Purposeful Activity; Coping through the Pandemic

August 11, 2021

A huge thing that has helped me through this pandemic is spending my time in what I knew was meaningful to me. As a student, the huge shift to online learning brought my risk of burnout to a dangerous high. My time spent on schoolwork and the responsibilities I had at home blurred together all…

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Lethbridge and Combat Sports: A Surprisingly Deep Relationship

June 2, 2021

As Canadians, we often think that the most prevalent sports in our communities are of course hockey and soccer. When Canadians, and by extension, citizens of Lethbridge, think of the term sport, the images of striking a puck on the frozen floor and kicking a soccer ball across a grassy field come to mind. However,…

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Volunteering Amidst a Pandemic: The Implicit Impact on a Community

May 10, 2021

Emeasoba George once said: “The greatest legacy anyone can leave behind is to positively impact the lives of others. Whenever you add value to other people’s lives, you are unknowingly leaving footprints on the sands of time that live on, even after your demise.” Before the Pandemic, I was able to meet with people and…

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Four Decades of Achievements

April 19, 2021

Here we are, the first quarter of 2021 has already passed. And with that, challenges, discoveries, failures and victories came along. The year started with the celebration of the 40th Anniversary of Volunteer Lethbridge, a Nonprofit Leadership Centre; an organization that is celebrating 4 decades of history and stewardship in the community. It all started…

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Recognizing and Celebrating Volunteerism in our Community

February 18, 2021

Today we want to celebrate and recognize the volunteer work of Precious Owusu-Ware, an international student currently pursuing a master’s researching French linguistics. What volunteering are you involved in? I have volunteered with Volunteer Lethbridge, helping as an administrative assistant. I joined the GSA as a board member to assist with disability and accommodated learning.…

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The Light of Today is the Strength of Today

February 1, 2021

“The world is indeed full of peril, and in it, there are many dark places; but still there is much that is fair, and though in all the lands love is now mingled with grief, it grows perhaps the greater.” J.R.R.Tolkein, The Fellowship of the Ring With February 2021 upon the horizon, we are all…

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Stress Affecting Non-Profit Leaders and Teams: Tips for Coping in Chaos

December 16, 2020

Many questions run through our heads as we feel the stress of coping in our work, family, social circles, and community right now. Are you wondering: What will this season be like for me and my family? How can I help my clients in this time of increased demand? Will my organization survive? Will I…

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“Merry Christmas” or “Happy Holidays”

December 1, 2020

“Merry Christmas” or “Happy Holidays” – which is more inclusive?Tymmarah (Tymm) Mackie, MA You’ve heard the debate over “Happy Holidays” and “Merry Christmas” – about not offending anyone; that “Happy Holidays” acknowledges other holy days or celebrations occurring around Christmastime, and is more inclusive. Surprise! “Merry Christmas” is actually more inclusive. With regard to religion…

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The Business Side of Non-Profit Organizations

November 17, 2020

Its long been thought that non-profit and charitable organizations operate differently than businesses. After all, businesses are supposed to measure their success by their profits. If earning a profit is not your objective, why would you use business principles to guide operations? Because business principles are about more than profit. They provide the tools to…

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Providing Mental Health Support for Virtual Volunteers

November 2, 2020

One of the well-known impacts of volunteering is its benefits for your mental health. According to many studies, the social contact aspect has a profound effect in helping you to maintain a sound mind. The meaningful connections that you create help to relieve stress, anxiety and loneliness. It also helps to provide a sense of…

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