Monday, December 31, 2012
as a store, and stock it with the things that people want," said Jason
Kuhl, the executive director of the Arlington Heights Memorial
Library. Renovations will turn part of the library's first floor into
an area resembling a bookshop that officials are calling the
Marketplace, with cozy seating, vending machines and, above all, an
abundance of best sellers.
Today's libraries are reinventing themselves as vibrant town squares,
showcasing the latest best sellers, lending Kindles loaded with
e-books, and offering grass-roots technology training centers. Faced
with the need to compete for shrinking municipal finances, libraries
are determined to prove they can respond as quickly to the needs of
the taxpayers as the police and fire department can.
"I think public libraries used to seem intimidating to many people,
but today, they are becoming much more user-friendly, and are no
longer these big, impersonal mausoleums," said Jeannette Woodward, a
former librarian and author of "Creating the Customer-Driven Library:
Building on the Bookstore Model."
Thursday, December 20, 2012
CMEC's report about improving the academic achievement and attainment of Aboriginal students in provincial and territorial elementary and secondary schools.
CMEC has just published a new report that examines how better data and evidence can be developed to support jurisdictions' efforts to improve the academic achievement and attainment of Aboriginal students in provincial and territorial elementary and secondary schools.
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
The Sorted Books project began in 1993 years ago and is ongoing. The project has taken place in many different places over the years, ranging form private homes to specialized public book collections. The process is the same in every case: culling through a collection of books, pulling particular titles, and eventually grouping the books into clusters so that the titles can be read in sequence, from top to bottom. The final results are shown either as photographs of the book clusters or as the actual stacks themselves, shown on the shelves of the library they were drawn from. Taken as a whole, the clusters from each sorting aim to examine that particular library's focus, idiosyncrasies, and inconsistencies — a cross-section of that library's holdings. At present, the Sorted Books project comprises more than 130 book clusters.
Saturday, December 15, 2012
Several Northern projects have each won part of the first Arctic Inspiration Prize, worth a total of $1 million.
The awards were handed out Thursday night at the annual ArcticNet meeting in Vancouver. ArcticNet is a network of researchers focusing on the impacts of climate change and modernization in the Canadian Arctic. The prize is intended to support projects that use Arctic knowledge and research to benefit the Canadian Arctic and its people.
Friday, December 14, 2012
- To Encourage…
Native children and community members to read for pleasure
Indian communities with opportunities to engage in and communicate about reading
Library use at tribal schools
To Help Improve…
Tribal school library collections
Tribal school librarians!
- Sherman Alexie
- Lurline Wailana McGregor
- Joseph Bruchac
- Louise Erdrich
- Cynthia Leitich Smith (external site)
- Joy Harjo (external site)
- Larry Loyie (external site)
- Tim Tingle (external site)
Here are five recommended titles for teenagers by Native authors:
1. "The Birchbark House" by Louise Erdrich.
2. "Skeleton Man" by Joseph Bruchac.
3. "Rain is not My Indian Name" by Cynthia Leitich Smith.
4. "Sees Behind Trees" by Michael Dorris.
5. "The Spirit Line" by Aimme and David Thurio.
The LeRoy C. Merritt Humanitarian Fund was established in 1970 as a special trust in memory of Dr. LeRoy C. Merritt. It is devoted to the support, maintenance, medical care, and welfare of librarians who, in the Trustees' opinion, are:
- Denied employment rights or discriminated against on the basis of gender, sexual orientation, race, color, creed, religion, age, disability, or place of national origin; or
- Denied employment rights because of defense of intellectual freedom; that is, threatened with loss of employment or discharged because of their stand for the cause of intellectual freedom, including promotion of freedom of the press, freedom of speech, the freedom of librarians to select items for their collections from all the world's written and recorded information, and defense of privacy rights.
