm - 8:30pm
    • Thursday, May 9, 7:30pm - 8:30pm

Presentations and Events at the Bighorn Library, Exshaw:

  • Homework Helper, Wednesday March 27, 4:30pm - 6:00pm: Teacher available for homework/school support for elementary and middle school language arts, social, science and math; high school social and language arts
  • For parents: Math Resources for grades K - 8. Monday March 4, 6:00pm - 6:30pm: Learn about resources to help your child in Math, grades K - 8.
  • For parents: Reading & Writing Resources. Monday March 25, 6:30pm - 7:30pm: Learn evidence-based literacy resources for children grades K - 4.
  • Night Sky Wonders presentation, for ages 14Y - adult. Wednesday March 27, 7:30pm - 8:30pm: Learn about the wonders visible in the night sky. For beginners, enthusiasts or anyone just mildly curious!

Exshaw Fitness Classes: Full body circuit fitness classes for teens and adults. Dates/times: Thursday evenings, 6:15 - 7:15 pm, April 18, 25, May 2, 9. Registration opening this week! Share this program information to ensure sufficient registration (minimum number or participants = 8). See below on How to Create an Account to Register, or for more information, contact Community Services: doug.saul@mdbighorn.ca

Creating an Account to Register: If you are creating your first account to register for a program with the MD of Bighorn, the accounts program will prompt you with instructions. You will only need to enter 5 fields: email, first name, last name, phone number, and a password. Once you have an account you will have ongoing access to all available forms and a record of the forms you have saved and completed.

A Quick "5-Step" How-To Develop a Local Program with support from the MD of Bighorn

Here is a short version of how to set up a local program with Community Services. If you'd like more details on how to set up a local course, it is recommended that your read the short (2-page) document linked below, Guide to Developing and Delivering Local Programs. But, you might only need the five steps below to have all the info you need to connect with Community Services and get a program up and running.

  1. Come up with program idea that has interest in the community such as art classes.
  2. Contact the Community Services Coordinator with your idea to discuss.
  3. In discussion with the Community Services Coordinator, course details will be clarified, such as: age range, number of participants, day/time/venue.
  4. Plan on between one and four classes. Each class would typically be about 45 - 60 minutes in duration, though there may be exceptions, such as First Aid classes, etc. Keep in mind that you can repeat the program if it is a success and if the instructor/venue is available again
  5. Community Services will budget the program for cost recovery, using items such as participants numbers, instructor fee, equipment expenses, venue rental fee, registration fee.

A Few Details

Local programs that are directly supported with resources provided by the MD of Bighorn are offered on a cost recovery basis through registration and are developed in partnership with the Community Services Coordinator.

Local programs that are eligible to receive direct support from the MD will receive honouraria for program planning, activity and instructor insurance, human resources support for the instructor, health and safety oversight, program marketing and online registration options. You come up with the program idea and some interested participants, and Community Services will work with you to make it happen.

In the neighbouring towns of Cochrane, Canmore, Banff and Sundre, there is a wide variety of recreational, educational and social services. Even more specialized services are available in Calgary, though with significant travel time. However, local programming that is supported by the MD of Bighorn can provide unique benefits:

    Low travel times to programs

    Programs that are developed for your local, specific needs

    Programs that are adaptable to your changing circumstances

    Programs that create positive social interactions within your local community

If you are interested in developing a local class or program on a cost recovery through registration with the support of the MD's Community Services, please read the attached document: MD of Bighorn's Guide to Developing and Delivering Local Programs. Please contact the Community Services Coordinator to see how your proposal can be hosted by the MD.

MD of Bighorn's Guide to Developing and Delivering Local Programs (PDF)


Email: doug.saul@mdbighorn.ca 

Phone: 403-673-3611, extension 223