McCauley Apartments is a success story. The building, located in the heart of McCauley, provides affordable housing and support for people facing mental illness and disability as well as those in need.
“I love living here. I would not change a thing,” said Chris Leclair, a resident of McCauley Apartments.
He moved to the apartments from Meadow’s Place group home 17 years ago, and has since built relationships.
Continue reading Linking affordable housing with community McCauley Apartments provides security and support
Alberta Avenue has always been populated by newcomers to Canada. In the last 10 years, many people moving to our community are from Somalia, Iraq, Lebanon, Sudan, and other Arab countries.
Many mosques serve a distinct geographic population, but the Masjid Quba mosque serves an ethnically and culturally diverse group that reflects the community make-up. Continue reading Masjid Quba mosque holds an open house Tour introduced visitors to local Muslim community
Travel is eye-opening. You’re in a new place and you can’t help comparing it to home.
When I went on a recent working trip to Havana, Cuba, it made me see our neighbourhoods in a new light. A better light. And it made me angry some people still think we live in a questionable part of town. Continue reading Comparing communities of two different cities Pinpointing the ways in which a community thrives
Many community initiatives happen in our area, encompassing everything from small community projects to big festivals.
Wesley Andreas, creator of Animate the Avenue Alleys, is a great example of someone who developed a successful initiative. A few years ago, he needed to repaint his garage, but wanted something creative. He participated in an event called DIY City and painted a simple, bright cityscape and silhouettes of people. Continue reading The road to creating community initiatives Advice and resources to get a project on its feet
We all search for our favourite signs of spring’s arrival and the accompanying hope and promise for a new year of growth: Snow melting, grass greening, geese returning, tulips blooming, trees budding, tax deadlines looming, hockey playoffs. Continue reading Why budding trees are a sure sign of spring
What can a library offer that most people don’t have already with smartphones and tablets?
Mayor Don Iveson and Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi addressed a paying crowd of over 800 on Dec. 7 to defend the library’s continued relevance and explain why they believe it is worth the millions each city is putting into redeveloping its downtown libraries.
Continue reading Building communities in urban centres Mayors’ Forum addresses libraries and community
It’s no secret our society has moved away from face-to-face contact. With the arrival of social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter, we’ve become accustomed to interacting with people digitally rather than in person.
I’m no different. I work from home and often keep in touch with people through Facebook, texting, and emailing. For the most part, I’m okay with my alone time. But I crave in-person contact and feel more satisfied when I actually see my friends and family.
Continue reading Creating a village in our communities A strong social network makes a difference in living a long, happy life