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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Alberta Safe and Caring Schools Forum on November 24 to Feature Dr. Stuart Shanker, Child Development Expert

SafeCaring250Dr. Stuart Shanker, expert in self-regulation and bullying, will deliver the keynote address at the upcoming Alberta Safe and Caring Schools Forum. The forum, hosted in partnership by the Canadian Safe School Network and the Alberta-based Society for Safe and Caring Schools & Communities, will take place on November 24 at the Alberta Teachers’ Association Barnett House in Edmonton. As keynote speaker, Dr. Shanker will encourage participants to shift their understanding of what “safe” means. In particular, to consider bullying and aggressive behaviour in children not as the cause of an unsafe environment, but rather a sign that children do not feel safe. According to Dr. Shanker, “we need to think seriously about what we mean by ‘safe’… The problem with seeing “safe” solely in terms of stamping out bullying is that this may lead us to think that this is simply a problem of self-control. But it’s not.”

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iHuman Youth Society Is “Keeping it Real” at its Annual Gala in Edmonton on October 26

iHuman Youth Society“Keeping it Real” is the new name, and experience, for the annual benefit in support of iHuman. It is a Party of Expression – energized, fun, and casual – featuring art, fashion, and performance. Keeping it Real 2014 will be held at the Westin Hotel on October 26, 2014. It is a fully volunteer run event with the Westin staff and company hosting. All money raised goes directly to iHuman programming. Take a walk through their “day in the life” streetscape, experience their street food chef’s menu, become energized by their dynamic youths’ art and performances, bid on unique live and silent auction items. You will be inspired by the extraordinary young people that are succeeding through the power of creativity and community. Eat, drink and be creative! It’s a celebration you won’t soon forget!

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