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Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Building EMPATHY - Conquering APATHY | May 14-15, 2018 |

Building EMPATHY – Conquering APATHY | Symposium | Edmonton, May 14-15, 2018 | Surviving to Thriving > Mental illness has been avoided many times and in many contexts. But this is changing, as there is stronger evidence good mental health has a wide range of economic, social, and personal benefits. | Keynote Speaker: Wendey Edey, well-known as “The Hope Lady” | Tickets: $35 (students/seniors) - $70 (regular/adults) | Available at: www.eventbrite.ca - BECA 2018 |

Welcome to Building Empathy Conquering Apathy (BECA) 2018, convened by Canadians for a Civil Society. This is our third annual gathering to explore and strengthen common cause and common ground to bolster human dignity and shared values within our communities. In 2018 BECA is addressing the mental health and emotional well-being of some of the most vulnerable among us: refugees, seniors, indigenous Canadians – adolescents and youth. We invite everyone’s participation to address this theme, in a setting that is collaborative, collegial, and designed to encourage learning from one another.

·       On May 14th, Canadians for a Civil Society are pleased to cordially invite you to a reception at the City Hall (1 Sir Winston Churchill, Edmonton , AB) on the evening from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm before the symposium opens on May 15th.The event will take place in the main foyer.  This reception will bring together community leaders in an intimate gathering to share ideas.  We hope we will have the honour to have you join us.

·       On May 15th, the symposium will take place at MacEwan University, Robbins Health Learning Centre (10910 104 Ave, Edmonton, AB) from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm, and will address the mental health and emotional well-being of the most vulnerable aforementioned, and where you are also cordially invited.

Sponsored by: CANADIANS for a Civil Society
For further information, visit: www.ccsorg.ca

Monday, April 23, 2018

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY | Suicide Grief Support Worker |

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY | CMHA-ER www.cmha-edmonton.ab.ca | Position: Suicide Grief Support Worker | Terms: Full-time | Salary/Wage: $ 41,061.00– $57,323.00 | Closing Date: Open until a suitable candidate is found.

Summary | Reporting to the Team Lead, Suicide Grief Support Services, the Suicide Grief Support Worker is responsible for assisting with the day to day operations of Suicide Grief Support Services. This includes both Suicide Bereavement Support services and Suicide Caregiver Support Services. Suicide Bereavement Support Services is for people who have lost a loved one to suicide, and it offers a safe place for individuals to share their grief, fears and feelings. Suicide Caregiver Support Services offers in person sessions to provide information and support to those taking care of others who are at risk of attempting suicide, and around caring for oneself during this difficult time. This position provides administrative program support and facilitates the delivery of client-centred services including one on one, family and group support. 

Qualifications/Experience > Related post-secondary Degree (in a Social Science preferred) including coursework in basic counselling skills; Minimum of 1 year of clinical experience in counselling, bereavement support, suicide prevention/intervention and/or crisis intervention; Front-line experience in dealing with crisis situations is preferred; Successful completion & maintenance of: Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training, Distress Line Training, Crisis Worker Certificate; Acceptable attainment & maintenance of a Police Information Check with a Vulnerable Sector & an Intervention Record Check.

Skills/Abilities > Strong interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills, including supportive listening, interviewing and group facilitation skills • Positive, helpful attitude towards assisting clients, including possessing a non-judgmental attitude • Demonstrated understanding of: suicide risk factors; suicide prevention and intervention; bereavement; crisis intervention; and caregiver support • Ability to work both independently and as a team member • Ability to set priorities and allocate time and resources effectively • Ability to adapt quickly to changing work priorities and competing timelines • Demonstrated initiative and the ability to respond to situations with maturity and composure • Ability to establish and maintain healthy boundaries • Organizational and problem solving skills • Ability to effectively use Microsoft Office • Ability to deal effectively with the public/community agencies and maintain good public relations. | TO APPLY > Submit CV and cover letter in confidence to: hr@cmha-edmonton.ab.ca

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY | Volunteer Resources Coordinator |

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY | CMHA-ER www.cmha-edmonton.ab.ca | Position: Volunteer Resources Coordinator | Terms: Full-time | Hours: Monday – Friday 8:30am – 4:30pm | Salary: $41,061.00 – $57,323.00 | Closing Date: Open until a suitable candidate is found.

Summary | The Coordinator Volunteer Resources is responsible for managing volunteer resources to assist in the delivery of the agency’s programs and services. The Coordinator is responsible for full cycle volunteer management (recruitment, screening, orientation, training, recognition/evaluation). The Coordinator is also responsible for providing guidance, support, resources and tools to staff who supervise volunteers. The position works primarily, but not exclusively, with the Helplines program, ensuring that there are qualified volunteers to take on roles as Distress Line Volunteers. The Coordinator will be an active member of a Distress Line Volunteer Work Group to ensure smooth recruitment, training, recognition/evaluation of Distress Line Volunteers.

