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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Whitemud Equine Learning Centre’s 5th Annual Hoofbeats & Heartbeats Gala on November 6

Hoofbeats GalaThis year’s Hoofbeats & Heartbeats Gala in support of the Whitemud Equine Learning Centre Association (WELCA) will be held on Friday, November 6, 2015 at the Edmonton Marriott at River Cree Resort. Outstanding entertainment, incredible food, fun and gifts! Champagne, dancing, dinner, visual and musical arts and shopping – a night to remember for you, your colleagues and your friends. Don’t miss this spectacular evening at the Marriott River Cree featuring top Alberta artists, musicians and the best live auction in Edmonton, and, of course, some surprises! Hoofbeats and Heartbeats is the premier fundraising event for the Whitemud Equine Learning Centre Association. One of the only urban equine facilities of its kind in North America. This is the 5th Anniversary of Hoofbeats and Heartbeats. People who attend the gala enjoy an extraordinary experience and support:

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37th Annual Western Canadian Hungarian Folk Festival To Add ‘Paprika” to Thanksgiving Weekend in St. Albert, October 9 – 11, 2015

WCHFF-logoThis year’s Thanksgiving weekend promises to be livelier, more colourful, and a whole lot more interesting than most! Edmonton’s own Csárdás Hungarian Folkdance Ensemble is proud to host this year’s Western Canadian Hungarian Folk Festival (WCHFF). Featuring 13 dance ensembles from across Canada, 3 bands, over 250 performers, and special guest artists from Hungary, this event invites you on a mesmerizing journey to see the fascinating folk cultures of Hungary, Transylvania, and beyond.Bring the family or invite your friends to ‘get their Hungarian on’: our festival includes activities for absolutely everyone.

Here’s some fascinating details about just three of the international guest artists featured at the festival:

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