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Tuesday, July 7, 2020


EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY CMHA-Edmonton www.cmha-edmonton.ab.ca | | Position: Manager Housing Services and Peer Support | Terms: Permanent Full-time | Closing Date: Open until a suitable candidate is found.

About: CMHA-Edmonton is a non-profit organization that envisions mentally healthy people in caring communities. We increase awareness and understanding of mental health, mental illness, recovery, and suicide prevention through education. We support the resilience and recovery of people in distress including those affected by mental illness or suicide by providing crisis intervention; safe, long-term and affordable housing; Recovery College; peer connections; suicide grief and family support; advocacy and wayfinding; and providing opportunities to improve your wellness. Join us and make a difference in the lives of individuals and families affected by mental illness and stressful situations including abuse, violence, and suicide. 

Position Abstract: Reporting to the Director, Housing Services and Peer Support the Manager, Housing Services and Peer Support is responsible for the day to day administration, coordination and management of all CMHA-Edmonton owned and managed properties; The position conducts property visits and inspections to ensure that all housing properties are safe, secure and that all local building and health codes are adhered to. It investigates and resolves tenant occupancy issues including dealing with complaints, inquiries and maintenance matters and assists tenants to resolve issues as appropriate.  Additionally, the Manager, Housing Services and Peer Support is responsible for the implementation of peer support services that foster long term tenancy, mental health recovery and community integration, in particular the oversight of Recovery College and Peer Connections.

Qualifications/Experience: Post-secondary school Diploma in a related field (e.g. Business Administration, etc.); Minimum of 5 years of experience as a property manager, including activities associated with: budget development, financial management, understanding and applying relevant acts & legislation; Valid Class 5 Drivers License; Acceptable Police Information Check with Vulnerable Sector Search and Intervention Record Check. 

Skills/Abilities: Strong interpersonal, verbal|written communication skills including an ability to respond appropriately with conflict resolution skills in difficult situations; Ability to understand mechanical & technical issues associated with property management; Solid business acumen and ability to respond to situations with astuteness and composure; Demonstrated initiative and the ability to work independently and operate effectively in a complex multi-program environment; Demonstrated abilities in project management, financial management, project delivery & evaluation; Superior organizational, time management|problem-solving skills; Demonstrated understanding of mental health; mental illness & recovery; information & referral services; crisis intervention; recovery-oriented practice & trauma informed care; Skills & experience with the use of YARDI; Ability to effectively use MS Office. > TO APPLY: Submit CV & cover letter in confidence to: hr@cmha-edmonton.ab.ca |

Sunday, June 14, 2020


  • I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO | In his new film, director Raoul Peck envisions the book James Baldwin never finished - a radical narration about race in America, using the writer's original words. He draws upon James Baldwin's notes on the lives and assassinations of Medgar Evers, Malcolm X, and Martin Luther King Jr. to explore and bring a fresh and radical perspective to the current racial narrative in America. – © Magnolia Pictures & Magnet Releasing 2017 | Official Trailer: https://youtu.be/rNUYdgIyaPM   
  • A COOPERATIVE ECONOMY – A COOPERATIVE SOCIETY | Our globalized economic system is like a strong current carrying us towards the depletion of resources and an unfair distribution of wealth. We all know this can’t go on. In this talk, Benoit will illustrate examples of swimming against the current, setting the path for a more cooperative society. His hypothesis is that most human beings would rather live in a society where people cooperate and help each other rather than compete with each other. Benoit is a trained physicist and climate scientist, as well as being a social facilitator and community leader. He is an employee of the housing cooperative which he helped create and in which he lives with his family. He is currently helping local authorities and groups of people imagine and realize cooperative projects in eco-districts, such as the cooperative supermarket. – © TED | https://youtu.be/E9wKDoX2_Q4 ... 
  • BRYAN STEVENSON | Addressing the root causes of racial injustice in America is fundamental to achieving lasting change. Bryan Stevenson has dedicated his life to doing just that. As a leading civil rights lawyer, Stevenson made his name saving dozens of wrongfully convicted inmates from execution through his Equal Justice Initiative. He speaks with Walter Isaacson about solutions, from a change in the culture of policing to an embrace of truth & reconciliation. Aired on June 02, 2020. – © Amanpour and Company | https://youtu.be/O0xYslfC84I ... 
  • SOUL of a CITIZEN | Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s 1967 speech at Stanford University. Here, he expounds on his nonviolent philosophy and methodology. – © The Martin Luther King Jr. Centre for Non-Violent Social Change | https://youtu.be/dOWDtDUKz-U | At this remarkable lecture, Dr. King also speaks of a “guaranteed annual minimal income” – simply, way ahead of his time – extraordinary … 
  • HOW TO DECONSTRUCT RACISM, ONE HEADLINE AT A TIME | with Baratunde Thurston – Baratunde Thurston explores the phenomenon of white Americans calling the police on black Americans who have committed the crimes of ... eating, walking or generally "living while black." In this profound, thought-provoking and often hilarious talk, he reveals the power of language to change stories of trauma into stories of healing, while challenging us all to level up. – © TED | https://youtu.be/RZgkjEdMbSw

