Norwood Centre’s Celebrates their 50th Anniversary on September 28, 2013

Norwood Child + Family Resource CentreA lot changes in fifty years. In 1963, the Norwood Readiness Centre was a newly created preparatory program with “an emphasis on language and emotional development.” Since then, they moved from an old, white house into an ever-expanding building covered in murals and greetings in a handful of languages. At times they have offered programs ranging from crafts and sewing to carpentry and creative dance. Today, the Norwood Child and Family Resource Centre caters to a wide range of needs and is filled with people of diverse backgrounds. A world map in their hallway dotted with little blue stickers shows many of their clients have come from around the world before settling in Edmonton. The staff speaks over seventeen different languages between them. The Centre’s many offerings include: a “respite for family” day care program, a preschool readiness program, a school transition program, adorable child-sized toilets, rooms available for community and service agencies to use, and a licensed commercial kitchen, which serves thousands of snacks and meals a year. But one thing has never changed — the Centre’s mission to promote active involvement by children and their families in a strong, vibrant community.

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Environmental Artworks Foundation of Alberta Announces Contest Winners

EAFAThe Environmental Artworks Foundation of Alberta is pleased to announce that the winners for the 2013 contest have been chosen and are now posted on-line at: www.artworksalberta.org. In 2013, the Environmental Artworks Foundation of Alberta will provide $8,400 in RESPs to students, matching funds for school programs (environmental, science, hot lunch) and environmental project grants.  Since 2005, the Foundation has has provided over $34,000 to students and schools.   This level of support to students and schools is only possible via the generous support of ESAA Members and Industry that attend ESAA’s annual Golf Tournament and the RemTech series.  The Environmental Artworks Foundation of Alberta (EAFA) — “A charity with the mission of increasing environmental awareness in Alberta’s school system — is a charitable organization (#852066778 RR0001) affiliated with The Environmental Services Association of Alberta (ESAA).

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Come One, Come All to the Alberta Book Awards Gala in Edmonton on May 25

Words in 3D ConferenceThe Alberta Book Awards will be held on Saturday, May 25th at the lovely Delta Suite Hotel (10222 102nd Street) in downtown Edmonton. The keynote address will be delivered by veteran broadcast journalist, Shelagh Rogers. Over the years, Shelagh has become a prominent personality on CBC Radio, hosting the shows This Morning, Sounds Like Canada, and most recently The Next Chapter. In 2000, she was awarded Canada’s highest broadcasting honour, the John Drainie Award.The evening kicks off with cocktails at 6:15 p.m. Dinner will be served at 7:00 p.m. with three major award categories presented immediately after dinner: the Alberta Literary Awards, the Alberta Book Publishing Awards, and the Alberta Readers Choice Award. These awards recognize and honour excellence in writing, publishing, and the stand alone “best fiction or narrative non-fiction book.”

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Iconic Galleria Project: A Catalyst for Edmonton’s Downtown Revitalization

Edmonton Downtown Academic & Cultural CentreOn April 29, 2013, Edmonton City Council’s Executive Committee was provided with additional information demonstrating that the proposed Galleria Project will be a major catalyst  in the transformation and revitalization of downtown Edmonton. Over the first 30 years, The Galleria Project is expected to generate $2.7B in direct and indirect spending and $48M in property taxes.  The E-DACC Foundation is supporting City Administration’s recommendation to enter into discussions with the Edmonton Public School Board for the acquisition of needed land required to advance the project.  “Based on today’s information, analysis shows that this transformative, iconic project is feasible, sustainable and will require no operating or maintenance subsidies from the City of Edmonton. The time is right to move forward and make this a priority,” commented Dr. Dianne Kipnes, Foundation Chair.

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