Weekly News Recap: December 28, 2018

Calgarians Joanne Cuthbertson and Charlie Fischer appointed to Order of Canada. Photo credit: BILL BROOKS

Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself. -- Rumi



  • The Most 2018 Photos Ever (The Atlantic) "A collection of photographs that are just so 2018. From Gritty the Philadelphia Flyers mascot to Fortnite tournaments, from the airplane taken for a tragic joyride at Sea-Tac Airport to a caravan of thousands journeying through Mexico to the United States, from the mandarin duck to Knickers the steer, and much more. This is 2018." 12/18/18


  • GOVERNOR GENERAL ANNOUNCES 103 NEW APPOINTMENTS TO THE ORDER OF CANADA (Governor General of Canada) CANADIAN STORY Congratulations to all new appointees to the Order of Canada. A special shout to out to Calgary's Joanne Cuthbertson, Charlie Fischer, and Jean Grand-Maître; to Edmonton Bioware founders Ray Muzyka and Greg Zeschuk; to Lethbridge-based Leroy Little Bear; to TELUS CEO Darren Entwistle, and to Olympian Becky Scott. 12/27/18

  • Lethbridge charities wrap up holiday fundraising campaigns (Global News) LETHBRIDGE STORY "Southern Albertans have once again answered the call to help the less fortunate this holiday season at a time when charities need it the most." Also, a nice video and quote with our friend from Streets Alive Mission, Ken Kissick. 12/24/18

  • Calgary businesses should expect lingering challenges in 2019: Calgary Chamber of Commerce (Global News) CALGARY STORY "Calgary’s business community faced some major challenges in 2018, including higher taxes and wages along with regulatory changes, and the head of Calgary’s Chamber of Commerce expects the tough times may not be over." 12/24/18

  • 'Burned out': Saskatoon cancer doctors reveal reasons for departures (CBC) SASKATOON STORY :-( "A gruelling workload without much relief caused both of Saskatoon's gynecologic oncologists to quit." 12/24/18

  • YEG Christmas cards poke fun at Edmonton, raise cash for good cause (CBC) EDMONTON STORY I am definitely going to look for these for next year. "If you're tired of the generic illustrations of Santa, poinsettias and holly wreaths, design firm Calder Bateman/ZGM has got you covered with a new line of limited edition Edmonton-themed greeting cards. The YEG Cards line features well-known Edmonton landmarks, including the river valley funicular, the Walterdale Bridge and the unmistakable silver balls of the Talus Dome sculpture [...]. While the cards certainly poke fun at Edmonton landmarks, the project is for a good cause. All proceeds from the cards will be donated to iHuman Youth Society, an inner-city agency that helps traumatized and marginalized youth through arts-based programming." 12/22/18

  • Calgary boy continues annual mission to help city's homeless stay warm (CBC) CALGARY STORY "It's Tate Parker's fourth year of collecting and handing out sleeping bags to homeless people outside the Mustard Seed in downtown Calgary. And he shows no signs of stopping any time soon. The cheery eight-year-old buys the used bags for a dollar a piece out of his own money from people looking to donate. This year he roped in friends and even his school to help out. You'll find him outside the Mustard Seed a few days before Christmas, wearing a smile and a Santa hat." 12/21/18

  • Most Edmonton non-profits at capacity for volunteers helping with holiday dinners (CBC) EDMONTON STORY "People looking to serve food to the less fortunate at holiday dinners in Edmonton may be out of luck. Many non-profits are having to turn away volunteers over the holidays, but they're hoping Edmontonians don't forget about them in in the new year. At the Mustard Seed, an organization that helps adults experiencing poverty and homelessness, many of the Christmas dinner events have been full with volunteers who signed up way back in April." 12/20/18

Life and career hacks

Uncommon knowledge

Philanthropic controversy

  • 'It's just not right': Mother seeking food bank aid denied because of where she lives (CBC) MORINVILLE STORY "A mother from the Alexander First Nation, northwest of Edmonton, was turned away empty-handed from a nearby food bank because her home doesn't fall in the territory it serves. Sharleena Sauve went to the Morinville Food Bank on Dec. 11 to ask for help. She told CBC News that her interaction with the volunteer at the counter was friendly at first. 'He was very nice at first, but when he found out where I came from, that I live on Alexander, his demeanour changed completely,' Sauve said. The mother of three young children was told that people from the reserve, located less than 10 kilometres east of Morinville, can't access services from the food bank." 12/22/18

  • Woman charged after $700,000 embezzled from charitable foundation, parent company (CBC) CALGARY STORY "Former Calgarian Nicole Mann accused of stealing from Colliers Cares Foundation, Colliers International. [...] Following a 10-month investigation, police arrested [Ms.] Mann on Dec. 15 and charged her with one count of fraud over $5,000, one count of theft over $5,000 and one count of laundering the proceeds of crime." 12/20/18

  • Former children's hospital CEO 'ready for the fight' in fraud case: lawyer (CTV News) HALIFAX STORY "The former CEO of Halifax's IWK Health Centre is 'anxious' but ready to fight fraud charges, her lawyer says." 12/20/18

Trends and shifts

  • The Year in Philanthropy: 2018 Research Roundup (ThinkAdvisor) "Donor Advised Funds continue to dominate, more and more private foundations are spawning, women are now a clear driver in philanthropy, and the U.S. maintains its role as the world's most generous country." 12/20/18

  • We Millennials Don’t Want Jobs, We Want Lives (The Startup) "Like it or not, Millennials are needed for the success and sustainability of your business. If you want to attract and retain the right talent, you need to start thinking fundamentally [differently] and face a new reality. Don’t solve the issue by offering more interesting jobs. Millennials don’t want jobs. They want lives." 7/12/18

Large gifts

  • Retired pastor’s nearly $1M donation will fund Colorado State faculty position that examines God (Denver Post) "There are plenty of voices for math, science and history on the Colorado State University campus, and next year a new voice will talk about God. That’s because a retired Catholic pastor is funding a professor of theology position at CSU with nearly $1 million from his own pocket. Father Don Willette, the former pastor at Saint John XXIII Catholic Church in Fort Collins, said he made the donation to make room for serious religious discussions at the secular, land-grant institution." 12/22/18

  • Cardiac care campaign gets record $1-million anonymous donation (Nanaimo News Bulletin) NANAIMO STORY "New cardiac equipment is on order and renovations at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital’s cardiac unit can get started, thanks to a $1-million donation from an anonymous donor." 12/21/18

  • $2 million donation from Huntington Bank fuels WVU startup program (Metro News) "The engine is nearly built. The driver’s are being recruited. Now, the John Chambers College of Business & Economics has the fuel. Huntington Bank announced the donation of $2 million to the Startup Engine, announced as a major part of the college’s future plans following the donations former CISCO CEO John Chambers made to his alma mater’s B&E school." 12/19/18

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