Kaleo Collective https://kaleocollective.ca Strengthening Women for Strong Communities Thu, 17 Oct 2019 21:41:20 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://kaleocollective.ca/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/Kaleo-Collective-1-100x100.png Kaleo Collective https://kaleocollective.ca 32 32 No Spend October https://kaleocollective.ca/no-spend-october/ https://kaleocollective.ca/no-spend-october/#respond Wed, 16 Oct 2019 20:51:30 +0000 https://kaleocollective.ca/?p=1245 Back to school shopping can really take a toll on your finances.  Then you add the cost of children’s activities in September and it can feel like you are going backwards fast.  October can be a month that helps get you back on track.  No Spend October is one way you can make some serious […]

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Back to school shopping can really take a toll on your finances.  Then you add the cost of children’s activities in September and it can feel like you are going backwards fast.  October can be a month that helps get you back on track.  No Spend October is one way you can make some serious headway.

What is “No Spend October”?

–       A plan for the money you need to spend

–       And a plan for the money you want to spend

–       A selected number of days you are going to spend money

–       A selected number of days that you are not going to spend any money *other than gas or groceries or utilities on their due date*

You can do this with any month or every month.  No Spend months are mostly about being intentional with how, when and why you are buying things. 

Focusing on a few days during the month (or not during the work week if you are hardcore like my friend Lori!) when you are not going to buy anything, causes you to take a sober second thought about ripping through the drive through for dinner. Do that 3 times and you have saved nearly $100!

Here’s where the fun part begins.

Print off our NO SPEND Calendar and pick the days you plan on spending no money.  Mark them with a heart or a star, something that reminds you which days you need to leave your debit card at home!  Put that on the fridge.  Mark each day with a check mark when you stuck to your plan for that day.

Get your children involved.

It is fun to have them on board with this challenge, plus it adds a whole other layer of accountability!  Kids LOVE a challenge – especially if there is something fun for them at the end.  Get their opinions.  Would they like to go to a movie, maybe a family picnic with ice cream treats, staying up way past their bedtime one Friday night, a special sleepover with their best friend and favourite snacks?  It doesn’t have to be costly to be fun!  This is a great way to learn more about what motivates your children, and teaching them how to manage money is a huge life skill. 

Even the task of bringing your finances to mind in a regular way can create positive change in your financial picture.  The quickest way to feel like you have been given a raise at work, is to keep more of your own money!

You will be surprised how quickly the savings add up, even with picking just one day a week to not purchase anything. 

I would love to hear what kind of rewards your children came up with, or how many days you are planning to spend zero dollars this month.

Start small.  Big things come from tiny things done with consistency.

Xox

Layna

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St. Albert Gazette – More Than Grace at Prayer Breakfast https://kaleocollective.ca/st-albert-gazette-more-than-grace-at-prayer-breakfast/ https://kaleocollective.ca/st-albert-gazette-more-than-grace-at-prayer-breakfast/#respond Sat, 25 Feb 2017 15:57:25 +0000 https://kaleocollective.ca/?p=976 Politics and religion don’t generally mix well, but that doesn’t mean that they can’t mingle once a year over breakfast. The Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast is next weekend at Red Willow Place. Organizer Lana Haley stressed that it’s a non-political chance for people to honour and pray for those whose work allows them to take care […]

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Politics and religion don’t generally mix well, but that doesn’t mean that they can’t mingle once a year over breakfast.

The Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast is next weekend at Red Willow Place. Organizer Lana Haley stressed that it’s a non-political chance for people to honour and pray for those whose work allows them to take care of the rest of us.

“It’s a very symbolic event more than anything. It’s basically symbolizing the fact that the churches pray for our mayor and our city council and also the first responders in our community all year round.”

Scott Debrecen, pastor of Victory Life Church, expressed how valuable an event like this is to him.

“It started as an opportunity for our Christian churches to honour our civic leaders… and offer a prayer on their behalf just for one time a year. From the Christian view, it was just our way to honour scripture because scripture speaks about that, that we’re to pray for those in authority.”

He said that the prayer breakfast has a nearly 20-year history around the world but started in Alberta. It varies from region to region, he added. Typically, there are three or four different representatives whether they are actual ministers or community leaders who lead the assembled masses.

Often, they pray for the health care system and educational institutions, both of which are important aspects of good, strong communities. The prayer breakfast concept has even taken hold as other religions have developed their own forms of the gathering as well, he noted.

This year, CFL player and 2015 Grey Cup champion Nate Coehoorn will offer a talk about his own faith.

“I’m going to talk about my story and what God is doing in my life, and what God has done in my life to get me to this stage, to where I am,” he said.

That talk will start with his upbringing in a Christian house, he added, but it doesn’t stay there.

“I kinda went away from that. I’m going to focus on the restoration part of the story and how I found out for myself that I wasn’t just doing it for my parents.”

Haley hopes that many people will want to join in and offer their prayers to some of the people who need it the most.

“We’re honoured to be able to give back to our first responders and our city council and mayor in this way,” she said.

The event starts at 8 a.m. on Sat., Mar. 4. Tickets are $20 and can be obtained at St. Albert Alliance Church, Victory Life Church, and St. Albert United Church, or via email at tickets@stalbertprayerbreakfast.com.

Before the event, people can submit their prayers to prayers@stalbertprayerbreakfast.com. The Book of Prayers will be presented to the Mayor and city council as well as firefighters, RCMP and EMTs.

Scott Hayes, St. Albert Gazette Reporter

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St. Albert Gazette – Grinch Unwelcome at Christmas Eve Dinner https://kaleocollective.ca/st-albert-gazette-grinch-unwelcome-at-christmas-eve-dinner/ https://kaleocollective.ca/st-albert-gazette-grinch-unwelcome-at-christmas-eve-dinner/#respond Tue, 06 Dec 2016 15:54:16 +0000 https://kaleocollective.ca/?p=973 What would you do if your new business was burglarized on a day that should otherwise have been filled with peace and joy? That’s just what happened at Voodoo Hair Salon last year but instead of letting the crime cast a gloomy shadow over an otherwise auspicious occasion, co-owner Lauren Baril is teaming up with […]

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What would you do if your new business was burglarized on a day that should otherwise have been filled with peace and joy?

That’s just what happened at Voodoo Hair Salon last year but instead of letting the crime cast a gloomy shadow over an otherwise auspicious occasion, co-owner Lauren Baril is teaming up with a local charity to host a free dinner for area residents who don’t really have anywhere else to share in the spirit of the season.

Experience Kaleo founder Layna Haley helped conspire to turn the occasion into a party.

“Lauren contacted me and said, ‘Our salon wants to do some kind of Christmas giveback.’ I said, ‘Why don’t we do a Christmas dinner for people that have nobody?’ We decided that we would join forces.”

And thus, the Christmas Connect dinner was born. This Christmas Eve, people are invited to a free meal when they might not otherwise have any family to spend time with.

“We thought it would be a great way to redeem that day for them. It was devastating for them on more than just a financial level but on an emotional level too. After everything you’ve poured your heart into, somebody has come in and tried to steal that from you. Let’s make that day beautiful again.”

As far as Baril is concerned, it’s a great idea all around.

“Ten days after we launched the opening of our salon last year, we were rudely broken into on Christmas Eve,” she began. “There were so many kind people from the community that came together and showed us support in so many ways after the break-in. After a successful year, we wanted to pay that good karma forward, and thank the community for the kindness they showed us.”

She added that she is hoping to make this an annual tradition.

“I love that instead of reminiscing of our gloomy Christmas in 2015, we are finding a way to celebrate it. It was the dark beginning of a beautiful year.”

Haley continued that they hope to connect people not just on the evening of the meal but throughout the rest of the year as well. “We’re hoping to create a ripple effect.”

The Christmas Connect dinner is set to be held on Saturday, Dec. 24 starting at 4 p.m. It’s a free event but those people who are interested in attending or who would like to nominate someone to be a guest are asked to pre-register by visiting www.experiencekaleo.com before Dec. 1.

If it’s a modestly sized event, the organizers say that they could host it right at the salon on its upper level.

