Alberta Emerald Foundation Announces 2017 Award Winners

Emerald-AwardsFor the past 26 years, the Emerald Awards have recognized and celebrated the outstanding environmental achievements of large and small businesses, individuals, not-for-profit associations, community groups, youth and governments. Uniquely Albertan, the Emerald Awards are the only award of their kind in our country, showcasing environmental excellence across all sectors. Each year from November until February, the Alberta Emerald Foundation receives Emerald Award nominations in 12 established categories.  A panel of knowledgeable judges with cross-sector experience carry out an independent evaluation based on established criteria and select the finalists and recipients.

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ACWS Announces New Workplace Training Program to Support Victims of Domestic Violence

domestic-violenceTo coincide with National Victims and Survivors of Crime Week (NVSCW)— from May 29th to June 2nd — the Alberta Council of Women’s Shelters (ACWS)  announced their newest training and educational outreach program. The training program, Domestic Violence and Your Workplace, educates employers and employees to recognize the signs of abuse and to make effective interventions on behalf of colleagues/staff facing domestic violence.

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ABMI Announces New Online Portal on Alberta’s Plants and Animals Now Available

ABMI-logoFor the first time, Albertans now have a resource at their fingertips that provides detailed information on hundreds of Alberta’s plant and animal species. Today, the Alberta Biodiversity Monitoring Institute (ABMI)—a global leader in biodiversity monitoring—released its online Data & Analytics Portal to provide easy access to the Institute’s extensive biodiversity-related data, reports, and maps. A key part of the ABMI Data & Analytics Portal is the ABMI Biodiversity Browser (BB), which presents more than 350 (and counting) full profiles of various bird, mammal, and vascular plant species. The goal is to have species profiles for the 2000+ species the ABMI collects data on. Each profile includes information on the species’ habitat preferences and how human activities, such as agriculture and forestry, affect its abundance. 

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Hockey Alberta is Leading Change for Women in Alberta

ACWS-logoOn International Woman’s Day the Alberta Council of Women’s Shelters (ACWS) is pleased to announce a set of new pilot programs with Hockey Alberta. These programmes are in connection with ACWS’s call to action to end violence and abuse against women. ACWS is scheduled to host Leading Change training sessions on gender-based violence prevention for Hockey Alberta staff, for the Future Leaders coaches leading players as well as at the provincial Hockey Combine this summer. “Hockey Alberta is keen to provide this opportunity for our staff, Future Leaders program and some of our high performance athletes to experience the Leading Change program,” shared Rob Litwinski, CEO of Hockey Alberta. 

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Celebrate National Social Work Week from March 5 to 11, 2017 with Events Throughout Alberta

Social Work Week 2017The Alberta College of Social Workers (ACSW) is celebrating National Social Work Week through a series of activities celebrating the important work that social workers do together with public and stakeholders.  National Social Work week is a time to educate the public about the wide range of professional services and supports provided by Registered Social Workers in varied fields of practice. This year’s theme “the power to empower” highlights the role social workers have to help people, families and communities across the country to create real change around real life issues.  Every year in March, Canada celebrates the important contributions of these social justice professionals!

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