April 2015 eNews

Make sure you claim your Family Caregiver Tax Credit

As the deadline for submitting your 2014 Canadian Income Tax is fast approaching on April 30, 2015, don't forget that you may be eligible to claim up to $2058 through the Family Caregiver Tax Credit.  Click here for information.  (back to Table of Contents)

Nominate a caregiver for prestigious award and a chance to win $10,000

Communities and employers also to be awarded for their leadership in support of caregivers
The search is on for exceptional caregivers across Canada. Canadians are being asked to nominate a family caregiver for a unique caregiver award and explain what the caregiver would do with $10,000.
It’s part of a unique program, called Canada Cares, that supports and celebrates caregivers. The awards, which will be presented both regionally and nationally, will recognize 5 exceptional family/friend caregivers in four regions: Western, Central, Atlantic and Northern Canada. For more information, click here.
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Join us as we celebrate Alberta Caregivers Week with a special Caregiver Celebration Brunch
  • Monday May 4 at the Chateau Louis Conference Centre (11727 - Kingsway Avenue, Edmonton) - see Google Map
  • Enjoy a full-plated brunch with scrambled eggs, bacon, home fried potatoes, toast, coffee/tea, and fruit juices
  • 9:00 am - Doors open.  Come visit the special "Community Showcase" featuring exhibitors who care for caregivers.
  • 9:30 am - Brunch begins.  Enjoy the great food and the wonderful company of caregivers.
  • 10:00 am - Program begins.  We honour and thank you for being a caregiver.
Free for caregivers & guests (limited seating available).
Please RSVP by Monday April 27 to Michele Rowan,; 780-453-5088.
For more information on this and other Alberta Caregiver Week events, please click here.
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Fashion Extravaganza ACGA Fundraiser - May 11

The Fashion Extravaganza is one of the most anticipated events of the year, as the Alberta Caregivers Association continues to celebrate Alberta Caregiver Week.

See the most exciting fashions from Kingsway Mall and enjoy the company of caregivers.

This wonderful event helps raise essential funds for the ACGA and its ongoing programs and supports for caregivers.
  • Monday, May 11, 2015; 5:30 - 7:30 pm
  • Derrick Golf & Winter Club; 3500 - 119 Street (see Google Map)
  • Welcome Reception - Hors d'oeuvres
  • Door Prizes - Giveaways - Fundraising Fun
  • Tickets $50 each / $40 Seniors & ACGA Members
Check out what else is happening for Alberta Caregiver Week.

Limited seating.  Please pre-register here.
We look forward to seeing you at this event, and thank you for caring for caregivers.

Special thanks to

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Caregiver Information Sessions

  • Managing Stress (Wed Apr 22; 1-:30 - 3:00 pm; 6:00 - 7:30 pm)
  • Caregiving and HOPE (Wed May 6; 6:00 - 7:30 pm)
  • Laughter Yoga for Caregivers (Thurs May 7; 1:30 - 3:00 pm)
  • Small Steps to Better Health (Wed June 3; 1:30 -3:00 pm; 6:00 - 7:30 pm)
  • Wills, Power of Attorney, and Personal Directives (Wed June 17; 1:30 - 3:00 pm)
Location:  Fulton Place School: 10310-56 St; Edmonton
Register:  Please RSVP by the day before of the Info Session by calling 780-453-5088 or email
  • For more information on these and other Caregiver Information Sessions, click here.
  • No cost to participants.  Refreshments will be provided
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COMPASS for the Caregiver

The 9-module "COMPASS for the Caregiver" program encourages caregivers to balance their own well-being with challenges of caregiving.  It's not about "how to care for the recipient", but rather "how to care for yourself" while being a caregiver.

"I feel so much more capable of handling the unexpected."
"The course is the best thing that has happened to me in years"
"Being able to share with other caregivers was most meaningful"

Some of the upcoming COMPASS  Programs include:
Medicine Hat CMHA - starts Wednesdays, April 29
- ACGA Office - Fulton Place School - Edmonton - starts Thursdays, April 30
Edmonton Garrison Military Family Resource Centre (MFRC) - starts Tuesdays, May 5

- Yellowhead County - Starts Wednesdays, May 6
- Other locations and dates to be announced
For more information on the "COMPASS for the Caregiver" program, click here.  Or contact Debbie at; 780-453-5088; 1-877-453-5088.
Become a COMPASS Facilitator and make a positive difference for caregivers in your community.   Enroll in the 3-day "COMPASS Facilitator Training Workshop".  Eligible individuals may apply for a bursary.  For more information, click here or contact Debbie at; 780-453-5088; 1-877-453-5088.
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Navigator Program for Health and Community Professionals

If you're working in the health field, community services, or with a social service agency, you'll be interested in the one-day Navigator Professional Development program. 

The program is designed to help you understand, assess, and support caregivers.   You will gain valuable insights and knowledge about the importance of caregivers and their well-being.   Incorporate caregiver support into your practice.

Choose from any of the dates: (Times 8:30 am to 4:30 pm)
April:  Fri Apr 24
May: Wed May 6; Fri May 29
June: Wed June 10; Wed, June 24

Location: Fulton Place School; 10310 - 56 St; Edmonton
Cost $90, includes a printed manual & lunch.  Workshop is subsidized by Age Friendly Edmonton.

Click here for more information, or contact Debra Paches at
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One last thought:

"Hope is grief's best music" - Author unknown.
Caregiver hope is vital.  The ACGA will help you hear your song! (back to Table of Contents)
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