EFFR is amazing, this is their story of all the cool things they do

We love them because, they are great


We are there title sponsor and love what this organization is all about:

Did you know we are now linked to receive donations via GoFundMe and  you can receive a charitable tax receipt?  Go Fund Me is linked to Pay Pal Giving Fund.  See link and share.  You can set up a giving platform fund raiser that benefits Legacy Place Society – save yourself the paperwork and administrative hassles.

Our Mission:  Provide empathetic support that builds resiliency both individually and within first responder and military personnel families.  

Our Vision:  That all first responder and military personnel have user friendly access to resources to build resiliency as an individual and or as a family.  

Our Objectives: 

1) Provide confidential and safe accommodations to First Responders and Military Personnel (individually or as a family) for safety, security and access to professional support so that they can recover quickly from a broad range of serious difficulties. 

2)Provide a confidential crisis response by telephone for First Responders and Military Personnel that facilitates connection to professional and peer support. 

3)Increase knowledge, networking and reduce stigma by organizing and facilitating mental health and suicide awareness conferences in the military and law enforcement communities.

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2001 marks the official beginning of the Stollery Children’s Hospital Foundation. But it was a long journey reaching this point, with generations of concerned and generous citizens paving the way to ensure the best pediatric care in our region.

Our story begins in 1978, when the Northern Alberta Children’s Hospital Foundation was established to advocate for a children’s hospital in Edmonton. In 1992, the name was changed to the Children’s Health Foundation of Northern Alberta to more accurately reflect the role of the Foundation in raising funds to support the regional Child Health program.

The next seven years saw the Foundation’s work touch the lives of a greater diversity of children than ever before, with kids from across Canada benefiting from the Child Health program’s specialized services.  It was during this time that Bob and Shirley Stollery provided a generous donation that would be the catalyst for a dedicated children’s hospital.

The Stollery donation was complemented by the Children’s Health Foundation’s launch of a successful capital campaign that raised more than $10 million towards the construction of a children’s hospital in Edmonton. In order to minimize the significant overhead costs associated with the operation and maintenance of a free-standing hospital, the facility was constructed within the existing walls of the Walter C. Mackenzie Health Sciences Centre, sharing space with the University of Alberta Hospital.

The Stollery Children’s Hospital opened in October of 2001. In honour of the Stollery family who played a major role in making the Hospital everything it is today, the Children’s Health Foundation changed its name to the Stollery Children’s Hospital Foundation. We continue to be dedicated to supporting the needs of the Stollery Children’s Hospital.

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Picture this: a one-of-a-kind fundraising event that combines the fun and exhilaration of a road trip adventure with unique activities and some friendly competition, while directly benefiting child and youth mental health and wellness in your community.

The Stollery Children’s Hospital Foundation and the Mental Health Foundation are proud to bring you this exciting opportunity. This full-day event is part car rally, part after-party, and all about the kids.

Teams start the day at the starting grid where they will receive their driver’s package and complete their first challenge. Participants will then safely navigate to and through a series of rally checkpoints at sponsor locations in the Edmonton region. There, they will complete a number of physical and mental challenges to gain points and move forward.

Once the kilometres have been racked up, drivers will motor to the after-party where participants, sponsors and other special guests will mix and mingle in style, and enjoy fine food and fun entertainment. And before everyone runs out of gas, we will crown the 5th annual Wheels for Wellness winning team.

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Our Mission:

Promotion of the spirit of Christmas caring and sharing in the City of Edmonton.

Mandate:

To provide a festive meal and coordination of Christmas giving to Edmontonians in need.

Why Statement:

It is greater than one meal. One act of kindness can impact someone for a lifetime.

Core Values:

  1. Share the spirit of giving and collective caring
  2. A spirit of compassion, generosity and support
  3. A spirit which offers hope
  4. Culturally inclusive
  5. Non-judgmental

Principles:

  1. All persons in need are treated with utmost dignity, respect, courtesy and confidentiality.
  2. Provide assistance to a person in need to be charitable – not disparaging, disconsolate or punitive.
  3. Provide assistance in accordance with good stewardship principles.
  4. Pursue and develop partnerships in the community.

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The Special Olympics movement was founded by Eunice Kennedy Shriver, with the very first event held in 1968 on Soldier Field in Chicago. But the competition was in fact inspired by discoveries made by a Canadian researcher.

In the early 1960s, a group of students at Toronto’s Beverley School became the test group for Dr. Frank Hayden, a sport scientist at the University of Toronto. Dr. Hayden was studying the effects of regular exercise on the fitness levels of children with an intellectual disability.

Dr. Hayden’s research was nothing short of groundbreaking. It challenged the prevailing mindset of the day – one that claimed that it was the disability itself that prevented children from fully participating in play and recreation. Through rigorous scientific method, Dr. Hayden proved that it was simply a lack of opportunity to participate. Given that opportunity, people with an intellectual disability could acquire the necessary skills to participate in sport and become physically fit.

