As of yet, an organization hasn't stepped forward to take the reins for Cochrane Light Up, one of the community's most cherished annual events.
As anticipated, Cochrane Light chair Stephenie Shelstad and her entire board have stepped down. After 10 years of organizing/co-organizing Light Up, Shelstad made it clear that the 2022 edition was her last and certainly she went out with a bang.
Shelstad says no one attended Light Up's annual general meeting on Mar. 13 and the society has been shut down. She has, however, maintained its social media and will respond to inquiries until a new group steps forward.
In the meantime, the town is accepting applications for its large-scale events grant program, which provides matching funding up to $15,000 for eligible not-for-profit organizations. The application deadline is May 1.
Besides Cochrane Light Up, this particular grant provided support for the annual Labour Day Parade and the Cochrane NYE Family Celebration, both organized by the Cochrane and Area Events Society, in 2022.
With the dissolution of the Light Up Committee and ongoing development of the town's Community Services department, applications to deliver the event in partnership with the town will be evaluated with specific consideration of the applicant’s ability to successfully undertake the planning and execution of the event.