Every Little Bit Helps- You & Your Community

Thursday, April 12th at 1:28pm

Plogging Calgary
Adding a Little Extra to Your Walk or Run

Someday (hopefully soon) the snow will melt and we can enjoy the green Calgary that we have all been craving. What we’ll also no doubt see, is the garbage that the thick blanket of snow has been covering for all these months.

Are You a Potential “Plogger”?

It sounds strange, but if you are an active, community minded person who likes to multi-task, this is the perfect activity for you and even your family.

Definition

Plogging is a combination of jogging with picking up litter (Swedish: plocka upp). It started as an organized activity in Sweden around 2016 and spread to other countries in 2018, following increased concern about plastic pollution. As a workout, it provides variation in body movements by adding bending, squatting and stretching to the main action of running.
-Wikipedia

Keeping Yourself & Calgary Beautiful

Some of Calgary’s most popular walking paths from northwest to southeast are plagued with refuse that unfortunately get’s blown around and settles in our beautiful parks and green spaces that are hallmarks of our beautiful city. What if we everybody (or many people) changed that?

It doesn’t mean that you have to pick up everything all the time, but if on some basis you acted locally, a big difference could be made over time.

Whether it is yourself, your partner, family or you create a team, plogging could be the activity that improves your fitness and neighbourhood at the same time.

Additional Links:

Calgary’s Walking & Bike Paths

Plogging Canada

One person making a difference VIDEO

Have Your Say

Friday, March 30th at 6:16pm

Calgary Public Art Policy
What Type of Public Art Would You Like to See in Calgary?

The process by which Calgary’s public art is chosen has been in a word, controversial.

What constitutes “good” art and how much to spend on it (especially in leaner economic times) has created lively debate in coffee shops, bars and offices all over the city. The questions stemming from public art is not new, or unique to our community.

Now, City Council is asking for you to make your opinion heard by directing citizens to a questionnaire on the city’s website.

This brief survey asks questions that will hopefully result in a more inclusive scenario that will benefit everyone from local artists, to generations of Calgarians who will live with the choices made.

Go Online And Participate

Click here to go to the web page:PUBLIC ART PROCESS REVIEW It is hoped that from this information, a practical new public art policy will be born, and meet the criteria set out as part of this engagement survey.

We live in a very beautiful part of the world that benefits from the enhancement that art installations can make. We all have different tastes and you may not like it all, but we are all paying for it all, so have your voice heard.

Sometimes art isn’t popular at first, but in time it becomes a sentimental favourite, a focal point and part of our history. There are other examples of peices that just don’t seem to catch on.

At the end of the day, it’s nice to have your opinion considered, and while it is impossible to get 100% buy-in, hopefully, the majority of Calgarians like what they see.

If it’s not the public art, there is enough in this great city to be very proud of.

Helping in The Community- Easy, Rewarding & Fun

Wednesday, March 21st at 5:22pm

Volunteering YYC
There are so many ways to get involved in the community.

Despite what you have going on at any given moment, it is always a worthwhile and rewarding experience to get involved in the community and share your time with those who need your assistance in some way.

The key take-away here is just how easy it is to initiate this.

“The Seed”

The Mustard Seed has been operating in Calgary for 30 years, serving those who are impoverished or homeless by providing shelter and meals to those who would otherwise go without.

Taking its name from a biblical verse that explains how the smallest seed can grow to be a tall tree. Basically, a small deed can have huge (positive) repercussions.

They also offer a growing number of programs and services including education, employment, and health.

It is easy to set up a time when you, your group or family can come in and take a turn helping out.
Not only is it a reminder of the constant need of those who need assistance, but it a very rewarding experience, plus a glimpse of those who are committed to pitching in every day and makes one ask “what more can I do?”

For those who aren’t familiar with volunteering at the Mustard Seed, start here

We are planning more team-building/charitable activities on a regular basis.
This is just a simple reminder that a bit of your time can go a long way to affect the Calgary community in a very big way.