The Stories

Welcome to the 2014 Year in Review. This year, we are telling Momentum's story from a variety of perspectives within our community. We hope you enjoy them.

walter hossli with jeff loomis
Three Assets of a Resilient Organization
liam gordon reaching for tool
Five Aspects of
Community Economic Development
stacie baker
The Value of Partnership
cristina lopez
The Power of Contribution
helga bender
In the Business of Developing Strength
timothy afolayan
Lending a Voice for Change
victor jensen
Building Careers Together
jeff loomis with walter hossli
Building on our Solid Foundation
pie chart with center hole
The 2014 Financial Perspective
Momentum logo symbol
Our Thanks

 

 

 

Three Assets of a Resilient Organization

walter hossli with jeff loomis

 


"Momentum today has significant clout. Doing our work with participants, doing it with integrity, keeping at it, and now being able to influence municipal and provincial policies—it's still humbling to me, still surprising."

—Walter Hossli


Momentum Founder and Director Emeritus Walter Hossli (seated) took on a new role at Momentum in 2014, with Jeff Loomis taking on the role of executive director.

Having reflected on his leadership of Momentum over the past 23 years, Walter Hossli identifies three enduring assets that helped make Momentum the success it is today: persistence, consistency and hosting.

It requires persistent effort to build a thriving organization—creating excellent programs, building a stable financial and administrative foundation, developing resilient relationships with staff, participants and community partners.

Successful organizations also require consistency. It is all too easy to be pulled in different directions in times of great change and urgency. In Momentum's case, our strategic map provides consistent direction as we choose which opportunities to pursue and which
to let go.

Being persistent and consistent through good times and bad has allowed the organization to gain momentum manageably and with conscious control.

The third asset Walter named, hosting, is perceived by some leaders as a loss of control. Just as community economic development recognizes the wealth of assets within communities, so host leaders tap into the wealth of vision, experience and motivations of those around them.

Under Walter's hosting leadership, Momentum has become a hosting organization. We map out viable and sustainable strategies together. We build relationships with our community and invite people to the table instead of promising to solve their problems for them. It's messy and it takes time, but we know it works.

These three characteristics guided the recent transition process. The transition saw Jeff Loomis step into Walter's position while Walter stepped into everything he will do next. The overall process took two and a half years of thoughtful, inclusive planning and action.

The transition plan allowed Momentum to be persistent in spite of ambiguity. It provided a consistent message for donors and funders, staff and community partners. And by being so inclusive, it honoured the ongoing hosting role of Momentum's leader.

We wish Walter well with all he has planned. He continues to be an ambassador for Momentum and a mentor to Jeff, and we know he is happy to have more time to focus on gardening and growing food.

As you will see in this report, 2014 was another successful year for Momentum from all perspectives. The resilient foundation built over 23 years allows us to move into the future with confidence.


 

 

The Value of Partnership

stacie baker

 

 


"Financial empowerment
changes lives and builds futures."

—Stacie Baker


Stacie Baker, Financial Aid Officer at Bow Valley College and financial literacy champion.

Bow Valley College is Alberta's fastest growing college, committed to nurturing the lifetime achievements of its students. It begins by helping them succeed in school through the counselling, scholarships and financial aid provided by its Learner Success Services. That's where Stacie Baker shines.

Stacie's passion is to make a difference in people's lives. She wants to see students succeed. That's why she's so determined to help them overcome the financial barriers they face—barriers that can mean the difference between finishing school and not.

Government aid, while helpful and welcome, does not always guarantee the students' financial wellness. "Students can access financial aid and bursaries," Stacie says, "but if they don't learn how to manage the money, they stay in the vicious cycle of debt and debt collection."

Stacie wanted to find a way tointervene early in that cycle. She found it when she discovered Momentum's Financial Literacy programs.

Stacie is very clear about the value of partnering with Momentum. "Financial literacy is an essential life skill. It addresses and resolves root issues, and has a ripple effect through generations. It empowers people, brings confidence and pride, and is a stepping-stone to independence. I recommend these programs to everyone."

Learning

Stacie and her co-workers took Momentum's Money Management Train-the-Facilitator program in 2013. Today, information about financial literacy is a regular part of conversations about financial aid and bursaries, and coaching is always available. Once a semester, the College offers a one-day Budget Boot Camp free to all new students. Budget workshops are being integrated into regular classes. And evaluations from students have been overwhelmingly positive.

