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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The 27th Annual Vitalize Conference for NonProfits Runs from June 18 to 20 at the Shaw Conference Centre in Edmonton

Vitalize ConferenceThis conference promises to deliver valuable knowledge that can be applied to day-to-day work at nonprofits organizations in Alberta. Registration begins Thursday, June 18 at 3:00 p.m., followed by opening ceremonies, greetings from the Government of Alberta and a keynote presentation from Spencer West. Spencer’s incredible story is sure to inspire. Having lost both his legs at the age of five, Spencer defied the odds by taking on grueling physical challenges to raise awareness on social issues. From climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, to trekking between Edmonton and Calgary on his hands, Spencer embraces life’s obstacles for positive change. On Friday and Saturday delegates will enjoy a variety of educational workshops on seven themes: Communications, Creating Community, Human Resources, Leadership Institute, Organizational Development, Recharge Your Power and Youth.

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YWCA Edmonton Honours 52 Nominees and 8 Winners at the 2015 Women of Distinction Awards

Women-Distinction-2015Over 600 guests celebrated 52 nominees and eight winners at Thursday’s 33rd Annual YWCA Women of Distinction Awards at the Edmonton Expo Centre. The gala honoured Edmonton women in diverse fields such as the arts, business and education. Bishop Jane Alexander won the Advocate category for her work with marginalized or discriminated-against people. With a particular interest in helping the homeless, Alexander serves as co-chair of End Poverty Edmonton. She has also promoted the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, and has been a strong advocate for the city’s indigenous populations as well as same sex couples. Pardee Badyal took home the Arts and Culture prize for her support of local and emerging artists. Badyal publishes Art Trends magazine, founded Art in the Park (Allen) and also opened Art Trends Gallery.

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Co-op Housing Event in Edmonton to Raise Alarm on End of Low Income Subsidies in Alberta

nacha_logoThe Northern Alberta Co-operative Housing Association invites co-op housing members and supporters to meet at Edmonton City Hall on April 19, 2015 from 2pm – 3:00 pm. The event will serve as a call-to-action, designed to raise awareness around the impact that the anticipated end of federal funding will have for housing co-ops across Alberta. Over 500 families may be forced out of homes across Alberta. This event will explain how low-income households in co-ops are currently supported and the risk for over 500 Alberta families if governments don’t take action. The role that co-op housing plays in providing secure, affordable housing in a mixed-income environment will be discussed. Co-op members will share their stories of how co-op housing has positively impacted their life.

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