Alberta College of Social Workers Welcomes Improvements in Support for Indigenous Children in Alberta

serenity-edmontonThe tragic story of Serenity has saddened Albertans and leads us to reflect on how we care for society’s most vulnerable.  Social workers in Alberta put their hearts and soul into supporting children and families.   Serenity’s story, and many others, remind us this work is complex and fraught with nuances – in part directly related to work with children, youth and families, and in part navigating the complexities of the systems that are meant to support them.   In July 2016, two reports highlighting the delivery of child and family services to Indigenous children in Alberta were released publicly.  One report authored by the Office of the Child and Youth Advocate (OCYA) entitled Voices for Change, provided a number of recommendations to address systemic issues impacting the overrepresentation of Indigenous children in care. 

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Passions Become Profits for Persons with Disabilities on the Prairies

In Celebration of Global Entrepreneurship Week, November 14 – elevate-image25020, the Community Futures program, Elevate, would like to recognize three rural prairie entrepreneurs: Janie Gaudet is the founder of Sweet Crete Décor, in Warman, Saskatchewan; Sumalee Phanad owns Thai Plaza located in Gimli, Manitoba; and Wilfred Blowers is the owner and operator of Business Reconnections Ltd. based in Trochu, Alberta. These individuals have taken employment into her own hands, becoming entrepreneurs  with the help of Elevate. Elevate is a program which helps rural entrepreneurs with disabilities and health conditions navigate their  first steps into the business world. From business plan to opening day, Elevate provides participants with supports specific to their needs and their business.

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Women in Scholarship, Engineering, Science & Technology (Wisest) Announces Annual Lecture & Symposium

wisestWISEST announced that their 2016 keynote speaker is Dr. Anne Condon, a Professor of Computing Science at the University of British Columbia, where she has served as Department Head and Associate Dean in the Faculty of Science. Dr. Condon’s research in computational complexity theory and algorithms currently focuses on DNA programming – the art and science of writing programs that are realized and executed by DNA. She is an ACM Fellow, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, has held the NSERC/General Motors Canada Chair for Women in Science and Engineering, and received the Computing Research Association’s Habermann Award for her work on increasing the numbers and successes of women in computing research.

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Fundraising Fridays Six-Part Webinar Series to Launch in Alberta on Friday, November 4

fundraising-fridays-imageWhen it comes to nonprofit organizations raising money for their good cause, donors are still giving more offline than on. Not a big surprise – older donors give significantly more than younger generations, and they still prefer their old-timey fountain pens and paper checks. Yet, online fundraising as a proportion of overall revenue continues to increase, year after year. Online fundraising is vital, recurring monthly donations are gaining steam, and fundraising by email still yields about $40 for every 1,000 recipients and this per donor amount increases significantly during the Christmas season and towards the end of the year. To help nonprofit organizations take advantage of increased year end fundraising opporunities, we’ve put together an six-part webinar series called Fundraising Fridays.

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