Mixed emotions because my hockey team didn’t close the series, BUT, very proud to have stayed up to 4 am!

NO, not wallowing. I feel terrific this morning because I had the privilege to work at one of Edmonton’s casino’s for a very good cause – as the BANKER!

A whole team of us volunteers, representing the Alberta Caregivers Association, participated in various roles at the Casino, playing out our parts as chip runners, counters, cashiers, and of course, the BANKER!

Wow – what an experience!

I mention this for a reason. I am so proud of Alberta – the only province in Canada, actually the only province in the entire world that has a funding structure in place to allow nonprofits, schools, churches and multitudes of associations and organizations to earn a take of the house!

It’s called Gaming for Charities


Alberta adopted the charitable gaming model for casinos, bingo, raffles and pull tickets so that eligible charitable or religious groups who apply for and receive licences to conduct the gaming activities, add a nice lump to their bank accounts.

Thousands of charitable and religious groups conduct charitable gaming activities to raise funds for their worthy projects and services. Last year, this gaming revenue totalled about a quarter of a billion dollar!

The real win here is that the earnings for volunteering is reinvested back into communities throughout Alberta!

Only eligible charitable or religious organizations that have been issued a licence are allowed to conduct casino events.

To qualify for a casino licence, a group must have delivered a charitable program in Alberta for a minimum of 24 months at the time of application.

A licensed group’s volunteers generally hold two day events in a casino facility within a designated region within the province

You can find details at Alberta Gaming Liquor Commission’s website http://aglc.ca/charitiesandnonprofit/default.asp

I want to speak more about the Alberta Caregivers Association.

Frankly, as the oldest daughter of a mother who requires care, emotionally, financially and physically, I began my own journey of discovery into resources to help myself cope and hope for a smoother relationship with mom.

I discovered COMPASS, Alberta Caregivers Association’s (ACGA) core program developed to better meet a huge need in the communities to support people who care for others.

ACGA values the people of this province, and fosters encouraged participants to care for themselves by recognizing they are not alone. The 9 module COMPASS program was developed as a result.

COMPASS stands for Caregiver Orientation for Mobilizing Personal Assets and Strengths for Self-Care. (No, you don’t have to memorize this!)

One program participant rated COMPASS as “The best thing that has happened to me in years!” Being better able to balance their needs, cope with the unexpected and care for themselves, are just a few areas where health improvement is observed after completing the program.

You’ve all watched Victor Kiam in the Remington Razors commercial, ““I liked it so much, I bought the company.”

I finally understood that I was not alone in the caregiving role, and that there was a ton of resources and processes to ensure I had rights for myself as well as for my mother when I took the COMPASS program.

“I liked it so much, I joined the association!”

As a contracted COMPASS facilitator and Program Coordinator/Trainer with Alberta Caregivers Association, I am proud to be part of this glorious organization which supports people who care for ailing, aging or otherwise requiring assistance. Caregivers are committed to helping their loved ones. Sometimes they forget to take care of themselves. And that’s what relationship and support is all about!

Are you willing to stay up all night to make a whole ton of money? You may want to consider that what we have here in Alberta is the cat’s meow of nonprofit opportunity!

Thank you Alberta, thank you Alberta Casinos, and thank you Alberta Caregivers Association.

My relationship with mom is better as a result. I understand better. I am committed to taking care of myself first – otherwise, I’m totally useless to her, to my family and especially to my valued subscribers!

Thank you for being part of my journey.

Great job today!

P.S. If you’d like to read more about the Alberta Caregivers Association, take a look at their current Newsletter. I’m happy to share this information with you, particularly if you need some support caring for a loved one. Plus, (big grin!) I’m actually featured in this issue. Enjoy!


Alberta Caregivers Association (ACGA) was formed because there was a huge need in the communities to support people who care for others.

The need included having resources available for respite, medial and personal care.

ACGA values the people of this province, and fosters encouraged participants to care for themselves by recognizing they are not alone. The 9 module COMPASS program was developed as a result.

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