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WHEN: September 6 & 7.
WHERE: Willow Ridge Community Association 618 Acadia Dr. SE, Calgary
Friday Evening Program:
4:00 – 5:00 PM – Visit Quilt at Fish Creek Library, 11161 Bonaventure Dr.SE
5:00 – 6:00 PM – Registration and Happy Hour at Willow Ridge Community Association.
6:00 PM – Welcome
6:15 PM – Buffet supper provided by Ujamaa Grandmas
7:45 PM – Climate Change Fashion Show with discussion to follow
 9:00 PM – Evening concludes and Marketplace sets up
 Saturday Program: 
8:15 AM – Light breakfast. Marketplace will be open between sessions.
9:00 – 10:30 AM – Stephen Lewis Foundation staff presentation
10:30 – 10:45 AM – Break
10:45 AM – Presentation on Widow Pillaging by Dr Annalee Coakley
11:45 AM – Lunch and Marketplace shopping
1:00 PM – Update on HIV/ AIDS by Dr Eliana Castillo
2:00 PM – Break
2:15 PM – Stephen Lewis Foundation, videos, discussion on group concerns and group sharing
4:00 PM- Closing address and goodbyes
  •  Limited billets are available; please email Attn: Marilyn Simmons after you have registered. They will be available on a first come first served basis.
  • The Anniversary Quilt will be on display at Fish Creek Library throughout September, and we encourage you to visit the quilt from 4:00 – 5:00 PM on Friday.
  • Event tickets are $40.00 and include buffet supper on Friday, light breakfast, snacks and lunch on Saturday. Tickets are available on Eventbrite from June 17 to August 17 and are limited to 90. Event link:
  • All attendees are asked to bring a mug, water bottle and name tag.

Tea in the Garden

You are Invited to Tea in the Garden, Sunday July 28,2pm-5pm  at the home of Jean Whittaker, 331156 RR32 north of the Westcott cemetery. See map in the Calendar.

In aid of Grandmothers Mountainview.

Entry by Donation. All proceeds go to the Stephen Lewis Foundation to assist grandmothers in sub-Saharan Africa.

Email if you need a ride. A  few spots are available.

S.AB Liaison to Stephen Lewis Foundation – July 2024 Report

I have been asked by the SLF to ensure all members learn how they can access the Granny Bulletin. As a reminder, the Granny Bulletin can be accessed online through the Grandmothers Campaign website under “News”. I have added the link to the June issue of the Granny Bulletin here for easy access: I would suggest that campaign members bookmark this link in their browser so that they can easily access it if they need any information related to the Speaker’s Bureau, the National Grandparents’ Day Toolkit, and the trip application.

Please fill out the National Grandparents’ Day registration form! if Ujamaa is involved in the initiative. The SLF want to make sure we keep track of all initiatives across the campaign.

Don’t forget to register for the September gathering.
Judy Howe

Support Our UJAMAA GRANDMAS Stride Team

Our Ujamaa Grandmas (UG) team of 9 members plus 1 terrific husband (mine) are participating in Stride to Turn the Tide 2024, to raise funds in solidarity with grandmothers who walk with purpose every day, and their Community Based Organizations, in sub-Saharan Africa. Team members will keep track of the times spent on a wide variety of activities – creatively as well as physically. One hour of activity = 5 km. Our goals are to ‘virtually walk’ 2,000 km and to raise $6,000.

The Stephen Lewis Foundation’s community-led partner organizations in sub-Saharan Africa expertly provide grandmothers with holistic care – including support groups, grief counselling, access to healthcare, income generating projects, counselling for the children in their care, help to send their grandchildren to school, and so much more.

The tremendous generosity of our friends, family, and community has been inspiring in the past ($7,722 in total!). Let’s continue this impact, together. With your donation, the African grandmothers and their organizations can continue the urgent work they are doing to support their families and communities to safeguard decades of progress made against the HIV epidemic. You can make a donation to the Ujamaa Grandmas team by using the following link: Stride to Turn the Tide 2024 and choosing the DONATE button.

Of course, new members are very welcome. Use the above link and then ‘Register’ to join our team – you’ll have a sense of contributing (as with so many other UG activities for our African grandmothers that we do). If you have any questions, please email me at

Thank you for your solidarity and support!
Jan Geggie
Team Lead

UJAMAA GRANDMAS Crochet and Knit group

We now have a Ujamaa Grandmas Crochet and Knit group. The purpose of the group is to build relationships as we create products for BAGS, BABIES & BEYOND in the community.

The group provides opportunities to improve skills, share ideas, build excitement and be inspired by the work of our fellow makers. Currently the group meets on the first Tuesday of the month 1:00-3:00 pm.

Currently, most of our members are in south Calgary. As the group grows, members will decide what works best for the group in terms of timing, location and activity. The Accessories and Yarn Custodians are members of the group.  We miss our makers from the north so if you live in the north and wish to participate, there is potential for a north meeting location. If you have been a maker, or if you would like to become a maker for UJAMAA GRANDMAS and you are interested in joining us or have questions, feel free to contact us by email at handcrafts@ujamaagrandmas.comattention Mary-Anna Louise Kovar