Lonely and hungry: the vital role of food banks

Almost half of the people visiting food banks live alone. The single-household economy is clearly not doing so well. It's time for some social retooling

Lonely and hungry: the vital role of food banksWe’re reminded every year how many Canadians are left behind in our society, without enough food. Hunger Count 2019 has just been released. The report says that despite a strong economy and living in one of the richest countries in the world, many Canadians still don’t have enough food. The report says food banks have…

Living in a better world, one shared meal at a time

Ivonne Gamboa of GOAT talks about how the food-sharing app can be a difference-maker for many people

Living in a better world, one shared meal at a timeIvonne Gamboa is CEO of GOAT. What is GOAT and what does it stand for? Gamboa: Goat Generation is a mobile app that enables meal sharing among communities in a new and unique way. The term GOAT is used to define an exceptional person, experience or thing – GOAT is the greatest of all time.…

Is the golden age of show and shines coming to an end?

The people who attend these events – and those who bring the cars – are getting older

Is the golden age of show and shines coming to an end?It’s almost a cultural cliché these days. The old cars roll in and park, their drivers set up folding chairs or start polishing, the hot dog and hamburger vendors start cooking, someone puts on some Chuck Berry or Bill Haley, and the people file in to gaze at vintage and classic automobiles. Sometimes they’re British…

Confronting retirement with thought and planning

Give yourself some time to evaluate options. Be honest with your ego and let your imagination troll through deep waters

Confronting retirement with thought and planningA lot of my friends are retiring. And there are many retirement models being thought about, reviewed, argued and applied or avoided. But it doesn’t really appear to me that any of them were exhaustively analyzed before selection. In fact, many seem to be derived from previous family practice (i.e. what parents did), simply made…

Tackling ovarian cancer head-on

Margot Micallef talks about the The Lady Ball Gala, and what we can all do to support women and battle ovarian cancer

Tackling ovarian cancer head-onMargot Micallef is CEO of Oliver Capital Partners and Gabriella's Kitchen. What does it mean to you being the honorary chair of The Lady Ball Gala coming up? Micallef: I am honoured to be involved in this year’s Lady Ball Gala benefiting Ovarian Cancer Canada. I have yet to meet someone who has not been…

Non-profit and charity executive directors too often isolated

What does a properly functioning board of directors look like and how can its members pull their weight?

Non-profit and charity executive directors too often isolatedIf you’ve ever sat on the board of a non-profit or charity, sports organization or even a company, you’ve probably noticed that most meetings are boring. Usually one person, the president, runs the meeting using Robert’s Rules of Order. After minimal discussion, the board votes on agenda items, provided a quorum has shown up. Without…

Checking out on checkout charity

Customers face making a quick decision and without enough information. Can grocers fix this process?

Checking out on checkout charityMost of us have been asked to donate to charity at the checkout counter, especially at a grocery store. A dollar here, two dollars there adds up. The practice started years ago but appears to be growing. It’s estimated that more $35 million is raised by simply asking Canadians to donate at the cash register.…

Local couple overwhelmed by conditions in Cuba

Ruth and Lloyd Griffith are now gathering medical supplies to send to the impoverished country

Local couple overwhelmed by conditions in CubaJoan Janzen for The Clarion Kindersley residents Ruth and Lloyd Griffith encountered a surprising sight while on vacation in Cuba in 2018. Ruth corresponds with a close friend who pastors in the city of Bauta in Cuba, who had suggested helping their clinic would be a great project to get involved in. When Ruth and…

KCS student to perform solo at Telemiracle

Chelsea Martin, 15, is scheduled to play her guitar and sing Folsom Prison Blues on March 3

KCS student to perform solo at TelemiracleKenneth Brown of The Clarion A Marengo area youth attending Kindersley Composite School (KCS) is about to take her musical talents to perform live during the annual Kinsmen Telemiracle. Chelsea Martin, 15, is scheduled to perform during the 24-hour Kinsmen Telemiracle on March 3 at 10:57 a.m. The young performer is playing and singing a…

Fine dining event supports Special Olympics

An annual fundraising evening offered fine food and entertainment served up by a local business and volunteers

Fine dining event supports Special Olympics  Kenneth Brown of The Clarion An annual evening of fine food and entertainment served up by a local business is helping to support the athletes involved with Special Olympics Kindersley. Each year the Kindersley branch of Hub International sponsors an evening of fine dining and proceeds from the event have gone to a different…

Future West Central Abilities facility will offer new opportunities

We do skills development, recreation and leisure, as well as vocational work: executive director Kim Edmunds

Future West Central Abilities facility will offer new opportunitiesJoan Janzen for The Clarion West Central Abilities has waited a long time for a new facility in Kindersley, but it looks like their new building will materialize in the near future, to be located at 122 1st Avenue West. “We’ve been in the planning stages for a long time. We’re hiring an architect to…

Salvation Army Kettle Campaign $5 million behind goal this year

The fundraising allows Army units in 400 communities help Canadians with the basic necessities of life

Salvation Army Kettle Campaign $5 million behind goal this yearThe Salvation Army is sounding the alarm bell. With only five days until Christmas, the Army’s annual Kettle Campaign is $5.3 million behind its $21-million fundraising goal for this year across Canada. “We rely heavily on our Kettle Campaign to fund our community and social service programs,” said Lt.-Col. John Murray, secretary for communications for…

Charitable giving as a share of income plunges in Canada

Who would have thought the Grinch was Canadian? Of the 15 least-generous jurisdictions in North America, 12 are in Canada

Charitable giving as a share of income plunges in CanadaThe amount of money Canadians donate to registered charities – as a share of their income – has plummeted 32.2 per cent since 2006, according to a new report released Thursday by the Fraser Institute, a public policy think-tank. “Canadians continue to donate less and less every year, which means charities face greater challenges to…

A different kind of Christmas list

Five-year-old Kinley Hildebrandt and her parents, Candis and Justin, are waiting to receive a call saying a liver donor has been found for Kinley

A different kind of Christmas listJoan Janzen for The Clarion Christmas is coming, and five-year-old Kinley Hildebrandt and her parents, Candis and Justin, and big brother Cohen would love nothing more than to receive a call saying a liver donor has been found for Kinley. It’s been four weeks since Kinley was placed on a waiting list for a liver transplant;…
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