In Your Words, YYC is a regular CIA feature that allows awesome Calgarians to share their awesome views on our great city.
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I’m a big fan of Calgary, Calgarians, and the diverse and interesting communities we share here. In fact, there are few things that make me as proud as watching fellow Calgarians engaging in making our city better. I love to share, and so in my words here are three (awesome!) reasons to love and engage in Calgary.
1) We do well by being awesome
Calgary is the kind of place where you get ahead by doing a good job, and where hard work and performance are rewarded. Calgary is very much the city and community you make it, ripe with opportunity for doing awesome, being awesome, and seeing the outcomes associated with your efforts. All you have to do is do it.
2) We give generously
Calgary leads the country in strength of our non-profit sector, which is guided by the generosity of very high skill and high-level volunteers from across Calgary. Everyone from the CEOs of our major companies to the front line leaders in start-ups are getting involved by contributing their time, money, and voice to causes that matter to them. It is one of the things that makes Calgary a great (nay, awesome!) city. Haven’t started yet? There’s no time like today to join in.
3) We celebrate where we come from
The Calgary Stampede is a non-profit organization whose mission is to “preserve western heritage and values” – that is, to bring forward an annual celebration each year of where we come from, and it then reinvests funds back into our community all year long. I challenge you to check out a side of Stampede you’ve not experienced before, whether experiencing community at a pancake breakfast, learning about the history of Stampede at the Western Oasis, or checking out an agricultural exhibit or the rodeo. Knowing where we come from strengthens the foundation for where we are going.
Those are my three reasons to love and engage in Calgary. What are yours?
Rhiannon is a philanthropist, researcher, educator, adventurer, and big fan of Calgary. Engage with @Rhiannon on Twitter.