In other words: sport could have a transformative effect on the lives of those with an intellectual disability.

Transforming the world

Dr. Hayden’s proposal for a National sport competition caught the attention of Eunice Kennedy Shriver, serving as inspiration for the inaugural Special Olympics competition in 1968 in Chicago. Canada was represented by a group of 12 students and a teacher from the Beverley School, as well as Toronto Maple Leafs captain George Armstrong, serving as Honorary Team Captain.

Dr. Hayden also served as the Chicago event’s General Director and eventually went on to work for the Washington-based Kennedy Foundation as the Director of Physical Education and Recreation, working alongside Ms. Kennedy Shriver.

Making history at home

Harry “Red” Foster, a Canadian broadcast legend and philanthropist, was in Chicago in 1968 to witness the birth of the Special Olympics movement. He was inspired by what he saw and experienced, and worked tirelessly to bring this global force back to Canada.

Motion Ball is one of our favourite times of the year because we get to join two Special Olympics Athletes in an all day friendly sports competitions against other fun fun fun teams. There were many emotions that filled this day for our Ron Hodgson Chev team, we learned, we laughed (oh boy did we laugh) and we lived through Human Foosball!! We want to say, “thank you” especially to our Special Olympians Neil & David, you welcomed us with open arms and allowed us into your community.

Message from Motion Ball Committee: $91,500 and counting raised by the @motionballyeg community for Special Olympics. We’re so thankful for all of our sponsors, our team captains and their amazing teams. We couldn’t have had an event without the help of over 50 volunteers. Thank you to the 40 Special Olympics Athlete Ambassadors for coming out and giving it your all over this long day. The list of thank yous goes on forever but we’ll get to that later. ⠀
We’re tired, we’re sweaty, we’re grateful, we’re inspired, and we’re ready to do it all again next year! From the bottom of our hearts thank you. ❤️

Give the gift of togetherness

We have come to one of the closest places to our hearts.
Our Be Local ❤️ Support Local ❤️ Charity Community Connection June beneficiary is the Ronald McDonald House Edmonton.

The Ronald McDonald House has created a home away home. Parents never expect to need the Ronald McDonald House, but they are there when families do need them the most — during the serious illness or injury of a child. At least three families check into an Alberta Ronald McDonald House everyday. RMHC Alberta mission is to alleviate the tremendous emotional, financial, and physical burdens faced by families during these difficult times.
Since the first Houses were built in Alberta in 1985, they have supported tens of thousands of families. Every year, thousands will stay at one of Alberta’s Ronald McDonald Houses. These stays can last up to a few nights, several weeks or months at a time.

They have private family suites for families to rest. The Houses have open kitchens where families can sit down and share experiences over a homemade meal. The sense of community enables families to rely on each other and shore up strength when they need it the most.

One of the things we miss the most is taking our team and making dinner for the families staying at the house. Seeing the kids and their families coming together over meals knowing they are not alone and have each other to lean on is one incredible thing to be apart of. Ronald McDonald is not just a place for families to stay while their children are in the care of the Stollery… it is a HOME AWAY FROM HOME.

Almost 70% of Canadian families live outside of a centre with a children’s hospital – meaning that they will need to travel in order to access medical care. The Ronald McDonald House’s will save a family hundreds to thousands of dollars on accommodation, transportation, meals, laundry, parking, and so much more. Having a Ronald McDonald House close to the hospital – as in Calgary, Edmonton, Red Deer, and Medicine Hat – is an important part of family-centred care.

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Mission

To walk beside traumatized youth on their journey towards healing and appropriate community integration.

What We Do

Based in Edmonton, Youth Empowerment and Support Services (YESS) provides immediate and low-barrier overnight and day shelter, temporary supportive housing, and individualized wrap-around supports for young people aged 15–24.

We work collaboratively within a network of care focused on the prevention of youth homelessness by providing youth with the necessary supports to stabilize their housing, improve their wellbeing, build life skills, connect with community, and avoid re-entry into homelessness.

The Cycle of Unaddressed Trauma

Experiences such as addiction, mental illness, violence, victimization, criminal involvement, and more can create a trauma response that is difficult for youth to overcome and heal from. Developmentally, youth do not have the cognitive or emotional skills to process these experiences and are often frozen in survival mode. These responses can create barriers to positive community involvement and integration. Families, employment, relationships, and education can all be affected by their responses to trauma, which builds up more intense responses to more intense trauma experiences. At YESS we can help youth identify positive goals and provide them with immediate resources and supports to interrupt their trauma responses and build new, healthier life skills.

