A moment to celebrate - The Langbank Post Office officially opened at its new location on Wednesday, Sept. 21st. Pictured cutting the ribbon to mark the occasion are: (l-r) Kevin Zimmerman (Canada Post – Local Area Superintendent), Aimee Ducharme (Canada Post Employee), Alta O’Callaghan (Postmaster – Langbank Post Office), Bev Taylor (Canada Post employee), Elmie O’Callaghan–Ludick (Canada Post employee).

Last week, close to 40 residents of Langbank and area met to celebrate the Grand Opening of that community’s Post Office in its new location.
Postmaster, Alta O’Callaghan says that extensive renovations were done in order make the building (which had once housed Parrish and Heimbecker offices in Langbank) into a suitable home for the Post Office.
“I bought the building in January 2021. Then we started doing the renovations in March of that year. A lot of work had to be done, that included taking out walls and windows, so that we could turn this into a Post Office.
“My family and I did as much of the work as we could. But we also hired people to help us as well. All the renovations were finally finished about mid-August this year.
“Friday, Sept. 2nd was our last day at the old Post Office. We spent the long-weekend moving everything over here and opened the Post Office in this building on Tuesday, Sept. 6th.”
Kevin Zimmerman (Local Area Superintendent – Canada Post) praises O’Callaghan for facilitating the move.
“This new Post Office is a huge improvement!”
The old building was small and was showing its age. But in smaller communities like Langbank, the local Postmaster has to provide the facility that meets the guidelines set by Canada Post.
“When this building became available, Alta decided to take the opportunity to turn this into a new Post Office. She and her family have done an amazing job of converting this building into a crisp, clean new Post Office for our customers.
“At the same time, the community is receiving some value from a building that might otherwise have sat vacant. So, this is a ‘win’ in many ways!”
Zimmerman notes that the new building also provides much needed work space.
“This Post Office serves both Langbank and the surrounding area. There are just under 200 boxes here. Since the pandemic, there have also been significantly more parcels processed here. This facility provides more space for processing packages – which is great for Health and Safety as well as efficiency.
“We also have a Rural Service Mail Courier operating out of this facility twice a week. That courier provides mail service for customers who have their mailbox in their yard instead of here at the Post Office.
“This building provides plenty of room for all of that to happen, which is good for our customers and good for our staff!”
O’Callaghan is grateful to those who have helped her to take advantage of the opportunity to provide Langbank with this new Post Office.
“I really want to thank Parrish and Heimbecker for giving me the chance to buy this building from them. I’m also very grateful to Canada Post and especially to Kevin and Lisa in Carlyle, for helping me to get all of the things that I had to order.
“And especially, I want to thank the wonderful people I have working with me here, my family and the community that has supported me and helped to make this happen!”
She points out that the new facility not only houses the Post Office – but also offers space that members of the community could use in a variety of ways.
“Along with the Post Office – there are three other offices available for rent in this building. They would be ideal for somebody that was running a small business or working on a project. Or an office could be used for heated storage.
“There’s also a larger space upstairs that could be used for conferences or celebrations. And we have a huge, heated shop (complete with a hoist) beside this building that’s available for rent as well!
“So, this really is more than a Post Office. It’s a community space that can become whatever people in Langbank and area want it to be!”

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