Celebrating ten years of REAP

Thanks to DIRTT Environmental Solutions for creating this anniversary video

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2017 Be Local Awards: Vote for these featured businesses through Sunday!

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Business Services

Eclipse Sustainability Projects

Harness the power of the sun

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Food & Drink /
Education & Advocacy

Sunnyside Natural Market

A grocery that specializes in local and organic produce, meat, dairy products, and baked goods.

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Business Services /
Sustainability

CMNGD Linens

A social enterprise committed to mentoring & hiring homeless people at a living wage

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Health & Wellness

LIV Yoga + Wellness

Downtown-based wellness centre striving to be 'the best part of your day'

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Arts & Culture /
Tourism

Kensington Riverside Inn

An intimate boutique hotel, focused on local taste of place and offerings in a welcoming environment.

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Photography & Multimedia

Pixel Video Production

Bringing stories to life

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Fashion

Awakened Project

Bracelets that help launch women in business

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Tourism

Adventure with Purpose

Volunteer tourism group where education comes first

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Food & Drink /
Farms

Top of the Mountain Meats

Top of the Mountain Meats raises grass-fed beef on the SP Ranch in the Cypress Hills of southeastern Alberta.

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Photography & Multimedia

Ingrid Kue Photography

Ingrid Kuenzel is a locally-minded commercial photographer, passionate about marketing local and environmental businesses.

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Living Locally

LIV Yoga + Wellness encourages self-care

October 17, 2017

Anelia Dee believes in “living better,” and empowers others to do the same through her downtown yoga and massage studio, LIV Yoga + Wellness.

“I think we’re often too busy and stressed out, working too hard instead of trying to make time to take care of ourselves,” she says. Anelia originally opened her studio six years ago under the name Samadhi Yoga and Wellness Centre, before moving and rebranding to LIV four years later.

Being in the downtown core, many of LIV Yoga + Wellness’ patrons are from the corporate sector. Anelia has made it her mission to “promote wellbeing in the corporate world,” by facilitating special programs like Office Wellness, with discounts on classes that range from yoga and barre to meditation and massage.

“I find this program is a good way to build community. It gets you out of your office and connecting with people and yourself on a different level,” Anelia says.

LIV Yoga + Wellness also runs the Bend and Brunch program – a one-hour yoga class followed by Sunday brunch together at Craft Beer Market and Restaurant, a fellow local, sustainable establishment.

As the studio enters its second year, Anelia hopes to provide new opportunities for therapists and teachers. “I’m always amazed by the wealth of knowledge and passion there is in the industry,” she says. “We want to always be connected to the community, and to work with people that are in love with what they do.”

“Our slogan is ‘the best part of your day,’ and that’s what we really want to be.”

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Visit the LIV Yoga + Wellness studio today!
Learn more about their myriad classes and workshops online.
Meet the therapists and teachers at LIV Yoga + Wellness.
Connect with LIV Yoga + Wellness on Facebook and Instagram.
Vote for LIV Yoga + Wellness as your favourite local business in REAP’s 2017 Be Local Awards!

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Living Locally

CMNGD lifts marginalized Calgarians to a place of confidence

October 17, 2017

When husband-and-wife team Hannah and Dave Cree started this linen laundry service and hiring people from the Drop-In Centre, Calgary's homeless shelter, they thought it would take at least a year before one of their employees was able to transition out on their own.

Turns out, it took less than seven months of operations.

CMNGD (Common Good) is a local linen service for the hospitality industry providing transitional employment, at a living wage, to people facing poverty.

In the first year, four CMNGD employees moved out on their own. “It was very unexpected,” says Hannah. One of those employees had been saving up for three months and found a basement suite to rent. He shared his experience with CMNGD at the EconoUs workshop in September.

“He spoke about how work has given him confidence and purpose in his life. As he went on, Dave and I had to turn our heads away, because we just had tears streaming down our faces,” Hannah recalls, choking up.

“And his advice for other people looking to start similar work was to just be patient with people. Dave and I both feel that the moment we stop getting emotional over these stories is the day we shouldn’t do it anymore – and I don’t think that day will ever come.”

