Social Finance for NonProfit Organizations Workshop: The Basics | Edmonton | May 1, 2013

Social Enterprise FundAre you thinking about shopping for money? Here’s the workshop you need to become a smart money consumer. This team workshop, offered by the Social Enterprise Fund, explores different social financing models, as well as examining whether a non-profit organization is investment ready. The workshop is designed for leadership teams of two to four people, and will include significant group work time. Space is limited, and priority will be given to organizations that have the capacity and readiness to access and use social financing. Organizations interested in this workshop are asked to complete an application, including a brief self-assessment survey, which you will find at Please make sure to select “Workshop: Social Finance” from the drop down menu to proceed to the application for this particular workshop. Applications close 16 April 2013, with organizations notified of their participation 19 April 2013. When: 1 May 2013, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Where: Startup Edmonton, Mercer Building, third floor, 10359 104th Street, Edmonton. Questions? Contact 780-756-0660, or

Grade 11 Alberta Scientist Wins Entry to Sanofi BioGENEius Nationals

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TEC Edmonton Announces Top Three Fast Growth Finalists For VenturePrize 2013

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Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Calgary Pending Demolition of McHugh House

LOGO CentennialFor a numbers of years now the Calgary Catholic Diocese has been running our Elizabeth House program at what used to be known as “McHugh House. Elizabeth House – a haven for young women who are pregnant with nowhere else to go – began as a partnership with the Sisters of Charity of St. Louis in 1996.  The program puts love and justice into action by wrapping these women in the warm environment of family.  The physical, emotional and spiritual needs of these young mothers are met through guidance, counselling, education and referrals to services in the community. They are learning how to raise a healthy family of their own. With the passage of time we have had to confront several facilities issues and have utilized the professional facilities assessment services of Apache Consulting, Wiebe Forest Engineering, Chinook Environment, and International Asbestos Testing Laboratories. Based on the results and our concern for the health and safety of the moms and babies, we have determined that we needed immediate action to relocate Elizabeth House, and that the repairs and general maintenance of “McHugh House” were financially prohibitive, and the decision was taken to demolish the building asap.

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