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October 25, 2016
This year, Thrive is emphasizing the award criteria on new practices (within the past 12 months). It’s based on the belief that a Community Economy Leader is actively taking on new ways of doing business to create positive change in the world.
“We want to acknowledge and demonstrate our gratitude for individuals and business leaders that are actively creating a thriving economy for all,” explains Barb Davies, Thrive’s Learning and Leadership Coordinator.
“This award recognizes people that are willing to be leaders, risk-takers and thinking outside the box in terms of what community impact is possible.” The Community Economy Leader Award is awarded to a REAP member that is actively practicing community economic development. They are rooted here and it shows in their daily practices investing in people and places, purchasing from fellow local businesses, providing valuable social benefit and supporting their community in general.
Thrive sees itself as an ‘upstream’ player, looking to shift Calgary’s economy so that it becomes resilient for all people -- by recognizing that ‘doing business’ and ‘doing good’ are one in the same, and investing in the people, places and businesses within the communities to create social change.
“REAP is a strong ally and partner in advancing our vision of a thriving, resilient and inclusive economy for all,” says Barb. “It’s through our partnership that we’re able to make an impact and grow the local economy from the ground up.”
“I think supporting the Be Local Awards is our opportunity to celebrate those champions in the community that are demonstrating what’s possible.”
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Stay tuned for the official unveiling of the 2016 Be Local Award winners on November 16th, including the winner of this year’s Community Economy Leader Award, as determined by Thrive.
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