Giving through ATB Cares

ATB has set up an easy and impactful way to donate to The CCEF through ATB Cares. ATB will match 15% of every dollar donated to Alberta-based charities through this site, up to $20,000 per month and $240,000 per fiscal year. Each eligible charity may receive up to $5,000 of matching during ATB’s fiscal year (April 1 to March 31).

ATB covers the transaction and credit card fees on all donations made through atbcares.com so The CCEF will receive 100% of your donation. Automatic tax receipts are issued to donors through the Canadian Online Giving Foundation.

How to double your joy

Many companies support causes that are important to their employees by matching their charitable contribution. Ask your payroll or human resources department today and have your donation set-up automatically. If your company does match, then you will get double the joy with a charitable tax receipt for the full amount and you will give double the joy to The CCEF!

A Special Appeal to St Jean Brebeuf Alumni

The former clay mosaic depicting St Jean Brebeuf and his works with the Huron people.

The beautiful mosaic portrayal of St Jean Brebeuf at the entrance of the same named school has been welcoming students, staff and visitors since 1985.  It has reflected the spirit of his works teaching Catholicity among the Huron people while embracing and honouring their native ways.

Unfortunately, time has not been kind to the mosaic as the clay tiles have decayed and are no longer reparable.  A new mosaic has been prayerfully conceived by the current students based on their knowledge of the humanitarian work of St Jean Brebeuf.  The original artist, Mr. Al Gerritson, has consulted with the students and staff to design a new wood relief display in keeping with St Jean Brebeuf’s work and its legacy in the school.  Mr. Gerritson will create a lasting, meaningful wood-carved entrance to be used as a prayerful place (perhaps even a chapel space) where students and staff can gather and pray. The revitalization of the original work will ensure that anyone who enters the school, will have an appreciation of the school as a Catholic Community of Caring.

The cost of the project is $7500.  The Calgary Catholic Education Foundation has partnered with St Jean Brebeuf School to support this campaign.  This special project falls outside of the scope of the Calgary Catholic School District as it’s not related to educational resources and is not within the fundraising mandate of the school council.

How can you help?  We are reaching out to alumni to ask for their support in funding the new St Jean Brebeuf mosaic.  The goal is to raise the necessary funding by May 2019 so that an installation and dedication can be held in the Fall 2019 where all donors will be invited and recognized.  To make your charitable tax donation of $20 or more, please visit  The CCEF and in the IN HONOR OF box please indicate St Jean Brebeuf and we will redirect the funds.  All funds will be held in trust by The CCEF.

2nd Annual Social Justice Summit

Bishop Henry and Executive Director Janet Lymer present cheque to Father Lacombe High School.

On February 26th Bishop Grandin High School hosted the 2nd Annual Social Justice Summit gathering over 300 students from across the 13 high schools in the CCSD.

The CCEF was on hand with a marketplace table where students interacted with our oversized photo frame and learned about the foundation’s works across the district. 

Joining us as our special guest was his Excellency Bishop Henry to help present the Bishop Henry Social Justice Grant.  This award was established in 2017 by The CCEF to honour Bishop Henry on his retirement from the Roman Catholic Diocese of Calgary.  All CCSD schools are eligible to apply for the yearly grant under the social justice grants program and one school is chosen to receive the Bishop Henry grant by the independent granting committee.  This year the award was shared by two schools: Bishop Grandin High School for hosting the Social Justice Summit and Blessed Cardinal Newman for its First Nation, Metis and Inuit project.

As part of the summit, high schools were invited to participate in a social justice challenge that would see the grand prize of $1000 being awarded to fund their project.  The winner was Father Lacombe High School.  Bishop Henry and our executive director, Janet Lymer, were on hand to present the cheque. 

Father Lacombe High School was the recipient of the Social Justice Summit $1,000 Challenge Award. The project presented is: “to improve the mental wellness and overall sense of community through the creation of multiple coffee houses where students get the chance to show off their talents, meet others, play games and have an overall safe space. As well, multiple movie nights will be held throughout the year.”  The Social Justice group at Father Lacombe will also create guidelines for future social justice clubs to ensure sustainability.

Almsgiving

Lent is here and it is a time to pray, fast and give alms during the 40 days of our Lenten season.

We humbly ask you to consider The CCEF as part of your almsgiving this season to help us support Catholic Education in Calgary.  It is through your generous contributions that we can provide funding for leading edge learning technology such as Chromebooks, Open Minds experiences, leadership development and social justice.  Secure online donations can be made to The CCEF.  All donations of $20 or more will receive a tax receipt.