Tuesday, April 7, 2020


COVID-19 | Our friends-colleagues at The Business Link have produced a very useful Blog focussing on the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB). Have a careful look|read. This resource is also about the practicalities of surviving COVID-19 and being resilient in times of extremes and dramatically changing circumstances. || > https://businesslink.ca/blog/faq-canada-emergency-response-benefit-cerb

·       THINGS THAT ARE OPEN | EDMONTON > Local businesses are finding innovative ways to serve our community. Show your support in a time that has turned our whole world upside-down. This initiative was developed to help small businesses communicate what they are doing to pull through the crisis. It may be quiet, but if you listen closely, there's a hum. Behind closed doors, kitchens are cooking, artists are creating, instructors are teaching, makers are making. Things may have changed, but we're resilient, we've found new ways to connect. || https://edmonton.thingsthatareopen.com 

·       On Civil Society & Democracy: The Commons Podcast | Veteran/Retired Journalist & Author Satya Das explores the nature of A Civil Society with Co-Hosts Rod Olstad & Leo Campos A. || https://www.thecommonspodcastedmonton.org

·       COVID-19 | The Conference Board of Canada > Things are changing quickly; evidence-based perspective on coronavirus is essential. This site is our go-to resource for insights and analysis on COVID-19. Here, we bring you quick-read articles based on our multi-disciplinary research. Each article gives you a fact-based understanding of the complex issues we face. || https://www.conferenceboard.ca/insights/covid-19

Friday, March 20, 2020


COVID-19: TIPS for SMALL BUSINESSES | It’s safe to say that the COVID-19 pandemic is going to affect your business. An unexpected event like this means that you may have to change plans and look for new ways to manage your business and serve your customers. You may be facing immediate challenges and be worrying about the coming weeks, but it’s important to slow down, be thoughtful and proceed with a plan that is going to leave your business healthy in the long-term. – © The Business Link | https://businesslink.ca/blog/covid-19-tips-for-small-businesses/ 

COVID-19: RESOURCES for CANADIAN BUSINESSES | In an interconnected global economy, the new coronavirus (COVID-19) is affecting Canadian businesses and their operations. It has resulted in restrictions on travel, public gatherings, as well as supply chain disruptions & market uncertainty. The Government of Canada is committed to providing you with the information|support you need to make informed decisions as your business navigates through these challenges. – © Global Affairs Canada | https://www.tradecommissioner.gc.ca/campaign-campagne/ressources-entreprises-COVID-19-business-resources.aspx 

COVID-19: ERP READY | Emergencies and disasters, big and small, can occur at any moment. It’s important that you and your business are prepared when, and if, they do. Having an Emergency Response Plan (ERP) in place can offer guidance for you, your employees, and your customers in times of uncertainty, and will support an effective response to the challenges that may present themselves. A well develop ERP will also allow your business to recover quicker and more efficiently. – © The Business Link | https://businesslink.ca/blog/creating-an-emergency-response-plan-erp/ 

COVID-19: MENTAL HEALTH | A pandemic is a very stressful event for individuals and communities. It’s normal to feel some stress and anxiety. It’s also very common for people to display great resilience during times of crisis. We should remember that this is absolutely the time to lean on each other. Even if we can’t be close physically, we need to stay close emotionally. The Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) has put together some resources and suggestions to help support your mental health at this time of uncertainty. We encourage you to share this page.– © CMHA | https://cmha.ca/news/covid-19-and-mental-health 

COVID-19 | RESOURCES for FREELANCERS & SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS | If you’re a small business owner in North America, the past couple of weeks have certainly been anxiety-inducing. According to a recent survey by the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), 23% of U.S. small business owners are already feeling negative impacts from the COVID-19 outbreak. Another 43% of small business owners anticipate they will feel the impacts very soon, especially if the virus spreads. Meanwhile, north of the border, of the small business owners surveyed by the Canadian Federation of Independent Businesses (CFIB), 48% have seen a drop in sales. No matter how your business is being affected during these uncertain times, we want you to know that Fresh Books is here for you. It’s why we’ve curated this list of helpful resources specifically for U.S. and Canadian small business owners affected by COVID-19. – © Fresh Books | https://www.freshbooks.com/blog/covid-19-resources 

