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Walk a Mile in Our Moccasins

June 15, 2017 | Events, News

In celebration of Aboriginal Awareness Week, the Elizabeth Fry Society of Calgary and Calgary Alpha House are joining together to support reconciliation and awareness through an event that will teach the tradition of moccasin making. Come walk a mile in our moccasins, and learn the tradition of moccasin making through community connection and cultural teachings. Indigenous moccasins were a nearly universal element from tribe to tribe, with distinctive features and subtle patterns among the various tribes. Indigenous people could often tell each other’s tribal affiliation simply from the design of their shoes. Authentic Indigenous moccasins are made with all natural Read More →

Mark Your Calendars… Our Book & Art Sale is Coming Up!

April 27, 2017 | Events, News

Join us this weekend!  Books, art and coffee… is there a better way to spend the weekend? Stop by our first annual book sale this Saturday and Sunday from 10 am to 4 pm at the HUB at West Canadian in Inglewood (1601 9 Avenue SE) and stock up on your summer reading. Books are being sold for $1 to $4 each and all proceeds go towards our SAGE program. More than just books. Pre-loved books, client artwork and crafts that celebrate Indigenous culture will be available for sale with all proceeds supporting our SAGE program, helping vulnerable women start again. Join us Read More →

Don’t miss it! Don’t Judge a Book by Its Cover Book Sale

March 27, 2017 | Events, News

On April 29 and 30, 2017, EFry Calgary is holding its first ever book and art sale at the HUB in the West Canadian building (1601 – 9 Ave SE). Pre-loved books, client artwork and crafts that celebrate Indigenous culture will be available for sale with all funds raised going towards our SAGE program, which helps women transition from incarceration to community by creating better futures through education and employment. We will also have local author readings throughout the day and a coffee bar serving delicious refreshments. For vulnerable women those released from incarceration, there are many barriers that exist Read More →

Elizabeth Fry – The story behind our name

September 13, 2016 | Blog, News

Have you ever wondered who was Elizabeth Fry? We are often asked that question and want to introduce you to the incredible woman our agency name honours. Meet the real Elizabeth Fry Elizabeth Fry has been referred to as the “angel of prisons”, and was a major proponent to make the treatment of prisoners more humane. Elizabeth Fry was born into a wealthy and socially prominent English family in 1789 and was determined to contribute to those less fortunate. She took an interest in the poor, the sick and prisoners. She began visiting female inmates at London’s infamous Newgate Prison Read More →

Celebrating 50 Years of New Chances with Piper Kerman

April 11, 2016 | Blog

Maybe, because all these good people loved me enough to help me, maybe I wasn’t quite as bad as I felt. Maybe there was a part of me that was worthy of their love. An Experience of Incarceration On April 14th, we have the honour of presenting Piper Kerman at our major fundraising event The View from Behind Bars: An Evening with Piper Kerman. Piper Kerman is the best-selling author of Orange is the New Black, My Year in a Women’s Prison and inspiration behind the Netflix series of the same. She will share her experience of incarceration and the Read More →

Piper Kerman Invitation

March 14, 2016 | News, Uncategorized

Sure, you know about Orange is the New Black, but how much do you know about the real Piper? She’s an advocate for prisoners, and her message is one that we can’t wait to hear….. and you’re invited! Download our invitation here and be sure to get your tickets early!