North America

North America – Current Programs

CANADA

  • Tom Parks
    STATUS: Current
    TIMEFRAME: 2004
    TYPE OF PROJECT: Health

    Tom Parks, a well known and excellent educator from Calgary, had an injury that left him a quadriplegic. Tom’s family and friends gathered together and raised funds for his rehabilitation and we continue to support some of his medical requests.

 

North America – Completed Programs

CANADA

  • Pink and Green Ribbon Health
    STATUS: Completed
    TIMEFRAME: 2007 to 2013
    TYPE OF PROJECT: Health and Education

    Canada – Canmore, Alberta

    Active, enthusiastic Pink and Green participants

    Our Pink and Green Ribbon Health Campaign is supported by the Rocky Mountain Soap Company. This project explores the connection between the environment and women’s health: To stop cancer before it starts, we need to clean up our environment! Our two-day running races, yogathons, walks, health workshops, and special events touch the lives of over 12,500 women.

    http://rethinkbreastcancer.com/

    Partners
    www.pinkandgreenribbon.com
    www.rmswomensrun.com

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  • Mustard Seed
    STATUS: Completed
    TIMEFRAME: 2005 to 2012
    TYPE OF PROJECT: Health and Alleviation of Poverty

    Dinners For Thousands at Calgary’s Mustard Seed

    Calgary’s Mustard Seed helps to feed the city’s homeless

    Goals & Impact

    We’ve served dinner to thousands of homeless people at the Mustard Seed in Calgary. This gives them some nourishment, lifts spirits, and boosts morale.

    Highlights & Details

    Working with volunteer individuals and organizations, we’ve organized and cooked full course roast beef dinners to feed hundreds. The Mustard Seed houses homeless people in Calgary. It offers progressive programs to help street people break the cycle of homelessness and work toward their potential, whatever that might be, despite their circumstances. Working at the Mustard Seed is an effective and impactful experience for our local volunteers.

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  • Aboriginal Youth Scholarships - Outward Bound
    STATUS: Completed
    TIMEFRAME: 2011 to 2013
    TYPE OF PROJECT: Education

    Canada – Canmore, Alberta

    Outward Bound works to empower young Aboriginal leaders

    Goals & Impact

    We provide funding for Outward Bound Aboriginal Youth Scholarship, a program that aims to improve participants’ scholastic and life skills. The program has helped Aboriginal youth become leaders. We’ve been operating it since May, 2011.

    Highlights & Detail

    Participants are picked by the Morley High School counselor. They participate in a three-week wilderness program, and then receive a year of support. Activities include kayaking, canoeing, hiking, and camping. The program helps kids learn and grow, improving their self-knowledge, inner strength, teamwork, and leadership abilities.

    Partners
    www.outwardbound.ca

  • Aboriginal Youth Initiative - Morley
    STATUS: Completed
    TIMEFRAME: 2008 to 2010
    TYPE OF PROJECT: Education

    Morley, Alberta
    Aboriginal Youth Initiative Program

    In the spring of 2008, Lynne Harrison met with the School Principal of the Morley Community School. As an artist, Lynne wished to sponsor a program at the Morley School which would help develop children’s self-esteem and an interest in the arts.

    Lynne began sponsoring a young aboriginal artist, supplying paint supplies and encouragement. This young artist now has an outlet to sell his work, and is applying to Grant McEwan College for an Arts program.
    One of the requirements for the Alberta High School Diploma is 15 work experience credits. However, there are few jobs for youth on the Reserve, and the logistics for kids to work off the reserve becomes almost insurmountable.

    By September of 2008, after discussions with the Principal, the Aboriginal Youth Initiative program had morphed into a drum making program. This program would assist 20 children in grade 10 in learning a culturally significant skill (drum making), assist in encouraging and improving school attendance, and the double benefit is that the children would receive credits for work experience as well.

    Lynne found a market to sell the kid’s drums, which will make this a self-sustainable program which will continue into the future, and may grow to include other culturally significant arts, crafts, and skills.
    The Mary A. Tidlund Charitable Foundation provided seed funding to buy materials for 20 youth.

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  • Nancy Blackstock
    STATUS: Completed
    TIMEFRAME: 2010 to 2012
    TYPE OF PROJECT: Health

    The Mary A. Tidlund Charitable Foundation supported Nancy Blackstock in her request for funding her medical issues. Friends raised funds for her medical needs to met in Calgary.

  • Gaia Health Fund
    STATUS: Completed
    TIMEFRAME: 2012 to 2013
    TYPE OF PROJECT: Health

    Gaia Clinic Delivers Health Care Options
    Goals & Impact

    In 2010 and 2011, we partnered with Canmore-based Gaia Collaborative Medicine Clinic (Gaia Clinic) to help patients who need healthcare but are unable to afford it. We also help subsidize a number of leading edge collaborative, integrative, and customized healthcare programs.