Calgary Regional Consortium The Calgary Regional Consortium CRC provides quality Professional Learning opportunities to K-12 Educators
Infusion of Technology into Social Studies
During 2005-2010, the Calgary Regional Consortium brought a number of teacher cohorts together for the purpose of developing a series of Best Practices that integrated technology into Alberta's new Social Studies Program of Studies. The lesson plans, activities, projects, SMART resources and historical multimedia projects from those work sessions can be accessed below:
Overarching Critical Challenges
The Infusion of SMART Boards into Social Studies
Digital Historical Narratives
How do you take a mundane topic like current events and turn it into a powerful learning experience for students? Listen in on a podcast with two Grade 8 teachers from the CRC's Infusing Technology into S.S. workshops as they explain how!
Thursday, December 13, 2012
Halifax, NS– A $1 million gift from O'Regan's Automotive Group to the Halifax CentraI Library was announced on Thursday, December 13 by Judith Hare, Halifax Public Libraries' CEO. The gift, in memory of the late Paul O'Regan, is the single largest gift (other than a bequest) to a public library in Nova Scotia.
"The Library is deeply grateful for this transformational gift," says Judith Hare, CEO of the Halifax Public Libraries. "The generosity of O'Regan's will help us to ensure that the inside of the library is completed to the same level of quality as our iconic exterior design."
In honour of the unprecedented gift, the Library will name a popular area of the interior—the large public space on the main floor that opens onto the Queen Street plaza—Paul O'Regan Hall. "The performance area has captured the imagination of people and it is an honour to name this space in memory of Paul O'Regan," says Hare. According to the O'Regan family, an open, public area is an appropriate addition to the legacy of a man who believed in building community and supporting accessibility to lifelong learning.
"More than anything, my father loved to bring people together," says Sean O'Regan, son of Paul O'Regan and CEO of O'Regan's Automotive Group. "As a teacher and business man, he would have greatly enjoyed this space—how it's built for gathering, community, performances, and learning."
- About Community Partnerships
- Contact Information
- Alberta Brain Injury Initiative
- Community Access for People in Continuing Care Initiative
- Cross Disability Support Services Initiative
- Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Initiative
- Blind Persons' Rights Act
- Service Dogs Act
About Community Partnerships
Community Partnerships supports individuals with disabilities to participate in and contribute to their communities. Key stakeholders are identified in the community and contracts are developed to utilize the knowledge and experience of community agencies to enhance the supports available to persons with disabilities.
People with disabilities are valued and respected members of our communities who are welcomed for their strengths and potential.
We strive to engage and assist communities to provide individuals with disabilities and their families with support, opportunities, and choices to lead full and inclusive lives.
Funding is provided under four initiatives, including:
- Alberta Brain Injury Initiative
- Community Access for People in Continuing Care (CAPCC) Initiative
- Cross Disability Support Services Initiative
- Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Cross Ministry Initiative
- Blind Persons' Rights Act
- Service Dogs Act
Alberta Human Services
12th Floor, Milner Building
10040 104 Street
Edmonton, Alberta T5J 0Z2
Office Hours: 8:15 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
· The SEEDS Foundation has been providing bias-balanced, curriculum-fit energy and environmental education programs for the last 30 years. SEEDS offers programs that are easy, fun and exciting while encouraging kids to be environmentally responsible and take personal action at school and with their families.
· For instance, the Green Schools Program has over 8,000 schools across Canada with over 1 million environmental actions taken by students.
To find out more about the SEEDS programs visit:www.seedsfoundation.ca
The Connections Education Society and SEEDS have partnered to offer the CONNECTIONS™ Program to schools across Alberta. With the support of Cenovus Energy, this unique program supports in-depth learning about diversity and leadership.
CONNECTIONS™ helps high school students develop understanding, awareness and action related to multiclultural and environmental issues that they face in their world. The objectives are to:
- Expand awareness of diversity issues and foster cross-cultural understanding;
- Work together to combat ethnocentrism, stereotyping, racism, prejudice, and discrimination;
- Initiate activities to affect positive change;
- Empower students to develop and utilize their personal leadership skills;
- Enhance understanding of multicultural and environmental concerns; and
- Connect with the natural environment.
