Ski or Volunteer for the Canadian Birkebeiner Ski Festival on February 12-13, 2016 – EVENT CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER CONDITIONS

Birkie 2016Now celebrating its 31st year, the Canadian Birkebeiner is the premier classic ski festival in Canada with broad appeal and international scope, attracting approximately 2,000 skiers from near and far; the largest classical ski event in Canada. It’s a family-oriented, friendly cross-country ski loppet (recreational event) honouring the spirit of the 800-year-old historic legend of the original Birkebeiners who saved the heir to the Norwegian throne in a 55 km epic journey. There are multiple events and distances – something to suit all ages and abilities: legendary premier 55 km Birkie With Pack, 55 km Birkie Lite, 40 km Skate-Ski, 31 km Tour, 13 km Mini Birkie, and an untimed 2.5 or 4 km Ole’s Tour for kids and novices. The celebration of events begins with the Opening Ceremonies and ends with the Vikings’ Feast after the Birkebeiner ski events.

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Women’s Initiative Edmonton: A Drive for Women’s Equality in Edmonton

Womens-InitiativeWomen’s Initiative Edmonton is a City of Edmonton initiative that’s changing the way the city’s leaders make decisions and develop policies by encouraging them to view issues through a “gender lens” and include the valuable perspectives of girls and women in shaping conversations. Formed in 2014 and inspired by a series of community forums on women’s issues held in 2012 by then-mayor Stephen Mandel, Women’s Initiative Edmonton is supported and endorsed by the Edmonton City Council, as well as active Mayor Don Iveson, Councilor Bev Esslinger and Edmonton’s Community Services Department. One of the first initiatives of its kind in Canada, Women’s Initiative Edmonton uses a multi-pronged approach to promote equality and inclusion for the city’s women.

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Homeward Trust Invites Nominations for the Annual ROOPH Awards Until January 16, 2016

Homeward TrustHomeward Trust’s annual ROOPH Awards recognizes outstanding organizations and people in the housing sector and our community. The Awards luncheon celebrates outstanding individuals, organizations and businesses making an impact and working to address affordable housing and homelessness initiatives in Edmonton and area. Community nominations for the ROOPH Awards are essential to making sure the amazing people in the housing sector are being recognized for the important work that they do for our community. Up to 5 awards will be presented for work in done in the Edmonton region. You can nominate a person, group of people, organization, or program for a ROOPH Award. 

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Edmonton’s First Amoena Shop Opens to Bring Ultimate Retail Therapy to Women Touched by Cancer

Fit Essentials An entirely new concept in clothing is coming to Edmonton. The new boutique Fit Essentials includes the city’s first Amoena Shop to bring “inclusive” clothing to all women –including those who wear external breast forms following breast cancer surgery. To celebrate, Fit Essentials opens with a Girls Night Out free event on December 10 from 4pm to 8:30pm. The event includes gourmet treats, wine, great browsing, and a silent auction with all proceeds going to Charity. The Germany-based designer Amoena introduced its inclusive clothing to Europe a few years ago, and now hits the world by storm. For Crystal Rudolph, owner of Fit Essentials, it’s an innovation that can’t have come soon enough.

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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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