Dior Exhibit – 7 intrepid members visited the amazing Dior collection at the Glenbow on May 14. The garments, embellishments and jewelry brought back fond memories of film stars from the 50’s (Sophia Loren, Audrey Hepburn)! We so admired the ingenuity and craftsmanship of the master sewers of that era. Thanks to you who came out!!!

Sat. June 22 at 1:15PM- Canmore Stride. Annual STRIDES (walks) are organized by many grandmother groups across Canada to fundraise and create awareness about our groups and the important work we do! Join us for fun and exercise as we walk with our sister group in Canmore on June 22nd. Carpooling is being organized! Another social opportunity to get to know our fellow members on a more personal level. You can sign up at message@ujamaagrandmas or at

Please sign up now or by June 15th to allow time to organize the carpooling.

Reminder: Members from the Speakers Bureau are available for presentations to other groups you are involved with. Email



To be honest, when the steering committee started to plan the 2019 Fabric & Yarn Sale in January I wasn’t sure another $50k production was possible but you did it.

Be proud of the work you did and the difference you made because your contribution absolutely matters.

My sincere appreciation for all your hard work.

Please mark April 22, 23, 24, 25, 2020 on your calendars. Those are the proposed dates for the 2020 Fabric & Yarn Sale. The steering committee plans meet in January 2020 but if you have any questions in the interim please don’t hesitate and ask.


Enjoy the summer.


Here are some of the ways that members of the Campaign continue to gather across regions to exchange ideas and connect with one another.

This month the New Member Conference Call will be held on Monday, June 17th at 12:30 PM Eastern Time. These calls are intimate and informative opportunities for new members to learn more about the Stephen Lewis Foundation and the Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign.

We also host monthly Campaign Calls to take a deeper dive into questions and themes that you’ve told us are on your minds. The June Call will be a Fundraising Ideas Exchange!

Join us on Thursday, June 20th at 12:30 PM Eastern Time for a Campaign-wide brainstorm session about fundraising events and initiatives. Come curious, with ideas and questions for other groups, and your own top tips and stories about what fundraising strategies have been the most successful for your group in the past.

For New Member or Campaign Call dial-in details, RSVP to, or through the Grandmothers Campaign website:



Christmas and other gifts will be the focus for June 26th Sew Day.  We will be making some special Christmas items as well as some other simple projects. Please register below and you will get an email the week before with a list of needed supplies.

A great day to get to know other Ujamaa members and to create projects for the BB&B sale.  Looking forward to seeing you there.

WHAT: SEW ALONG with Elaine, Rose and Dawn
WHEN: Wednesday, June 26 from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM
WHERE: Along Came Quilting, 6432 1A St SW (right behind the Home Depot on the east side of MacLeod Trail South – just north of Glenmore Trail.


If you have any questions, please email Dawn at


Dear Ujamaa Grandmas,

We would like to invite you to join us for this year’s Stride to Turn the Tide in Canmore.

We are planning a fairly informal Stride using our Canmore Seniors’ Association as a meeting and gathering point. Weather can be a real challenge in June so having such a place with comfortable facilities is important and parking is available.  We will gather about 1.15 PM in order to start walking along the Canmore paths and trails at 1.30.  It is our plan to send people out in small groups but wearing our Granny scarves and with a local Granny to “guide”.  We will then come back for Tea/coffee and a celebration cake (since it is the 10th Annual Stride) at 3.00 p.m.  We have set up a team fundraising page if any of your group would like to contribute.  To do so, click on Mountain Grannies and then donate and follow the instructions.
WHAT: Stride to Turn the Tide
WHEN: June 22, 1:15 PM – 3:00 PM or so
WHERE: Canmore Seniors’ Association, 600 9th Street, Canmore.

In order to plan for the event it would be helpful if you could let us know of the numbers planning to come closer to the time; by about June 15th. (email:

We do hope some of you will be able to make it.

Warm Regards,
Marilyn Wilson
Mountain Grannies


We welcome our 3 new Board members Jan Heath (VP), Annette Koelwyn (Member at Large) and Linda Schwab (Publicity).  Yvonne Way will now be one of our Members at Large.  Heartfelt thanks to Lorraine Campbell, Alison Longson and Marilyn Simmons each for their many years that they served on the Board.