The program includes three components: pre-trip online work and related activities, a four day residential experience, and post-trip online work and final project. This program aligns with several learning outcomes in the Career and Technology Studies (CTS) Program of Alberta Learning and allows students to obtain course credits upon completion.
Contact SEEDS to learn more about the program.
This program is made possible thanks to Cenovus Energy, our lead supporter.
Open Solicitation: Build Regional Public Health Capacity and Awareness of Public Health Impacts Related to Climate Change
Open Solicitation: Build Regional Public Health Capacity and Awareness of Public Health Impacts Related to Climate Change
Request for Applications
The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) is committed to understanding the impacts of climate change on public health, to build regional public health capacity and strengthen adaptation strategies to reduce these impacts. As climate change is expected to have varying regional impacts across Canada there is a need to understand and address unique regional health threats associated with a changing climate.
The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) is pleased to announce the launch of a solicitation for contributions under the Preventative Public Health Systems and Adaptation to Climate Change program to support projects in enhancing regional public health capacity to adapt to a changing climate and to further understand the health risks from a changing climate. Organizations are invited to submit a proposal for funding to build on public health programs, research initiatives or enhance public health capacity to reduce and adapt the health impacts from a changing climate. The work should focus on infectious diseases and broader health impacts.
It is anticipated that projects will begin April 1, 2013 and must be completed on or before March 31, 2015.
Who Can Apply?
Eligible organizations will need to demonstrate, through the application process, that they have expertise or experience in working with public health issues related to climate change as well as an understanding of regional public health needs related to climate change. Partnerships between organizations with complementary areas of expertise are strongly encouraged.
How to Apply
Applications must meet the objectives and will be assessed as outlined in the Guide for Applicants. If you are interested in submitting an application, please contact Manon.D.Fleury@phac-aspc.gc.ca to request a copy of the Guide for Applicants.
Enbridge delivers more than the energy you count on. We deliver on our promise to help make communities better places to live. It's part of the reason we were named one of the Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World.
Through this social vision statement, Enbridge helps build communities across our operating regions in Canada and the U.S. that are sustainable, with solid infrastructure and programming in our six focus areas. In 2011, Enbridge invested $13 million in charitable, non-profit and community organizations, benefiting more than 550 organizations in Canada and the United States.
As part of our engagement strategy, Enbridge aims to create opportunities that are aligned with the aspirations of many of the people within Aboriginal and Native American communities. These opportunities often include:
- providing funding for community investment initiatives
- offering skills development and training
- supporting education and scholarship programs
- facilitating Aboriginal business opportunities
Enbridge forges mutually beneficial relationships with Aboriginal and Native American people. We strive to improve our own guidelines and programs to address the changing Aboriginal and Native American landscape in both Canada and the United States.
The Foundation offers two bursary programs as part of its work to enhance the ability of charities to better serve Canadians. We view the building of organizational capacity through staff development as crucial to improving effectiveness in programs, services and administration. We also see it as essential to fostering leadership within and across organizations.
Often groups do not have the resources available to provide professional development opportunities for staff and key volunteers. Through its two bursary programs, the Foundation awards grants to pay for tuition or registration costs for short-term courses, workshops or other formal training opportunities. The proposed training must include a knowledge or skill component that has the potential to increase the capacity of the individual staff member or key volunteer to contribute to meeting the organization's mission.
A Family Day Home Provider...
- is a career person
- owns their own business and receives tax benefits
- stays at home with their family
- contributes to household income
- receives ongoing training and support
- benefits from a network of providers
- works flexible hours - part time or full time
- is in high demand in Central Alberta
- positively impacts the community
- shapes the futures of children
The EOCF raises its funds through a variety of fundraising initiatives that take place during Oilers home games and the generous contributions of Oilers fans and friends.