    Highlights & Detail

    Gaia Clinic helps individuals make good choices about health and wellness. Focusing on a preventative, functional health care model, the clinic helps patients understand various new healing options. In addition to helping patients financially, we support preventative health research and practitioner training. We’ve also helped fund the development of “Centers for Excellence in Medicine.” Gaia Clinic was founded by collaborative medicine pioneer Dr. Tracy Thomson (MD). It consists of a medical centre and yoga studio, and runs community-based workshops and classes, with talks by visiting practitioners.

    Partners
    www.gaiaclinic.ca

    Partner
    Dr. Tracey Thomson, founder, Gaia Collaborative Medicine

  • Nadia Sarkissova
    STATUS: Completed
    TIMEFRAME: 2007
    TYPE OF PROJECT: Health

    The Foundation supported Nadia with funds for medical expenses in her cancer journey.

  • Jan Langill Medical Fund
    STATUS: Completed
    TIMEFRAME: 2007 to 2009
    TYPE OF PROJECT: Health

    In December of 1994, paramedic Jan Langill suffered an injury to her left shoulder as she caught a falling stretcher. The foundation assisted her with her medical costs. A fundraiser and gratitude night was held in October of 2006 in preparation for Jan’s surgery scheduled in 2007.

  • Outdoor Programs
    STATUS: Completed
    TIMEFRAME: 2006 – 2008
    TYPE OF PROJECT: Education

    Vlad Gilgore led annual outdoor expedition for students in Calgary. Taking them on hiking and kayak expeditions for several days as educational and leadership experiences.

  • Yoga4Kidz Society
    STATUS: Completed
    TIMEFRAME: 2007 to 2009
    TYPE OF PROJECT: Education and Health

    Yoga4Kidz promoted the benefits of yoga and yoga-related activities for children and young people in Vancouver with UNICEF. Makine Druker led and promoted the physical, mental, and social fitness with her students and instructors.

  • Bowness High School Dance Studio
    STATUS: Completed
    TIMEFRAME: 2010
    TYPE OF PROJECT: Education

    An anonymous donor provided funds for the construction of a dance studio for the students to use at Bowness High School.

  • YIELD - Youths in Expression - A Leadership Dialogue
    STATUS: Completed
    TIMEFRAME: 2014
    TYPE OF PROJECT: Education

    Calgary & Edmonton, Alberta

    YIELD Youths in Expression – A Leadership Dialogue was inspired by the tragic shooting that resulted in the death of the 19 year old nephew of one of its co-founders. The assailant was also a youth, who unfortunately felt that expressing himself through violence was a better option than seeking more empowering ways of communication.

    Gladys Sibayan founded YIELD and Norm Johnson funded the program to provide a space for youth where they can express themselves, feel heard, and also listen to the story of others in order to expand their perspective and understanding. YIELD provides an opportunity for discovery and the sharing of dreams and talents. Through their sharing, the participants learn the skills of communication, cooperation, and creative problem solving.

    On March 4, 2006, eight of the 11 energetic, enthusiastic participants celebrated the completion of the pilot project, a culmination of 12 weeks of play, laughter, dialogue, and connection. We saw shyness give way to sharing and apprehension give way to confidence as the participants took turns chairing the meetings, entertaining the crowd with their many talents, and discovering the brilliant treasure within themselves and others.

    At the celebration, several of the youth relived the journey of having fun while realizing the depth of their connection. As Michael O’Keefe shared, “At first I didn’t know if I had much in common with the others, but by the end of it, I discovered that we are all one.” The first YIELD program was run in Edmonton in April 2006. The second program was in Calgary in September 2006.

  • Katelyn Cook Inspirational Award
    STATUS: Completed
    TIMEFRAME: 2005 to 2014
    TYPE OF PROJECT: Education

    Ponoka, Alberta

    Katelyn Cook Inspiration Award celebrates kind hearts and uplifting spirits.

    Goals & Impact

    J.W.Douglas Beatty initiated a fund that was started by the Cook family in memory of their daughter, Katelyn Elizabeth Cook, who died at age 15 on April 23, 2005 following a tragic car accident.

    Highlights & Detail

    The Katelyn Cook Inspiration Award is given out annually as a cash award to a student at the Composite High School in Ponoka, Alberta who best exemplifies Katelyn’s kind heart and uplifting spirit.

