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Relationships and Community are two of Duncan Craig's cornerstone values. We believe that these values are integral to why we have been able to continuously provide legal services to Albertans over the past 120 years. We are proud to provide annual support to dozens of charitable organizations, scholarships, school groups and fundraising initiatives.
Created as part of our 100th anniversary celebrations, the Duncan Craig Laurel Awards is held each year to recognize and provide financial awards to innovative non profit organizations. While normally there are three winners selected, 2012 saw the introduction of a staff choice award. This award winner is selected by a vote of our staff for the organization or program that they would most like to support.
One of our initiatives is to give each staff member a paid half day of work to volunteer at an organization of their choice. You can see some pictures of their activities on the side. Most recently, we have created the Duncan Craig Community Fund through the Edmonton Community Foundation. Please take a moment to look around and do not hesitate to contact us if you feel we might be able to support your organization in some fashion.
Duncan Craig Volunteers at Meals on Wheels
This morning, two lawyers and seven staff members volunteered at Edmonton Meals on Wheels. We chopped, sliced, and assembled meals for our community. Edmonton Meals on Wheels is a local non-profit and registered charitable organization that provides home-delivered meal and food services to a diverse mix of people. On any given day they need up to 45 volunteers to work in the kitchen. If you can help out visit the link below.
2015 Duncan Craig Community Fund Recipients
We are pleased to announce this year's recipients of the Duncan Craig Community Fund as voted by our staff and lawyers. Congratulations to the Stollery Children's Hospital Foundation, CEASE and Kids with Cancer Society. The Duncan Craig Community Fund began in January 2013. Funds are raised through various fundraising events such as auctions, charitable fundraisers and fitness challenges. Duncan Craig lawyers and staff nominate and then vote for not for profit organizations in the Edmonton area that have special significance in their lives. The Duncan Craig Community Fund is administered through the Edmonton Community Foundation (ECF) which provides a valuable bridge between donors and Edmonton charities in order to facilitate the creation and maintenance of a strong, vibrant community.
Christmas Donation Drive Wrapped Up
This past month the staff and lawyers have been busy collecting some urgently needed items for WIN House including pillows, diapers and can openers. Today we wrapped up our Christmas Donation Drive by dropping off the donated items to WIN House. WIN House provides emergency shelter and comprehensive support to women and children fleeing domestic abuse. If you would like to help out, please visit www.winhouse.org.
Duncan Craig Volunteers at the Hope Mission
Today a group of Duncan Craig LLP lawyers and staff helped prepare a meal at the Hope Mission. In 1929, Reverend Harold Edwardson established a soup kitchen in Edmonton's inner city serving meals to hundreds of people struggling with unemployment and homelessness at the onset of the Depression. They have grown into a not-for-profit Christian social care agency caring for impoverished and homeless men, women and children in Alberta.
Duncan Craig Participates in the Boston Hope Party
On October 15, partner Mae Chow was serving up hope at the Drayton Valley Boston Pizza in support of Catholic Social Services Annual Sign of Hope Campaign. Catholic Social Services is a multi-function social service agency that serves people of all faiths and cultures throughout central Alberta offering programs to over 60,000 people each year.
Duncan Craig Runs for the Cure
The Duncan Craig LLP Running Team, #DCcares, joined over 7000 runners and walkers in this year's CIBC Run for the Cure in downtown Edmonton. The one-kilometre walk or five-kilometre run, raised over $1 million dollars for the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation. The event is held annually in more than 60 communities across Canada.
To celebrate 100 years of continuous legal practice, Duncan Craig LLP developed the Laurel Awards in 1994. The laurel wreath has been a symbol of high honour for more than two thousand years. The history of the laurel is traced back to the early Greeks and Romans, who bestowed wreaths upon community leaders, scholars and athletes who had excelled in their endeavours. In keeping with this tradition, Duncan Craig LLP established the Laurel Awards to honour organizations that further their objectives through exceptional creativity and innovation. Gold, silver and bronze awards are presented each year with honorariums of $5,000, $3,000 and $2,000 respectively.