Recently, I’ve been reading in several sources, of the after effects of Cyclone Idai that occurred in March in Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi, affecting over 2.5 million people, as well as when Cyclone Kenneth struck Mozambique in April.   It was all more devastating than most of us could imagine!  In the latest Stephen Lewis Foundation (SLF) ‘Granny Bulletin’, it was reported that the primary emergency relief of providing water purification and non-perishable foods by the Community Based Organizations in these countries have been critical.  This has been made possible through the support of the SLF and our donations.  It was also reported that these Community Based Organizations have helped 16,000 persons, living with HIV, by providing needed medications and trauma counselling, as well as safe housing.  So, in case we need reminding, our recent donation of $50,000 to the SLF is making a difference!  Thanks to all who participated in our Yarn and Fabric Sale, from the Steering Committee, to our UG volunteers and friends, our Youth Central volunteers and our approximately 1400 customers – you helped make this difference!

The month of June will be busy.  The Board will be participating in a Strategic Planning session led by Shari Hanson, Community Development Officer from Alberta Culture and Tourism on June 1st, and then the Board and all Committee Chairs, on June 29th.  Eveline Goodall, a UG member, will be presenting at both Gatherings this month.  Read about, and join some of us, for the Mountain Grannies of Canmore ’Stride to Turn the Tide’ on Saturday, June 22nd.  Registration is requested by June 15th.  The Granny Bulletin also announced the New Member Conference calls to be held at 10:30 am every 3rd Monday of each month (June 17th).  As well, on Thursday, June 20th at 10:30 am, there will be a conference call on a Campaign-wide brainstorming session on fundraising events and initiatives – Ujamaa Grandmas have lots of experience there.  RSVP for both conference calls at

I will close with a quote from Grace Waruguru, who is a Programme Director of a Home-Based Care organization in Kenya “The people who are saying that HIV is coming to an end certainly haven’t asked me”.  Thank you again for making a huge difference by supporting the Stephen Lewis Foundation!



It is Southern Alberta’s turn to host the Fall Regional Gathering if we want one this year. Some groups thought every other year would be adequate.

We have sent the request for hosts out to all Southern Alberta Groups, suggesting they may want to join forces with another group or groups to do this.

We need to make this decision soon.

The Aeroplan Mile matching week in February raised 2.1 million miles. Congratulations! Of course, you can donate miles at any time.

The GRL annual meeting was in Toronto in February and we are including a few items you should be aware of:

  1. A reminder that there are Conference Calls for new members or anyone who is interested or has questions on the 3rd Monday of the month at 10:30 a.m. MT. (Unless that Monday is a statutory holiday). These are information-sharing sessions to give new members an opportunity to speak directly with SLF Grandmothers Campaign staff. Those wishing to participate should RSVP to: and they will be provided with the conference call phone number and dial-in details. Calls generally last about 1 hr.
  2. Also, it is now possible to have Regional Conference Calls using the SLF Conference Call Line so keep this in mind if you ever what to plan events with other groups.
  3. The Grandmothers Campaign Team is proposing to start hosting Thematic Campaign-wide Conference Calls on the 3rd Thursday of the month at 10:30 AM starting in April. These calls will be open to all members and groups as a way to share ideas, best practices, tips and tricks that groups are using successfully. The first two sessions proposed are April 18 which would address “Recruiting and Retaining” and May 16th: “Rejuvenating Members: The Fun, Social and Educational Components of Groups and the Relationships Created Within Groups”.

Do you think these would be helpful to you? The staff would welcome your ideas and thoughts.

Additional themes could include but are not limited to:

  • Recruiting and engaging younger women to join group.
  • Building community partnerships
  • Sponsorship and Grants Start
  • Leadership structures within groups
  • Using technology: websites, FB and online resources that groups use

Of course, attracting new and younger members and retaining present members is a universal issue which was a big topic at the Toronto Gathering. There will be a compilation of suggestions and ideas related to this topic available on the SLF Campaign website at some point. There will also be an additional Conference Call toward the end of May for treasurers and group chairs framed as a “Treasurers Corner and Financial FAQ”.

