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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Pride Tape Kickstarter Campaign in Support of LGBTQ Athletes Surpasses Goal And Heads For Production

Pride TapeThe Pride Tape Kickstarter campaign has surpassed its original goal of $54,000 (CAD)! Organizers  can now produce the rainbow coloured hockey tape designed to show support for young  LGBTQ athletes. Fittingly, the contribution that ultimately reached the goal came from the Burke  family who, in honour of their late son Brendan, founded the You Can Play Project – an organization aimed at promoting the inclusion of LGBTQ athletes in sports. Pride Tape is available free of charge for minor hockey teams and as a retail product, with proceeds going to You Can Play and the Institute for Sexual Minority Studies and Services. The campaign generated nearly 1000 contributors from all over the globe and featured in: Upworthy, USA Today, FOX Sports, Yahoo Sports, CBC National, the Huffington Post, and Hockey Night in Canada, as well as nearly every major daily newspaper across Canada.

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CCVO Invites Feedback to Potential Changes to Alberta’s Privacy Legislation to Impact NonProfits

Privacy AlbertaThe Standing Committee on Alberta’s Economic Future is currently reviewing the Personal Information Protection Act (PIPA). The Act is intended to protect the personal information of customers, clients, and employees held by private sector organizations. It came into force on January 1, 2004. Nonprofits are largely exempt, except where they engage in certain forms of commercial activity. Some believe that the legislation sets out good business practices that should fully apply to nonprofits. Others are concerned that this would contribute to both administrative burden and a climate whereby organizations are afraid to exchange information for fear of running afoul of the law. CCVO is hosting a discussion on the PIPA legislative review as it relates to the work of nonprofits on Tuesday, February 9th, from 10:00am to 12:30pm. They would like to hear your perspectives as they develop a submission to the Standing Committee.

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