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Random Act of Kindness Day with the Community Foundation and Volunteer Lethbridge!

Random Act of Kindness Day with the Community Foundation and Volunteer Lethbridge!

November 03, 2017

Join the Community Foundation and Volunteer Lethbridge as we participate in Random Act of Kindness Day on Friday, November 3. Form a Kindness Squad with your friends or co-workers and do good deeds! To register your Kindness Squad and have a chance to win a $500 grant for the CRA-registered charity of your choice, click the sign-up link below.

Show how kindness has ROOTS in the community!

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2017 Vital Signs Report Launch

2017 Vital Signs Report Launch

September 25, 2017

Join us at our office at 10:00 a.m. on October 5 for the launch of our fifth Vital Signs Report! Vital Signs takes the pulse of our region and expands awareness of current issues affecting the well-being of our community. Refreshments will be provided.

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Vital Signs 2017 Report Release

Vital Signs 2017 Report Release

October 05, 2017

Community Foundation releases 2017 Vital Signs Report

Lethbridge, AB (October 5, 2017) – The Community Foundation’s annual Vital Signs® report was released today, offering a detailed picture of the quality of life in Southwestern Alberta. An initiative of the Community Foundations of Canada, this year’s report concludes a national initiative examining belonging in six impact areas: community connections, cultural life, environment, healthy communities, lifelong learning, and living standards.

Using local data, information, and sources from here in the community, Vital Signs identifies areas of need by presenting the challenges and advantages of life in Southwestern Alberta. Through Vital Signs, the Community Foundation is able to inform donors about pressing issues and focus its granting programs to address those issues by allocating support to charities working in those areas.

Vital Signs has grown to become an important part of the work we do, especially this year,” says Charleen Davidson, Community Foundation Executive Director. “Our Community Priorities granting program is now aligned with our Vital Signs work at the application stage. Applicants must now indicate which of the six impact areas their projects will address and what the anticipated outcomes will be. We are committed to building a strong, healthy community where everyone has a sense of belonging, and we are confident that this strategic alignment will spark dialogue and promote civic engagement that does just that.”

Topics covered in Vital Signs focus on homelessness in rural communities and cultural and arts initiatives throughout the region. Guest speakers at the launch included Jody Francis, a housing liaison worker from Fort Macleod, and Amanda Berg from the Allied Arts Council of Lethbridge. Both spoke about their respective organizations and how their work helps to improve the vitality of life in Southwestern Alberta.

For more information on the Community Foundation, Vital Signs, or to request a copy of the report, please contact the Community Foundation office at 403-328-5297 or office@cflsa.ca.

Canada 150 Grants Announced

June 01, 2017

Community Foundation celebrates Canada’s sesquicentennial through Canada 150 Grants

Event celebrated six successful projects from the final round of funding offered

Lethbridge, AB (June 1, 2017) – Canada 150 celebrations began today as the Community Foundation of Lethbridge and Southwestern Alberta awarded $39,000 in Canada 150 Grants to six community organizations from across the region. The focus of these grants is to encourage participation in Canada 150 activities and events, to inspire a deeper understanding of the people, places, and events that shape our country, and to build vibrant and healthy communities for all.

The event included greetings on behalf of Member of Parliament for Lethbridge, Rachael Harder, and some fun facts about local history.

“The 150th anniversary of Canadian Confederation is an important moment in our country’s history and its future,” said Charleen Davidson, Community Foundation Executive Director. “It’s an opportunity to build new connections and celebrate together as one nation. Canada is home to an increasingly diverse population, but if we weave together the thousands of local stories a new narrative of our country emerges. This narrative gives us a greater appreciation for our shared past, allowing us to move forward together and dream big about our community, our country, and our future.”

The six successful organizations receiving funding for their Canada 150 project are:

  • Lethbridge & District Japanese Garden Society
    • The “Experience the Friendship Canada 150” community celebration event will showcase Japanese culture in southwestern Alberta, through sport, dance and music at Nikka Yuko Japanese Garden.
  • Village of Champion
    • The Village will be hosting a special Canada Day celebration incorporating Champion’s place in Canada’s history into the events of the day.
  • City of Lethbridge
    • The “Pavilion Project” will be organized by the City and incorporated into Whoop-Up Days 2017. The Pavilion will showcase the history of many non-profits and community groups in southwestern Alberta.
  • Town of Coalhurst
    • The town will host their first “Neighbour Day” celebration with a Canada 150 theme, focusing on how many different communities came together to build Canada.
  • Lethbridge College
    • To celebrate Canada 150, the Lethbridge College will be creating a new display in “Founder’s Square” honouring traditional Blackfoot art and artifacts.
  • Friends Society of the Sir Alexander Galt Museum & Archives

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