Youth Homelessness Prevention

Prevention refers to policies, practices, and interventions that either (1) reduce the likelihood that a young person will experience homelessness, or (2) provide youth experiencing homelessness with the necessary supports to stabilize their housing, improve their wellbeing, connect with community, and avoid re-entry into homelessness.

Our Focus

We focus on prevention and diversion out of homelessness.Prevention means providing proactive resources for youth and their caregivers before youth become homeless. Diversion means finding appropriate housing for youth before they become entrenched or as an exit out of homelessness.

We focus on healing trauma through relationship. Trauma has a negative impact on the physical, emotional, and developmental well-being of an individual. Among many other serious effects, trauma can have a lasting impact on the ability to develop healthy relationships.

We focus on walking beside youth to minimize falling through gaps. Barriers are policies or expectations that put resources out of reach of those who need them. These restrictions often prevent people from seeking help.

We focus on collaboration (with everyone). Collaboration means we work together with other organization and in line with local, provincial, and national plans to create a holistic approach to addressing homelessness.

 

As we wrap up our Be local ❤️Support local ❤️ monthly charity we wanted to share a message from the phenomenal and heart center President & CEO, Margo.

WE NEED THE MOST LOVE WHEN WE ARE BEING OUR MOST UNLOVABLE.

Whether you are a fan of Erma Bombeck, or TV’s Lucifer Morningstar, this quote never loses its impact, in my opinion.
Our focus is empathy and understanding—the response needed most when we see others (and ourselves) displaying dysregulated, problematic, risky, or even disrespectful behaviour. If we can remember that hurt people hurt people, that substance use is comfort- seeking and escape from often very adverse experiences, and that desperation, crisis, and lack of control in one’s situation can lead to decisions based out of fear and survival, we can focus more on root cause and less on symptoms.
We talk a lot in our sector, in our government, and in our community, about prevention. By focusing on (and in many cases even condemning) the symptoms of community breakdown, poverty, and adverse experiences we prevent prevention. Life is very hard for young adults facing crises and home instability—life is very hard for all of us at the moment. What we need now, more than ever, is empathy and understanding—for ourselves and for each other. We are stronger together and we heal…together.

When we did our (pre-covid) walk through of the Whyte Ave facility. They shared with us that all the meals are made in their kitchen, 4 meals a day for up to 60 youth per day. Also, one of the amazing things they do is have the youth staying there help prepare the meals to teach them basic cooking skills and healthy eating choices.

🥗🥞🍎 If you would like to extend your hand and help YESS feed our youth, please consider buying a grocery gift card and mailing it to
YESS
9310 82 Ave Edmonton, AB T6C 0Z6

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In support of @zebracentre another great event at the 6th annual Ladies on the Green 2019 ⛳ #lotg #lotg2019
With over $520,000 raised ~ $125,000 in 2019! They Proudly support the Zebra Child Protection Centre – An incredible organization is our community that provides support for children and youth who are victims of abuse.
Here are just a few images captured by @matsimpsonphoto

The Canadian Transplant Association was created in 1987 to raise awareness about organ donation and celebrate the success of transplants in saving lives.

We are a registered non-profit organization (Charitable tax No. 13181 5862 RR0001) comprised of transplant recipients, athletes, and volunteers dedicated to promoting organ donation through public advocacy and events including the Canadian Transplant Games and World Transplant Games.

We are also a support network, offering programs to help donors and recipients live full lives after transplantation. We have a Speaker’s Bureau in each region in Canada. Contact us at our web site or toll free number if you have a request.

Our Mission

The CTA encourages and motivates transplant recipients to maintain a healthy lifestyle by supporting athletic and other awareness events.

Heart & Stroke has been dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke. Our work has saved thousands of lives and improved the lives of millions of others. You’ll probably run into someone today who is alive and well thanks to the countless Canadians who have supported our cause with their time and donations.

It could be the young boy you pass on the street whose heart defect was successfully mended thanks to life-saving research. Or the woman at the coffee shop whose stroke was treated with a clot-busting drug. Or the father whose hockey teammates saved his life with CPR.

Our vision: Life. Uninterrupted by heart disease and stroke.

Our progress is real. The death rate from heart disease and stroke has declined more than 75% over the past six decades. See our latest results.

Envisioning this kind of progress was what drove a visionary group of Canadians, including researchers and physicians, to establish the beginnings of Heart & Stroke in 1952.

What we do today

Heart & Stroke is a leading funder of life-saving research, which has led to breakthroughs such as heart transplant surgery and a revolutionary stroke treatment that cuts the death rate by 50%.

We empower Canadians to live healthier lives — from preventing and controlling high blood pressure to getting more physical activity. And we fight for change that will create better health for all, such as reducing salt in the food supply and improving access to stroke rehabilitation.

But there’s a lot more to do. Much more.

