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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CCVO Invites Submissions to the 2015 Calgary Nonprofit Innovation Awards

2015 Innovations AwardsCharities and nonprofits are often the vanguard when it comes to finding creative solutions to social problems. Now in its fifth year, the Calgary Chamber of Voluntary Organizations (CCVO) Calgary Nonprofit Innovation Awards celebrate this creative spirit and showcase local innovation in action. Your organization has a story to tell and the CCVO wants to hear it. Call it what you will. And then tell them how your nonprofit organization stepped up to do things differently in bold and meaningful ways. Your organization could win $2,500!  They want to hear stories of embracing risk-taking, forging unique partnerships, or making a big difference with a simple change of focus. You have a story to tell and everyone wants to hear it – just make sure you capture the essence of your innovation. By sharing these stories, we can applaud ground-breaking organizations that challenged the status quo, improved the outcome of their efforts and made a significant impact in our community. 

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Calgary Ability Network to Host an Accessible Transportation Forum on April 16

Ability-NetworkOn Thursday April 16th, 2015 from 1:00 pm to 3:30 pm the Calgary Ability Network Transportation committee will host a community discussion on Accessible Transportation both now and for the future.  In attendance will be representatives from: Access Calgary, Calgary Transit, Checker Cabs, along with Mario Hernandez, Chief Taxi Inspector. With their help, we hope to achieve the best policies and practices around the provision of transportation services that are appropriate, accessible, affordable, equitable and inclusive of all our citizens. This event is open to the public and we expect to have many voices from the disability community joining us.

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