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Sunday, May 19, 2019

BRANDING your SMALL BUSINESS | Seminar - May 24, 2019 (RSVP)


TALK SERIES | “Promotions & Networking for Small & Medium Size Enterprises” with Glen Ronald – Friday May 24, 2019 | 10:00am to 12:00 noon @ The Business Link, Suite #500, 10150-100 St. – Suggested donation: $10.00 (thanks!). 

About: A visual artist|sharp business entrepreneur, Glen Ronald operates Spark: The Branding Shop, a business branding & promotional product company he pioneered 20 years ago. We are thrilled to have him sharing his expertise around brand awareness, promoting particular products|services + techniques he has successfully developed over the years. ||| PS. Parking downtown can be challenging; if you can manage park & ride, we recommend it. – RSVP by May 23, 2019 to: 780.474.6058 | Or by email: leocamposa@gmail.com | SPONSOR: Wayfinders Business Cooperative ©

Thursday, May 16, 2019

DADS MATTER TOO! | Charity Golf Tournament 2019.


Creating Hope Society 5th Annual “Dads Matter Too!” Charity Golf Tournament 
June 13, 2019 | Support A Good Cause!

This is your invitation to our 5th Annual “Dads Matter Too!” Charity Golf Tournament. Without your support, our "Dads Matter Too" program could not be successful. This year’s Texas Scramble Tournament will be held at The Ranch Golf and Country Club on Thursday, June 13th 2019 with registration beginning at 7:00 am and a shotgun start at 8:00 am. Registration is now underway.

WHO WE ARE | The Creating Hope Society of Alberta is a non-profit charitable society. All proceeds raised from our tournament go directly towards “Dad’s Matter Too!” Our theme this year is “Once you are a DAD, you are a DAD for life.” Since the creation of "Dads Matter Too!" there has been an increasing interest in engaging fathers in family support programs.

OUR GOAL | Raise $7,000.00. We have various sponsorship levels|opportunities for your consideration. Visit our site or request directly a Registration Form & Corporate Sponsorship Package. Corporate sponsorship contributions will be provided with a charitable receipt, company logo will be displayed prominently in all promotional materials for the event as well as on our webpage + you will receive verbal recognition during our dinner.

YOUR SUPPORT | Your team registration|sponsorship commitment form may also be filled out on our website: www.creatinghopesociety.ca | Should you have any registration|sponsorship questions, wish to donate a Tournament prize, contact Carrie Kachur at: 780.668.9071 or by email at: dckachur@shaw.ca | We are counting on your participation and support.

In the Spirit of Creating Hope
Bernadette Lahtail, RSW
Co-founder | Executive Director
Creating Hope Society of Alberta

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES | CMHA EDMONTON - 3 Positions.


EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES | CMHA-EDMONTON | www.cmha-edmonton.ab.ca | Position: Community Resource Specialist – Database Curator (CRS-DC) | Terms: Temporary Full-Time Contract, Remote (3 positions available) | Locations: The 3 remote CRS-DCs will ideally be based in southern, east central, and either northwestern or north central Alberta | Closing Date: May 28, 2019. | Apply in confidence with cover letter|resume, to: hr@cmha-edmonton.ab.ca | Thanks!

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; 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.

Abstract: Reporting to the Team Lead, 211 Community Resource Database, the Community Resource Specialist – Database Curator (CRS-DC) will work remotely and is responsible for implementing activities relevant to the expansion of 211 services across Alberta, including visiting or connecting with organizations in new service areas and adding new listings to the 211 database of community resources. 211 is a 24-hour information and referral line that connects people to community services such as non-emergency social, health and government services.   The position is part of a team that manages the information and referral data utilized by 211, while ensuring adherence to required AIRS accreditation standards. The CRS-DC identifies and researches new and updated community services information to respond to the changing needs and resources of communities in Alberta.

Qualifications/Experience | Related post-secondary diploma or bachelor’s degree preferred; Minimum 1 year of experience in a data entry/administrative support role that included proof-reading, editing documents or records management and/or experience developing relationships with community organizations and stakeholders; Valid Class 5 Alberta Driver’s License or equivalent; Acceptable attainment & maintenance of a Police Information Check with a Vulnerable Sector Check and an Intervention Record Check; Successful Completion of Gender Based Analysis + Training & Brain Story Certification are an asset; Knowledge of database principles, including taxonomy, is an asset.

