New Tool to Help Alberta Municipalities Adapt to Climate Change Now Available

ABMIFor municipalities facing risks, like flooding and wildfire, due to ongoing climate change, natural ecosystems may play a key role in reducing these risks while providing other benefits too. Adapt-action, a new online tool developed by the Miistakis Institute in collaboration with the Alberta Biodiversity Monitoring Institute, was created specifically for Alberta municipalities to help them identify and understand the potential implications of climate change for their communities and respond proactively. Funding for the work was provided by the Climate Change and Emissions Management Corporation (CCEMC). Adapt-action focuses on building climate change resiliency through the use of ecosystem-based adaptation strategies—the protection or restoration of healthy ecosystems that support community well-being. In addition to helping municipalities respond positively to climate change, Adapt-action will help them to capitalize on emerging opportunities.

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The 27th Annual Vitalize Conference for NonProfits Runs from June 18 to 20 at the Shaw Conference Centre in Edmonton

Vitalize ConferenceThis conference promises to deliver valuable knowledge that can be applied to day-to-day work at nonprofits organizations in Alberta. Registration begins Thursday, June 18 at 3:00 p.m., followed by opening ceremonies, greetings from the Government of Alberta and a keynote presentation from Spencer West. Spencer’s incredible story is sure to inspire. Having lost both his legs at the age of five, Spencer defied the odds by taking on grueling physical challenges to raise awareness on social issues. From climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, to trekking between Edmonton and Calgary on his hands, Spencer embraces life’s obstacles for positive change. On Friday and Saturday delegates will enjoy a variety of educational workshops on seven themes: Communications, Creating Community, Human Resources, Leadership Institute, Organizational Development, Recharge Your Power and Youth.

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Calgary Chamber of Voluntary Organizations Launches new Emergency Preparedness Website for NonProfits

Emergency-PreparednessThe Calgary Chamber of Voluntary Organizations (CCVO) has launched, a comprehensive (and growing!) online resource that will help nonprofits develop and implement an emergency preparedness plan. The floods of 2013 forced close to 80,000 Calgarians from their homes and affected 4,000 business and nonprofit organizations. In the weeks and months after the flood, CCVO, the City of Calgary and other groups reached out to nonprofits to capture lessons learned and assess how we can better prepare for a future emergency.  The Emergency Preparedness Initiative of Calgary (EPIC) and this new website was born out of this effort. The website puts resources and templates at the fingertips of nonprofit organizations in Alberta, making it easy to ensure their organization is ready for any emergency.

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April is Dental Health Month – Dental Health Goes Beyond Cavities

Dental-HealthWhen it comes to dental health, most Albertans know that brushing is important to avoid both tooth decay and gum disease. However, the results of good dental health go beyond simply a bright smile. Good dental health is linked to health benefits in other areas of the body as well. Many people may not realize that the dangers of poor dental health go beyond cavities, and that poor dental health can affect more than just the mouth. It can affect an individual’s overall wellbeing. Many serious health conditions, including respiratory infections, diabetes, and poor nutrition are closely linked.  The connection between gum disease and diabetes is a two-way connection. People with diabetes are more susceptible to oral infections and are at a greater risk of developing gum disease. And treating gum disease can also lead to better control of diabetes.

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StoreSmart Self-Storage Announces its $1 Move-In Pledge in Support of SPCAs and Humane Societies in Alberta

Cochrane_Cheque-PresentationStoreSmart Self-Storage officially announced its $1 Move-In Pledge today. For every unit rental realized in 2015, each StoreSmart Self-Storage location has pledged to donate $1 in support of its local SPCA or Humane Society. With four locations throughout Alberta in Red Deer, Canmore, Edmonton and Cochrane, the beneficiaries of the $1 Move-In Pledge are: the Bow Valley SPCA, the Red Deer & District SPCA, the Edmonton Humane Society, and the Cochrane & Area Humane Society. This pledge builds on the company’s fundraising efforts in 2014, which raised more than $1,700 in total for these organizations. “We are very excited to make it official, as it has been in the works for much of 2014,” said Kim Sterling, President and Chief Operating Officer of StoreSmart Self-Storage. “This is a really cool thing that we are able to do, and we are thrilled to be working with such wonderful local partners.”

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