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What We DO

TIMELINE

We started with an idea, and the hope to make a difference. This is how far we've come.
(Events below are in chronological order, with the most recent at the top.)

The Unlikeliest Tough Guy

February 24, 2023

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Georges Laraque spoke at RF Staples to the High School students, and gave an inspiring presentation at our event in the evening. 

"What an incredible night!! 👏👏Thanks for sharing your stories George Laraque (NHL tough guy) & Ryan Straschnitzki (Humbolt Broncos survivor). You both are an inspiration to us all!! 💞To keep pushing forward when so many adversities stand in your way!!
George-you pursued your dream of being in the NHL when you had a very troubling upbringing and no support. Amazing that you didn’t give up along the way. Will need to read your book. “The Unlikeliest Tough Guy”
Ryan-thanks for taking the opportunity to speak to us virtually and share your experience and still pursue playing hockey (sledge hockey) after such a devastating crash that left you with a spinal chord injury. “When one door closes another opens!” -as your dad would say
Incredible!! Thanks for the question period too with the panel.
Again, incredible job to Christine and the “Soul Sisters Memorial Foundation” -Michelle Zoschke (event attendee)

Farmers Appreciation Night

January 20, 2023

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Hometown Hockey Hero with Special Guest Danny Zzzz

August 13, 2022

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Road to Mental Readiness

March 14, 2020

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Farmer’s Mental Health First Aid

March 2, 2020

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Playing with Fire

February 21, 2020

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2nd annual Farmer’s Appreciation Night

January 20, 2020

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Nelly’s Necessities – Season 4

December 8, 2019

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Life After Loss, Grief & Bereavement Session

November 7, 2019

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Nelly’s Night in Paris

September 28, 2019

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Building Healthy Relationships

May 25, 2019

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Road to Mental Readiness

April 18, 2019

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Tackling Mental Health

February 22, 2019

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Farming is our Foundation

January 21, 2019

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Nelly’s Necessities

December 5, 2018

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Transformation: Conscious Leadership

November 7, 2018

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Life after Loss – Bereavement Support Group

November 2, 2018

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Nelly’s Project 5

September 22, 2018

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Spiralling Steps – The Ups & Downs of Mental Illness

June 13, 2018

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Growing up With Selfies, Sexting & Snapchat!

May 18, 2018

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The Balancing Act of Stress & Self Care – Our first workshop in Barrhead!

March 29, 2018

10 Ways to Build Confident Children – First Workshop in Morinville!

February 28, 2018

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Self Worth – The Missing Link

February 27, 2018

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“The Crazy Game”

February 23, 2018

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Safe Talk – Suicide Alertness Training

January 31, 2018

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Nelly’s Necessities – Season 2

December 15, 2017

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🎁It’s a wrap! 🎁
Thank you to everyone that gave gently used purses, scarves, jewellery, toiletries and cosmetics! We were able to fill 80 purses and 30 packages for men. These packages will be delivered to Ambrose Place, Jessica Martel Foundation, FCSS Westlock & Hope Resource Centre.

Our first workshop in Morinville!

November 15, 2017

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We are super excited to announce our first workshop in Morinville!

Nelly’s Project 4

September 23, 2017

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4 years in a row, Blair has given a speech and Danny has a “cash appeal” – this is where the guests in the audience donate to a cause. This year, as a generous and supportive community, we were able to give the Robb Nash Project $50,000. Our 3 year total to the Robb Nash Project is just under $200,000 – that means our community and surrounding area, have helped Robb travel to 40 schools!! This is absolutely amazing! Thank you for helping us make some

Robb Nash Appreciation Night in Winnipeg

May 20, 2017

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This past Monday, my grandson Blair and I had the pleasure of being invited to the Park Theatre in Winnipeg for a presentation/appreciation night for the Robb Nash Project. With the help of our community and guests that attend our annual fundraiser, we have been able to give just over $150,000 to the Robb Nash Project!!