Building

Next, Momentum's matched-savings programs caught Stacie's eye. She understood that building assets is crucial to moving out of poverty. Stacie put her post-secondary brain to work designing a program that would work in a college context.

The Matched-Savings Bursary was piloted in the fall. Students received money-management training and have their savings matched by the College 3 to 1. There were nine students in that first class and all of them saved the monthly maximum of $50—"More bang for their buck," Stacie says—giving them each $800 to spend on anything that would help t heir education, from tuition to childcare.

Providing

As a parent herself, Stacie was sure that students would appreciate Momentum's StartSmart Program. The program helps parents open Registered Education Savings Plans (RESPs) by using government grants, which are available even if parents do not have their own funds to contribute.

Stacie attended Momentum's StartSmart Training and, in November, the College hosted its first annual RESP sign-up event. Over 100 people attended and six financial institutions helped families open 40 RESPs, accessing an estimated $40,000 to provide for their children's future education.


 

 

In the Business of Developing Strength

 


"When I walked through Momentum's door, I was opening the door to my future."

—Helga Bender


helga bender

Helga Bender offers coaching and support to help people heal from loss.

The year 2006 is a good place to start the story of Helga Bender's business. Not that it was a good year. In fact, 2006 tested Helga almost beyond bearing.

That year she was diagnosed with colon cancer. Her 30-year marriage was ending. And the unimaginable happened: Her son Ben was killed.

Benjamin John Farrant was almost 26 years old when he went out one morning for a 75-kilometre ride, a regular part of his active lifestyle. He died almost instantly when he was hit by a driver going 120kph in the right-hand-turn lane.

From one moment to the next, the world lost a caring young man, a humanitarian who wanted to make a difference in the world. From one moment to the next, Helga lost her beloved boy.

Helga had the sense of a complete role reversal in the race of life, Ben handing his mother and his sister Colleen the baton that Helga expected to be handing him. He had run his race. Now it was their turn. But after his death, Helga could barely walk, never mind run.

Not once in the years and trial that followed did the driver express any remorse. At first, Helga wanted to make him bleed. She raged until she saw that the rage would poison her. She had to learn to forgive-not to condone, but to forgive. She had to let go of her anger-not of her memories, not of her son, but of her anger.

In the following months, although she didn't recognize it until later, all of Helga's skills and life experiences were converging: the seminary courses she had taken, her Master's degree in theological studies, and now the transformative power of profound grief.

When Helga walked through Momentum's doors in 2013, it was because her expected pension had disappeared. She had to find a way to make a living. "I had to move on to Plan B," she says, "and Plan B turned out to be beautiful."

With guidance from Momentum's Business Development staff, she realized that she had a very viable way to make money. It was a stunning revelation. She could step forward from a crushed existence to be a porter, helping others carry the load of their own dramatic losses, helping them heal. Her example would demonstrate that healing from trauma builds resilience and a huge, open heart.

With help from Momentum's Business Development training, Helga then gained a firm understanding of all aspects of running a business. She recently launched Helga Bender Coaching and already has repeat clients. Today Helga is firmly holding the baton Ben passed her. She's running her race with gratitude, joy and grace.

 

Dollar for Dollar:
Momentum's Self-Employment Program

In the fall of 2014, Momentum contracted J.C.H. Emery, PhD, and R.D. Kneebone, PhD, both professors of economics at the University of Calgary, to study the Self-Employment Program's Return on Investment. Their report, Evaluating the Budgetary Implications of the Momentum Self-Employment Program, was based on participants who attended the program between July 2010 and June 2013. You can find a summary of it at: www.momentum.org/Publications

All numbers below are in 2014 dollars.

Cost of program
323,872 Total in 2014

Tax revenue increase because of program
1,577,000 Estimated

Income gain, average annual
7,465 Per participant
522,518 Total across participants


Income gain, lifetime across participants
8 million Low estimate
21 million High estimate

Return to community for every $1 invested
7.54 Low estimate
19.80 High estimate

 



 

 

victor jensen and mohammad noori

Victor Jensen (in grey) of Botting Group employs Momentum participants like Mohammad "Mustafa" Noori to work on construction sites like this one at the University of Calgary.

 

Momentum's Training Program

Offered since 1991, Momentum's Trades Training pre-apprenticeship program helps participants step away from survival jobs toward a successful career in the trades.

