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Thursday, March 31, 2011

May 4: Cultural Market Day at Falun School

Hi Manisha, these look like fabulous activities!  Would you be available to help us on May 4th?  I can arrange transportation. 
We were looking for a multi-cultural afternoon, so I was wondering if the other presenters from your Language Coffeehouse event on February 26th would want to come also?  Would I be able to get their contact information, or would you want to arrange?  Or, should we meet and plan an outline together? 
Thanks!  Thanks!  Thanks!
We are very excited about this event!
Sincerely, Stacey Fiveland
Falun School

From: Manisha Khetarpal []
Sent: Monday, March 28, 2011 4:59 PM
To: Stacey A. Fiveland
Subject: Cultural market day at your school

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

April 5: Just say YES to COMMUNITY INCLUSION Workshop


All Abilities Welcome - Participation sans frontières

The Active Living Alliance for Canadians with a Disability is proud to partner with the Wetaskiwin Public Library in bringing you a workshop which will engage persons with a disability and recreation providers, municipal staff, recreation therapists and other interested participants through an inspiring presentation and networking opportunity.

ALACD is a national network dedicated to the wellness of Canadians with a disability through healthy active living, recreation and sport.

Tuesday April 5, 2011
 10:30am - 12:00pm
Wetaskiwin Public Library, Wetaskiwin  

 Free however we request that participants register in advance

Who should attend?

Are you a recreation provider from a community centre, fitness centre or recreation facility who understands the value of including individuals of all abilities, but does not know where to

Do you work with people with a disability who might benefit from or be interested in pursuing
an active lifestyle?

Are you a person with a disability interested in learning more about opportunities to participate in physical activity? 

If you answered yes to any of the above questions, then the AAW workshop will be of interest to you.

Join us for a presentation, networking, & interactive discussions. Hear from All Abilities Welcome speaker Mia Fairley, an active advocate for persons with disabilities. Mia’s commitment to supporting active lifestyles for persons with disabilities means leading by example and getting involved.

Expected Outcomes:

Ø  Engage and empower community recreation staff;
Ø  Discover strategies on how to make programs & services more inclusive;
Ø  Come away with ideas and practical tips to create inclusive recreation opportunities;
Ø  Build awareness that anyone can be physically active;
Ø  Promote a culture of inclusion;
Ø  Offer practical tools & resources: AAW Tool Kit provided free.
To Register, email or call Manisha Khetarpal, at or (780) 361-4447


Mia Fairley is a mother of three, a high school teacher and sledge hockey coach with the Paralympic Sports Association.  Her eldest child was born with spina bifida and hydrocephalus in 1993.  Since then, she has been an active advocate for persons with disabilities.  Mrs. Fairley has served on numerous committees including the Association for Community Living and the Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus Association, as well as working as media coordinator for the National Spina Bifida Conference.

Mia is pursuing her coach’s certification and has attended training sessions for the Long Term Athlete Development program.  Mia and her husband are extremely active volunteers, and both have their level 2 official’s course for Alpine Skiing. Her husband currently organizes and coaches the grassroots racing program for Edmonton CADS (Canadian Association of Disabled Skiers).

Mia’s commitment to supporting active lifestyles for persons with disabilities means leading by example and getting involved.

Friday, March 25, 2011

Workshop 1: Above and Below the Waterline

Workshop 1: Above and Below the Waterline

The Waterline Model is an easy-to-use principle for interpreting cultural motivations in your multi-cultural workplace. You will use the model as a practical tool to discuss critical incidents.

Target audience: Decision makers, owners, managers,
supervisors, coworkers, temporary immigrant workers, first,
second and third generation workers, indigenous workers, Asian workers, ESL instructors, programmers, HR staff, community leaders, and champions

Core Skill Set:

¨ Suspending judgment to interpret cultural differences


¨ Completing the pre-workshop thoughts and experiences (time commitment 10 minutes)
¨ A minimum of 2-3 participants from each organization;
       however individual champions and citizens are welcome.

Delivery style: Information exchange, participation and
interaction is encouraged.

Note: Come with an open mind and mouth to learn, explore, exchange and intercultural awareness information to bring back to your worksite.

Length:  2.5-3 hours

Date: Monday, April 11

Time to be determined based on the response from participants: 12-3 p.m.  (Brown bag lunch) or 3-6 p.m. (Bring your own tea or coffee)

Location: Wetaskiwin Community Literacy Society board room

Facilitator: Program Lead by Douglas Parsons from Parsons Development.
Cost: Free

Friday, March 18, 2011

Literacy Board meeting

June 21, 7 pm, attended the Bylaw review meeting

June 20, 6:30 pm, Dessert potluck and volunteer appreciation
Over 50 people participated in the appreciation evening.

Casino volunteer
June 21 COW Bus

May 8, 2012
Dates to remember:
May 31, 7 pm meeting
June 20, Dessert potluck recipes

March 29, 2012
I attended the AGM. I was nominated and elected the Vice Chair.
Dates to remember:
April 12, 7 pm: Bylaws and Strategic planning meeting
April 19: Volunteer Appreciation
May 10: Regular board meeting
August (last week): COW Bus

March 8th, 2012
I attended the literacy board meeting.
Dates to remember:
March 29, 7 pm: AGM
April worker bee: Books for babies
June 13/14: Volunteer at the Casino

October 27, 2011
I participated at our literacy board meeting along with other board members.  We are a governing board and we discussed our mission, vision, goals and motto. We finalized our letterhead. We plan to participate at our community events such as Gingerbread and Glitter, Salvation Army's Christmas Kettle campaign, etc.