Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Between Friends

DISABILITIES - Between Friends is a Calgary non-profit organization which has for over 30 years been providing social, recreation, and self-development opportunities for children, youth, and adults with disabilities. Their programs include: weekend/evening social and recreational outings and a wide variety of inclusive community camps including Camp Bonaventure: a camp for youth ages 4-7 (with and without disabilities), who are "encouraged to challenge and develop their abilities" through such activities as horseback riding, canoeing, sailing, wall climbing, golf, and swimming.

Friday, March 13, 2015


HOUSING - RESOLVE is a campaign to raise $120 million to build affordable and supported housing for 3,000 homeless in Calgary. RESOLVE is a collaboration of government, business and communities leaders, and the following nine partner agencies: Accessible Housing, Bishop O’Byrne Housing, Calgary Alpha House Society, Calgary Homeless Foundation, Calgary John Howard Society, Horizon Housing Society, Silvera for Seniors, The Mustard Seed, and Trinity Place Foundation of Alberta. RESOLVE is based on the Housing First Model which has proven to be "effective in addressing the root causes of homelessness" while substantially reducing that population's use of healthcare, police, emergency services, and the corrections and justice system.


HEALTH - ARBI (Association for the Rehabilitation of Brain Injured) is a Calgary non-profit organization that provides longer-term rehabilitation and family support for survivors of severe acquired brain injury (including stroke). Founded in 1978 by Order of Canada and Alberta Order of Excellence recipient Audrey Morrice, ARBI continues to provide a variety of innovative and effective programs including: on-site intensive rehabilitation, community integration and acceptance activities, in-home personalized rehabilitation, and family support services.

Making Life Better from Jane Dafoe on Vimeo.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Accessible Housing

ACCESSIBILITY - Accessible Housing is a Calgary non-profit organization which provides accessible and affordable homes for people with limited mobility. Beginning in the 1970's with the construction of Calgary's first shared living accommodation for people with spinal cord injuries, they have continued to address the need for affordable and accessible housing in the city through a number of innovative initiatives, including a preventative residential design program which helps individuals with mobility issues to remain in their own homes.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Picture This Film Festival

EVENTS / ARTS - Calgary's Picture This Film Festival (PTFF) is Canada’s first and biggest international disability film festival.  Since 2001, Canadian and international documentaries, dramas, educational, and animated films that focus on disabilities or have been made by persons with disabilities have been celebrated and recognized for their achievements. The 2015 festival will run March 16, 17, and 18. Check their website for details.

Monday, March 9, 2015

Calgary Rotary Challenger Park

PLACES - Calgary Rotary Challenger Park is a unique "barrier free meeting and recreational facility that is accessible to all people regardless of their age or ability." Located on 23 acres of land in the city's north-east, it is a "model of community inclusiveness" where persons with disabilities can participate in a wide range of sport and recreational activities. The following video features animation of a future phase that is planned for the park.

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Michael Green

ARTS - The recent tragic loss of Michael Green, Co-Artistic Director of One Yellow Rabbit Theatre and the Curator of the High Performance Rodeo effected more than just the arts and theatre community in Calgary. He had a gift of engaging others outside of those circles in his artistic vision. An example of that was his time as the Curator and Creative Producer for Calgary 2012, Cultural Capital of Canada, as he states in the following video about the making of Sweet City Lip Dub: "how do we come up with an idea that everybody can participate in?"

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Boys and Girls Clubs of Calgary

YOUTH - The Boys and Girls Clubs of Calgary is a non-profit foundation that has been supporting Calgary’s children, youth, and families since 1939. They offer a wide variety of programs and services that focus on five main areas: Community Clubs and Experiential Learning, Education and Employment, Community-Based Care and Supports, Youth Housing and Shelter, and Aboriginal Services. Their mission is to provide a "safe, supportive place where children and youth can experience new opportunities, overcome barriers, build positive relationships and develop confidence and skills for life."

Friday, March 6, 2015


BUSINESS - Momentum is a non-profit Community Economic Development (CED) organization based on the principles of the sustainable livelihoods model. Their belief is that "every person in Calgary can have a sustainable livelihood and contribute to their community." They offer a number of programs and services which focus on three core areas: business development, financial literacy, and skills training. The following video features three successful graduates of Momentum's programs for entrepreneurs with disabilities.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

The Alex

HEALTH & HOUSING - The Alex is a not-for-profit community health and housing organization that has been active in Calgary for over 40 years. One of their primary objectives is to provide supports and services to vulnerable youth. An example of this work are the three mobile health clinics of it's Mobile Health Program: a Community Health Bus, a Youth Health Bus, and a Dental Health Bus. Each unit is staffed by a team of professionals that visit a number of sites across the city on a weekly basis to provide free medical, dental, and supportive services. The following video features the Youth Health Bus during a visit to a local school.

Interested in learning more about mobile health clinics?, then check out my other blog: Mobile Units

Surviving Winter in a Food Truck

FOOD - Surviving Winter in a Food Truck is a short documentary which looks at the challenges of operating a food truck during the winter months in Calgary. The video follows Sticky Ricky's as it adapts to both the change in weather as well as a change in venue to the new South Health Campus in search of customers that are happy to brave the temperatures for a taste of Ricky's Cajun eats.

Velofix Mobile Bike Pro-Shop

RECREATION - Velofix is a Vancouver, BC based mobile bike pro-shop franchise now operating in Calgary. They bring premium bike tuneup and repair services directly to the home or sporting event. They cater to all genres of cycling: road, triathlon, cyclocross, mountain, and commuter. Services are carried out by trained, experienced technicians. Customers can go online to book appointments. They also have corporate clients who offer bicyle repair services to their employes.