Added to the SLF Fundraising page, there is a special section with fundraising suggestions for the “small but mighty” groups which could also be used by larger groups. On our Facebook page please tag your posts with @SLFGrandmothers for wider distribution and please “Like” another groups’ posts if you see that is also helpful to the Campaign.

Alison and Marilyn


Our Board of Directors extends an invitation to members to attend our Board meetings. We are grateful to the Marda Loop ATB at 2140 34th Avenue SW  for the spacious room which they have provided.  Public parking is free within a block; note the times of parking on the street.  Please let us know if you’d like to attend, through We look forward to hearing from you.

WHAT: Ujamaa Grandmas Board Meeting
Saturday, January 5, 2019 from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Thursday, January 31, 2019 from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Thursday, February 21, 2019 from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Thursday, March 23, 2019 from 1:00 to 3:00 PM
Thursday, April 18, 2019 from 1:00 to 3:00 PM
Thursday, May 16, 2019 from 1:00 to 3:00 PM
Saturday, June 15, 2019 from 1:00 to 3:00 PM
Thursday, July 11, 2019 from 1:00 to 3:00 PM
Thursday, August 8, 2019 from 1:00 to 3:00 PM
Saturday, September 7, 2019 from 1:00 to 3:00 PM
Thursday, October 3, 2019 from 1:00 to 3:00 PM
Thursday, October 31, 2019 from 1:00 to 3:00 PM
Saturday, November 30, 2019 from 1:00 to 3:00 PM
WHERE: Marda Loop ATB at 2140 34th Avenue SW


Reminder: Members from the Speakers Bureau are available for presentations to other groups you are involved with. Email

This month the Speakers Bureau highlights books about Africa and the challenges for African children impacted by HIV/AIDs. The four books listed below are all available at the Calgary Public Library.

A. One Hen: How one small loan made a big difference – Katie Smith Milway
This is the story of Kojo, a boy from Ghana who turns a small loan into a thriving farm and a livelihood for many. After his father died, Kojo had to quit school to help his mother collect firewood to sell at the market. When his mother receives a loan from some village families, she gives a little money to her son. With this tiny loan, Kojo buys a hen. A year later, Kojo has built up a flock of 25 hens. With his earnings Kojo is able to return to school. Soon Kojo’s farm grows to become the largest in the region. (Elementary school aged children)

B. The Heaven Shop – Deborah Ellis
The Heaven Shop is a novel that puts a very real face on the African AIDS pandemic, which has orphaned more than 11 million African children. Inspired by a young radio performer the author met during her research visit to Malawi, Binti Phiri is a compelling character that readers will never forget. (Ages 7-9)

C. Our Stories, Our Songs: African Children Talk about AIDs- Deborah Ellis
This is a collection of children’s stories dealing with poverty, loss as well as their new lives and hopes for the future. In the summer of 2003, Deborah Ellis traveled to Malawi and Zambia and met with children and teens whose lives have been touched by AIDS. In short, autobiographical vignettes, the young people, many of whom are orphans or living on the street, discuss their families, their favorite pastimes, their fears, and their dreams. (Grade 6 and up)

D. We are all the Same: The story of a boy’s courage and a mother’s love – James Wooten
This is the story of a courageous South African boy’s fettle with AIDs but also focuses on the failure of South African leaders to confront the AIDs epidemic in their country. ABC senior news correspondent Wooten tells the story of the bond between Nkosi and his birth mother, Daphne, who gave him up for the sake of his health and who subsequently succumbed to AIDS, and his white adoptive mother, Gail, who made his illness her number one priority. (16 and older)


Serving on the board is a great way to get involved with Ujamaa Grandmas. You can play an important role in shaping role in shaping the future of our group.
We are looking for several enthusiastic members to replace directors that are retiring.
The position of Vice President is open as well as 2 members at large.
Someone with a communications background would be greatly appreciated.
The board usually meets once a month for approximately 2 hours.
If you would like more information please send an email to
Your name will be passed along to the nominating committee who can give you more information on positions.  If you know of someone who would make a great candidate, consider asking their permission to pass their name along so that we can be in touch with them.