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    Default Edmontonians urged to attend Everyone for Edmonton! event on Aug. 23

    Edmontonians urged to attend Everyone for Edmonton! event on Aug. 23
    Tuesday July 22, 2008
    Janice Bell
    —Non-profit sector is crucial to the health and well-being of our community

    Alberta has over 19, 000 nonprofits, charities and community-based organizations supported by 2.5 million volunteers and employing over 105, 000 staff in 2003. The Edmonton region has approximately 8,000 nonprofit groups with about 4,000 existing right here in Edmonton alone. To say that such organizations have a strong impact on our quality of life is an understatement. Few folks realize that each and every one of these organizations exist for a reason, whether it be providing a hot meal to a frail senior, organizing the festivals and plays that happen throughout the year, advocating for the rights of battered and abused women or searching for a cure for cancer, their work touches all of us in every aspect of our lives.

    That’s why supporting and recognizing the work of the nonprofit/voluntary sector isn’t just nice—it’s crucial to the sustainability of a sector that contributes to the health and well-being of our communities.

    One of Edmonton’s most recognizable landmarks, the Shaw Conference Centre, is doing its part by hosting a community development event entitled Everyone for Edmonton in celebration of their 25th anniversary.

    “We wanted to create a signature anniversary event that maximized our ability to give back something truly unique and important to our community,” explains Kenn Bur, director of communications for Edmonton Economic Development Corp. (the Shaw Conference Centre is a division of EEDC). “Since most SCC users are visiting conference delegates or local business people, we felt this was an ideal opportunity to show how Edmonton’s iconic conference facility could help synergize Edmonton’s nonprofit sector.”

    Nonprofit organizations in the greater Edmonton region will have the opportunity to showcase their mission to the general public and recruit volunteers on August 23. Visitors will have the opportunity to take advantage of the convenience of having a large, diverse group of organizations under one roof.

    Guest speaker Debbie Riopel, an international leader of the global kindness revolution, will be on site for presenters prior to the opening of the doors to the general public to deliver an uplifting presentation to participants about the power of kindness.

    The purpose of the event is to help raise awareness about the organizations that exist in the Edmonton region and encourage residents to reflect on what they can do to help. Participation from the public is a key factor in making this event successful and worthwhile for the organizations that have signed up in the hopes that they may attract supporters for their cause and recruit volunteers.

    In a 2004 report by Volunteer Alberta, the need for volunteers is reflected in the fact that 54 per cent of organizations state they could accommodate a 10 to 30 percent increase in the number of volunteers and 40 per cent could accommodate more than a 30 per cent increase.

    Put that into context with the fact that nearly 58 per cent of nonprofit/voluntary organizations in Alberta are completely volunteer run with no paid staff and it becomes clear how important community involvement is to the survival of organizations in Alberta.

    Statistics from a 2007 City of Edmonton survey show that about 46 per cent of Edmontonians have volunteered in the last 12 months. Overall, 82 per cent of survey respondents stated they would be interested in volunteering if it was the right kind of opportunity. With a number and variety of organizations signed up for the Everyone for Edmonton event, Edmontonians should have no problem finding the right opportunity that best fits their interests and time commitment.

    We are urging Edmontonians to attend the Shaw Conference event August 23 from 10:30 am to 4:30 pm. Come and see what your community has to offer – and think about what ‘you’ have to offer your community!

    To learn more about the Everyone for Edmonton event, visit the Shaw Conference Centre’s website. To become involved a volunteer, visit www.volunteeredmonton.com.
    Last edited by CrystalD; 22-07-2008 at 04:33 PM.

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    Last edited by DebraW; 22-07-2008 at 04:35 PM.

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    I have started sending this event notice to all my contacts (list serves) and the various places I volunteer.

    I have registered my NPO but am having difficulty recruiting staff to attend due to the proximity to the long weekend, the Fringe and it just being summer.

    Have not given up though -- just have to switch tactics.

