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Retreats and Spiritual Development

Star of the North Retreat Centre
Posted May 13, 2019

View Programs & Register online | or call 780.459.5511

May 16, 2019, Thursday, 8-9:30pm

· Twilight Recovery Evening

May 29, 2019, Wednesday, 7-9pm

· Journeys to Justice with Joe Gunn

June 3, 2019, Mon. 9am, to Fri, June 7, 4pm

· Iconography Retreat with Gisele Bauche

June 16, 2019, Sunday, 8am-noon

· Star of the North Camino|Estrella Del Norte

June 20, 2019, Thurs, 7-8:30pm

· Twilight Recovery Evening

July 5, 2019, Fri 7pm to July 6, Sat, 4pm

· Still Green & Growing

with Archbishop Emeritus Sylvain Lavoie, OMI

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Star of the North Retreat Centre
Posted February 14, 2019

Register online

Deadline: Please register by at least one week before program start date at the link above or call 780.459.5511
Note: Need financial assistance? Ask for a subsidy application form.

Creation Care: Challenge and Hope with Mark Polet
About: What does it mean to be a steward of God’s creation? What did God mean for us to ‘Work in the Garden’? How do we keep the Cultural Mandate? What can we do as individuals so that all can access resources sustainably? Participate in these sessions on Creation Care to hear about the hope and challenge of being a good steward, and to discuss and move forward from questions to action.
Dates: March 6, 13 and 20th, 7:30 pm
Cost: $20/session, $55/series.

Dementia Caregiver’s Retreat with Patricia Gartner
About: Perhaps you have fallen into the role of a caregiver for a loved one who has dementia. At first, you thought you could handle it but now the load of care giving seems to be getting heavier and heavier. Come learn about dementia, know what to expect as the disease progresses, how to communicate with someone who has dementia and how to care for yourself without feeling guilt. You will also have time for relaxation, a walk on the retreat grounds, prayer, and rest.
Dates: 7 pm Fri March 15 to 6:30 pm Sat March 16
Cost: Live in: $135. Commute: $90

Slow Down! Retreat Days with Sandy Prather
About: Feeling like you need a time out? Busy lives often leave us feeling tired, lacklustre and spiritually empty. A Slow Down Day is your opportunity to rest your body and refresh your spirit. Each day consists of thought-provoking presentations on a spiritual topic combined with ample time for personal reflection and prayer; small group faith sharing is an option.
Dates: Thursday: March 21: Willing to be Wooed: Entering Whole-Heartedly into Prayer. 9:30 to 3 pm
Cost: $40/retreat day (includes lunch)

Sacred-Self and the Enneagram
About: Rooted in both spirituality and psychology, the Enneagram is a symbolic representation of nine universal principles and viewpoints through which we can encounter the human experience, including who we are as sacred reflections of the Divine. The weekend will include an introduction to the Enneagram’s underlying wisdom.
Facilitator: Sherry Dahl
Dates: 7 pm Fri March 22 to 4 pm Sun March 24 Live-in: $270 | Commute: $190

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Performance Arts & Entertainment

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Politics & Social Justice

Book Launch
Compassion: A Global History of Social Policy
Posted January 15, 2019

Learn more about the book online

Date: Sat. February 2, 2019
Time: 6:00 pm
Venue: Ukrainian Centre, 11018-97 St., Edmonton. Refreshments provided by the Chilean community.
RSVP to: Please send an email to
The Book: In Compassion: A Global History of Social Policy, Alvin Finkel recounts stories – from the beginning of human history to the present day of grassroots efforts to improve life for the majority, and especially the most vulnerable. His book serves as a counterpoint to Yuval Harari's brilliant but unhopeful Sapiens. By zeroing in on countries on six continents in different periods, it demonstrates that struggles from below have resulted in efforts, successful to varying degrees, to produce egalitarian societies. While unsparing in documenting the inhumanity of ruling classes against which popular movements fought, Compassion traces the evolution of movements & governments that have focused on egalitarianism rather than economic growth and the societies they have constructed. In a mere 300 pages, Compassion provides a history of humanity with all its warts that emphasizes the lives of the people rather than the kings, lords, and magnates.
Review: ‘A book that manages to be simultaneously deep and global, ranging from our hunter-gatherer ancestors to the neo-liberal slash-backs of the 1980s. Who knew it was possible to write an epic panorama of the welfare state?’ – Peter Baldwin, UCLA and NYU, USA.
About the Author: Alvin Finkel is the author, co-author, or co-editor of 13 history books including Working People in Alberta: A History, History of the Canadian Peoples, The Chamberlain-Hitler Collusion, and Social Policy and Practice in Canada: A History. He is president of the Alberta Labour History Institute, professor emeritus of History at Athabasca University, and half of the writing team of Change Alberta.

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Volunteer Opportunties

Posted February 22, 2019

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We are looking for new board members. Make a difference & work with a friendly, inclusive|diverse team + gain professional experience. Use your valuable skill sets to help advance governance, structures, and processes which will support ECALA in its expansion & growth. Context: The Edmonton Community Adult Learning Association (ECALA) is a granting council which provides funding to non-profit organizations to support the delivery of adult foundational learning and literacy initiatives which are non-credit and part-time. || ECALA promotes the value of lifelong learning, adult foundational learning and literacy through our vision “Everyone can learn”. We value a diversity of skills|backgrounds on our Board and welcome applications from individuals that reflect Edmonton’s diversity.

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Community Services

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Special Events

“Dads Matter Too!” 5th Annual Charity Golf Tournament
Creating Hope Society
Posted May 17, 2019

Find team registration and sponsorship form online

Date: June 13th 2019 | Join Us & Support a Good Cause.
About: This is your invitation to our 5th Annual “Dads Matter Too!” Charity Golf Tournament. Without your support, our "Dads Matter Too" program could not be successful. This year’s Texas Scramble Tournament will be held at The Ranch Golf and Country Club on Thursday, June 13th 2019 with registration beginning at 7:00 am and a shotgun start at 8:00 am. Registration is now underway.
WHO WE ARE: The Creating Hope Society of Alberta is a non-profit charitable society. All proceeds raised from our tournament go directly towards “Dad’s Matter Too!” Our theme this year is “Once you are a DAD, you are a DAD for life.” Since the creation of "Dads Matter Too!" there has been an increasing interest in engaging fathers in family support programs.
OUR GOAL: We wish to raise $7,000.00, and have various sponsorship levels and opportunities for your consideration. Visit our site or request directly a Registration Form & Corporate Sponsorship Package. Note that all corporate sponsorship contributions will be provided with a charitable receipt, your company logo will be displayed prominently in all promotional materials for the event as well as our webpage, and you will receive verbal recognition during our dinner.
YOUR SUPPORT: Should you have any registration|sponsorship questions, wish to donate a Tournament prize, contact Carrie Kachur at: 780.668.9071 or by email at: | We are counting on your participation and support.

In the Spirit of Creating Hope
Bernadette Lahtail, RSW
Co-founder | Executive Director
Creating Hope Society of Alberta

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