Granny Bulletin: September 2017

Welcome to the Granny Bulletin, your source for news, stories and information about exciting initiatives from the Stephen Lewis Foundation’s Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign.

In this Granny Bulletin:

  1. Application Deadline Extended for Tanzanian Gathering Delegation
  2. Stephen Lewis and Michele Landsberg talk about Powered by Love
  3. Book Launches Across Canada!
  4. Fundraising Corner: Cocktails n’ Canvas
  5. Holiday Tribute Cards: Coming Sooner than you Think

Application Deadline Extended!
In response to feedback from grandmothers groups members who would like to apply, we have extended the deadline for applying to be a part of the Grandmothers Campaign Delegation to the Tanzanian Grandmothers Gathering. It is now Oct. 13.
See section 1 in this Bulletin for more information

Dear Grandmothers and Grandothers,

It will not surprise you to know that our hearts and minds are full of the brand new grandmothers book — Powered by Love: A Grandmothers Movement to End AIDS in Africa. It will soon be available in bookstores across Canada and online around the world, and you will be able to read and cherish your own copy. 

But in the meantime, we wanted to share one excerpt from the book with you. The following is from Mpaata, a grandmother involved with Phoebe Education Fund for AIDS Orphans and Vulnerable Children (PEFO) in Uganda. 

I am 77 years old and I have just won the election and am beginning my role as Chairperson of the Older Persons Committee at the village level. This makes me very proud. It is very important for grandmothers to be involved in politics because we have very pressing issues but the government has left us behind.We are the people now to deliver the older person’s issues on the table. I am concerned with health care, and another fellow granny who was just elected to a different committee, she is talking about social assistance and grants for older persons. We believe, if we had representatives at all levels, these issues could be catered for. We hope this is just the beginning.

To read this and other excerpts from the book, visit the Powered by Lovewebsite.

In solidarity,
Graham, Healy, Jonea, Megan, and Olivia

1. Application Deadline Extended for Tanzanian Gathering Delegation

Given how busy September has been for many groups, we have decided to extend the deadline for submitting applications to be a part of the Grandmothers Campaign delegation to the Tanzanian Grandmothers Gathering. The new deadline is Oct. 13.

African grandmothers gatherings are a tremendous, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to spend time with the African grandmothers at the centre of turning the tide of AIDS, to exchange stories, and to stand together in sisterhood, all while representing thousands of grandmothers in Canada, the UK, Australia and the US.

We will host additional information calls, as necessary, to accommodate those who wish to apply. Please contact us at for more information or to receive the information kit and application.

We appreciate the work that many of you have done to get your applications in by the original Oct. 1 deadline, and we’re already reviewing them!

2. Stephen Lewis and Michele Landsberg talk about Powered by Love

Stephen Lewis, co-founder and chair of the board of the Stephen Lewis Foundation, and Michele Landsberg, editor of Powered by Love: A Grandmothers’ Movement to End AIDS in Africa, sat down for a candid and lighthearted conversation about this eagerly anticipated book. We wanted to share a video with excerpts from that conversation with you. 

The full 4 minute video of Stephen and Michele’s conversation will be sent to all grandmothers groups on Oct. 10. 

3. Book Launches Across Canada!

Powered by Love: A Grandmothers’ Movement to End AIDS in Africa will be released in bookstores across Canada and online worldwide on October 10. In order to spread the word about the book and the grandmothers’ movement, the Stephen Lewis Foundation and members of the Grandmothers Campaign are organizing 40 book launches across Canada between October 11 and November 9. These launches will feature African and Canadian grandmothers and Stephen Lewis Foundation staff.

We hope that you will join us for a book launch in the city nearest you:

Calgary and Edmonton

British Columbia 
Courtenay/Comox, Nanaimo, Nelson, Penticton, Prince George, Salmon Arm, Salt Spring Island, Sechelt, Sidney, Surrey, Vancouver, and Victoria


New Brunswick
Fredericton and Sackville

Nova Scotia

Belleville, Brantford, Burlington, Guelph, Hamilton, Kingston, Kitchener, London, Midland, Oakville, Ottawa, Thornbury, Toronto


Regina, Saskatoon, Swift Current

Visit the book website for the full details of each event. 

4. Fundraising Corner: Cocktails n’ Canvas

Submitted by OMAS SISKONA in Kitchener, Ontario:

Many of us have joined friends at a restaurant to be “artists for a night.” We paint an actual picture with acrylic paints on a 16” by 20” canvas. An artist instructor leads the group with step-by-step instructions until the group members have each created their version of the model picture. All painting equipment is supplied by the company. No experience, or even talent, necessary.

Cocktails n’ Canvas, a Canadian-owned company, provides this kind of evening as a charity event. On their website, one can register as a charitable event, pick a date and time, a price point, a location from those suggested or one of your own, and a painting which is graded very easy, easy, moderate, etc. 

A member of OMAS SISKONA organized one of these events as as fundraiser and as an evening of fun and community. Twenty-six people attended at $45 + HST each and our group made $470 for the SLF!

This is an easy event to mount. One person is needed to be the contact for Cocktails n’ Canvas. All the rest is done by them – restaurant reservation, artist booking, on-line registration, set-up, and clean-up. Participating painters pay separately for optional food and beverages. A very enjoyable evening with considerable benefit to the SLF!

If you would like to learn more about OMAS SISKONA’s Cocktails n’ Canvas fundraiser, please contact and we will put you in touch with a member of the group.  If you would like to submit a fundraiser for the Fundraising Corner, please send your description, a photo, and the email address of someone from your group who is willing to field questions from other groups to

5. Holiday Tribute Cards: Coming Sooner than You Think

Every year, we offer Holiday Tribute Cards in November and December to those who wish to make a donation in lieu of a gift. Recently, we have also invited grandmothers groups to participate if you would like by making Holiday Tribute Cards available to your supporters.

Each card represents a donation of $10 or more and features African grandmothers and/or children and includes the message, “I wanted to give you a gift that is truly meaningful by making a donation in your honour to the Stephen Lewis Foundation. Happy Holidays!”

We won’t have this year’s Holiday Tribute Cards in the office until late October or early November, but we wanted to mention it now so that your group can begin to think about whether this is something you want to incorporate into winter markets or fundraising events.

If you have any questions or would like to express your interest in receiving Holiday Tribute Cards for your group to make available to your supporters, please email


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