With over 1,000 applications for the 48 spots available every year, Momentum takes great care screening the applicants. We look for participants who are highly motivated and willing to work hard to build a sustainable livelihood. The program includes both theoretical training at Momentum and technical training at SAIT.

Once participants have completed their training, our staff members support them by finding work-experience placements with employers like Victor Jensen at Botting.

Botting's Search for Quality

Victor joined the Botting group of companies in 1986, where he is currently the chief financial officer. Throughout his career and volunteer activities, Victor has maintained a focus on sustainable employment.

"There is no better occupation than the trades," he says, "but you need to have an interest in making it your career." If you're willing to learn and work hard, the rewards will come to you, not only in the form of good pay and steady employment but from a sense of accomplishment and pride.

Victor recognizes employees as Botting's most valuable asset. He hires for the long term, looking for three qualities: a positive attitude, a strong work ethic and the desire to be a team player. Anyone with those three qualities has the possibility of building a rewarding and lasting career.

A Great Partnership

In 2008, Victor discovered Momentum's Trades Training program and realized that we screen applicants for the same qualities he finds essential. This mutual understanding forms the basis of our partnership.

Momentum teaches participants the life and technical skills they need to succeed. Botting supports the participants when they're entering the workforce. They also support all their employees by paying the cost of tuition at SAIT during their subsequent schooling towards becoming journeymen.

Victor doesn't see it as a cost, though. "I see it as an investment in the future. All employers have a responsibility to support the apprenticeship program, to see the big picture. We create our own destiny as much as the apprentices do. As boomers retire, we're all going to need new apprentices."

When it comes to supporting Momentum graduates in the work-experience portion of their training, Victor says the program sells itself. It consistently ensures that participants have the qualities an employer seeks.

A Domino Effect out of Poverty

The apprentices' seven-week work experience is typically unpaid time. It can be seven of the worst weeks of their lives: they're working full-time and yet not earning enough to support their families.

But Botting doesn't think it should work that way. Apprentices go on the payroll right away. As Victor puts it, "We are hiring people to perform a job, and people should get paid for their work. It's as simple as that."

Once the probationary period is over, Botting also pays all the benefit plan premiums and contributes to employees' RRSPs even when the employees themselves cannot make a contribution.

With the qualities they bring, backed up by Momentum's training and support, and hired by a company that respects them and their abilities, Trades Training participants are set up for success.

 



 

 

Calgary Tool Library:

Five Aspects of Community Economic Development

Community Economic Development is a way of thinking about the world and your place in it that infuses all aspects of life. At its root, CED is the recognition that healthy communities, resilient economies and ecological sustainability are connected. It is the understanding that effective solutions are rooted in local knowledge and led by community members.

Simon Fraser University's Community Economic Development Certificate builds such local knowledge and leadership by teaching students CED principles, practices and methods that work. In 2014, the certificate program was offered in Calgary for the first time through a partnership between SFU and Thrive—Calgary's CED Network.

Twenty-three participants, including three Momentum staff members, completed the program. With theoretical study, hands-on experience and the support of a strong community of practice, they learned how to shape, nurture, implement and promote a CED dream-come-true.

One result? The launch of the first-ever Calgary Tool Library.

tool library door Shared and local ownership

The Tool Library—a social enterprise project of the Bridgeland Riverside Community Association—was launched in June 2014. The 300-plus individual and organizational members are co-owners of hundreds of tools. The sense of ownership and accountability are palpable, very different from conventional tool rentals.

Reduced environmental impact

No longer must you (or your neighbour!) buy, store and repair every tool you'll ever need. Members of the Tool Library have access to 500 of the most in-demand household tools. Whether for standard home maintenance, basic car repairs or gardening projects, you're likely to find the tool you need.

carolyn davis
people laughing Increased social sustainability

The Library has become a community gathering space: neighbours deepen their bonds, strangers get to know each other. It's a collaboration that brings together businesses, charitable foundations, and individual members and volunteers. The whole community benefits and contributes to its success.

Affordable, accessible, inclusive

There are fees for membership but the Library wants everyone to be able to access tools, regardless of income level, so fees are waived if need be. Everyone is welcome, whether a tool expert or a novice. Librarians and fellow members are happy to help you figure out what you need and how to use it.


