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Happy Holidays and here’s to new beginnings

Farewell but not goodbye from the REAP team

December 20, 2019 by Centaine Hlushak on Calgary Dollars, Momentum, Thrive

As 2019 draws to a close, we find ourselves reflecting on the journey so far.

When REAP launched in 2008 there wasn't a mainstream conversation happening in Calgary around local, sustainable business let alone a vibrant community of practice. Today there are hundreds of like-minded businesses in our city proving that you can make a profit while creating benefits for your community and planet.

Collectively over the past four years, REAP members have diverted 51,388 tonnes of waste from Calgary landfills, donated almost $32 million to local charities, volunteered 142,337 hours, and offset 219,143 tonnes of CO2 from the atmosphere. Together we have achieved serious impact. Thank you to REAP's Founder & Board Chair Stephanie Jackman for her guidance and innovation over the past 12 years, and to Admin & Events Coordinator Fiona Simpson-Kane for her steadfast support and throwing dozens of incredible events over the past five years.

We need to keep growing the movement toward better business and local prosperity. That is why REAP and Thrive will be merging in January to become one big, beautiful, high-impact community under the Be Local name and launching a customer loyalty app, powered by Calgary Dollars. Community Leader Centaine Hlushak will continue her role with the network.

We are excited to enter this new chapter of the Be Local story with you all under Momentum’s stewardship in 2020 and beyond. REAP’s offices will close permanently as of December 31, 2019, to make way for the merger and rebranding process. Thank you for being part of our story, and we wish you the happiest of holidays!


  1. Curious about the merger? Join us at the free Be Local & Thrive Open House on Jan 30 from 4-6 p.m. at Momentum!
  2. Watch this video produced by Open Your Eyes Media and GOOD Company Graphic Design to connect with some of our members over the impact of being local.
  3. Continue to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to stay connected over the transition.