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PowerOFF Challenge ends but saving energy doesn’t have to

Excerpt:
“…More than 500 members of the University of Calgary campus community pledged to take energy saving actions on campus and at home as part of the eighth annual PowerOFF Challenge. From turning off lights to taking shorter showers, participants collectively committed to save an estimated 225,000 kilowatt hours of energy between March 1 and 24; enough to power 375 Alberta homes for a month or save $13,500 in electricity costs….”

Author: Anna Nowaczyk
Date of Article: April 5, 2017
Source: UToday
Website: http://ucalgary.ca/utoday/issue/2017-04-05/poweroff-challenge-ends-saving-energy-doesnt-have

Students at Bow Valley College play with puppies for a good cause

Excerpt:
“…Pacific Assistance Dog Society (PADS) regularly brings puppies to Bow Valley College as part of their training to become assistance dogs.

It’s a lot of fun for Summit, Tonka and the rest of the puppies, who get to play and socialize with the students, and they don’t even know that it’s a test of sorts….”

Author: Cynthia Roebuck
Date of Article: April 4, 2017
Source: CTV News
Website: http://calgary.ctvnews.ca/students-at-bow-valley-college-play-with-puppies-for-a-good-cause-1.3354628

Leon the Frog to rise again

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“…Take heart, University of Calgary students, staff and faculty, past and present — Leon the Frog will live to ribbit and regale again.

The tale of Leon the Frog, a pun-filled story/poem that was written on the stairs of the Social Sciences tower in the 1970s, going up all 13 floors, was mistakenly painted over last week, as part of an effort to remove graffiti from campus….”

Author: Heath McCoy
Date of Article: April 4, 2017
Source: UToday
Website: http://ucalgary.ca/utoday/issue/2017-04-04/leon-frog-rise-again

Volunteers needed for UCalgaryStrong Festival

Excerpt:
“…On Wednesday, April 12, the University of Calgary will host the third annual UCalgaryStrong Festival to celebrate resilience, leadership and well-being of our campus community.

Volunteer help is critical to the success of this event. The organizing committee is looking for volunteers to work two-hour shifts between 10:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m….”

Author: Leadership and Student Engagement Staff
Date of Article: April 4, 2017
Source: UToday
Website: https://www.ucalgary.ca/utoday/issue/2017-04-04/volunteers-needed-ucalgarystrong-festival

Edmonton’s Mill Creek ranks worst for water quality in CreekWatch project

Excerpt:
“…CreekWatch, a project of the RiverWatch Institute of Alberta, used 68 volunteers to regularly test water quality in 10 creeks last summer. Mill Creek ranked last for water quality, with high levels of salt, phosphorus and other pollutants.

It’s E. coli bacteria count, measured weekly, was double the level found in Calgary’s troubled Nose Creek and more than four times the acceptable level for swimming….”

Author: Elise Stolte
Date of Article: March 29, 2017
Source: Edmonton Journal
Website: http://edmontonjournal.com/news/local-news/edmontons-mill-creek-ranks-worst-for-water-quality-in-creekwatch-project

Calgary youth volunteer program honoured for ‘profound impact’ in the community

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“…The Youth Volunteer Corps of Calgary has received a top honour.

The program of Youth Central was named a 2017 Gold Level YVC Affiliate, one of fewer than 15 Youth Volunteer Corps (YVC) programs in the U.S. and Canada given the title.

The founder and president of YVC’s headquarters in Kansas City, David Battey, said the Calgary group is “paving the way” for programs across the U.S. and Canada….”

Date of Article: March 26, 2017
Source: Calgary Herald
Website: http://calgaryherald.com/news/local-news/calgary-youth-volunteer-program-honoured-for-profound-impact-in-the-community

Tim Giese to recieve Rotary’s integrity award

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“…With more than a quarter century as a Cochranite, Tim Giese’s commitment to the community and the environment has earned him the Rotary Club of Cochrane’s Integrity Award.

“It always nice to receive those acknowledgments, you never do this stuff to get an award, you do it to make the community a better place, so to be recognized is special,” said Giese, president of the Cochrane Environmental Action Committee (CEAC)….”

Author: Shane Weaver
Date of Article: March 23, 2017
Source: Cochrane Eagle
Website: http://www.cochraneeagle.com/article/Tim-Giese-to-recieve-Rotarys-integrity-award-20170323

Restaurants step up to feed families of sick kids

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“…Joey Restaurants will be supplying chicken pot pies to families staying at Ronald McDonald House while their children recover from injuries or illnesses.

The partnership with Ronald McDonald House of Southern Alberta will mean 6,000 chicken pies prepared by the chain will reach families in all of the restaurants’ regions, said executive chef Chris Mills….”

Author: Bill Kaufmann
Date of Article: March 22, 2017
Source: Calgary Herald
Website: http://calgaryherald.com/news/local-news/restaurants-step-up-to-feed-families-of-sick-kids

Spreading kindness in Forest Lawn, group hopes to create new holiday tradition

Excerpt:
“…People in the Forest Lawn area of southeast Calgary are hoping to create a new annual tradition involving random acts of kindness — whether it be a hug, a gift, or even just a smile.

Volunteers spread out over the area on Saturday for the first Pay It Forward event….”

Date of Article: December 18, 2016
Source: CBC News
Website: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/forest-lawn-pay-it-forward-1.3902371

Mustard Seed in need of Christmas food for hampers to feed low-income Calgary families

Excerpt:
“…The Mustard Seed has their hands full this week, with volunteers expected to deliver up to 1,500 food hampers to Calgarians in need….”

Author: Anna Brooks
Date of Article: December 17, 2016
Source: Calgary Herald
Website: http://calgaryherald.com/news/local-news/mustard-seed-in-need-of-christmas-food-for-hampers-to-feed-low-income-calgary-families

Life begets life. Energy creates energy. It is by spending oneself that one becomes rich.

Sarah Bernhardt