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    Cool!!!




    ....what's my starting wage for this expenditure of my time?

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    Default Kindness advocate coming home to inspire non-profit sector

    Kindness advocate coming home to inspire non-profit sector

    News Releases July 30, 2008

    —Debbie Riopel to speak at Everyone for Edmonton! on Aug. 23

    Debbie Riopel, a founding member of the World Kindness Movement, is coming home to Edmonton to deliver an inspiring message about the power of kindness to hundreds of non-profit sector workers.

    Ms. Riopel will be presenting at Everyone for Edmonton! — an unprecedented regional event for non-profit organizations to showcase their community role and recruit volunteers / staff. The event will also be an opportunity for community-minded citizens to discover hundreds of meaningful volunteer opportunities.

    Ms. Riopel is a visionary, teacher, certified life coach, qigong instructor and a life-long volunteer. She believes strongly in every person’s ability to make a positive difference and will deliver an empowering presentation in Edmonton entitled Heroes for a Better World.

    In 1995, Ms. Riopel (and her sister, Colleen Ring) brought Random Acts of Kindness Week to Edmonton (and Canada). In 1997, she became a founding member of the World Kindness Movement. And in 2002-03, she took a nine-month journey to 15 countries with her husband to create the insightful documentary A World of Kindness.

    Everyone for Edmonton! is a no-charge event for both exhibitors and the public. The Shaw Conference Centre (SCC) is producing this unique event and absorbing all costs as part of its 25th anniversary celebration.

    More than 200 local non-profit organizations have already registered for Everyone for Edmonton! Non-profit organizations can still register by e-mailing [email protected] or calling (780) 969-0488.

    Notes:
    1. A community rally in support of Everyone for Edmonton! will take place at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 12 at the Shaw Conference Centre (Riverview Room).

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    Thumbs up Community [email protected] SCC Tuesday, August 12 10 a.m.

    A community rally in support of Everyone for Edmonton! will take place at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 12 at the Shaw Conference Centre (Riverview Room).

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    Conference set to host many local non-profit groups

    Posted By Geoff Dembicki (Examiner staff)
    Posted: July 31, 2008


    The Shaw Conference Centre is in the middle of a drive to attract as many Edmonton non-profit organizations as possible to an unprecedented conference meant to boost the city’s volunteer sector.

    Entitled Everyone for Edmonton, the one-day event will be held on Aug. 23 and is meant to coincide with the centre’s 25th anniversary.

    Participants will be given an opportunity to set up an information booth free of charge to advertise their organization to prospective volunteers and other non-profit groups.

    Link:
    http://www.edmontonexaminer.com/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=1136746&auth=Geoff%20Dembick i%20(Examiner%20staff)

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    Upcoming volunteer recruitment fairs

    THE EDMONTON EXAMINER- July 30, 2008

    In August and September, Edmontonians will have the opportunity to attend volunteer recruitment fairs taking place across the city.

    “If you don’t know where to start, who to contact or simply want to find out more about different organizations, a volunteer fair can make the process much easier,” says Janice Bell, director of Volunteer Edmonton. Volunteer fairs, she says, conveniently bring together a variety of organizations under one roof. Then it becomes a matter of doing your own research and deciding which volunteer opportunity is the best fit.

    The first in the series of volunteer recruitment fairs is the Everyone for Edmonton event taking place at the Shaw Conference Centre (SCC) on August 23.

    In celebration of the Shaw Conference’s 25th anniversary, the event will be free-of charge for both nonprofit organizations participating as exhibitors and the general public attending the event.

    “We wanted to create a signature anniversary event that maximized our ability to give back something truly unique and important to our community,” explains Kenn Bur, director of communications for Edmonton Economic Development Corporation (EEDC), the SCC is a division of EEDC.

    “Since most SCC users are visiting conference delegates or local business people, we felt this was an ideal opportunity to show how Edmonton’s iconic conference facility could help synergize Edmonton’s nonprofit sector.”

