Wood Buffalo Housing & Development Corporation Announces Tenant Rent Relief

WBHDC logoThe Wood Buffalo Housing & Development Corporation (WBHDC) announced today it will provide rent relief to all tenants beginning May 3, the first day of the mandatory evacuation, up to such time as tenants are allowed to safely re-occupy their rental units.  Rent relief will apply, at minimum, to the months of May and June. WBHDC Board members Maggie Farrington (Chair), Jennifer Best, Jason Schulz and Jag Singh attended a telephone meeting the morning of Wednesday, May 18, and voted unanimously to provide rent relief to all WBHDC tenants displaced by the wildfire evacuation.  “Though the law states we are legally entitled to collect rents, even during such a terrible disaster, the Board felt strongly we had a moral obligation not to impose additional hardship upon our tenants who have already suffered so much,” said Farrington. 

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Alberta Budget Response: Social Workers Urge Alberta Government to Keep Developing Integrated Social Infrastructure

alberta_budgetAlberta social workers acknowledge that the Alberta Government has made significant progress in a number of important public programs in less than a year. Increases to education, health, family and community support services, support for indigenous communities, changes in the basic human rights of Albertans are among them. We recognize that any provincial government faced with the heritage left for the current Alberta government, would be faced with equally difficult and challenging decisions. We applaud the decisions this government has made in regard to climate change and the policies to deal with the dramatic changes in the employment conditions in the energy sector. The relatively small increase in the Family Employment Tax Credit will undoubtedly be welcomed by families who qualify and the investment in the Alberta Child Benefit beginning on July 1, 2016 is an important step. 

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Announcing New Business Start-up Program to Assist People With Disabilities in Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba

elevate programAvailable in 56 Community Futures offices, ELEVATE is a dynamic new business building program for youth and adults with a disability or health condition interested in starting a business. This program assists entrepreneurs locating their businesses in rural, remote or northern communities in Alberta, Saskatchewan or Manitoba. Funded in part by the Government of Canada’s Opportunities Fund for Persons with Disabilities Program, ELEVATE provides assistance, support and resources to qualified individuals who wish to become self-employed. Over the next three years, ELEVATE will assist 120 participants to explore self employment and start businesses in rural communities across the Prairies. Statistics Canada recently reported that the unemployment rate in Canada is 7.2%. 

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Celebrate Social Workers During Social Work Week from February 28 to March 5

Social Work PosterThe Alberta College of Social Workers is celebrating 2016 Social Work Week by rolling out a Promotional Campaign that raises the profile of social workers among the public and key stakeholders. This campaign promotes the fact that social workers are real life experts that help people turn their issues into answers. It will invite the publie to: 1) See social work as a dynamic and innovated profession that is embracing a diverse and changing world; 2) Seek the profession’s services and encourage family and friends to do the same; and 3) Have a better appreciation of a social worker’s scope of practice. The campaign consists of:  3 podcasts showcasing the stories of three dynamic and innovative social workers embracing diversity in a changing world; 4 posters with powerful images and messages and Social media messages on Facebook and Twitter Using #SocialworkersAB

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New Children’s Book by Alberta Author Uses Storytelling as a Tool for Tough Conversations

Ursas-WarriorsSometimes the greatest ideas come when we least expect it. For Tanis Petry, a Master of Social Work student, her idea for a children’s storybook came to her in a dream. Petry recently authored Ursa’s Warriors, a thoughtful story that can help adults talk to children about difficult topics. As a permanency case worker at the Aboriginal Services Office in Calgary, she believes that one of the most challenging things about her job is getting children to discuss big emotional events or issues. “I think as grown-ups, we often just avoid talking about these things when, in essence, it’s the most important conversation to have with kids,” says Petry. Ursa’s Warriors follows the story of a deer named Lux who goes on a journey to return a trio of young bears home safely. The story shows both the struggles that the bears have, as well as the conflicts that Lux faces as their guardian. 

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