SOUTHERN ALBERTA REGIONAL LIAISONS REPORT

This is a busy time for the grandmothers of Southern Alberta. Our Mountain Grannies in Canmore just held their annual chili supper. The Harambee Grandmothers of Lethbridge are planning their participation in the Annual Stride to Turn the Tide walk. Our Kujali Bibi in Cochrane are planning a tea with a talk about their local history and a Spring Fling with speaker and silent auction by the Mountainview Grannies is another event to look forward to. Fabric sales abound here in Alberta. The Hat Grannies held theirs on March 11th and two more – ours and the Red Deer grandmothers – are in April on the same day! There are many things to look forward to.

All of you have probably read Illana’s letter, giving us a focus for the coming decade. The inspiration of Leah Teklemarian’s talk at the tea provided those links to our African Grandmothers that tell us how important all our efforts are. Sustaining the Grandmothers Campaign will be the central topic of the regional liaison meetings in Toronto at the beginning of April. Marilyn Simmons will attend this year and bring back many ideas for generating new projects and keeping us strong.

Our Alberta provincial gathering will be hosted by GrammaLink-Africa, our grandmothers in Red Deer. So mark your calendars, save the date and plan to attend on September 15 & 16, 2017! We are hoping that people will carpool to the event, consider billeting or rooming together, and have a special time getting to know other grandmothers and more about their groups. We’ll keep you posted as we move forward with plans and hope that our Southern Alberta groups will take on some of the tasks that make each gathering special. If you’d like to be part of that, please contact us at message@ujamaagrandmas.com.

If you are interested in buying a Grandmothers Campaign T-shirt, the deadline for the annual orders is coming up soon. So if you’d like to order one, please contact Linda at message@ujamaagrandmas.com. All the details are on the Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign website.

All the leads of G to G groups across the country have received a survey from the foundation about their needs, observations and suggestions for sustainability of our Canadian Grandmothers as we move forward into the next decade. If you have any suggestions, questions or ideas, please contact our president, Alison Longson through message@ujamaagrandmas.com.

One of the Campaign’s long-term projects is a book about Canadian Grandmothers. The book is set to launch in the fall so it might even be available for our provincial gathering! As many of you know, we had a professional photographer at the 10th Anniversary Tea capturing some of those special moments to be included in the book!

Happy Spring to all of you. We look forward to each opportunity to work side by side.
Carla Lorfing and Marilyn Simmons