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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The King’s University Launches the Leder School of Business on September 25, 2014

Kings-LederThe King’s University launched the Leder School of Business on September 25 with $12 million in donations and pledges by Christian business leaders. The school is named after one of the founding donors, John Leder, president of Edmonton-based Supreme Group that employs more than 1,000 workers at plants across Western Canada and the Pacific Northwest US. It will offer programs and courses in five streams: Global Learning, Entrepreneurship, Sustainability, Accounting, and Distance Learning. A Centre for Applied Learning is being developed with leadership forums, corporate speakers, corporate mentor & in-service learning. Global awareness is integral to the principles of the Leder school of business that will incorporate international internships within its programs. Students will soon have international experience upon graduation, either through internships or by pursuing a term at a partnered University.

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Le Regroupement Artistique Francophone de l’Alberta Announces Lineup for Grand Marche des Arts September 24 to 28

RAFALe Regroupement Artistique Francophone de l’Alberta (RAFA) has proudly made public its lineup for the Grand marché des arts (GMA), which will open on September 24 and run until September 28. This first edition of this biannual event will be spectacular. About 100 artists and 65 multidisciplinary activities will be held over a five day period. The program is diversified, and most importantly interactive; it welcomes audience participation. Activities will be held throughout the francophone community of Edmonton. This new RAFA initiative offers important and memorable artistic experiences to the artists and the public, as well as sustaining RAFA’s efforts to broaden the range of markets available to artists of French expression in Alberta.

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