"What is most exciting about CED is finding that all kinds of people care about community. They don't have anything to prove. They just want to make things better."

—Liam Gordon (image 4) has been involved in the Tool Library right from the start


liam gordon
tool library from outside Awaiting you

Come see for yourself! Visit the Tool Library online at www.calgarytoollibrary.org, or drop by the tool shed in the lower level of the Bridgeland Riverside Community Association at 917 Centre Avenue NE.


 

 

The Power of Contribution

woman at table

Cristina Lopez—daughter, wife, mother and Momentum supporter.

 

 


"I live for those Momentum stories, those success stories. They illustrate what my dollars are doing."

—Cristina Lopez


My parents immigrated to Canada from Spain in the 1960s. They came for the same reason most people do-and, it wasn't for the seven months of winter. They came and decided to stay because of the opportunities here.

They worked hard, long hours. My father is in his 70s now and the habit of 14-hour days hasn't left him yet. This was a time when banks were charging interest rates of 15 percent and higher, so setting up a new business was difficult, especially for an immigrant. But they had some support, they were lucky, and their hard work paid off.

The stories I hear from Momentum's participants remind me of my parents' story. I hear stories of people who think about their children's futures, who are willing to work tirelessly and who may just need a little help along the way. They are extremely motivated to succeed. I support Momentum because it enables people to use that motivation to fulfill their dreams.

What's important for me is the chance to make an impact. I've been really fortunate. I have had a lot of support that has led to lots of opportunities. I'm grateful that I can afford to help others have similar opportunities.

I think of Momentum as a "teach-a-man-to-fish" organization. It doesn't simply give people handouts to make a temporary difference in their situations. Instead, it uses the best practices of Community Economic Development and pays attention both to the economic bottom line and to the very important process of building community and reducing isolation. The social aspect of their work is crucial.

Momentum's vision about how to build economic and social resilience is backed up by consistent, measurable successes. Their programs are well-rounded and well-executed, resulting in participants getting what they need. They graduate with tools, skills and self-worth and, just as important, they establish a support network.

I don't direct the dollars I give. It's not that I don't care how my donations are used or that I don't pay attention. On the contrary, it's that I've learned to trust Momentum's ability to execute its vision in the way that works best.

I choose Momentum because its values echo my own: Working toward a better future for the next generation, building a supportive community, and believing that everyone deserves a chance.

My siblings and I inherited our parents' work ethic and we recognize that they worked and still work hard so that they could provide us with a better life. And they succeeded. I contribute to Momentum to help other parents who feel the same way. It's a great return on investment.

Cristina Lopez is VP Corporate Development at PrairieSky Royalty and a proud financial contributor to Momentum.


 

 

payday lenders on international ave mike brown and timothy afolayan

Lending a Voice for Change

When yet another payday lender was slated to open on Calgary's 17th Avenue SE, the residents began to mobilize. It seemed to them that the neighbourhood was already adequately served with the existing six payday lenders on that stretch of the Avenue. These residents understood that payday loans, which are excessively expensive, are predominantly targeted at the working poor—people who often have no other access to credit. They wanted to find a way to offer alternatives.

The residents formed alliances with local organizations and businesses, a financial institution, social workers and researchers. Together, they established the Rise of the Cash Store committee. Its goal was to slow the spread of such businesses and develop alternative services. Momentum was happy to put our public policy expertise to work on the problem.

Meanwhile, the Enough for All strategy—an initiative driven and developed by Calgarians to reduce poverty in our city—was before City Council for approval. One of the things the strategy advocates is the development of safe, affordable and accessible financial products and services. Those are precisely the services that the Rise of the Cash Store committee wants to see in their community.

In the fall of 2013, Enough for All was unanimously approved by Calgary City Council, bringing scale and broader political purpose to the work of the Rise of the Cash Store committee and others around the city. We at Momentum are proud to contribute to moving this work forward and are grateful for the support of City Council.

As part of these initiatives, Timothy Afolayan and Mike Brown have worked together to fight payday lending practices. Timothy is a Momentum Participant Ambassador and a graduate of the Fair Gains matched-savings program. Mike is the Public Policy Coordinator at Momentum. We sat down with them recently to get their perspectives.


Mike Brown and Timothy Afolayan talk about payday lending.

 

payday lending comparison What is your experience of payday loans?

