Celebrate Social Workers During Social Work Week from February 28 to March 5

Social Work PosterThe Alberta College of Social Workers is celebrating 2016 Social Work Week by rolling out a Promotional Campaign that raises the profile of social workers among the public and key stakeholders. This campaign promotes the fact that social workers are real life experts that help people turn their issues into answers. It will invite the publie to: 1) See social work as a dynamic and innovated profession that is embracing a diverse and changing world; 2) Seek the profession’s services and encourage family and friends to do the same; and 3) Have a better appreciation of a social worker’s scope of practice. The campaign consists of:  3 podcasts showcasing the stories of three dynamic and innovative social workers embracing diversity in a changing world; 4 posters with powerful images and messages and Social media messages on Facebook and Twitter Using #SocialworkersAB

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New Music Edmonton Presents Now Hear This Festival: The Anniversary Edition 5 Years of Festivals, 30 Years Of NME

New Music EdmontonFor the past 30 years, New Music Edmonton (NME) has been hunting down the world’s most innovative, cutting edge sounds to bring back to Edmonton. As they mark this musical milestone they can’t think of a better way to celebrate than to host their 5th Annual Now Hear This Festival March 18-20, 2016 at the Holy Trinity Anglican Church (10037 84 Ave.). They hope you’ll join them for this special double anniversary as they present three days of sonic art from as far away as NYC to right here in Edmonton. Spanning three days with dozens of performances, Now Hear This showcases an incredible roster of local, national and international artists who all create, innovate, and inspire audiences worldwide with provocative sound art.

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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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