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Donations are now being accepted for the April 2022 Fabric & Yarn Sale. There is still a need for more storage. If you can help in the smallest way please let us know.

Contact to make donations or offer storage space.

Limited online sales will continue through Facebook Market Place. Type Ujamaa Grandmas into the website search bar and you will be directed to any product that is currently for sale on the site.

Happy Easter!

Mona Jones


Grandmother’s groups across Canada continue to be very virtually active. Innovative fundraising ideas are sparking lots of events. The concert to mark the 15th Anniversary of the Campaign has created a buzz across the country. Groups are already sharing the concert details with members and sharing on social media. Some groups have come up with ways to support the show locally by organizing fundraising activities in support of the concert. You can view the trailer for it HERE.

To view all events happening across the Campaign, visit our events calendar and  submit your group’s event to get more eyes on it!

In several regions, groups have taken to holding collaborative events, group meetings and supporting each other’s fundraisers as a way to increase connection, solidarity, and impact. This has helped groups that have taken a more relaxed pace this year to find new ways to re-engage in the movement. Please check out this poster for information about an interesting event organised by the GUGU GOGOS. They invite us to Join them for the launch of Contemporary African Voices, a webinar series shining a light on acclaimed sub-Saharan writers. My GRL partner Judy and I are hosting a Zoom meeting for our region of South Alberta on Wednesday, April 7 at 10:00 AM. This is an opportunity for us to get together with our neighbour groups and find out what’s going on with them. We will be joined by our SLF staff coordinator Ruth-Anne who will give us all the latest news from the foundation. Please let me know if you would like to join us.

As always the popular Grandmothers’ Campaign Call will be on the third Thursday of the month. Thursday, April 15 at 10.30 MST email to RSVP.

Alison, your Grandmother’s Regional Liaison (GRL) for South Alberta


We met for the first time and had a lively discussion of This Mournable Body by Tsitsi Dangarembga from Zimbabwe.

We decided our meetings would be every 6 weeks, which will give us lots of time to obtain and read the books.

The book to be discussed is titled Baking Cakes in Kigali by Gaile Parkin. This story  takes place in  Rwanda. The book has received several positive reviews, including this Globe and Mail review.

WHAT: Africa Book Club – “Baking Cakes In Kigali”
WHEN: Friday, May 7 at 1:30 PM.
HOW: Zoom for the foreseeable future

Please feel free to join us! It would be helpful to know in advance how many people to expect, so please RSVP to If you have any questions, send them to the same address and we will be happy to answer them.

Leslie Buckle


Join us (TORONTO GRANDMOTHERS GROUP) for the launch of Contemporary African Voices, a webinar series shining a light on acclaimed sub-Saharan writers. Please see the poster here. The series aims to amplify African voices and to educate by introducing stories deeply rooted in Africa written by Africans.  We come to know a country by reading its writers.

Travelling virtually to Nigeria via Zoom, we will welcome Dr. Cheluchi Onyemelukwe-Onuobia, for the release in Canada of her debut novel, The Son of the House.  She is a human rights lawyer, academic and writer who works in Nigeria in the areas of health, gender and violence against women and children.  Pulsing with vitality and intense human drama, The Son of the House is set against four decades of life in vibrant Nigeria, celebrating the resilience of women as they navigate and transform what still remains a man’s world.

WHAT: African Voices Series – Fundraising Event
WHEN: Wednesday, May 5, 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM MST
HOW: Virtual webinar via Zoom

There is no charge for this event; however, we welcome and appreciate all donations made to the Grandmothers Campaign supporting the SLF. African grandmothers are grappling with the devastating double impact of HIV/AIDS and COVID-19.  The event poster will follow with hyperlinks for Eventbrite to register and donate.

To pre-order a copy of this wonderful novel The Son of the House, please send an E-transfer for $20 tax inclusive to Pre-orders will be available for curbside pickup in Don Mills after April 6, 2021.  The book will be released in Canada on May 4, 2021.  Orders will be accepted until June 5.


Come explore Calgary on foot! Discover amazing hikes close to home. On our city walks we will wander through Calgary’s parks, natural environments, and historical neighbourhoods. We may view an archaeological site, an “erratic”, or a Downy Woodpecker. Calgary has a host of interesting places and things to see but there’s nothing like a walk with friends.

  • Walks will take place at 10:00 AM on Thursdays, beginning April 22, 2021. We will walk for one to one and a half hours, depending on the walk.
  • A suggested donation for each walk is a toonie which is donated to SLF and credited to our Ujamaa Grandmas group.
  • Our walks will align with Alberta Health COVID-19 recommendations: Maximum of 10 Participants including the leader.  Pre-registration is required.  Masks should be worn. Maintain social physical distancing.

Mark your calendars with the following dates and locations.

