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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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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