16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence Runs from November 25 to December 10, 2016

activismThe 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence begins on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women on November 25 and end on International Human Rights Day on December 10. The International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women was designated in 1999 by the United Nations General Assembly. The date was chosen to commemorate the lives of the Mirabal sisters from the Dominican Republic who were violently assassinated in 1960. The day pays tribute to them, as well as urging global recognition of gender violence. Each year on this day, governments, international organizations and NGOs are invited to organize activities designed to raise public awareness of the problem.

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Alberta College of Social Workers Welcomes Improvements in Support for Indigenous Children in Alberta

serenity-edmontonThe tragic story of Serenity has saddened Albertans and leads us to reflect on how we care for society’s most vulnerable.  Social workers in Alberta put their hearts and soul into supporting children and families.   Serenity’s story, and many others, remind us this work is complex and fraught with nuances – in part directly related to work with children, youth and families, and in part navigating the complexities of the systems that are meant to support them.   In July 2016, two reports highlighting the delivery of child and family services to Indigenous children in Alberta were released publicly.  One report authored by the Office of the Child and Youth Advocate (OCYA) entitled Voices for Change, provided a number of recommendations to address systemic issues impacting the overrepresentation of Indigenous children in care. 

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Passions Become Profits for Persons with Disabilities on the Prairies

In Celebration of Global Entrepreneurship Week, November 14 – elevate-image25020, the Community Futures program, Elevate, would like to recognize three rural prairie entrepreneurs: Janie Gaudet is the founder of Sweet Crete Décor, in Warman, Saskatchewan; Sumalee Phanad owns Thai Plaza located in Gimli, Manitoba; and Wilfred Blowers is the owner and operator of Business Reconnections Ltd. based in Trochu, Alberta. These individuals have taken employment into her own hands, becoming entrepreneurs  with the help of Elevate. Elevate is a program which helps rural entrepreneurs with disabilities and health conditions navigate their  first steps into the business world. From business plan to opening day, Elevate provides participants with supports specific to their needs and their business.

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Fundraising Fridays Six-Part Webinar Series to Launch in Alberta on Friday, November 4

fundraising-fridays-imageWhen it comes to nonprofit organizations raising money for their good cause, donors are still giving more offline than on. Not a big surprise – older donors give significantly more than younger generations, and they still prefer their old-timey fountain pens and paper checks. Yet, online fundraising as a proportion of overall revenue continues to increase, year after year. Online fundraising is vital, recurring monthly donations are gaining steam, and fundraising by email still yields about $40 for every 1,000 recipients and this per donor amount increases significantly during the Christmas season and towards the end of the year. To help nonprofit organizations take advantage of increased year end fundraising opporunities, we’ve put together an six-part webinar series called Fundraising Fridays.

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Lethbridge Community Network Receives $325K to Create 29 Technology Internships for Youth Across Alberta

lethbridge-community-networkLethbridge Community Network entered into an agreement announced on October 7, 2016  valued at $325,000 to create 29 paid youth internships in technology and digital skill roles throughout Alberta, with Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada. The ISEDC’s Youth Internships Program allows youth to acquire technical and soft skills using digital technologies and supports a range of host organizations and businesses that are looking to engage in online activities. Internships are integral to Canada’s Youth Employment Strategy; pairing youth with Information Communication and Technology (ICT) related job opportunities, for over 1000 young Canadians each year. The 29 intern positions are based on 600 hours of work. The hosting organizations are eligible to receive up to $15 per hour to subsidize youth intern wages.

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