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Inspired by the Vegan Buddy program, in Victoria B.C, this is essentially a mentoring program. We match up experienced vegetarians, vegans or raw vegans with people interested in becoming veg*ns. The goal is to help answer any veggie related questions, share shopping and cooking tips and provide the assistance needed to help others on the veggie path. Mentoring can be done by email, phone, in person or a combination of all three, whatever works best for you and your buddy.

If you’re interested in being a part of this, then click here!


Upcoming VVOA Events

FARRM group volunteer May 7

Have you been interested in volunteering at FARRM (Farm Animal Rescue and Rehoming Movement) recently? How would you like to come out with a group of us to volunteer on Saturday May 7? We will leave around 10am to arrive there for about 11am. The end time isn't confirmed yet. If you are interested in carpooling, please post below on whether you have a vehichle and how many passengers you can take or are in need of a ride. If you are new to Alberta or being vegan and have never heard of FARRM check out their facebook page here: www.facebook.com/FARRMrescue/?fref=ts and website: www.farrmrescue.org/ If you need directions from another town, please ask! Directions from Edmonton: (Do NOT type the address into your GPS as it will NOT bring you there!) Get onto highway 2 headed south towards red deer. As youre driving past the city of Leduc you'll go over an overpass and you'll see an exit for Wetaskiwin (hwy 2A) on your right. Take that off ramp. It'll take you thru a set of lights and you'll take it straight into Wetaskiwin. Once you're in Wetaskiwin continue on 2A until you hit 40ave (husky gas station on left hand corner). Take a left on 40ave. From here you drive straight to my house. From the outskirts of town we are about 11km east. Once you hit gravel you'll pass a big red house on your left. We are 1.5km past that on the left. Sign out front says 230002 Hwy 822. Any issues or if you miss the exit just call Melissa from FARRM: 780-717-2813

VVoA Cook Out and Potluck

William Hawrelak Park
9930 Groat Rd NW
Edmonton, AB   Map

JUNE 25TH 11am-3pm at Hawrelak Park, look for our banner. If you end up arriving a bit later or wish to stay longer, you may. 3pm is a general end time. We will find a fire pit and set up there. (We won't be setting up at a shelter, so no need to pay!) This event is happening in good weather only. If it's raining we won't be there. Please bring a vegan dish to share, your own dishes, cutlery, cup, beverages, veggie Burger or sausage. Everyone welcome. Come out to hang and meet some great people! Please share this with your friends and family! If anyone is able to bring firewood, please let us know in the comments or by messaging the page.


Upcoming Events (outside of VVOA)

May Vegan T-shirt Day

May 7, 1:00am

Everywhere in the vegan world

Started by Jonathan Balcombe (writer, activist, scientist, and public speaker on behalf of animals www.jonathanbalcombe.com), the first Saturday of every month is VEGAN T-SHIRT DAY! Ever heard of those successful “critical mass” events where bicyclists take to the streets to remind motorists that they don't own the road? Well, it's time we vegans launched a similar effort! Check out www.facebook.com/VeganTshirtDay. Raise awareness as you go about your day - wear any vegan/animal rights message shirt to raise awareness for the animals! Or wear a button, sticker, necklace, etc! After you wear your shirt that Saturday, post a pic of you in your message shirt! If you like this idea and want to raise awareness to help the animals, please SHARE it (and WEAR it!). Please forward this Facebook event to anyone you think may be interested - and let's spread the word!

FARRM group volunteer May 7

May 7, 10:00am

Have you been interested in volunteering at FARRM (Farm Animal Rescue and Rehoming Movement) recently? How would you like to come out with a group of us to volunteer on Saturday May 7? We will leave around 10am to arrive there for about 11am. The end time isn't confirmed yet. If you are interested in carpooling, please post below on whether you have a vehichle and how many passengers you can take or are in need of a ride. If you are new to Alberta or being vegan and have never heard of FARRM check out their facebook page here: www.facebook.com/FARRMrescue/?fref=ts and website: www.farrmrescue.org/ If you need directions from another town, please ask! Directions from Edmonton: (Do NOT type the address into your GPS as it will NOT bring you there!) Get onto highway 2 headed south towards red deer. As youre driving past the city of Leduc you'll go over an overpass and you'll see an exit for Wetaskiwin (hwy 2A) on your right. Take that off ramp. It'll take you thru a set of lights and you'll take it straight into Wetaskiwin. Once you're in Wetaskiwin continue on 2A until you hit 40ave (husky gas station on left hand corner). Take a left on 40ave. From here you drive straight to my house. From the outskirts of town we are about 11km east. Once you hit gravel you'll pass a big red house on your left. We are 1.5km past that on the left. Sign out front says 230002 Hwy 822. Any issues or if you miss the exit just call Melissa from FARRM: 780-717-2813

