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Timeraiser campaign lets people buy artwork with volunteer time instead of cash

Excerpt:
“…A national project that allows people to purchase artwork with volunteer time instead of money was set up at YellowBelly restaurant in downtown St. John’s on Wednesday.

It’s called Timeraiser150 and was launched for the Canada 150 celebrations as a way to encourage people across Canada to get more involved with different non-profit organizations….”

Author: Geoff Bartlett
Date of Article: July 27, 2017
Source: CBC News
Website: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/newfoundland-labrador/timeraiser-art-volunteer-st-johns-1.4223982

Grand Concourse launches new app, custodian program

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“…A new mobile application and a volunteer trail custodian program are the two newest additions to the Grand Concourse Authority (GCA), a non-profit organization committed to the development, enhancement and protection of an award-winning walkway in Newfoundland.
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Between 1993 and 2005, approximately 125 kilometres of walkways, linkages and connecting sidewalk routes were constructed across the Northeast Avalon, creating the Grand Concourse walkway network….”

Author: Victoria Plowman
Date of Article: July 25, 2017
Source: The Telegram
Website: http://www.thetelegram.com/news/local/2017/7/25/grand-concourse-launches-new-app–custodian-program.html

Timeraiser celebrates Canada150 by auctioning art for volunteer hours

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“…Beginning an art collection can be daunting, both in selecting the art and in having the means to pay for it. Timeraiser, part of the Framework Foundation, offers a solution to at least one of these problems by creating a platform for art aspiring collectors to acquire the works of burgeoning artists through volunteer hours….”

Author: Sadie-Rae Werner
Date of Article: July 25, 2017
Source: The Telegram
Website: http://www.thetelegram.com/living/entertainment/2017/7/25/timeraiser-celebrates-canada150-by-auctioning-art-for-volunteer-.html

Grand Concourse looking for volunteers to help clean up trash on trails

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“…Ron Penney walks on the Grand Concourse or the East Coast Trail on the northeast Avalon every day, but in addition to the beautiful views of nature and wildlife, he’s seeing more and more litter….”

Author: Lukas Wall
Date of Article: July 25, 2017
Source: CBC News
Website: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/newfoundland-labrador/grand-concourse-volunteer-custodians-1.4220490

‘Strength of a warrior’: Arts community, activists mourn death of Susan Shiner, 65

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“…In offices of the the St. John’s Women’s Centre, there are carefully kept archives of the history of the St. John’s Status of Women Council and the St. John’s Women’s Centre, and of the women’s movement in St. John’s during the past decades….”

Author: Sarah Smellie
Date of Article: July 25, 2017
Source: CBC News
Website: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/newfoundland-labrador/susan-shiner-1.4220039

St. John’s volunteer, activist Susan Shiner passes away

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“…“The St. John’s Status of Women Council is saddened by the loss of one if it’s founding members and long-time board director, Susan Shiner,” council chairwoman Mary Shortall said on the council’s website.

“Susan’s passion for life, art, music and above all social justice and equality has inspired every one of us. Her feminism, social and political action helped shape the women’s movement and had an enormous impact on our work at the Status of Women Council.”…”

Date of Article: July 24, 2017
Source: The Telegram
Website: http://www.thetelegram.com/news/local/2017/7/24/st–john_s-volunteer–activist-susan-shriner-passes-away.html

Remaining Canada 150 pins to be distributed in Long Range Mountains riding later this summer

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“…The MP is planning to hand out 20 of the sesquicentennial pins to people nominated for their outstanding contributions to their respective communities.

Hutchings has so far awarded 13 of the pins at two ceremonies in St. Anthony and Corner Brook.
According to her office, she will likely name the remaining seven recipients some time in August….”

Author: Gary Kean
Date of Article: July 24, 2017
Source: The Western Star
Website: http://www.thewesternstar.com/news/local/2017/7/24/remaining-canada-150-pins-to-be-distributed-in-long-range-mounta.html

Plaque in Grand Bank to commemorate ‘Shore Crew’

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“…A plaque honouring an important part of the province’s fishing history will be unveiled during a ceremony in Grand Bank next month.

The plaque will commemorate the national historic significance of the Shore Crew of Newfoundland and Labrador, the women responsible for curing fish, often on beaches, once it arrived in the community.

The Shore Crew of Newfoundland and Labrador is one of nearly 500 designated Events of National Historic Significance, achieving the status in 2011….”

Date of Article: July 21, 2017
Source: The Southern Gazette
Website: http://www.southerngazette.ca/community/2017/7/21/plaque-in-grand-bank-to-commemorate-shore-crew.html

‘Heartbreaking’ animal stories can lead to change: SPCA

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“…The story this week about a dog being driven through an automatic car wash in the back of a pickup in Labrador grabbed national attention. And it wasn’t the only animal abuse story from this province to make the news.

“That one is brand new to me,” said St. John’s SPCA chairperson Simone Browne, of the car wash incident in Happy Valley-Goose Bay….”

Author: Maggie Gillis
Date of Article: May 20, 2017
Source: CBC News
Website: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/newfoundland-labrador/animal-abuse-outrage-1.4123057

Volunteer of the Year in Baie Verte says everybody’s contribution counts

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“…BAIE VERTE, NL — When Marion Fitzgerald attended Baie Verte’s Volunteer Appreciation Night last month, she had no idea she was the guest of honour.

She was named the town’s 2017 Volunteer of the Year.

“I was quite surprised,” Fitzgerald said. “It’s wonderful to be recognized, but everybody’s volunteer hours count. As a community, we all come together to do those things we do.”…”

Author: Danette Dooley
Date of Article: May 16, 2017
Source: The nor’wester
Website: http://www.thenorwester.ca/news/local/2017/5/16/volunteer-of-the-year-in-baie-verte-says-everybody-s-contributio.html

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Ben Linder