Entries by Danielle Klooster

Make Tax Time Pay

If you dread, or even avoid, filing your taxes each year, you might be missing out on money and benefits that could be of great help to you. The CAPRA Financial Literacy Committee has compiled a poster with information on why filing your taxes is a good idea, as well as a list of where […]

Family Literacy Night at Aspen Heights School

On February 2nd, 2017, Aspen Heights School in Red Deer hosted a Family Literacy Night. CAPRA was there, with support from the Books on the Bus project and Lifelong Learning Council of Red Deer, to provide books and family literacy resources for each Aspen Heights student who attended.   The whole evening was focused on  exploring and […]

Poverty Mythbusters – City of New Westminster

The City of New Westminster, B.C. has been on the leading edge in Canada of municipally-driven poverty reduction efforts. The Mayor, Jonathan Cote, is a champion for poverty reduction, and was a keynote speaker at last year’s poverty summit, , called Cities Reducing Poverty: When Mayors Lead. He said many important things on the subject […]

CAPRA Gives Input on 2017 City Budget

In December of 2016, CAPRA was grateful to be invited to give input to the City of Red Deer’s 2017 budget. We reflected on the overall budget and provided to the City Manager and Council some thoughts. Here is the full content of the letter: Dear Mr. Curtis, Thank you for the opportunity afforded to the […]

Collaboration – Voted 2016’s Most Significant Change

At the 2016 year-end reflection breakfast, CAPRA members participated in an evaluation exercise called Most Significant Change. This is a unique type of evaluation, done by gathering stories, examining them for markers of significant change, and deciding as a group which stories represent the most meaningful change within the identified time period. This was a […]

BOTB at the Good Ol’ Hockey Game

On Saturday, December 3rd, all the fans at the Red Deer Rebels home game had the opportunity to donate books to a great cause, Books on the Bus (BOTB), a grassroots literacy program that brings reading materials to transit riders in the City of Red Deer. This program, delivered in partnership with City of Red Deer […]

Poor Health Contributes to Poverty

There is ample evidence showing a direct link between socio-economic standing and health status. One in seven children in Canada are born into poverty, and may experience at-birth health issues such as low birth weight, asthma, type 2 diabetes, and malnutrition. Children who grow up in poverty are more likely to experience physical disabilities, chronic health […]

Creating Financial Pathways

This morning, CAPRA hosted a community discussion around two central themes: The 2016 living wage calculation for Red Deer and Central Alberta, and Developing local alternatives to payday lending Read the full living wage report More information on living wage  About 60 people were in attendance, and after the new living wage levels were announced, […]

Let’s Talk about Hunger: Chew on This 2016

Monday, October 17th, was the annual International Day for the Eradication of Poverty. On this day, 5 members of CAPRA, along with City Councillors Frank Wong and Diane Wyntjes, as well as two staff members from the Hampton Inn & Suites, gathered downtown on the Ross Street Patio in Red Deer to bring awareness to […]

Central Alberta: where are we now and where are we headed?

The Lending Cupboard Society of Alberta has, for the past several months, been conducting a Community Needs Assessment (CNA), in an effort to learn about the current and potential needs of the Central Alberta region. While this needs assessment will help The Cupboard project demand for its services and thus effectively plan for its future, the board […]