Saturday, March 28, 2009

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Wednesday, March 25, 2009


~ Patience is the ability to idle your motor, when you feel like stripping your gears.

~Love is strengthened by working through conflicts together.

~Harsh words break no bones, but they do break hearts.

~To get out of a difficulty, one usually must go through it.

~We take for granted the things that we should be giving thanks for.

~Love is the only thing that can be divided without being diminished.

~Happiness is enhanced by others, but does not depend upon others.

~For every minute you are angry with someone, you lose 60 seconds of happiness that you can never get back.

Monday, March 23, 2009

Thought For The Day

- To make a man happy, fill his hands with work; his heart with affection; his mind with purpose; his memory with useful knowledge; his future with hope; and his stomach with food.

-Watching the clock is not the same as watching the sun rise!

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Democratic Dialogue

Artists are creators, visionaries, critics, and teachers and link us to our past and future. They query prejudices, break down barriers and challenge us to do the same. Their work contributes to cultural and economic change and fuels our cultural industries. The Arts provide a safe place for citizens to engage in democratic dialogue.

Monday, March 09, 2009

Bread and Roses

By James Oppenheim - Commemorating the Lawrence textile strike of 1912 - And unofficial anthem of International Women’s Day - March 8

As we come marching, marching,
In the beauty of the day

A million darkened kitchens, a thousand mill lofts grey

Are touched with all the radiance that
A sudden sun discloses

For the people hear our singing,
“Bread and roses! Bread and roses!”

As we come marching, marching, unnumbered women dead
go crying through our singing their ancient cry for bread

Small art, and love and beauty their drudging spirits knew
yes, it is bread we fight for, but we fight for roses too!

As we come marching, marching, we battle too for men
for they are women’s children, and we mother them again

Our lives shall not be sweated from birth until life closes
Hearts starve as well as bodies:

Give us bread-—but give us roses!

As we come marching, marching, we bring the greater days
the rising of the women means the rising of the race

No more the drudge and idler-—ten that toil while one reposes
but a sharing of life’s glories: Bread and roses! Bread and roses!

Friday, March 06, 2009

It takes a great deal of courage and hope to come to a new country and make a life: My Thoughts on ‘Immigration’ on my Call back day: Somayya Kasani

‘Believe in yourself. Get as much information as possible. The information will empower you. Seek out an agency that will empower you. Get out and network with as many different kinds of people as you can’ says my supervisor Mr. Schmuhl to his clients.

I work in ‘Welcome Centre for New Immigrants’ in Edmonton, Canada. This centre is a perfect place to welcome newcomers and celebrate diversity. The newcomers have left all they know behind for the distant hope of a bright future.

To succeed, we must make the system work better; it is not enough to have people come to our country. Equally important, we need them to be successful once they are here – to ensure that both immigrants and Canada fully benefit from the skills and talents newcomers bring. Immigrants bring with them a wealth of expertise and education and contribute enormously to Canadian society and economic well-being.

Learning to adapt to a new culture, climate and language requires a great deal of learning, and new comers fare better if they are exposed to information about Canada in multiple ways, through various sources and at different times.

My motto in life is to keep learning; because through knowledge, our lives can only get better. We should treasure what is best in our cultures because we have a lot to contribute to Canada.

It is an agency that empowers ‘New Immigrants’ by offering general settlement assistance including information, orientation, English as a second language assessments and training, interpretation or translation, and employment and referral services.

Since so much of identity comes from our work, it is important for our emotional, psychological and spiritual well-being that we choose work that excites and energizes us.

The Great Vision of the Welcome Centre For Immigrants is that every human being is unique and complex; worthy of respect and recognition - as individuals, as members of families, as members of community- and each person has the right to be treated justly and to make choices and live in safety without discrimination. Mr. Derrick Schmuhl also says that diversity is an asset for a strong and healthy society.

Thursday, March 05, 2009

Quote of the Day

Lack of direction, not lack of time, is the problem. We all have twenty-four hour days.

2006 RISE Awards recipients - Lifetime Achievement: Charan Khehra

Charan came from India in 1975. He has been an educator, public administrator, researcher and community leader. He is a founding member of the South Asian Humanitarian Aid and Resettlement Association. Charan encourages and mentors many visible minority members and women to engage in and enhance their presence in politics, and is committed to diversity, multiculturalism and social justice.

Monday, March 02, 2009

Thought For The Day

- The secret of success is the consistency of purpose.

- If we are strong, our strength will speak for itself. If we are weak, words will be of no help.

- People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed, and redeemed; Never throw out anyone!

- Artists are creators, visionaries, critics, and teachers and link us to our past and future. They query prejudices, break down barriers and challenge us to do the same. Their work contributes to cultural and economic change and fuels our cultural industries. The Arts provide a safe place for citizens to engage in democratic dialogue.

- The Gift of Time: Time with yourself to reflect and grow. Time with others to develop and build powerful relationships.

Sunday, March 01, 2009

Future of Public Health Care in Alberta : Mar 14, 2009

Edmonton Whitemud NDP Constituency Association invites you to hear : David Eggen, Executive Director of Friends of Medicare

Speaking on: The Future of Public Health Care in Alberta.

On Saturday, March 14th at 10:00AM, At the Meeting Room of the Riverbend Public Library.

David Eggen has had long experience in public advocacy and teaching. David was a teacher for 18 years in Edmonton, Zimbabwe and Thailand before being elected as a Member of the Provincial Legislative Assembly for Edmonton Calder. David and his family have lived in North West Edmonton for the last 17 years. They enjoy music, travelling, cycling and reading in addition to challenging the status quo!

David's experience in the legislature as well as his skills as an organizer, teacher and speaker will be a welcome addition to the Friends of Medicare team