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Thursday, January 17, 2019

ARTWALK at WESTMOUNT CENTRE | Call for Performers.

ARTWALK ||| The CROSSROADS Business Improvement Association (BIA) – see: www.thecrossroadsbia.com is running an ART WALK series at Westmount Centre. BIA is looking for performers | entertainers in a range of fields; music, drumming, poetry – storytelling, spoken word, clowning, choirs, puppetry, school bands, music projects needing some public exposure, basically & broadly speaking kids-family friendly acts. Twenty five performing opportunities are available on Fridays from 5-6 pm. starting Friday Jan. 25, 2019. ||| A modest honorarium may be available, when applicable. Other incentives such as busking, gift cards, or special discount at selected stores in the mall, may be considered as well. A piano is available at the venue; the performing space is within the food-court area. Share this information far & wide, if you can, & send people my way (T: 780.474.6058 | e: leocamposa@gmail.com) for further details.

Monday, January 14, 2019


COMPASSION: A GLOBAL HISTORY of SOCIAL POLICY | Join us for the Book Launch of Compassion: A Global History of Social Policy by Alvin Finkel. ➔ Saturday, February 2, 2019 at 6:00 pm @ the Ukrainian Centre, 11018 - 97 Street, Edmonton. Refreshments kindly provided by the Chilean community. 

Please RSVP to: finkel@telusplanet.netThe Book | In Compassion: A Global History of Social Policy, Alvin Finkel recounts stories – from the beginning of human history to the present day of grassroots efforts to improve life for the majority, and especially the most vulnerable. His book serves as a counterpoint to Yuval Harari's brilliant but unhopeful Sapiens. By zeroing in on countries on six continents in different periods, it demonstrates that struggles from below have resulted in efforts, successful to varying degrees, to produce egalitarian societies. While unsparing in documenting the inhumanity of ruling classes against which popular movements fought, Compassion traces the evolution of movements & governments that have focused on egalitarianism rather than economic growth and the societies they have constructed. In a mere 300 pages, Compassion provides a history of humanity with all its warts that emphasizes the lives of the people rather than the kings, lords, and magnates.

‘A book that manages to be simultaneously deep and global, ranging from our hunter-gatherer ancestors to the neo-liberal slash-backs of the 1980s. Who knew it was possible to write an epic panorama of the welfare state?’ – Peter Baldwin, UCLA and NYU, USA

About: Alvin Finkel is the author, co-author, or co-editor of 13 history books including Working People in Alberta: A History, History of the Canadian Peoples, The Chamberlain-Hitler Collusion, and Social Policy and Practice in Canada: A History. He is president of the Alberta Labour History Institute, professor emeritus of History at Athabasca University, and half of the writing team of Change Alberta. 

Wednesday, January 9, 2019


EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY | CMHA-ER https://edmonton.cmha.ca/ | Position: Maintenance Team Lead | Position: Full-time | Hours: Monday – Friday 8:30am – 4:30pm | Salary: $41,061-$57,324 | Closing Date: January 24, 2019 | TO APPLY: Please submit CV/with covering letter in confidence to: hr@cmha-edmonton.ab.ca | Thanks!

Job Summary | The Maintenance Team Lead is accountable to the Manager, Housing Services & Peer Support and is responsible for the overall maintenance operations and supervision of the maintenance staff of the organization. In addition this position is responsible for the performance of general & specialized building/grounds maintenance tasks & projects. This position is also responsible to manage/maintain a preventative maintenance program at all properties within the organizations portfolio.

Qualifications/Experience | • A post-secondary certificate in a related field and/or trade is required • At least five years’ experience in a maintenance position and/or related field with increasing areas of supervision and responsibility • At least two years of personnel supervision experience • Preferably some experience working in the non-profit sector • Working knowledge of MS Office software programs • Working knowledge of YARDI Property Management Software • Acceptable attainment and maintenance of a Police Information Check with a Vulnerable Sector Check and an Intervention Record Check • Attainment and maintenance of Standard First Aid, Mental Health First Aid and WHMIS • Possession of a class 5 driver’s license and access to a reliable vehicle with $2M in automobile liability insurance.

Skills/Abilities | • Demonstrated ability in a supervisory role • Demonstrated ability in preventative maintenance management at multiple locations • Demonstrated knowledge of building maintenance and repair • Demonstrated ability to multi-task, prioritize and problem solving skills • Demonstrated understanding of appropriate legislation such as the Residential Tenancies Act, Alberta Housing Act, Social Housing Accommodations Regulations, the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act and the Safety Codes Act, The Occupations Health and Safety legislation for the Province of Alberta, Public Health Act and the Alberta Fire Code • Ability to effectively communicate, both orally and in written form • Ability to work with others and independently • Proven problem solving and organizational skills in a management environment • Demonstrated understanding of mental health; mental illness and recovery; information and referral services; crisis intervention. –

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

DIVERSITY & INCLUSION TALK with Litzy Baeza | Jan. 18, 2018.

