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Living Locally

Community Economy Leader Award celebrates possibility

October 25, 2016

Thrive is proud to be presenting the award for Community Economy Leader as part of this year’s Be Local Awards. The award sponsorship, and Thrive’s partnership with REAP generally, is part of the Thrive’s mandate to contribute to an economy that “works better for more people”.

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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Visit Thrive online and subscribe to their newsletter to discover, connect and engage in creating a stronger, more inclusive and localized economy in Calgary.
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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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.