The Coordinator organizes gaming events (bingos/casinos) by recruiting, training and supervising the volunteers for these events and completing required paperwork and securing necessary licensing. Coordinator also supports the volunteer needs of other agency service areas including practicum support, fund development, peer support, administrative services as well as education/awareness. The Coordinator will be responsible for maintaining all volunteer files, compiling program statistics, developing/maintaining a comprehensive volunteer recognition program, preparing monthly reports + meeting the requirements of the agency communications plan.

Qualifications/Experience > Post-secondary Certificate in Volunteer Management, or related post-secondary education/course work in a field related to the volunteer sector and an understanding of current trends, resources and information related to volunteerism • A minimum of 3 years of experience supervising and/or coordinating the work of volunteers or staff • Attainment of membership with the Volunteer Managers Group of Edmonton • Certification from, and membership in, the Canadian Administrators of Volunteer Resources or the equivalent provincial association is an asset • Acceptable attainment and maintenance of a Police Information Check with a Vulnerable Sector Check and an Intervention Record Check • Possession of a Class 5 Driver’s License. | 

Skills/Abilities > Strong interpersonal, verbal/written communication skills • Demonstrated understanding of: mental health; mental illness and recovery; information and referral services; and crisis intervention • Skills in program development, evaluation & research • Ability to work independently, set priorities, be flexible, meet deadlines and allocate time/resources effectively • Organizational/problem solving skills • Ability to deal effectively with the public and community agencies and maintain good public relations • Ability to lead, mentor, coach and guide volunteers to achieve results that are in the best interest of the agency • Ability to effectively use Microsoft Office. | TO APPLY > Submit CV/cover letter in confidence to: hr@cmha-edmonton.ab.ca

Friday, April 20, 2018

COCO LOVE | A Benefit Concert | May 08, 2018

COCO LOVE | A BENEFIT CONCERT for STAR OF THE NORTH RETREAT CENTRE | ‘Starry Night’ featuring Coco Love Alcorn with Pop-Up Choir from Saint Albert Catholic High School | Note: All proceeds support the ongoing mission of Star of the North Retreat Centre.

May 8th 2018 7:30pm @ The Arden Theatre | 5 St. Anne St. | St. Albert
General Admission $35 | For Tickets call Star of the North: 780.459.5511

Coco Love Alcorn www.cocolovealcorn.com has always followed her spirit, but never so literally as with her latest album, Wonderland. The songs spring from her personal journey, but true to her nature, Coco offers a universal interpretation that invites all listeners to jump in and sing along.  Her career has spanned over 20 years, 10 albums, cross-Canada tours, collaborations, festival appearances, award nominations and notable success in TV and film licensing - creating this album has been a journey.

“Coco is the ultimate musical spark plug... an electrical connector through which the creative energy flows. In my 30 years of touring around the world, I have never seen another performer able to bring people together like Coco does.” - James Keelaghan, Artist Director, Summerfolk and renowned Canadian singer/ songwriter | “Coco Love Alcorn should be celebrated as a Canadian treasure!” -Tony King – Host of Alberta Morning on CKUA | “Vocal power and impressive improv skills” – Jen Hoyer – See Magazine | "When I'm looking with my heart, beautiful is all I see."  Coco Love Alcorn, lyrics from Wonderland.  #spiritsessions

Star of the North Retreat Centre – Alberta
Awaken to Spirit – Transform the World

Monday, April 16, 2018

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY | Edmonton Federation of Community Leagues 2018 | Position: Executive Director.

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY | The Edmonton Federation of Community Leagues | Position: Executive Director | The EFCL is seeking an Executive Director with strong connections within, and deep commitment to, Edmonton’s community league movement, and is capable of developing/implementing a growth strategy. The Executive Director acts as the managing director of our organization and is responsible for implementing its strategic and business plans. 

The primary duties and responsibilities of the Executive Director are: Leadership; Operational Planning & Management; Program Planning & Management; Human Resources Planning & Management; Financial Planning & Management; Community Relations & Advocacy; Risk Management. TO APPLY | If you’re interested please check out the full posting in confidence at: https://efcl.org/about-us/efcl-staff/efcl-career-opportunities

Monday, April 9, 2018

HEALING SEMINAR | Edmonton - Saturday April 28, 2018 |

STILLNESS & HEALING SEMINAR | Saturday April 28, 2018, FREE | Time: 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. | Place: On-line or watch the live-stream at 10810- 100th Avenue @ First Church of Christ Scientist, Edmonton. | About: The Healing Power of Stillness. Larissa will talk about how everyone can discover a stillness that brings rest/healing to our everyday lives. Christian Science teaches how to find a deep-settled calm within ourselves that cannot be disrupted by fear or any outward disturbance. The talk will include examples of how the Bible and the writings of Mary Baker Eddy have brought lasting peace and complete healing to individual lives.