It was early on in the launching stages when they discovered a third-party research that captured exactly what societal perception they wanted to shift through their work. Dave explains, “It said that the opposite of addiction is not sobriety, the opposite of addiction is connection. We realized that what we need to build is creating connection through community.”

It’s a delicate balance at CMNGD. Providing individual support and flexible hours, paying a living wage ($18.15/hour in Calgary), and helping everyone get what they need, whether it be a valid ID or a bank account.

As CMNGD continues to grow, having amassed more than 3,000 hours of employment in its first year, Hannah says they hope to move into other cities across Canada and are currently in the process of opening a laundry plant of their own in Calgary.

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Click here to learn more about CMNGD.
Do you or someone you know need help? Contact the Drop-In Centre’s employment services.
Connect with CMNGD on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
Vote for CMNGD as your favourite local business in REAP’s 2017 Be Local Awards!

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Did you know?

By switching pension funds from Wall Street to medium and small businesses Quebec has created 87,000 jobs & retained 82,000 others

Featured Event

Sustainability for Breakfast: Future of Sustainable Business in Alberta

Oct. 27, 2017 - Oct. 27, 2017

Heritage Room
5940 Blackfoot Trail SE
Calgary

Sustainability for Breakfast presents "Future of Sustainable Business in Alberta"

Join us for an inspiring yet pragmatic conversation about the business opportunities and challenges for sustainable business leaders in Alberta. Given the recent changes in policy at all levels - including the introduction of carbon taxes, municipal bylaws regarding waste diversion, and increases to the minimum wage - we're exploring how leading businesses can continue to stay in front as the rest of the world catches up. What were points of difference for progressive businesses five years ago are quickly becoming table stakes. Where does this lead us? How can our elected officials provide support to ensure continued progress?

We'll begin with brief presentations from these guest speakers, followed by a moderated discussion: 

Kevin Davies is the founder and CEO of Hop Compost. Prior to launching Hop, Kevin saved 700,000 lbs of waste from Calgary landfills and was named one of North America's Top 45 Emerging Innovators. Hop's revolutionary closed loop process has transformed close to 8.4 million lbs of food scraps into Hop Organic Craft Compost to benefit local growers. First farm to table, now table to farm, each generation of food supports the next.

Shannon Phillips is Minister of Environment and Parks for the Government of Alberta and the Minister responsible for the Climate Change Office. She grew up in Edmonton and graduated from the University of Alberta with an Honours BA and Master of Arts in Political Science. She then committed herself to making working and middle-class families’ priorities government priorities by working with the federal NDP and the NDP caucus at the Alberta Legislature. After moving to Lethbridge in 2006, Shannon worked as a journalist and consultant before taking a position with the Alberta Federation of Labour as an economic policy analyst. Her work focuses on how Alberta’s economy can better serve the interests of working and middle class families. Her specialty areas include oil sands and pipelines, labour markets, government finances, and health care.

Come prepared to share what you are up to in your business and get answers, ideas and insights from other members of our community who are also balancing purpose with profit.

 

Agenda: 

• Arrival, breakfast & networking 8:00-8:30 am

• Moderated discussion 8:30-9:30 am

• Wrap up 9:45-10:00 am

Food: Breakfast will include gluten-free and vegan options, coffee, and tea. This is included in your registration.

Access: This venue is accessible for all people with limited mobility. 

Parking: Free parking is located around the building. Visit http://www.calgarytransit.com for transit options.

Registration: Payment is required at the time of your RSVP and is $30 per person. There will be a limited number of spaces at the door for those wishing to pay by Calgary Dollars. Please reserve one of these spaces by posting a comment.

Proudly organized by REAP Business Association. 
Bullfrogpowered with 100% green electricity.

  

The registration fee is required to cover REAP's ongoing costs to organize this event series: catering, promotional expenses (signage, Meetup organizer fees), insurance, and staff time.
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Did you know?

43% of Calgarians accessing the food bank are kids