Aboriginal Financial Literacy program sponsored by TD
Helen McPhaden, Executive Director of Stardale, and Kaylee Davidson, winner of the Galaxy 200 Tablet
Stardale girls attending their Saturday afternoon classes on Financial Literacy
Stardale offered a uniquely designed program on Saturday afternoon to a group of Aboriginal girls. The program incorporated culturally appropriate literature such as wampum, harvesting, hunting and potlatch. The girls conducted research, prepared short skit/improv, held sharing circles on finance and held a scavenger hunt in the community. Throughout the six weeks, the girls were graded on their attitude, consistency with learning the materials, and participation. The winner received a Samsung Galaxy 200 tablet.
The culmination of the program was a visit to a local TD bank, whereby one of the volunteers for Stardale is the manager.
Stardale would like to thank TD for all their assistance and support.
Stardale girls in a spring showcase of local fashion and urban girl's fun (Spring 2012)
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Stardale Women's Group Inc. (www.stardale.org) has since 1998 been offering programing for Aboriginal females.
On Thursday, May 10, 2012 at 12 noon, the throng came together at the lobby of the TransCanada Tower to enjoy the Stardale girls in a spring showcase of local fashion and urban girl's fun.
The showcase feature fashions by Mealan, an experience in clothing. From fresh and eclectic clothing to the perfectly thought out change rooms, no detail is left behind. Since opening in 2009, Mealan has been committed to presenting fashionable women with original choices to fill their ever-growing wardrobes.
To complement the designs, we bring you Zsa Zsa's, Calgary's premium hat store. Find Spring's hottest trends and pieces of timeless beauty, from super casual to ultra-chic! There is a hat for everyone.
DelMar College will be providing the hairstyles and make up.
Please remember to bring your business cards for there will be draws for 2 door prizes from Mealan's.
This includes: 1 hour styling consultation, $100 gift card for Mealan, a $50 gift certificate from Zsa Zsa's.
Stardale given the opportunity to work with Cory Hicks
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Stardale had the great fortune to be given the opportunity to work with Cory Hicks, of Cory Hicks Photography. Cory was brought into our circle through Syreeta Molsberry - acting coach for the Stardale girls program & operations manager of Jubilations Dinner theater. Cory is a friend and contact of Syreeta.
What did Cory teach? Well, he began by setting up his equipment in our classroom. The lighting and backdrops created the scene for the photo shoot. The girls were cautiously checking out the equipment. Lighting the way with gentle coxing, Cory had the girls pose and act to the camera. At first most of the girls were apprehensive, however, Cory guided the process. Syreeta and Kim the acting instructors helped support the girls through examples and play. After a while things began to gel and a new dimension to the girls learning on how to perform in front of a professional fashion photographer evolved. Cory was able to capture the transformation. Soon, the girls were bouncing back and forth in front of the camera. The lens was clicking away not missing a moment of action. Click on the thumbnail photo above to watch the slideshow.
We are privileged that Cory devoted his time and energy to empowering the girls through his skills as a fashion photographer.
http://coryhicksphotography.com Phone: 403-614-7327.
Stardale's Youth Programming
An effective primary prevention against youth suicide is to reduce the known risks, which can often be achieved through programs that enhance adolescent life skills and better prepare them for a more productive future. Primary protective factors identified as protecting adolescents from becoming suicidal can be personal, social, or cultural, and the research suggests that multiple protective factors can increase resilience and significantly decrease the risk of suicide.
Stardale has embedded within this program richness with literacy and the arts. The activities circumvent harmful situations that the girls may be enduring and engage them in positive storey telling methods.
Eugene Stickland, who is an author, play writer, director, poet, and instructor (http://eugenestickland.com) co-created (in conjunction with the Aboriginal girls) a performance piece on the emerging theme and dominant health concern of suicide. We are giving a "voice" to their situations. The scripts have been conducive to outreaching for various community settings and audiences from front line worker, government, schools, reserves, etc.