    Recipients of the Katelyn Cook Inspiration Award:

    2013 Jennifer Sidwell
    2012 Samantha Quinn
    2011 Tyler Bell
    2010 Landon Schultz
    2009 Nola Curran
    2008 Jenah Walcheske
    2007 Dusty Finkbeiner
    2006 Nils Thompson
    2005 Megan Robinson

  • Ralph R. Gregory Memorial Foundation
    STATUS: Completed
    TIMEFRAME: 2009 to 2014
    TYPE OF PROJECT: Health and Education

    Calgary, Alberta
    Ralph R. Gregory Memorial Foundation

     

    Goals & Impact

    We support the Ralph R. Gregory Memorial Foundation (Canada), established in Calgary to support patients, doctors, students, and the general public. It funds and facilitates upper cervical research, education, and public awareness. It will also enable future generations to continue receiving this breakthrough healing process.

    Highlights & Detail

    Dr. Ralph Gregory was a visionary and gifted healer with the capacity and commitment to create a radical new way of healing that can help restore the body to perfect health. The focus of his lifetime work was the relationship between the upper cervical spine (neck) and its profound influence on the central nervous system and brain stem function. He developed a healing technique now known as NUCCA that stands for the National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association.

    Partners
    Ralph R. Gregory Memorial Foundation
    www.rrgfoundation.org

    Upper Cervical Research Foundation
    www.ucrf.org

  • The Shoe Project

    STATUS: Current
    TIMEFRAME: 2012 to 2015
    TYPE OF PROJECT: Education

    Toronto, Ontario & Canmore, Alberta

    The Shoe Project offers writing workshops to ESL women from around the world

    Goals & impact

    Groups of immigrant women from all over the world visit Toronto’s BATA Shoe Museum to write personal, shoe-inspired stories, displaying the footwear that inspired them. This opens doors for them as they become more involved in Canadian life by gaining the confidence to communicate both written and verbally in their non-native language. This program not only guides participants to better careers, but also builds a strong community of immigrant women facing many of the same challenges- regardless of their county of origin. The project was initiated, and continues to directed by author Katherine Govier and incubated at the BATA Shoe Museum. Members complete their story in a workshop with women who have come to Canada from all over the world. After the story is edited, each members works with voice coach Eve Crawford in preparation for public performances.

    Highlights & Details

    The Shoe Project offers writing and performance workshops to groups of 14 to 20 women, ages 18 to 80, who have come to Canada as adults. They learn to write and share their story of immigration through the shoes they wore during their journey to Canada with a final performance for the public at the end of each session. The Tidlund Foundation supports participants by providing an honorarium as they take time away from families and jobs to participate.

    Contact the Mary A. Tidlund Charitable Foundation if you would like to inquire about The Shoe Project holding a workshop in your community.

    “The stories are powerful; the personal performances even more so. Audiences and media and colleges love The Shoe Project.”
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    Every pair of shoes tells the story of a life. Canadian novelist Katherine Govier helps immigrant women tell their stories by having them write about the shoes they were wearing when they arrived in Canada.
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    The Shoe Project has completed its first-ever “intensive session” outside of Toronto, Ontario in Canmore, Alberta. In November 2014, over a ten day period, we founded a group of eight women from the Bow Valley area — Banff and Canmore.
    Stories were developed in the spiffy new library at Elevation Place in Canmore, and performed at the warm and welcoming coffee shop Communitea Cafe. The Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies, through its staff person Pam Knox, treated the group to a close-up and personal examination of some of the amazing boots, skates, dancing slippers, and moccasins in their holding.
    It is surprising to learn that, after Toronto and Vancouver, the town of Banff has the highest ratio of newcomers to longstanding locals of any centre in Canada. We worked with women from the Philippines, Nepal, the Netherlands, Brazil, Romania, Grenada, and Japan. Here are their stories.

    Session 7, Canmore
    1: Fancy Footwear 2: Meg’s White Skates 3: Shoes For Today!
    4: My Havaianas 5: High Heels and Crutch 6: Breathe. Step. Breathe.
    7: A Box of Shoes
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  • Soccer Without Boundaries
    STATUS: Current
    TIMEFRAME: July 2015
    TYPE OF PROJECT: Education and Alleviation Poverty

    Goals & Impact

    Soccer Without Boundaries’ main goal is to establish an outreach program that engages youth to participate in soccer as a meant to integrate immigrant and low income youth into the mainstream youth soccer in Calgary.

    Highlights & Details

    This group has grown into an innovative multicultural outreach program aimed at integrating new Canadians into their community. Soccer Without Boundaries is designed to bring communities together, break down barriers and let children feel that they belong. It allows them to build self-esteem, develop leadership skills and strengthen social relationships through teamwork, fair play and conflict resolution. It also provides parents and families with a means to volunteer and get involved.

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