COVID 19 | CANADA COUNCIL – CONSEILS des ARTS du CANADA | Our thoughts go out to the many artists and arts organizations, and their loved ones around the world whose health and livelihood are being directly affected by the global spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). The effects of the pandemic continue to raise many important questions across our borders and boundaries. Although we can’t predict the extent of its impact on Canada’s national arts community, we are sensitive to the many challenges ahead for artists, organizations and their stakeholders. – © Canada Council | https://canadacouncil.ca/covid-19-information 

COVID-19: GOVERNMENT of CANADA | Information from the Government of Canada covering several fields, regions & communities. – © Government of Canada | https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/coronavirus-disease-covid-19.html 

COVID-19: GOVERNMENT of ALBERTA | Information from the Government of Alberta covering several fields, cities & communities. – © Government of Alberta | https://www.alberta.ca/coronavirus-info-for-albertans.aspx 

COVID-19: THE CITY OF EDMONTON | Update information about local actions vis-à-vis COVID-19. What the City is doing + other helpful resources. – © City of Edmonton | https://www.edmonton.ca/programs_services/emergency_preparedness/covid-19.aspx

Wednesday, March 11, 2020


FOOD CO-OPERATIVES  INVITATION: Food Co-operatives, Resilient Community and new Deep Adaptation Discussion Group | You are invited to meetings and open house on Saturday March 14th from 1:00pm to 5:00pm. This gathering will be held at the SOLAR DRAGON House about 10 km north of Stony Plain. (directions below).

- The 73 acre land and the Solar Dragon house are proposed to be the location of a food growers co-operative and a Deep Adaptation Learning Center – Paul Belanger will present the concept and start an open discussion.

- Several co-operatives are in the works: A local number of skilled and interested local individuals will be the team that makes this initiative happen. Without a committed and organized effort this initiative will not happen. Are you one of these individuals? Do you know of someone who could fit the description? An open discussion of what this work entails will be led by Ahmad Sabet and Paul Belanger.

- Short Tour of the Solar Dragon house by designer/builder Paul Belanger. House is grid-free and can be 100% solar and wood powered. The mechanical systems will be looked at including a rainwater harvesting system which provides potable water see photos at: http://sunandstraw.com/ ...

- We will also begin a discussion group on the topic of Deep Adaptation as it relates to our regional social environment. This topic is closely related to the views and concerns of Extinction Rebellion and the ways we can prepare ourselves for the existential threat that climate change has become. This will inform the cooperative as well. We will use the four R's forum of deep adaptation and evolve it for our group. For further details please see: https://jembendell.com/2019/03/17/the-love-in-deep-adaptation-a-philosophy-for-the-forum/ ...

Directions: From Edmonton take highway 16 West and turn North on Highway 44. Then turn West on Villeneuve Road (Hwy 633). Travel West about 10 Kms. until RR280. Turn North (right) onto RR280 for about 633 meters until you see the driveway sign on the right which reads: 54213-RR-280. If needed call Paul Belanger at: 780.263.8810.

Thursday, March 5, 2020


INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY 2020 | Come and Celebrate International Women’s Day and honour 5 Outstanding Women in Edmonton! Soroptimist International Club of Edmonton is celebrating its 25th Annual International Women’s Day on March 08, 2020 at the Chateau Louis Conference Centre at 11727 Kingsway NW, Edmonton. We are   announcing 5 Awards totaling more than $15,000.00 to Four Live Your Dream Award Winners and 1 Joy Award. These Soroptimist Dream programs work to ensure women and girls have access to the education and training they need to reach their full potential and to live their dreams. The Live Your Dream Awards are given to female adult students who are heads of their households and attending post-secondary school or trade school while at the same time supporting a family!  

GUEST SPEAKER: Kate Quinn, Executive Director from CEASE, the Centre to End All Sexual Exploitation. CEASE helps persons with past or present sex trade experience lead more successful lives with quality supports & education. Also, CEASE works to help sex buyers stop their exploitative ways. Details: https://www.ceasenow.org

HONOURING: We are honouring 4 Edmonton Post-secondary Students: Andrea Parry, University of Calgary, Edmonton Campus | Amanda Robinson, Concordia University, Edmonton | Jennifer Lee, Athabasca University | Jennifer Z, Concordia University Edmonton.

