No Hesitation in Hazlet

The community's combination of leadership, determination and deep-set pride has built the foundation for a sustainable future in Hazlet, Saskatchewan. Grants through the Community Initiatives Fund (CIF) have contributed along the way.

It all began with a single goal:  for Hazlet to offer its residents vibrant and sustainable quality of life and be a place where anyone would want to live. This unified focus began almost five years ago with the R.M. of Pittville #169 and the Village of Hazlet partnered for actions to place Hazlet permanently on the Saskatchewan map.

Community development with CIF grant support began to take shape through a community arts project involving high school students, renovations to the Hazlet train station and Chinook Regional Library, and development of a museum. Then came the summer Kamps for Kids and an after school program, closely followed by an addition to the Hazlet rink.

Community celebrations also recently marked Hazlet's Centennial homecoming and featured 50 years for Hazlet's regional park. The Hazlet Gets Active physical fitness program was started and a new school playground was installed in 2013. The fitness program is affordable and it provides the venue for an active, inclusive community social life. It also accomomodates training for local recreational enthusiasts to teach the classes.

"We're now seeing the impact of these projects and programs here in Hazlet, and we're becoming known for our community innovation and cooperation." says Lindsay Alliban, Hazlet's economic development officer. "Our day care is thriving, the school is growing—when closure was threatened a few years back—families are coming back home and new families are moving here." Alliban explains that Hazlet's population of 100 has recently increased by 10 per cent and indicates that momentum will continue as they further engage their growing population.

"We have great quality of life in our thriving community, and can offer some services and opportunities usually only available in larger centres." says Alliban. "We have (even) more plans, lots of volunteers, a belief in ourselves...and the CIF. That's all we really need!"

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