Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Canadian Red Cross in Alberta

2013 Alberta Floods, Calgary's East Village

NON-PROFIT - The Canadian Red Cross began in 1896, as an affiliate of the British Red Cross Society. The Alberta division was established in 1914, with much of it's initial activities in support of the Society's wartime and post-war humanitarian aid efforts. Through the 1920s and into the 1950s, the Red Cross was at the forefront of pediatric healthcare in Alberta, culminating in the opening of the Alberta Crippled Children's Hospital in Calgary in 1952. Five years later the facility was transferred to the Province and eventually renamed the Alberta Children's Hospital.

Today the Canadian Red Cross in Alberta provides a wide variety of programs and services including:

1. Emergency and Disaster Services
2. First Aid and CPR
3. Health Equipment Loans
4. Migrant and Refugee Services        
5. Swimming and Water Safety
6. Violence, Bullying and Abuse Prevention

When the 2013 Alberta Floods hit, Red Cross volunteers from across Canada came to the aid of flood affected communities, assisting the most vulnerable in some of the hardest-hit and remote areas. In the following video, President and CEO Conrad Sauvé reflects on the work of the Canadian Red Cross during the Alberta Floods, Lac-Mégantic, and other recent disasters, at home and internationally.

Sunday, February 14, 2016

United Way of Calgary and Area

NON-PROFIT - Since 1940, the United Way of Calgary and Area has been at the forefront of the drive for social change in Calgary. With it's focus on the three primary areas of poverty, kids, and community; it is today the city's largest social organization. Like the other one hundred-plus autonomous, volunteer-based United Ways across Canada, United Way of Calgary and Area takes the proceeds of their fundraising efforts and distributes them to local partner agencies, initiatives, and collaborations. The following video takes a look back at 2015, when it celebrated it's 75th Anniversary.

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Northwest Stampede

FILM - Northwest Stampede was a 1948 Hollywood B-movie starring Joan Leslie (1925-2015) and James Craig (1912-1985). This was Leslie's second feature for Eagle-Lion Films, the crème de la crème of poverty row studios. A couple years before, Leslie had been one of Warner Bros. rising stars until she became locked in a bitter legal battle with WB over the roles being offered her. Northwest Stampede may give us a glimpse at the kind of roles she had been hoping for from WB: a modern, capable woman with a strong moral character. Set in 1940s Alberta, it tells the story of a seemingly ne'er-do-well rodeo cowboy who learns some important life lessons from ranch foreman (Leslie) and along the way they go to the Calgary Stampede. The film was shot in Cinecolor in various scenic locations in and around Calgary, including Banff and Lake Louise.

Glenbow Museum

CULTURE - One of my favourite places, the Glenbow Museum is Southern Alberta's premier art and history museum. It is home to Western Canada's largest collection of art and plays host to many world-class traveling exhibitions. Located in the heart of downtown Calgary, the Glenbow is a 'must-see' for any visitor or newcomer who wants to get a real sense of Calgary and Western Canada's history and people. Two permanent exhibitions that really stand out (and bear repeated visits) are "Niitsitapiisinni: Our Way of Life, The Blackfoot Gallery" and "Mavericks: An Incorrigible History of Alberta". They are totally unique, fascinating, and are truly representative of what's special about this place and it's peoples. You can find out more at the Glenbow Museum website: