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Special Area No.2

Alberta’s Special Areas is a unique rural municipal area covering approximately 2.1 million hectares in southeastern part of the province. Nestled in the Canadian Badlands, Special Areas No. 2 stretches from the Red Deer River area to Sullivan Lake with the district office based out of the Town of Hanna and has a distinctive history that has created a strong foundation for growth and sustainability of the region. Deep badlands, soft coulees and rolling river hills and expansive plains provide the setting for family farms, enchanting hamlets, captivating events and a growing entrepreneurial spirit. Special Areas No. 2 encourages innovative ideas to enhance and maintain a quality of life for all residents of the area.

Special Areas No. 2 is:

-Supporting and facilitating the creation of wireless high-speed internet network available throughout the region.
-A member of Cactus Corridor which works in conjunction with the Village of Youngstown and the Town of Hanna to promote economic development for all of its members.
-A member of the Canadian Badlands Ltd. and Alberta’s Special Areas. A member of the Henry Kroeger Regional Water Services Commission.
-Located within Special Areas No. 2 are: Bindloss, Buffalo, Cavendish, Cessford, Dorothy, Empress, Hanna, Iddesleigh, Jenner, Pollockville, Rose Lynn, Scapa, Scotfield, Sheerness, Spondin, Stanmore, Sunnynook, Richdale, Wardlow, Watts.
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Special Area No.3

Special Areas No. 3 is a rural municipality with a number of hamlets, surrounds the Town of Oyen and has a strong agricultural economy, successful petroleum industry and a growing tourism industry. Many small businesses flourish in the district and access the world using technology. Special Areas No. 3 encourages innovative ideas to enhance and facilitate a great business environment for residents and continues to build recreational opportunities throughout the area.

Special Areas No. 3 is:

-Supporting and facilitating the creation of wireless high-speed internet network available throughout the region.
-A member of SAMDA Economic Partnership which works in conjunction with the MD of Acadia No. 34, Village of Empress, Village of Cereal, and Town of Oyen to promote economic development for all of its members.A member of the Canadian Badlands Ltd. and Alberta’s Special Area.
-A member of the Henry Kroeger Regional Water Services Commission.
-Special Areas No. 3 is located in southeastern Alberta and is governed by the Special Areas Board. This rural municipality encompasses the communities of Benton, Cereal, Chinook, Esther, Excel, Lanfine, Oyen, Sedalia, Sibbald, New Brigden and Youngstown.This unique municipality is located within the SAMDA (Special Areas and MD of Acadia No. 34) region and shares governance with Special Areas No. 2 and Special Areas No. 4.
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Special Area No.4

Special Area No. 4 is within the SAMDA region, surrounding the Village of Consort, is largely agricultural, boasting a vibrant petroleum industry and a strong service sector. Retail and administration sectors anchor the communities within the Special Areas and present opportunities for growth. New technologies greatly improve business opportunities making the combined rural lifestyle and job of choice difficult to resist. With the addition of the Special Areas Rural High Speed Internet and Voice Over IP Project, existing rural businesses’ ability to compete globally is greatly enhanced and new business opportunities are consistently emerging. As a community within the Canadian Badlands, we boast prospects for tourism entrepreneurs. The Canadian Badlands is a destination choice of hundreds of thousands of tourists each year and is growing. Other key advantages of living and doing business in our community include the rural lifestyle, growth sector opportunities – e-commerce/remote workplace/tourism, a great location with good highway access, and a supportive municipal government.

-Special Areas No.4 is located within the SAMDA (Special Areas and MD of Acadia No. 34) region and shares governance with Special Areas No. 2 and Special Areas No. 3.
-This rural municipality encompasses the Hamlets of Loyalist, Hemaruka, Monitor, Compeer, Altario and Kirriemuir, and the Villages of Consort and Veteran.
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Special Areas No. 2

Buffalo Community Hall403-379-2122
Bindloss Community Hall403-379-2199
Empress Community Centre403-656-2202
Meadowlands Mutual Recreation Centre403-665-2029
Spondin Community Centre403-854-2210
East Coulee Community Hall403-822-2149
Homestead Coulee403-822-2109
Pollockville Hardgrass Hub403-779-2431
Royal Canadian Legion - Hanna403-854-3673
Red Rose403-854-4852
Social Plains403-379-2237

Special Areas No. 3

New Brigden Community Hall403-664-2244
Sibbald Community Hall403-676-3966
Sedalia Community Hall403-326-2157
Chinook Community Club403-326-3745
Lanfine Community Hall 403-664-1147
Cereal Community Hall 403-326-3731
Esther Community Hall403-664-2040
Cappon Community Club403-664-2120
Big Stone Community Hall403-779-0007
Youngstown Community Hall 403-779-3854
Royal Canadian Legion - Oyen 403-664-2211

Special Areas No. 4

Compeer Community Center403-552-3830
Consort Sportex403-577-3623
Altario Community Society 780-753-4066
Monitor Community Club403-577-2096
Kirriemuir Community Association 403-552-3786
Veteran 403-575-3954
Hemaruka Hall Association403-575-2114

The role of the FCSS is to enhance, strengthen and stabilize family and community life. It actively promotes and encourages cooperation and coordination with other agencies in the community, volunteerism, youth and senior out reach.

Consort & District FCSS 403-577-3011

Hanna FCSS 403-854-4433

Oyen & District FCSS 403-664-2255

Community and Municipal libraries in the Special Areas are served by the Marigold Library System.

