As mentioned in the December E-News, one of our members advised us of the Toronto Grandmothers Partnering with Africa fundraiser. They have a selection of beautiful Scarves and Pashminas for sale on their website. Each item sells for $20 plus shipping costs. Check them out HERE.


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


Our UJAMAA GRANDMAS members have many creative and lucrative ideas for new and ongoing fundraisers; the UJAMAA GRANDMAS Board sincerely thanks everyone for their tireless efforts and ingenuity.

To contribute to the success of our UJAMAA GRANDMAS events, the Sales and Finance Committee has worked hard, combined with direction from the Board, in creating a framework to be used when planning fundraisers. We are pleased to announce a new set of forms to assist in the successful planning of future UJAMAA GRANDMAS fundraising events.

  • The first of these forms must be completed and submitted 8 to 10 weeks prior to any upcoming event.
  • Following the first forms, there are additional forms to guide you through the planning process.
  • These additional forms should be submitted at least 4 weeks prior to your event.
  • Once we are all familiarized with the process, these forms will be a great help in the planning of our events!

A reminder that in keeping up with these unusual times, the UJAMAA GRANDMAS Board has developed COVID-19 Risk Management forms, including the AHS Screening Questionnaire for any UJAMAA GRANDMAS in-person and on-line events. These were designed to make it easier for anyone planning an event and laying the foundation to keep everyone safe.

Please email “” to obtain the required forms or for more information.


Please note that the Board is looking for one or two Members to join the Nominating Committee. This committee would help find individuals to fill the two vacant positions on the current Board (ie. the Events Liaison plus a Member at Large).

If you are interested in being on the Nominating Committee, or in filling the Board position of either the Events Liaison or Member at Large, please contact and your email will be forwarded to the appropriate person.



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.



Summer Gatherings by Zoom
The monthly Gatherings were held via Zoom during July and August, 2020.  We ran 4 Gatherings with 2 in July and 2 in August (North and South).  The attendance at the Gatherings was small, but very engaged!  We had a good time greeting each other and learning about what is happening in our UJAMAA GRANDMAS world.

The various committees are doing a marvellous job at keeping up the good work and finding very creative solutions to carry on during the current pandemic.  The Gatherings were inspiring.

Upcoming Gatherings in the Fall
At the August Gatherings we observed that all members could join via Zoom regardless of where they lived (North or South), and we also noticed that the Committee Chairs gave similar reports at both Gatherings.  Therefore, we are combining the North and South Gatherings into a joint Gathering while the COVID pandemic continues.

Based on the above, we are proposing to hold the Joint Gathering on the 3rd Wednesday of each month and rotating from Morning / Afternoon / Evening/ in the hopes that more members will be able to participate via Zoom.

Each meeting will have its own Zoom meeting id and password. Gatherings are scheduled monthly on Wednesdays with evening, morning and afternoon schedules. Members check your E-news for the Zoom link, meeting ID and passcode.

We are looking forward to seeing you at a future Gathering!
Janice Lambert and Judy Hansen


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



 If you require any help to use Zoom, please email  and someone will help you learn how to use it comfortably.

Saturday, August 8, 2020, 1:00 to 3:00 PM (Zoom Host Maggie Herr)

Wednesday, September 9, 2020, 1:00 to 3:00 PM (Zoom Host Susan Gardner)

Wednesday, October 14, 2020, 1:00 to 3:00 PM (Zoom Host Yvonne Way)

Saturday, November 14, 2020, 1:00 to 3:00 PM (Zoom Host Judy Hansen)

Wednesday, December 9, 2020, 1:00 to 3:00 PM (Zoom Host Maggie Herr)

Wednesday, January 6, 2021, 1:00 to 3:00 PM (Zoom Host Susan Gardner)

Saturday, February 6, 2021, 1:00 to 3:00 PM (Zoom Host Yvonne Way)

Wednesday, March 3, 2021, 1:00 to 3:00 PM (Zoom Host Judy Hansen)

Wednesday, March 31, 2021, 1:00 to 3:00 PM (Zoom Host Maggie Herr)

Saturday, May 1, 2021, 1:00 to 3:00 PM (Zoom Host Susan Gardner)

Wednesday, June 2, 2021, 1:00 to 3:00 PM (Zoom Host Yvonne Way)



We hope this message finds all of you healthy and contentedly settled in your homes. This is an important announcement to inform you that ALL UJAMAA GRANDMAS (UG) in-person gatherings and events of any kind are cancelled until further notice. This action is being
taken to protect our members and the general public during this COVID-19 pandemic. We know
how much our members love getting together, but as you well know, that simply is not an option at this time.

The UG board will continue to meet regularly via video conferencing to deal with UG business.