2016 is the Year of Music in Calgary and Stardale is fully embracing this concept. Suzanne de Bussac, a well known song writer and entertainer in the music field, has been contracted to lead the project. http://www.suzannedebussac.com
(Photos taken by Dick Averns)
Listen: "Blasting Away" (Demo)
Commemoration Ceremony for the Elbow River Healing Lodge
"Blasting Away" is about escapism, penned by de Bussac and taken from her vast catalogue of unrecorded material. "Escapism is a subject that the girls and I can connect on despite our age, cultural and situation differences," de Bussac notes, adding that, "we all have coping mechanisms and habits, but I think every human being has their own personal version of what escaping might mean to them." The girls were invited to contribute to lyrics and musical harmonies, tones, and textures. Since a lot of Stardale's work is in the area of prevention and harm reduction, the song was a perfect fit. The ideas got translated each week in Arran Fisher's recording studio, with arrangements being written and instruments being recorded by both de Bussac and Fisher. The girls, now nicknamed "Starbirds," were recorded on location during their third session, and the project climaxed with a final mix of song at the fourth and fifth sessions.
"Sunrise - Urban Gardening" project sponsored by Walmart's Evergreen Grants program
Stardale held a spring garden kickoff on May 11, 2013, at the old Haultain school site in collaboration with the Parks Foundation of Calgary. What a perfect day for everyone who was involved!
There was great food served, with the barbecue grill in constant use. The weather co-operated too. It was plus 31 degrees Celsius.
We wanted to make summer count through learning, working with nature, and giving back to the community to create a lovely, inviting outdoor space for neighbourhood residents and others to admire. The efforts of the girls, staff, and volunteers from May to September were unsurpassed! It was a great growing season!
In order to have a productive garden, there needed to be a layout for the plants, soil preparation (mulching/composting), and of course the planting of the seeds. As flowers, fruits, and vegetables began to grow, there was an erecting of cloches, covers, and trellises. Throughout the entire summer, the girls nurtured their little plants. It was a joy to see! Gardening in our city could not have proven to be a better success for all who were involved.
Helen McPhaden, Executive Director of Stardale, receives a cheque from the Rotary Club of Calgary downtown for Calgary Aboriginal Girls programming strategies. http://www.rotaryclubofcalgary.org/
Alana DeLong, MLA from Calgary Bow Constituency and Helen McPhaden, Executive Director of the Stardale Women's Group. The presentation was for provincial funding under the Community Initiatives Program, a project-based grant.
Alana DeLong, MLA from Calgary Bow Constituency, presented Helen McPhaden, Executive Director of the Stardale Women's Group, with a cheque on behalf of the Alberta Community Initiatives Program. Alana has been a staunch supporter of Stardale. She is a busy lady so it is nice to see her for a visit from time to time.
Stardale has the support of volunteers who give of their time to our programs. One particular volunteer is Katie Chidley. Katie has donated many hours which in turn were matched dollar per dollar by her employer Cenovus Energy. We thank you Katie for your dedication and we value the difference that you have made to all of our lives.
World Hoop Day Fundraiser
Helen McPhaden (Executive Director of Stardale), 2 of the girls in the girls program, Tammy Johnston (Volunteer with Stardale)
Helen McPhaden (Executive Director of Stardale), 2 of the girls in the girls program, Tammy Johnston (Volunteer with Stardale), Kelly James (Instructor/Performer - Hoop Di Doo) and Sharon Falconer(Professional entertainer)
The World Hoop Day Fundraiser was a great success, with $550 raised for the Stardale Women's Group. I have personally worked with the Stardale Women's Group, so I am very happy to be able to give back to the girls. I believe the vision of World Hoop Day ties very well to Stardale's Motto of 'Breaking the Cycles by Creating the Circles'. World Hoop Day is about spreading joy and peace worldwide, especially to those who are under-privileged. Hula hoop dancing is an activity that inspires and promotes self-awareness. The hoop is a tangible symbol that is understood by all. I am so grateful to be able to contribute to the Stardale program through hoops and hoop dancing!