LITZY BAEZA | Friday January 18, 2019Ethno-Cultural Diversity & Inclusion: What is it? | Orange Room, The Business Link, Suite #500, 10150-100 St. | Time: 10:00am to 12:00 noon | Admission: a $10.00 donation welcomed. | RSVP by Jan. 17, to: leocamposa@gmail.com or call him at: 780.474.6058.  

| About: Litzy Baeza has over 15 years of experience in international education & development. She has worked at various post-secondary institutions in Canada and has lived/worked overseas in different capacities. She has extensive experience in the field of intercultural diversity/inclusion & has done consulting for various organizations/institutions helping them increase their practices in intercultural competency. We are delighted to have her illuminate our own journey of diversity & inclusion.

> Sponsored by Wayfinders Business Cooperative ©

Monday, December 17, 2018


EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY Context: ECALA has been working for the 3 years with the Indigenous Community to centre our work within Indigenous Ways of Knowing. 

We are in the process of implementing recommendations from our Indigenous Advisory Committee in order to support Indigenous literacy and learning programs that meet the unique needs of Indigenous learners with components of both an Indigenous framework & adult learning principles.

The Position | The Indigenous Education Liaison position reports to the Executive Director. Primary objectives of the position include supporting ECALA as we implement changes to the funding process for Indigenous literacy and learning programs; providing coaching and education to funded organizations, ECALA staff and other stakeholders who have the desire to engage Indigenous learners to participate in programs within the Community Adult Learning Program (CALP) Grant; and building relationships between ECALA staff and urban Indigenous community, including Elders and Knowledge-keepers. 

Compensation: Salary range will commensurate with experience, education and other similar non-profit organizations · Health Spending Plan of $2500.00 per fiscal year available after three-month probationary period, in addition to RRSP contribution of 2.5% per salary after one year of employment. Closing Date: January 10th by 4:00 p.m. or until a suitable candidate is found. TO APPLY > forward in confidence CV/cover letter with salary range expectations by email to: Debbie Clark, Executive Director ed@ecala.org | Thanks!

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

STAR of the NORTH RETREAT CENTRE | Personal Development

Star of the North Retreat Centre Programs 2019
Info & Registration: www.starofthenorth.ca | T: 780.459.5511

·       TLC for Caregivers | An afternoon of quiet reflection and some sharing and rest to honour those who are in for the long haul of caring for someone with little ability to care for themselves. Take time to honour the feelings that come with selfless giving and compassion and to spend time with others who understand the wave of emotions that are often mixed with sorrow and joy on the continuing journey. Facilitator: Helen Gledhow. | Wed Jan 24, 2019 | 1-4 pm. $25 (Subsidy available).

·       Slow Down! Retreat Days with Sandy Prather | Take time to rest your body and refresh your spirit.  Each retreat day consists of thought-provoking presentations on a spiritual topic combined with ample time for personal reflection and prayer. | Thurs January 18: “How I Love Your Word!”: Soaking in Scripture. | Thurs March 15: Leaning Into Lent: Daring to go Deep. | Thurs April 19: “Pack Nothing!”: Travel Notes for the Journey. 9:30 to 3 pm. | $40/retreat day (includes lunch).

·       Writing Our Sacred Lives from Sacred Earth | Do you dream of writing? These four sessions will provide input, time for writing, and time for sharing. The focus will be on a connection of our individual lives to the land, our planet, and the cosmos:  a contemplative ecological approach. Come explore the life-lines of your life in a prayerful, reflective space. Facilitators: Anita Allsopp & Lucie Leduc | Feb. 1: What waters are you from? | Feb. 8: The gift of tears/Feb. 15: The home landscape/Feb. 22: At home, always a stranger | 7:00pm – 9:00pm. | $80 for 4 week session.

·       St. Paul: Accepting the Challenge to Follow ‘The Way’ | This 30 minute live theatre piece shares St. Paul’s conversion experience, of how he was filled with God's Light and Love and was sent on an amazing journey! The performance is followed by a reflection, and talk-back session. 

     Facilitated by: Paul Punyi, Rooney Punyi Educational Theatre See: www.interviewhistory.ca | Wed Feb 7, 2019 | 7:30-9:00pm. | Tix: $25. 

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

JUST in TIME Fair Trade Christmas Sale | Dec. 09, 2018.

‘JUST’ In Time! Fair Trade Christmas Sale | Info: 780.459.5511 > Make your Christmas gift-giving more meaningful. Come check out the beautiful and unique fair trade Christmas decorations, handmade crafts, jewellery, coffee & other gift items from around the world. 

Sunday, Dec. 09, 2018 | 10:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. > Soup lunch available for $10 from 11:00-1:30 | www.starofthenorth.ca | Star of the North Retreat Centre, 3A St. Vital Avenue, St. Albert | Gift-giving with soul and, in community. Join Us!