To REGISTER and receive more details, email:

Bowness and Baker Parks
Since the early 1900’s Bowness Park is one of Calgary’s most popular parks for family and friends to picnic, skate, walk, play and have fun. Baker Park includes riparian native plants, shrubs and trees, a wildflower garden, and sun bowl in the middle of the park. It is a popular place for disc-golf and wedding photos.
WHAT: Walk in Bowness and Baker Parks
WHEN: Thursday, April 22, 10:00 AM
MEET: 8900 48 Ave. NW in front of Seasons of Bowness Park restaurant
DIRECTIONS: Take the Trans Canada (16th Ave. NW). Turn right onto Bowfort Road and follow the road down the hill (it becomes 83 St. NW). Turn left at the 4 way stop onto Bowness Rd. NW. Turn left at the first set of lights onto 48 Ave NW. Follow the road to the park.
TERRAIN: 5 km, paved and gravel paths

West Nose Creek Park (Confluence Park)
West Nose Creek Park, also known as Confluence Park, lies along both banks of West Nose Creek near its confluence with Nose Creek in Calgary’s northeast. The creek meanders through multiple curves in the valley bottom. The slow and steady movement of the water produces a rich riparian zone. This park also has a considerable amount of native grassland and shrubs and a historic stone quarry. Further, the park contains “Split Rock”, one of the best known glacial erratics in the city.
WHAT: Walk in West Nose Creek Park (Confluence Park)
WHEN: Thursday, April 29, 10:00 AM
MEET: 300 Beddington Blvd. NE in the parking lot
DIRECTIONS: Corner of Beddington Trail and Beddington Blvd. NE. From northbound Deerfoot Trail, turn left on exit 265 for Beddington Trail NE. Take first right at Beddington Blvd. NE. intersection (first set of lights). Parking lot is on the right. You can see the park and dog park
almost as soon as you turn off Deerfoot Trail.
TERRAIN: 5 km, paved and gravel paths

Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park
Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park is a delight for the nature lover. Keep your eyes peeled for
deer, coyotes, elk, badgers, weasels and maybe, even cougars. Discover the vast scenic grassland of the park, marvel at the spectacular views of the Bow River Valley with the Canadian Rockies on the horizon and discover the park’s history, wildlife, flora and fauna.
WHAT: Walk in Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park
WHEN: Thursday, May 6, 10:00 AM
MEET: Glenbow Rd. off Highway 1A toward Cochrane in the parking lot
DIRECTIONS: Take Highway 1A (Crowchild Trail) towards Cochrane. Turn left at Glenbow Road and follow the road to Glenbow Ranch. There are signs on Highway 1A for the Ranch. This is about a 35 minute drive from downtown Calgary.
TERRAIN: 5 – 7 km, paved and gravel paths with hills

Inglewood Bird Sanctuary and Pearce Estates
The Inglewood Bird Sanctuary and Nature Centre have been providing migratory birds with a place to rest their wings since 1929. That’s more than 80 years of conservation! To date, 270 species of birds, 21 species of mammals and 347 species of plants have been recorded at the Sanctuary and Nature Centre by members of the public, volunteers and staff. Pearce Estates includes manicured areas, natural environments, a reconstructed wetland that allows you to stand out over the water and the Sam Livingstone Hatchery.
WHAT: Walk in Inglewood Bird Sanctuary and Pearce Estates
WHEN: Thursday, May 13, 10:00 AM
MEET: 2425 9 Ave. SE in front of the Nature Centre at the Sanctuary.
DIRECTIONS: From Deerfoot Trail take exit 254 toward Blackfoot Trail South. Merge onto 17 Ave. SE. Turn left at 19 St. SE. Turn left at 9 Ave. SE. The Sanctuary is located at the very end of 9 Ave. S.E.
TERRAIN: 7 km, paved and gravel paths

Dale Hodges Park
Dale Hodges Park, a large natural park, is the site of the former Klippert gravel pit. The City purchased the land to restore the environmental health of the area, and to address the stormwater pipes carrying untreated stormwater into the Bow River.This park showcases conscious sustainable design throughout the park and trails, along with new storm ponds and runoffs laced with prairie grass, landscaped chunks of rocks to guide shrubberies such as California Oatgrass and Junegrass around the floodplain, and beautiful steep slopes of rewilded grasslands. Keep watch for bald eagles, osprey, coyotes, red fox, white-tailed deer, porcupine, and many more.
WHAT: Walk in Dale Hodges Park
WHEN: Thursday, May 20, 10:00 AM
MEET: 2123 52 St. NW in the parking lot
DIRECTIONS: . From the Trans Canada (16 Ave. NW) turn onto Home Road. Turn left at 52 St. NW (a one-way street with a bike path on one side). The parking lot is to the right almost as soon as you turn onto 52 St. NW. It is just north of the Maranatha Christian Reformed Church.
TERRAIN: 5 -7 km, paved and gravel paths with gradual hills

