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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Gaming Funds for Nonprofits – Free Webinar Series | February 11 & March 3

webinarThe Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission (AGLC) is offering a free, two-part webinar series about the use of gaming funds for nonprofits in Alberta. Both webinars feature a live question and answer period. This series was designed to create awareness and provide information about the process and requirements of charitable gaming in Alberta. The webinar series will be facilitated by Volunteer Alberta and feature a speaker from the Gaming Information for Charitable Groups (GAIN) Program. The presentations will cover topics of interest to the non-profit sector as identified in the survey conducted by Volunteer Alberta in May of 2015. Gain a better understanding of how AGLC and gaming proceeds can benefit your organization in the upcoming sessions: the first on February 11 and the second on March 3. Registration is free. 

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