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 email@example.com.
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!