It’s that time of year again! We’ve been offered the opportunity to distribute robes at the SAIT Fall Convocation for an honorarium. It’s a very worthwhile event. Last year our Fall honorarium was $750.
This year the date is October 11 with one shift of about 5 hours, requiring ten volunteers. There is a break between handing out the robes and collecting them at the end of the event.

This is a great opportunity to both raise funds and to socialize and meet other UJAMAA GRANDMAS.

* Busy times will be near the beginning and end of the shift while robes are being distributed and collected.
* During the 2+ hour ceremonies, volunteers should be able to leave for a coffee or a meal on campus or nearby.
* Expect lots of walking and some light lifting.
* Wear neat casual clothing and comfortable walking shoes.
* Bring reading glasses if you require them as each gown is labelled for a particular graduate.

If you are driving to the site, the best parking is at the Jubilee Auditorium.  The price is $10+.  Keep your stub and you will be reimbursed.  The LRT passes right next to the “Campus Centre” building and you can directly enter it from the station. Since classes are in session, the LRT is your best bet to get to the site.

WHEN: Thursday, October 11
WHERE: SAIT, 1301 16 Ave NW , Symposium Room, V202, Campus Centre

Map of SAIT Campus
When you arrive, enter the “Campus Centre” building and follow the signs to room V202 where the robes are being distributed.

To volunteer, please register HERE.

Thanks for volunteering. We can’t do it without you.


We have moved: Our Sew Alongs, hosted by Elaine, Rose and Dawn, are now held in the classroom at Along Came Quilting, 6432 1A St SW. This is the third month in the new location. We are so appreciative of the hospitality and the great space!

Sew Day in September will work on finishing up fidget quilts for the October sale as well as creating more letter and number sets for the children’s section. This is a great opportunity for non-sewers to come and help cut out letters and numbers with pinking shears. We hope to create five more sets for the sale. Bring your pinking shears and a friend.

Be sure to register so that we can send you the information about what supplies to bring.

If you have an idea for a project for a Sew Day please send a note to handcrafts@ujamaagrandmas.com and we will get back to you. We are always looking for project ideas and the creative people willing to share those ideas.

WHAT: SEW ALONG with Elaine, Rose and Dawn
WHEN: Wednesday, September 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 S, just north of Glenmore Trail).




If you are interested in being part of a great team, now is the time to speak up. Handcrafts Committee is looking for 4 new members to fill out our roster for the 2019 BB&B events. We are early, we know, but joining now will enable you to work along side the current members during the 2018 sale. It is also a chance for a test run to see if you really love it as much as we do.

There is an opening on the Children product team for a person to act as custodian and team co-ordinator. The team has three members, the current team leader, Mieke Van Dijk, and Sandra Burgess and Susan Johnston. These members share the responsibilities for product management and the sale. Mieke will step aside as team leader but will remain on the committee and Sandra and Susan will continue in their current roles. All will be available to assist the new member take on the team lead role.

There is an opening in Accessories for a custodian to take over the scarves, shawls and cowls – all those things that go around your neck. Glenda Sweetland has been the custodian for 5 years and she is stepping aside as custodian but is remaining on the committee so will be available to assist the new custodian. The second custodian is Mary Anna Louise who manages all accessories that do not go round the neck – heads and fingers, trunks and toes. Both Glenda and Mary Anna Louise will be available to assist the new custodian.

The third custodial role that will be vacant is for Jewelry. Karen McManus is stepping aside to focus on other things after three years as our Jewelry champion. This product line is diverse and ever changing. There are lots of props for display and storage is somewhat easier than other products because, by its nature, it does not take up a lot of space.

The last opening is for a committee chair person. Patty Cucman is stepping aside after 9 years on the committee.  Organizing and meeting skills are all that are needed for this position. There are lots of subcommittee heads on board to assist in this transition and specific tasks can be adjusted to suit the skills and interests of the new chair.

This committee is open and supportive and custodians have a great deal of autonomy. We have a guiding document that forms the basis of our relationships both internally and with members and the board. We are fortunate to have such a grand group of members, many of whom have been on the committee for many years. The fact that resigning custodians are remaining on the committee is a testament to our effectiveness and working relationships.

For details about specific responsibilities please refer to the Roles Document on line HERE.


“Dear members of Ujamaa Grandmas
In the midst of a beautiful Summer, we wanted to take a moment to thank you for all that you do year-round to stand in solidarity with African grandmothers and the children in their care. This of course includes your (always magnificent) Fabric and Yarn Sale! It is an honour to walk and work alongside your group in this grandmothers’ movement. This movement that is built on solidarity and dedication continues to support African grandmothers because of your commitment to human rights, your ongoing support and
generosity, and your hard work.
We look forward to working together as we continue to make this campaign and movement global, purposeful, and strong.

In solidarity,
Asmita and the Grandmothers’ Campaign Team (Megan, Winnie, Elisabeth, Sarah) (Stephen Lewis Foundation)
PS: I’m looking forward to working with you all this Fall!”
What a meaningful note from Asmita Persaud (our new SLF Grandmothers Campaign Officer). SLF had recently received our funds from our Fabric and Yarn Sale, and obviously are extremely grateful. Kudos to all our members who are able to volunteer in whatever capacity, in whatever way, throughout each year, to support the SLF. Along with her note I received copies of “Together We Are Stronger”, The SLF 2017 Year in Review. This year’s report reveals the progress with community-based organizations in Africa, for the psychosocial support provided for thousands of mutual support groups. This annual review can also be found on the SLF website HERE.

Louise Breadner (Membership and Connections Team Director) has summarized statistics from the recent UNAIDS Conference on HIV/AIDS. Please see the 2017 UNAIDS REPORT ON HIV – AIDS.
We are reminded, once again, that our efforts to support the SLF for our African grandmothers and their grandchildren are so important and significant! Ujamaa Grandmas offers a variety of fundraising events in order to continue our amazing evidence that we care deeply! Thank you so much for your involvement.


Yes, its back.  Each week or so before the sale, we’ll post some shots and spin some tales.  See samples of our lovely things and get ready for a shopping fling. This year the Peek will look a bit different but will be stuffed with great teasers.

We will be posting on our Facebook page facebook and on Instagram 

Click our Instagram hashtag #bbbsale to find items that have been posted throughout the year.



WHAT: 2018 Bags, Babies & Beyond
WHEN: Friday, October 19, 2:00 PM to 8:00 PM and Saturday, October 20, 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM
WHERE: Marda Loop Communities Association, 3130 16 Street SW.

Online registration will be up and running on October 1.

Please note the September gathering dates and times for dropping off your last items for the sale.  If you cannot make it to one of the gatherings, check location and final drop off dates below.

WHAT: South side drop off
WHEN: Friday, September 28, 3:00 PM to 8:00 PM and Saturday, September 29, 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM
WHERE: Address in September E-News
WHAT: North side drop off
WHEN: Friday, September 28, 3:00 PM to 8:00 PM and Saturday, September 29, 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM
WHERE: Address in September E-News

Please make sure you tag your items before dropping them off.  Only you know what they are made of.  Because of the timing of pricing done by the committees, we cannot promise that items received after these dates will be included in the 2018 sale.  Late items will be held for next year’s sale.


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
Thursday, November 1, 2018 from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
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