Each year, First Calgary Financial awards the Community Vision Award to an individual who betters the lives of Calgarians through volunteerism. Community contributions may include volunteering and giving back to society in a variety of unique ways. Our Community Vision Award recipient receives $1,000 to be donated to a charity of their choice.
WHY DID WE INTRODUCE THIS AWARD?
First Calgary Financial believes that celebrating volunteerism encourages others to dedicate their time, energy and talent to making our communities better places to live.
WHAT SHOULD I LOOK FOR IN A NOMINEE?
Please consider nominating an individual that demonstrates a passion for community and acts upon that passion. More specifically, the selection committee will be looking for a nominee who is:
-Devoted to driving social change in the Calgary Region
-An engaged citizen who demonstrates passion and takes action to help others
-Enhancing the lives of fellow Calgarians and the community at large, through volunteering
WHAT KINDS OF VOLUNTEER ACTIVITIES SHOULD I LOOK FOR?
We all have busy lives; by no means are we looking for “super-volunteers” who are exhausted at the end of their day and who may soon face burnout trying to juggle work and community responsibilities. The individual you nominate may have shown leadership in one or several activities over the past year, or may have a long history of volunteering in the community. Or, you may admire the quiet way in which they go about championing a personal cause. Consider how your nominee shares time, energy and talent to a community project or non-profit organization, and why you admire their giving nature and balanced approach.
HOW WILL THE COMMUNITY VISION AWARD RECIPIENT BE CHOSEN?
A cross-section of representatives from First Calgary Financial will review all nominations and select a recipient for the Community Vision Award. The recipient will be announced at our Annual General Meeting, Wednesday, March
HOW DO I NOMINATE AN INDIVIDUAL?
If you know an individual deserving of this award, please complete the nomination form and send to:
First Calgary Financial
Attention: Corporate Citizenship
#200, 510 - 16th Avenue N.E.
Calgary, AB T2E 1K4
The deadline for nomination is Friday, February 21, 2014.
Eat Clean and Live Green with Joy McCarthy RHN
Joy will share tips on why it is so important that you eat clean, embrace green foods wholeheartedly, establish green habits at home and the powerful benefits of spending time outdoors in green space. Joy is a Holistic Nutritionist, author of JOYOUS HEALTH: Eat & Live Well without Dieting, Faculty Member at the Institute of Holistic Nutrition and co-creator of Eat Well Feel Well.
Join Green Calgary at this year’s Calgary Seedy Saturday! This event is part of the worldwide Seedy Saturday/Sunday events that celebrate open-pollinated seeds. In Calgary, the event is coordinated with the support of the Community Garden Resource Network and will be held at the Hillhurst Sunnyside Community Association.
Calgary Seedy Saturday is keeping the skill of growing from seed to seed alive in Calgary. As large commercial seed companies consolidate and only offer more hybrids and patented varieties, we are increasingly losing the regionally adapted collections that have developed in our unique prairie climate.
Calgary Seedy Saturday helps maintain this irreplaceable genetic diversity by offering non-hybridized, non-GMO varieties of seeds. You and your family can discover the superior taste of heirloom vegetables, learn to save seeds and share them with your neighbours. As you grow them season after season these seeds will adapt and grow that much healthier!
This family event will have displays by:
•local seed savers,
•prairie seed companies,
•native plant collectors,
•organic growers; as well as,
•a seed exchange table,
•a kids corner!
Cost: $2 Admission / Calgary Dollars accepted
Calgary’s Healthy Homes program has teamed up with Adrian Buckley from Big Sky Permaculture to bring you a fun and informative evening of Organic Veggie Gardening for Beginners! Learn practical and step by step instruction to start your own organic veggie garden.
In this workshop we will cover:
• Site and soil preparation
• Choosing seeds and crops
• Starting seeds (indoor and out)
• Planning your garden
• Planting and maintenance
• Harvest time and storage
We know Adrian’s passion for plants and enthusiasm for all things seedy will leave you feeling inspired and prepared for the season ahead!
This workshop SOLD OUT last year so be sure to get your tickets early!
Tickets: $15 General Admission / $10 Green Calgary Members / Half Calgary Dollars Accepted www.organicveggiegarden.eventbrite.ca
Local Dollars, Local Sense: How to Shift Your Money from Wall Street to Main Street and Achieve Real Prosperity, by Michael Shuman
Americans’ long-term savings in stocks, bonds, mutual funds, pension funds, and life insurance funds total about $30 trillion. But not even 1 percent of these savings touch local small business—even though roughly half the jobs and the output in the private economy come from them. So, how can people increasingly concerned with the poor returns from Wall Street and the devastating impact of global companies on their communities invest in Main Street?
