Vote for the New École Agnes Davidson School Community Playground in Lethbridge

lethbridge-playgroundVote for the new École Agnes Davidson School Community Playground to ensure the Aviva grant is directed to help kids in Lethbridge play and thrive. It is imperative that the community rallies behind this project and votes online, as only the most popular online voted 30 proposals receive funding. Every year Aviva Canada provides $1 million to create positive change in the community through the Aviva Community Fund, Canada’s longest running online funding competition. This year there are 454 project entries, and this is the only one from the Lethbridge area. The $1 million grant is divided between the top 30 projects, based on votes from the website. These finalists are reviewed and evaluated by an independent panel of judges who choose the winning ideas. The grand prize winners will receive up to $100,000 for their charitable project. Voting starts October 11 and ends October 28, so it is imperative that people don’t delay. Start voting, share and encourage friends and family to do the same.

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Streets Alive Mission in Lethbridge Kickstarts its Winter Essentials Donation Drive on October 11

streets-aliveWith the first snow this morning there is a familiar need to warm the heads, hearts and hands of those less fortunate in Lethbridge. Streets Alive Mission is kickstarting their winter essentials clothing drive today, seeking new or gently used coats/jackets, gloves, toques, scarves and boots. Items can be donated at the Streets Alive Mission, 323 4 St S, Lethbridge. Alternatively cash donations are always welcome. A $50 cash gift can go a long way with the help of our partner organisations. To donate please visit streetsalive.ca and click on the ‘Donate’ tab for secure online donation options, or drop a cheque or cash off at the Mission’s downtown location.  Streets Alive Mission is dedicated to bringing hope to those who have none, by building relationships with the disenfranchised, through a variety of volunteer driven programs.

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Nominations Now Open for the 21st Annual Immigrants of Distinction Awards in Calgary

immigrant-calgary Do you know an immigrant who has made amazing contributions to Calgary’s community in the areas of arts and culture, professional achievement, entrepreneurship and innovation, or community service? What about an organization with a record of embracing diversity, or an immigrant or refugee youth whose accomplishments truly make him or her shine? Nominations for the 2017 annual Immigrants of Distinction Awards (IDA) are officially open and will be accepted until 11:59pm on Wednesday, November 30, 2016. For the past 21 years, Immigrant Services Calgary (ISC) has hosted the annual IDA gala to celebrate diversity and the outstanding contributions of immigrants and refugees to Calgary and their community. 

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Help Us Explode the Myths of Disability Employment in Calgary on October 4, 2016

CEFN logoThe Calgary Employment First Network (CEFN) celebrates Disability Employment Awareness Month every October.  It is important to us to recognize and celebrate the outstanding inclusive employers and diverse employees involved in disability employment. Disability Employment Awareness Month 2016 features a wide range of exciting events that would not be possible without the support of this year’s partners: Mount Royal University, Bow Valley College, The City of Calgary, Calgary Economic Development, Picture This Film Festival, and the Calgary Chamber of Commerce for their dedication to inclusive employment. On October 4, the Calgary Employment First Network invites you to our kick-off event, where Mayor Naheed Nenshi will officially proclaim October as Disability Employment Awareness Month (DEAM).

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