Chinese Researcher Delegation from Guangzhou on Campus

Chinese Researcher Delegation from Guangzhou on Campus

By mzeuch on January 20, 2017

The International and Research Office and the Centre for Chinese Studies welcomed today a delegation of researchers and administrators from Guangzhou Institute of Educacional Research, from the city of Guangzhou, province of Guangdong, China. We discussed research activities in both jurisdicions as well as possible student recruitment from China, professional development for Chinese teachers k-12 and research collaboration.

 

Concordia University of Edmonton – Building Bridges

Today! Presentation: Alzheimers Disease and Caregiver Burden (Research Cluster on Wellness)

By mzeuch on January 18, 2017

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Today The Research Cluster on Welness Presents:

Wed. January 18, 2017, 4:00-5:00 pm, HA 206 

Presenters: Dr. Alison Kulak and Dr. Bryan Rooney:

Alzheimers Disease and Caregiver Burden

 

Caring for someone with Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia is associated with a number of negative consequences for caregivers, collectively referred to as caregiver burden. Caregivers’ first medical contacts are uniquely positioned to provide much needed information and practical support that may mitigate caregivers’ challenges. Because little is known about caregiver’s early experiences with healthcare professionals, we constructed a brief survey designed to explore the quality of caregivers’ first contacts with healthcare professionals and met with participants of caregiver support groups offered through the Alzheimer’s Society of Alberta and Northwest Territories in various locations in Alberta, Canada. Our findings suggest that healthcare professionals who are the point of first contact have an important opportunity to either exacerbate or alleviate caregiver burden.

 

Bio: Alison Kulak received her Ph.D. in Cognitive Development from Carleton University in 1993 where she conducted research focussed on the the development of mathematical cognition, the role of working memory in arithmetic problem-solving, and mathematics-related anxiety. She has been

on the faculty at Concordia University of Edmonton since 1995 where she has recently been engaged in collaborative research designed to explore facets of caregiver well-being and to identify experiences and support services that can contribute to reductions in caregiver burden. Presently she is working on a interdisciplinary collaborative pilot project that involves conducting usability testing of an online caregiver support tool developed by the World Health Organization (WHO iSupport) adapted to the local Canadian context and delivered via the ASANT café website of the Alzheimer’s Society of Alberta and Northwest Territories.

 

Bryan J. Rooney is an Associate Professor of Psychology at Concordia University of Edmonton. He enjoys teaching research methods and finds the process of helping students design and implement their own research projects particularly rewarding. When students learn about research by developing their own projects, they experience the frustrations, excitements, and occasional disappointments that are part of the process. He has taught research methods, statistics, and biopsychology. His research background is in visual and auditory sensation and perception, and more recent interests include quality-of-life issues for people with dementia. When he is not involved in the life of his busy family, you can find him skiing or riding his motorcycles depending on the season. He earned his PhD in psychology from Carelton University in Ottawa, and his BSc and MSc from the University of Calgary.  

The Office of the Vice President, International and Research

By mzeuch on January 16, 2017

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As a consequence of our growth in several areas at Concordia, including International and Research, this is to inform our campus community about the areas that are now under supervision of the Vice President, International and Research:

-The International Office (IO)

-The Research Office (RO) 

-The Centre for Innovation and Applied Research (CIAR)

-The Centre for Science, Research and Innovation (CSRI) [under construction]

-The Centre for Chinese Studies (CCS) and the Centre for Chinese Teacher Development (CCTD)

-The English for Academic Purposes Program (EAP)

-The Intensive English Summer Programs (IESP, Canadian Summer Seminar, etc…)

 

Honoured to continue working with each one of you with my co-workers, happy 2017!

Manfred Zeuch, PhD
Office: HA232
Phone: +1 780 479 9329
Email: manfred.zeuch@concodi.ab.ca
research@concordia.ab.ca

 

Concordia University of Edmonton – Building Bridges

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About the Alberta Oil Sands – But Were Afraid to Ask Jacques Lacan

By mzeuch on January 16, 2017

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The Concordia Institute for Christian Studies and Society and the Reseach Cluster On Theology and Science presents:

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About the Alberta Oil Sands*
*But Were Afraid to Ask Jacques Lacan
 

By Richard Kover, PhD

January 30th, check out the complete info on the attached: Oil Sands Presentation Poster

Using examples from current pro-oil sands public relations campaigns, this presentation will utilize the theoretical lens of psychoanalytic thinker Jacques Lacan to argue that in such advertisements oil is presented as a fetishized object or the objet petit a-“the object cause of desire” whose possession is seen to heal all economic, political and ecological ills.

