Letter from Margo – Spring 2019

YESS Executive Director Margo Long

Welcome Spring and hello friends of YESS!

You have most likely seen YESS use the #healtogether social media “hashtag” over the last 8 months. We at YESS have been trying to highlight just how important community and healthy connections are to solving the root issues facing the vulnerable youth in our city, but we also want to highlight how important community and connection is for every single one of us. 

When we connect in a healthy, honest, and compassionate way, we all heal… together. Neglect, abuse, addiction, hate, and discrimination are easily grown and passed on if people are isolated and viewed as “others” or “them”.  This is true in business, political, and social communities just as much as it is for vulnerable or marginalized groups. We at YESS have been working very hard to be better collaborators: to be more transparent, honest, and understanding with our partner youth-serving agencies, with our funders, with our community partners, and ourselves. It is hard work to change habits and put down bias, but the effort feels good and we believe the connection is helping and even healing us. We know we are doing the right thing. We know that we can only truly serve and walk alongside our hurt young people together

And, if we may, we ask this of you, our beloved community. Join us in healing together. Join us in having honest, compassionate conversations, and connect with us, with young people, and with each other in meaningful ways. This is the way to make a difference. 

Because, when it all comes down to it, we are all underneath the great beautiful stars in our sky… and we all belong. 

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  1. REPLY
    Bonnie Hutchinson says

    Thank you for this profound message of truth. This is true for YESS and also much bigger than YESS!

  2. REPLY
    Lee Richardson says

    It is with great pleasure that Edmonton Royal Purple Lodge #22 invite you and/or your delegate to our

    Annual Wine and Cheese Donation Night

    It will be held on May 15, 2019 at 7:00 pm. At 8424 – 95th Avenue

    I hope you accept this invitation and we look forward to your presence at this event.

    8424 – 95 Avenue
    St. Luke’s Church
    Edmonton, Alberta

    May 15, 2019 at & 7:00 pm.

    For more information please call Lee Richardson at 780 451-3524 or

    We will have about 11 organization representatives coming to this event to say a few words about their organization, who they help, and their approximate budget and how the majority of their funds are raised.

    Please respond and let us know who will be coming, Thank you.

    Our Facebook Page is
    Edmonton Royal Purple

    This is our National Royal Purple website.

    Bob Warwarick, President
    and Edmonton Royal Purple Members

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