Episode 4 – Sesquicentennial

Happy New Year! 2017 marks Canada’s sesquicentennial, our 150th anniversary of confederation. It’s going to be a year of celebration, and we are looking forward to sharing some amazing stories with you.

On this month’s show we hear about how Eighteen Bridges Magazine, LitFest and ECF are collaborating to celebrate Canada’s 150th from an Edmonton perspective. We find out how the Belcourt Brosseau Metis Awards are connecting recipients to their heritage. We learn about how the Edmonton Down Syndrome Society is empowering its members. And, we get a peek behind the scenes of Edmonton Community Foundation’s Board of Directors in the first of a two-part interview with Gurvinder Bhatia.

Special thanks to CKUA for allowing us to record our hosting in their studios!

We have lots of links to share with you:
Community Fund for Canada’s 150th
Eighteen Bridges
Tanya Ponich – Advocate
Edmonton Shift Lab

In this episode, we learn a bit about Métis jigging. The music you hear during that segment was from this video: History of Métis Jigging, featuring musician Daniel Gervais on the fiddle.

Mayor’s Forum – Building Strong Communities with Mayor Iveson and Mayor Nenshi

On Wednesday, December 7th, 2016, Mayor Don Iveson and Mayor Naheed Nenshi came together for Edmonton Public Library’s Mayors’ Forum: Building Strong Communities.

Sponsored by Edmonton Community Foundation and hosted by Post Media’s Paula Simons, the Mayors gathered in front of a sold out crowd at the Chateau Lacombe to answer pressing questions from citizens. With much laughter, the discussion brought forward innovative and inspiring ideas about how to make our northern cities great.

We’re pleased to share this exciting event in full, with thanks to Edmonton Public Library, Mayor Don Iveson and Mayor Naheed Nenshi. Audio for this episode was provided by a-squared communications.

Below are links to just a few of the initiatives mentioned in the discussion. We hope you enjoy!

Edmonton Public Library
End Poverty Edmonton
Community Development Corporation
Building Up. Making Canada’s cities magnets for talent and engines of development.

Were you at the Mayor’s Forum? We’d love to hear what you thought about the discussion. Tweet your thoughts to us @TheECF.

Episode 3 – Comfort Food

On this month’s show we’ll find out about how the B’s Supporting Youth Foundation is empowering kids to help feed their peers. We’ll discover how Alex Draper, ECF’s Donor Grants Associate is reshaping Edmonton’s philanthropic data landscape. We’ll get inspired by the Christmas Bureau’s ambitious goal to provide 70,000 holiday meals this season.  And, we’ll touch on how you can make the most of year end giving.

If you would like to find out more about how you can give with Edmonton Community Foundation, please feel welcome to reach out to our fantastic team in Donor Services.

Or you can donate directly to the organizations we featured today: 

Donate to the Christmas Bureau

Donate to B’s Supporting Youth Foundation


While you’re listening to this episode, you might notice that we say the Christmas Bureau has a goal of delivering 65,000 hampers this year. Since recording the interview, the Christmas Bureau as increased their goal to 70,000 meals!

Episode 2 – Paddling Towards Canada 150

In this month’s episode, Dr. Bukola Salami shares her research about the health of New Comers to Canada. We listen in as the Edmonton and Area Land Trust rescue several native Albertan plants from a highway expansion. We learn about how the Fort Edmonton Canoe Brigade brings us together to celebrate Canada’s 150th. And we speak with Emmy Stuebing about how her legacy of giving in Edmonton will continue even after she moves to Victoria.


We have lots of links to share this episode!

Find out more about creating your own endowment fund.

Learn more about the Community Fund for Canada’s 150th.

Want to get out on the river next season? Check out some of these great paddling groups: