GrowYourGood Winners 2013

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Once again this year, we asked you to tell us about the good you do and how we can help. It is truly inspiring to hear from the many organizations who are doing amazing work, making it a very difficult decision in who to award our donation of free design to.

There were so many deserving applicants, and we just couldn’t help ourselves – we decided to award two recipients that fall under one subject: local food. Hillhurst Sunnyside Community Association’s Community Food Program and Fisher Farms will each be receiving $1,000 in design. We felt that both are contributing to fortifying a strong, responsible local food economy, and we look forward to helping them bring more awareness to the good they are doing in that area.

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Hillhurst Sunnyside Community Association

The Hillhurst Sunnyside Community Association (HSCA) has recently launched the Community Food Program which aims to increase food access, build community and capacity around food and gardening, and advocate for policy change that will help our food system flourish. The Community Food Program operates several different programs including the Kids Food and Garden Program, Food Skills Cooking Group, Urban Agriculture Workshop Series, Community Garden Programming, Community Food Program Network and Farmers’ Market.

Website: www.hillhurstsunnyside.org

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Fisher Farms

Fisher Farms brings fresh, organically grown food direct to families, corporate downtown Calgary and athletes who are looking for that competitive edge offered by nutrient dense foods. They use only responsible farming practices and products, and are passionate about sharing their love of creating healthy food systems through education and awareness. Last year, during season’s end, they opened their fields to customers and the public who came to harvest as much as they could carry, free of charge. They supplied over 80 families with over 4000lbs of veggies for their upcoming Thanksgiving feasts and fall preserves.

Website: www.fisherfarms.net

Grow Your Good is all about bringing attention to people who are doing good things. While there could only be two winners this year, the runners up – below – are also doing amazing and inspiring work:

Conscious Home

What we like:

The owner of Conscious Home is passionate about inspiring environmental change at the individual level, coaching and facilitating workshops to inspire change.

Our applicant says:

“I began working with households as an ‘eco-coach’- synthesizing mountains of  information on sustainable living into reasonable actions and providing a strategic plan of how to build steps undertaken in the home consultations. For instance, in the consultation, I would change showerheads and tap aerators, but then also give ideas on how to pair the new water-saving infrastructure with behavioral actions like shower timing and using the rain barrel properly.
Along with Stephanie Jackman at REAP, we created the ‘Green Living Series’- workshops that we offer to community groups and corporations as lunch and learns. I have also self-published a book on recipes for homemade cleaners, of which I’ve sold over 1000 copies to date.”
Website: www.conscioushome.ca

The Doorway

What we like:

The Doorway addresses the big issues of poverty and homelessness with youth, helping young people receive the tools they need to get off the street.

Our applicant says:

“Over the years we have maintained a very simple model that uses cash incentives and goal setting to facilitate young people’s choices to leave street life. We have been very effective at increasing young people’s independence, self-determination, dignity and respect – all key components of long-term and sustainable change. We have also paid special attention to listening to the voices of young people, encouraging their self empowerment at creating positive change in their lives.”
Website: www.thedoorway.ca

Progressive Alternatives Society of Calgary (PASC)

What we like:

This organization focuses on the idea of a whole community, helping those with disabilities make good lives for themselves. PASC was also one of first signatories to Calgary’s living wage campaign.

Our applicant says:

“Progressive Alternatives Society of Calgary (PASC) has assisted persons with developmental disabilities one at a time to make good lives for themselves through work, career and membership in typical community life. We have helped people to complete career education training, secure jobs and build careers in oil and gas, web design, retail and much more. PASC was created as an alternative to institutional care with the belief that the people with disabilities we support should have all the assistance they need to create and maintain the good life we all desire, fits us each as unique individuals and cements us in community life as respected citizens and neighbours.”
Website: www.pasc-calgary.org

YYCShows

What we like:

YYCShows has the potential to grow and create community and vibrancy around music in Calgary.

Our applicant says:

“The project aims to be a comprehensive Calgary concert listings website. I want to make it as easy as possible to find out about and attend concerts, especially local acts. When I moved back to the city, I used shows as a way to get out into my community, learn about the city and meet new people. Unfortunately, I found information about shows diffused and hidden. There are great Calgary music resources but nothing that brings together music listings, links to bands and tickets, a concert calendar, info on venues and links to other music community resources. So: I decided to solve the problem myself.”
Website: www.yycshows.com