Alberta Budget Response: Social Workers Urge Alberta Government to Keep Developing Integrated Social Infrastructure

alberta_budgetAlberta social workers acknowledge that the Alberta Government has made significant progress in a number of important public programs in less than a year. Increases to education, health, family and community support services, support for indigenous communities, changes in the basic human rights of Albertans are among them. We recognize that any provincial government faced with the heritage left for the current Alberta government, would be faced with equally difficult and challenging decisions. We applaud the decisions this government has made in regard to climate change and the policies to deal with the dramatic changes in the employment conditions in the energy sector. The relatively small increase in the Family Employment Tax Credit will undoubtedly be welcomed by families who qualify and the investment in the Alberta Child Benefit beginning on July 1, 2016 is an important step. 

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21st Annual Walk In My Shoes Gala for Pilgrims Hospice Society I Edmonton I Saturday April 16, 2016

Walk in My ShoesWe are as unique as our shoes…. Pilgrims Hospice Society invites you to join the fun and “Strut Your Stuff” at the 21st Annual Walk In My Shoes Gala, on Saturday, April 16, 2016. Wear shoes that speak to your own uniqueness – and step inside the shoes of our clients, as we share their stories and our walk together. Join us at the Chateau Lacombe Hotel for a fabulous dinner and dazzling live & silent auction items to bid on. MC Danny Hooper guarantees a night of laugher and serious fundraising in support of Pilgrims Hospice Society. This signature event helps Pilgrims raise much needed funds to provide dignity and care to the unique individuals experiencing progressive life-threatening illness, and to their families & friends who journey with them.

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Casino Yellowhead to Host $1.5 Million International Poker Tournament and Raise $40,000 for Alberta NonProfits


Jason Ross, the 2015 DeepStacks Poker Tournament Winner of $100,000

The DeepStacks Poker Tournament (DSPT) returns to Edmonton at Casino Yellowhead. Hosting eight events from April 1st to 11th, with additional entry satellites at Casino Edmonton leading up to March 29th, the energy for high stakes tournament poker will at an all-time high in Edmonton. The professional DSPT production team will be live onsite from Casino Yellowhead, covering the event, showcasing the action-packed excitement and thrilling poker action at one of the 2016 season’s most anticipated stops. Casino Yellowhead and Casino Edmonton have long been regarded as the most action packed casinos to play poker in Edmonton, with 24-hr poker rooms and over two decades of hosting top tier tournaments. With the addition of the DeepStacks Poker Tour, Pure Canadian Gaming (Casino Yellowhead and Casino Edmonton’s parent company) continues to elevate the poker standard in Alberta.

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Announcing New Business Start-up Program to Assist People With Disabilities in Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba

elevate programAvailable in 56 Community Futures offices, ELEVATE is a dynamic new business building program for youth and adults with a disability or health condition interested in starting a business. This program assists entrepreneurs locating their businesses in rural, remote or northern communities in Alberta, Saskatchewan or Manitoba. Funded in part by the Government of Canada’s Opportunities Fund for Persons with Disabilities Program, ELEVATE provides assistance, support and resources to qualified individuals who wish to become self-employed. Over the next three years, ELEVATE will assist 120 participants to explore self employment and start businesses in rural communities across the Prairies. Statistics Canada recently reported that the unemployment rate in Canada is 7.2%. 

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