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JEWELLRY CRAFTERS: If you want to create handmade jewelry for the Bags, Babies, and Beyond sale, please join us every Wednesday.
Wednesday August 23 from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM.
After you register, you will be contacted to confirm your registration and location. We have room for 6 Ujamaa Grandma members at these informal


My name is Ardith Hargrove and I was elected Vice President of Ujamaa Grandmas at our last Annual General Meeting.

I am a mother of two grown sons and a grandmother of two grandsons. I worked with Parks Canada for many years in many different roles, the last one being Administrative Assistant to one of the Directors at Parks. I have my own business called Peridot Homestaging and Redesign. I love creative endeavours.

I have been a member of my condo board association for seventeen years and was president for thirteen years. I have also done fundraising for The United Way, Centre for the Performing Arts, Jazz Is Calgary and the LPGA. I was also a founding member and volunteer for The Calgary International Film Festival.

I am so happy to be part of the Ujamaa Grandmas. What a bunch of incredible women, so talented and caring.

I look forward to meeting all of you.


Ardith Hargrove




Our Grandmothers to Grandmothers Provincial Gathering will be held in Red Deer on September 15th and 16th.  This year the theme is Moving Forward With Strength.  And what better way to be inspired than to have Ida Nambeya Mukuka as one of our keynote speakers.  Many of us have heard her speak and she relays our African Grandmothers’ stories with a heartfelt manner that makes us feel as if we are right there alongside them.  As well as Ida, Joanna Henry, Director of Learning and Resource Development at the Foundation and the author of Powered by Love:  A Grandmothers’ Movement to End AIDS in Africa will be introducing the book  We will be getting a preview of the book as the launch across the country will be from October 10th to November 6th.  (More about our launch here in Calgary later).   The Friday night guest speaker is a human rights and social justice advocate, Tara Ward, who will be talking about Women Who Inspire Us to Keep Working for Change.

This annual gathering of Alberta Grandmothers is a wonderful way to get to know more about what is happening at the Foundation level as well as how other Alberta grandmothers groups are creating awareness, fundraising and nurturing their groups.  There are many interesting workshops offered.  So, please consider joining us as we gather to support each other in this second decade of the Grandmothers Campaign.

For information, see the Provincial Gathering Schedule 2017 and for registration and billeting information, see link below.


Oh!  And as you send in your registration form, our GrammaLink Africa hosts ask that we be sure to include our cheques, keeping everything together as they organize this special event.

We will also be asking Ujamaa Grandma members to help organize and provide baking for the Saturday morning breakfast.  Look for more details about that in the next E-News.

See you in Red Deer!

Carla and Marilyn


Are you interested in becoming more involved in UJAMAA GRANDMAS?
Are you looking forward to meeting more members? 
Do you have organizing skills and an interest in managing some of the inventory for BB&B?
Do you have a flair for display and marketing?
Are you interested in handbags and purses?

If you can answer yes to any or all of these questions please read on.

The Handcraft Committee is currently looking for product custodians for Handbags & Purses. This product category lends itself to two custodians working together; one working with fabric purses, and one with felted purses. The custodian role is a very rewarding one and provides a great opportunity for interaction with members. Check HERE to read about the custodian role in detail or contact the committee at for more information. The new custodians can get in on the 2017 sale preparations working with the current custodian, Leslie Buckle who is stepping down after 13 years of purse custodianship. Many, many thanks to Leslie for her expertise and dedication. 

There may be other positions opening up over the next several months. Watch E-news for more details. This committee is very collaborative and supportive with members stepping in to help as needs arise. Most members have been involved for several years because we love the tasks and the friendship of the committee members.  If you are interested in getting involved, contact us at and Dawn Bolger or Patty Cucman will be in touch. Thank you in advance for offering to help!

SEW ALONG – SEPT 7 and/or 19

For a day of socializing and sewing come join UJAMAA GRANDMAS for one or both of two Sew-alongs in September – September 7 and September 19 from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM.

We will work together to complete items such as microwave bowls and table runners or placemats for BB&B.  Kits will be provided.

We have room for 6 to 8. Once we reach 8 we will take standby registrations. Once you have signed up, you will be contacted to confirm your registration, location and other details within a few days. You will also receive a list of workshop requirements.  Plan to bring your own lunch.

Questions? Just send those to Come and join other members who want to get together to visit and sew.
Make what you like. Make what you like to make. Like what you make. All this adds up to have fun while helping others.

WHAT: September Sew Along
WHEN: September 7 from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM, September 19 from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM
WHERE: Location and details will be sent to those who sign up.



As we connect before the summer holidays, we wanted you to have the latest news about our Grandmothers Gathering happening on September 15th and 16th.
For information about the Friday evening speaker and Saturday workshops see the Provincial Gathering Schedule 2017  and this month’s E-News.
For registration and billeting information, see link below.


The staff at the Foundation are preparing for another round of the fabulous flash mobs performed by so many groups across the country last year. They are working with a well-known composer to create our very own grandmothers’ song this year. Hope we find out who it is very soon! We are planning on participating and Renate Gepraegs will be our contact person for our event here. So, get ready to do a little singing and dancing this Fall as we’ll be aiming to present our videos around WORLD AIDS DAY, December 1st.

As co-liaison, Carla will be resigning in the Fall. It has been a wonderful two years’ plus of working with the groups in southern Alberta, the northern Alberta Liaisons, and getting to know the SLF stall and other liaisons across the country. The work of communicating, helping groups and learning from other grandmothers groups is fun, interesting and rewarding. Marilyn will be staying on for another year and will mentor a new partner. If you are interested, please contact us.
As we move into summer activities and travels, we wish you all the best of fun in the sun!

Carla and Marilyn


We have had confirmation about the great speakers for our Alberta Grandmothers Provincial Gathering in Red Deer on September 15th and 16th.

Ida Nambeya Mukuka, Senior Advisor to the Grandmothers Campaign, will be returning to Alberta to share her experiences in Australia where she has been visiting the newly-formed Grandmothers groups there. Having had the pleasure of Ida visiting here, we know what an inspiration she is as she shares stories of our African grandmothers.

Joanne Henry, Director of Learning and Resource Development at the Foundation, will be there as well. She is the author of the long-awaited book, Powered by Love: A Grandmothers’ Movement to End AIDS in Africa. To be published in October, it draws on the hundreds of interviews with grandmothers in both sub-Saharan Africa and Canada.
Both speakers will bring us together and affirm our work with their presentations.

More specific information about registration and workshops will be coming soon from GrammaLink Africa, our Red Deer hosts.

We will be organizing our contribution to the Gathering – the Saturday morning breakfast buffet. We will be asking for baking and volunteers closer to the date.

So, save the date, and come join the Grandmothers of Alberta as we step into the next decade of the Campaign. Together is best!