Skills/Abilities | Strong interpersonal, verbal|written communication skills; Ability to proofread materials in different formats and utilize editing skills to make information clear and concise; Ability to work independently, set priorities and meet deadlines in a stressful environment; Organizational and problem-solving skills with a keen attention to detail, a high degree of accuracy, and excellent time management skills; Ability to maintain effective, cooperative working relationships with other staff and volunteers; Ability to liaise effectively with community agencies and maintain good relationships; Ability to research, assimilate, organize, analyze and summarize information; Typing skills and the ability to effectively use MS Office & other program software; Ability to work independently and in a team environment; Ability to set priorities, allocate time & resources effectively; Organizational, time management|problem solving skills; Demonstrated initiative in completing tasks and projects; Ability to provide constructive|positive feedback to others and be able to accept the same. –

Friday, May 10, 2019

SPIRITUAL RETREATS | Star of the North Retreat Centre.


Star of the North Retreat Centre
View Programs & Register online at:
www.starofthenorth.ca | Call 780.459.5511
Whether you want time out from a hectic schedule, a perfect setting for your next business or group function, or sacred space to heal & renew, Star of the North Retreat Centre is the place for you.

·       May 16, 2019, Thursday, 8-9:30pm 
Twilight Recovery Evening

·       May 29, 2019, Wednesday, 7-9pm
Journeys to Justice with Joe Gunn

·       June 3, 2019, Mon. 9am, to Fri, June 7, 4pm
Iconography Retreat with Gisele Bauche

·       June 16, 2019, Sunday, 8am-noon 
Star of the North Camino|Estrella Del Norte

·       June 20, 2019, Thurs, 7-8:30pm
Twilight Recovery Evening

·       July 5, 2019, Fri 7pm to July 6, Sat, 4pm
Still Green & Growing with Archbishop Emeritus Sylvain Lavoie, OMI

Thursday, May 9, 2019

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY | Pride Centre of Edmonton.


EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY | Pride Centre of Edmonton | Position: Executive Director | Abstract: The Pride Centre of Edmonton seeks an Executive Director with the vision & competencies to lead the Centre to effectively fulfill its mission. The PCE is uniquely positioned to provide & support services that strengthen a multifaceted Community of communities with different, and sometimes competing, needs|interests, and to channel a voice for those communities. Our Community includes persons of all minority sexual orientations and identities, often intersectional with other minority identities, with diverse experiences and views. Our budget is under $1M and we have a staff of about six. 

Key Responsibilities include: Develop & maintain relationships with multiple groups within the Community we serve so that their concerns are reflected in how the PCE carries out its mission; Interpret the mission, develop and implement strategic plans, and measure results; Share leadership with the active, policy-style Board; Develop & maintain the PCE’s visibility and leadership in both our service Community and the wider Edmonton community.

Qualifications | Experience as a not-for-profit Executive Director preferred; relevant senior management experience will be considered; Relevant post-secondary education; A strong personal connection the community we serve, preferably lived experience as a member of one of the communities; Knowledge of queer history and understanding of issues faced by sexual minorities, especially where these issues intersect with the needs of other marginalized groups; Superior leadership, communication, interpersonal and diplomacy skills.

Required TECHNICAL COMPETENCIES, typical to an Executive Director role in a small not-for-profit, include: Budgeting, grant application|financial management; Personnel management; Public relations; IT and social media management or oversight; Fundraising leadership and oversight; Effective use of office computer applications; Facility management.

TO APPLY | Please send your covering letter and résumé in confidence to: EDsearch@PrideCentreOfEdmonton.ca by May 27, 2019. Note: we appreciate the effort it takes to prepare an application; all applicants will receive a response. Inquiries welcome. The competition may reopen if a suitable candidate is not found.

Monday, May 6, 2019

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY > CMHA EDMONTON.


EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY | CMHA-Edmonton | www.cmha-edmonton.ab.ca | Position: Team Lead, Community Resource Department | Closing Date: May 20, 2019 | Apply in confidence with cover letter & resume to: hr@cmha-edmonton.ab.ca 

About: CMHA-Edmonton is a non-profit organization that envisions mentally healthy people in caring communities. We increase awareness|understanding of mental health, mental illness, recovery, and suicide prevention through education. We support the resilience & recovery of people in distress including those affected by mental illness or suicide by providing crisis intervention; safe, long-term and affordable housing; 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|families affected by mental illness and stressful situations including abuse, violence, and suicide.

Abstract: Reporting to the Manager, Strategic Partnerships, the Team Lead, 211 Community Resource Department (CRD) is responsible for assisting with the activities necessary to ensure the effective & efficient operation of the 211 Program. 211 is a 24-hour information|referral line that helps people connect to social, health and government services. The position supervises a team of Community Resource Specialists - Database Curators who identify & research new and updated community services information to respond to changing needs and resources of communities. The position will oversee the maintenance and growth of the 211 database and ensure the adherence to associated accreditation standards. It is involved in the coordination of staff projects and tasks.

Qualifications/Experience | Related post-secondary Diploma (in Project Management, Library & Information Studies, Social Science, etc.) • Minimum of 3 years of experience in a dBase administration role and/or community liaison role where an extensive knowledge of community resources was required • Successful attainment & maintenance of AIRS Certified Resource Specialist designation or willingness to work towards the designation • Previous supervisory experience is an asset • Successful Completion of Gender Based Analysis + Training & Brain Story Certification an asset.

Skills/Abilities | Demonstrated abilities in program management, program delivery and evaluation • Demonstrated supervisory abilities & understanding of the objectives of the 211 CRD and the organization • Strong interpersonal, verbal|written communication skills • Strong working knowledge of dBase management principles, including taxonomy • Ability to work both independently and as a team member • Ability to set priorities and allocate time and resources effectively • Demonstrated understanding of: mental health; mental illness and recovery; information & referral services; and crisis intervention • Ability to work independently, set priorities, meet deadlines and allocate time and resources effectively • Organizational|problem-solving skills • Ability to effectively use MS Office and other dBase related program software • Ability to deal effectively with the public and community agencies and maintain good public relations.

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY | CMHA - Edmonton Region.


EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY | CMHA-ER www.cmha-edmonton.ab.ca | Position: Help Lines Support Worker | Terms: Permanent Full Time | Closing Date: May 15, 2019 | APPLY in confidence with cover letter and resume to: hr@cmha-edmonton.ab.ca | Thanks!

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; 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.

Abstract | Reporting to the Help Lines Supervisors, the Help Lines Support Worker is responsible for coordinating and assisting with the activities necessary for effective program delivery in the Distress Line. The Distress Line is a 24 hr line that helps people in crisis who may be feeling overwhelmed, experiencing abuse or contemplating suicide get emotional support, crisis intervention and connection to resources. The position duties include supervising/overseeing the performance of volunteers who answer Distress Line calls and arranging for emotional and practical support for the volunteers as may be required. The Help Lines Support Worker will also undertake activities related to orientation, retention, evaluation, training and recognition for Distress Line Program volunteers.

Qualifications|Experience | • Related post-secondary Diploma or relevant course work (in a Social Science preferred) • Frontline experience on a Distress Line or in another similar role is required • Experience supervising volunteers is an asset • Successful Completion of Gender Based Analysis + Training and Brain Story Certification are an asset • Successful attainment and maintenance of: Information & Referral Specialist Certificate & Crisis Worker Certificate • Acceptable attainment and maintenance of a Police Information Check with a Vulnerable Sector Check and an Intervention Record Check.

Skills|Abilities | • Strong interpersonal, verbal & written communication skills, including excellent telephone skills to ensure callers’ needs are determined and met • Ability to work effectively in a stressful environment, deal with difficult situations and respond in a composed manner • Positive, helpful attitude towards assisting clients • Demonstrated understanding of: mental health; mental illness and recovery; information and referral services; and crisis intervention • Ability to work independently and in a team environment • Ability to set priorities and allocate time and resources effectively • Organizational, time management & problem solving skills • Demonstrated abilities and initiative in completing tasks and projects • Ability to provide constructive and positive feedback to others and be able to accept the same • Ability to be empathetic, assertive and non-judgmental when assisting clients • Keyboarding skills and the ability to effectively use Microsoft Office and other program software.