Alberta Launches Provincial Dementia Strategy and Action Plan

DementiaAlberta’s new dementia strategy supports and values families from the onset of dementia through to end of life. Since 2015, roughly $6.8 million has been invested in measures to give families tools to support their loved ones living in their home communities. The new plan calls for other improvements to help Alberta families, including increased rural specialist consultations, improved mental health supports and better transitions for patients moving between different care settings.  Over 42,000 Albertans were diagnosed with dementia in 2016, but the risk of developing dementia doubles every five years beyond age 65. As the population ages over the next 30 years, the number of Albertans living with dementia is expected to grow to more than 155,000.

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Thanks to Alberta Provincial Funding Women Change Their Lives

ACWSThe release of the 2016-17 aggregate statistics by the Alberta Council of Women’s Shelters shows the impact of the 2015 investment in funds by the Provincial government. Statistics shows that the number of women and children entering shelter remained at a constant. Shelter outreach services supported 45% more people than in the previous year.  Almost ten thousand were accommodated in emergency, seniors’ or second stage shelters.  Shelter outreach services served an additional 6,147 women and children, an increase in 45% from the previous year.

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Calling All Eco Heroes! 
Alberta’s Emerald Awards Invites Nominations Until February 9, 2018

Emerald-AwardsFor more than a quarter-century, the Emerald Awards have recognized and celebrated the outstanding environmental achievements of large and small businesses, individuals, not-for-profit organizations, community groups, youth, and governments in our province. Since 1992, the Alberta Emerald Foundation (AEF) has showcased over 300 recipients and 800 finalists through the Emeralds. This year, it could be you or an organization that you know.

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Are You Ready for #GivingTuesday on November 28?

#GivingTuesday logoThis year #GivingTuesday is on November 28th. For those of you unfamiliar with this global movement, it is one of the most important days for non profits to solicit funds, raise their profiles and highlight their important work. #GivingTuesday has been gaining momentum since it started in Canada five years ago. There are a host of tools and resources available to non profits to rally their supporters and benefit their organizations.#GivingTuesday follows Black Friday and Cyber Monday and is considered the opening day of the giving season. It’s a time when Canadians can join together to share commitments, support their favourite causes and think about others, all in celebration of giving. There is no “right” way to participate as long as it supports generosity and giving.

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October is Disability Employment Awareness Month – More Government Action Needed

Inclusion-AlbertaInclusion Alberta applauds The Honourable Irfan Sabir, Minister, Community and Social Services and the Alberta government for recognizing October as Disability Employment Awareness Month (DEAM) and the hopes and dreams of individuals with developmental disabilities for meaningful employment. Inclusion Alberta would now like to see a renewed commitment by the Alberta government in becoming a leader in inclusive hiring and job development for individuals with developmental disabilities.

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