ALIGN & Sector News February 4, 2019

See all the latest news, training and more for Alberta agencies serving children, youth and families!

ALIGN & Sector News and Updates Nov 21, 2018

Lots of new information, resources, reports, grants and training. Register for ALIGN Group Care Symposium, new full guide for Practice Strategies for Lifelong Connections, updates to Bills, upcoming Alberta  nonprofit grants and more!

PDD Program Review Update Bulletin: Invitation to Present & Discussion Guide November 2018

In addition to a series of Community Conversation sessions being held throughout the province, there will be opportunities for organizations such as yours to make presentations to the PDD program review panel. The PDD Program Review Discussion Guide is being used to assist in developing input to the panel.Read Full Correspondence below for Calgary/Edmonton presentation dates and additional related information below.

Charities and Nonprofits: Alberta Election 2019 News & Resources

Includes news, reports, resources and training related to nonprofits/charities and political activities. Be prepared for 2019 Alberta Election and view ALIGN Key Message and Political Tool Kit.

ALIGN & Sector News October 25, 2018

Update date news for Alberta Human Service agencies regarding initiatives, resources and training relevant to agencies who serve children, youth and families. Find out more about impact of postal disruption, PDD Program review, New autism safety resources, upcoming grant deadlines and more!

ALIGN & Sector News and Updates October 17, 2018

This bulletin includes announcements from Alberta Ministers regarding A Stronger, Safer Tomorrow Action Plan and Cannabis Legislation in regards to caregiver providers. Also find upcoming training, sector resources and news.

ALIGN & Sector News and Updates Oct 4, 2018

See registration for ALIGN Conference, new ALIGN political tool-kit, care worker violence prevention inspection updates, FSCD updates, Foundation of Care training dates, Cultural Solutions training and more!

ALIGN Resource Bulletin Cannabis in the Workplace Employer OHS Resources

OHS Managers are seeking answers on medical use of cannabis in the workplace and how to address recreational use of cannabis in relation to the workplace. This resource bulletin includes extensive cannabis in the workplace  articles, resource and training for Human Service OHS Managers to help support their employees, workplace safety, policy development and safety protocols.

ALIGN & Sector News and Updates July 5, 2018

Lots of new information! Save the date for ALIGN AGM, partner with MacEwan for help from students with change management, Correspondence from CA Minister Danielle Larivee to ALIGN E.D. June 28, 2018, Research contract for homelessness in Edmonton and more!

Self Care for Human Services Workers Bulletin June 2018

At ALIGN, we know our members make employee health and safety a priority. To assist with that, we maintain a number of online directories so agency directors and staff can easily access the tools and information they need to address their agency/staffing and or personal needs. This bulletin includes recent additions to our directory.

Update Bill 17 – Caregiver Employment Standards Exceptions

An update from E.D. Rhonda Barraclough and Lenore Neudorf, Assistant Deputy Minister, Strategy and Policy Labour, Government of Alberta June 11, 2018 regarding new Caregiver Employment Standards Exceptions caregiver self-assessment tools Am I Caregiver? now available.

ALIGN & Sector News and Updates May 23, 2018

This bulletin includes new OHS training and grants as well as new Trauma 101 Train the Trainer series. It also includes links to our membership presentations on Bill 30 and Caseload Trends and more!

ALIGN & Sector Updates May 10, 2018

Information about upcoming ALIGN meeting to discuss prevention and early intervention framework, OHS grant news, Indigenous Thought Leaders videos, sector surveys and upcoming training.

ALIGN Members – Call to Participate!

Please view upcoming deadlines for Child Review Panel feedback meetings, Early Intervention Meetings, Membership Meeting and more!

Child Review Panel Community Engagement Dates Announced

Invitation from Darlene Bouwsema Deputy Minister Children’s Services  to Community Engagement Meetings on Public Action Plan Regarding the Ministerial Panel on Child Intervention Recommendations

ALIGN & Sector News and Updates April 2018

Sector news and initiatives relevant to human service organizations serving children, youth and families in Alberta including Budget 2018 updates, ALIGN Membership Meeting Registration, PDD Consultations and More!

Have Your Say!

Don’t miss your opportunity to share your feedback and input on the following important initiatives relevant to Alberta agencies and organizations serving children, youth and families.

Upcoming Grants, Awards, & Bursaries For Alberta Human Service Agencies

At ALIGN Association we know how valuable our member’s time is ,and one way ALIGN can help is by keeping agencies informed of all of the upcoming Grants, Awards, & Bursaries For Alberta Human Service Agencies

Volunteer Appreciation Bulletin March 2018

This bulletin is full of great resources, tools, funding, appreciation gift ideas and more!