Discussions on Research Collaboration on Wellness with Partner University of Porto, Portugal

By mzeuch on December 22, 2016

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Dr. Barbara van Ingen, Dean of Students, went to our patner University of Porto, Portugal, on an Erasmus+ scholarship last October. She has started contacts in view of research collaboration and writes:

"Prior to travelling to Porto, I made contact with Dr. Jorge Mota and Dr. Jose Oliveira, professors and researchers with The Research Centre in Physical Activity, Health and Leisure (Centro de Investigacao em Actividade Fisica, Saude e Lazer) CIAFEL. We are considering a possible research collaborations between CIAFEL and the Wellness Research Cluster, focused on the epidemiology of physical activity and sedentary behaviors with Dr. Mota and his team of researchers. Dr. Brent Bradford (CUE, co-chair of the Research Cluster on Wellness) and I are following up with the colleagues in January". 

Good news and proud to be part of the ERASMUS+ program with our partners in Portugal! Dr. Danielle Lisboa (CUE Music Department) has been selected to go to an Erasmus+ week at University of Porto in 2017, where she will be working on research with sociologist Dr. Paula Guerra (UPorto), and soon we will announce more news yet about Portugal and Erasmus+ opportunities.

Concordia University of Edmonton – Building Bridges 

Reminder Launch Event: Research Cluster of Linguistics and Language Education

By mzeuch on December 5, 2016

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Most people in the world are multilingual, and everybody could be; no one is rigorously excluded from another's language community except through lack of time and effort. Different languages protect and nourish the growth of different cultures, where different pathways of human knowledge can be discovered. They certainly make life richer for those who know more than one of them.

— Empires of the Word: A Language History of the World, by Nicholas Ostler.

The Research Cluster of Linguistics and Language Education, under leadership of Dr. Joanna Merkel (Modern Languages) and Dr. Xinxin Fang (International Office, Centre for Chinese Studies) is a group of passionate language educators from Chinese, French, German, Spanish and other languages program as well as scholars and students who are interested in exploring the empire of languages. Please join us to the official launch and first presentation on Tuesday, Dec. 6.

Title: "Reaching Everyone: How to Create Better Open Access Resources for Language Learning."

 

Location: A205 – Time: 12 – 1pmTuesday, December 6, 2016
 
Presenter: Dr. Conrad Van Dyk. Dr. Van Dyk is an Associate Professor of English at Concordia University of Edmonton. His research spans a number of fields, including medieval studies and digital humanities. His book John Gower and the Limits of the Law (2013) deals with the intersection of law and literature in the fourteenth century, particularly in the works of the poet John Gower. In addition to writing articles, he is also a major contributor to the Online Gower Bibliography. At present he has shifted his focus to the teaching of writing and is working on creating an open access writing guide for students. The Nature of Writing is still under construction, but should be ready for use across the curriculum by the fall of 2017.  In its final form it will combine prose and video instruction in all aspects of academic writing, as well as numerous practice exercises at various levels of difficulty. 
 
 
***Food and drinks will be provided.***
 
Concordia University of Edmonton – Building Bridges

Concordia University of Edmonton and Covenant Health announce an exciting new research MoU

By mzeuch on December 2, 2016

Left to right: Sheli Murphy, Senior Operating Officer, Rural Health, Professional Practice, Research & Libraries, Covenant Health; Lynn Klein, Director, Professional Practice - Research & Libraries, Covenant Health; Dr. Patrick Kamau, Dean of Science, CUE; Mary-Ann Clarkes, Manager, Covenant Health Research Centre; David Burry, Manager, Centre for Innovation and Applied Research, CUE; Dr. Manfred Zeuch, Vice President International and Research, CUE.

