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Most people don’t just pick up chainsaw carving. But that’s exactly what happened to Michael Carr.

When he was working making props for film and television, Michael picked up a chainsaw on a whim.

“It wound up being quicker and faster to cut up the Styrofoam. And I sort of built it from there.”

Chainsaw carving has always called Michael’s name. It was a whisper in the beginning, but now it’s a roar.  At first, carving was just a way to pay off speeding tickets so he wouldn’t have to tell his parents. He never considered that he could make a living at it.

When the prop-building industry slowed down, he moved onto healthcare but was eventually laid off.

 While looking for another job, Michael started doing chainsaw carvings to cover his bills and demand picked up enough that he thought he might just be able to make a living with this skillset. That’s when Michael took the leap to the Self Employment program at Momentum.

Michael is finally able to do something he likes and make a living doing it. And his life seems to have been pointing to this for a long time.



Are you dreaming of a new asset?

Can you save $5 to $50 a month?

Our Matched Savings Programs could be the right fit for you. We offer free programs where you can earn as you learn!

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Need a job? How about a career?

Our Trades Training program  in Carpentry is accepting applications right now.

Francisco took the Carpentry program and it changed his life.

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October 17 is the International Day To Eradicate Poverty

Poverty Talks! is hosting a community conversation event.

Join Vibrant Communities Calgary at "The Art of Enough - Spoken Word + Interactive Art + Conversation", presented by Poverty Talks! There will be a digital or photo display by local photographers,  as well as spoken word performances by members of Poverty Talks and Calgarians who advocate for equality and poverty reduction.

October 17, 2018
4:00pm - 6:00pm
CommunityWise Resource Centre
223 12 Ave SW, Calgary

Register Here.


Have you heard? There is a new space for changemakers

The Trico Changemakers Studio at Mount Royal University is a dynamic coworking and learning centre that is building a community of social entrepreneurs, activists, artists and learners across sectors to make a difference for people and the planet.

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