Celebrate National Social Work Week from March 5 to 11, 2017 with Events Throughout Alberta

Social Work Week 2017The Alberta College of Social Workers (ACSW) is celebrating National Social Work Week through a series of activities celebrating the important work that social workers do together with public and stakeholders.  National Social Work week is a time to educate the public about the wide range of professional services and supports provided by Registered Social Workers in varied fields of practice. This year’s theme “the power to empower” highlights the role social workers have to help people, families and communities across the country to create real change around real life issues.  Every year in March, Canada celebrates the important contributions of these social justice professionals!

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Alberta Hate Crime Committee Launches “#StopHateAB” Website

Alberta-Hate-CrimesThe new resource will provide Albertans a space to record and document hate incidents in the province. The Alberta Hate Crime Committee (AHCC) announced today the launch of its new initiative, www.StopHateAb.ca. The StopHateAB.ca website will provide a space for Albertans to record and document hate incidents in order to improve awareness and education about hate incidents in our communities to the wider public. Given the recent amount of hate-related incidents that have come to public attention, there is a significant need to collect and track these incidents. While Statistics Canada provides annual reports on hate crimes, there is currently no space to document hate incidents. 

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Edmonton Entrepreneurs Celebrate International Women’s Day and Share Advice on Closing the Gender Gap

Womens-DayCelebrate International Women’s Day at the second annual Women and Wealth Conference on March 8th, 2017 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Edmonton (it will also be live streamed across Canada). This year the theme is “Celebrating Women’s Entrepreneurship”. Women play a major role in driving the world economy. According to the 2015 Global Entrepreneurship Monitor, women control about $20 trillion in annual consumer spending – a number expected to rise to nearly $28 trillion by 2020. They make up 40% of the global workforce, are earning professional degrees in record numbers, and companies have implemented programs to remove organizational biases in order to increase the number of women in leadership positions. Yet a gender equality gap remains.

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Walkers, Community Groups, and Businesses Start Their Mission For Lethbridge’s ‘Coldest Night Of The Year’

coldest-night-of-the-yearStreets Alive Mission is encouraging Lethbridge residents, community groups and businesses to bundle up and raise cold, hard cash for ‘The Coldest Night of the Year’ taking place this year on February 25.  This is a family-friendly winter fundraising event for Lethbridge’s hungry, hurting and less-fortunate. Walkers and teams from local businesses, churches, and other community groups are encouraged to sign up now to start gaining support to help reach their fundraising goal. This is Streets Alive Mission’s sixth year taking part in the Coldest Night of the Year, and they are aiming to raise $40,000 to aid their work with the less-fortunate in Lethbridge. An expected 200 walkers on 40 teams, including staff, friends of Streets Alive Mission, and local businesses are expected to participate in this charity walk to brave the cold winter’s night.

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