    Link:
    http://edmontonexaminer.com/media/pdf/zone2.pdf

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    Check out and join the Facebook group Everyone for Edmonton!

    http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gi...1179529&ref=mf

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    Edmonton Journal Engage Section August 03, 2008:

    Everyone for Edmonton!

    http://shopping.edmontonjournal.cana...l%20/%20Engage

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    Reminder that there will be a community rally in support of Everyone for Edmonton!

    The rally will take place at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, August 12, 2008 at the Shaw Conference Centre (SCC) in the Riverview Room (pedway level).

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    630 CHED carried a great informative piece about Everyone for Edmonton! on the noon news the last line was "for more information to check out www.connect2edmonton.ca!"

    Will post actual estimated numbers at the community rally when I can.

    It is great that the groundswell for this wonderful event is starting in earnest!
    Last edited by DebraW; 12-08-2008 at 01:38 PM.

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    There were several dozen organizations present at the community rally on August 12, 2008. Their support and enthusiasm was contagious!


    Everyone for Edmonton! has surpassed 200 registered organizations and expect many more non-profits to register in the coming week.

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    Everyone for Edmonton kicks off

    12:30 p.m. (sg)
    630 CHED
    8/12/2008

    What are you doing to help your community?

    Non-profit organizations will come together August 23rd for "Everyone for Edmonton" at the Shaw Conference Centre to guide you in the right direction if you want to volunteer your time.

    A community rally kicked off Tuesday in support of the August 23rd event at the Shaw Conference Centre.

    Janice Bell with Volunteer Edmonton says the upcoming event will bring a diverse group of organizations and volunteers together

    Bell says those who do volunteer their time on a regular basis speak volumes about the work they do and she adds it is hard to place a value on their contributions.

    For more information about "Everyone for Edmonton," you can click on http://www.connect2edmonton.ca/.

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    Link:
    http://www.630ched.com/Channels/Reg/...spx?ID=1020961

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    "Everyone for Edmonton" kicks off
    12:30 p.m. (sg)
    Click here to email Sheila Gardner
    8/12/2008

    What are you doing to help your community?



    Non-profit organizations will come together August 23rd for "Everyone for Edmonton" at the Shaw Conference Centre to guide you in the right direction if you want to volunteer your time.

    A community rally kicked off Tuesday in support of the August 23rd event at the Shaw Conference Centre.



    Janice Bell with Volunteer Edmonton says the upcoming event will bring a diverse group of organizations and volunteers together

    Bell says those who do volunteer their time on a regular basis speak volumes about the work they do and she adds it is hard to place a value on their contributions.



    For more information about "Everyone for Edmonton," you can click on http://www.connect2edmonton.ca/. (sg/bp)

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    Edmonton volunteer fair expects thousands

    Jennifer Yang , edmontonjournal.com
    Published: 1:59 pm August 12, 2008

    There are about 4,000 non-profit organizations based in Edmonton, and on Aug. 23, many of them will get the chance to meet each other.

    Everyone for Edmonton! is an unprecedented event bringing together volunteer-driven organizations and their would-be volunteers. Over 200 non-profit organizations have already signed up to attend, with registration continuing until Friday.

    The event is free of charge and open to the public and organizers expect thousands of Edmontonians to attend. They hope everyone will walk away from Everyone for Edmonton! with a newfound awareness.

    Link:
    http://www.canada.com/edmontonjourna...3-62a41ac816c2

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    Default Non-profits rally public support behind Everyone for Edmonton!

    News Releases

    Non-profits rally public support behind Everyone for Edmonton!

    August 12, 2008

    —More than 200 organizations already registered for unprecedented event on Aug. 23

    Regional community leaders and non-profit organizations gathered at the Shaw Conference Centre this morning to rally public and media support for an extraordinary community event.