If you are an introvert, I am sure you are quite happy to be directed to stay at home! We
encourage everyone to reach out to others who may need your support – safely of course, by
phone or electronically. For anyone who may feel isolated, we are all here to support you. If ANYONE needs a little chat, please reach out to us via Or if
you know of someone who could use a little ‘pick me up’ call, please do not hesitate to let us know through

Remember to be gentle with yourselves as we settle into these unusual circumstances.

Take a moment each day to think of all the things you have to be grateful for, even amidst these unsettling times. Get outside, even if it is just standing on your front step for a breath of fresh air. Get your circulation going with some light exercise. Capitalize on this opportunity to ‘create’ or ‘catch up’ by completing a project. Whether it is a crocheted dishcloth or cleaning a drawer, you will benefit from that sense of accomplishment. Look after yourselves, and above all, remember you are not alone, you are surrounded by strong intelligent women, and this too shall pass.


Looking for something to share with young children in response to the Covid19 crisis?
The digital book, “A Teeny Tiny Virus”, was created by Jamileh Salek, an Iranian-Canadian visual artist and illustrator. The digital book is intended to help families and young children deal with the COVID 19 crisis. The book teaches children and families how they can remain positive, creative and helpful, and it reminds them of the value and beauty of their lives. It is meant for children 3 and older and for early readers. The book sells for $8.99, but Jamileh has generously offered to donate 80% of sales revenues to the SLF Grandmothers Campaign.

View the trailer for Julieta’s story and sample illustrations right here.

Purchase a copy of the digital book here.


The Board would like to send a heartfelt “Thank you” to all the hard-working ladies on the Bagettes committee. To those of you creating and vetting patterns, sewing the bags, or contributing in any way, our warmest congratulations and appreciation. Even in this difficult environment, you have persevered and found ways to keep creating, and in so doing, you’ve generated over $2200 in sales. Congratulations and thank-you!


  • Do you belong to a group that occasionally has a speaker and perhaps you have to organize that detail?
  • Do you sometimes want some help explaining the work of SLF and UJAMAA GRANDMAS to your book club, sorority, alumni, seniors or church group, quilting circle, etc.?

Then keep in mind that UJAMAA GRANDMAS has an Education Committee of two which will happily come to your home, church, club, wherever and do a short AV presentation and talk.

Just send an inquiry to We look forward to hearing from you.

Anne Taylor and Susan Plesuk


We would like to give a ‘shout out’ to all of you that are putting your talents to good use creating masks, gowns, garment bags and more for a wide variety of local charity groups, frontline workers, and healthcare workers. We know that from the onset of the pandemic, many of you have been hard at work with your sewing machines humming! We thank you for your positive contributions in these uncertain times. 

Well done, everyone! 

The UJAMAA GRANDMAS board would like to announce that they have adjusted their view on making masks as in accordance with the Alberta Health Services guidelines. The UG board fully supports changes announced by AHS. UJAMAA GRANDMAS has donated fabric to many of the groups that are supporting the making of masks and other items and we will continue to do whatever we can to support local groups, as well as the Stephen Lewis Foundation, in this time of need. 

Stay safe, everyone. 


UJAMAA GRANDMAS Calgary had another very successful year, thanks to the hard work put in by our members, volunteers, committees and the Board! We’ll get to how successful in a bit, but first let’s talk about some improvements we’ve made to finance-related items.

  1. The Annual budget was completed prior to the end of 2019, despite a tight timeline for our committees. Kudos to them for fitting this into their schedules; we now have a solid place to start in reviewing our operational expenses.
  2. The Sales Finance Committee was re-structured and welcomed new members. They accomplished their mandate by improving controls around payment collection at our major sales, working with the other committees to ensure no loss of funds this year!
  3. A robust review of our insurance coverage was completed. That review identified a need tO increase coverage to match our annual revenue, and also confirmed that we continue to carry liability insurance that covers all of us (members, volunteers and the general public) at all of our events and gatherings.
  4. We have streamlined the expense reimbursement process through e-Transfer payments, making it more efficient while still ensuring UG funds are safe. Approximately 95% of expense payments are now via e-Transfer.

Annual Gross Revenue from fundraising activities $116,820:

    1. Fabric & Yarn Sale……….$48,870
    2. Handcrafts………………….$46,880
    3. DeSonus……………………….$5,700
    4. SAIT Convocations…………$3,665
    5. Bagettes………………………..$3,230
    6. Bake Sale………………………$1,680
    7. BluesFest…………………………$490
    8. Ten Thousand Villages…….$415
    9. All others…………………………$870
    10. Donations (all sources)….$5,020

Annual Gross Expenses………………..$15,330
2019 Donations to SLF………………….105,000