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On Tuesday, May 21, Mayor Stephen Mandel announced he will not be seeking re-election and will be retiring from civic politics. Mayor Mandel has spent 12 years at city hall, has served 3 terms for a total of 9 years as Mayor of our great city.

On behalf of ABC Head Start I would like to reflect on his time as a courageous leader and champion of Edmonton. Mayor Mandel understood and represented ALL Edmontonians. He had a vested interest in making this city the best it could be for all citizens. He understood poverty and the struggles low-income families face every day and worked hard to break...

Today I have the pleasure of going a road trip with my 4-year-old 'niece.' I use quotes because she is my pretend niece, the niece I've never had if you will, since my siblings decided to have all boy children. She loves lipgloss, and dollies, and dress up, and Starbucks so we have a lot in common. I enjoy spending time with her but the longest road trip we have been on is maybe 30 minutes. So what will I do to keep this little one entertained? I can only stop at Starbucks so many times before our trip turns into a tour of gas station bathrooms.

It would be great if I had one of those fancy...

It is always amazing to me how much we change our perspectives as we age. Children have a unique outlook on life, there is no denying that. They are exploring and trying to make sense of their world. As adults we do this too, but with preconceived notions and judgments that tend to get in the way. Children are trusting and believe in the good in the world. They are looking to the adults in their life to confirm or deny their experiences. Honesty is one of my most favourite things about children.

Last night we texted a picture of our finished steps off our back deck. We are so proud of those...

*Trumpets sound* ATTENTION, ATTENTION EVERYONE! ABC HEAD START HAS OFFICIALLY BEEN TWITTERFIED!

That's right, we have joined Twitter! We promise to entertain you in 140 characters or less with clever use of hashtags.

So drop everything that you are doing (unless you are holding a child or a puppy) and log on to Twitter to follow us today - @abcheadstart. Not a member on the Twitter machine? It's so simple to join! You might as well sign up just to follow your favourite charity.

In case you haven't heard ;) ABC Head Start is nominated for a Yeggie in the category Best in Non-Profit for this...

Technology astounds me. I have this thought often. Just in my short life span there have been such incredible advances in technology. I vividly remember sitting next to a guy on a plane when I was 15 years old. I was flying back from a trip with my parents to visit my grandparents winter "home" (we drove them there in their motorhome which they lived in) in Quartzsite, Arizona. I naturally had homework to complete, so I brought out my grade nine science text book and started reading about scuba diving which was assigned to me. The gentlemen next to me, dressed in a nice suit interjected, "Have...

It is a major problem, hinging on a crisis, for non-profits. Rapidly escalating real estate costs and competition for space has resulted in a crisis of affordability and availability for Edmonton's non-profits. This is not just a made-in-Edmonton problem, it is effecting non-profit agencies around the globe. As real estate costs inflate the funding received stays the same or is cut. All you have to do is Google "non-profit space crisis" and you will see this is a problem faced in many municipalities, many of whom have formed committees, coalitions, and groups to try to address this crisis...

When I was younger my Mom used to break into spontaneous dance in the kitchen. Not wild club dancing, but she would grab you when you were walking by her and bust into a two-step, music playing or not. The gene must have been passed on to one of my nephews. When you are sitting around in their house he will spontaneously jump up from whatever he is doing and yell "DANCE PARTY!" Then he runs to the stereo, turns it to his favourite song at the time, and makes everyone in the house join in the dance party. No one is safe, including Grandpa, everyone HAS to dance.

I started making annual dance...

I am what professionals would label "a scaredy cat." And by professionals I mean my nephews. My nephews, all under 6 years of age, understand and know that I am scared of a lot of things. They think it's funny that they can face bigger water slides than me without breaking a sweat, or that they can squish a spider with their hand without screaming, they know they have me beat in lots of life's great arenas.

It was no surprise this past fall when my nephew once again faced his fears while his Auntie nervously sat on the side lines. I was at the 20th and final Scarecrow Festival in October with...

Spring break is on the horizon here at ABC Head Start. It starts next week when employees of ABC Head Start will kick up their feet for a week (and of course miss the children and families we have become so fond of.) For me, spring break starts tomorrow morning. I am flying off to a tropical destination and after this winter, I need it. Is it just me or has this winter seemed incredibly long and a bit miserable? I am not usually one to complain about the weather, after all I have no control over it, but this year has been rough! I feel like I've shoveled more snow than ever before. I have one...

I kicked off my week on Monday at a Chamber of Commerce event where the Mayor's declaration naming this week Not-For-Profit week in the City of Edmonton was announced. Did you know there are over 165 000 not-for-profit organizations in Canada?? And 8000 in the Edmonton region alone!

I have worked for a not-for-profit almost all of my working days since I was 14 years old. With the exception of three jobs: one at a movie rental place in my hometown when I was 16, the famed Movietown (which was really more of a social convenience than a job, sorry Mr. & Mrs. Stone.) And I was a server for...

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