To­day’s ru­ral re­al­ity en­cour­ages or­ga­niz­ers in Twin Butte to cre­ate ranch and ru­ral se­cu­rity trade show

Prairie Post (West Edition) - - Front Page - BY HEATHER CAMERON

A unique event which will ad­dress a cur­rent is­sue in ru­ral ar­eas will be held at the Twin Butte Com­mu­nity Hall Nov. 24.

The Ranch and Ru­ral Se­cu­rity Trade show goes from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

“The Twin Butte Com­mu­nity So­ci­ety de­cided, af­ter see­ing ad­ver­tise­ments for sim­i­lar events in cen­tral Al­berta, that this event could be some­thing the com­mu­nity might be in­ter­ested in and could ben­e­fit from,” ex­plains So­phie LaRocque, the cur­rent chair of the Twin Butte Com­mu­nity So­ci­ety.

The trade show will fea­ture key­note speaker Shane Pa­hara, an em­ployee at Pal­adin Se­cu­rity who will talk about crime preven­tion through en­vi­ron­men­tal de­sign. Lo­cal RCMP de­tach­ment em­ployee, An­nie Starzyn­ski, will also speak about ru­ral crime and crime in the area.

“The idea of the trade show came about as a re­sponse to the def­i­nite in­crease in crime in the Pincher Creek area over the last few years,” LaRocque says. “It's only a mat­ter of time be­fore that in­crease af­fects the Twin Butte area.”

LaRocque says that ven­dors at the trade show will fea­ture many busi­nesses in­clud­ing Cana­dian Land Ac­cess Sys­tem, pin­na­cle se­cu­rity, cen­tral watch group, Pincher Creek District Cit­i­zens On Pa­trol, The Water­ton Bio­sphere Re­serve, Pincher Creek Cham­ber of Com­merce, and Pincher Creek Co-op Farm Cen­ter.

“The plan­ning process was rel­a­tively easy,” LaRocque said.

“We were able to es­sen­tially car­bon copy off of a trade show that was held in Moun­tain View County ear­lier this year thanks to the in­cred­i­ble co­op­er­a­tion and gen­eros­ity of the folks who put that to­gether and were will­ing to share all the de­tails.”

The Lo­cal Ag Ser­vice Board, LaRocque says, has sup­ported the cre­ation of the trade show, as­sisted in the hir­ing of the key­note speaker, and is also help­ing to keep the costs as­so­ci­ated with the trade show low.

“We are con­fi­dent that this will be a well at­tended event, as it is ad­dress­ing a very real and grow­ing con­cern which has re­cently di­rectly af­fected a few of our com­mu­nity mem­bers,” LaRocque said. “I don’t be­lieve that this is a “one and done” is­sue and I hope to see con­tin­ued pro­gram­ming. I hope that this event we are host­ing is a cat­a­lyst for con­ver­sa­tion around ru­ral crime.”

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