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Our walks continue this summer.
They will take place at 10:00am on Thursdays, with the next one being August 5.

  • We will walk for one to one and a half hours, depending on the walk.
  • We are asking for a donation of a toonie for each walk.
  • Rather than collect this at each walk, we ask that you donate online to Stride to Turn the Tide.

Our walks will align with Alberta Health COVID-19 recommendations.
Alberta is set to enter Stage 3 on July 1st if 70% of Albertans 12+ have received at least one vaccination dose. This means:

  1. All restrictions lifted, including ban on indoor social gatherings.
  2. Isolation requirements for confirmed cases of COVID-19 and some protective measures in continuing care settings remain.
  3. The general indoor provincial mask mandate will be lifted, but masking may still be required in limited and specific settings.
  4. More information will be shared prior to the start of Stage 3.

To REGISTER and receive more details, email:

Mark your calendars with the following dates and locations.

Griffith Woods
Griffith Woods is habitat to a wide variety of flora and fauna including orchids, moose, deer, a variety of birds and its unique and sensitive natural spruce and balsam poplar forest. It is designated as a special protection natural environment park. Boardwalks cross the clear wetlands providing you with a great opportunity to see aquatic plants and invertebrates. The white spruce forest offers an ideal place to watch the birds and other wildlife that prefer the coniferous forest. It is one of the best places in the city to see species such as Northern Flickers, Red-breasted Nuthatches and Gray Jays that frequent this habitat. Check out this YouTube video describing Griffith Woods.
WHAT: Walk in Griffith Woods
WHEN: Thursday, August 5, 10:00 AM
MEET: Discovery Ridge Link in the parking lot
TERRAIN: 5 km, paved and gravel paths

Edworthy Park
Bordered by the Bow River and the community of Wildwood, Edworthy Park is a large diverse park and is a great year-round destination. Edworthy Park includes the natural areas of Douglas Fir Trail and Lawrey Gardens. The Bow River Pathway runs parallel to the river, and stays flat and level for a relaxed walk or bike the length of the park. Check out this You Tube describing Edworthy Park.
WHAT: Walk and picnic in Edworthy Park
WHEN: Thursday, August 12, 10:00 AM
MEET: 5050 Spruce Drive SW in the parking lot
TERRAIN: 3-4 km, paved and gravel paths

Botanical Gardens of Silver Springs
Botanical Gardens of Silver Springs is situated within a Birthplace Forest covering several acres of land. Within this area there are over fourteen individual gardens each displaying unique features and all identified with a hand-painted garden sign. These garden areas are all accessible by connecting walking paths of mulch leading throughout the entire area. Along these pathways leading to the various gardens are beautiful flowering shrubs, fruit trees and also a large variety of other featured shrubs and trees. Check here for more info.
WHAT: Walk in the Botanical Gardens of Silver Springs
WHEN: Thursday, August 19, 10:00 AM
MEET: 37 Silver Springs Drive NW, meeting location to be advised
TERRAIN: mulch paths

Airdrie Nose Creek Park
Nose Creek Regional Park, Airdrie is a lovey 20 acre park of natural area in the heart of the downtown core. This newly enhanced family oriented park boasts an amphitheatre, concession area and fire pit. The space also offers picnic tables, a covered shelter and nature trails, making it an appealing location for many community events. Nose Creek pond also stocks trout twice over the summer months and offers fishing as an option to spend some family time. Check here for a map of the park.
WHAT: Walk and picnic in Airdrie Nose Creek Park
WHEN: Thursday, August 26, 10:00 AM
MEET: in the far right hand end of the car park
DIRECTIONS: From the QEII Highway (Hwy #2 north) take the first Airdrie exit west to Yankee Valley Blvd. Take the first right north on to Main Street.  Drive about 1 km. The Park is on your left.  Drive in and follow to the far right hand end of the car park.
TERRAIN: about 4 km, flat paved paths



The Africa Book Club continues its foray into books by Africans and/or about Africa. We just finished Road Trip Rwanda by Will Ferguson and all agreed it was a worthwhile read, well done. Our next book is Homegoing, by Yaa Gyasi. It tells the story of two families, starting with two half sisters in Ghana in the 18th century,  and how their lives and those of their descendants were shaped by slavery.

If you are interested in joining us (new members welcome!), please send an email to “” and we will get back to you.  Leslie Buckle

WHAT: Africa Book Club – “Homegoing”
WHEN: Friday, August 6, 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM.
HOW: Zoom for the foreseeable future




Regrettably we have decided to postpone our Climate Change Fashion Show which was booked for this September 25th at McDougall United Church.  We feel that it is just too soon to expect several hundred people to gather indoors for several hours given the uncertainties of the Delta variant and the slowing up-take of vaccinations.

