Category Archives: EVENT


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


A few of us have decided to start a UJAMAA GRANDMAS book club in which we read and discuss books about Africa.

The book we have selected for discussion in our first meeting is This Mournable Body, by Tsitsi Dangarembga of Zimbabwe (one of the countries where the SLF is active). This book was among those recommended by the Lonely Planet in a post shared in the January E-News, and was long-listed for the 2020 Man Booker Prize. The Calgary Public Library calls it “(a)  searing novel about the obstacles facing women in Zimbabwe, by one of the country’s most notable authors”.

Availability: The book is available at the Library (13 copies available at time of writing, plus audiobook and e-book). It is also in stock at Pages on Kensington and Shelf Life Books. Both stores are open, or offer curbside pickup and even free delivery but call first for what areas are included.

At the meeting, we can talk about future dates and times, book titles, and how to organize ourselves.

WHAT: Africa Book Club – “This Mournable Body”
WHEN: Friday, March 26 from 1:30 to 3:00 PM.
HOW: Zoom for the foreseeable future

Please feel free to join us! It would be helpful to know in advance how many people to expect, so please RSVP to If you have any questions, send them to the same address and we will be happy to answer them.

Looking forward to meeting some new people in a new way!

Leslie Buckle


There is certainly a lot going on with Grandmothers groups across the country this month. Below is the link to a list of virtual events that are being organized by groups within the Grandmothers Campaign. These include several virtual author events and for myself I’m particularly interested in The Old Orchard Blossoms and the BramGran’s invitation to watch a conversation about the Canadian immigrant experience between author Jon Tattrie and Tareq Hadhad, CEO of Peace by Chocolate.  Also of interest for me is the Grandmas Partnering with Africa presentations of 3 online evening workshops about Africa . Then if I have time I’d like to join the Capital Grannies and start planning my native garden with two master gardeners. Find these events and many more HERE.

Planning for the big 15th Anniversary concert is going very well. Many of you have asked who the performers are going to be. You can find that and more details about the event HERE.

Online sales continue to grow across the Campaign with groups showcasing their products through their own websites, Facebook, local media attention, word of mouth and the new Grandmothers Campaign marketplace.

Carol Schultz from the PENINSULA GRANNIES co-ordinates the sale of Grandmothers Campaign t-shirts. These t-shirts are 100% cotton (with compacted yarns to minimize shrinkage). They have tapered necks and shoulders and a tear-away label. T-shirts are available in sizes XS-4XL and in a range of colours: black, charcoal, maroon, kelly green, navy, purple, red, royal blue t-shirts with the white Grandmothers Campaign logo OR lime, yellow, sangria, heather, light blue, white, silver t-shirts with the black Grandmothers Campaign logo. They are $23 each, which includes the tax and shipping cost to one address per group, with no minimum amount. All proceeds from the t-shirt sales go towards the Grandmothers Campaign (through the PENINSULA GRANNIES ).  The last date to order is March 15, 2021. Please contact Carol Schultz from PENINSULA GRANNIES at or 519-795-7798. NOTE:  There must be at least 15 shirts ordered across Canada or the orders will be cancelled and funds returned. A sample in black is shown HERE.

March Campaign Call
Join us on Thursday, March 18 at 12:30 pm Eastern time for our monthly Campaign call.>
We’ll use the time together to share tips and ideas for fundraising online.
These Campaign calls take place every month. Save the following dates:  April 15, May 20, June 17.
Email:  to RSVP or use the registration form in the members only section of the Grandmothers Campaign website.



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



Tentatively set for Saturday, September 25, 2021 (not September 18 as previously reported). Further information will be provided next year as the planning process occurs.


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