HAPPY CANADA DAY TO YOU ALL!
Reading through this Enews I’m sure, like me, you will be impressed by all the activity Ujamaa Grandmas has taken part in this June. Our presence at the Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions convention was well worthwhile as was our taking part again in the SAIT convocation gown project. None of this could happen without our pool of willing volunteers who happily accept each challenge as it comes. Of course, throughout the year, our members continue to work away creating wonderful items for our sale; others offer their expertise at workshops at the gatherings or attend our various committee meetings.
Many thanks go to all of you for all you do but for this Enews, I want to highlight just one of you, and that is Patty Cucman. Claire Scott, our wonderful Enews editor, talked with a few people and I couldn’t agree more with all she has written about Patty here:
“As you might be aware, the Ujamaa Grandmas webmaster torch has officially been passed to Leigh Aquart. As Patty now takes time to focus on other areas, it’s hard to put into words just how much her efforts have meant to us.
Patty Cucman was the originator of our wonderful website when it was launched in 2011. Since then, she has been there to answer questions, help troubleshoot any and every technology issue that came up, and mentor board members in their new roles in Communication and Membership. She has been the driving force working quietly behind the scenes to manage our online face and email support. Always unshakeable, Patty has a way of calming the waters and coming up with a workable solution.
In addition to creating our various online sign-up sheets, registration forms, surveys and questionnaires, Patty organized our mailing lists and Google Groups and has been key in designing and updating our brochures and printed material. Just recently, she completed a significant website update which enhances our communication with members, customers and the public. She is also artiste extraordinaire of our gorgeous Handcraft Monthly.
Patty’s great expertise has been invaluable to us over the years. Without her, we’d still be in the electronic Dark Ages!
Patty, thank you. Your contributions will continue to impact everything we do for years to come. From the bottom of our hearts, we salute you!
UG Board of Directors, past and present”
Hear, hear and so say all of us!
As we connect before the summer holidays, we wanted you to have the latest news about our Grandmothers Gathering happening on September 15th and 16th.
For information about the Friday evening speaker and Saturday workshops see the Provincial Gathering Schedule 2017 and this month’s E-News.
For registration and billeting information, see link below.
The staff at the Foundation are preparing for another round of the fabulous flash mobs performed by so many groups across the country last year. They are working with a well-known composer to create our very own grandmothers’ song this year. Hope we find out who it is very soon! We are planning on participating and Renate Gepraegs will be our contact person for our event here. So, get ready to do a little singing and dancing this Fall as we’ll be aiming to present our videos around WORLD AIDS DAY, December 1st.
SOUTHERN ALBERTA GRANDMOTHERS
The Carstairs Grandmothers are hosting their annual TEA IN THE GARDEN on July 30th. For garden lovers, this is a beautiful day to enjoy summer. Please see attached poster HERE for details and driving directions. If you’re interested in carpooling, please contact Marilyn at firstname.lastname@example.org.
As co-liaison, Carla will be resigning in the Fall. It has been a wonderful two years’ plus of working with the groups in southern Alberta, the northern Alberta Liaisons, and getting to know the SLF stall and other liaisons across the country. The work of communicating, helping groups and learning from other grandmothers groups is fun, interesting and rewarding. Marilyn will be staying on for another year and will mentor a new partner. If you are interested, please contact us.
As we move into summer activities and travels, we wish you all the best of fun in the sun!
Carla and Marilyn
We have had confirmation about the great speakers for our Alberta Grandmothers Provincial Gathering in Red Deer on September 15th and 16th.
Ida Nambeya Mukuka, Senior Advisor to the Grandmothers Campaign, will be returning to Alberta to share her experiences in Australia where she has been visiting the newly-formed Grandmothers groups there. Having had the pleasure of Ida visiting here, we know what an inspiration she is as she shares stories of our African grandmothers.
Joanne Henry, Director of Learning and Resource Development at the Foundation, will be there as well. She is the author of the long-awaited book, Powered by Love: A Grandmothers’ Movement to End AIDS in Africa. To be published in October, it draws on the hundreds of interviews with grandmothers in both sub-Saharan Africa and Canada.
Both speakers will bring us together and affirm our work with their presentations.
More specific information about registration and workshops will be coming soon from GrammaLink Africa, our Red Deer hosts.
We will be organizing our contribution to the Gathering – the Saturday morning breakfast buffet. We will be asking for baking and volunteers closer to the date.
So, save the date, and come join the Grandmothers of Alberta as we step into the next decade of the Campaign. Together is best!
Approximately 50 people attended the gathering on May 4th to hear and enjoy Eunice Mangwane from South Africa. Eunice is an inspiration and urged us in both words and song to Never Give Up. It was an at times touching, at times funny and a powerful reminder of why we do what we do.
If you are interested in learning a bit more about Eunice visit the links below.
In case you missed it live, here is the link to the interview Alison and Leslie did on CTV April 20th.