Left to right: Sheli Murphy, Senior Operating Officer, Rural Health, Professional Practice, Research & Libraries, Covenant Health; Lynn Klein, Director, Professional Practice – Research & Libraries, Covenant Health; Dr. Patrick Kamau, Director, Centre for Innovation and Applied Research and Dean of Science, CUE; Mary-Ann Clarkes, Manager, Covenant Health Research Centre; David Burry, Manager, Centre for Innovation and Applied Research, CUE; Dr. Manfred Zeuch, Vice President International and Research, CUE.

Concordia University of Edmonton and Covenant Health announce an exciting new research MoU

EDMONTON, ALBERTA–(Marketwired – Dec. 2, 2016) –

Editors Note: There is a photo associated with this press release.

Concordia University of Edmonton (CUE) and Covenant Health will be working together to establish a collaborative research program relating to the environmental and psycho emotional health of children.

"We are so blessed to embark on this new relationship with CUE. Research is the pinnacle of influencing practice from evidence and engaging with an academic partner that shares interests aligning with our work is truly wonderful. While this is the beginning and the agreement considers only one area of expertise, we hope to expand our connections over time. Knowledge translation from research to practice is key in improving health of our communities in which we serve, embracing innovative ways of 'thinking and doing' supports our staff and physicians and students to provide leading edge care. Aligning with our strategic directions, it is relationships such as this that will enable us to 'design, implement and share high performing systems of care and service based upon integration, innovation and evidence' and thereby help us to achieve our vision."

– Sheli Murphy, Senior Operating Officer, Rural Health, Professional Practice, Research and Libraries.

The agreement will boost a range of research and collaboration activities based on the further validation of existing environmental health tools, the development of emotional overlays for inclusion with these tools, and the creation of home assessment tools. The research activities will also include the development of ongoing education and certification programs to transition the knowledge gathered to the clinical and researcher communities for practical use.

Manfred Zeuch, CUE's VP International and Research, is pleased with the agreement: "We are excited about this cooperation agreement, which is the first to be signed with the assistance of the CIAR, and which echoes CUE's mandate: to foster meaningful partnerships in Edmonton and area, that bring solutions with the view of enhancing general social wellness and building a strong community. The CUE professors involved in this collaboration are active researchers in the areas of Psychology and Public Health. This partnership with Covenant Health will surely strengthen the directions undertaken."

Covenant Health is Canada's largest Catholic health care organization with over 14,000 physicians, employees and volunteers serving in 12 communities across Alberta. A major provider in Alberta's integrated health system, Covenant Health works with Alberta Health Services and community partners to positively influence the health of Albertans through a broad range of programs and services. www.covenanthealth.ca

Concordia University of Edmonton offers over 45 majors and minors as well as two after-degree programs, three master's degrees and several graduate certificates and diplomas. It recently launched the Centre for Innovation and Applied Research (CIAR) – formerly known as the Edmonton Institute for Community Research (EICR) – which acts as its community-friendly coordinating hub, enhancing access to the academic and student research talents in the applied research, information access, project collaboration, and business incubation services of CUE's Faculties of Arts, Education, Management and Science. www.concordia.ab.caresearch.concordia.ab.ca/ciar

To view the photo associated with this press release, please visit the following link: www.marketwire.com/library/20161202-cuecovenant1202px800.jpg.

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Don’t miss the Presentation on “Suffering Subject, Objective Knowledge: Unbearable Mental States in the Age of Evidence”

By mzeuch on November 29, 2016

The Institute for Christian Studies and Society invites:

TODAY!! November 29, 3:30-5:30  T 104.  Farzad Zare-Bawani, Psychology CUE.  “Suffering Subject, Objective Knowledge: Unbearable Mental States in the Age of Evidence.”

This talk offers a critique of contemporary psychological views on consciousness with respect to suffering and pain.   I focus on our understanding of human suffering and discuss the impact of evidence-based methodology on those things which are experienced as unwanted, abject, or unbearable.  I conclude by raising a crucial ethical question for discussion.

