Dear Friends,

On this first day of 2018 I wish you all a very Happy New Year.

I have just received a card from our SLF regional rep Megan who many of you met during the year and I am pleased that it arrived in time for me to share it with you. She writes:

Dear Ujamaa Grandmas,

With the holiday season upon us, we wanted to take this opportunity to thank you for the dedication, commitment and love that is so evident in all of your group’s efforts.

Visiting you all with Eunice back in May was a highlight of 2017 for me. I remain in awe of your group’s beautiful creations and send a big congratulations from all of us here at SLF for another amazing, successful year.

It is an honour to walk side-by-side with you in this grandmother’s movement.
Have a wonderful holiday and best wishes for the New Year!

Megan — the Grandmother’s Campaign Team.

May the joy of the season be yours the year through

I add my thanks to you all for all you do for Ujamaa Grandmas and SLF.  Today I’d also like to acknowledge and thank Claire the editor of this E-news who works quietly and with good humour behind the scenes to keep us informed. She has never missed the date even on a holiday such as today.

I look forward with anticipation to another year full of Ujamaa activities, events and achievements. Continue reading


Join Dawn Bolger and Elaine Peek at the ATB in Westhills for a monthly sew along. Your hosts will provide kits and patterns. You must provide your machine in good working order, neutral thread, normal sewing tools and your talent. And don’t forget your lunch!
In January we will focus on simple projects that will be sold at the 2018 BB&B – not microwave bowls this month.  Looking forward to a day of socializing and sewing.

WHAT: SEW ALONG with Dawn and Elaine
WHEN: Fourth Wednesdays from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM
January 24
February 28
March 28
WHERE: Westhills ATB,  601 Stewart Green Southwest, Calgary. This is right across the parking lot from the Cineplex Theatre.

There is space for 8. Please register for January HERE so we can plan.  Information about projects will be sent to registrants prior to the date.


The book launch of The Stephen Lewis Foundation’s POWERED BY LOVE on October 14th went well and was enjoyed by those who attended. Our guests, Joanna Henry, Kenneth Mugayehwenkyi and Ida Nambeya Mukuka – who were part of the panel discussion – informed and inspired everyone.

Shelf Life Books was present and sold 33 books; Ujamaa Grandmas has since then sold 12 books. The book, accompanied by captivating pictures, “tells the compelling story of these indomitable women and a movement that now reaches around the globe”. The book is now available at our Gatherings, from Marilyn Simmons, or from Shelf Life in a couple of weeks. (They are sold out at present.)

A big thank you to everyone who helped make this a successful event!

Here is the link to the Powered by Love Song and Slide Show: