Bissell Centre holds its 102nd Annual General Meeting!

On Thursday, July 27th, Bissell Centre held its 102nd Annual General Meeting where discussions centered on the 2012-2013 Annual Report, the CEO Report, the new pilot program 24/7 MAP, and upcoming initiatives for the organization. Attendance included Homeward Trust, REACH Edmonton, The City of Edmonton, representatives from the Edmonton United Church Presbytery, Bissell Centre CEO Mark Holmgren, plus Board Members and Bissell Centre staff.  102nd Bissell Centre AGM June 27th, 2013 Read More…

Bissell Centre Celebrating Success

As the spring slowly rolls in, Bissell Centre is gearing up for its annual gala – Bissellebration (pronounced Biss – celebration)!   This year the committee has chosen to do something a bit different.     Normally, the revenue from Bissellebration has not been designated to any program.   As we prepare to re-launch Moonlight Bay Centre as a retreat centre, a corporate meeting space, and a Bissell Centre client camp we thought it would be prudent to support this renewed initiative.   The lake front property has not been used for two years and we are excited to re-open the doors to transforming lives!

>Part of celebrating success is being able to say thank you!   And we’d like to say thank you to Servus Credit Union for being a Blue Sponsor this year and also providing a live auction package that includes a Private Suite at Rexall Place to see the Bruno Mars concert on July 18, 2013.   This is the second year that Servus has been part of Bissellebration.   We asked why they choose to support this event:

“Servus Credit Union is proud to support Bissellebration 2013,” said Michael Dickinson, Director of Corporate Communications. “At Servus, we embrace the philosophy of people helping people and we are very pleased to assist Bissell Centre in achieving their vision of eliminating poverty in our community.”


Tamarack’s Communities Collaborating Institute is Coming to Edmonton

As a community organization that is working collaboratively, we want you to know about an exciting learning opportunity that we at Bissell Centre are helping to bring to Edmonton this Fall.   We are working with the Tamarack Institute to sponsor the 2013 Communities Collaborating Institute: Accelerating Impact, which is being held October 7th – 11th, 2013.

Tamarack’s Communities Collaborating Institute is Canada’s signature, learning event for collective impact professionals.   The 2013 CCI: Accelerating Impact is geared specifically for those wanting to strengthen their capacity to create large-scale, collective impact in communities – linked to provincial/state or national agendas. I have attended two CCIs myself and highly recommend you consider attending.

Join Adam Kahane, Tom Kelly, Stephen Huddart, Ratna Omidvar, Catherine Twinn, Liz Weaver, Mark Cabaj, and me for this unprecedented leadership event.   Inspired by the insights and perspectives of celebrated thought-leaders, it is an opportunity to rejuvenate and strengthen your ability to engage and mobilize across sectors to advance a common community agenda for transformation.   Learn more about the event’s evolving list of Thought-Leaders online here.

Registration officially opens today, Tuesday March 19th 2013.   This event has been over-subscribed each of the past six years and we expect the same this year in Edmonton, Alberta.

  • Date: October 7 – 11, 2013
  • Location: Edmonton, Alberta
  • Venue: Radisson Edmonton South Hotel
  • More information & registration:

Change leaders need both ideas and techniques.   The 2013 CCI: Accelerating Impact promises to be a dynamic peer learning opportunity with a special focus on transformative techniques for uniting diverse opinions into a common agenda for social change. These include: Scenario Planning, Change Labs, Working Effectively with Complexity, Developmental Evaluation, Collaborative Governance Community Conversations and more.

Learn how you and your organization can benefit from this amazing learning opportunity.   Special reduced rates are available for two or more participants from a community, organization or network who agree to attend together.

I hope to see you at the 2013 CCI this Fall in Edmonton.

Mark Holmgren, CEO
Bissell Centre

3rd Annual Bissell Centre Night of Laughs!

Important Change: We now have a new headliner for the event- Tim Koslo.  

Tim Koslo has been delighting audiences internationally for over 20 years with his multi-faceted style of comedy. From the moment he hits the stage with his manic, animated, sideways look at life, the crowd, be it corporate, club or fundraiser is filled with a sense of something wonderfully strange this way comes.
Koslo’s show doesn’t just rely on visual stimuli for audience response. Mastered dialects, witty prop interplay, dead-on impressions and impressive electric guitar absurdities together with hilarious off the wall humour make up Tim’s show.

Come and  join us for a night of laughter with  your host, Bissell Centre’s own, Paul Pringle.

This event also includes a Silent Auction and money raised goes towards Bissell Centre’s United Way campaign fundraising goal of $10,000.

