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Living Locally

Shining light on businesses doing differently

October 24, 2016

Vibrant Communities Calgary (VCC) is a non-profit organization working to end poverty in our city and is the presenting sponsor for the Empowering Communities Leader award at this year’s Be Local Awards.

This award shines a spotlight on an organization that is “doing business differently,” showing commitment to the well-being of its employees through exceptional HR practices, inclusive hiring efforts, and paying a living wage.

A living wage is calculated based on the basic cost of living (food, housing) while working a full-time job. In Calgary, the living wage is $18.15 per hour without benefits and $17 with benefits.

“Doing business differently is a really important part of poverty reduction,” says Executive Director Franco Savoia. “There are more ‘working poor,’ where whatever they’re earning is not enough to meet their basic needs.”

VCC engages Calgarians and advocates for long-term strategies that address the root causes of poverty. Advocating for living wages, calculating, and updating Calgary’s living wage is something VCC has done since their beginnings in Calgary. VCC stewards the implementation of Calgary’s Enough for All poverty reduction strategy, in which living wages and doing business differently play key roles.

“The thing that we’re trying to push, for businesses especially, to think and act systemically and philanthropically. We think that if more businesses did what members of REAP do, I can tell you that can reduce poverty in the city,” says Franco.

As of now, one in 10 Calgarians lives below the poverty line. VCC hopes Calgary will cut that number in half by 2023.


Follow VCC on Twitter and Facebook for important updates about addressing poverty in our city.
Learn more about the Enough for All Strategy.
Stay tuned for the official unveiling of the 2016 Be Local Award winners on November 16th, including the winner of this year’s Empowering Communities Leader Award, as determined by VCC.

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Did you know?

Most net new job creation comes from businesses with 20 employees or less.

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Sustainability For Breakfast: Natural Movement Training

Oct. 28, 2016 - Oct. 28, 2016

Unit 103, 1608 17th Ave SW

This month’s Sustainability for Breakfast involves breakfast and a work out at Canada’s first Movnat licensed, Natural Movement Centre, ‘Intrinsic’. Our movement patterns tend to have become limited and inefficient over time. We have spent so much of our lives sitting still, not moving enough, driving too much. And the cure for sitting at our desks is not sitting at a workout machine. The cure is to move naturally through the world, and to learn to do so comprehensively, holistically and mindfully: this is Natural Movement. In fact, our natural human movements are our strengthening and conditioning programs. And that’s what you will learn about at The Intrinsi Natural Movement Centre. Join us for breakfast, a light work out and a presentation to discover how you can reclaim your inherent movement abilities. You’ll love the eco friendly, inviting atmosphere of The Intrinsi Natural Movement Centre which has everything from kombucha on tap to a climbing rig which will challenge and inspire you to reclaim your inherent abilities. Visit for transit options. A map of the location can be found here: Free parking is available behind the building. Don't forget to bring your travel mugs for drinks! Arrival, breakfast & networking 7:30-8:00 am Workout 8:00-8:30 am Walk about 8:30-9:00 am Payment is required at the time of your RSVP and is $10 per person.
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Did you know?

When more jobs are provided by local businesses than chains, poverty decreases.