Call for Proposals:
Action for Healthy Communities (AHC) seeks proposals from Writers/Editors for a new collaborative project, “150 Stories of Reconciliation-Connecting Us All”.
Background of the Project
150 Stories of Reconciliation-Connecting Us All is a collaborative project of “Connecting Us All Working Group” comprises of organizations that helped to plan and implement the multicultural community development conference held in 2014. The group consists of Action for Healthy Communities (AHC), Edmonton Mennonite Centre for Newcomers (EMCN), Sierra Leone Community Association, Canadian Native Friendship Association, Multicultural Health Brokers Co-op, The City of Edmonton, Alberta Culture and Tourism.
The Stories of Reconciliation is the AHC’s new initiative in collaboration with other partners to commemorate Canada’s 150th birthday. The AHC is looking for an Edmonton-based professional writer to serve as the editor of the planned E-book. The project aims to listen to and share inspirational stories of new Canadians in Edmonton. Each story, would be compelling and unique, and would reflect the various social impacts of the lives of the storytellers, their families, and communities, in our beloved country, Canada.
The idea behind the Stories of Reconciliation is to offer a personal and interactive means by which the audience can discover something new about past lives of newcomers as well as their experiences after immigration. The E-book would aim to have storytellers share circumstances of their immigration to Canada, and how they feel about their new situation after leaving their home, their families, as well as their original cultures and communities. We hope the Stories of Reconciliation Project would bring people together to record and share the stories of their lives, of their families and communities. We hope it would make them share memories of their history, important events, their understanding of the new country, including how they reconcile themselves to Edmonton as their hometown. It’s an opportunity for the listener and the reader to understand the unique circumstances of new Canadians, to know the important questions about newcomers that deserve asking, and to make sure stories that need to be preserved are, for they would be a valuable contribution to our common Canadian and Edmontonian heritage. The project would help in building community, expand inclusivity, and help people to continually learn how to make deeper and more abundant connections. We hope that every step of this journey would involve discovering, sharing, co-creating, revising stories, understanding and building bridges.
- Determine a working relationship with the project organizers and stake holders, with these goals in mind: (a) Accommodating and respecting the broad vision of the project organizers and stake holders. (b) Guaranteeing and respecting the professional independence of story writers, as they work within the vision of the project.
- Work with project organizers and stake-holders and develop the criteria for selecting community based writers who would contribute stories for the book out of their communities.
- Help in the outreach to and selection of such writer who can write such stories, and for photographic material.
- Receive and acknowledge and respond to stories being submitted, and if necessary, arranging meetings with the writers and/or their subjects, for follow up work on the stories; receiving photographic material.
- Screen the stories, and making a selection of possible stories; editing (and revising – where needed) the stories; where necessary, editing in consultation with the writers of those stories; adjusting the scope and/or thrust of the stories, to fit the needs of the book, as it would be visualized as time goes by.
- Develop a vision (in collaboration with the project organizers and stake holders, where needed) for the book, and pass it on to the book designer.
- Work with a designer (on a consultative basis) as s/he develops the book cover, and proceeds with book layout process for publication of the book.
- Hand over to the designer the material (text and visual) in the most possible organized manner, in order to minimize the amount of time he/she will charge for, extra time resulting from added back and forth between me and her or him; to cut down on unnecessary costs associated with handing over stuff that has been put together sloppily.
- Attend project planning committee meetings if needed.
- Participate actively in community gathering and information sessions with presentation.
Application Submission deadline:
June 30, 2017
Necessary documents to submit:
- A proposal that mentioned how you can contribute in the project including a cover letter that highlights your expertise which is not mentioned in the resume with expected compensation
- Copy of your updated Resume
Please submit your proposal to: firstname.lastname@example.org by the above mentioned deadline.
Action for Healthy Communities (AHC) is a non-profit charitable organization working in Edmonton since 1995 to strengthen community capacity and build healthier and stronger communities. The AHC’s objective is to improve the lives of individuals and communities in which they live through provision of public education and other capacity building initiatives to enable them to enhance their own lives.
Program Coordinator – Healthy Active Community Kids Program
AHC is implementing Healthy Active Community Kids (HACK) Program at three west Edmonton Elementary schools for the last one year. HACK aims at providing a safe and enriching environment for grades K-6 to improve physical, social, emotional health, culinary arts and crafts, music, leadership skills, and school engagement to vulnerable elementary school children.
AHC is looking for an approachable, team-oriented leader to fill a full time Program Coordinator position. You will draw on your community programming and child development experience to lead a team of front-line staff to implement innovative after school programs and camps focused on helping elementary-aged build their aptitudes and leadership skills. You will be challenged with reporting and funding deadlines, working out of and managing staff in multiple locations across the city, and problem solving issues that arise from partner schools, parents, children, staff, and volunteers.
A high level of independence, interpersonal skills, and flexibility will require you to:
- Connect with potential partners and funders to support project sustainability
- Develop, deliver, monitor, and evaluate the after-school program and camps to focus on the needs of our elementary-school children with various high behaviour needs
- Recruit, train, mentor, supervise, and evaluate staff and volunteers
- Develop team building and training workshops aimed to build staff development
- Prepare and distribute program promotional materials
- Coordinate facilities and supplies required for the program. Liaise with organizations and community members for specific programs, events, and parent outreach
- Prepare and update budgets and financial statements (such as cash flows) as needed
- Ensure all the project information/ files/ data are kept and organized both in electronic file or/and hard copy
- Periodic narrative and performance reports for Funders are done in timely manner, with correct information.
- Ensure confidentiality of the client information
- Develop funding proposals for sustainability of existing project and for new funding opportunities if needed.
- Degree or Diploma in Recreation/Child & Youth Development/Education or other related discipline
- Training in program planning, facilitation, and behaviour management knowledge
- A minimum one year experience in program development and delivery, including customer service, hiring, mentoring, supervising, and evaluating staff
- Ability to supervise staff, some of whom may work at different locations/times
- Experience in customer service including an ability to tailor program implementation to the needs of individual children
- Highly developed and demonstrated facilitation, written and verbal communication skills
- Ability to prioritize, multi-task, and work independently and as part of a team
- Must be flexible and adaptable as required to respond to challenges related to daily after-school programs and summer or winter camps
- Computer proficiency in Google apps, GoogleDocs, MS Word, and Excel
- Valid Standard First Aid and CPR Level C is a requirement of this position
- Hire is dependent upon a Police Information Check including Vulnerable Sector check
- Valid Alberta Class 5 driver’s license (or provincial equivalent) and availability of a reliable vehicle.
Work Location: Action for Healthy Communities, 10578 113 St NW #200, Edmonton, AB T5H 3H5
We will review the applications against the requirements of the position on an ongoing basis. Due to the large volume of candidates we consider, only those most closely qualified will be contacted for an interview.
How to Apply
Please send you resume along with a cover letter to email@example.com