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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Shine Festival 2015 | Health & Wellness Workshops, Talks & Yoga | November 14 & 15 | Enjoy Centre

Shine Festival 2015The Shine Lifestyle and Yoga Festival offers two full days of health and wellness classes, workshops, talks and Yoga and two very special events on November 14 & 15 at the Enjoy Centre in St. Albert. Saturday evening, features Art After Dark with local artist, musician and Shine Festival co-founder Tyler Dianocky.  Tyler will be guiding a full evening of personal exploration and creativity.  Join us for an evening of entertainment, laughs, art and music while one of our talented artist’s guides you through a masterpiece painting created by YOU! Connect with friends and family in an encouraging environment that builds confidence and relationships while sipping on a delicious cocktail with one hand and holding a paintbrush in the other. Art After Dark lasts around two hours and everything you need to create your beautiful painting is supplied. All you have to do is show up with a smile and a “go for it” attitude. Each participant will leave with their own personal painting created by THEM!

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ACT Alberta to Launch Community Action Plan on Sex Trafficking in Edmonton on November 3

ACT logoThe Action Coalition on Human Trafficking (ACT Alberta), Councillor Scott McKeen, and Honorary Chair Sarah Chan will officially launch the action plan Engaging Community: Addressing Sex Trafficking in Edmonto on November 3. #yegactionplan “Human trafficking for the purposes of sexual exploitation is happening right here in our city. This project is the first of its kind in Edmonton and one of three across Canada. This plan was developed in partnership with local experts and policy makers: the result is a comprehensive and effective action plan that will reduce and prevent sex trafficking in our city.”- Andrea Burkhart, Executive Director of ACT Alberta. ACT Alberta works collaboratively with government agencies, law enforcement, and NGOs to identify the needs of victims and respond to human trafficking in our province.

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