The threat is urgent

Heart disease, stroke and related conditions take one life every five minutes in Canada. An estimated 1.6 million more are living with the devastating effects of these diseases. And 9 in 10 Canadians have at least one risk factor, such as high blood pressure, obesity, tobacco use, lack of physical activity and diabetes.

The threat of heart disease and stroke has never been more urgent. And it’s amplified by our aging population, sedentary lifestyles, poor diets and more.

Big challenge, ambitious goals

These are the realities confronting us today. To tackle these challenges, Heart & Stroke is focusing our efforts on areas where we can make the biggest impact:

Achieving these goals won’t be easy. But the support of our donors and volunteers makes it possible.

We believe life is worth fighting for. And we don’t want you to miss it.

FOODBANKS’ (St Albert & Morinville)

When talking with Susan, Executive Director for the St Albert Food Bank yesterday she shared some heart warming information with us about what is happening between the 4 walls of the food bank.
For the last year and a half they have been upgrading and renovating. One of the projects is state of the art commercial and residential kitchenettes. Their plan is to give the community the opportunity to volunteer their time and come in to make meals for those in need. As soon as this is open to sign up, we at the Hodge are definitely adding this to our community involvement. They are also going to be teaching cooking lessons in the residential kitchen and many more initiatives to help our amazing St Albert community.

DELIVERY DAY!!!!! 🍎🥬🌽🫐🥞🍲Today was one of the most heart warming days we have experienced in a long time. Today the Hodge team delivered two full Chevy Traverse’s and a Yukon XL full of food to the St Albert and Morinville Food Banks.

We want to take this time to share how absolutely phenomenal the locally owned and operated Pearson’s Independent Grocer in St Albert  is , they made this a seamless mission. I have not met kinder or sweeter people than Travis and Sierra Pearson. Since opening in July 2020, between five national PC fundraisers, their in store food bag program, and the amazing generosity of their customers, they have donated over $65,000 in food and funds to the St Albert Food Bank, Community Village, and PC Children’s Charity.

THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU to everyone that had a hand in making today full of giving back ❤️

Culture

Chilly Cook Off

Today on National Chili Day we celebrate our employee appreciation lunch with our 3rd annual Hodge Battle of the Bowl Chili cook off.

5 employee chefs battled it out in the hot kitchen last night to bring in their special recipes to serve us some of the most flavourful chili we have had over the years. They were all soooo delicious and it was a close vote for the best of the best.

Congrats to our dear sweet, Carolyn Jaques. Carolyn has been here 11 years and is always bringing in tasty mouth watering bakery to brighten up our day and bring a smile to our faces. Congrats to the runners up as they all made some phenomenal chili.

Fun Fact about Chili Cook Offs….

In the 1880s, a market in San Antonio started setting up chili stands from which chili or bowls o’red, as it was called, were sold by women who were called “chili queens.” A bowl o’red cost diners such as writer O. Henry and democratic presidential hopeful William Jennings Bryan ten cents and included bread and a glass of water. The fame of chili con carne began to spread and the dish soon became a major tourist attraction. It was featured at the World’s Fair in Chicago in 1893 at the San Antonio Chili Stand.

International Women’s Day

The year has been like a rollercoaster, we have found moments of gratitude and moments of fear, moments of celebration and moments of wavering mental health and wellness. 2020 unapologetically made us take a look at ourselves, our environment, our community, what we may have taken for granted and what we can’t wait to experience again.

SO today we chose to stand up and celebrate, we are the strong, creative, dedicated, motivational and loving women that make Ron Hodgson Chev flow in such a positive and efficient way. We work alongside some amazing men that raise us up and together we are building a place for our community and our staff to feel heard, seen, included and appreciated. This year has given us the opportunity to take apart our store and put it back together piece by piece with the focus and intention on positive impact and community involvement.

In celebration of International Women’s day today we each have chosen a word that embodies a message we are shouting to the world through our masks. Please take a moment and breath in how powerful words can be and then check in with your words you are sharing with others but more importantly the words you tell yourself. Are you building each other and yourself up or are you adding to the energy of negativity

I am going to share my why for choosing Role Model. Two words that keep me grounded in my self love journey and how I show up for myself and others. I chose role model not because I have it all together but because I DO NOT.
I have many eyes on me personally and professionally and I choose to share my quirks, my talents, the moments that feel like I failed and more importantly what the lesson was in that experience. I choose to be heard and most the time it is loud, I use humour and laughter as medicine and I love being a role model for those who need someone to see we are all humans doing the best we can. Some days my best is not epic and some days I can move mountains. Today I raise a glass to celebrate International Women’s Day ❤️ Tiffany Hodgson

I also want to comment taking photos with masks sucks. 🥺 you can’t see all their smiles that light up a room.

Staff Appreciation Lunch’s

In all seriousness we have the best team around, the crazy moments we picture, post and share is the real deal.

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