National Volunteer Week 2018
April 15 – 21, 2018

“Celebrate the Value of Volunteering – building confidence, competence, connections and community”.

ALIGN Compensation Resource Bulletin: Salaries, Wages, Benefits in the Human Service Sector March 2018

Learn more about available tools and resources related to compensation in the nonprofit and or human service sector. This bulletin includes links to executive, employee and consulting resources including salary and benefit surveys and research, calculators, tools and resources related to best practices.

ALIGN Self-Care and Safety for Front-Line Workers Resource Bulletin March 8, 2018

This resource bulletin includes tools, resources and training to support front-line workers safety and mental health. If you are a supervisor – these resources can assist you in supporting your staff and if you are front-line worker you can access valuable resources that can help you stay safe. Please share with others who may benefit from this resource collection.

ALIGN Child Intervention Resource Bulletin February 2018

This bulletin includes  new resources, news and updates related to Family Finding, Government of Alberta Child Review Panel and Child Intervention Fact Sheets as well as national news and updates related to child welfare and intervention.

ALIGN Bill 17 Updates February 6, 2018

Letter from ALIGN to Premier Notley, new resources from Alberta Government and First Reference Report on Update Employment and Labour Laws.

ALIGN Recruitment & Retention Bulletin February 2018

At ALIGN Association, we understand the challenges that our member agencies face with recruiting and retaining  new employees and volunteers and the value of finding the right people.  Equally as important is investing in creative, effective ways to keep them! This bulletin includes useful resources, funding options and upcoming training opportunities related to recruitment and retention.

Upcoming Grants, Award and Bursaries Bulletin January 2018

At ALIGN Association we know how valuable our member’s time is, and one way ALIGN can help is by keeping agencies informed of all of the upcoming funding opportunities available.

View over 70 grant, bursary and award  descriptions and deadlines  for 2018 relevant to Alberta child, youth and family servicing agencies.

ALIGN & Sector News and Updates January 10, 2018

Well in a blink of an eye it’s 2018 and almost time for our 10th Annual Conference – we hope to see you there! This bulletin includes a recent announcement form ALIGN E.D. Rhonda Barraclough regarding members input for Bill 17 as well as some new and upcoming ALIGN training events and more!

Child Intervention Announcement and Child/Youth Trauma Resources December 19, 2017

Resources and training links related to child/youth trauma care as well as important announcement from ALIGN E.D. Rhonda Barraclough regarding changing roles for Child Intervention E.D.s

ALIGN Bulletin Human Service Agencies and Christmas Considerations December 2017

With the holidays come many considerations for human service agencies. Find out more about the legalities of office parties, staff mental wellness, the ethics around accepting gifts and more!

ALIGN & Sector News November 2017

So much going on! ALIGN E.D. Rhonda Barraclough updates members regarding Bill 17 and check out upcoming ALIGN training and conference registrations  and new  sector reports and initiatives.

ALIGN Evaluation Resource Bulletin November 6, 2017

This bulletin highlights organizational, program and client evaluation resources that have been recently added  to our sector evaluation resource directories. See what’s new!

ALIGN and Sector News November 6, 2017

Please find included the Fall ALIGN Journal, an invitation to our 50/10 Celebration, Conference Registration, new ALIGN Training and links to additional ALIGN initiatives like our Leadership Bursary, BILL 17 Presentation Materials and recently released Opioid Fact Sheet and so much more!

ALIGN E.D. Updates October 2, 2017

Thank-you to all of you who attended our AGM in Red Deer on September 29th. It looks like our timing with the weather was right! For those of you who weren’t able to attend – please see the following updates and for those of you who were there, you’ll see I’ve included some recent sector updates and training links not yet available at the AGM. ..

ALIGN and Sector News and Updates September 2017

Hi Everyone – I sure hope you had a great summer! Here are some new updates and initiatives relevant to AB agencies serving children, youth and families.

Alberta Nonprofit Management, Leadership and Governance Bulletin August 2017

Nonprofit human service agencies depend on quality leadership. Those involved in management and governance are essential to the success of any organization. With that in mind, here are some excellent articles, resources and training opportunities to support you in your leadership development.

