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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Nominations for the YWCA Edmonton Women of Distinction Awards Open Until March 27, 2015

YWCA Edmonton Women of Distinction AwardsThe YWCA Women of Distinction Awards honour the work of remarkable women in Edmonton and raise essential funds for YWCA leadership programs for women and girls. These awards are nationally recognized as one of Canada’s most prestigious awards for women. YWCA Edmonton has been honouring the best and brightest women in our city for over 30 years. Past honourees include: Carrie Doll,  Lois Hole,Barbara Poole, Anne McLellan, Jan Reimer, Lynda Steele and hundreds more. These awards are designed to recognize the strength and leadership of women in our city in an effort to encourage girls and women to follow in their footsteps; becoming the next generation of positively engaged change-makers.  

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2015 Canadian Birkebeiner an Affair of the Heart | February 13 to 14, 2015

Birkie250The recent welcome snowfall and the prospect of seasonal temperatures into mid-February assures skiers and organizers that the 2015 Canadian Birkebeiner is good to go on Saturday, Feb. 14 as scheduled. Fittingly the 27th version of the Canadian Birkebeiner – Canada’s premier classic cross-country ski festival – to be held on Valentine’s Day has the theme Ya Gotta Have Heart! This year’s heart theme recognizes Valentine’s Day plus the hearty and healthy efforts involved in skiing distances ranging from 2.5 km to 55 km. To celebrate the occasion, the Birkebeiner Festival presents the new Birkie Two-Step, a relay to be shared by friends, couples, family members, business associates etc. Two-member teams will ski a distance of 44 km with each skier covering about 22 km.

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World Cerebral Palsy Day Announces Ekamjit Ghuman as World CP People’s Choice Award Winner

World-CP-People's-Choice-Award-Winner-2014Ekamjit Ghuman, a young woman with cerebral palsy from British Columbia has won the World CP Day People’s Choice Award for her idea of an ad campaign featuring a model with CP.  The global competition received over 437 entries from 45 different countries.   Ekamjit won the people’s choice award which is awarded to the idea with the highest number of votes received worldwide and has won $500 for being selected. Ekamjit explains, “As I child, whenever I saw advertisements, both print and on television, I only saw models who were physically abled. I always used to wonder as to why advertisements never feature models with disabilities.” A recent Business Graduate from Simon Fraser University, Ekamjit was inspired by the Gap ad last year featuring Waris Ahluwalia who is a Sikh.

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