Northern Alberta News

 

Wendy Legaarden, Northern Alberta Regional Liaison (L) Susan Bell, Chair, Education Committee (R)

 

It has been a busy fall for Grandmothers in Northern Alberta.

  • Many of our members attended a very successful Alberta Gathering in Red Deer this September, hosted by GrammaLink- Africa. Attendees heard Ida Nambeya Mukuka speak about the work being done in Africa through Stephen Lewis partnerships. We became inspired by speakers about fundraising, encouraging new membership and attracting new leadership. A session facilitated by Shari Hanson from Alberta Community Development addressed what it  takes to re-nourish a mature initiative. Ideas were shared for reviving and carrying forward the energy of G2G groups sustainably into the future. Tara Ward, human rights and social justice activist delivered a message entitled “Women Who Inspire Us to Keep Working for Change”. Of course Joanna Henry gave us a sneak preview of the newly published SLF book, “Powered By Love”.

 

  • A very successful book launch was held in Edmonton to introduce “Powered by Love”, written Stephen Lewis Foundation staffer Joanna Henry. The book shares the words and photographs of Grandmothers in Africa and those of G2G Campaign members here in Canada. Speakers from Africa and our own Judy Dube were part of a panel discussion focusing on what the book means for them. Audience members had a chance to mingle with the author and guests and purchase copies of the book. Audrey’s Books, who co-hosted the event, sold 78 books that day and rumour has it that the final 2 were purchased off the store shelves last week. If you haven’t seen the book, it is a must. Not only will it renew your enthusiasm and commitment to the Grandmothers Campaign, but when you gift it to others, the word about the work of the SLF in combatting the effects of HIV/AIDS in Africa will spread even further. Please contact your local executive or the SLF for ordering information.

  • UPCOMING: Rayanna’s Hope will host a book launch of their new book Rayanna’s Hope, telling the story of an African baby adopted by a local family. Beautifully illustrated and wonderful reading for the whole family. Many Northern Alberta groups are aware of the compelling and heartwarming story of how Rayanna’s Hope came to be, and will want to support this group by attending. Books will be available, as well as a chance to meet the author, Marybelle Thompson as well as one of the illustrators.

                                                             Saturday November 4 from 2-4 pm

                                             Pioneer Museum Teahouse, 5120- 41 Avenue Stony Plain