At Calgary Arts Development, the north star that guides us in our work is to create conditions where Calgarians can live a creative life. Our work with artists, arts organizations and other creative enterprises contributes in meaningful ways whereby all Calgarians, not just some, can manifest their creativity in ways that benefit them to the fullest.
We know, however, that in order for these conditions to be present and used optimally by Calgarians, they first have to feel safe, healthy and connected to the place where they live.
It is organizations like the ones supported by the Calgary Herald Christmas Fund that can make this so.
Even in the most difficult circumstances, Calgary always seems to find a way to realize possibilities that we set for ourselves. And while it isn’t always easy, we seem to have this great capacity to figure a way that is the Calgary Way.
As you peruse the list of charities supported by this year’s Fund, know that your contributions will support the values of inclusion and belonging fostered by these organizations that make me proud to be a Calgarian:
One Size Fits One — Every client who accesses the 12 recipient agencies’ programs and services is seen for who they are and assisted with the care and attention that all people deserve — especially considering the fact that ours is one of the most livable cities in the world.
Nothing About Us Without Us — Every person served is heard and supported, and informs how the next person can be assisted and encouraged in an even more meaningful way.
Perpetuating a Virtuous Cycle (not a vicious one) — Someone explained to me how a bicycle is an example of a virtuous cycle because it gets you to your destination; while a stationary bike is an example of a vicious cycle because it doesn’t get you anywhere. The 12 charities benefiting from the 2018 Christmas Fund all have their own north star that shines the way for the good work they do to make a difference in the lives of Calgarians and ultimately leads us to co-creating a city that we all deserve.
During this particular holiday season, when our world seems to be exposed to countless examples of how we are all divided, it is my hope that the Calgary Way will challenge that divisiveness and realize possibilities that join us together. I encourage you to give to the Calgary Herald Christmas Fund and make it possible for the organizations to help Calgarians live up to their fullest potential. When we take care of each other, more people are able to live a creative life — and that’s when great possibilities emerge.
Patti Pon is president/CEO of Calgary Arts Development.
To donate, call 403-235-7481 or go to https://secure.e2rm.com/registrant/startup.aspx?eventid=273670
To read other Christmas Fund stories, go to calgaryherald.com/christmas fund
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