Communications Memo #24

ALIGN News and Resources

Please remember to register individually for the virtual ALIGN General Membership meeting on Friday May 29, 2020 9 am -11:15 am. Please sign in about 10 minutes before 9am as we will be starting right at 9am . Thank you. Register here:

Bi-Weekly Communication Gatherings Zoom meetings links here:

The Government of Canada’s $350 million Emergency Community Support Fund is now open. The Emergency Community Support Fund supports community organizations helping vulnerable people during the COVID-19 crisis. Community organizations may seek funds to undertake a wide range of activities and to serve a wide range of vulnerable groups.

Community organizations may apply for funds through either the Canadian Red Cross, Community Foundations of Canada or the United Way Centraide network. The right place to apply depends on the community organization’s type:

  • Non-profit organizations may apply to the Canadian Red Cross’ national portal here.
  • Registered charities and other qualified donees may apply to Community Foundations of Canada’s national portal here or to their local United Way Centraide (check the United Way Centraide Canada’s website here for information on how to apply).

Community organizations of both types can apply to the Canadian Red Cross for training and equipment to help their staff and volunteers prevent disease transmission.

Weekly CSS COVID Pandemic Q & A for Disability Sector Link:

CASW Free Information Webinars:

U of C announced a call for Abstracts for the 12th Annual Social Work Research Symposium entitled, Social Work during Pandemic: Learning, Creative, and Innovative Practices. For the first time they will be hosting the symposium virtually via Zoom on Wednesday, June 24, 2020. They welcome proposals from community members, as outlined in the attached “Call for Abstracts & Save the Date” and the due date for submitting proposals is May 29th.**Call for Proposals and Save the Date** Link:

The Office of the Child and Youth Advocate recently posted a tip sheet on their Facebook page on communicating digitally with children. This resource for staff was well received. We have had a number of requests from child-serving organizations about sharing this tip sheet with their staff and other groups.

Attached is the tip sheet and below is a link to our website where the tip sheet and other resources are available. Feel free to share these within your organization and with other groups who may find this information useful:


Please continue to re-order every 2 weeks to keep your supply at adequate levels and ensure the number you have as a contact can be reached on the weekends and follow the instructions in this link to order:

Dr. Deena Hinshaw, Chief Medical Officer of Health, explains in these 2 videos:

Choosing the right non-medical mask for wearing in public here:

How to use a non-medical mask:

Children’s Services Directives

Update re Relaunch of Services :

As Alberta moves towards a gradual resumption of activities and a reopening of businesses and services, Children’s Services is near ready to resume the important work of providing in-person services to children, youth and families in their homes and communities.

CS is in the process of developing a phased plan and strategy to resume face to face contact, casework, and assessments, moving to a ‘new normal’ in child intervention practice. Later this week Messages and Guidances will be provided to agencies and caregivers from CS.

The focus will be the health and safety of staff, children, youth ,caregivers, and the plan aims to support everyone’s safety. Stay tuned.

Remember we want to hear from you any questions or worries send to [email protected]

Here is an interesting article for staff and caregivers facing some choices during this time of uncertainty.


E NEWS link: 

The federal government created Wellness Together Canada , an online portal intended to provide Canadians with free resources, tools and professional support services to help with mental health.

Stay Informed

Never miss news, events and updates from ALIGN