Date: Thursday, November 29th

Location: Tumbleweeds, 15211-111th Avenue, Edmonton

Time: 8:00pm

Tickets: $20.00 (contact to reserve tickets or purchase at the door)


Alexandre Ramsey: 780-423-2285, ext. 165

Kelly Granley: 780-423-2285, ext.261

A Celebration of Life Event at Liliana’s Boutique

In the spirit of giving and the Celebration of Life of women, men and children, LILIANA’S BOUTIQUE is accepting  your  donations of your clean, unwanted coats and jackets in supportof BISSELL CENTRE.   In return for your generosity to provide warmth to the homeless and those less fortunate, Liliana’s Boutique will reward you with $50 towards your new coat or fall fashion wardrobe purchase over $300.   In addition, Michel Germain Perfumes will contribute samples of the Canadian fragrance “SéxÅ«al for Men” for every man’s coat donated.
Your contributions of warmth will be accepted from NOVEMBER 1 – 10, 2012 at  Liliana’s Boutique  ~ 12302 Jasper Avenue, Edmonton
For more information, contact or 780-448-0714.

Loaded Grocery Truck on its Way This Afternoon!!!

Breaking News: PTI Group  delivering  a loaded  refrigerated grocery truck at 1pm!  Filled with pallets of thousands of snacks, drinks, fruit, grocery bags  and much more needed food items  to our Bissell Centre East  – 10527 96 Street.
The generous and speedy donation comes in response to Wednesday’s call for help after  our  basement flooded  with sewage due to recent storms.  

Information contact: Kristen Clark,; 780.423.2285 ext 142, cell 780-964-7220

| Bissell Press Release Here |

| PTI Group Press Release on their website |

Love watching people win? Volunteer for Bissell Centre’s Yellowhead Casino FUNdraiser and everyone wins!

Help support our vision  to eliminate poverty by volunteering at our Casino FUNdraiser and watch people win while raising money to help others!!    With your help we  will raise more than $70,000 to support our work with the people that need it most!  

Bissell Centre has an opportunity for a group of select people  to  volunteer for an eight hour shift  on Thursday July 19th  or Friday July 20th  at our casino fundraiser at Yellowhead Casino. The money raised that night will go towards running our programs and services and will help those ready to make significant changes in their lives by getting off the streets, finding employment, conquering addictions and more!  

To volunteer please contact Amanda Almeida, Volunteer and Events Manager, by phone at 780.423.2285 ext. 134, or email at

More information on our News and Events page!

Fill the Bleachers for Bissell & Boyle: Inner City Recreation Program Fundraiser

Partial proceeds from the following soccer game will go towards our Inner City Recreation program!!!We will receive $5/ticket  if 500 or less are sold.   If we sell more than 500 tickets, we receive $10/ticket!

Tampa Bay Rowdies vs. FC Edmonton Soccer Game
Sunday July 15 , 2012 at 2 p.m.
Clarke Field – 11000 Stadium Road, Edmonton, AB

Help us to fill those bleachers, and enjoy some hometown soccer while you  support accessible recreation in our community!  

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| Find out more about our Inner City Recreation program here |

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Celebrating Our Success! Bissellebration 2012

Every year, we gather to celebrate another year of service, to share our success, and thank our generous supporters in the community.   We call this event, “Bissellebration”, our annual Gala and Auction.

260 of Bissell Centre’s closest supporters, sponsors, staff and volunteers shared this experience on May 5 at Sutton Place Hotel.   In addition to media and special guests in attendance, we were honoured by the presence of the Lieutenant Governor, His Honour, Col. (Ret’d) The Honourable Donald S. Ethell.   We would also like to thank Eileen Bell of 630 CHED for emceeing the event, as well as Mark Scholz for acting as our auctioneer.

Bissellebration is not just about celebrating.   It is also about ensuring that we have the funding and assistance to continue and expand the services that we provide to people in need.

I am pleased to share that funds raised through the event totaled over $80,000, including $20,000 for children.  

Bissell Centre would like to thank this year’s sponsors:

  • Servus Credit Union
  • WorleyParsons
  • PCL Construction
  • Boardwalk Rental Communities
  • Capital Power

Thank you to everyone who attended and made Bissellebration 2012 such a successful endeavour.   We invite you to join us next year for Bissellebration 2013!

A Festival For A Good Cause – A Taste of Riverbend

The students and teachers at Riverbend Junior High have stepped up yet again in their ongoing support of Bissell Centre – this time with A Taste of Riverbend.

This annual food and culture fair is the brainchild of Wes Wintonyk and his Grade 9 Leadership Class.   Designed to celebrate the diversity of the local community, each student is responsible for two food stations representing nations spanning the entire globe – from India to Germany, Korea, and even the North Pole!   This is yet to speak of live entertainment including Scottish bagpipes and Caribbean steel drums.

As part of Riverbend Junior High’s multi-year commitment to Bissell, all funds raised through the event on April 20 go to support our work in the community.   Brisk ticket sales and generous food donations from local businesses mean that this vibrant, creative event will also provide us with financial resources that are always needed.   The students make a genuine difference in the community.

On behalf of everyone at Bissell Centre, I would like to thank all of the parents, volunteers, business owners, teachers and students who made A Taste of Riverbend so successful.