CCVO Connections Conference for Community Builders in the Nonprofit, Corporate & Public Sectors | April 13 – 14 | Calgary

Connections Conference CalgaryJoin the Calgary Chamber of Community Organizations (CCVO) on April 13-14 at Mount Royal University, for the 4th annual Connections Conference, as they host big discussions, promote big ideas, and give lots of takeaways, providing sparks to ignite within your community. In addition to 2 keynotes and 14 sessions,  CCVO added two new additions. On Tuesday April 14, Wanda Brascoupé Peters (The Circle on Philanthropy and Aboriginal Peoples in Canada) and Leslie Wright (The Philanthropist) will share insights on their work to create a series focused on the Aboriginal Community and Philanthropy. As the conference comes to a close, opening speaker Roger Gibbons of the Max Bell Foundation will be joined by CCVO President and CEO Katherine van Kooy for a one-on-one capstone session tying together the thoughts, themes and questions that have been generated over the two days.

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World Cerebral Palsy Day Announces Ekamjit Ghuman as World CP People’s Choice Award Winner

World-CP-People's-Choice-Award-Winner-2014Ekamjit Ghuman, a young woman with cerebral palsy from British Columbia has won the World CP Day People’s Choice Award for her idea of an ad campaign featuring a model with CP.  The global competition received over 437 entries from 45 different countries.   Ekamjit won the people’s choice award which is awarded to the idea with the highest number of votes received worldwide and has won $500 for being selected. Ekamjit explains, “As I child, whenever I saw advertisements, both print and on television, I only saw models who were physically abled. I always used to wonder as to why advertisements never feature models with disabilities.” A recent Business Graduate from Simon Fraser University, Ekamjit was inspired by the Gap ad last year featuring Waris Ahluwalia who is a Sikh.

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Nominations Now Open for Calgary’s 2015 Immigrants of Distinction Awards

ImmigrantGalaDo you know an immigrant who has made amazing contributions to Calgary’s community in the areas of Arts and Culture, Professional Achievement, Business, or Community Service? What about an organization with a record of embracing diversity, or an immigrant or refugee youth whose accomplishments truly make him or her shine? Nominations for the 19th Annual Immigrants of Distinction Awards (IDA) are officially open and will be accepted until 1:30pm on Friday, November 28, 2014. Nominate an immigrant of distinction today!

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Calgary Public Library Writer-in-Residence 2015 Seeks Applications by June 30, 2014

calgary-public-library-logoThe Calgary Public Library invites applications for the position of Writer in Residence for the fall of 2015, subject to funding approval.  The program is based at Memorial Park Library. The Writer in Residence acts as a mentor to writers in the community, reviewing manuscripts and providing information and advice about all aspects of writing and publishing.  S/he offers encouragement and a critical eye to beginning writers who are seeking to find their own literary voice as well as to those more established writers who desire a professional appraisal of their work.  Planned activities include individual consultations, delivery of writing programs and workshops, public readings and an opportunity to work on his/her own projects during the residency. The program typically runs for three months.  The position requires 17.5 hours per week at the library, leaving the remaining time for writing.

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Alberta Women Entrepreneurs (AWE) Announces 2014 Celebration of Achievement Award Finalists

AWE Award FinalistsAlberta Women Entrepreneurs (AWE) is honoring female entrepreneurs from across the province. Nominated by their peers these inspirational women are achieving growth and success in business. With 33 nominees for the 2014 award, they collectively represent over $500 million dollars in annual revenues and over 7,700 employees.  There are 13 nominees from Calgary, 10 from Edmonton, 2 from Grande Prairie and 1 each from Fort McKay, Drayton Valley, Nisku, Plamondon, Sherwood Park, Spruce Grove, St. Albert and Strathmore.

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