COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT

Brownlee supports various local, regional, and national charities on an ongoing basis through sponsorships and donations; however our biggest collaboration is that of our fall United Way Campaign. Brownlee supports this cause annually and in 2015 made a total contribution of $100,000.00, our biggest single contribution yet! Our total funds raised are now at an astounding $697,260.50.

RONALD MCDONALD HOUSE

All Ronald McDonald Houses are independently owned and operated non-profit organizations.  Ronald McDonald House® Northern Alberta (RMHNA) is the only facility in Edmonton and the surrounding area that provides temporary and affordable accommodation for families whose children are being treated in one of Edmonton’s medical facilities.

The 42,000 square foot RMHNA features 32 private family suites and provides a home-away-from-home for families coming to Edmonton to seek treatment for their sick child.

In 2012, 855 families and 2,505 people stayed at RMHNA.  The House features three kitchens, heated underground parking, a school for guests in Grades 1-12 and several spaces for families to gather.  Their staff and hundreds of volunteers provide some meals, activities and support to the families staying at the House.

RMHNA provides a place of comfort and compassion for out-of-town families who live at least 45 kilometres away from Edmonton, but their families come from all over Alberta, neighbouring provinces and as far away as Jamaica.

VALOUR PLACE

Valour Place is a temporary home away from home for all Canadian Forces members, RCMP, Families of the Fallen, Veterans and First Responders along with their families who require medical treatment in Edmonton, and live outside the city/area.

Through Valour Place, they have the means to face the challenges of rehabilitation in a warm, welcoming and supportive environment, at no cost.

Valour Place, the first of its kind in Canada, will be sustained through long term leases, donations, endowment income and special events. Valour Place is located in Edmonton’s Kingsway District, known as Edmonton and Western Canada’s Medical, Health and Wellness destination.

HEART & STROKE FOUNDATION

The Heart and Stroke Foundation is one of Canada’s largest and most effective health charities. Over the last 60 years they have invested more than $1.39 billion in heart and stroke research, making them the largest contributor in Canada after the federal government. In that time, the death rate from heart disease and stroke has declined by more than 75 per cent.

The Foundation’s health promotion and advocacy programs across the country are saving lives every day. Working together, their employees, volunteers, donors and world-class researchers have made the Heart and Stroke Foundation what we are today: Canada’s most widely recognized and trusted authority on cardiovascular health. Their vision is healthy lives free of heart disease and stroke.

THE UNITED WAY

With United Way it’s not about supporting one cause. They focus on the areas that need change the most, with contributions from our supporters becoming part of a major community-building effort. They bring together organizations, businesses, governments, community members, and more than 50 agency partners in the social services sector who care about the issues we face in the Alberta Capital Region. Together, they represent one of the most critical and extensive collaborative approaches for change. No other local community organization does this – it’s what makes United Way unique, and it helps create the greatest impact possible for our community. To learn more about the United Way and how you can get involved you can visit their website at www.myunitedway.ca

Thank you to everyone at Brownlee LLP for their Contributions and bids to beat our own record with a $100,000.00 Contribution in 2015.

SANTA’S ANONYMOUS

Tradition, holidays and celebration go together and Christmas is often a family’s largest gathering each year. Being able to provide a new toy for a youngster to open Christmas morning may add stress and financial burden to a parent’s already overloaded to do list. The majority of our recipient families have a working parent (or parents) and this is exactly why Jerry Forbes started 630 CHED Santa’s Anonymous in 1955.

Close to 600 children received gifts that first year. Now, 60 years later the 630 CHED Santa’s Anonymous volunteers deliver gifts to approximately 23,000 children in Edmonton each Christmas. In addition we provide toys and gifts for another 7,000 children through relationships with local groups and charities. Santa’s Anonymous provides toys year round to agencies assisting with disaster relief and family support such as Edmonton Emergency Relief Services and the Zebra Centre.

Santa’s Anonymous is devoted to bettering the lives of children in our community by delivering the “spirit of Christmas” to less fortunate children in Edmonton. Ourultimate goal is to spread the spirit of Christmas to children all year by giving aid where needed to boost a child’s self-esteem, dignity and well-being. To learn more about Santa’s Anonymous and how you can help click here.

THE MAGIC OF CHRISTMAS

From this humble beginning 32 years ago, the Magic of Christmas has grown to a volunteer family of 800 Santa’s and elves! On Christmas Eve we:

  • use 18 donated Calgary Transit buses
  • send the elves out on 36 shifts of six and a half hours each
  • visit over 500 families
  • bring cheer to over 4500 people in hospitals and other institutions

Santa and his elves raise funds through Christmas shows and donations from corporate and private citizens. Our reindeer buses (generously donated by Calgary Transit) are filled with the compassion of our benefactors and volunteers who commit their time and heart to make sure that love, sharing and caring are brought to people who may be alone at the most joyous time of year. And you thought you could hide from Santa…..for more information on the Magic of Christmas and how you can help click here.