The Foundation gives back in excess of $1 million annually to charitable organizations registered with Revenue Canada whose programs support education and health and wellness for youth throughout Oil Country.
Public Health Agency of Canada's (PHAC) commitment to provide the public with access to information about its policies, programs, services and initiatives, grant and contribution (G&C) funding opportunities
Grants and Contributions
As part of the Public Health Agency of Canada's (PHAC) commitment to provide the public with access to information about its policies, programs, services and initiatives, grant and contribution (G&C) funding opportunities will be referenced on this Web page.
The 'solicitation process' is the most common approach used by PHAC to provide G&C funding to recipients who will undertake projects that contribute to the achievement of the objectives of the program and respect the priorities of PHAC. There are three types of solicitation:
An open solicitation is a process whereby an 'Invitation to Submit Applications' (ISA) identifies a wide audience: universities, non-governmental organizations, community groups, and/or provincial governments. In this case, the funding program will launch an ISA on its Web page and any other means of communication to reach as many applicants as possible. See Funding Opportunities for open, active solicitations.
A targeted solicitation is a process whereby an ISA identifies a specific type of applicant, discipline, or geographic area such as 'universities only' or 'Aboriginal groups only'. In this case, the funding program will communicate directly with the potential applicant(s).
A directed solicitation is a process whereby an ISA identifies a specific type of applicant from a specialized field such as 'medical doctors in the North who treat Aboriginal patients'. In this case, the program will communicate directly with the potential applicant(s).
Aboriginal Education and
Post Secondary Awards Program
The ConocoPhillips Aboriginal Awards Program provides
financial assistance to Aboriginal students pursuing
high school upgrading and post-secondary education.
Award amounts are designated to the level the applicant
is pursuing: $1,000 for secondary school/academic
upgrading, $2,000 for college or technical institute
and $3,000 for university. Ten students who meet the
application criteria are awarded annually.
For more information on the Aboriginal Awards Program,
please contact: Team Lead, Aboriginal Engagement
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Artists on the Wards
Our popular Artists on the Wards program is a free service that caters primarily to patients, but is also appreciated by visitors and staff. Five professional and 30 volunteer literary, musical, and visual artists provide inspiration, stimulation, or, simply a diversion from the stresses and monotony of daily life in a hospital by visiting patients at their bedside.
Artists work one-on-one or in small groups with adult patients throughout the hospital. Although they are not therapists, the work the artists do is therapeutic. Recent research has shown that participation in creative activities such as painting, writing, and listening to music can decrease heart rates and lower cortisol levels. Patients also report significant reductions in pain during these types of interactions, and speak of an increased sense of well-being, self-confidence, and improved spirits.
Book a Visit
Visits may be scheduled (see below) or spontaneous. The duration of each visit depends upon the patient, who may wish to share five minutes, half-an-hour, or, request that the visiting artist returns at another time.
To book a visit, simply phone the Friends' office at 780-407-8428 and make your request.
February is Canada's National Inclusive Education Month
True Patriot Love Foundation announced the Veterans Transition Advisory Council - transition process for our service personnel from military to civilian employment
Wednesday, December 12th, Edmonton – Today, the True Patriot Love Foundation announced the Veterans Transition Advisory Council, or VTAC, at a special announcement with Minister Steven Blaney of Veterans' Affairs, hosted by CN Rail in Edmonton, Alberta.
The council's purpose is to provide strategic recommendations to the Government of Canada, by way of the Minister of Veterans Affairs, and industry on ways in which the transition process for our service personnel from military to civilian employment can be improved.http://truepatriotlove.com/
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
The federal government has reached a deal with First Nations to get its education initiative back on track.
Aboriginal Affairs Minister John Duncan and Assembly of First Nations National Chief Shawn Atleo issued separate statements on Thursday night outlining their new agreement.
"Our meeting concluded with a firm commitment to continue seeking ways of working together to achieve our ultimate objective, which is improving the education and opportunities available to First Nation students," Duncan said.