Mike Brown: I'd seen the ads on TV, of course, but I'd never been in a spot where I needed one myself. I've learned about them much more since Momentum took them up as a policy issue.

Timothy Afolayan: For me, it was much more personal. I came to Canada on a scholarship. Just as the scholarship ended, my parents' situation at home in Nigeria changed and they could no longer afford to help me.

I was working but I couldn't afford rent so I was homeless for a while. When I got a better job, I thought I would be okay. But I was living paycheque to paycheque, spending too much and not saving at all.

Then my mother got very sick. I needed to send money home for her hospital expenses but I had no credit. Banks wouldn't help me. So I had to borrow $600 from a payday lender.

How did the loan work?

Timothy: Well, that loan felt like a real life saver at the time. But it didn't turn out that way. I had to pay $20 for every $100 I borrowed, so I owed $120 on the $600.

But you can't just pay back a portion. You have to pay back the whole thing. So I took out a $600 loan,and two weeks later, I had to pay back $720.

Mike: They're called payday loans because they're designed to be paid back when your next paycheque comes in.

But the reality is that people resort to payday lenders because they can't make ends meet. That pattern doesn't change between taking out the loan and the next paycheque.

The loan may help at first but it ends up trapping you. It's a vicious cycle of debt and re-borrowing. In fact, the average borrower ends up taking out eight loans before being able to break the cycle.

Timothy: My paycheque was about $900, so there was no way I could pay back $720. I had no choice but to borrow the $600 again so I could pay my rent and buy groceries. This went on for 10 months.

Every month, I was paying $240 in fees and borrowing $600 again.

In the space of 10 months, I had to pay $2,400 in fees on a $600 loan.

How do you break the cycle?

Timothy: All I can say is thank goodness for income tax refunds! But, you know, I'd probably still be in trouble if I hadn't learned how to handle my money.

Momentum's programs helped me understand how money works. I learned to save and I'm still saving. I've opened RESPs for my two girls.

Mike: Most of the people who resort to payday loans are working, they have families. They're borrowing money for necessities. They're not doing it on a whim.

People living on low incomes are definitely the target market for payday lenders.

There are 86 payday-loan locations in Calgary, and 85 percent of them are in neighbourhoods with above average rates of poverty.

At Momentum we're working with our community partners to promote policy options at all levels of government. And we're working with financial institutions to create alternatives that are quick, safe, fair and affordable. We don't just want to get rid of people's last option; we want to give them better ones.

Timothy: As for me, I'm speaking out. I want other people to know what I know now without having to learn it the hard way!


 

 

Three Assets of a Resilient Organization

 

 


"By every measure—and Momentum measures just about everything!—this year was a success."

—Jeff Loomis


Jeff Loomis (seated) has seamlessly stepped into the role of executive director at Momentum with support and guidance from Walter Hossli, Founder and Director Emeritus.

jeff loomis with walter hossli in background
From his new perspective as executive director of Momentum, Jeff Loomis sees the past year as a clear demonstration of resilience. Despite a difficult beginning of the year due to revenue challenges, Momentum rebounded strongly, relying on a very solid foundation.

Over the years, quality has been built into every corner of the organization. Highly skilled and motivated staff members use a proven economic approach to poverty reduction. In 2014, Momentum's well-designed programs worked with over 4,000 participants who learned a trade, launched a business, developed money management skills and built assets.

All levels of the community and government showed strong support for the work we do together. Provincial government funding that was cut early in the year was replaced and even augmented by the end of the year. It was the most successful year ever for fund development, with donations large and small making it possible for us to move forward.

We know that we cannot make a big enough change without working with others, so we continued to focus very successfully on our community leadership work. We trained staff members in 41 organizations to use our Financial Literacy curriculum, and they then delivered these programs to 1,155 of their own participants. We worked with government and businesses toward policy change, notably around the issue of access to safe, affordable financial services and the restriction of payday lenders.

Our success in 2014 validates our confidence in the work we do. It validates Jeff's belief in the economic and social value of Momentum's mission, and is the reason he feels optimistic about the future.

At the core of Momentum's success are the programs. We will continue to evaluate, refine and improve them to find the best ways to help people get good jobs, skills training and micro-loan opportunities.

We look forward to working with Vibrant Communities Calgary to guide implementation of Enough for All—Calgary's poverty reduction strategy. Leveraging our expertise and experience, we will work with our partners to advance Financial Empowerment activities so that more Calgarians have the assets they need to thrive. For example, we will be working with First Calgary Financial in the development of the Cash Crunch Loan, which is a safe and affordable alternative to payday loans.

