Facilitation services and training workshops are delivered to small and large groups, in person and online, and training material can be tailored to the course participants. Training is provided in the areas of Business Start-up, Administrative Skills, Personal Development, Computer Software, Bookkeeping and Accounting and Board Development. For a detailed listing of available courses click here.

FirstStart Planning Ltd. offers a full range of bookkeeping services for businesses and organizations.  Heather Lyon is a Certified Professional Bookkeeper through the Institute of Professional Bookkeepers of Canada.

While some clients require assistance in all aspects of their financial management, others prefer to bring their books in on an annual or quarterly basis for preparation of year-end information to be used by their accountants to prepare corporate tax returns.  All bookkeeping is done on computerized software programs (Sage 50 or Quickbooks).

Heather Lyon is a member of the Sage Accountant’s Network and a Quickbooks Pro Advisor for both their desktop and online software programs. Heather provides assistance to clients who are having issues with their programs.

Heather can also help you switch over from your existing accounting software to either Sage 50 or Quickbooks. She will help with the transition, the setup of the new files and provide you and your staff with a customized instruction book for using your new software.

First Start Planning Ltd. recognizes the importance of professional documents carefully developed in order to have the greatest impact on your clients.  Writing services include:

  • Instructional/Training Manuals
  • Policy & Procedure Manuals
  • Reports and Proposals
  • Form Letters
  • News Releases

Writing services have been provided to organizations looking for development of course material, corporate documents and manuals, and small business owners who require business plans.  The company has been added to the Writer/Editor Resource list of the Career and Workplace Resources branch of Alberta Human Resources & Employment.


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  • Aurora College, Northwest Territories
  • Medicine Hat College, Medicine Hat
  • Red Deer College, Red Deer
  • Design Quarry Graphic Artists
  • Slave Lake Laser & Hair Salon
  • D L Services Ltd. (Arctic Esso)
  • LUE-42 Enterprises
  • Harmony By Design
  • North Fork Controls
  • Tru-Temp Electric
  • Lime Design Inc.
  • Sierra Vacuum Services
  • On The Mend Medical Supplies
  • The Prairie Creek Inn
  • Originals on Mackenzie
  • Lesser Slave Lake Community Development Corporation
  • Rocky Wildwood Investment Services Ltd.
  • Slave Lake Laser & Hair Salon
  • G.L.J. Technical Services Ltd.
  • Northwest Territories Housing Corp.
  • Great Northern Arts Festival Society
  • Inuvik Youth Centre
  • Northern Lakes College – Slave Lake Campus
  • Inuvik Justice Committee

“Heather has done my bookkeeping for 15 years and is 100% an asset to my company.  She is professional while being personal and totally understands my unique bookkeeping needs. I trust her with all my company info and I have no doubt that she can handle ANY situation that my arise with my business.  (Seriously, she’s smart! Like having your very own accountant and banker all in one…..)”

B. Pinder | Sierra Vacuum Services