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The fifth annual Medicine Hat’s Vital Signs will be made public on October 4, 2011, but the Community Foundation needs to hear what Hatters think of their city first.

Each year the Community Foundation publishes Vital Signs which looks at various components of life in Medicine Hat including Health & Wellness, Housing, Learning and Safety to name a few.

Residents are asked to go online to and give their opinion on selected statements. These responses will be collected anonymously and collated in order to give a final grade, which will be published in the October publication. Residents have until Friday, August 26 to complete the survey.

We encourage all “Hatters” to participate in the survey and have their opinions heard.

Important note to media: the content of the survey is embargoed for publication until October 4, 2011.

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Tuesday August 9, 2011

Join us at the Brooks Campus for our Fall Grants Seminar. The deadline for Grant Submissions is September 15th. The Seminar will help you to ensure your application is completed properly.

When: Tuesday August 9 from noon – 1 PM

Where: Brooks Campus, Room 111a

Please RSVP to or call 403-527-9038 to confirm your attendance.

Will Planning Seminar

Dis-Inherit the Taxman

How to write your last will & restament to avoid estate taxes. Redirect your tax dollars way from CRA to charitable causes that matter to you!

Todd O’Relly, Investment Advisor, RBC Dominion Securities and Les S. Scholly, Lawyer – Pritchard and Company, LLP will take you through a comparison based approach to reducing your overall estate tax bill through giving to your community.

When: May 24th at 7PM
Where: Terrace Room, Chinnook Village – 2801 – 13th Ave SE, Medicine Hat

The even is free, so invite your friends, family and colleagues.

RSVP by May 20th to or call 403-527-9038.

Proudly supported by RBC Dominion Securities and Community Foundation.

The Community Foundation of Medicine Hat and Southeastern Alberta has kicked off the Vital Signs project!

Express Your View

Monday, February 28, 7 pm at the Public Library.

“The Garden” follows a group of inner-city Los Angeles farmers as they struggle to save their fourteen-acre community garden from demolition and redevelopment. Cinema Politica presents thoughtful films and conversation for concerned people. Admission is free, but donations are accepted to defray expenses. Click here for details.

The 4th annual Medicine Hat Massacre is coming up on May 7th.

Teams of 2 or 3 are allowed and cost $60 per person. The Registration deadline is May 1st.

Volunteers are needed to man the transition stations, logistics, move gear, and record info for the runners. Door prizes are available for any and all volunteers.

For more information, including the official flyer, check out

The Community Foundation of Medicine Hat and Southeastern Alberta are accepting grant applications for spring 2011 grants.

Applications will be accepted until the close of business on March 15, 2011. Organizations must hold a charitable registration number from the Canada Revenue Agency or be a qualified donee under the terms of the Income Tax Act. The Community Foundation awards grants for charitable activities in the arts, education, social services, the environment, health, culture, recreation or any project that will maintain or improve the quality of life in Southeastern Alberta.

During 2010 the Community Foundation was able to make 133 charitable grants to 74 different organizations for a total of $211,802.00.

“We are pleased to give grants to qualified organization in Southeastern Alberta,” said executive director Mike Christie.

Community Foundation donations are held forever and carefully invested, with the principal of the donation never being spent. The interest earned on donations is then used to give grants to community charities.

The grants committee of the Community Foundation will review the spring grant applications and notify recipients in May. Grants will then be handed out to the chosen organizations at the annual Founder’s Day Picnic in June 2011.

To assist in the grant application process, the Community Foundation will host a “Grant Application Workshop” for all interested parties, Wednesday February 9th, 2011 at 12:00pm at the Medicine Hat Chamber of Commerce.

The Community Foundation of Medicine Hat and Southeastern Alberta has a large service area. Qualified organizations are welcome to apply for funds. For more information on eligibility or to receive an application, groups may visit or call the Community Foundation office at (403) 527-9038.

For more information, please contact Mike Christie at (403) 527-9038.

View Workshop PDF

Just over 4 years ago, the old Vitality juice facility was transformed into a place for youth to congregate in a safe environment. The Medicine Hat Skate Association was the main component in it, building an indoor skatepark. Medican, a major sponsor fueled by an unmeasureable amount of volunteerism created a thriving place for people and small groups to connect. Since inception many different organizations have made the building home. GX dance studio, a boxing club, work out gym and Gas City Rollers to name a few. The collapse of this building will have a tragic impact to our community. Hopefully we can come together to rebuild or relocate. Website Website was a project and website started by Grant Buchanan of My96FM in support of testicular cancer, a subject he has had first hand experience with. With the help of TriCube Media, local web developer/designers, he was able to launch a site to tell his story and spread the information in the process. Overall, he takes a very humor-driven approach to speaking on the subject matter which may help spread the word to a younger demographic, not unlike Tom Green that (when he was still relevant) filmed the whole process of his testicular cancer story, in a Tom Green-esque comedy fashion, which is actually on as well.

The project is also in support of MANuary, a cause dedicated to promote and encourage awareness of testicular cancer in Canada and the Canadian Cancer Society. There’s still more chapters to be written, so make sure to check back to the site often to get the latest chapter and any updates to the home page which Grant has been doing as well.

Funding addresses critical operating expenses

Funding is available to non-profit organizations that have been struggling with sustainably issues.

MSI Operating Grants for non-profit organizations are available through the Alberta Government Municipal Sustainability Initiative (MSI) and administered by the City of Medicine Hat. The grants are meant to address growth-related challenges and enhance the long-term sustainability of Medicine Hat.

“We are looking to assist successful organizations that serve a need and are now struggling to keep up with growth demands,” says Leslie Jerry, community inclusion coordinator. “Typically, funders focus on new programs. This MSI funding is unusual in that it provides the opportunity to address critical operational funding.”

Applications and further details are available on the City of Medicine Hat website Deadline to apply is Thursday, January 27, 2011

Registered non-profit organizations can apply for MSI grants to cover qualifying operating expenses including salaries, wages, rent, utilities, small equipment, operating supplies and maintenance. An Application Information Session will be held in Council Chambers from noon until 1 p.m. on Wednesday, January 19, 2011.

Organizations that meet an identified need in Medicine Hat can apply for up to $25,000 to use within the calendar year. A total of $104,000 is available in 2010. Selection criteria includes measurable objectives, proof of accountability and non-profit status.

MSI Operating Grants are supported by the Alberta Government Municipal Sustainability Initiative (MSI) and the City of Medicine Hat.

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