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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Nominees Announced for 45th Annual JUNO Awards to be Hosted in Calgary on April 3, 2016

Juno-AwardsDrake, Justin Bieber and the Weeknd dominated this year’s Juno Award nominations. The Weeknd received six nominations including JUNO Fan Choice, Single of the Year, Album of the Year, Artist of the Year, Songwriter of the Year and R&B/Soul Recording of the Year. Drake and Justin Bieber garnered five nods each and both are nominated for JUNO Fan Choice, Single of the Year, Album of the Year, and Artist of the Year. Drake also received a nomination for Rap Recording of the Year and Bieber was nominated for Pop Album of the Year. Alessia Cara was nominated for JUNO Fan Choice, Single of the Year, Breakthrough Artist of the Year and R&B/Soul Recording of the Year and Shawn Mendes was nominated for JUNO Fan Choice, Album of the Year, Artist for the Year and Pop Album of the Year. JUNO Week runs from March 28 – April 3 and The 2016 JUNO Awards show will be broadcast live on CTV.

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Calgary Women’s Emergency Shelter Hosts the 22nd Annual Turning Points Gala in Calgary on April 28

CWESThis year will mark “42 years of Taking a Stand Against Family Violence” for the agency and this year’s fundraising gala will commemorate this important milestone. This social event and charity fundraiser will feature speeches from local community leaders who are Take A Stand Ambassadors for the organization and terrific auction prizes. This signature event helps the agency raise much needed funds for its safety, healing and prevention programs which help women, children, youth and men recover from the effects of violence and abuse. Though the Emergency Shelter is the cornerstone of the organization, the agency is “more than a Shelter”, providing many free programs and services to the community. Since its inception, the Calgary Women’s Emergency Shelter has changed the lives of more than 160,000 Calgarians by helping them build safe lives and healthy relationships.

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Pathway to Change: the Alberta College of Social Workers Supports the Alberta Government’s Investments for Low-income Families

No-Change-ReportThe Alberta College of Social Workers supports the announcement by the Minister of Human Services on November 10, 2015 to extend benefits to families living in poverty. Both the Alberta Child Benefit and enhanced Alberta Family Employment Tax Credit mark important shifts in this province to see real change for families and children who face the realities of poverty on a daily basis. This shift marks a continued commitment to Alberta’s common good and aligns with Alberta College of Social Workers’ values.  In the “No Change Report” released by Alberta College of Social Workers, Public Interest Alberta, and Edmonton Social Planning Council in November 2014, provincial changes needed to eliminate child poverty in Alberta are outlined in the report:

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Marriott Hotels of Calgary to Hold “BIG BUST” Fundraiser for the Calgary Food Bank for Global Spirit to Serve Day on November 6

Mariott Big Bust FundraiserThe Mariott Hotels of Calgary are proud to participate in the “BIG BUST” fundraiser to take place on Friday November 6 from 11:30am am to 1:30 pm on Stephen Avenue Mall in Calgary. Join the Marriott Hotels of Calgary during the lunch hour along Stephen Avenue Mall. Staff will be wearing red t-shirts identifying the wide range of brands that are now represented within the Calgary area, as well as their sister property in Kananaskis. Pedestrians along the mall will be encouraged to “bust” balloons at the cost of one for $5 or 3 for $10. They will be raising funds for the Calgary Food Bank at a crucial time for the organization given the current economic conditions in Calgary. With each balloon popped pedestrians will also be eligible for winning some great prizes including gift certificates for hotel stays or food and beverage credit, as well as some promotional items. If you pop a balloon that uncovers a note inside that says “Marriott” that is a prize winner!

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