    Janice Bell, the Executive Director of Volunteer Edmonton (VE) and Russ Dahms, the Executive Director of the Edmonton Chamber of Voluntary Organizations (ECVO) spoke to an enthusiastic crowd of non-profit representatives about the importance of supporting Everyone for Edmonton! on Aug. 23 at the Shaw Conference Centre.

    “If you want to get better connected to your community or create greater meaning for your life … this event will offer hundreds of meaningful volunteer experiences under one roof,” says Bell. “Every person has something unique to offer and an opportunity to make a difference in our community.”

    “Edmonton’s non-profit sector currently has a critical shortage of volunteers and staff; there are countless opportunities for good people,” says Dahms. “This event will also be a unique opportunity to learn about hundreds of dynamic community organizations and connect with community-minded citizens in a family-friendly environment.”

    The event on Aug. 23 will include an inspiring presentation on the power of kindness by Debbie Riopel, a former St. Albert teacher who became a co-founder of the World Kindness Movement in 1997. Riopel’s presentation — Heroes for a Better World — begins at 9 a.m. Everyone for Edmonton! follows in the Shaw Conference Centre (Halls A, B and C) until 4:30 p.m.

    Everything is free — including the entertainers and birthday cake for everyone in celebration of the Shaw Conference Centre’s 25th anniversary.

    Non-profit organizations can still register for this no-charge, high-profile opportunity by e-mailing
    [email protected] or calling (780) 969-0488.

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    Check out and join the Facebook group Everyone for Edmonton!
    http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gi...1179529&ref=mf

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    LET THE NETWORKING BEGIN

    Graham Hicks, Edmonton Sun
    Wednesday, August 13, 2008


    It's a sweet gift from the Shaw Conference Centre, celebrating its 25th year, back to the city.

    Every non-profit/charity group in the city has been invited to participate in EVERYBODY FOR EDMONTON ("e4e" in text-ese), an all-day public rally, non-profit "trade show" and pure networking opportunity on Saturday, Aug. 23 at the conference centre.

    It's a day of "inspiration, information, and connection to the community."
    It's all free - with the conference centre eating costs and squeezing its suppliers to do the same in the name of community.

    The "rally" yesterday was Pollyannish to the nth degree - all lovin' and sharin' and positive thinking.

    The featured speaker Aug. 23 is a "visionary", a "certified life coach", and a "qigong instructor." Her topic is "Heroes for a Better World."

    But the fact is the "social infrastructure" of this city is for real, and the more we pay it heed, the better the city we have.

    P.S. Plenty of room for more non-profit/charity groups: 780-969-0488 gets you info.

    Link:
    http://www.edmontonsun.com/News/Colu...2/6430011.html

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    Default Shaw centre hosts major volunteer event

    Edmonton Examiner

    August 13, 2008
    Shaw centre hosts major volunteer event

    Posted 12 hours ago

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    “We’re simply celebrating our success by giving a unique gift back to our community,” explains Kenn Bur, director of communications for Edmonton Economic Development Corporation (the Shaw Conference Centre is a division of EEDC).

    Special guest speaker Debbie Riopel, an international leader of the global kindness revolution, will be delivering an uplifting presentation about the power of kindness from 9 to 10 a.m. The general public is welcome to come to the free presentation, but must pick up tickets from the administration office on the second level in the Shaw Conference Centre to gain entrance. For visitors coming later in the day, a group of roving performers will be on site all day to provide entertainment to folks of all ages.

    Participation from the public is a key factor in making this event worthwhile because many of the organizations have signed up in the hopes that they may attract volunteers and supporters for their cause. “Helping our non-profit organizations helps everyone in our region,” says Bur.

    Link:
    http://www.edmontonexaminer.com/Arti...aspx?e=1155515

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    Exclamation Last day to register!

    Today -- Friday, August 15, 2008 is the last day for NPO's to register for this awesome event/opportunity!

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    I am representing the Alberta Recreation and Parks Association on Saturday at the Everyone for Edmonton! event -- who else from C2E will be there?