Even though the chiefs pulled out of the process, Duncan had vowed to forge ahead alone with legislation to create regional school-board-type arrangements that would give First Nations more autonomy over curriculum and administration.
Winter Walk Day
Every winter thousands of Albertans celebrate Winter and walking by participating in Winter Walk Day in February. Register as a participant for Winter Walk Day 2013
Walking is great for our health, the environment, reducing traffic and building community! Simply become a SHAPE member and we will send you information and schools will receive participant items for each student. Then on Winter Walk Day record and report the total minutes your group walked by logging back into your membership.
Everyone is welcome to join in including schools, seniors' centres, commuters, individuals and families. Dress warmly, get outside, and enjoy the fresh, crisp Alberta air!
Tips to keep warm and dry
Monday, December 10, 2012
Call for Nominations - the Lieutenant Governor ofAlberta Distinguished Artist Awards
Nominations are open for the Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Distinguished Artist Awards. Albertans are encouraged to nominate the artist or group of artists who exemplify excellence and have had significant impact on Alberta's cultural scene.
Eligible artists may work in visual, performing, literary, cinematic or other artistic media, including architecture or design. Nominations must be received by February 15, 2013.
Adjudicators will choose up to three recipients for a $30,000 award, a handcrafted medal, and the opportunity for a residency at The Banff Centre's Leighton Artists' Colony.
Recipients will be announced in May and receive this distinction from the awards patron, His Honour, Colonel (Retired) the Honourable Donald S. Ethell, Lieutenant Governor of Alberta at a gala dinner in Red Deer, June 15, 2013.
The Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Arts Awards is one of Canada's most prestigious independent arts awards programs, designed to raise the profile of arts in Alberta. The awards are made possible through a donor-funded endowment.
To learn more or to nominate an artist, visitwww.artsawards.ca.
The Board of Directors of the Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Arts Awards Foundation invites proposals from Alberta cities to host the 2015 Gala of the Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Distinguished Artist Awards.
The Awards recognize individual Albertans for outstanding achievement in the arts or significant contributions to the arts in Alberta.
The inaugural Awards were presented in 2005 at The Banff Centre. Since then Lloydminster, Grande Prairie and St. Albert have hosted highly successful celebrations of the arts in conjunction with the Awards Gala. The 2013 Awards Gala is being hosted by the City of Red Deer on June 15 as part of a week-long arts festival, Rooted in the Arts, celebrating the City's Centenary.
Submission guidelines are available on our website www.artsawards.ca/gala
For more information, please contact
Donna Cardinal, Executive Director
Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Arts Awards Foundation
Completed proposals to host the 2015 Awards Gala must be received by March 1, 2013.
Community Spirit Program
The program is made up of two components - a donation grant and a charitable tax credit. The goal of the program is to increase individual charitable giving. The program is donor-driven, meaning it recognizes and encourages Albertans to support their favourite organizations.
The donation grant provides an opportunity for eligible non-profit and/or charitable organizations to receive a provincial grant. The grant is based on total annual cash donations from individual Albertans that have been received by an eligible organization over a 12-month fiscal period. The grant can be used to support an organization's operations, programs and/or capital projects. The maximum grant available is $25,000 up to a maximum of $50,000 over three years. A minimum total of $1,000 in eligible cash donations needs to be received prior to applying for a grant.
Eligible non-profit and charitable organizations are encouraged to submit their applications.
Woodcock Fund Guidelines (Writers Trust)
Established in 1989, the program has to date distributed $903, 773 to 183 writers.
Terms of Reference
The mandate of the Fund is to provide emergency funding to established writers in mid-project who are facing an unforeseen financial need that threatens the completion of their book. Successful applicants quickly receive financial support that allows them to complete their book projects. All applications to the Fund are processed in confidence. Successful applicants are urged to acknowledge their grants in their books.
Applications are accepted throughout the year. There are no deadlines.