Permanent Table: Research Funding Agencies and Deadlines

By mzeuch on November 29, 2016

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CONCORDIA UNIVERSITY OF EDMONTON

OFFICE OF RESEARCH
CENTRE FOR INNOVATION AND APPLIED RESEARCH (CIAR)

 

Concordia Faculty,  Staff and Students: A permanent list of funding agencies for research and application deadlines. Will be updated ongoingly and reposted weekly.

 

 

Grant Funding Opportunities
       
Agency Grant Designation Pre-application Deadline Application Deadline
Alberta Advanced Education Campus Alberta Grants for International Learning (CAGFIL) Grants   November 1, 2016
Alberta Innovates Technology Futures (AITF) Strategic Networking & Development   December 23, 2016
Alzheimer Society Alzheimer Society Research Program (ASRP)   November 7, 2016
Canada Council for the Arts Various Granting Opportunities   Varies with Grant
CIHR Training Modernization Start-Up Grant in Health Services and Policy Research   November 23, 2016
Concordia University of Edmonton Internal Research Grant   Open Call, 12 month period
MacArthur Foundation Ongoing Grants   December 31, 2016
Max Bell Foundation Various Granting Opportunities   Open Call
Mitacs Accelerate   December 23, 2016
NSERC Connect Grant   December 23, 2016
NSERC Discovery Grants August 3, 2016 November 1, 2016
NSERC Strategic Partnership Grants for Networks November 28, 2016 April 1, 2017
NSERC Engage Grants   December 23, 2016
NSERC Engage Plus Grants   December 23, 2016
NSERC Collaborative Research and Training Experience Program May 1, 2017 September 22, 2017
NSERC Collaborative Research and Development Grants   December 23, 2016
Spencer Foundation Small Research Grants   February 1, 2017
SSHRC Connect Grant   November 1, 2016
SSHRC Insight Development Grant   February 3, 2017
SSHRC Partnership Grants Letter of Intent February 15, 2017  
SSHRC Partnership Development Grants   November 30, 2016
The Funding Portal Various Granting Opportunities   Varies with Grant

Permanent Table: CUE Research Presentations

By mzeuch on November 29, 2016

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Dear colleagues at Concordia University of Edmonton. This new post will appear anew every week, and will be updated during the week whenever we receive new info to be shared on activities, presentations, conferences of our researchers, research clusters, centres and institutes. Please remember that our EICR is the one institution at Concordia that organizes and fosters our Applied and Community based Research. 

Please contact the VP International and Research (manfred.zeuch@concordia.ab.ca) for news and info and for scheduling new research forums.

 

===   RESEARCH PRESENTATIONS ===

 

NOVEMBER 2016

 

Wed. November 16, 12:00-1:00 pm.  HA 020.  Emma Rochester, Ph.D. candidate, Queensland College of Art, Griffith University (Australia).  “Pathways travelled by a woman artist-scholar” (co-hosted by Travel and Focus on Women Research Clusters)

Ms. Rochester will reflect on the many travels, opportunities, challenges, and insights she has had in artistic and academic career to date. 

Emma Christina Lucia Rochester is a context-based interdisciplinary artist-schoalr who uses her body as a channel to investigate the iconic power of nature – a terminal through which explorations of imagination, memory, and sensorial understandings of gendered landscapes are filtered and structured into multilayered works. Exploring ideas of the feminine as allegory for natural environs and the sacred, she creates site-specific projects that comprise fiber forms, drawings, textile design, sculpture, video art and performance artefacts. Her current PhD project is an inquiry into the affirmative potential for the depiction and experiencing of the divine as woman. Titled “The Embodied Artefact – a nomadic approach to gendered sites of reverence through an interdisciplinary art practice”, Rochester undertakes pilgrimages to scapes of prayer and petition for those who identify as female/woman. These include but are not limited to Black Madonna shrines, caves, springs, lakes, Neolithic fertility sites and Aphrodite Temples.

