Can you help spread news of Daughters Day?

The Heritage Festival takes place this weekend. It has been a prime opportunity over the past two years to give out handbills about Daughters Day. I have found that there is no trouble at all handing out 250 in an hour. just moving about to groups of people at the bus area.

Having people there at different times over the three days will be the best way to reach many people rather than having one large group there at one time. A simple way is to distribute for a half hour or an hour before you begin to enjoy the festival itself for yourself.

If you can do some handbilling anytime over the weekend, please let me know how many you feel you can give out. Also let me know if you need a t-shirt and the size you need. And how best to get them to you over the rest of this week.

The following weekend (Saturday afternoon) is the Cari-West parade, when it is good to have people walk along in advance of the parade and give handbills to those along the sidewalk and to distribute to the huge crowd at Churchill Square at the end of the parade. And during the 10 days or so of the Fringe Festival there are many opportunities to distribute around the Whyte Avenue area where it takes place. Early evening is best for this but afternoons are also fine. This can be done on any days that are convenient.

Handbilling is not difficult work. You move at your own pace. Almost everyone is happy to take a handbill and many express pleasure to find out about Daughters Day. There may be no better way to reach out than this personal contact. The times you can do it are very flexible and can fit with when you are going to the event yourself. Please find some time to help if you are able. And feel welcome to invite a spouse or friend to join you and work together.

If you are able to help, please contact Jim Gurnett at (780) 218-6989 or jimgurnett [at] yahoo [dot] ca.


Handbook is Online

The handbook on ending gender discrimination, Together: creating a better world is available for download here. The entire book can be downloaded as a single document, or various sections of it can be downloaded.
The book is also available in paper form. There is no set price for the book, it is provided by donation, or at no cost. Postage and shipping is at a cost of $5/book. To order copies of the book, please contact Jim Gurnett at (780) 218-6989 or jimgurnett [at] yahoo [dot] ca.

June 18 Book Launch Information

Two books linked to Edmonton-founded Daughters Day and Citizens for a Civil Society to be launched at NorQuest College on June 18, 2014.
Edmonton, Alberta – June 02, 2014
The books Together, creating a better world, handbook for community work to end gender discrimination, by Daughters Day coordinator Jim Gurnett, and Truth, Love, Non-Violence: The Story of Gurcharan Singh Bhatia, about the life of the prominent Edmonton human rights activist and longtime citizenship judge, will be launched in a joint event in the Health and Sciences building (10232-106 St) at NorQuest College on Wednesday June 18, 2014 at 7:00 pm.
The launch will feature readings from both authors as well as comments from Gene Zwozdesky, Speaker of the Legislative Assembly, and Jodi Abbott, CEO of NorQuest College. Judge Bhatia and several of the women who participated in the conversations that are the basis of the handbook will be in attendance.
Copies of both books are available for review and will be sold at the June 18 event. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Daughters Day. Truth, Love, Non-Violence is also available online at
More about Together, creating a better world
Funded by the Human Rights Education and Multiculturalism Fund of the Government of Alberta and published by the International Association of Citizens for a Civil Society,Together, creating a better world is the result of 15 conversations with women who met in late 2013 and early 2014 to discuss gender discrimination and the ways in which communities can facilitate change.
Says Jim Gurnett in his introduction to the book: “It is not a philosophical treatise on issues of gender discrimination or an encyclopedia of the issues or the measures to address the issues…It is a modest, humble hand tool. It seeks to be practical…It is intended to support building new things, constructing homes, schools, communities, even a world, where gender discrimination no longer treats some women as less than other people…”
More about Truth, Love, Non-Violence
Written by Edmonton journalist and poet Alexis Kienlen, Truth, Love, Non-Violence explores the life of Daughters Day co-founder Gurcharan Singh Bhatia, following him from his youth in a turbulent India during the partition, through to his immigration to Canada and eventual installation in Edmonton where he founded several community groups to assist newcomers, especially those from South Asian countries, in integrating to Canadian society.
“There isn’t a doubt in my mind that his actions have made a difference to residents of Edmonton.  His work and many of the organizations he has been involved with have bettered people’s lives,” says Alexis Kienlen.
Alexis Kienlen                                       Jim Gurnett
780-668-3121                                        780-218-6989    

2013 DoY Legislature Introductions


During the Spring Session of the Alberta Legislature, Premier Dave Hancock, who has been a strong supporter of Daughters Day since it began, introduced some of the 2013 Daughters of the Year. Shown in the photo with him are April Lam, Shawnay McCrorie, Laura Smith, Christina Nsaliwa (front) and Linda Winski and Rebecca Fitzsimmons (back), as well as Charan Khehra and Jim Gurnett, volunteers with the Daughters Day project. But most important– nominations are now open for women for the 2014 Daughters of the Year. Be sure to get an application form and think about who you can nominate to be honoured on September 6!!


Information Evening: May 7

We have an exciting information evening about Daughters Day taking place May 7 at Whitemud Crossing Library. All the friends of Daughters Day are invited to come along. We will look back at the activities of the past year and also towards the plans for activity in the months ahead. There will be refreshements at 6:30 pm and a program of one hour that will begin at 7 pm. You will get to hear from one of the 2013 Daughters of the Year and can get nomination forms for 2014. And there will be information about the book launch for “Together, creating a better future” happening in June. Please RSVP to if you can attend.


Nominations Open for Daughters of the Year

Today members of the public are invited to begin to nominate women for the 2014 Daughters of the Year honour.

This is the third year women will be recognized for achievements in a diverse range of areas of life.

“Everyone knows a woman who has made a difference, has impressed them, has helped life for others to be better or has achieved remarkable success herself,” explains the initiative’s chair Charan Khehra. “We hope people will share these treasures with the rest of us by nominating them as Daughters of the Year.”

Daughters of the Year invites nominations from the public. “Think of women who impress you for how they are making life better in our communities, how they exemplify qualities or actions that inspire others, or demonstrate exceptional achievement, perhaps in the face of significant challenges,” invites project coordinator Jim Gurnett.

The ten women honoured with the recognition in 2013 are being introduced at the meeting of Edmonton’s City Council today, and in the Alberta Legislature on April 23.

The nomination deadline is June 30. Presentations will take place at a September 6 celebration event where all nominees will be introduced and award recipients will be recognized.

Nominations may be made for any one of the categories:
Arts, Culture & Entertainment;
Community Service & Volunteerism;
Health & Medicine;
Human Rights;
Public Service & Politics;
Science & Technology;
Sports & Recreation.

Nominees must be residents of Alberta at the time of nomination, or students or workers temporarily outside the province. There is no age restriction on nominees.

Daughters Day is an initiative to celebrate the lives, contributions and achievements of all daughters; and to work to ensure that every daughter has full opportunity to achieve all she can without discrimination or abuse. In addition to the Daughters of the Year and the celebration on September 6, this year the Daughters Day initiative will be releasing a handbook in June that will present the results of conversations with groups of women over recent months in how to end gender discrimination.

Nomination forms for the Daughters of the Year can be downloaded at Information about the 2012 and 2013 Daughters of the Year is available at

For further information or comment, please contact Jim Gurnett (780-218-6989 or