Tag: success

Nicole’s Story

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Words that come to mind to describe Nicole: kind, driven, funny, and authentic. She’s the type of person that it’s easy to get to know because she emanates honesty, openness and caring. But Nicole has not had an easy life. Facing abuse and poverty throughout her childhood, she struggled with addiction and didn’t finish high school. After starting her own family she had to count… Read more

It’s Education Savings Week!

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This week, November 19-25, marks the fourth annual Education Savings Week in Canada. We celebrate this week to raise awareness about the importance of education savings for our children. To kick things off, Mayor Nenshi has signed a proclamation declaring this week to be “Education Savings Week.” Our city recognizes the importance of saving early for post-secondary education and the government benefits available to parents… Read more

The Basics of Using Credit

Amber Cannon is a Momentum volunteer and participant. Here she shares what she discovered about credit. Who, really, wants to talk about, let alone think about their credit? Certainly not I. But in today’s society, credit is a must have. On this session of my Savings Circles program I learned that credit can be unsecured or secured. Unsecured being: You do not have to offer… Read more

Learn from Local Entrepreneurs: Patrick Lor

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Momentum is partnering with Bootkik Video to share the stories, successes, failures and lessons learned from some of our city’s leading entrepreneurs. Our hope is that these stories can provide inspiration to the entrepreneurs that we are connected to as well as inspire our wider community to support local businesses and build a stronger Calgary. We hope you enjoy the stories in this series. This… Read more

Made from Scratch

Marquesa Shore had always wanted to be a business owner but, until one casual drive through the mountains, she had no idea what that could mean. She had been earning good money in Fort McMurray, but lost her job during layoffs in 2014. When she later visited Banff, she was immediately inspired: Banff needed a women’s clothing boutique, and she would be the one to… Read more

Cooking with Electricity

A few years after high school, career testing at SAIT put the trades at the top of the list for Carmello Baffa. He was thrilled to be accepted into Momentum’s Electrician program. He says he’d always known there were places to go if he needed food, but he hadn’t known there was a place to go for a life-changing experience. He had been working in… Read more

Home Made

When Sola Sierra, her husband, and their baby arrived in Canada in 2003, they had dreams but no plan. They came to get a western education, but without guidance about life here, they soon made a lot of mistakes. When her husband returned to Nigeria, Sola was left with lots of debt, no assets, and a job that barely paid the bills. She filed first… Read more

The Difference One Ingredient Can Make

There are times in the life of any cook, in any kitchen, when a recipe you’ve been wanting to try for years is suddenly possible because one final ingredient is available at last. In this case, the key ingredient arrived in 2016 when Calgary Family and Community Support Services (FCSS) received an increase in funding from the Government of Alberta. This increase allowed FCSS to… Read more

Engaging in Determining Vision

Recently, Momentum connected with our community to begin the process of determining our strategic map to carry us forward. We are grateful to everyone that engaged with us in our strategic visioning process. The visions and actions created through your engagements will be used to develop Momentum’s new strategic directions. Together we worked to: Discover what factors are vital to Momentum’s current work and past… Read more

Learning from Local Entrepreneurs: One customer at a time

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Momentum is partnering with Launch Calgary to share the stories, successes, failures and lessons learned from some of our city’s leading entrepreneurs. Our hope is that these stories can provide inspiration to the entrepreneurs that we are connected to as well as inspire our wider community to support local businesses and build a stronger Calgary. We hope you enjoy the stories in this series. This… Read more