Procurement Advisory Table P.A.T – Final Report August 2017


Procurement Advisory Table – Final Report August 2017

The Procurement Advisory Table (PAT) provided its Final Report to the Ministers of Community and Social Services and Children’s Services. The report includes recommendations for the departments to consider for designing and implementing future contracting approaches.

Arrangements are underway to schedule a meeting involving ALIGN (Rhonda Barraclough) ECVO (Russ Dahms)  ACDS (Andrea Hesse) and Deputy Ministers for both Ministry of Children’s Services and Community and Support Services Shannon Marchand and Darlene Bouwsema the second week of September to determine a course of action going forward considering changes that have occurred since the report was tabled in December.


Response from Minister Sabir to PAT Co-Chair,  Russ Dahms

Terms of Reference

Membership List

Previous PAT Updates

See ALIGN Directory of Contracting News

Alberta Nonprofit Grants, Awards & Bursaries Bulletin July – October 2017

At ALIGN Association we know our members value the opportunity to enhance or broaden their services, improve facilities, increase access to staff development, and develop new initiatives that lead to the betterment of their agency, those they serve and their communities. Here is a list  (in order of deadline dates) of awards, bursaries and grants now open for application or nomination to Alberta agencies serving children, youth and families.

Alberta Nonprofits – 7 Ways to Have Your Say June 2017

At ALIGN, we know our members embrace opportunities to contribute to meaningful research related to charities and non-profit human service organization in Alberta and Canada. The directions Alberta’s noprofits take to move forward as service providers is in great part shaped by the input and insights of agencies that contribute their opinions and expertise to these information gathering initiative so here are 7 opportunities to Have Your Say!

Human Service Worker Wellness and Safety Bulletin April 2017

ALIGN Association of Community Services knows our member agencies make employee safety and wellness a priority so here is a helpful  collection of research, tools and training that can support you in that effort.  At the bottom of this bulletin you will find direct links to the related ALIGN online directories where you can access additional resources.

ALIGN Sector News and Updates March 5, 2017

Hi Everyone –  Just a quick update on some new developments, resources, opportunities and training events for ALIGN Member agencies and those serving children, youth and families in Alberta.

ALIGN and Sector News Bulletin March 5, 2017

A brand new newsletter with lots of important updates, funding and training for those of you who work with children, youth and families in Alberta

ALIGN and Sector News and Updates Feb 24, 2017

This bulletin includes news and updates for AB agencies serving children, youth and families. See what’s new with Ministry transition, Child Review Panel, Sole-Source Contracting and more!

ALIGN Sector News and Funding Feb 7, 2017

Some important updates regarding the AB Child Review Panel and additional sector news as well as a number of grants and awards with deadlines fast approaching – don’t miss out!

ALIGN Youth Care Bulletin January 2017

If you work with youth this bulletin is for you! Included you will find resources, training and news to assist you with your youth program or youth in care initiatives

Important Sector Announcement and Updates Jan 2017

Important Sector Announcement and Updates Jan 2017
January has brought some significant changes to the sector including a new Child Services Minister, an announcement of who will be on the Child Intervention Review Panel and more!

Nonprofit OHS Resource Bulletin January 2017

ALIGN supports our member agencies in their efforts to ensure the health and wellness of their employees and strives to keep you up to date regarding current trends, resources and training. Please take a minute to review these resources and feel free to share with others who may be interested.

ALIGN and Sector News and Updates January 2017

Catch up on ALIGN and Sector News. Learn more about Alberta nonprofit energy grants, share your input on budget 2017, check out all the upcoming free training events and more!

Human Services Evaluation Resource Bulletin Dec. 2016

This bulletin is full of great evaluation resources and tools to help support your organization with your evaluation efforts be they client, program or organizational. ALIGN serves a broad range of service providers within the human service sector so I’ve tried to include resources relevant to the varied needs of our members. Don’t forget to check out the great articles and training opportunities in the side bar too!

ALIGN Resource Bulletin: ALIGN and Sector News Nov 2016

This bulletin includes new initiatives, reports and resources applicable to Alberta non-profit agencies serving children youth and families. Remember to check the side bar for new program grants and funding as well as additional news items.

ALIGN Resource Bulletin: Nonprofit Program Resources September 2016

This bulletin is for nonprofit managers and supervisors and includes links to some great resources and training opportunities. Please take a minute to view the side bar as well for important surveys and consultations taking place in Alberta.

ALIGN Resource Bulletin: Nonprofit Boards and Executive Management June 2016

Here are a lot of great resources and training opportunities for non-profit boards & executives. Please remember to forward this to your board members!