MAKE A WISH FOUNDATION

The mission of Make-A-Wish® Canada is to grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy.

Brownlee LLP is committed to giving back to the community and is happy to announce our partnership with Make-A-Wish® which will support wish granting efforts in the province of Alberta. We will keep you posted on our “Wish Stories” as they develop and invite you to learn more about this foundation and get involved by visiting www.makeawish.ca.

CBC TURKEY DRIVE

CBC Edmonton’s biggest fundraiser to support Edmonton Food Bank runs from Friday, December 13 to Thursday, December 19 and our goal is $500,000 (or about 20,000 turkeys valued at $25 each).

Each Day of the Turkey Drive we will collect monetary donations (cash, visa, mastercard & cheque) and frozen turkeys for Edmonton Food Bank. Plus if you are coming down to donate, don’t forget to join us each weekday from 11:45- 1pm for our free, lunch-hour entertainment on the CBC Centre Stage.

Join us on Facebook or on Twitter @mycbcyeg to share/connect with us about the CBC Turkey Drive and other community events.

For more information on the CBC Turkey Drive and how you can help click here.

EDMONTON COMMUNITY LEGAL CENTRE

The Edmonton Community Legal Centre’s mission is to provide effective advocacy and access to justice in a supportive environment to persons living with a low income.

Brownlee LLP lawyers donate their time on a monthly basis to the Edmonton Community Legal Centre through a clinic comprised of 4 – 5 Brownlee lawyers. They provide legal information and advice on a variety of legal matters. Additionally, many lawyers at the firm donate their time individually to this cause.

To find out more about the ECLC please visit www.eclc.ca.

EDMONTON OIL KINGS – ADOPT A SCHOOL PROGRAM

The Edmonton Oil Kings ‘Adopt a School’ program brings community businesses together with local elementary and junior high schools in an effort to provide young students with extra inspiration to achieve. The objective of the program is to partner a local business with an area school. From there, Brownlee Law provided students with the opportunity to attend Oil Kings home games, which in turn creates programs to reward those students who excel in various aspects of academics, sports, and special projects. For more information on this program, please visit
http://www.oilkings.ca/page/adopt-a-school

KIDS KOTTAGE FOUNDATION

Kids Kottage is Edmonton’s first and only crisis nursery, opened in 1995 with a mandate to prevent child abuse and neglect before it comes a way of life.

Kids Kottage offers 24-hour service to parents who need their support. During a time of crisis, they keep children safe, and work with parents during and after their children’s stay with them – to help them strengthen their family and give their children and themselves a strong, safe and healthy environment.

Brownlee LLP has enjoyed a long term relationship with the Kids Kottage to support this much needed organization in our community. Together, we create and distribute a yearly calendar that features artwork made by the children while at the “Kottage”.

Further, Brownlee LLP volunteered at the 19th Annual Radiothon 2012 hosted by 105.9 Shine FM that helped to raise a total of over $90,032.00 for the foundation in a single day!

To learn more about Kids Kottage and how you can help, you can view their website www.kidskottage.org to request a copy of the Brownlee LLP/Kids Kottage 2016 desktop calendar, please contact Vicki Bains @ vbains@brownleelaw.com

SOUP SISTERS

Soup Sisters is a non-profit charitable social enterprise dedicated to providing comfort to women, children and youth through the making, sharing and donating of soup. The soup we will be making will be donated to YESS (Youth Empowerment and Support Services). Soup Sisters was founded in 2009 by Calgarian Sharon Hapton who had a very simple belief in the power of soup as a nurturing and nourishing gesture that could make a tangible difference. Hapton believed that two of societies most prevalent issues, domestic abuse and youth homelessness would benefit from the care and warmth that comes in a bowl of soup. A powerful message that says ‘we care’ is now being delivered to over 30 residential shelters across the country through home-made delicious soup made with the finest ingredients.

SUIT YOURSELF

Suit Yourself is an initiative where low-income women re-entering the work force are provided with business attire for interviews. Women may receive suits, dresses, closed toed shoes and accessories which help them to achieve a professional appearance and develop the confidence required to attain a position in the work force. If hired, they are provided with a couple of additional outfits to help encourage long-term employment.

The Brownlee LLP family has donated an abundance of clothing, shoes and accessories to this worthwhile initiative to ensure that women have the resources to successfully move into the work force.

CROSSROADS HOUSE

Crossroads House is a service that provides housing and social support to approximately 18 women. These women have often left an abusive situation or life on the street and are trying to make a transition to a healthy, mainstream lifestyle.  Crossroads House provides women with a safe and welcoming environment to help them move confidently into an improved home situation. Women are also given access to counselling and are assisted with developing skills to ensure that a positive lifestyle can be maintained.

Brownlee works every year to provide a Christmas hamper for every individual currently living in the house. These hampers will provide each woman with greatly needed toiletries and clothing that will aid her with her transition.