REFLECTIONS – What incredible experiences I have had over the last nine months since joining Ujamaa Grandmas.

I would like to touch on some of the highlights:

In March, we had our AGM and Tenth Anniversary Tea where we presented the Stephen Lewis Foundation with a cheque for one million dollars!

In April, we had our Fabric and Yarn Sale which was a huge success (and my first time at this event). I was impressed by how organized it was and how hard our Ujamaa Grandmas and others worked together.

In May, we had a special gathering where we had Eunice Mangwane from South Africa who regaled us with her stories of how she became involved with the AIDS epidemic in her country; she was a great storyteller and very interesting to listen to.

In June, several of the Ujamaa Grandmas volunteered to distribute robes at the SAIT Spring Convocation; we made over two thousand dollars for the Stephen Lewis Foundation. This was quite a physical endeavor but as usual, everyone involved pulled together and did a great job!

In July, we had a “Knit in Public Day” hosted by Stash Lounge. Even thought the weather didn’t cooperate, we had some drop-in visitors and handed out many Knit Me Bags. What a dedicated group of Grandmas!

In September, we had our Alberta Grandmothers Provincial Gathering in Red Deer. There were several workshops, one being “Traumatized Women”. Ida Nambeya Mukuka from the Stephen Lewis Foundation participated in this and was also the keynote speaker.

In October, we held a book launch for the Stephen Lewis Foundation’s Powered by Love. In attendance were the author, Joanna Henry; Evelyne Bakenyaga and Kenneth Mugayehwenkyi (both from Reach One Touch One Ministries in Uganda); Ida Nambeya Mukuka (Senior Advisor to the Grandmothers Campaign); and Megan Karges (Grandmothers Campaign Officer).

The Bags, Babies and Beyond Sale was held at Marda Loop Communities Association on October 20th and 21st. These crafts are always great to see, made by our very talented Grandmas!

I want to say again how much I love being part of Ujamaa Grandmas! In only eight months, we have managed to have an event almost every month; the effort and organization put forth by our members continue to amaze and inspire me!


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:


We are partnering again with Ten Thousand Villages, 220 Crowchild Trail NW on Sunday, November 26th from 12:00 to 4:00 PM. Refreshments are provided by the store and 15% of the proceeds come back to Ujamaa Grandmas. It’s a great place to find unique fair trade gifts for holiday giving. Come join us!