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Ranchman’s PBR Charity Classic Bull Riding Announces Non-Profit Partners For 2019
CALGARY, Alberta – Set to celebrate its 20th anniversary of competition this July 2-4, the annual Ranchman’s PBR (Professional Bull Riders) Charity Classic Bull Riding has announced its official non-profit partners for the 2019 slate of events, with four organizations, including the Ty Pozzobon Foundation, to benefit from the three days of action at the Ranchman’s Cookhouse & Dancehall.
The complete list of partner charities is: The Society for Treatment of Autism, Junior Achievement of Southern Alberta, The Brakemen Foundation – Zero Hungry Kids, and the Ty Pozzobon Foundation.
Recognized as the unofficial kickoff to the Calgary Stampede, the high-adrenaline action, which earned the stop PBR Canada Event of the Year honors last season, will feature a nightly Calcutta and 50/50 drawing with 50% of the proceeds benefiting the partner charities.
On Tuesday, July 2 and Wednesday, July 3, The Society for Treatment of Autism and Junior Achievement of Southern Alberta will jointly benefit from the proceeds raised via the Calcutta and 50/50 drawing, while The Brakemen Foundation – Zero Hungry Kids will be recipient of funds of Thursday, July 4.
The Ty Pozzobon Foundation will receive 10% of the monies raised nightly via the Calcutta.
Part of PBR Canada’s Touring Pro Division, the event will showcase 25 of the world’s best riders, squaring off against the nation’s rankest bulls, for $75,000 in prize money.
Additionally, riders will be competing for crucial points towards both the world and Canadian national standings as they seek to qualify for the 2019 PBR Unleash the Beast World Finals in Las Vegas on Nov. 6-10, and Monster Energy Canadian Finals, presented by Dakota Dunes Casino, in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan on Nov. 22-23.
Last season, on the first night of action in Calgary, an electric crowd watched on as seven-time PBR World Finals qualifier Lachlan Richardson (Gresford, New South Wales, Australia)captured the event title, highlighted by a season-best, championship round-winning 89.5-point ride on Willy Wonka.

The action intensified on the second night of competition as two-time Glen Keeley Award winner Dakota Buttar (Kindersley, Saskatchewan) earned the victory courtesy of a 90-point ride on Brahma Boots Chrome, the first of three 90-point rides on Canadian soil in 2018.
On the final night of action, Jared Parsonage (Maple Creek, Saskatchewan) persisted through three re-rides in the championship round, attempting a collective five bulls, en route to capturing the event victory.
Action at Ranchman’s Cookhouse & Dancehall begins nightly at 7:00 p.m. MDT. Tickets start at $70, standard fees may apply, and can be purchased online at www.ranchmans.com or by telephone at (403) 253-1100 Ext. 231. Sponsorship packages are also available.
The action will be seen LIVE each night via the league’s OTT platform RidePass at RidePass.com or via the mobile app.
About the PBR (Professional Bull Riders) Canada:
PBR (Professional Bull Riders), which has tours in five countries, has competed in Canada since 1996 where it operates two tours. Joining the Touring Pro Division (TPD), the Monster Energy Tour (MET) debuted in 2016 as the nation’s first cross-country, nationally televised series. At PBR Canada events riders have the opportunity to earn points towards both the Canadian and world standings. PBR is part of the Endeavor network. For more information on PBR Canada, go to www.pbrcanada.com, or follow on Facebook at www.facebook.com/pbrcanada and Twitter at http://twitter.com/PBRCanada

About the Society for Treatment of Autism:
Society for Treatment of Autism (STA) is a not-for-profit charitable organization that has proudly served Calgary and area for over 40 years.  Providing comprehensive supports and services for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and their families, STA serves all ages, from early intervention programming for preschoolers to employment training programs for adults.  All of STA” s services were strategically developed to meet community need and enhance lives across the Autism spectrum.  This includes: a Residential Treatment Program, Community Education and Consultation, Adolescent and Adult Services and our specialized preschool and Early Intervention Program.  Whatever your age or need, STA believes in helping each person with ASD achieve their maximum potential.  All STA programs and services are highly individualized, evidence-based, and implemented and supported by an experienced team of clinicians, including Speech Language Pathologists, Occupational Therapists, Psychologists/Behavioral Consultants, Social Workers and Teachers
About Junior Achievement of Southern Alberta:
JA started with a vision to help teach young people about business and free enterprise.  That was back in 1919, before JA became a global leader in educating youth about financial literary, work readiness, and entrepreneurship.  Now in over 121 countries, JA brings volunteers together with over 10.2 million of our future leaders.  JA Southern Alberta believes in the boundless potential of young people and share their passion for excellence, respect their talents and creativity, celebrate their honesty and integrity, and create opportunities for hands-on learning.  To learn more about Junior Achievement of Southern Alberta, visit jasab.ca
About the Brakemen Foundation – Zero Hungry Kids:
On January 28, 2016 The Brakemen Foundation kicked off the Zero Hungry Kids campaign.  The focus of this new, 100% volunteer based, charity is to feed children in the Calgary region to ensure that no child between kindergarten and grade six, during the school day and the school year will go without food should they need it.  That means breakfast, lunch and snacks with the confines of our school system and the sad reality is there are approximately 5000 children every day that have been identified and need nourishment.  With our growing base of strong partnerships we will make Calgary the only city in North America that eliminates hunger in our schools.  Zero Hungry Kids, that’s the goal and we won’t stop until we see it a reality.
About the Ty Pozzobon Foundation (TPF):
The Ty Pozzobon Foundation (TPF) was created in February of 2017 to protect and support the health and well-being of western sports participants inside and outside the arena. In conjunction with the Canadian Pro Rodeo Sports Medicine Team (CPRSMT), the Ty Pozzobon Foundation looks to educate, support and build western lifestyle participants. For more information visit TyPozzobon.com
Contact Information:
Wendy Daniel
Director of Marketing
Phone:  (403) 253-1100 Ext 231


Shaw Birdies for Kids presented by AltaLink

We are pleased to announce that Society for Treatment of Autism has been selected as a participating charity.

