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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ABMI Report: The Status of Biodiversity in the Grassland and Parkland Regions of Alberta

ABMI-logoThe report describes the impact of human footprint, species, and habitat in two of Alberta’s Natural Regions, the Grassland Natural Region and the Parkland Natural Region (referred to as the Prairie Region). Latest Numbers show only 37% of the Prairie Region of Alberta remains as native vegetation and that the biggest ecological change: species that require native prairie habitat have lower-than-expected abundance. In other words, the majority of the land base in the Prairie Region has been visibly transformed by human development. The report, “The Status of Biodiversity in the Grassland and Parkland Regions of Alberta” presents the latest data on several indicators of environmental health for the Prairie Region of the province. The region is one of few in North America that contain large tracts of temperate native grassland, an ecosystem type among the most threatened in the world.

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Gaming Funds for Nonprofits – Free Webinar Series | February 11 & March 3

webinarThe Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission (AGLC) is offering a free, two-part webinar series about the use of gaming funds for nonprofits in Alberta. Both webinars feature a live question and answer period. This series was designed to create awareness and provide information about the process and requirements of charitable gaming in Alberta. The webinar series will be facilitated by Volunteer Alberta and feature a speaker from the Gaming Information for Charitable Groups (GAIN) Program. The presentations will cover topics of interest to the non-profit sector as identified in the survey conducted by Volunteer Alberta in May of 2015. Gain a better understanding of how AGLC and gaming proceeds can benefit your organization in the upcoming sessions: the first on February 11 and the second on March 3. Registration is free. 

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