Think about attending “Deepening Community”

Tamarack Institute’s Paul Born is giving a workshop on October 28th here in Edmonton called Deepening Community for Collective Impact. I encourage you to think about attending, whether you are a service provider, funder, government representative, or a citizen concerned about how to build and nurture stronger communities.

From the event information page: ” In his recently released book, Paul Born describes the four pillars of deep community: sharing our stories, taking the time to enjoy one another, taking care of one another, and working together for a better world.

It’s up to us to create community. In this workshop, Paul will apply the principles of Deepening Community to the work of Collective Impact to help you strengthen relationships, build trust, and sustain momentum in your community change efforts.

Each workshop attendee will receive a copy of Deepening Community: Finding Joy Together in Chaotic Times.

Information and Registration is RIGHT HERE.

Use this promo code to get the discount rate for individuals: EDSPOFFER

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by | October 13, 2014 · 2:02 pm

Help provide a Thanksgiving Dinner for our community members this year!

Totes LogoShineFM’s 6th Annual “Turkey Raiser” – Totes for Turkeys Event- is back! 105.9 ShineFM and AM930 The Light partners with Save-on-Foods locations throughout the city and surrounding areas to help local charities raise turkeys and funds to help with their community Thanksgiving dinner. Bissell Centre will also be giving turkeys for low-income families so they can have a joyous thanksgiving at home.

You can donate a turkey or gift card in-store for the chosen charities and in return you receive a tote bag. In past years, the stations have raised upwards of 900 turkeys on this one-day event! This year Bissell Centre, along with Edmonton’s Meals on Wheels, will join in this important fundraising endeavour so that hundreds of mouths can be fed this Thanksgiving.

Listen to the event interview with Bissell Centre on Shine FM and please spread the word on Twitter with hashtag #totes4turkeys!

Date: Saturday, Oct. 4th

Time: 12:00 – 6:00pm

Save on Foods Locations:

  1. Hampton (6260 199th St. NW)
  2. Calgary Trail (3361 Calgary Trail South)
  3. Summerwood (#10 4005 Cloverbar Rd, Sherwood Park)
  4. Oxford (12903 153 Ave NW)
  5. Stadium (8124 112 Avenue)

If you want to volunteer, please click here or contact Darren Brennan at or by phone at 780.423.2285. ext. 129.

For more information about the event, please visit



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by | September 29, 2014 · 2:53 pm

Bissell Centre and Boyle Street Community League co-hosting Alberta Culture Days event celebrating cultural diversity in Edmonton

Bissell Centre and Boyle Street Community League are co-hosting a two-day event on Friday, September 26th (6:00pm – 8:30pm) and Saturday, September 27th (12:00pm – 8:45pm) in celebration of Alberta Culture Days 2014. This event takes place at the Boyle Street Community League located at 9538 – 103A Avenue and brings together two community agencies to honour cultural diversity in our city. We encourage you to come and experience the live music, performances, and cultural presentations! ACD-Banner

Now in its seventh year, Alberta Culture Days is the province’s largest celebration of the arts, heritage, diversity and community spirit with the Boyle Street Community League and Bissell Centre hosting an event for the first time. This annual event is as much about family and community, as it is about cultural vibrancy.

For more information, please check out the event poster or contact Amanda Almeida, Manager of Community Participation and Volunteer Services, at

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by | September 23, 2014 · 9:46 am

Edmonton Chefs Collaborate with City Market Downtown in Support of Bissell Centre


As harvest season is in full swing, the City Market Downtown will be joined by five of Edmonton’s innovative culinary up and comers to host a fundraising event for Bissell Centre on Sunday, October 5th.

The Edmonton-based chefs have created a fall-harvest specific menu based on seasonal produce and proteins found exclusively at the City Market Downtown. The dinner, which will be hosted at SABOR Restaurant, will include seafood direct from Iceland, farm-raised pork and beef — the freshest ingredients direct from market vendors.

“This exciting event is to raise awareness and funds for the Bissell Centre, a organization near and dear to our vendors and customers” says Dan Young, board chairman of City Market Downtown. “It makes sense for us in partnership with some of the best and brightest in Edmonton’s food scene to organize a family-style harvest feast to raise funds for this important work being done at the Bissell Centre each day.”

Collaborative menu designed by:

Chef Bryan Cruz – The Marc
Chef Edgar Gutierrez – Tres Carnales and Rostizado
Chef Brayden Kozak – Three Boars
Chef Adelino (Lino) Oliviera – SABOR Restaurant
Chef Charla Padilla – Madison’s Grill

The harvest feast will also include special guest Chef Pierre Lamielle from Calgary, a recent Chopped Canada champion and Top Chef Canada competitor. He is co-owner of with partner Candace.

Get your tickets now via Eventbrite!

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by | September 16, 2014 · 11:54 am

September 9th is Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) Awareness Day

International FASD Awareness Day is observed every year on September 9th around the world with events to raise awareness about the dangers of women drinking during pregnancy and the problems associated with the mental and physical development of their children.

FASD is one of the leading causes of birth defects in children that affect their physical, behavioral, and cognitive development. Approximately nine out of every 1,000 children born in Canada are affected by FASD or roughly 1% of the population.

Through community development, advocacy and intensive supports, Bissell Centre’s Fetal Alcohol Spectrum of Services (FASS) program enhances the community’s capacity to understand and prevent FASD, and support the well-being of individuals and families affected by FASD.

On September 9th, Bissell Centre is taking part in the 15th Annual Mocktail Madness event hosted by the Edmonton and area Fetal Alcohol Network (EFAN) to help raise awareness about FASD.

For more information about FASD Awareness Day, please visit and to learn more about Bissell Centre’s FASS program, please visit:


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by | September 9, 2014 · 9:39 am

Our Summer/Fall newsletter is out!


We have some great stories that include an update about our Thrift Shoppe fire recovery; family camp at our Moonlight Bay Centre for parents and children who are struggling with poverty; an Employment Services success story; and much more!

Read or download our Summer/Fall Newsletter now!


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