Shaw Birdies for Kids presented by AltaLink is a non-profit program run under the Calgary Shaw Charity Classic Foundation. This program was introduced to the 2015 tournament and is a program designed to help raise funds for local charities, engage the community in the tournament, and provide matching funds for each charity involved. The program itself acts as a partnership builder between donors and charities, as all money will flow through the Calgary Shaw Charity Classic Foundation towards Alberta charities. All administrative costs and efforts for the program are covered by the Shaw Charity Classic tournament meaning that charities have no costs associated with the program and 100% of all donated funds through the Foundation will go directly towards the charity selected. On top of your donation, the most exciting part of BFK is the matching pool. For your generous contribution, up to 50% will be matched and the funds will go directly to your chosen charity.

All donations made through Shaw Birdies for Kids presented by AltaLink will be matched up to 50% making your donation go even further!

The official donation period begins Friday, February 1 and will end Sunday, September 1.

To donate, click the link below and in the Participating Charities tab, scroll down to select SOCIETY FOR TREATMENT OF AUTISM (CALGARY REGION)



Adolescent and Adult Services Update

Society for Treatment of Autism (STA) and Sinneave Family Foundation (Sinneave) have worked in partnership at the Ability Hub location for a number of years with the shared goal of developing and providing skill building programs for adolescents and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders.  In January 2018, Society for Treatment of Autism will begin providing these same programs, independent from Sinneave, out of our main location, 404-94 Ave SE.

Families and individuals with ASD who have accessed services through Pursuits and Recruits at the Ability Hub can expect similar programs to be available through Adolescent and Adult Services at Society for Treatment of Autism.  This includes the job coaching and employment readiness supports currently offered through Ready, Willing and Able.  The programs that will be moving from the Ability Hub site to STA’s main location include:

Skills for Life

  • Work Skills Exploration
  • Employment Preparation
  • Post Secondary Preparation
  • Work Experience Placements

We are not anticipating any disruption in services aside from the change in location of program delivery.  Any families or individuals who wish to complete an initial intake or re-enroll in programming should contact Joanne Welcher at welcherj@sta-ab.com.

Please refer back to this website as more information will follow.

Push for Canadian Autism Partnership Model to Continue Despite Omission in Federal Budget

Halifax, NS – March 23, 2017: The push to establish a Canadian Autism Partnership will continue despite not being reflected in the federal budget that was announced yesterday.

“We are obviously disappointed that the Federal Government decided not to include the Canadian Autism Partnership in the 2017 budget,” said Cynthia Carroll, Chair of the Canadian Autism Spectrum Disorders Alliance (CASDA). “This Partnership, and the development of its business plan, reflects an exceptional investment of expertise and time from thousands of Canadians across the country who believe it is the way forward to effectively address the complex issues pertaining to Autism. Understandably, there is some sadness in our community today – but we will continue to seek answers on the next steps in making this Partnership a reality.”

CASDA along with Canada’s leading experts in Autism representing the Canadian Autism Partnership’s Working Group and the seven Autistic adults who made-up the Self-Advocate Advisory Committee, say that while this is not the result they were hoping for, they will not be deterred.

“Canadians have spoken:  a national approach is the way  forward – we must keep working closely with the Autism community and the decision-­makers in government”,” said Dr. Stelios Georgiades, member of the CAP Working Group and Founder, co-Director of MacART (McMaster Autism Research Team). “Right now, it is fair to say we are fragmented – especially in the way that we deliver resources and supports in each province and territory. There are no quick fixes to these complex issues. We understand that. We will continue our efforts to establish the position that a Canadian Autism Partnership can serve as a national innovation to address the needs of all Canadians affected by Autism.”

The Canadian Autism Partnership initiative was officially launched in July 2015 with funding from the Public Health Agency of Canada. The Partnership initiative is a project of the CASDA developed in response to Autism in Canada, 2014, CASDA’s national Autism needs assessment report.

The CAP business plan, presented to the Hon. Jane Philpott, Minister of Health in November 2016, proposed a $19 million dollar investment, over five years, from the federal government and provided a detailed rationale for a Partnership model which would stand as a vehicle for knowledge generation, transition and exchange; a model that would build and enhance capacity – and most importantly a structure that would mobilize partners across jurisdictions and sectors. The plan also prioritized five complex issues, which were determined in large part based on input from Autistic individuals and their families; and outlined the model to address them and the expected outcomes from this national asset.

To learn more about the Canadian Autism Partnership Project and review the business plan, visit www. capproject.ca.
For Information Contact:
Allison Garber
Communications Lead, Canadian Autism Partnership Project
(902) 221-5254