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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Alberta Centre for Child, Family and Community Research Changes Name, Branding and Renews Organization’s Commitment

policy-wise-AlbertaTwo significant changes took place at The Alberta Centre for Child, Family and Community Research Annual General Meeting in Edmonton on Friday, September 23. A new name, PolicyWise for Children & Families, was ratified by Members of the organization, and Dr. James Talbot, former Chief Medical Officer of Health for Alberta and Nunavut, was elected to replace Dr. Roger Palmer as the organization’s Chair. “The name PolicyWise emphasizes our organization’s long-term role in creating and mobilizing evidence to inform social policy,” said Robyn Blackadar, President and CEO of PolicyWise. “And, we will benefit from Dr. Talbot’s extensive knowledge of the social determinants of health and his commitment to evidence-informed decisions to improve the well-being of Albertans.”

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Aventa Centre of Excellence for Women with Addictions in Calgary Honoured with 2016 Community Justice Award

Aventa Centre logoThis year marks the 25th anniversary of the awards event co-hosted with the Medicine Hat Police Service at McDougall Centre in Calgary. The 2016 Community Justice Awards have been presented to recipients from across Alberta in recognition of their local community safety and crime-prevention work. Aventa received an award in the category of Leadership for providing a holistic and client-centred approach to addictions and trauma recovery.  Aventa was recognized along with following recipients; in the category of Innovation; Kainai Peacemaking Program (Blood Tribe), in the category of Community Mobilization; Constable Steven Baker (Lethbridge Police Service), in the category of Partnerships and Collaboration; Sergeant Gary Maclaren (Maskwacis RCMP Detachment), Tully R. Johnson (Rosebrier Rural Crime Watch), and Constable Scott Lowe (Peace River RCMP Detachment).

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