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Living Locally

Thank you to REAP’s 2016 Be Local Awards contributors

October 21, 2016

REAP’s 2016 Be Local Awards are almost over for another year. In 13 weeks, we have told the stories of over 100 incredible local businesses and the work they are doing to better our community and the environment.

It’s always an honour to work with the amazing people behind the businesses in our network and to share their stories with our readers. Each year we are reminded that local businesses are an important part of creating the world that we all want to live in and that, as citizens and purchasers, we have immense power to choose who we support and thus contribute to a new economy.

This year’s Be Local Awards would not have been possible without the writing talents of Centaine Tyler, Jacqueline Louie, and Jean Roe, or the patience and keen eye of our amazing editor Trevor McConnell. For their tireless efforts, REAP is forever grateful.

This year we invited Calgary leaders in sport, media, the arts, food and fashion to pick their favourite stories for the week, which were highlighted in our e-newsletter. Our heartfelt thanks go to these judges for their time and contribution: Dave Kelly, Dean Stanton, Julie Van Rosendaal, Kate Hutchinson, Mark Tewksbury, Katrina Olson-Mottahed, Jeremy Klaszus, Tony Tighe, Tom Babin, Kenna Burima, Cassie Campbell-Pascall, and Angel Guerra.

As REAP continues to grow and we have more inspiration to share, we look forward to bringing you more connection, more meaning, and more opportunity to participate in what makes our place great.


There’s still time to vote in the 2016 Be Local Awards! Visit our directory and vote for your favourite businesses until October 31.
We’ve been entering voters that tag @reapcalgary on social media and use the hashtag #BeLocal after they vote into a weekly draw for local prizes. Tag us before October 31 (when voting closes) for a chance to win a pair of tickets to the members-only awards gala on November 16 at River Café.
Be sure to follow @reapcalgary on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram for more great content throughout the year.
Click here to read all about our community of socially and environmentally responsible businesses. There may be some great posts that you missed! 
Stay tuned for the official unveiling of this year’s Be Local Award winners – four public favourites and four leaders of progressive business practices - on November 16!

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Did you know?

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

Featured Event

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.