This month, the Speakers’ Bureau would like to highlight the Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign. Click on this link to be taken to the Grandmothers Campaign Facebook Page.

Here you will be able to access a number of videos as well as get information about what groups across Canada are doing.

If you want to learn more about the work of the Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign, consider signing up to receive the Granny Bulletin, an excellent way to keep informed about the incredible work of groups across Canada. Click on this link to sign up for the Granny Bulletin .

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




‘Ujamaa’ is defined in my Oxford English Reference Dictionary as ‘a system of self-help village’ established in Tanzania in the 1960s.  From Our (UG) History available on our website, we learn that ‘Ujamaa’ is a Swahili word representing concepts such as ‘working together’, ‘extended family’ or ‘community’.  This became so apparent during the past month as we struggled with the loss of close to $10,000 at our BAGS BABIES & BEYOND fundraising event. So many members attempted to make sense of how this could have happened, sometimes wanting to blame the new technology we had used for credit and debit transactions.  This was not the case at all as we now realize that several human errors occurred sequentially, resulting in the non-processing of transactions. This was devastating to those who had handcrafted and produced superbly unique products, and to all of us who are dedicated to providing funds to the Stephen Lewis Foundation for our African grandmother sisters.

We have recovered $6,523.40 to date through ‘working together’ using various avenues. We notified our ‘extended family/friends’ of what had happened.  The Chair of the Handcrafts Committee wrote a Letter to the Editor at the Calgary Herald, which was published October 27th, to alert the public. She also set up a GoFundMe page.  Our Publicity Director contacted the CBC for an interview which I gave on October 26th. Our special thanks to Angela Knight of CBC for updating listeners weekly.  We posted notices. We posted on Facebook and on our website. We asked everyone to check their statements to determine if items they had purchased actually were. The ‘community’ of our members and the public in general responded magnificently!  Some of the funds we’ve recovered are from donations from members and the public. We are so thankful for this generosity.

A Root Cause Review is presently being conducted by two of our members.  They have begun to interview many who were involved with the payments to determine how we will prevent a situation recurring in the future.  The process being used meets industry standards. The Board will also establish an Incident Reporting Plan so that we are able to communicate more efficiently when an urgent response is needed.

Thank you all for your efforts, working together as extended family would in times of need and engaging our community.  We approved donating $35,000 to the Stephen Lewis Foundation at our last Board meeting which will be so appreciated and well-used in Africa!

World AIDS Day is held every December 1st – today!  The session on ‘Progress Against the HIV Epidemic: Is the End in Sight’ was summarized in the November e-News by Marilyn Simmons.  The session was presented by Dr. Christine Hughes, BSc Pharmacy, PharmD (Professor in the Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences and a Clinical Pharmacist with the Northern Alberta HIV program).  If you haven’t already read her PowerPoint presentation and would like current information, please see the HIV Presentation, GANG Meeting, September 29, 2018.

May you enjoy the coming Holiday Season.

SEW ALONG NOV. 28, 2018

Sew Along Nov. 28, 2018 produced some wonderful table runners for next year.  It was a great day and everyone seemed to enjoy it.

The next Sew Along is in January, 2019.  Check the January E-news for further information.  Registration fills up quickly.

Thank you to Along Came Quilting for letting us use their wonderful classroom.



Dear UJAMAA GRANDMAS Members and Customers,

During 2018 BAGS, BABIES & BEYOND sales totaling $48,207 were recorded, however due to technical difficulties with one of our devices, more than 125 tap transactions, both debit and credit, failed to complete so actual revenue from the sale is less than this impressive amount. There is no danger of a security compromise as none of your card information was recorded by the reader.

If you purchased items at the sale using a tap device and a debit card or a credit card, even if you received a receipt via email, these charges will not appear in your account and your transaction will not have been completed. Please check your accounts to verify this. We hope you will consider remitting your purchase total via Electronic Money Transfer (E-Transfer), Paypal or Go Fund Me.

Here’s how:

Log in to your online banking and select Interac E-Transfer.
Add treasurer@ujamaagrandmas.com as a new recipient.
Click Send Money and fill in the blanks.
You will be asked to include a security question and answer. Use any question but make the answer grandmothers

This is very secure and very easy and you do not need a Paypal account.
Click on this link. Enter the amount of your unprocessed purchase.
Select to donate via Paypal or a card and follow the directions.
This is safe and secure.
You can also access this option from the web site FUNDRAISING page.

Go Fund Me
We have also set up a Go Fund Me page for collecting donations towards our goal to recover these lost funds. You can donate via this link.

If none of these is convenient, a cash, credit or cheque payment can be accepted at any gathering including the upcoming gathering. Check the web site for dates and locations – www.ujamaagrandmas.com. Or contact us at message@ujamaagrandmas.com if you prefer to mail in a cheque.

We appreciate your patience and diligence in helping us to rectify this technical glitch. Please join us in our efforts to collect these stray funds by sharing this information with any of your family or friends that you know attended the sale. Send any questions to message@ujamaagrandmas.com.



There are still a few positions open on the Handcrafts Committee for 2019. If you are interested in joining our capable team, please contact us at handcrafts@ujamaagrandmas.com. We are pretty flexible about how we share various tasks so are able to suit most members’ availability while getting the job done. Come to our next meeting after the November 12 south gathering.


We’ve done it again. By now you will have all heard the news of the fabulous results of the 2018 sale – $48,207 worth of handmade treasures found new homes. Handcrafts Committee would like to thank all of the artists for their trust in us to manage and deliver your items to our enthusiastic shoppers.

You will have also heard the not so wonderful news about the issue around collection of debit purchases. The committee has worked very hard to spread the word and to provide debit shoppers with the opportunity to remit the payment for the treasures that are now in their possession. We pledge to you to continue to explore every avenue at our disposal to recoup these missing funds and hope that you will continue to entrust us with the task of storing, pricing and bringing to the sale all of the wonderful fruits of your creative minds and hands. We promise to keep you posted on our success. Please share this message with all your friends who may have been at the sale. http://ujamaagrandmas.com/2018-bbb-update/.


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 message@ujamaagrandmas.com. We look forward to hearing from you.

WHAT: Ujamaa Grandmas Board Meeting
Saturday, July 7, 2018 from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Thursday, August 9, 2018 from 12:30 PM to 2:30 PM
Thursday, September 6, 2018 from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Thursday, October 4, 2018 from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Saturday, November 3, 2018 from 9:30 AM to 3:45 PM (private residence)
Thursday, November 29, 2018 from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
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 28, 2019 from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
WHERE: Marda Loop ATB at 2140 34th Avenue SW