Your Community Matters – September 2020

The leaves are turning color and school is back in!   As I drove my daughter to her high school at the start of the month, I found myself being particularly pensive about this typical daily assignment.  Possibly this was the most “normal” thing I have done in the last six months!  And it felt good to be back doing something that, for my family, signifies the return to routine and settled lives.

We are starting to see glimmers of rebounding and indications of our lives as they used to be!  At the Community Foundation of Northwestern Alberta, our days are full!  We have noticed that even through the honor of being chosen to extend government funding supports from both the provincial and federal governments, the needs in our region are still extensive!  We salute each and every organization for their skill and care in adapting and maneuvering through each day of change!

Our team is proud of the knowledge we have of local priorities, as well as opportunities to provide leadership and guidance to our social sector.  We continue to lean on our foundation of solid governance, transparency and trust, guiding us through each task.  We are honored to continue to invest in the projects and programs that are vital to our region. 

The ongoing societal issues are even more apparent now, it’s undeniable!  Food security, mental health, seniors care, and education to name only a few, are concerns that affect a wider population than ever before.  Plans for sustainability are even more important, amidst incredible uncertainty. 

Since we are not exempt during these uncertain times, we are kindly seeking support as well to position the Community Foundation to continue to expand the administration of our services and support organizations throughout Northwestern Alberta.  We look forward to forging partnerships within our region that signify our commitment to resiliency today and in the years to come. 

Our student award and regular granting portal are now open and we encourage post-secondary students and qualified donees to apply!  We love being able to reach out and help provide stability where we can.  We encourage you to reach out to our office if you have questions about eligibility or the application process.  We are here to help!

This past weekend, I was able to spend some time at our family’s trap line south of Grande Prairie.  For me, nature really simplifies everything.  With the fall colors probably at their peak, it made me remember to appreciate every season, and enjoy the ride!  I hope the days ahead bring that same reassurance to each of you!   

Warmly,

Laura LaValley, CEO

Vital Conversations

A Vital Conversation is a facilitated conversation with the youth (ages 15 – 29 years) of our community. A Vital Conversation is a tool to be used to:

• Explore an emerging issue in your community

• Learn about the lived experiences of specific demographics (i.e. youth, seniors, newcomers, or a specific neighbourhood)

• Identify pressing community issues and co-create next steps for potential solutions

• Generate qualitative data and paint the picture of issues and trends in your community

• Inspire a call to action.

Vital Conversations are also an effective tool to bolster community engagement, as an opportunity to connect local organizations and resources and build new relationships.

Register for this event, being held in Peace River Alberta here – http://ow.ly/yWiL50BwUnY

Student Award Applications

Financial circumstances shouldn’t be a barrier to post-secondary education. That’s why the Community Foundation of Northwestern Alberta offers a range of student awards to help students with financial need achieve their post-secondary goals. DEADLINE for applications is September 30, 2020.

Apply online here – https://www.buildingtomorrowtoday.com/student-awards/

Community Impact Grant Applications

Your Community Foundation has the pulse on our growing and changing region. Each year, through Community Impact Grants, we support a wide range of innovative projects and organizations that are changing lives and helping to create more vibrant, livable communities. DEADLINE for applications is September 30, 2020.

Apply online here – https://www.buildingtomorrowtoday.com/community-impact-grants/

Open Door Cafe

Register here for October’s Open Door Cafe – https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/open-door-cafe-october-1-2020-tickets-119634109843

Nitehawk Landslide Recovery Fundraiser

Nitehawk Comedy Nite “Landslide Recovery” Fundraiser Tickets available now – http://ow.ly/v1nS50BwSts

Virtual Community Foodbank Drive

Rotary Club of Grande Prairie Virtual Community Food Bank Drive – http://gpfooddrive.ca