McDougall is still offering their facilities free of charge for our Fashion Show so we have requested a Saturday in May 2022.  The volunteer who arranges the calendar for the Church will let us know in September what date we can have in May.  So stand-by for more news about this on-going saga!”


Area of Work Overview

You can find here a very clear and useful document from SLF. This gives an update about the impact of COVID-19 on the communities where SLF partners are working. It has key messages, statistics and an overview of the areas of work that community-based organizations are engaged in to provide comprehensive support to communities, families and individuals.

SLF’s Communications to Supporters

I have heard from some Ujamaa members about not appreciating  the increased number of emails and solicitations they have been receiving from the Foundation. When I brought this up with them it turns out that they are well aware of these concerns having heard from groups across the country. Please read the following message from them.

SLF communications and solicitations to our community of supporters have increased because our partners’ needs have increased, and their needs are critical. Our gratitude for the members of the Grandmothers Campaign is immense, and we know how much time is collectively dedicated to organizing events and raising awareness about the SLF in your communities. We are sharing what we hear from our partners with all of our supporters to ensure the broadest support possible for our partners.

We acknowledge that this is a shift from how grandmothers group members have been communicated with in the past, and are happy to adjust communications preferences for any Campaign members who do not wish to receive solicitations, but would like to continue receiving the Granny Bulletin and other SLF e-news. The best way for Campaign members to let us know what they would and wouldn’t like to receive is to send a note to

Local Group’s News.
Marilyn Simmons and I enjoyed the warm hospitality of the Carstairs Grandmother’s group when we attended their annual Tea In The Garden event. The garden is beautiful as was the tea in fine china and the traditional cream and scones. Served the English way which I appreciated!

Gramma Link Africa in Red Deer is having their fabric sale at Gaetz Memorial United Church
Please let any contacts you have in Red Deer know about this.

WHEN: Friday, Sept. 24, 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM and Saturday, Sept. 25, 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM
WHERE: Gaetz Memorial United Church in Red Deer

Anne Taylor (UJAMAA GRANDMAS Education and Awareness committee) has asked that I remind you that the very successful evening we had with author Bianca Marais can still be accessed and if you haven’t already seen it, we both recommend that you do. The link is here.


After six years, Sara Dopp, the Senior Manager Grandmothers Campaign, is leaving SLF. Our regional staff liaison Ruth Anne Seburn and the other regional liaisons will continue to cover her work with support from the development team until she is replaced.

Lastly this is time for me to say goodbye. I have resigned as GRL and will be flying to New Zealand on 19th Oct to start a new chapter of life. Judith Howe will be continuing as GRL for South Alberta and would love to have someone else to work with. She started the very successful Medicine Hat Grannies but has recently moved to Calgary and UJAMAA GRANDMAS are lucky to have her as a new member.



Looking Back, Looking Forward: Celebrating Fifteen Years of the SLF’s Grandmothers Campaign

The Board would like to celebrate this anniversary by producing a virtual exhibition of art, photography, poetry and prose. We will invite submissions that speak to what members’ involvement in UJAMAA GRANDMAS is, and thus what the Grandmothers Campaign, has meant to them.  It could be a poem about meeting one of the African grandmothers; a photograph of a special handcraft sold in one of the sales; a piece of artwork inspired by a story about the work of the SLF in Africa.  We hope the submissions will tell our story in diverse, colourful, entertaining, and meaningful ways.

To put this all together, we need a small organizing committee, and some specialized expertise (such as web design). If you are interested in being part of this initiative in some way, whether on the committee or as a consultant in particular aspects of the project, please respond to We are happy to explore with you how you could become involved in a way that suits you and helps us with this project!

Sincerely, Leslie Buckle


As most of you know, the Connections Team has had its wings clipped since the pandemic came upon us. We had scheduled some Winter Walks in November and December but given further restrictions and anticipation of colder weather in January, we have decided to take a break for now. We will reassess the situation for February.

In the meantime, the Connection Team would like to wish you all a peaceful and safe Holiday Season. Who would have thought a year ago, life would be so different and day to day connections between us all would be a thing only of dreams. In the meantime, it is one day at a time gathering strength where we can. We have made it this far and thankfully, there is some light at the end of the tunnel. Please take care of yourselves.


The indoor walking group that meets on Tuesday and Thursday mornings at Market Mall is suspended until the Alberta Health Services Emergency is cancelled.

Thank you for your support, be safe & stay healthy.
Sandra Burgess


Thank you all for your support of our Virtual Stride Activities in June 2020. We were able to raise $20,525.00 to contribute to the Stephen Lewis Foundation. The national total raised was $260,000.00, a very impressive amount for the Grandmothers in Africa. Next year we will be participating again.

Click here to view the SLF Stride to Turn the Tide letter.

Look for updates on how to join the team, how to contribute or sponsor participants & our  goals.


Sandra Burgess
Team Lead