Do You Know an Indigenous Youth Who is Making a Difference in Southern Alberta? Nominate them for a SAIYAward

saiya-awardsThe SAIYAwards recognize Indigenous youth in Southern Alberta who demonstrates a strong desire and commitment to achieve their goals. These awards are to encourage confidence and help create Indigenous youth ambassadors for the future. For the first time ever in Southern Alberta these awards will recognize and support indigenous youth 13 – 21 years who are contributing to a solution. Recipients will be given an award as well as $1,000 towards future goals and ideas. They will represent themselves and the SAIYAwards as ambassadors for the year. The SAIYAwards theme will be “The Elders are Watching” and will celebrate Indigenous youth who are making a difference in their communities, developing healthy solutions and growing into successful leaders and ambassadors for Canada. The goal of the SAIYAwards is to recognize the amazing contributions Indigenous youth are making to the community.

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You’re Invited to Join a Conversation about the NonProfit Sector’s Role in Climate Change Leadership on October 25

environment The Calgary Chamber of Voluntary Organizations, along with Alberta Ecotrust and The Pembina Institute invite you to join a conversation about the nonprofit sector’s role in climate change leadership. A panel of experts have been assembled to wrestle with questions such as how to make the transition to a lower carbon economy which represents a ‘third industrial revolution’, and why people are talking about the concept of a ‘just transition’. You’ll hear from nonprofit leaders who are making the connection between climate change and issues such as gender and poverty. You will have the opportunity to apply a climate change lens to your work. Panelists include: Dr. Sara Hastings-Simon, Director of the Pembina Institute’s Clean Economy program in Alberta, Krystal Northey, Community Development Coordinator, Women’s Centre of Calgary and Helen Corbett, Executive Director, All One Sky.

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Vote for the New École Agnes Davidson School Community Playground in Lethbridge

lethbridge-playgroundVote for the new École Agnes Davidson School Community Playground to ensure the Aviva grant is directed to help kids in Lethbridge play and thrive. It is imperative that the community rallies behind this project and votes online, as only the most popular online voted 30 proposals receive funding. Every year Aviva Canada provides $1 million to create positive change in the community through the Aviva Community Fund, Canada’s longest running online funding competition. This year there are 454 project entries, and this is the only one from the Lethbridge area. The $1 million grant is divided between the top 30 projects, based on votes from the website. These finalists are reviewed and evaluated by an independent panel of judges who choose the winning ideas. The grand prize winners will receive up to $100,000 for their charitable project. Voting starts October 11 and ends October 28, so it is imperative that people don’t delay. Start voting, share and encourage friends and family to do the same.

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Streets Alive Mission in Lethbridge Kickstarts its Winter Essentials Donation Drive on October 11

streets-aliveWith the first snow this morning there is a familiar need to warm the heads, hearts and hands of those less fortunate in Lethbridge. Streets Alive Mission is kickstarting their winter essentials clothing drive today, seeking new or gently used coats/jackets, gloves, toques, scarves and boots. Items can be donated at the Streets Alive Mission, 323 4 St S, Lethbridge. Alternatively cash donations are always welcome. A $50 cash gift can go a long way with the help of our partner organisations. To donate please visit and click on the ‘Donate’ tab for secure online donation options, or drop a cheque or cash off at the Mission’s downtown location.  Streets Alive Mission is dedicated to bringing hope to those who have none, by building relationships with the disenfranchised, through a variety of volunteer driven programs.

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