WORKSHOP: All About the Wonder Spice Turmeric

May 6, 6:30pm - May 6, 8:30pm

Urban Organics Market

WORKSHOP Information Session on the Wonder Spice Turmeric With Canada's Spice Queen - Trusha Patel from Spice Sanctuary This workshop is all about getting the wonderful out of the wonder spice Turmeric! You probably know you should be eating more Turmeric because of its wealth of health benefits but it is not the easiest of spices to incorporate into an everyday diet, right? If you’d like more kitchen inspiration not to mention the “need to know” on this must have pantry essential, don’t miss out on this fun and informative workshop with Trusha Patel, founder of Spice Sanctuary and Canada’s Spice Queen! In this workshop, you will: > Learn about what makes Turmeric the super spice it is renowned for > Get insider and must know tips about how to reap the benefits from Turmeric more effectively, including whether fresh is better than ground, other spices you should be using with Turmeric and why and more! > Come away with a whole list of different ideas of how to use Turmeric from the start of your day to the end without eating curry all day everyday! > Trusha will demo some of those delicious recipes using Spice Sanctuary Turmeric which you can sample as you ask any further questions you may have on this or any other spice! PLUS a chance to win a surprise Spice Sanctuary goodie bag full of spices and gifts. Cost: FREE* *Urban Organics Market is dedicating its classes to helping raise funds and/or needed materials for local charities. In exchange for entrance to this event, you are asked to bring a non-perishable food item from your pantry as a donation to the Strathcona County Food Bank. About Trusha Patel Trusha Patel, known as Canada’s Spice Queen™, is a former investment banking lawyer turned organic spice purveyor. As founder of the Spice Sanctuary, Canada’s most premium organic spice company, Trusha has quickly become one of Canada’s foremost spice experts and a respected resource in the culinary and healthy living markets, offering advice and recipes on how to integrate good flavour into your foods using the best quality spices, herbs and blends. Trusha is a regularly featured expert on CTV Morning Show and Global Morning and has been a guest on The Social. She shares her ongoing passion and deep-rooted knowledge through her blog ‘Living a Life of Spices’ and as a guest writer for blogs and magazines. Registration Options: Online at Eventbrite.ca Over the phone by calling 780.570.5528 Inperson at Urban Organics Market in Sherwood Park, Alberta.

Noorish Supperclub Beach Party

Apr 30, 7:00pm - May 1, 1:00am

Noorish Cafe

Come celebrate the re-opening of the Noorish patio and an early summer in Edmonton with the sounds of tropical, dub, raggae djing and a live performance by local muscian Paul Woida!! Dress Code: Tropical 5pm - Sunset live DJing on the patio!! 7pm dinner ambiance by Drala 930pm Paul Woida Music performance 1030pm Dance the night away with - DJ Robindrafari (Its Time to Bloom) - DJ Pilgrim (Electric Breakfast) - DJ Woogstown (Sattva Sunday Sessions) - DJ Drala (Noorish Supperclub Nights) Live drumming from Bali Panesar (Ganges Delta) Dinner guests stay for free but make a supper reservation to avoid dissapointment.. $15 at the door

Edmonton Resilience Festival 2016

Apr 29, 6:00pm - May 1, 6:00pm

Boyle Street Community League

Join us for skill-sharing workshops, idea-sharing conversation cafes, a community connections fair featuring local nonprofits and makers, and family-friendly activities. We currently have a total of 33 paid-ticket workshops and 22 free workshops or conversation cafes announced, all focused on aspects of personal, community, and global resilience and sustainability. The outdoor activities and community connections fair will also be free to attend! For more details, scheduling and more, please visit: edmontonresiliencefestival.com/ TICKETS for paid workshops and free workshops requiring preregistration can be reserved at: bit.ly/ResilienceFestival

Mother's Day 5-Course Dinner Buffet

May 8, 5:30pm

Narayanni's Restaurant

This Mother's Day: Let Our Mamma Cook For Your Mamma! We are staying open on Sunday May 8th, 530 - 9pm ~ so we can treat your Mamma like the Queen that she is! Bring your Mamma to a Spectacular 5-Course Dinner Buffet served in an inviting and elegant atmosphere. Each dish lovingly prepared, utterly flavorful, home-cooked with a wide assortment of treats for your enjoyment! - Soup - Salad - Appetizers General Entrees Selection Includes: - Vegan - Gluten free - Paneer - Free-range Chicken - Halal Certified Lamb - Fish Desserts include: -- Pappa's platter of home-made desserts: tiramisu, chocolate delights, trifle, almond tortes, rice pudding... and more! <3 Mainly locally sourced and organic ingredients-- NOTHING artificial! A Buffet fit for a Queen! <3 * Bottles of South African Wine: $20/bottle * Extras include: Home-made chai made with hand-ground spices Roti (Flaky bread warmed to perfection!) We guarantee Mamma will leave smiling! :) $30/person. (Children 5 and older pay same price) Reservations recommended: 780-756-7112 Or message us through our Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/Narayannis-Restaurant-177212765658094/