 

 

Wed. November 16, 2016, 4:00-5:00 pm, HA 206 – Presenter: Dr. Jens Walter: "The Fiber Gap and the Disappearing Gut Microbiome: Implications for Human Health" (Research Cluster on Wellness)

Humans have evolved with dense microbial populations (the gut microbiome) that colonize our gastrointestinal tract and are integral to our health. It is therefore concerning that recent research has convincingly demonstrated that modern lifestyle, and specifically a western diet low in dietary fiber, has led to a substantial depletion of the gut microbiome. In addition, lack of dietary fiber deprives the gut microbiota of accessible nutrients, reducing metabolic end products of microbial fermentation that are known to have beneficial metabolic and immunological effects. These processes are implicated in immune dysregulation and may explain the rampant increase of chronic diseases in industrialized societies that share inflammation as an underlying mechanism, such as obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, colon cancer, atopic disease, autism, and autoimmune diseases. Virtually all nutritional organizations already encourage consumption of dietary fiber in an attempt to prevent these diseases, but average dietary fiber intake remains low, generating what is referred to as the “fiber gap”. The recent findings on the biological importance of the gut microbiome do now provide an additional incentive to increase our efforts to boost dietary fiber consumption in an attempt to adequately nourish the symbiotic microbial communities that are so essential to our health.

Dr. Jens Walter – Associate Professor, University of Alberta

Campus Alberta Innovation Program (CAIP) Chair: Nutrition, Microbes & Gastrointestinal Health, Department of Agricultural, Food & Nutritional Science/Department of Biological Sciences

Email: jwalter1@ualberta.ca

Bio: After receiving his doctoral degree from the University of Hohenheim in Germany, Jens Walter performed postdoctoral research in genetic and functional metagenomic approaches to study gut microbial ecology at the University of Otago in New Zealand. After his postdoctoral training, he joined the faculty of the Department of Food Science and Technology at the University of Nebraska, where he received tenure. Dr. Walter is now an Associate Professor and Campus Alberta Innovation Program Chair for Nutrition, Microbes, and Gastrointestinal Health at the University of Alberta with a joint appointment in the Departments of ‘Agricultural, Food, and Nutritional Science’ and ‘Biological Sciences’. 

Dr. Walter’s highly interdisciplinary and collaborative research group is dedicated to the investigation of the ecological and evolutionary processes that shape host–microbial symbioses in the vertebrate gut, and specifically the effect of ecological factors (diet, host genetics, lifestyle) on the composition and function of the gut microbiome in the context of health. There are currently three major areas of research in the Walter lab: 1) understanding the impact of diet on the gut microbiome, and the role of diet-microbiome interactions in the health effects of nutritional strategies, 2) determination of the ecological processes that shape community assembly and characteristics of the gut microbiota, and the specific factors (diet, host genetics, lifestyle, colonization history) that impact such processes, and 3) elucidate the biology of the symbiosis between vertebrates (including humans) and the bacterial inhabitants of their gastrointestinal tract, and specifically how these relationships are established, maintained, and evolve, using gut lactobacilli as a model. One of the long-term goals of the Walter lab is to develop microbiome-targeted nutritional strategies to improve human health based on rigorous scientific and ecological criteria.

 

 

Mon. November 21 4:00-5:00, T104.  “Expressive Individualism, the Cult of the Artist as Genius, and Milton’s Lucifer.  ”Patrick Madigan S.J., professor of philosophy at Heythrop College, University of London – (Institute for Christian Studies and Society)

I start off with what the American Sociologist Robert Bellah and the Canadian Philosopher Charles Taylor call ‘Expressive Individualism’, and which they present as the default life style of our time, especially in the West. I give some examples and then ask about the origin of this life style. I first trace this back to the cult of the artist revered as a ‘genius’, which flourished during the 19th-century; this cult has been democratized and universalized in our time. I then trace its origins one step further to the depiction John Milton gives of Lucifer in his poem PARADISE LOST; in Milton’s altered portrayal, Lucifer rejects not only Jesus as the highest creature, he rejects the Father as father. He declares ‘I know none before me: I am self-begot’. In so far as we embrace ‘expressive individualism’ as an ethic for our time, therefore, we are implicitly committed to Milton’s Lucifer as an archetype for human fulfilment; I suggest this might be a toxic model.  The paper is interdisciplinary and should appeal to faculty and students from all of the Arts disciplines, particularly English literature.