JOY AWARD: Soroptimist International Club of Edmonton’s Joy Award is awarded this year to Josephine Pallard from Changing Together https://changingtogether.com | Her outstanding walk is as a  woman who leads the Edmonton Community in the reduction of harm from Trafficking and Prostitution especially through support for immigrant women both citizens and newcomers to Canada to overcome personal and systemic barriers that keep them from participating fully in our Edmonton community.

About: Soroptimist International Club of Edmonton is part of a larger program for women in 122 countries across the world. The mission of Soroptimist is to improve the lives of girls & women through programs leading to social, economic empowerment and gender equality. Visit: https://www.siedmonton.org or contact Anna Der at: siedmonton@soroptimist.net ||| Telephone: 780.903.0426.

Wednesday, February 12, 2020


| CMHA-ER | www.cmha-edmonton.ab.ca | Position: Senior Director, Fund Development | Program Area: Administrative Services | Salary Level: Competitive salary and commensurate with similar positions | Application Deadline: February 28, 2020.

About: CMHA-Edmonton Region is a non-profit organization that envisions mentally healthy people in caring communities. We increase awareness and understanding of mental health, mental illness, recovery, and suicide prevention. We support the resilience and recovery of people in distress including those affected by mental illness or suicide by providing crisis intervention, peer connections, suicide, grief and family support, as well as advocacy and wayfinding. We provide safe, long term affordable housing for those living with mental illness and low income. CMHA-ER operates 211, linking the general public with community, social, and government services. We also operate the 24 hour 7 day a week Distress Line, staffed by highly trained volunteers.

The Position | CMHA-ER is seeking a Fund Development Director. This key position will enhance CMHA Edmonton’s strong potential to grow its programs and operations, with responsibility for developing and maintaining a robust fund development program, its strategy, planning execution, success and sustainability This is a senior level position within the organization. 

Reporting to the Executive Director, the Fund Development Director will: Review the existing fundraising program, identifying its strengths and weaknesses. Building on that review, develop a suitable fundraising program to increase, diversify and strengthen the organization’s existing revenue streams. Engage the Board of Directors in actively supporting fundraising thrusts. Identify & develop new sources of revenue. Develop, implement and cultivate a donor stewardship program. Develop, implement and cultivate a donor retention program. Develop, implement and cultivate a major gifts program. Review the existing fundraising events with a view towards enhancing their efficacy. Initiate the process of a Capital Campaign in order to broaden housing portfolio, including creating a feasibility study and identifying & cultivating potential donors. With the Executive Director, ensure specific, measurable targets are in place.

Reporting | This position reports to the Executive Director & serves as a part of the senior leadership team. The position supervises the Director Resource Development, and the Resource Development Associate. Within the agency, the position has primary relationships with the financial operation, senior leadership staff, and the Board of Directors. Outside the agency, the position coordinates with donors|prospective donors, sponsors & funding sources.

Key Qualifications | Typically, a bachelor’s degree & a minimum of 7 years fundraising experience in a senior position. Membership in a professional fundraising association is expected. Certification in fundraising (Certified FundRaising Professional) is preferred + Demonstrated experience in managing & implementing a comprehensive fund development program; Demonstrated experience in generating charitable contributions; Comprehensive management skills and experience including but not limited to short and long-term planning, evaluating, and directing staff; Strong oral and written communication skills; high level of comfort in public speaking and making public presentations; Experience in leading a board of directors & senior management in the process of a capital campaign is beneficial; Willingness to spend significant time in the community making and facilitating face to face donor visits; Demonstrated experience in mentoring and motivating fundraising staff and volunteers.

Key Competencies | The ability to articulate and convey to the public the work of the organization. An ability to speak with empathy, comfort and dignity in support of those living with mental illness. A keen understanding of the nature and dimensions of philanthropy, ethics and motivations for all manner of charitable giving. Thorough knowledge of research and cultivation practices, as well as standard fundraising techniques. Understanding of fundraising measurement, metrics and evaluation. The ability to think strategically and work independently to drive new initiatives or enhance existing programs. The ability to promote a positive atmosphere within the organization and work cooperatively with all team members. Strong skills in proposal & grant writing; comprehensive knowledge of funding opportunities within the community. Ability to monitor external industry knowledge, trends and opportunities in order to respond to changes in the philanthropic environment. Familiarity with development office functions including gift processing, prospect and donor histories, and fundraising reporting. A high degree of competency with the MS Office suite and Raisers' Edge is necessary.

Other | Valid driver’s license and vehicle, with the ability to travel within Edmonton and surrounding communities. Ability to work flexible hours, should evening and weekend work be required. Successful candidate will be required to complete a Vulnerable Persons security clearance. References will be required. TO APPLY | Please reply with cover letter and resume by February 28, 2020 to: 

Ione Challborn, Executive Director