In addition to these three awards, the Staff Choice Award is given to the organization selected by Duncan Craig LLP staff as their favourite. The winner is presented with an honorarium of $1,000. Last year we introduced an Audience Choice Award which is voted on during the luncheon. The winner is presented with an honorarium of $500. Duncan Craig LLP’s approach to the practice of law is both proactive and passionate, as we work to honour our commitment to bring law to life in the community.
The keynote speaker this year, Dr. David Turpin, President and Vice Chancellor of the University of Alberta, presented the Gold Laurel Award, Speaker of the House, Robert E. Wanner presented the Silver Laurel Award and City Councillor Dave Loken presented the Bronze Laurel Award.
Little Warriors Little Warriors Prevent It! Taking Action to Stop Child Sexual Abuse Workshop
|In 2012, Little Warriors partnered with researchers at the University of Alberta to begin developing our very own Canadian prevention workshop called Prevent It! Taking Action to Stop Child Sexual Abuse. This program was piloted in the fall of 2014 and launched to the public in the spring of 2015. Delivered by trained volunteer facilitators, Little Warriors offers this free workshop to adult participants in the Edmonton area and throughout Alberta and Canada. Our aim is to educate adults to learn to prevent the horrific crime of child sexual abuse from happening. Each participant receives a comprehensive workbook and certificate of attendance. Little Warriors works hard to fundraise to be able to continue to offer this workshop for free so that finances are not a barrier to receiving this knowledge to protect children.
DiscoverE DiscoverE Workshops, Clubs, Camps and Special Events
Cultural Connections Institute - The Learning Exchange Basic English Program (BEL program) - ESL in the Community
Valley Zoo Development Society Urban Farm; Nature's Wild Backyard
Stollery Children's Hospital Foundation Stollery Superstars Program
Below are some of the organizations we have been proud to support over the past year. Often these organizations are also supported by the efforts of lawyer or staff board members or volunteers. Some of these are organizations that are working to find cures or solutions to problems that have affected the lives of our people. We recognize that there are thousands of organizations doing amazing things that positively affect Alberta's lives. If you are interested in being considered for support by Duncan Craig, please do not hesitate to contact our Community Relations department to receive more information about how to apply to our Laurel Awards.
- 630 CHED Santas Anonymous
- Alberta Cancer Foundation
- Alberta Lawyers' Assistance Society
- Alzheimer Society of Alberta and NWT
- Barrhead Animal Rescue Society
- Boys & Girls Club Big Brothers Big Sisters
- Brain Care Centre
- Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation
- Canadian Red Cross
- CASA Foundation
- Crohn's and Colitis Canada
- Diabetes Canada
- Drayton Valley Community Foundation
- Ed Stelmach Community Foundation
- Edmonton Columbian Choirs
- Edmonton Community Legal Centre
- Edmonton Firefighter's Burn Treatment Society
- Edmonton Folk Music Festival Society
- Edmonton Humane Society
- Edmonton Meals on Wheels
- Edmonton Poppy Fund
- Edmonton's Food Bank
- Eleanor Pickup Arts Centre
- Heart & Stroke Foundation
- Hope Mission
- Humane Animal Rescue Team (HART)
- Infinite WOOFS Animal Rescue Society
- Kids Cancer Care Foundation of Alberta
- Kids with Cancer Society
- Little Warriors
- Mazankowski Alberta Heart Institute
- MS Society of Canada
- Muscular Dystrophy Canada
- Mustard Seed Edmonton
- PAWS for Life Foundation
- River Valley Alliance
- Ronald McDonald House Charities Northern Alberta
- Salvation Army
- Second Chance Animal Rescue Society (SCARS)
- Shadow Theatre
- Stephen's Backpacks Society
- Stollery Children's Hospital Foundation
- University of Alberta Community Service Award
- WECAN Food Basket Society
- WIN House
- Youth Empowerment and Support Services
Duncan Craig in the Community
Philip J Renaud, QC
Chair, Community Giving Committee