Alliance still kicking

Richard Froese
South Peace News

The board chair of the Lesser Slave Lake Economic Alliance [LSLEA] remains optimistic about the future of the organization.

“We are not dissolving, we are still alive,” says Barry Sharkawi, who has chaired the alliance for the past six years.

Established in 2007 as a registered society, the LSLEA has been annually funded $100,000 from Alberta Economic Development and Trade under the Regional Economic Development Alliance program.

However, that funding stopped for LSLEA in April 2018.

“We, as a membership, will discuss how we can refresh our organization and continue to do the best for the alliance region for economic development and tourism,” Sharkawi says.

“We will continue to apply for provincial and federal grants.”

The LSLEA is ambitious to grow its mission and membership.

“I am proud to say that we have First Nations and Metis Settlement involved,” says Sharkawi.

He clarified the status of the LSLEA after it was reported at a Big Lakes County council meeting the alliance was in the process of dissolving.

“Some people in the community are giving false information about the LSLEA and it has to stop,” Sharkawi says.

South Peace News reported on May 30 that county deputy CAO Jordan Panasiuk reported at the county council meeting May 23 that the LSLEA was in the processing of dissolving.

LSLEA is a non-profit organization whose members share the common goal of advancing economic development initiatives for the benefit of the Lesser Slave Lake region.


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