Griffith Woods
Griffith Woods is habitat to a wide variety of flora and fauna including orchids, moose, deer, a variety of birds and its unique and sensitive natural spruce and balsam poplar forest. It is designated as a special protection natural environment park. Boardwalks cross the clear wetlands providing you with a great opportunity to see aquatic plants and invertebrates. The white spruce forest offers an ideal place to watch the birds and other wildlife that prefer the coniferous forest. It is one of the best places in the city to see species such as Northern Flickers, Red-breasted Nuthatches and Gray Jays that frequent this habitat.
WHAT: Walk in Griffith Woods
WHEN: Thursday, May 27, 10:00 AM
MEET: Discovery Ridge Link in the parking lot
DIRECTIONS: 2.5 km west from Sarcee Trail on Hwy 8 (Glenmore Tr). Take Highway 8 to traffic lights at 69 Street S.W. Turn left and go south on Discovery Ridge Boulevard. Go halfway around traffic circle, down the hill and turn left onto Discovery Ridge Link. (Please note there are no longer any directional signs on the road or at the entrance.)
TERRAIN: 5 km, paved and gravel paths




UJAMAA GRANDMAS invites you to a virtual concert fundraiser. Proceeds to benefit African grandmothers. An organization of Calgary grandmothers is inviting residents to attend, virtually, a free concert to support their African counterparts.

  • The ‘Together in Concert: In Solidarity with African Grandmothers’ is to be held April 15, starting at 5:30 PM MST.
  • The 90-minute virtual event will feature music, dance, storytelling and drumming from artists across Canada.
  • A video of the concert will be available for 72 hours after it starts.

While the event is free, participants are encouraged to make a donation to the Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign of the Stephen Lewis Foundation (SLF).
The SLF is a non-governmental organization that supports community-based organizations working on the frontline of the AIDS pandemic in sub-Saharan Africa. Its Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign started in 2006 in response to the crisis faced by African grandmothers as they struggled to raise millions of children orphaned by HIV and AIDS. With COVID-19, they are now facing two pandemics.
UJAMAA GRANDMAS is celebrating 15 years as a long-time supporter of the Foundation and is encouraging you to join the virtual event. See the poster HERE.

WHAT: Together in Concert
WHEN: Thursday, April 15, 5:30 PM MST
HOW: Virtual event – Registration is required



Looking Back, Looking Forward: Celebrating Fifteen Years of the SLF’s Grandmothers Campaign

The Board would like to celebrate this anniversary by producing a virtual exhibition of art, photography, poetry and prose. We will invite submissions that speak to what members’ involvement in UJAMAA GRANDMAS is, and thus what the Grandmothers Campaign, has meant to them.  It could be a poem about meeting one of the African grandmothers; a photograph of a special handcraft sold in one of the sales; a piece of artwork inspired by a story about the work of the SLF in Africa.  We hope the submissions will tell our story in diverse, colourful, entertaining, and meaningful ways.

To put this all together, we need a small organizing committee, and some specialized expertise (such as web design). If you are interested in being part of this initiative in some way, whether on the committee or as a consultant in particular aspects of the project, please respond to We are happy to explore with you how you could become involved in a way that suits you and helps us with this project!

Sincerely, Leslie Buckle


As most of you know, the Connections Team has had its wings clipped since the pandemic came upon us. We had scheduled some Winter Walks in November and December but given further restrictions and anticipation of colder weather in January, we have decided to take a break for now. We will reassess the situation for February.

In the meantime, the Connection Team would like to wish you all a peaceful and safe Holiday Season. Who would have thought a year ago, life would be so different and day to day connections between us all would be a thing only of dreams. In the meantime, it is one day at a time gathering strength where we can. We have made it this far and thankfully, there is some light at the end of the tunnel. Please take care of yourselves.


The indoor walking group that meets on Tuesday and Thursday mornings at Market Mall is suspended until the Alberta Health Services Emergency is cancelled.

Thank you for your support, be safe & stay healthy.
Sandra Burgess



Tentatively set for Saturday, September 25, 2021 (not September 18 as previously reported). Further information will be provided next year as the planning process occurs.


Thank you all for your support of our Virtual Stride Activities in June 2020. We were able to raise $20,525.00 to contribute to the Stephen Lewis Foundation. The national total raised was $260,000.00, a very impressive amount for the Grandmothers in Africa. Next year we will be participating again.

Click here to view the SLF Stride to Turn the Tide letter.

Look for updates on how to join the team, how to contribute or sponsor participants & our  goals.


Sandra Burgess
Team Lead