2016 Grant Recipients

Bissell Centre

Through their vision to eliminate poverty in the community, and guided by a passionate concern for the dignity and well-being of each individual, Bissell Centre’s work is based on building relationships, hope and trust.

Their mission is to work with others to empower people to move from poverty to prosperity. They enable people to meet their own basic daily needs, participate in community, have sustainable livelihoods, feel hope for the future and make plans for a prosperous life.

Centre for Family Literacy

Family Literacy is not just about reading and writing. It's about developing stronger relationships between parents and their children and getting parents involved in their children's education. It is about building stronger families and healthy communities. Parents who are involved in family literacy programs at the Centre are also improving their own literacy skills, while supporting the literacy development of their children.

The Centre for Family Literacy provides a wide range of adult and family literacy programs in Edmonton, as well as training, resources, information and advocacy across the Province.

Edmonton’s Food Bank

Each month, almost 20,000 people receive food hampers from Edmonton’s Food Bank. The Food Bank also distributes food to more than 500,000 meals and snacks each month through more than 230 agencies, churches or food depots with which they are affiliated. Approximately 40 per cent of clients served are children under 18.

Edmonton John Howard Society

Edmonton John Howard Society is more than a service provider. To their clients, they are the family many of them never had. People come to them when the world doesn’t seem to welcome them or when the path forward is hidden by fear, self-doubt and closed doors. Their door is always open. Just like a family, they provide a home to some and safe shelter to all. They celebrate with their clients when they succeed and they welcome them back when they stumble.
Kids Help Phone

Since 1989, Kids Help Phone has provided life-changing — sometimes even lifesaving — help and hope to young people in Alberta.

Today, as a community-based charity with a strong local presence, Kids Help Phone has a team of dedicated Alberta staff, volunteers, donors, and partners who work tirelessly to support kids in the province as they develop resilience and reach their potential — creating stronger, healthier communities for everyone. Kids Help Phone is Canada’s only 24/7 professional counselling and information service supporting young people’s mental health and well-being.

Pilgrims Hospice Society

Pilgrims Hospice Society provides supportive and compassionate family centred care to enhance the quality and dignity of life for those diagnosed with a progressive, life-threatening illness as well as solace to those who are bereaved. Under the umbrella of the Pilgrims Hospice Society, the BriarPatch Centre for Grieving Children, Teens and Families provide a safe place for all members or bereaved families to explore their grief in a supportive, educational and interactive setting. Using art, music and other creative mediums for participants to understand the grief process, their goal is to help them find their healing path.


STARS is dedicated to providing a safe, rapid, highly specialized emergency medical transport system for the critically ill and injured to save lives, reduce harm and improve recoveries. With STARS, those living in rural communities, working in remote sectors, travelling on highways or being transported from community hospitals to major medical centres, receive the very best in critical care in helicopters staffed and outfitted as mobile Intensive Care Units.

University of Alberta – Indigenous and Global Health Research Group

The Indigenous and Global Health Research Group (IGHRG) team have developed and implemented a culturally-appropriate nutrition and lifestyle intervention program (WHY ACT NOW) for Indigenous and non-Indigenous youth in Edmonton, Alberta. The program is founded on extensive community engagement and relationship-building and the utilization of previously collected evidence specific to this population of youth. A culturally appropriate youth-centered and youth-driven intervention program was developed and implemented based on evidence collected, feedback from youth, input from key stakeholders, and community-identified priorities.
West 6 Schools

West 6 Schools consist of Prince Charles School, Sherwood School, Belmead School, Inglewood School, Athlone School and Brightview School. West 6 Schools hold the unwavering belief that all children should leave the public education system with the competences needed to prepare them for a lifetime of success. The West 6 schools work with 1,221 students where at least 44.2% of those students are First Nations, Metis and/or Inuit.

YMCA of Northern Alberta

YMCA of Northern Alberta consists of over 2,000 volunteers and staff working together across Northern Alberta who believe in helping children and families reach their full potential. They are a charity dedicated to strengthening the foundations of community.

For 109 years they’ve cared for kids, shaped leaders for tomorrow and helped generations of people come together to find support, get healthier and make friends for life. They are determined to be a genuine, welcoming, hopeful place that is nurturing and fun. This is the community they want. A community where we share a sense of social responsibility; experience better health in spirit, mind and body; and where children and families can thrive.