The Jerry Forbes Centre for Community Spirit Acquires a New Home for Edmonton NonProfits

Jerry-Forbes-CentreThe Jerry Forbes Centre for Community Spirit announced today the purchase of an existing office and warehouse location in North East Edmonton at 12122 – 68 Street. The Centre has a lease agreement with the current tenant and once the lease is complete, substantial renovations will be completed to create a new home for several Edmonton nonprofits. As the future home for over 20vital nonprofit organizations in need, the Jerry Forbes Centre will facilitate collaborative business practices enabling nonprofits to share resources and talents for enhanced program deliveryand promote community spirit and volunteerism. Tenants will be selected based on criteria that is available at jerryforbescentre.ca. The multi-tenant Centre will provide healthy, affordable and vibrant work spaces where charitable organizations can share resources and talents to enhance program delivery to Edmonton.

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New Children’s Book by Alberta Author Uses Storytelling as a Tool for Tough Conversations

Ursas-WarriorsSometimes the greatest ideas come when we least expect it. For Tanis Petry, a Master of Social Work student, her idea for a children’s storybook came to her in a dream. Petry recently authored Ursa’s Warriors, a thoughtful story that can help adults talk to children about difficult topics. As a permanency case worker at the Aboriginal Services Office in Calgary, she believes that one of the most challenging things about her job is getting children to discuss big emotional events or issues. “I think as grown-ups, we often just avoid talking about these things when, in essence, it’s the most important conversation to have with kids,” says Petry. Ursa’s Warriors follows the story of a deer named Lux who goes on a journey to return a trio of young bears home safely. The story shows both the struggles that the bears have, as well as the conflicts that Lux faces as their guardian. 

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ABMI Report: The Status of Biodiversity in the Grassland and Parkland Regions of Alberta

ABMI-logoThe report describes the impact of human footprint, species, and habitat in two of Alberta’s Natural Regions, the Grassland Natural Region and the Parkland Natural Region (referred to as the Prairie Region). Latest Numbers show only 37% of the Prairie Region of Alberta remains as native vegetation and that the biggest ecological change: species that require native prairie habitat have lower-than-expected abundance. In other words, the majority of the land base in the Prairie Region has been visibly transformed by human development. The report, “The Status of Biodiversity in the Grassland and Parkland Regions of Alberta” presents the latest data on several indicators of environmental health for the Prairie Region of the province. The region is one of few in North America that contain large tracts of temperate native grassland, an ecosystem type among the most threatened in the world.

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City of Edmonton Calls for Nominations to the 2016 Hall of Fame and Awards of Distinction

hall-of-fame-awardsThe City of Edmonton wants to recognize and honour Edmonton’s most outstanding citizens who, through their contributions in arts and culture, community service, and sports, or through extraordinary service to their communities have made exemplary contributions to the quality of life in Edmonton. Since 1951, the Salute to Excellence Council has gathered nominations to recognize and honour Edmonton’s most outstanding citizens who, through their participation or through extraordinary service to their communities have made exemplary contributions to the quality of life in Edmonton. During a formal evening presentation, the Salute to Excellence Council inducts outstanding Edmontonians into the Halls of Fame. Groups or teams of more than 4 people including not-for-profit and charitable organizations are not eligible for Halls of Fame, but are eligible for Awards of Distinction. 

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