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Edmontonians invited to sign Book of Condolence

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January 9, 2020
Following the crash of Ukraine International Airlines flight 752 and the tragic loss of 176 passengers, including 63 Canadians and many from the Edmonton area, the City of Edmonton has placed a book of condolence at City Hall.
People are welcome to visit City Hall to express their condolences to the families, friends, colleagues and neighbours of those who were lost. The book will be presented to the Iranian Heritage Society of Edmonton as an expression of Edmonton’s support.
The condolence book will be available daily between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., inside the south entrance of City Hall, at 1 Sir Winston Churchill Square, until Wednesday, January 15th.

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Register for the international running and human rights event inspired by The Secret Marathon film

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From The Secret Marathon 3K

Canadian Film Inspires Global Movement for Equality

On ​Wednesday, March 4​, during the week of ​International Women’s Day​ thousands of people across Canada and around the world will lace up their runners to show their support for everyone’s right to run free. ​Inspired by award winning documentary film, The Secret Marathon which tells the story of the first women in Afghanistan to run a marathon, participants will participate in The Secret 3K – an annual run/walk event to celebrate ​gender equality​ and safe and inclusive spaces.

Film Director and Producer, Kate McKenzie shares, “While filming a documentary in Afghanistan, I was inspired by such brave women and girls who ​fought for equality and at times, risked their lives​ for the freedom to run outdoors. When I returned to Canada, I was struck by the stories of so many women who told me they didn’t feel safe to walk or run at night right here in Canada. The Secret 3K was launched to ​reclaim safe public spaces​ and ​champion gender equality​ here at home.”

This year, The Secret 3K has grown and will feature marquee events in​ every Canadian province​ as well as pop-up Virtual events in smaller centres all across Canada and around the world. “Last year we had participants from ​16 different countries​,” said running legend, Martin Parnell. Parnell is featured in the film and has continued his work to encourage access to sport as the Virtual Race Director for The Secret 3K. “In part because of the film and the book that came out last year, new people are discovering this beautiful story and are motivated to spread this message of hope.”

Parnell and McKenzie are joined by national partners including ​Running Room​ and ​Girl Guides of Canada.​ “We want The Secret 3K to make a difference locally and globally,” said McKenzie, “So we have partnered with Girl Guides of Canada locally and internationally we support removing barriers for women to access sport and education through The Marathon of Afghanistan as well as the charity, Canadian Women for Women in Afghanistan.”

“We are excited to be the Official Charity Partner with The Secret 3K in 2020,” said Jill Zelmanovits, CEO, Girl Guides of Canada. “Gender equality and safe spaces for girls are what we are all about so this partnership is a natural fit. Our members agree too and they are coming out in force to support Secret 3K events across the country as volunteers and participants.”

The Secret 3K, now in its third year, was inspired by McKenzie’s documentary film ​The Secret Marathon​, in which she and Parnell traveled to ​Afghanistan​ to support that country’s first female marathoners. The film premiered at several major film festivals this fall and audiences registered to participate in this year’s Secret 3K. Since its inception, The Secret 3K has grown to become an international movement with ​16 affiliated events across Canada and 16 countries participating around the world.

HIGHLIGHTS

●  Event hosted in every Canadian province and around the world through virtual participants

●  Girl Guides can earn a ​special crest​ for growing their leadership skills by volunteering with the event or by meeting a fitness goal of participating in the 3 km run/walk themselves.

●  1,330 participants registered for last year’s walk/run generating $15,935 for charity

●  17 countries participated last year including US, UK, China, Brazil, Germany, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand, Chile, Portugal, Denmark, Israel, Uganda, and Afghanistan

“In Afghanistan by hosting a safe race they are working towards making a safe place, we asked ourselves why couldn’t we do that here in Canada and help everyone feel safe to run and walk in their community.”

-​ Kate McKenzie​, Co-Founder and National Race Director, The Secret 3K

“In Afghanistan, some of the country’s first female marathoners were Girl Guides. So it is only fitting that Girl Guides of Canada should come aboard as the Official Charity Partner of The Secret 3K.”

– Martin Parnell, Co-Founder, The Secret 3K

“The sport of running is all inclusive, an empowering activity, one engaging the runner or walker physically, emotionally and spiritually. The Secret Marathon builds a sense of community during a time in which our world needs more community… a community of people helping and supporting each other.”

– John Stanton, Founder & CEO, The Running Room

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LISTEN: Untold Stories with Serena Mah examines her Chinese family’s struggle and impact on a small northern community

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Untold Stories with Serena Mah examines her Chinese family’s struggle and impact on a small northern community.

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This first podcast from Serena Mah is a joy to listen to.  Untold Stories features the strength, courage and sacrifice of a woman who blazed a trail for her family. We hear the story Serena’s family- immigrants who’s struggle to make it in a new country ends with a key to the hamlet decades later.  It’s a personal story about family duty, tenacity, and how three cultures merge on one First Nation.

This is a personal story dedicated to the Serena’s family and how her mother, Kim Mah, made an imprint in the small northern community of Fort Chipewyan, Alberta. Click below to listen to the podcast and make sure you read Serena’s behind-the-scenes story of how this special podcast came to be.

Click below to read Serena’s story about this podcast.title graphic Untold Stories

About Serena Mah:

I am fortunate to be able to do what I love and I’m grateful everyday. Storytelling is my passion. Ever since I was little, my mom would say I like to talk. In a big family like mine, you had to fight for attention and you really had to stand out to be heard. No one was surprised when I became a reporter/anchor. As a journalist for two decades, I’ve covered elections on all levels of government. I’ve had the privilege of witnessing history first hand, happy, sad and the tragic. I’ve interviewed newsmakers including Premiers, Prime Ministers, athletes, specialists, those awaiting their fate at the courts and local heroes. I’m thrilled to share my knowledge gained through years of broadcasting with clients. I continue to expand on networks built on as a journalist. My team is skilled at empowering stories in traditional, emerging media and on social media. We love crafting stories and we know how newsrooms tick, what makes a good story and how to tell it in a compelling way.

When I’m not working, I’m usually whipping up something in the heart of my home, the kitchen.  Food is central to keeping my family connected. I’m most proud of my young son, who is vibrant and curious. He is my why. He makes me better everyday. He and my beagle #sweetgus keep me busy. They along with yoga and meditation challenge me to stay grounded and grateful.

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