    Please stop by and see me (get some swag and some of our many programs and initiatives information).

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    Hicks on Six Fri, August 22, 2008

    A most wonderful weekend ahead

    By Graham Hicks

    Dragon boats, Blues fest, the Fringe winding up, a free community conference and lots more

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    THIS WEEKEND: COMMUNITY

    Tomorrow is e4e (Edmonton For Edmonton) Day at the Shaw Conference Centre. To celebrate the Shaw's 25th anniversary, the main hall as been opened to some 200 or more non-profit community groups to get to know each other, and for Edmontonians to see what's out there to support and help out.

    It's all free, with a ton of activities, including inspirational speaker, co-founder of the Canadian and World kindness movements Debbie Riopel, at mid-morning.

    Link:
    http://www.edmontonsun.com/News/Colu...2/6532756.html

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    Default Excitement & anticipation is building: Everyone for Edmonton!

    Excitement and anticipation is building for Everyone for Edmonton!

    Just returned from a coffee meeting where one of the persons there (an Edmonton MLA) brought up the fact that they would be at the Shaw tomorrow at noon for the event...

    Happy anniversary to you.
    Happy 25th anniversary to you.
    Happy 25th dear SCC.
    Happy anniversary to you.
    Last edited by DebraW; 23-08-2008 at 07:04 PM.

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    The inaugural Everyone for Edmonton! event was held today, August 23, 2008 at the SCC. The turnout from NPO's was good and the public that walked by seemed to appreciate the event as well.

    Keynote speaker, Debbie Riopel the co-founder of the Canadian and World kindness movements was inspirational. Speaking to her and her sister Colleen during take down reinforced that they both walk their talk with an act of kindness bestowed upon me.

    The booth two over from me had a great group of kids who helped me out immensely and were all so pleasant that if my swag had not already been depleted (some by them!) I would have gladly gave them any leftovers.

    It will be interesting to see what's next for the SCC as they embark on another quarter century.

    I am also curious to see if there will be an Everyone for Edmonton! 2009 or E4E: The Event.

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    Volunteers offered a world of choices, opportunities
    --Non-profit groups show off their wares

    Jennifer Yang, The Edmonton Journal
    Published: 3:00 am August 24, 2008

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    Such beneficial meetings are exactly what charity groups envisioned when they put together this weekend's Everyone for Edmonton, a kind of trade show for volunteer-driven organizations. Held at the Shaw Conference Centre, the event is believed to be the first of its kind in Edmonton.

    "You know speed dating? This is almost like speed volunteering," said Kenn Bur, a member of the organizing committee.

    Harvey attended because he was interested in getting involved, but didn't know how to choose among the estimated 4,500 non-profit groups in the city. After 15 minutes at Everything for Edmonton, he had already found three non-profits that appealed to him, including Loro's. He said the experience was far better than searching for volunteer opportunities on the web.

    "It's way more personable," he said. "I hadn't heard of most of these organizations.

    Link:
    http://www.canada.com/edmontonjourna...8-dbd7cdf65a08

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    A chance to share ideas

    The Edmonton Journal
    Published: 2:02 am August 31, 2008


    Aug. 23 was a landmark day in Edmonton. The Shaw Conference Centre Group and Volunteer Edmonton joined forces to provide a unique
    opportunity to non-profit organizations.

    Everyone For Edmonton was a day for organizations to share ideas and stories, and garner support for the many needs that non-profit groups fill in this city. Breakfast, lunch and beverages were provided by Shaw.

    We were pleased to have the opportunity to share the ideals of our program -- making life richer in long-term care, allowing others the chance to make a difference, and spreading the word that folks in care are still a vital part of society. We made many new acquaintances, received many good ideas and had a fun time.

    Diane Berge,
    Second Wind Dreams, Edmonton

    Link:
    http://www.canada.com/edmontonjourna...f-c903e693b16e

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