The solid foundation that Momentum has built with persistence and consistency over time provides a stable, resilient platform as we move into the coming year. Jeff feels blessed by the opportunity to continue building on that foundation good times and bad has allowed the organization to gain momentum manageably and with conscious control.

The third asset Walter named, hosting, is perceived by some leaders as a loss of control. Just as community economic development recognizes the wealth of assets within communities, so host leaders tap into the wealth of vision, experience and motivations of those around them.

Under Walter's hosting leadership, Momentum has become a hosting organization. We map out viable and sustainable strategies together. We build relationships with our community and invite people to the table instead of promising to solve their problems for them. It's messy and it takes time, but we know it works.

These three characteristics guided the recent transition process. The transition saw Jeff Loomis step into Walter's position while Walter stepped into everything he will do next. The overall process took two and a half years of thoughtful, inclusive planning and action.

The transition plan allowed Momentum to be persistent in spite of ambiguity. It provided a consistent message for donors and funders, staff and community partners. And by being so inclusive, it honoured the ongoing hosting role of Momentum's leader.

We wish Walter well with all he has planned. He continues to be an ambassador for Momentum and a mentor to Jeff, and we know he is happy to have more time to focus on gardening and growing food.

As you will see in this report, 2014 was another successful year for Momentum from all perspectives. The resilient foundation built over 23 years allows us to move into the future with confidence.


 

 

The 2014 Financial Perspective

revenue pie chart
liabilities pie chart

Full audited financial statements available at www.momentum.org

 

 

 

celebrating-20-years-business development

Our Thanks

133 volunteers donated more than 1890 hours of their valuable time.
Board of Directors: Ted Braun, Gail Boehm, Greg Pocherewny, Glenn Boyd, Dustin Owen, Francis Boakye, Marichu Antonio, Meenu Ahluwalia, Don Thurston, Rachel Moore, Caroline Fairbrother, John Cobb
Community Champions: Al Duerr, Jim Gray, Martin Molyneaux, Pat and Sherrold Moore
Participant Ambassadors: Timothy Afolayan, Toni Boss, Olga Cojocaru, Necole Hines, Bob Patrick

211 community partner organizations helped us extend the reach of our work, including Action to End Poverty in Alberta, Immigrant Access Fund Society, Thrive—Calgary's Community Economic Development Network, Vibrant Communities Calgary, SAIT Polytechnic, Calgary Alternative Support Services.

54 staff members partnered with people living on low incomes to increase prosperity, and inspired the development of local economies with opportunities for all.

 

To all the people who invest in Momentum's work, including those who would like to remain anonymous, thank you.

 

