We're Getting a New Kitchen!

In March of 2019, WSF received grant funding from the Community Facilities Enhancement Program (CFEP), through Alberta Culture & Tourism.

The estimated total cost of the project is $395,000. Funding of $155,000 was received from the CFEP grant, with the remainder of the cost being covered through donated work (gift-in-kind) from contractors, as well as fundraising through the Winnifred Stewart Foundation.

Click here to find out more about this very exciting project!

Proposed New Kitchen Floor Plan

New Wall Of Honour Inductees!

The Foundation has had an incredible year! Along with the growth we have seen in the Empties to WINN & Green Goods programs, and the support we have received from grants and our events, we received over $120,000 in general donations alone. With this support, we have had a remarkable number of donors being inducted to our Wall of Honour this year. All supporters who have given a cumulative amount of more than $1,000 in their lifetime are invited to have their name included on our Wall of Honour. We were thrilled to have many of our New Wall Of Honour Inductee’s attend our Annual AGM on Monday, May 27th.

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Pictured above from left: Kent with Legend Automotive, Margaret Wade, Jennifer Shelley, Heather Miller, Joey Moss, Dianne Reid, Robert Willmott, Linnea McKercher & Guanzhi Ma from Canadian Western Bank

WSA/WSF AGM

Congratulations to our 2019/2020 Board of Directors!

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On Monday, May 27th, we held our Annual WSA/WSF AGM’s.

Though hard to say good-bye to some long time board members, we are SO thankful for all of the hard work, dedication and impact that they have had on our organization over the years. We are so excited to welcome back our returning members, as well as introduce our new members who we think will be amazing additions.

New Members: 

Chad Zima (WSA Board)
Malinda Ivankovic (WSA Board)
Cory Imppola (WSF Boad)

Returning Members

Association Board:

Timothy Jobs (Incoming Board President)

Bea Bohm-Meyer (Past President)

Leon Pfeiffer

Gord Rajewski

Stan Fisher

Paul Goguen

Kevin Guille

Cindy  Imppola

Patty Whiting

Foundation Board:

Robert Willmott (Foundation Board President)

Dan Wiart

Elizabeth Norris-Kartz

Mike Ackroyd

Desmond Chow

Doug Lane

Sarah Peters

Harold Witte

The Stollery Charitable Foundation Provides $75,000 Grant for Mindful Hearts!

WSA CEO, Sue White and Jeff Bryson, ED of The Stollery Charitable Foundation at cheque presentation

WSA CEO, Sue White and Jeff Bryson, ED of The Stollery Charitable Foundation at cheque presentation

Our Mindful Hearts Training Program is in for a big year, thanks to The Stollery Charitable Foundation!

Jeff Bryson, Executive Director of The Stollery Charitable Foundation, paid us a special visit today to deliver a cheque for a $75,000 grant to fund a full-time position for our Mindful Hearts Training Program.

Thanks to this funding, the Winnifred Stewart Association will be able to expand the training program and implement better evaluation tools by partnering with post-secondary institutions.

WSA will be able to move forward with the Mindful Hearts approach, as a resource for all caregivers, family members, and loved ones of people with developmental disabilities also diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and other dementias.

A BIG Thank You to The Edmonton Chinese Lion's Club for their support!

Winnifred Stewart Association’s CEO Sue White & Director of Development Candace Smallwood, were delighted to attend The Edmonton Chinese Lions Clubs (ECLC) board meeting last night, where they were presented with a generous $5,000 donation to support WSA’s Mindful Hearts Training Program.

Thank you so much to ECLC President, Michael Gee and all the members for your kindness and support, we are truly grateful! Thank you to The Dynasty Century Palace restaurant for your hospitality!

 
Sue White, Michael Gee and Candace Smallwood at cheque presentation from ECLC

Sue White, Michael Gee and Candace Smallwood at cheque presentation from ECLC

 

Volunteer Appreciation Week

It’s national volunteer week and we were so honoured to celebrate WSA’s incredible volunteers with our annual appreciation night! These wonderful staff, friends and family have contributed over 600 hours through the course of 17 events and many ongoing projects. Thank you for your impact, your friendships and helping us to attain our goal of empowering people and inspiring dreams. 💚 #wsafamily #yeg #nationalvolunteerweek #bestvolunteersever

WSA Volunteer Appreciation Night - April 11th, 2019

Celebrating Winnifred Mary Stewart on International Women's Day #BeBoldForChange

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Happy International Women’s Day!    

On a day like today, we celebrate our beloved Winnifred Mary Stewart

Motivated by a desire to help her son Parker Stewart, who was born with down syndrome, she devoted 20 years to experimental research work into new teaching techniques. Through her approach, her son Parker Stewart achieved a level of development that was previously considered impossible. Dr. Stewart became convinced that schools for children with disabilities were both practical and essential.

In 1954, she was the first woman to address the Alberta Legislature from the floor of the House. This resulted in the first recognition by a government in Canada to provide financial aid to schools for children with disabilities. At its peak, the school served over 450 students, until 1982 when children with disabilities were integrated into the regular school system.

For thousands of families she helped turn despair, frustration and social stigma into hope, understanding and community acceptance.

Today, Winnifred Stewart Association (WSA) carries on the legacy started by Winnifred, and the spirit of its remarkable namesake continues to live on through the organization

#BeBoldForChange #InternationalWomensDay #WSAfamily

Board Governance Training

Introduction to Board Governance: Understanding Your Roles and Responsibilities

This workshop is for you if:

  •  You’re a new board member wanting to learn more about your role.

  •  You’re an experienced board member wishing to enhance your skills and work more effectively as a board team member.

  •  You want to attend by yourself or with other member(s) of your board.

Hosted by the Winnifred Stewart Association and presented by the Alberta Culture and Tourism Board Development Program (BDP)

Date:
Saturday, April 13, 8am to 4:30pm

Fee: $45

Location:

Winnifred Stewart Association
11130 131 Street
Edmonton, AB T5M 1C1

Please register by contacting Tracey Kelley via email at traceyk@wsaf.ca

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Santa Came Early to WSA!

Thanks to Daryn and the great folks at Applied Colour, we have a brand new XBox and projection screen. We have been lucky enough to have Daryn and his team take care of some of the painting projects needed in our houses over the past few months. We are so thankful for their great work and the kindness they have shown in helping us cross some items off our wish list this year. Thank you for these wonderful early Christmas gifts, Applied Colour!

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We have the Most Amazing Volunteers!

We had an amazing crew working hard to get our annual “Blitz” mailout campaign ready last night. 2,600 letters are ready to go out to our fantastic supporters. Thank you to everyone who made this happen!