Opening Hearts & Minds

May 13, 7:00pm - May 13, 8:00pm

Stanley A. Milner Library / Edmonton Room, 7 Sir Winston Churchill Square, Edmonton, AB

In the past few years, Mercy For Animals has opened the hearts and minds of millions of Canadians to the plight of animals who suffer behind the closed doors of factory farms. From historic, unprecedented criminal prosecutions of animal abusers, to major corporate animal welfare policy changes, to educating caring consumers across the nation, MFA has successfully pushed for breakthrough changes on behalf of the terrified cows, chickens, pigs, and other animals trapped in the dark confines of factory farms. Join former investigator Lindsay Wolf for an exciting, FREE presentation about the power of undercover investigations to change the world for animals.

FARRM group volunteer May 7

May 7, 10:00am

Have you been interested in volunteering at FARRM (Farm Animal Rescue and Rehoming Movement) recently? How would you like to come out with a group of us to volunteer on Saturday May 7? We will leave around 10am to arrive there for about 11am. The end time isn't confirmed yet. If you are interested in carpooling, please post below on whether you have a vehichle and how many passengers you can take or are in need of a ride. If you are new to Alberta or being vegan and have never heard of FARRM check out their facebook page here: www.facebook.com/FARRMrescue/?fref=ts and website: www.farrmrescue.org/ If you need directions from another town, please ask! Directions from Edmonton: (Do NOT type the address into your GPS as it will NOT bring you there!) Get onto highway 2 headed south towards red deer. As youre driving past the city of Leduc you'll go over an overpass and you'll see an exit for Wetaskiwin (hwy 2A) on your right. Take that off ramp. It'll take you thru a set of lights and you'll take it straight into Wetaskiwin. Once you're in Wetaskiwin continue on 2A until you hit 40ave (husky gas station on left hand corner). Take a left on 40ave. From here you drive straight to my house. From the outskirts of town we are about 11km east. Once you hit gravel you'll pass a big red house on your left. We are 1.5km past that on the left. Sign out front says 230002 Hwy 822. Any issues or if you miss the exit just call Melissa from FARRM: 780-717-2813

Edmonton Resilience Festival 2016

Apr 29, 6:00pm - May 1, 6:00pm

Boyle Street Community League

Join us for skill-sharing workshops, idea-sharing conversation cafes, a community connections fair featuring local nonprofits and makers, and family-friendly activities. We currently have a total of 33 paid-ticket workshops and 22 free workshops or conversation cafes announced, all focused on aspects of personal, community, and global resilience and sustainability. The outdoor activities and community connections fair will also be free to attend! For more details, scheduling and more, please visit: edmontonresiliencefestival.com/ TICKETS for paid workshops and free workshops requiring preregistration can be reserved at: bit.ly/ResilienceFestival


Vegan Business Directory

Want to find vegan businesses in our area? Have a vegan business you want to advertise? Please send an email to info@vofa.ca with the following information:

  • Business Name
  • Contact Person
  • Contact Phone
  • Contact Email
  • Website
  • Type of Business/Institution
  • Products Available
  • Totally Vegan or Vegan Products Available?

What is the VVoA?

Vegans and Vegetarians of Alberta (VVoA) is a registered, non-profit society formed in 1989 to serve people who are interested in learning about, adopting and/or maintaining a vegan or vegetarian lifestyle. VVoA is a non-political and non-religious organization run solely by volunteers. We strive to be a reliable source of information concerning vegan or vegetarian, health, environment and animal rights issues.

The VVoA regularly organizes social events such as potlucks, diners club meetups, tablings, and bake sales. We also host speakers and films for educational purposes. You do not have to be a vegan or vegetarian to participate in our events; everyone is welcome!

We encourage you to purchase a membership to VVoA, which helps pay for event expenses. In return, your membership card provides you with discounts at many of VVoA’s events, as well as at participating restaurants and shops. For more information, please visit our Diner’s Guide page.

Please contact us if you have any questions, or would like to volunteer with the VVoA.


Volunteering

Want to get involved with the VVoA? Click here to view vacant posts, here for a list of volunteering opportunities, or email info@vofa.ca to learn about the many other ways that you can participate.


21-Day Vegan Kickstart Program

Join the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine 21-Day Vegan Kickstart Program! The 21-Day Kickstart is live from the first through 21st of each month! Based on research by Neal Barnard, M.D., one of America’s leading health advocates, this program is designed for anyone who wants to explore and experience the health benefits of a vegan diet.

http://support.pcrm.org/site/PageServer?pagename=21day_vegan_kickstart