Connecting Libraries, Connecting People

The RISE Network works with public libraries to provide Albertans with opportunities to communicate with health care professionals, participate in distance education, attend meetings, learn new skills and more – all by videoconference from their local library. 

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RISE Is a great example of community development and efforts to build a resilient, trusted and accessible network of learning opportunity for rural Alberta. Bow Valley College would be pleased to continue utilizing the RISE Network to support and align with needs of rural learners, increase access to post-secondary opportunities and strengthen cross-generational learning through technology

— Teri McKinnon Bow Valley College

2015 Winter Speaker Series

Tuesday, March 24, 2015 - 7:00pm - 8:00pm

Youth Interpretation and Appreciation of our Landscapes; JeanAnne Teliskie, Eagle Point Blue Rapids Parks Council

Tuesday, March 17, 2015 - 7:00pm - 8:00pm

A Passion for Falcons, a Pig Barn and a "$10.00 Fine”; John Campbell Jr., Founder of the Alberta Raptor Preservation Society

Working with birds of prey for over 40 years, John shares how his family’s ranch contributed to the recovery of peregrine falcons in Alberta; and, started his own lifelong journey as a conservationist helping with the scientific study and recovery of raptors in central and southern Alberta. 

Tuesday, March 10, 2015 - 7:00pm - 8:00pm

Stories from a Back Country Park Warden Family; Max and Julie Winkler

Video Conferencing from the Pincher Creek and District Library, In 1960 Max and Julie Winkler packed up their 10-week-old son and headed into the backcountry of Jasper National Park, where Max was a warden. Hear the stories and recollections of their time chasing poachers and raising a family in a beautiful
and isolated backcountry cabin.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015 - 7:00pm - 8:00pm

Burgess Shale Tales and Trilobites; John Hancock 

Video Conferencing from the Pincher Creek and District Library, John Hancock shares his knowledge of the Burgess Shale, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.In 1909 the Burgess Shale Beds were discovered in what is now Yoho National Park.  This presentation shares the story of the rick fossil beds left behind from the soft- bodied animals who lived 530 million years ago.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015 - 7:00pm - 8:00pm

Alberta: Land of Dinosaurs and Other Paleontological Wonders; Dr. FrançoisTherrien

In his talk, Dr. François Therrien will showcase some of the most significant paleontological discoveries made in Alberta, from the first member of the tyrannosaur family to the first feathered dinosaurs found in North America, and demonstrate why our province can legitimately be called the “Land of Dinosaurs.”  François will video conference from the Pincher Creek and District Library.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015 - 7:00pm - 8:00pm

Sustainable Cultural Tourism; Susan Guyette, PhD.

Video Conferencing from Santa Fe New Mexico, Susan Guyette speaks of sustainability being possible through a worldview that respects cultural values and natural cycles, rather than a lineal, profit-based economic perspective. This approach emphasizes a cyclical process of community-based evaluation and redirection. Indigenous methodology shows the way!

Tuesday, February 10, 2015 - 7:00pm - 8:00pm

Cougars in The Cypress Hills: reconciling recreation and wildlife; Peter Swain, District Manager, Cypress Hills Provincial Park

Join Peter Swain, video conferencing in from the Medicine Hat Library, for this amazing presentation.   Elkwater has incredible winter recreation facilities, but are these helping or hindering the cougars?  Join us for an entertaining walk through cougar biology, conflict and adaptive park management.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015 - 7:00pm - 8:00pm

How To Create Green Communities; Godo Stoyke, President, Green Consultant and Carbon Buster
Video Conferencing from Edmonton join Godo to find out how our communities can reduce their carbon footprint, save money and create a sustainable future! In this lively, humorous and informative presentation, Godo will provide numerous examples of exciting green systems from around the world that work.

Prairie Species at Risk - 2015 Winter Speaker Series – Community and Land

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Tuesday, January 27, 2015 - 7:00pm - 8:00pm

Prairie Species at Risk; Joel Nicholson,
Species at Risk, Senior Biologist ESRD

Video Conferencing from the Medicine Hat Library, Joel Nicholson presents a glimpse  into wildlife species dependent on prairie grassland.  The mixed grass prairie of southern Alberta is an amazing natural landscape, providing habitat for many unique species.

Social Return on Investment - 2015 Winter Speaker Series – Community and Land

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Tuesday, January 20, 2015 - 7:00pm - 8:00pm

Social Return on Investment; Mark Anielski