Berry Creek Community Library 403-566-3743
Cereal Municipal Library 403-326-3883
Consort Municipal Library 403-577-2501
Empress Municipal Library 403-565-3936
Hanna Municipal Library 403-854-3865
Oyen Municipal Library 403-664-3580
Veteran Municipal Library 403-575-3915
Youngstown Library 403-779-3864

The following are Paper Back Deposit locations:

Altario- Altario School 403-552-2261
Buffalo- Community Hall 403-379-2405
Homestead Coulee – Community Hall 403-566-2117
Jenner- Post Office 403-898-2435
New Brigden – Curling Rink 403-664-2381
Sibbald Community Hall 403-676-2167


Special Areas residents have many different scholarships available to help them finance their dreams.

University of Alberta

University of Calgary - $1,400.00 - $4,000.00

4 bursaries up to $4,000.00 for University of Calgary students. Offered annually to students entering first year in any undergraduate faculty. To be eligible students must be from the Special Areas. Based on financial need and academic merit. The awards are renewable in the second, third and fourth years at the University of Calgary providing that the recipients maintain a minimum grade point average of 2.60 for each year of study as a full time student.
$1400.00 - Offered annually to a continuing undergraduate student in any faculty who has completed at least one year. Students must be descendants of a pioneer/homestead family in the Special Areas. If no suitable candidate, then open to students who graduated from any Alberta high school. Based on financial need and academic merit.

- Some scholarships available here

University of Lethbridge

Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT) - $2,500.00
Available to entering or returning SAIT students enrolled in a certificate or diploma program. Preference given to descendants of the original pioneers (early 1900's) who held title to land within the Special Areas (proof necessary). Second to students who have attended a high school in the Special Areas.

The donor of this bursary is also Ms. Leone J. Curry. The purpose is to honor the memory of her parents, Blanche & Alex Curry and the pioneering spirit of the homesteaders in the Special Areas.

Olds College - $1,000.00

Available to students entering any Olds College program. First preference to descendants of the original pioneers in the Special Areas (early 1900's). Second preference to residents in the Special Areas for at least 5 years. Award based on financial need.

The donor of the above bursary is also Ms. Leone J. Curry. The purpose is to honor the memory of her sister, Adele Blanche Curry Robb, who was a victim of breast cancer in 1967.

Acadia Valley Rec Club Scholarship
ATCO Electric Field Electrical Technologist Award Program Info
ATCO Electric High School Bursary Electrical Technologist Award Program Application
ATCO Poster - April 2014
ATCO Power - Educational Bursary Application Form
ATCO Letter - Educational Bursary Letter
Big Country Agricultural Society Scholarship
Big Country Rod & Gun Club Scholarship
Big Stone Ladies Club Bursary
Big Stone Ladies Club Scholarship - BCCS
Blaine Lockhart Memorial Scholarship
Buffalo Agricultural Society Scholarship
Chamber of Commerce Scholarship
Conoco Phillips Canada Marengo Trades Bursary
ConocoPhillips Work Prep Bursary
ConocoPhillips Work Prep Bursary - Application Form
Consort Lions Club Post-Secondary Scholarship Award - Application Form
Curry Bursaries
Dr. Hoang Memorial Bursary
Fed & Freda Geuder Scholarship
Gaye Ross Memorial Nursing Scholarship - Application Form
General Awards
Gordon Hittel Memorial Scholarship
Hanna And District Agricultural Society - Bursary For Leadership - Info Application Form
Hanna And District Agricultural Society - Memorial Bursary For Agriculture - Info Application Form
Hanna Chamber of Commerce Bursary
Hanna Health Centre Ladies Auxiliary Bursary
Hanna Ladies Auxiliary Application Form
JCC Science Awards
Joel Toth Memorial Apprenticeship Scholarship
Knights of Columbus Bursary
Maren Beeston Student Initiative Award
Medicine Hat Co-op Scholarship
Neutral Hills Agricultural Society Scholarship - application form
Nicholas Baier Memorial Award Application
Oyen Lions Club Scholarship
PLRD Scholarship Application Form Revised January 2015
Prairie Land Board Selected Specific Scholarship Details - January 2015
Prairie Rose Ata Local #2 Teacher Scholarship
RMA Scholarship
Rose Jardine Bursary
Royal Canadian Legion Ladies Auxilliary Alberta/N.W.T. Command Bursary
Rumsey Ag Scholarship
School Specific Scholarship Details - January 2015
SCHS Student Citizen of the Year Award & Scholarship
Schulich Leader Scholarships - Overview
Schulich Leader Scholarships - Poster
Schulich Leader Scholarships Nomination Guidelines
Sibbald Community Club Award
William Keyte Memorial Bursary

Other scholarships available:

AAMDC Scholarship Program

Monsanto Canada Opportunity Scholarship

4-H Scholarships

Alberta Union of Provincial Employees (AUPE) Members in good standing of AUPE with two consecutive years service as of July 16 of current year are eligible, and/or their spouse, and/or their financial dependents, and/or dependents of retired or deceased members. All dependents must be under the age of 25 years. Consideration will be made for a past member who enrolls full-time in an educational institution within the first year of job elimination.

Prairie Land Scholarships

Prairie Land Regional Division No. 25 offers scholarships and bursaries to students entering any accredited Canadian post-secondary institution. Some awards are conditional upon recipients being admitted to and registered as a full-time student at a college or university.  Please click here for more details on these awards.

School Specific Awards: 

Altario School - Other Awards
Berry Creek Community School - Other Awards
Consort School - Other Awards
Delia School - Other Awards
J. C. Charyk Hanna School - Other Awards
Morrin School - Other Awards
Youngstown School - Other Awards

South Central High School Scholarship Handbook:

Provincial Scholarships
National Scholarships

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