“If the need is great enough, we’ll look for another venue. We don’t want to turn people away,” Haley said, noting that she hopes to acquire event sponsors who can donate money or dishes for the meal such as turkeys.

http://www.stalbertgazette.com/article/Grinch-unwelcome-at-Christmas-Eve-dinner-20161123

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St. Albert Gazette – Nurturing single moms https://kaleocollective.ca/st-albert-gazette-nurturing-single-moms/ https://kaleocollective.ca/st-albert-gazette-nurturing-single-moms/#respond Wed, 27 Apr 2016 15:29:07 +0000 https://kaleocollective.ca/?p=945 Layna Haley is intelligent, beautiful and works as the executive assistant to one of Edmonton’s savviest high tech wizards and philanthropists – Bruce Saville. Borrowing a philanthropic leaf from her employer and mentor, the St. Albert resident is offering a gift to single moms – a few hours of alone time. Haley is the founder […]

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Layna Haley is intelligent, beautiful and works as the executive assistant to one of Edmonton’s savviest high tech wizards and philanthropists – Bruce Saville.

Borrowing a philanthropic leaf from her employer and mentor, the St. Albert resident is offering a gift to single moms – a few hours of alone time.

Haley is the founder of Kaleo, a non-denominational, community-focused prayer group open to everyone. To celebrate the group’s one-year anniversary, Haley is organizing Love You, Mama, a free one-day children’s drop-off for single mothers.

Love You, Mama is an event designed to nurture and celebrate single mothers, women who often take on the role of both parents.

During the three-hour event on Thursday, April 28 between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m., single moms can drop off their children at Next Christian Community for a few hours of alone time.

“They can go back home and take a bubble bath without being interrupted. They can go for a walk or to a restaurant and have dinner with a friend. When you don’t have a father around, it’s different,” said Haley.

“On Mother’s Day, single moms won’t get breakfast in bed or a piece of jewelry from their husbands. They’ll probably get a plaster hand or a cute poem your kid scribbled in school and that’s your Mother’s Day gift. Meanwhile your friends on Facebook are posting feeds and writing about gifts and flowers they’ve received,” said Haley.

A soft-spoken, sensitive mother of three, the 35-year-old speaks from more than kindness. She too was single mother at the age of 16. Her eldest son, Austin, is now in university.

“I had a really supportive mother. I would give her much of the credit. Even though I was a mother at a young age, she still wanted me to have and share experiences of other people my age.”

Haley gave birth to Austin in Grade 12. She completed high school and went on to receive a post-secondary diploma from NAIT’s Radio and Television Arts Program.

To create breathing room in her budget, she sat as a student representative on NAIT’s Board of Governors. The position basically paid tuition expenses.

In awe of the power brokers sitting on the board managing the technology institute’s future, Haley describes it as a “transformational event.”

“As a student, you kept your mouth shut and watched. You really had very little to contribute. You learned and reported back by writing for the newspaper. I met so many incredible influential businessmen. That’s where I met Bruce. From the beginning he was happy to help me find my way. He was always a gentle presence, calming, reassuring and encouraging.”

Inspired by Saville’s genuine philanthropic endeavours to help the hungry and the homeless, Love You, Mama is filling a niche that has rarely been stocked.

Not wanting to miss anyone, Haley is fairly flexible about who can attend.

“Military moms whose husbands are deployed are welcome, or if a husband works out of town for long stretches they can come.”

She adds single dads needing a couple hours to reenergize are also encouraged to drop-off their children.

“We want to replenish love and nurturing so mothers and fathers have that love to give back to their children. You can’t give what you don’t have.”

Next Christian has a large play space and a movie theatre where children and babies will be fed and entertained. Parents need to supply formula and diapers for babies. Toddlers and older children will enjoy donated pizza, fruit and veggies.

Haley requests parents preregister with ages and dietary needs at layna@experiencekaleo.com.

Next Christian Community is at #490, 140 St. Albert Rd. at Village Landing Shopping Centre.

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Edmonton Journal – Event celebrates moms by offering prizes and a little alone time https://kaleocollective.ca/edmonton-journal-event-celebrates-moms-by-offering-prizes-and-a-little-alone-time/ https://kaleocollective.ca/edmonton-journal-event-celebrates-moms-by-offering-prizes-and-a-little-alone-time/#respond Fri, 22 Apr 2016 15:27:58 +0000 https://kaleocollective.ca/?p=943 A St. Albert inspiration-and-prayer group organizer is offering a generous gift to single mothers — a little alone time. To celebrate the one-year anniversary of community-focused, non-denominational group Kaleo, its founder Layna Haley wanted to reach out and offer some relief in advance of Mother’s Day for an event she calls Love You, Mama. On Thursday, […]

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A St. Albert inspiration-and-prayer group organizer is offering a generous gift to single mothers — a little alone time.

