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Monday June 18, 2012



AASCF Journal - Learning Our Way Special Addition June 2012

Welcome New Members!
South Region Parents as Teachers Society
Provide parent education through home visits and group programs to support families with the growth and development of their children zero to five years of age. They conduct appropriate follow-up referrals and connect families to community resources to support the ongoing growth and development of children

Centre for Autism Services Alberta
The Centre for Autism Services Alberta is a non-profit registered charity that offers a wide range of services for children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD).

Mark Your Calendar
AASCF AGM September 28, 2012 Red Deer. Registration available soon.

AASCF Membership Renewals
If you haven`t renewed yet but are intending to or aren`t sure if you have renewed your membership, please contact Dawn Papineau
dpapineau@aascf.com  at your earliest convenience. We will be making adjustments to the membership directory shortly.

Changes To The AASCF Website
It’s now easier than ever to access nonprofit resources and training!! When you visit our website you will now see to that there are two new tabs – Resource Library and Sector Training which allow you to navigate quickly and efficiently directly to the information you need. Whether you are a board member, E.D., Program Manager, Front Line Employee or student there is something for you!  
Another New Addition is the inclusion within the Resource Library of an Aboriginal Resources category and a Program Resource category (toolkits and resources for working directly with youth and families) See Some of the Resources on the Right Column. If you could take a minute to visit www.aascf.com I would appreciate any and all feedback you have regarding the sites ease of use and content. Please send any suggestions or feedback to sdurrant@aascf.com

Coming Soon!
There will be an OBSD Newsletter coming out later this month but this will be the last of the Newsletters from me until September so I wish all of you a safe, relaxing summer season.  Remember to visit the website to stay up on sector news and events!!

Meeting/Training Room Available
Are you looking for meeting or training space? The AASCF/ECVO offer an affordable, classroom size space on the second floor of Bonnie Doon Shopping Centre (82 Ave & 83 St. Edmonton) There is plenty of free parking, wheelchair access and arrangements for catering can be made. For more information contact

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Sector News

Status of Women Canada is launching a Call for Proposals to solicit funding applications for projects that promote equality for girls and young women in Canada.
This Call for Proposals will support the advancement of girls and young women in Canada The deadline for application to this Call for Proposals is August 10th, 2012

Canadian Code for Volunteer Involvement- Updated!
Volunteer Canada is encouraging boards in the nonprofit/voluntary sector to adopt the Canadian Code for Volunteer Involvement (CCVI). The CCVI serves as a guide for nonprofit/voluntary organizations who are trying to engage volunteers at the governance, leadership and direct service levels.  Now celebrating its tenth year, the CCVI has been updated to suite the current landscape of volunteerism in Canada.

Starting August 1, 2012, Charity Quick View, an innovative on-line resource, will display information filed by your charity. They encourage you to visit the CRA Charities Listings and review the information they have posted about your charity to make sure that it is correct. If you find any errors, ask them to correct the return by completing Form T1240, Registered Charity Adjustment Request.

Budget 2012 - Changes affecting charities and other qualified donees Go to
Budget 2012 - Enhancing transparency and accountability for charities. There, you will find important information about new rules for registered charities that engage in political activities, and the registration of foreign charitable organizations.

CRA Fundraising Guidance Update
CRA has updated their fundraising guidance CG-013, Fundraising by Registered Charities. This free leaflet now contains tax tips and information about: the Canada Revenue Agency’s role in regulating charities; and how to avoid fraud. They encourage your charity to include a copy with your donor’s official donation tax receipt. You can also display copies in your office. To order copies, use our online order form or call1-800-959-2221

Elections Canada
HOW THE RESEARCH CAN HELP YOU Key Findings for Aboriginal Organizations April 2012
 Elections Canada is pleased to share with you this Research Action Digest, which summarizes key findings of the National Youth Survey and the Aboriginal Electoral Participation in Canada s

Survey: Tenancy Failures and Successes
This short survey is part of an important research project of the Edmonton Social Planning Council (ESPC) and the Edmonton Coalition on Housing and Homelessness (ECOHH).  The project examines why some tenancies fail, and what needs to change so that people can find and keep suitable housing. As a community based research project, they are interested in your ideas and feedback on how we can help these individuals find and retain housing. This survey consists of five (5) questions that will help them understand why it is challenging for individuals to find and hold on to their accommodation, determine how people can stay housed, and offer policy solutions to decision makers to reduce tenancy failures.

NorQuest College is developing a course for immigrants that will integrate English language learning with a  significant volunteer component. The college is looking for partners to host students for a 200 hour volunteer placement and invites agencies who are interested in learning more to contact: Vera Dickau at
vera.dickau@norquest.ca  or call 780-644-6727

International Parenting Survey-Canada (IPS-C) for Partners
The International Parenting Survey – Canada (IPS-C) is up and running.  Responses from Alberta parents are beginning to add up as a number of partnering Parent Link Centres and other agencies have begun to actively recruit parents for the survey. Even if you are not a partner, you will benefit from the information that they gather in this survey about the parenting needs of Albertan parents and ways they would like to receive the supports they need. This information can be used to tailor program services and service delivery according to parental needs and preferences.

May/June brings the launch of an exciting online survey that will shed new light on the working conditions, wages and benefits of ECEC staff.
The survey, You Bet We Still Care!, is sponsored by the Child Care Human Resources Sector Council.

Volunteer Edmonton Showcase
Thursday June 21, 2012 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM To register phone Madeleine at 780-732-6649 or email

Simons: Redford goes off-script with apology to non-profits By Paula Simons, edmontonjournal.com May 18, 2012

CRA -Director General's Speech at the National Charity Law Symposium May 4,

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Premier's Award for Healthy Workplaces This award program is open to all Alberta workplaces, including, but not limited to businesses, municipalities, schools, nonprofit/voluntary organizations and government departments.Application deadline is June 29, 2012. 

Lieutenant Governor’s Circle on Mental Health and Addiction Inaugural Mental Health True Awards. These awards are for individuals making life better for those living with mental illness in Alberta. The five True Award Categories are: True Grit; True Compassion; True Leadership; True Service; True Imagination.
Deadline June 25, 2012

First Calgary Savings - Knowledge Builders Grant Program
Your organization must be a registered charitable organization, have an internal learning need that requires financial support (conferences and individual course registrations do not apply), have a local office in Calgary or area or have not received a Knowledge Builders grant in the past year
Deadline July 3, 2012

Canadian Tire Jump Start Program
Community-based charitable program that helps children in financial need to participate in organized sports and recreation such as hockey, dance, soccer and swimming.
Canadian Tire Jumpstart
Accepts applications from eligible families last 2 weeks in July

CASP Research Award
For outstanding contribution to the field of suicide research in Canada
Deadline July

CASP Service Award  
For outstanding leadership in suicide prevention intervention or postvention at the community  regional or national levels I Canada.
Deadline July

Weyerhaeuser : Canada Giving Program
Support organizations and projects that improve quality of life in communities and regions where Weyerhaeuser has a major presence. Interests: education & youth, health & social services, civic & community improvements
Deadline August

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Scheduled Sector Workshops, Seminars & Conferences
Sector training events including workshops, seminars and conferences that are open for registration now!!!

Ongoing Sector Training
Easily access direct links to over 1500 training option available to those who work in the human sector in Alberta. Find onsite and online courses, workshops and programs available on an ongoing basis.


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