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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Ardene Foundation Raises $62,651 for Families Impacted by Fort McMurrary Wildfires

Ardene FoundationArdene Foundation has responded to the Fort McMurray fires by launching a donation campaign to support the affected communities, many of whose homes have been destroyed. As proud longstanding members of the community, with locations in Fort McMurray and across Alberta, Ardene is committed to doing its part in more ways than one. The donation campaign began with a pledge to the Canadian Red Cross Alberta Fires Appeal, and shortly after, developed into a drive to collect $1 donations from shoppers in all 333 stores nationwide. Together, with the generosity of their customers, the company has raised $62,651. In addition to donations, Ardene has taken a decision to present gift cards and unemployment assistance directly to affected team members. 

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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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