ALIGN Bulletin – Alberta Budget 2017

Hi Everyone – The following includes communications, news, updates and sector responses to the Alberta Budget 2017. View Here

ALIGN Executive Director Update Re: Alberta Budget 2017
Danielle Larivee Minister Children’s Services March 16, 2017
Budget 2017 Briefing For Community And Social Services Stakeholders.
Alberta Budget 2017 Inclusion Alberta Response
CCVO Budget 2017 Holds the Line on Spending March 17, 2017
Alberta Government Alberta Budget 2017

ALIGN Resource Bulletin: Natural Disaster – Best Practices “Supporting Clients Through Trauma” Resource Bulletin May 2016

As you know, agencies across Alberta are mobilizing to support evacuees from Fort McMurray. Many of the agencies will be front line in supporting the children, youth and families in dealing with their trauma. This bulletin includes links to emergency response resources that will support front-line workers with dealing with the trauma of natural disasters.

ALIGN Resource Bulletin: AB Non-profit Awards, Bursaries, Grants & Community Giving Spring/Summer 2016

At ALIGN we know our members are always seeking funding opportunities to help sustain or further the vital services they provide for children, youth and families so hopefully this will help. This spring/summer fund development bulletin includes direct links to a range of upcoming and ongoing awards, bursaries and grants. Don’t forget to check the side bar for corporate giving and non-profit loan links as well.

ALIGN Resource Bulletin: Addiction: Fentanyl and W-18 May 2016

Today more than ever new and dangerous drugs are hitting the streets and agencies and their staff are working hard to keep up with the evolving issues and implications. In an effort to support agency staff this bulletin provides updates and information on substance abuse and addiction with a focus on fentanyl & W-18 resources, training and Alberta initiatives

ALIGN Resource Bulletin: Alberta Aboriginal Youth Suicide April, 2016

This bulletin includes news and responses to the Child and Youth Advocate Special Report on Aboriginal Youth Suicide as well as a look back at efforts to address aboriginal youth suicide in Alberta, current statistics and resources to support suicide prevention and intervention.Please share with others.

ALIGN Resource Bulletin: 25 Great Ways To Show Volunteer Appreciation – Spring 2016

It’s National Volunteer Week April 10-16, 2016 so here are 25 great ideas to help you in your efforts to let them know how appreciated they are! I’ve included a few favorites from last year and some great new ideas as well. To all the agency volunteers out there ALIGN would like to extend our thanks for your contribute to the children, youth and families you serve. We would also like to thank our past and present board members for all their contributions and the many volunteers who come out to support us at our conference.

ALIGN Resource Bulletin: Family Finding Resource Bulletin November 2015

This bulletin is all about Family Finding including an introduction to Family Finding and some resources and links provided by Kevin A. Campbell, internationally known youth permanency expert and founder of the Centre for Family Finding.

ALIGN Resource Bulletin: Holiday Fundraising Ideas for Non-profits November 2015

Albertan’s are spending less money with the economic down turn so more than ever, it makes sense to make your fundraising initiatives cohesive with holiday spending limitations by offering products that can be given as gifts, stocking stuffers, food, entertainment or related serves like gift wrapping stations With this in mind, I set out to compile a list of potential fundraising possibilities and hopefully have incorporated a few new ideas and products. There are some creative ideas and some great product partnership opportunities so take a minute and see if any of these might be the right fundraising fit for your organization.

ALIGN Resource Bulletin: Child and Youth Caregiver Network Resource Bulletin October 2015

The following resources include links to current research, news initiatives and training related to child welfare and trauma informed care

ALIGN Resource Bulletin: Halloween Resources for Agencies That Serve Kids October 2015

Well it’s that time of year and Halloween is fast approaching. I’ve put together some great resources for activities, inclusion and child and property safety. Please feel free to share with others. Happy Halloween!

ALIGN Resource Bulletin: Child, Youth and Family Assessment Bulletin October 2015

As you know ALIGN has been compiling a directory of links to a broad range of child, youth and family assessments. We recently asked you to submit any assessments or related resources that you had found useful and I would like to extend my thanks to all of you who sent in suggestions. Please RT (find link below) or forward to others who may be interested and help us to continue to build this valuable resource directory.

ALIGN Resource Bulletin: Non-profit Evaluation Resource Bulletin January 2015

As we step forward into 2016, all agencies strive to assess and improve the quality of service they provide in an ongoing effort to ensure client needs are met with success. In this bulleting you will find resources and links to assist you with evaluation efforts.