 

Thursday November 24, 12:35 –  HA 310 Talk by Tim Labron: "The Principles of Logic are not the Logic of Science and Religion"

 

Tuesday, November 29, 3:30-5:30  T 104.  Farzad Zare-Bawani, Psychology CUE.  “Suffering Subject, Objective Knowledge: Unbearable Mental States in the Age of Evidence.”

This talk offers a critique of contemporary psychological views on consciousness with respect to suffering and pain.   I focus on our understanding of human suffering and discuss the impact of evidence-based methodology on those things which are experienced as unwanted, abject, or unbearable.  I conclude by raising a crucial ethical question for discussion.

Tuesday November 29, 12:35 – HA 310 Talk by Travis Dumsday: "Can Neuroscience Explain Mystical Experience?"

 

DECEMBER 2016

Monday December 5, 2016 12 pm – T104 –  “Reflections by a Concordia Student: The 2016 Youth Global Humanitarianism and Participation Seminar in Taipei, Taiwan,” Kelsea Gillespie.

CUE student Kelsea Gillespie traveled to Taipei, Taiwan (Republic of China) from October 9-18 to represent Canada. Join CUE's Travel Research Cluster to hear Kelsea's reflections on her trip, experience, and research for the Seminar on "Building Bridges, Not Walls: The Role of Youth in Narrowing the Gap Between the Rich and the Poor." 

 

Tuesday December 6, 2016 – Location: A205 – Time: 12 – 1pm

Launch of the Research Cluster on Linguistics and Language Education. "Reaching Everyone: How to Create Better Open Access Resources for Language Learning." Dr. Conrad Van Dyk.

Dr. Van Dyk is an Associate Professor of English at Concordia University of Edmonton. His research spans a number of fields, including medieval studies and digital humanities. His book John Gower and the Limits of the Law (2013) deals with the intersection of law and literature in the fourteenth century, particularly in the works of the poet John Gower. In addition to writing articles, he is also a major contributor to the Online Gower Bibliography. At present he has shifted his focus to the teaching of writing and is working on creating an open access writing guide for students. The Nature of Writing is still under construction, but should be ready for use across the curriculum by the fall of 2017.  In its final form it will combine prose and video instruction in all aspects of academic writing, as well as numerous practice exercises at various levels of difficulty. 

 

Wednesday, December 14, 2016 – 4:00-5:00 pm – HA 206 – "Mental Health Matters: Creating Flow in the Workplace", Georgette Reed (Research Cluster on Wellness).

According to the Canadian Mental Health Association, one in three Canadians will experience a mental health problem at some point in their lives. As the second highest cause for hospitalization in Canada, mental illness strikes people from all walks of life and all ethnic backgrounds, at every income and age level. Experiencing mental illness can be a very frightening and isolating experience, whether it affects you or someone you care about. Contact with the everyday world is changed when our mental health is affected and everything we do can become more of a challenge. Mental health care means more than just taking care of our physical selves. It also means ensuring the well-being of our mental, emotional and spiritual sides. So how do we support people who are struggling with mental illness or trying to recover from a mental health injury or trauma? This presentation will discuss some of the most common mental health issues and what Edmonton Fire Rescue has undertaken to assist first responders dealing with the stigma of mental illness and other occupational stress injuries. 

Georgette Reed, ChPC, MA, BPE, CSCSMember (Speakers’ Bureau of Alberta©), distinguished Olympian

Bio: Georgette Reed has had a keen interest in Sport, Fitness, Health and Wellness all of her life. A certified track and field and strength and conditioning, coach with 40 years of competitive experience under her belt in the sports of athletics, bobsleigh, swimming and water polo, Georgette now puts all of the knowledge and expertise to good use as the Health and Wellness Coordinator for Edmonton Fire Rescue Services and Mental Health First Aid instructor for the City of Edmonton.

During her athletic career, Georgette represented Canada in the Olympic Games, the World Athletics Championships, the World Bobsleigh Championships, the Pan American Games, the Commonwealth Games and many other international events. As a competitor, Georgette won 17 national titles (15 in the shot put and two discus titles). Upon retiring from competing, Georgette was the head cross country, track and field coach for the University of Alberta for 10 years, and helped develop champions at the provincial, national and international levels and was a mentor/coach for Special Olympics Athletics athletes and coaches in Alberta.