Episode 122 – Jessica Vandenberghe

On this episode, we meet Jessica Vandenberghe, the Assistant Dean of Engineering and P. Eng at the University of Alberta, and a survivor of the 60s scoop.

Speaking very broadly, the 60s Scoop refers to a period in Canada’s history where mass numbers of Indigenous children were taken from their homes and families and placed in the child welfare system.

Jessica is born from the Dene Tha First Nation and was raised in an inclusive German family in northern Alberta. Jessica will be presenting her talk “Walking in a Good Way” at the TED X U Alberta Conference on May 7th. Where she will share her experiences working through difficult traumas while forming a highly esteemed career.

Our correspondent, Danielle Paradis sat down with Jessica to learn about her journey, and about how the 60s Scoop continues to impact survivors.

Links:
Get your tickets for TEDx Ualberta Conference 2022.
See the full roster of speakers.
Listen to Unsettled: Journeys in Truth and Conciliation.
Check out the University of Alberta’s FREE course: Indegenous Canada

ECF Happenings:
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Check out our ECF Fund listing and Strategic Granting Guide.
See more ways ECF connects you with Edmonton’s community.
Check out some of the amazing funds our donors have created.

ECF Grants:
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Upcoming Student Awards:
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The Well Endowed Podcast is produced by Edmonton Community Foundation. And is a proud, affiliate member of the Alberta Podcast Network.

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The music featured in the interview is Paper Boat by Podington Bear.

Episode 121 – A Taste of Ramadan

On this episode, we head over to the Al Rashid Mosque to learn about two programs that are helping the community.

The first is A Taste of Ramadan. This event will see Al Rashid provide food and entertainment to hundreds of Edmontonians. A Taste of Ramadan was started more than a decade ago as a way to counter Islamophobia by providing non-Muslims with a chance to learn more about the holy month of Ramadan.

The second program we will learn about is Al Rashid’s Door-to-Door Iftar program. In 2021, Edmonton Community Foundation provided a grant to Al Rashid Mosque to establish the Door-to-Door Iftar program. Since then, it has provided more than 20,000 meals to those who have been facing food security challenges during the pandemic.

This year, ECF is proud to be the title sponsor of A Taste of Ramadan which will bring food and activities to Edmontonians of all backgrounds in Churchill Square on April 23, 2022.

Links:
Learn more about Al Rashid Mosque.
Learn more about Al Rashid’s Door-to-Door Iftar program.
Check out our interview with Salwa Kadri and Yusuf Khan on our new web show!

ECF Happenings:
Read the latest on our blog.
Check out our ECF Fund listing and Strategic Granting Guide.
See more ways ECF connects you with Edmonton’s community.
Check out some of the amazing funds our donors have created.

ECF Grants:
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Upcoming Student Awards:
* Click here to find details for all of our student awards!

The Well Endowed Podcast is produced by Edmonton Community Foundation. And is a proud, affiliate member of the Alberta Podcast Network.

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Episode 120 – Full of Heart

On this episode, our correspondent Paul Blinov visits Northern Light Theatre to learn more about its upcoming production of Two-Headed/Half-Hearted.

Written by Artistic Director Trevor Schmidt with music by Kaeley Jade Wiebe, this American Gothic song cycle tells the story of conjoined twins, Juno and Venus Hollis.

In their conversation they explore the history of exploitation that conjoined twins have faced in pop-culture over the centuries, issues of identity, and how families create mythologies about themselves that might not always be true.

Two-Headed/Half-Hearted runs April 22-May 7, 2022 at the Studio Theatre inside Fringe Theatre Adventures.

Links:
Get tickets for Two-Headed/Half-Hearted.
Read our Q&A with Trevor Schmidt and Kaeley Jade Wiebe.

ECF Happenings:
Read the latest on our blog.
Check out our ECF Fund listing and Strategic Granting Guide.
See more ways ECF connects you with Edmonton’s community.
Check out some of the amazing funds our donors have created.

ECF Grants:
* Click here to see all ECF Grants.

Upcoming Student Awards:
* Click here to find details for all of our student awards!

The Well Endowed Podcast is produced by Edmonton Community Foundation. And is a proud, affiliate member of the Alberta Podcast Network.

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Episode 119 – The Dash Fund

In 2011, Steph Fedoruk was grieving the recent loss of her grandfather. As the funeral approached, she found herself at the Edmonton Humane Society where she made a special connection with very special puppy. In the following weeks, Dash provided comfort to Steph and became an inseparable member of the family for the next several years. When Dash passed away suddenly in March 2019, Steph’s close friends got together to create something special in memory of Dash that will last for generations.

On this episode, we find out how The Dash Fund helps keep the memory of a very special pet alive while supporting pets in need.

Links:
Find out more about The Dash Fund.
Create your own fund to support the causes you care about.

ECF Happenings:
Read the latest on our blog.
Check out our ECF Fund listing and Strategic Granting Guide.
See more ways ECF connects you with Edmonton’s community.
Check out some of the amazing funds our donors have created.

ECF Grants:
* Click here too see all ECF Grants.

Upcoming Student Awards:
* Click here to find details for all of our student awards!

The Well Endowed Podcast is produced by Edmonton Community Foundation. And is a proud, affiliate member of the Alberta Podcast Network.

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The music featured in the Dash Fund story is called Paper Boat by Podington Bear.