In Local Dollars, Local Sense, local economy pioneer Michael Shuman shows investors, including the nearly 99% who are unaccredited, how to put their money into building local businesses and resilient regional economies—and profit in the process. A revolutionary toolbox for social change, written with compelling personal stories, the book delivers the most thorough overview available of local investment options, explains the obstacles, and profiles investors who have paved the way. Shuman demystifies the growing realm of local investment choices—from institutional lending to investment clubs and networks, local investment funds, community ownership, direct public offerings, local stock exchanges, crowdfunding, and more. He also guides readers through the lucrative opportunities to invest locally in their homes, energy efficiency, and themselves.
A rich resource for both investors and the entrepreneurs they want to support, Local Dollars, Local Sense eloquently shows how to truly protect your financial future—and your community’s.
Thursday March 20th, 2014 7:00pm – 8:30pm
Green Energy – It’s Easy Being Green with Allyson Johnson
Spend a fun evening learning about the key elements of whole food green eating & living. Become a clean fuelled high energy machine by understanding alkalinity through diet, supplements & exercise. Finish the evening with tasty samples and a yummy jump start smoothie. Allyson holds certification in nutritional consulting, iridology, herbology, lifestyle coaching and personal training.
Saturday, March 22nd, 10am to 12pm
Join Green Calgary & The City of Calgary Water Services and experience the journey that a water droplet takes from the Bow River to the taps in your home. Celebrate World Water Day with this rare glimpse into Bearspaw Drinking Water Treatment Plant. City of Calgary Water Services staff will highlight how some of the cleanest river water in the world is treated to become safe drinking water. Learn about our unique Acti-Flow System and how this recent plant upgrade helped to prevent Calgary issuing a boil water advisory during the June 2013 floods. Discover why we should all value Calgary’s most precious resource and explore ways you can help to protect and preserve our rivers through actions in your own home.
Important Safety Information
• All participants will be required to fill out an Applicant Information Form, sign a Waiver of Liability and provide valid photo ID upon arrival for the tour.
• No cameras or pictures are permitted.
• The Bearspaw Water Treatment Facility is not wheelchair accessible.
• There is no age limit for this tour; however no strollers will be permitted into the plant.
• Unaccompanied minors will not be permitted access.
• Tours involve walking outdoors, so please dress appropriately for weather conditions and wear comfortable closed toe walking shoes.
• This is a fully operational plant and as such the tour may need to be cancelled due to emergency or other unforeseeable circumstance.
This is a free event however registration is required: www.rivertotap2014.eventbrite.ca
Along with our outstanding vendors, we have local musicians and opportunities for local initiatives to share their work. Contact us if you have something you want to share. WINTER 2013- 2014 VENDOR APPLICATION IS AVAILABLE HERE.
Also featuring – The Market Menu!
At each indoor market we have a local chef, including some of our very own vendors, provide high quality dinner options out of our kitchen. We select hosts for The Market Menu that align with our farmers’ market guiding principles. We prioritize sustainably produced foods and encourage hosts to source ingredients from our farmers’ market vendors.
Be sure to stick around from 7-9pm for the Local 301 Workshop Series. More details can be found on Facebook
Monday, April 7th, 2014 from 7-9pm
Green Calgary presents Master Composter Bert Einsiedel in a workshop that will cover the basics of indoor and outdoor composting. We will outline what is needed to create good quality compost in Calgary, as well as the do’s and don’ts of composting. You will learn about:
• What can be added and what should be avoided
• The difference between greens and browns
• Adequate moisture
• Turning frequency
• Avoiding smell and pests
• Using compost in the yard and garden
• The various methods of composting including Bokashi, Vermicomposting, Backyard and more!
If you’re new to composting, or discouraged by your results and looking to improve, or are already composting and interested in diverting even more organics, then this workshop is for you! The workshop will have plenty of time for questions and discussion and will include a demonstration on how to make your own Bokashi and worm bins – with the option to purchase a Bokashi bin to take home.
Available for purchase at the event: Green Calgary will be selling composters, wingdiggers, kitchen catchers and liners, Bokashi bins and starter, vermicomposting bins, taking orders for Red Wigglers and more. BONUS - Green Calgary members receive 10% off all composter and accessory purchases!
Where: Green Calgary Office, #301, 14 Street NW
When: Monday, April 7th, 2014 from 7:00pm to 9:00pm
If you register and can no longer attend PLEASE let us know so we can open your seat to someone else. Thank you in advance for your cooperation!
The Calgary Horticultural Society is a 5,000-member strong charity dedicated to cultivating Calgary’s gardening community. The annual garden show is a two-day celebration of plants and gardening that regularly attracts more than 7,000 gardening enthusiasts.
Join Green Calgary for a celebration of gardening, April 12 & 13 2014.