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    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, 03:33 PM.

  • #2
    First thread about this event:
    http://www.connect2edmonton.ca/forum...ead.php?t=7931
    Last edited by DebraW; 22-07-2008, 03:35 PM.

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    • #3
      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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      • #4
        Cool!!!




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

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        • #5
          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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          • #6
            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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            • #7
              Conference set to host many local non-profit groups

              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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              • #8
                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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                • #9
                  Check out and join the Facebook group Everyone for Edmonton!

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

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                  • #10
                    Edmonton Journal Engage Section August 03, 2008:

                    Everyone for Edmonton!

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

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                    • #11
                      Reminder of Community Rally on August [email protected] am

                      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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                      • #12
                        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, 12:38 PM.

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                        • #13
                          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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                          • #14
                            Everyone for Edmonton kicks off

                            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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                            • #15
                              Pictures of the Community Rally




                              "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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