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The Connections Team’s first summer picnic was successful so we’d like to try it again only in the north part of the city – Baker Park (across the river from Bowness Park)

Please join us for some fellowship, bring your own chair and lunch and we will social distance while we visit and eat our lunch together.

WHAT: 2nd Summer Picnic in the Park
WHEN: Wednesday, August 19, 11:30 AM to 2:00 PM
WHERE: in Baker Park, just off to the left side of the parking area near the washrooms in the area called “The Commons” if you look at the Park map here.

Please email with “ Picnic” in the subject line if you plan to attend. Hostess, Marion Shadlock, will contact you with further details.


Message from The Stephen Lewis Foundation Stride Team:

As this Stride season comes to an end, we wanted to send a deep heartfelt thank you to each and every participant. It has been an extraordinary year with unprecedented hurdles, and you surpassed our wildest hopes and expectations for Stride. Whether you have been actively fundraising, or counting your steps and joining in solidarity, your participation has expanded the reach and awareness of the Grandmothers Campaign far and wide, making this year’s Stride a testament to the hard work and determination of grandmothers. This year the SLF National Stride to Turn the Tide had 56 teams and over 275 participants. So far, Stride has raised over $215,000!

At the beginning of March when we asked groups to postpone your events and activities, we knew there would be uncertainty and unpredictability in the months to come. But we are constantly amazed by your creativity, ingenuity, and resilience in these times. Groups quickly adapted their fundraisers and embraced virtual connections to stay linked and supported. Many groups who had never done Stride, or who hadn’t for many years, picked it up again. We tried some new things this year, like a Zoom launch call, a Campaign-wide Grandmothers team for individuals to join, and a Stride newsletter to keep you more informed with updates from our partners. But at its core, Stride was so successful this year because of you, your family and friends, and your supporters. We truly cannot thank you enough for all the work you put into Stride this year.

The month of June saw a flurry of activity across the country as Grandmothers strode, walked, ran, hiked, biked, knitted, gardened and engaged in many other pursuits as part of the annual Stride to Turn the Tide fundraiser. The Foundation reports that from solo participants and small teams of two or three to teams of more than twenty, there are over 250 grandmothers and supporters participating in virtual activities, acting in solidarity with our African grandmother partners.

Our UJAMAA GRANDMAS Stride Team has raised 51% of our $40,000 goal. Thank you for your donations, asking friends & family for support and trying a new way of raising funds for the support of Grandmothers & their families in Africa.

The Stride pages will be live online until the end of the calendar year so donors are free to continue donating well after Stride officially ends on June 30th.

Please Donate Here


BAGS, BABIES & BEYOND is scheduled for October 16 and 17, 2020, and the Handcrafts Committee is cautiously optimistic that BB&B will be held this year. We are committed to making a firm decision by September 1 whether or not to proceed, barring any changes in regulations that require an earlier or later decision.  The sale will be scaled down with a different floor layout with all our volunteers behind tables.  In order to manage the number of people in the building at all times we are planning timed entry for customers through the use of pre-booked tickets. We are still in the planning stage and will keep you updated as things evolve. In the meantime, there are a number of things to address.

We do need to assess whether we would have sufficient volunteers to run even a scaled back BB&B. This is in no way a firm commitment but please indicate your willingness to participate in an event by answering this short poll here.

Product Drop-offs
Handcrafters, you are probably wondering what to do with all your creations since we have not had in-person Gatherings.  For product DROP OFFS, we have arranged to use the parking lots at the churches where we have our Gatherings. Custodians will be on hand to offer assistance but please read these procedures.

  • A station will be set up for tagging your products.
  • There will be category bins for depositing your tagged products.
  • If your items are already tagged, please bring them in a clear bag so they can be seen and deposit them into the correct bins.
  • Please sanitize your hands and wear a face covering in case social distances cannot be maintained.
  • If areas are crowded, please remain in your car until space is available.  Unfortunately, this is not a time to socialize, so please, be prepared to tag and drop your products off in a timely manner.
  • For this BB&B only, we are NOT accepting large home decor, crafting or outdoor items such as paintings, rugs, birdhouses, wreaths, wooden trays, etc.
  • Contact if you have any questions.

WHEN: Monday, August 10, 1:00 – 3:00 PM
WHERE: McDougall United Church, 8516 Athabasca Street SE

WHEN: Thursday, August 27, 10:00 AM – 12 NOON
WHERE: Foothills Lutheran Church, 3104 34 Ave. NW – lower parking lot, northwest of church building

Private Sale of Products
In order to meet the current COVID-19 guidelines, BB&B will be scaled down to allow for social distancing between volunteers and customers.  Therefore we are suggesting/allowing handcrafters to make private sales of their BB&B products if they wish.  In order to track sales for GST calculations and accounting, each sale must be documented with an official receipt number.  Please contact to get specific instructions on how these transactions can best be achieved.