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 hospicecalgary.com

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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Renowned Expert Sheds Light on Hoarding | Calgary & Edmonton | February 27 to March 1, 2013

Calgary Family ServicesOn February 27, you are invited to join Dr. Christiana Bratiotis as she speaks about the dynamics of hoarding, and its impact on ourselves, our families and our communities. This presentation is for anyone who struggles with hoarding, concerned family and friends, and members of the general public. Hoarding disorder frequently results in eviction, homelessness and financial disaster. It is a serious condition that threatens the health, the safety and even the lives of people who suffer from it. The conditions of the home of someone with hoarding disorder can also endanger the health and safety of family members, neighbours and first responders such as firefighters and police.

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Strategic Social Media Plans for NonProfit Organizations Workshop | Calgary | February 7, 2013

Social Media Plans WorkshopWhether you’re a team of one or a team of many, social media is an essential communications tool. In today’s social media world, every supporter is a potential reporter and every employee is a potential marketer. Social media offers nonprofit organizations an unrivalled opportunity to speak directly to the people most likely to be interested in supporting their mission. These tools also make it easy to conduct market research and track awareness of  issues and causes. The challenge is that with so many social media tools to choose from, how do you choose the right tools? And with limited time to work with, where do you start?

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Charity App Challenge Encourages Local Developers to Support Calgary Charities

Charity-App ChallengeThe Charity App Challenge is an initiative of the Calgary Herald, Digital Alberta and Place2Give. These three organizations came together over the idea of how can they could leverage technology for social good – hack-a-thon style! Mobile is the fastest growing communications and engagement medium and digital philanthropy is an evolving sector. They asked themselves, what could mobile technology do for the 12 Herald Christmas Fund charities to help solve a problem or help reach their goals and objectives? This year the Calgary Herald‘s Christmas Fund decided to champion mobile for its participating charities to help them in their organizational endeavors. Want to get involved? The Hack-a-thon will take place over 48 hours on Saturday, February 2 through Sunday, February 3, 2013 at the Calgary Herald.

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