Chamber Member Connections - September 10 2020
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The Grande Prairie & District Chamber of Commerce invites you to join our members and guests at a Ribbon Cutting for Quen's Tea and Juice on Wednesday, September 16 at 10:00 AM. (Event runs from 10:00 AM-12:00 PM).

Quen's Tea and Juice is located at 9823 116 Avenue, Unit 104, Grande Prairie.
The Grande Prairie & District Chamber of Commerce invites you to join our members and guests at a Ribbon Cutting for MYST Gastro Lounge on Thursday, September 24 at 5:00 PM. (Event runs from 4:00-6:00 PM).

MYST Gastro Lounge is located at 10011 - 101 Avenue, Grande Prairie in the Acropolis Restaurant.
IMPACT will continue to work with its partners to offer virtual sessions on pressing and relevant topics during these rapidly changing and challenging times. Upcoming topics include:
Poking the Bear: Lessons on Engaging and Mobilizing Men in Violence Prevention
Date: Tuesday September 15, 2020
Time: 1:00pm-2:00pm
Location: virtual presentation

Description: For decades, advocates have been urging governments and community leaders to engage men and boys in violence prevention and gender equality activities. This approach is fraught with complexities, can challenge our values and ideologies and calls on men to dismantle a system that privileges them over others. This presentation will summarize a decade of lessons learned along with examples of efforts that are engaging and mobilizing men and boys that do not reinforce or recreate gendered power inequities.

Presenter: Lana Wells is the Brenda Strafford Chair in the Prevention of Domestic Violence and Associate Professor at the Faculty of Social Work, Fellow and Faculty Member of the School of Public Policy, University of Calgary. Her areas of expertise include domestic, family and sexual violence, women’s issues, social policy, social justice and social change, leadership and organizational change and the not for profit sector. She is currently leading Shift: The Project to End Domestic Violence. Shift’s purpose is to develop, implement and scale up best and promising primary prevention practices, strategies and actions in partnership with government, systems, community leaders, and NGO’s with the goal of preventing domestic violence before it starts.

Calgary Shelter Beds App: Leveraging Technology to Improve Client Access
Date: September 29, 2020
Time: 10:00am-11:00am
Location: virtual presentation

Description: Historically, finding an emergency shelter bed in Calgary has been a bit of a challenge. All emergency shelters are independently operated and there was no way to coordinate the vacancies and make the process easier for clients and/or supporters (police, health) The emergency shelters in Calgary have been working together to develop a way to increase communication around shelter openings. The result has been the development of an app that shares shelter openings rather than client data. The app has been launched in Calgary and has the potential to be scaled in other areas of the province. Kim Ruse and Mike Williamson will demo the app and share how this new tool can be used to help front line staff more effectively manage shelter openings while improving the client experience.

Presenters: Kim Ruse has over 25 years’ experience in program, service and organizational innovation, evaluation and outcome management and has her Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Calgary with a clinical focus on domestic violence. Kim has extensive experience working with complex social issues. Throughout her career she has focused on social issues such as; domestic violence, poverty, homelessness and healthy family functioning. She has taught at the University of Calgary in the Faculty of Continuing Education and currently holds the role of CEO of the Calgary Women’s Emergency Shelter. In 2011, Kim was honoured to be one of the winners of the McKillop award for commitment and contributions to the Calgary community. Kim was also recognized with a provincial Inspiration Award as one of the 2017 Individual Award Recipients for Leadership in the Prevention of Family Violence in the Province of Alberta.

Mike Williamson had a rewarding 12 year career in law enforcement that included such roles as police officer, digital forensic examiner, expert witness, IT consultant and even software developer before departing the Calgary Police Service in 2019 to begin a new chapter in the private sector. Today, Mike continues actively supporting law enforcement on a global scale through his work as Technical Forensic Consultant at Magnet Forensics. Mike also provides IT consulting in the not-for-profit sector through the Calgary Women’s Emergency Shelter (CWES) on the Shelterlink project. Mike’s interests include software development, app security research and cryptanalysis, and digital forensics.

Doesn’t it feel great when a plan just comes together? Whether you’re searching for a new favourite breakfast spot, inspiration for your next work of art, or a place to soak up the sun, there’s a Grande Plan that’s ready for you. Choose 1-, 2-, or 3-day trips, from urban exploration and family getaways, to bike tours and natural vistas. Follow the steps, learn more about the place we call home, and make memories that last a lifetime.
The Darkness to Light walk will take place starting from the Centre 2000 parking lot on September 12, 2020 from 6:30AM through to 9AM, you are welcome to start at any time in those hours so that we don’t have a crowd around the signage or along the paths.

We will be taking extra precautions this year due to COVID-19. This includes inviting a staggered start for participant cohorts/groups, sanitizing surfaces at the washrooms, and requiring at least one person per cohort to register prior to the walk. The registration information will only be used in the event that contact tracing by AHS is required.

We will not have access to Centre 2000 this year; however, washrooms will be available at the next parking lot along the walk.

As people arrive, they will be greeted by volunteers and staff who will explain the walk process, welcome you and check registration. Once completed, participants are able to begin their walk. We ask that all participants remain in their groups during the walk and maintain a 6 foot distance between themselves and other groups.

We will keep the signage along the route until 9am so you can start later, we will not be holding a gathering after the walk or offering a light breakfast this year, please bring your own water or snack. What we will be doing is acknowledging you are part of suicide prevention awareness in our community, that you are part of a community who cares and wants to know more about what is happening and how to advocate for getting help, and making every effort to keep you physically and mentally safe.

If you would like to continue your conversation, take the day to do some self-care and maybe go out for breakfast afterwards. Here’s a list of some restaurants that are open for breakfast, though however your day goes, know that you are a part of a global movement of suicide prevention awareness.
- Denny's
- Cora
- Humpty's
- Major's

We truly appreciate the opportunity to run this important event in our community and your support in coming together while following public health guidelines. For more information or to register visit EventBrite:

The City of Grande Prairie has launched public engagement to share information with the community about proposed changes to the business license bylaw. 

If approved, the proposed changes support business retention, investment attraction, and overall economic growth by providing the City and industry with a deep and specific understanding of the local business landscape. 
The proposed changes will also update licensing practices and support the City’s vision to contribute to a healthy economy by providing businesses and industry with clear, consistent, and reasonable regulations.  

More detailed information is available on the City’s Engagement website:
Let’s Hear From You 
Survey: Members of your association are invited to participate in a short online survey until September 11, 2020.
The Economic Recovery Program has been developed by the City of Grande Prairie to support businesses in the creation of employment and recovery activities in the wake of the COVID-19 Global Pandemic. Phase One of the program includes $450,00 for the Beautification and Patio Grant and $50,000 for the Local Marketing Grant.
The Beautification & Patio Grant matches 50% of Project Costs for up to a maximum $15,000 for any Façade improvement, landscaping or patio project that improves aesthetic appeal, pedestrian access and safety according to the Program Guidelines. Click here for full application details for the Beautification & Patio Grant.
The Local Marketing Grant matches up to 50% of Project Costs, to a maximum of $2,500 for the creation of a marketing plan or marketing content. Or, a grant equal to 75% Project Costs, to a maximum of $7,500 for the creation of a collaborative marketing plan or project involving three or more businesses. Click here for full application details for the Local Marketing Grant.
VISION 2020 Virtual Conference September 30, 2020 
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