Thousands to Join Wishmaker Walk for Wishes in Calgary on September 29th

Childrens Wish CalgaryThe 2013 edition of Wishmaker Walk for Wishes is coming to Calgary on September 29th. Participants from across the country are expected to raise over $1 Million in pledges in support of The Children’s Wish Foundation of Canada. Wishmaker Walk for Wishes is the largest and single most important fundraising event for The Children’s Wish Foundation of Canada and its success ensures the Foundation’s continued tradition of never refusing an eligible child a wish.  Participants or “Wishmakers” make an important contribution by collecting pledges prior to walk day and walking the route in their area.

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Art for an Oil-Free Coast Exhibition Tour and Auction Heads to Calgary April 15 – 17, 2013

Raincoast Art Exhibit Fifty artists — some of Canada’s most celebrated and many who are First Nations — have taken up paintbrushes and carving tools to portray Canada’s fragile raincoast, one they feel is threatened by the Northern Gateway pipeline proposed by Enbridge and their international partners. The artists’ goal is to bring attention to the dramatic beauty and ecological diversity of B.C.’s north and central coasts that will be at risk if tankers are permitted to ship diluted bitumen through their narrow and dangerous channels. Over a two-week period in June of 2012 they traveled to the region on an expedition organized by Raincoast Conservation Foundation to depict the rich biodiversity and integrated, ecological elements of the forest, intertidal, and ocean zones, and the people, flora and fauna that have lived there for thousands of years.  The resulting original artworks, donated by the artists (including Robert Bateman, Robert Davidson, Carol Evans, Roy Henry Vickers, Craig Benson and Alison Watt), have become part of a traveling art show, which has completed its B.C. leg and will commence it’s Alberta leg on April 15th in Calgary at the Atrium of the Calgary Municipal Building. Its purpose is to raise public awareness of what is at stake on Canada’s spectacular west coast.  Daily hours for the art exhibition, which will run from April 15 – 17 at the Atrium, are 6:00 AM to 6:00 PM.

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Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Calgary Pending Demolition of McHugh House

LOGO CentennialFor a numbers of years now the Calgary Catholic Diocese has been running our Elizabeth House program at what used to be known as “McHugh House. Elizabeth House – a haven for young women who are pregnant with nowhere else to go – began as a partnership with the Sisters of Charity of St. Louis in 1996.  The program puts love and justice into action by wrapping these women in the warm environment of family.  The physical, emotional and spiritual needs of these young mothers are met through guidance, counselling, education and referrals to services in the community. They are learning how to raise a healthy family of their own. With the passage of time we have had to confront several facilities issues and have utilized the professional facilities assessment services of Apache Consulting, Wiebe Forest Engineering, Chinook Environment, and International Asbestos Testing Laboratories. Based on the results and our concern for the health and safety of the moms and babies, we have determined that we needed immediate action to relocate Elizabeth House, and that the repairs and general maintenance of “McHugh House” were financially prohibitive, and the decision was taken to demolish the building asap.

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Hike for Hospice Calgary with Rob Cote at Fish Creek Park on May 5

Hospice CalgarySpring is in the air and that means it’s time to Hike for Hospice Calgary! On Sunday, May 5, join Calgary Stampeder, Rob Cote at Fish Creek Park to remember loved ones and raise funds for Sage Centre and Rosedale Hospice. The hike kicks off at 10 and will be followed by a free BBQ lunch. Register early and start fundraising. Hospice Calgary embraces children, teens and adults coping with life-threatening illness, sudden or expected death. They provide individual counselling, group support, workshops and end-of-life care. To register for the Hike go to

Provincial Budget Recognizes Critical Need for Women’s Shelter Services

Calgary Women's SheltersThe new Provincial budget recognizes the critical need for women’s shelter services by including a 5% increase to the salaries/benefits for contracted agencies, and a similar increase in on ‐ reserve women’s shelters’ per diems. “The government was clearly influenced by Albertans who stated this fall that Alberta has one of the highest rates of family violence and abuse in Canada – and this is unacceptable,” says Lisa Falkowsky, Executive Director of the Calgary Women’s Emergency Shelter. “The Premier listened to Albertans, and also honoured her election commitment to increase wages of employees of women’s shelters because they are substantially lower than other similar public service positions.” The Government of Alberta currently provides a portion of funding for some of the women’s shelters in Calgary. The increase is only for the wages and benefits portion of funding contract.

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