Presenter: International speaker Larissa Snorek-Yates is a full-time healing practitioner of Christian Science and a member of the Christian Science Board of Lectureship. Lari has found that a dialogue of spiritual development deepens our understanding of God's love. | Register on-line: www.csedmonton.org | Sponsored by: First Church of Christ, Scientist, Edmonton | For further information, please contact Marilyn at: cscrr@telus.net | T: 780.422.4754

Thursday, April 5, 2018

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY | Robertson-Wesley United Church |

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY | Robertson-Wesley United Church | Position: Office Administrator | Abstract: The Office Administrator at Robertson-Wesley United Church | http://www.rwuc.org | is responsible for the overall administration of the church. The Office Administrator is the first point of contact for anyone who calls or enters the church, and as such is responsible for hospitality and reception of all people who come to the church, including congregational members and community at large. The Office Administrator works as a team member to support all staff and leadership of the church with administrative duties. The Office Administrator also works independently, taking the initiative to carry out work that falls within their area of responsibility. The position reports to the Ministry and Personnel Committee of the church.

Specific DutiesReception and hospitality: Checking and responding to church phone/email daily; Monitoring the door and directing people and deliveries to the appropriate person or space; Receiving and disseminating information and inquiries to appropriate people. General administrative duties, including: Preparation, maintenance and filing of church records (i.e., membership roll, attendance statistics, contact information, baptismal, confirmation, funeral, wedding and transfer records and registers); Booking events for internal/external groups & receiving invoice payments when Financial Manager is not in the office. 

PLUS > Compiling, editing, formatting and printing church documents (e.g., bulletins/inserts for worship services, weddings & funerals, etc.); Overseeing mass mail outs to the congregation; Printing of special offering envelopes; Preparation of materials for scripture readers; Ordering office and worship supplies; Mail handling (i.e., sorting/distribution); Troubleshooting issues with office equipment (e.g., computers, photocopier) and arranging for support when necessary; Administration of the church’s memorial garden (i.e., maintaining paperwork, ensuring memorial plaque is updated).

Communications support: Compiling, editing, formatting, laying out and printing communications material (e.g., event posters, sign-up sheets, announcement inserts for bulletins, congregational reports/related financial documents, etc.); Placing public notices about church events on the church website (with the support of the webmaster) and social media pages, on bulletin boards, and in community newspapers where appropriate; Scheduling and compiling content for church newsletters (E-NEWS and Between the Aisles) and overseeing their production (formatting, distributing, etc.); Selling tickets for church events electronically as necessary; Participate in regular staff meetings; Work with volunteers who assist in administrative duties (e.g., bulletin folders, pastoral care volunteers). Other administrative duties as identified by other staff, Ministry and Personnel Committee, or the Official Board.

The successful applicant will possess the following skills/attributes: Relevant professional office administration experience; Excellent written/spoken communications skills; Strong interpersonal skills & ability to interact with all people inclusively; Strong skills with MS Office software (Word, Excel PowerPoint, Publisher) and dBase software; Volunteer management skills; Ability to work as a team member while independently taking initiative for responsibilities and managing their time accordingly; Ability to work effectively and efficiently under pressure; Ability to delegate tasks as required; A sense of humour; An understanding of the not-for-profit world would be an asset.

TO APPLY | Submit CV/cover letter in a single file to: mprwuc@gmail.com | Closing Date: Fri. April 13, 2018 (or) as soon as a suitable candidate is found.

Monday, April 2, 2018

WELLNESS RETREATS | Star of the North Centre 2018 |

WELLNESS @ Star of the North Retreat Centre
Register at: www.starofthenorth.ca | T: 780.459.5511
Note: Subsidy request forms available. Give us a call.

·       Go Deeper and Find Your Inner Wisdom | Come explore the patterns you find yourself falling into and create a Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP) to move your life in a new direction; come find your inner wisdom! Wednesdays, April 18th, to June 13, 2018. Time: 7-9:30 pm | $150 for the series.

·       Slow Down Day with Sandy Prather: “Pack Nothing!” Travel Notes for the Journey. What strategies will sustain us in our lives as disciples and witnesses? Travel notes for the journey offer us some practical ways to live faithfully, maintain courage and even enjoy the trip! Thurs April 19, 2018 | Time: 9:30 to 3 pm | $40/retreat day (includes lunch).

·       A Path & a Small Light with Paula D’Arcy, (international speaker/author) | Visit: www.redbirdfoundation.com | In this retreat we will explore what we can do, through our choices and by widening our perspective, to not only nourish our own spirit, but to be an instrument of change for the world. This is a silent retreat. | Time: 7:00 pm Fri April 27 to 1:00pm Sun Apr 29 | Live-in: $250. Commute: $190.

·       Twilight Recovery Evening Retreats | You are invited to participate in this exciting venture of faith, fellowship and personal growth.  The evenings are open to anyone either in a 12 Step Program, or loving one who is, as well as anyone wanting to learn more about addictions & the recovery process. Facilitator: Sylvain L. | Thursdays, at 7:00 pm: Apr 19, May 17 | By donation.

·       Mary, Pilgrim of Faith: A Biblical Journey | You are invited to journey into a renewed relationship with Jesus by following in the footsteps of Mary. Join Facilitators: Archbishop Emeritus Sylvain Lavoie, OMI and Christine Foisy-Erickson | Time: 7:00 pm Fri May 4 to 1 pm Sun May 6 | Live-in: $250.00 | Commute: $190.