ALIGN Communication Memo #21


ALIGN’s General Membership Meeting will be held virtually on May 29, 2020

9am-11am. See link below to register.

ALIGN Membership Meeting Webinar Registration (AGM) Link:

ALIGN will be offering a free Mental Health Series with Frank Shannon titled

“Understanding Brain Responses and Individual Coping Strategies in the Midst of a

Pandemic”. Registration link here:

Next week on Thursday and Friday we are taking a Communication Gathering

Meeting break. So for clarity:

  • Red Deer north congregate group care/SIL- Thursday, May 14 cancelled & resumes Thursday, May 21
  • Calgary and South congregate group care/SIL- Friday, May 15 cancelled & resumes Friday, May 22
  • Provincial Foster Care -Tuesday, May 19 cancelled & resumes Monday, May 25.

Please remember to to forward these communication memos to your staff so they

can stay informed as well.


Help ALIGN, CWLC, and the Ontario Association of Children’s Aid Societies

recognize the tireless efforts of community service sector workers who continue

to ensure children, youth and families are cared for and supported throughout the


Every week, we will profile individuals who stand out for their leadership,

creativity and care. Nominate your staff, volunteers or peers by submitting their

name and photo (with consent) along with the organization they are working for,

and tell us, in a few short words, how they made a difference for children, youth

and families. If possible, please also share the persons social media accounts, or

alternatively the accounts of the organization they are being recognized for.

Send nominations to [email protected] with #COVIDcaring ” in the subject line. See

poster here:

Covid-19 Updates


Consolidated information regarding PPE’s in one document can be found here  and also on the Align Communication page and the CS

Directive page as a stand alone.

Education Supports for Families and Parents

Recognizing that many families have questions about at-home learning, a

provincial education help line is now available to parents through which Alberta

Education staff will address their questions and direct them to their school

authorities where applicable. The intent is to provide advice to families,

particularly to parents of children with disabilities, who have questions about their

child’s program now that the traditional delivery process has changed. Parents

can reach the help line by calling 780-422-6548 (toll-free by dialing 780-310-

0000 , followed by the 10-digit phone number) or by emailing

[email protected] .

Guidance for Workplaces

General workplace guidance is available to help support business owners

reopening or continuing operations to reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19 among workers, volunteers and patrons.


Please find this week’s COVID-19 Q & A for the disability sector here:

Relief for Child Care

Alberta has announced a new three-phased daycare grant strategy to help them

restart operations once it is safe to do so. Daycare centres have been included in

Stage 1 of the relaunch strategy. The grants were established to help facilities

resume providing service for parents who will be returning to work. The total

funding will be up to $17.8 million.

Phase 1 will provide immediate grants to cover up to 25 per cent of overhead

costs not covered by federal funding. Phase 2 is intended to be used for

daycares to adhere to public health directives related to cleanliness and sanitation. Phase 3 is conditional on the assessment of existing programs to

address deferred costs or unforeseen operational expenses.

“Access to quality child care is going to be an important part of getting Alberta’s

economy back on track. We’re providing this money so child care centres will be

ready to care for kids as soon as health guidelines allow.”

Rebecca Schulz, Minister of Children’s Services

Mental Health Resources

Mental Health Week is May 4 to 10, an opportunity to promote positive mental

health for everyone. The Canadian Mental Health Association has a variety of

resources available at .

Free Suicide Prevention Conference

Join the world’s largest online suicide prevention conference for mental health


It’s entirely free. Review conference line up here:

Federal COVID-19 & Social Work Resources: https://www.casw-

Wellness Works is Canada's first and only workplace health and performance

association, supporting practitioners and workplaces with simple, evidence-

informed, cost-effective education, resources and certifications. They do this on a

not-for-profit basis while advocating for the profound impact well-being has on

performance. Victoria Grainger the founder and CEO is who ALIGN has

contracted with to do the Pychological Wellness in the Workplace Sessions that

were postponed. We are currently planning with Victoria to do these sessions in

the fall virtually. Stay tuned for more information and in the meantime find their

May 2020 Newsletter Here:


As Albertans navigate the COVID-19 pandemic, CMHA AB would like to better

understand the impact of the pandemic on the lives and mental health of

Albertans.CMHA AB works at the intersection of clinical, community-based and

local mental health care.

This survey will enable CMHA AB and our partners to align our strategies,

activities and advocacy with the mental health realities of Albertans to support

better mental health for all.We ask that you take a few moments to complete this survey to provide your insight and experiences with us. Survey closes May 20, 2020.

OHS eNews- May 8, 2020:

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Sector News


We have another exceptional line up of presenters who will stimulate our learning and enhance our ability to help children and families.

Fridays Jan. 15 – Feb 5, 2021
9AM – 11AM

Member Agency Careers Apply Now!

View Alberta human service sector career opportunities with ALIGN Member agencies.

Find career opportunities across the province in both non-profit and for-profit agencies and organizations serving vulnerable children and families.

Visit the Career Page now & apply!

Call To Action

Contribute to Special Issue Journal focusing on COVID-19/Child Welfare

Contribute To ALIGN’s CONNECTIONS Newsletter For Indigenous Children and Youth, and their Caregivers

Reminder to Members! Send in your agencies  training events and let ALIGN help you promote them.

We are a collection of allies – a unified community of agencies that represents the diverse needs of Alberta’s children and families. We are proud to champion the work of our front line service providers and to support our members. Together, we are stronger.

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