County encouraged to Disconnect to Connect!

February 7, 2014

This Family Day, residents are encouraged to disconnect from technology to reconnect with family, friends and their community.

Twenty-two municipalities in the Capital Region are encouraging residents to unplug from technology and connect with family and friends on Family Day, February 17. Participating municipalities are competing to see which community accumulates the most time unplugged from technology.

“A recent statistic states that 58% of 2-5 year olds can play a computer game, while only 43% can ride a bike,” says Mayor Roxanne Carr. “The Family Day Unplugged challenge is an excellent reminder to focus on real family time outside of the virtual world.”

Not only will County residents benefit by unplugging, they can also enter to win great prizes. Prizes include a bicycle valued at $500, two autographed bicycle jerseys from Tour of Alberta athletes, and a family games package valued at $120. Unplugged hours can be submitted through drop-off boxes located at County recreation centres, Parent Link, Strathcona County Library and the Community Centre.

On February 18, the day after Family Day, residents also have a chance to win prizes by posting their Family Day Unplugged stories on the County’s Facebook page or via Twitter and Instagram using the #SCunplugged hashtag.

Quality time with family and friends can be as simple as playing a board game or having family dinner. County recreation centres are also an excellent spot to unplug as families can be active and learn new skills together while swimming, skating or so much more. All County recreation centres have a fun filled line up of extra activities in addition to regular hours on Family Day; More information or call 780-467-2211.

On Family Day, 100% of County recreation facility admission fees will be donated to support Everybody Gets to Play in Strathcona County. Last year over $19,600 was raised for the program on the single day. Everybody Gets to Play provides less fortunate families in Strathcona County with access to recreation - whether through registered programs or a Millennium Card.

Why unplug?

  • By graduation, the average teen will have spent more time watching screens than being in the classroom, playing sports and talking to their parents. 
  • Children who watch more television during the first three years of life are more likely to have more problems with attention deficit disorders when they are between the ages of seven and nine years old (Institute for Safe Families)

More information about Family Day Unplugged is available online or by calling 780-464-4044.

Set in the centre of Alberta’s energy and agricultural heartland, Strathcona County is a thriving, successful and vibrant community of more than 92,000 residents. Strathcona County is made up of the urban area of Sherwood Park and a large adjacent rural area of farms, acreages and smaller hamlets. It is home to 75 per cent of refining in Western Canada. With a focus on economic, governance, social, cultural and environmental sustainability, Strathcona County is committed to balancing the unique needs of its diverse community.

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Contact:

Mayor Roxanne Carr, 780-464-8000
Teri Stannard, Family and Community Services, Strathcona County, 780-464-4044