Hats on for Mental Health

May 4, 2017

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Hats on for Mental Health – Pembina North School graciously donated a loonie for every student that wore a hat to school for Mental Health Awareness Week! ✨What a pleasant and generous surprise!✨

Wildrose REA Rural Roots Award

March 17, 2017

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I just arrived home from my daily trip to Morinville and had a wonderful voicemail on my phone! Stewart from Wildrose REA in Westlock called to tell me that Soul Sisters Memorial Foundation was the recipient of the Rural Roots Award for 2017!! This award is given to an organization that enhances the community they live in! Yay! Our first award!

Safe Talk – Suicide Alertness Training

January 25, 2017

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Safe Talk – Suicide Alertness Training. A free workshop facilitated by Jessica Link, designed to assist you in recognizing the signs of someone in distress.

Nelly’s Necessities

December 18, 2016

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We delivered parcels to Ambrose Place! Gently used scarves, jewellery & purses were filled with essentials! We had so much fun and some great donations – thanks everyone!

Life After Loss – Our First Grief & Bereavement Support Group

November 1, 2016

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Life After Loss – Our First Grief & Bereavement Support Group.

“The Art of Loving Myself” Workshop

October 13, 2016

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Laurie Davis facilitated a great workshop called “The Art of Loving Myself”.

Nelly’s Project 3

September 24, 2016

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We held our third fundraiser Nelly’s Project 3 and it was another successful event featuring Carolyn Dawn Johnson!

Travelled to Winnipeg for the Robb Nash Sponsor Appreciation Night

May 13, 2016

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As proud supporters of the Robb Nash Project, we had the chance to go to Winnipeg for an Appreciation night.

Began a Monthly Article in the Westlock News

January 15, 2016

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Christine started writing a monthly news article to the Westlock News. Some of the topics were on mental illness & wellness, suicide prevention and awareness. The articles are meant to focus around the issues of mental health as an overall state of concern in many aspects the world today.

Presentation to the Athabasca Interagency Group

October 15, 2015

We presented our organization to Athabasca Interagency Group. The Athabasca Interagency Group consists of the RCMP, Alberta Health Services along with a few other non-profit organizations.

Nelly’s Project 2

September 26, 2015

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We held our second annual fundraiser named Nelly’s Project 2 which was hosted by Danny Hooper as master of ceremonies. CMA nominees the Boom Chucka Boys came out and played their hearts out for the people and stole the night with the entertainment. Robb Nash captivated the entire hall with his presentation.

Robb Nash came to Westlock

September 24, 2015

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We brought the Robb Nash Project to RF Staples for his first of what would soon be many visits to Westlock.

Mental Health Week in Westlock

September 20, 2015

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This week of September 20th – 26th, has been declared Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Awareness Week by the Town of Westlock.

Ambrose Place BBQ

June 20, 2015

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We supplied and hosted a BBQ for Ambrose Place a home for Indigenous people with schizophrenia in Edmonton. Soul Sisters supplied the food and brought clean, gently used clothing to give away. We also offered haircuts and gift bags for over 60 people.

Soul Sisters donates to Westlock Victim Services from the proceeds of Nelly’s Project

October 17, 2014

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Our first cheque presentation – $60,230.00 – from “Nellys’ Project” goes to Westlock Victim Services! Thank you everyone for your generous donations!

Soul Sisters donates to Pilgrims Hospice from the proceeds of Nelly’s Project

October 16, 2014

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The Soul Sisters Memorial Foundation’s 2nd cheque presentation to the Pilgrims Hospice Society of $102,810.00 from proceeds of Nellys’ Project! Thank you everyone for making this possible with your overwhelming generosity!

Our First Free Course – “Safe Talk”

October 6, 2014

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We offered our first FREE course to the public & community. We brought in a course called Safe Talk – which is a suicide prevention course. We only had 8 people attend the first outing.

We held our first fundraising event named Nelly’s Project

September 27, 2014

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The first event we held was a fundraiser in order to start our mission of providing education. It was called Nelly’s Project named after Jeanelle.

Soul Sisters Memorial Foundation Began

February 14, 2014

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Soul Sisters Memorial Foundation was started after Jeanelle Christine Vachon Lobsinger was lost to suicide. The organization began with Jeanelle’s mother Christine Vachon and her aunts Karen Zadunayski, Kelly Dul and Colleen Young.

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