The Writers' Trust is advised in the selection process by a Committee comprised of established writers from across the country. The Committee is charged with evaluating each application. Consideration is given to an applicant's publication history, the viability of his or her plan to complete the project, the nature of the financial need, and the strength of statement in the letters of reference, among other variables. The application process should take no more than three weeks.
What Grants Are Meant to Provide
Grants are intended to provide a financial bridge for applicants until they can complete their current work-in-progress. The size and length of the grant is determined by the individual circumstances of the writer. In evaluating an applicant's needs, the Fund will consider all legitimate expenditures relating to an applicant's professional work, personal living, and medical expenses.
Applications can be sent digitally or by post to the following:The Woodcock Fund
c/o The Writers' Trust of Canada
200 - 90 Richmond Street East
Toronto, ON M5C 1P1
Saturday, December 8, 2012
Friday, December 7, 2012
Innoweave helps community organizations implement innovative approaches that enhance their impact.
In Canada's community sector, business as usual isn't enough to deliver the results we need. Fortunately, new approaches such as social enterprise, social finance, impact and strategic clarity, and cloud computing are helping charities and non-profits generate greater impact, more quickly, and at less cost.
Innoweave helps community organizations learn about, assess, and implement these approaches. Innoweave is organized into modules. Each module focuses on a different social innovation and provides three levels of support:
- The Innoweave website provides basic information on the approach, how it works, who is using it, and the results being achieved. Each module has a self-assessment tool to help non-profits determine whether they are at the right stage to further explore this new approach.
- Interested organizations can attend a workshop to learn more and plan for implementation.
- Implementation-ready organizations can connect with experts to help them put the new tool or approach into practice.
Innoweave is an initiative of The J.W. McConnell Family Foundation, in collaboration with Social Innovation Generation (SiG), thought leaders, academics, and partners from the private, public, and not-for-profit sectors. Innoweave's objective is to provide community sector leaders with new tools and processes to effect large-scale change.
Enviro-Stories Education Program
The Enviro-Stories program was initiated by PeeKdesigns as an attempt to engage primary school students in developing a sense of place with their local environment. Stories are written about local issues, by local kids, for local kids. It entails an interdisciplinary approach by combining elements of Science, Environmental Studies, Creative Arts and English.
What makes this program different?
Everyone seems to be writing kids stories but we are supporting kids writing their own stories. The final published books are unique in the education system and everyone wants one!
Thursday, December 6, 2012
The Writers' Trust
Deadline: January 30th, 2013
The Writers' Trust is now accepting submissions for the $5,000 RBC Bronwen Wallace Award for Emerging Writers. The award alternates each year between short fiction and poetry, this year it will be given to a writer under the age of 35 for an outstanding unpublished work of poetry. Finalists will receive $1,000 and have their work published in print and digital formats. The winner will be announced at a special event in Toronto in late spring. More...
The Canadian Children's Book Centre invites schools and libraries to host an author during TD Canadian Children's Book Week 2013. Apply to host a reading. Deadline for applications: December 15, 2012.
Monday, December 3, 2012
Project Aspiro, a career planning and employment website - First-of-its-kind Canadians with vision loss
First-of-its-kind career and employment website for Canadians with vision loss to launch today
TORONTO, Nov. 30, 2012 /CNW/ - Project Aspiro, a career planning and employment website for people who are blind or partially sighted launches today at the CNIB Centre in Toronto at 1929 Bayview Avenue.
Created in partnership with the World Blind Union and CNIB, the website is generously funded by the Ontario Trillium Foundation.
Industry leaders to speak at today's launch include Project Aspiro Consultant and Lead Writer Karen Wolffe, PhD. Wolffe, formerly Director of Professional Development and CareerConnect® at American Foundation for the Blind (AFB).
Saturday, December 1, 2012
Farm Credit Canada Expression Fund for official language minority communities (deadline December 14)
FCC Seeks Applications From Official Language Minority Communities – Closing Date December 14, 2012