To celebrate the one-year anniversary of community-focused, non-denominational group Kaleo, its founder Layna Haley wanted to reach out and offer some relief in advance of Mother’s Day for an event she calls Love You, Mama. On Thursday, April 28, between 5 and 8 p.m., single moms can drop off their children at Next Christian Community (#490 140 St. Albert Rd.), which has a theatre and a playroom. Moms can enter a draw for numerous prizes, then go off and do whatever they like for a few hours, no charge.

“As a single mom, you’re probably going to get a plaster hand, a cute poem your kid has scribbled, and that’s going to be your Mother’s Day gift,” says Haley. “Meanwhile, you’re watching your Facebook feed flooded with breakfast in bed from my husband, flowers and jewelry. The idea of the draws is to acknowledge and celebrate motherhood.”

Haley, a warm and cheerful 35-year-old Christian, has three children of her own, including a 19-year-old boy now in university. “I was a very young single mom. I had my son Austin when I was in Grade 12. I was a single mom for eight years, so I get it. I really understand.

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St. Albert Gazette – Prayer group aims to fill bellies and souls https://kaleocollective.ca/st-albert-gazette-prayer-group-aims-to-fill-bellies-and-souls/ https://kaleocollective.ca/st-albert-gazette-prayer-group-aims-to-fill-bellies-and-souls/#respond Sat, 05 Mar 2016 14:38:17 +0000 https://kaleocollective.ca/?p=902 Forget paying it forward while in line for Timmies. St. Albertans who want to spread good cheer with the gift of food, can do so by participating in the Notes of Hope campaign. The campaign is the brainchild of Layna Haley, founder of Kaleo, a non-denominational prayer group based in St. Albert. Haley is inviting […]

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Forget paying it forward while in line for Timmies. St. Albertans who want to spread good cheer with the gift of food, can do so by participating in the Notes of Hope campaign.

The campaign is the brainchild of Layna Haley, founder of Kaleo, a non-denominational prayer group based in St. Albert. Haley is inviting the community to create cards with inspirational messages for residents who are less fortunate or maybe going through a rough patch.

The cards will be collected until the end of March and given to the St. Albert Food Bank for inclusion in the food hampers it distributes.

“Blessing the community is truly becoming what is the heart of the whole night,” said Haley about the prayer group, which started up last April.

When she decided to expand on that idea, the food bank seemed like a natural fit given that is where the group has been holding its monthly prayer nights.

In addition to kind words, Kaleo is also collecting food donations.

“We wanted to bless the food bank with that practical need of food, but we also want to bless the people that receive the food,” said Haley. “The Notes of Hope is a tangible way to connect with people to let them know that they’re loved, that they belong, that they matter.”

The message can be as simple and straightforward as “I’m thinking about you today” or “Hope you have a great day,” she said.

Two city businesses, Voodoo Hair Studio and Lahari Yoga Studio, are involved in the campaign.

Haley said she approached the owners because she knew both women had “big hearts.” She also needed locations where community members could easily pick up or fill out the cards.

Lauren Baril, owner of Voodoo, said the idea really spoke to her.

“I love the idea of the notes going out to people who maybe need something to brighten up their day,” she said. “Many people that are in the situation, that are accepting donations, aren’t necessarily feeling good about it. (The notes) could turn someone’s day around.”

Food bank usage has surged in recent months – up 30 per cent overall in 2015. Some families who have never used the service in the past have been accessing hampers, as the economic situation in Alberta continues to worsen.

Haley said she hopes that the campaign can expand to bring hope to other marginalized sectors of the community in the future and that ultimately sending well wishes to others will become synonymous with St. Albert.

“Your community becomes really strong when it’s built upon strong members,” she said.

Community members can create their Notes of Hope at Voodoo Hair Studio or Lahari Yoga – stations with paper, inspirational quotes, markers and other materials have been set up at both locations – or take a card to fill out at home. Both businesses are also accepting food bank donations. Visit voodoohair.ca and lahariyoga.ca for business hours.

Cards can also be dropped off to Layna Haley between Sunday morning masses at the St. Albert Alliance Church.

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