Financial Partners
5 Star Technical Services Inc.
Annie Abdalla
Malcolm & Shannon Adams
Alberta Capital Market Foundation
Alberta Health Services
Alberta Housing & Urban Affairs
Alberta Human Services
Sharilyn Amy
Glen & Brenda Andrews
Marichu Antonio & Cesar Cala
ARC Financial Corp.
Jennifer Artinger
Artisan Stucco & Restorations Ltd.
Brendan Baines
Jeremy Barretto
Edel Benary
Arnold & Linda Bergen
Birchcliff Energy Ltd.
David & Leslie Bissett
Nolan & Carol Blades
BluPlanet Recycling Inc.
Francis Boakye
David Boone & Jane Poole
Brian & Jennifer Boulanger
G. C. Boyd
Neal Brandemark
Braun Valentine Professional Corporation
Eleanor & Lawrence Bryan
Rachel Bryant
The Calgary Foundation
Calgary Learns
Callow & Associates
Canadian Women's Foundation
Carrera Foundation
Rose Casey
Dr. Charlotte S. Caton
Lisa Caton
Chris & Joe Ceci
Cenovus Energy Inc.
CentsAbility
Cequence Energy Ltd.
Jane Chen
CIBC
City of Calgary
John Cobb & Lorene Anderson
Barb & Bill Davis
Carolyn Davis
Lorraine Davis
Scott Decksheimer & Kara Exner
Jim Dinning & Evelyn Main
Susan & Ross Douglas
Nan & Ian Douglas
D.R. Ashford Fund at The Calgary Foundation
Al Duerr & Kit Chan
Brent & Kari Enns Durksen
Bruce Edgelow
Edmonton Community Foundation
Elevated Learning Academy Inc.
Employment & Social Development Canada
Ed & Bert Enns
Maria Victoria Eserjose
Peter & Mary Esposito
Caroline A. Fairbrother
Lance Farkas
Charlene & Tom Fesnoux
Jill Fink
Marion Firman
First Calgary Financial
Charles Fischer & Joanne Cuthbertson
Doug Frenette
John & Robin Galloway
Galvin Family Fund at The Calgary Foundation
Richard Gorecki
The Gray Family
Jason Grelowski
HAB Family Foundation
Jackie Halpern
Catherine Harder
Courtney Hare
Peter Harrison
Marc & Audra Hebert
David Heinze
Susan Herman
Irene M. Herremans
Jenny & Allan Hiebert
Brian & Alexandra Hill
Andrew Hollinger
Walter & Sybille Hossli
Rebecca Hotchkiss
Hunter Family Foundation
Dale Huntingford & Virginia Dobson
Dave & Lottie Hutchinson
Sean Hynes
Immigrant Access Fund Society
Charlie & Del James
Ed Kamps
Kimberley Kelly
Donna & Marshall Kennedy
Cam Kramer & Liana Thorburn
Doug & Lisa Laird
Maria Lamas
Marc Lattoni
Steve Laut & Lori Egger
Amelia Lionheart
Jeff & Anna Loomis
Jon & Joan Loomis
Cristina Lopez & Damon Davis
Brian Low
Kin Ko Luu
Heather MacDonald
Jamie & Brenda Mackie
Mackie Wealth Group
Macquarie Group Foundation
Leigh & John McAdam
Donna McBride
Linda McFarlane
Amanda McKellar
McLachlan Famliy
Gary McNamara
Wendi Meyer
Eleanor & Jack Mintz
Laura Mislan
Martin Molyneaux & Deborah Yedlin
Nymphna Montesclaros
Bruce Montgomery
Geri & Alan Moon
Andrew & Rachel Moore
Pat & Sherrold Moore
Linna Morgan
Bob & Denise Morrison
Mick Mulloy & Marnie Schaetti
Barry & Val Munro & Family
Nancy & Bill Hay Family Fund at The Calgary Foundation
Natural Factors
Nexen Energy, a CNOOC Limited Company
NWP Incorporated
John & Evelyn Ody
Kim Orlesky
Dustin & Paula Owen
Nimish Patel
Jeff Pearson
Allison Pepler
David Pickersgill
Karen & Greg Pocherewny
Henry Popoff
Linda & Greg Powell
QV Investors Inc.
RBC Foundation
Rawlyk Developments Inc.
James Rennie
Rocky Credit Union
Bob & Dolores Saarinen
Jenny Saarinen & Garth Kennedy
David & Sheila Sandmeyer
Lorna Sarah
Savanna Energy Services Corp.
Franco & Barbara Savoia
Seidlitz Inspection Ltd.
Carol & Larry Shaw
James D. Simon, Cornwall Wealth Management
Richard Smith
Roger & Lorna Smith
Soderglen Ranches Ltd.
David Somerset
M.A. Stanfield
James M. Stanford
Anat Stapleton of HouseProud Mortgages Inc.
Wayne & Martha Stewart
Andrew & Allison Stordeur
Strength in Numbers Fund
at The Calgary Foundation
David Stuart in Honour of Pat & Sherrold Moore
Corinne Tessier
Tracey & Chris Theal
The Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers
The Welty Family Foundation
Donald & Norma Thurston
Mike & Renae Tims
Gabi Townsend
Trevor Ulmer
United Way of Calgary & Area
Viewpoint Foundation
Vogel LLP
Donna Wallace
Michelle Wan
Wanklyn Family Fund at The Calgary Foundation
Western Economic Diversification
Gerry Weston
Bruce & Cathy Williams
Jim Williams
Richard & Sandy Willott
Michael Wing
Shirley Zhang
Xuebin Zhao

Legacy Builders
David & Leslie Bissett
Ted Braun & Karen Valentine
Carolyn Davis
Walter & Sybille Hossli
Dale Huntingford & Virginia Dobson
Jeff & Anna Loomis
Tracey & Chris Theal
Donald & Norma Thurston
Anonymous