I’m sure that you’ve heard lots of folks list lots of things that they’re thankful for this weekend, but I just wanted to take a moment to note a few of the many things about Calgary that I am thankful for….
1) The fact that on Friday, I drove down to Stephen Ave. and bought some specialty cream puffs and a jar of Saskatoon Berry jam from outdoor booths. Amazing.
2) I can buy any book, see any movie, and eat just about any type of food I could desire. All within 30 minutes by car (without traffic!).
3) We’re the cultural capital of Canada. And PROUD OF IT!
4) Our mayor is a forward thinking, friendly, authentic induvidual who genuinely cares about the people who live in this city. All of them.
5) Our city has a wonderful sense of community. Although I have not lived here all that long, I feel like I know half the city. When I attend meetings or events, I see people I know. When I don’t see anyone I know, I still feel welcome at any venue.
6) Even though we’re a young city, we have an interesting history – even from before the birth of the city in 1875, we have had diverse people with varied backgrounds forming the foundations of the place we call home. We’ve been though booms and busts, and weathered many economic and environmental storms. We still have beautiful sandstone buildings, unique historical spaces like the Simmons Building – and yet not shortage of modern urban development. Perfect mix.
I could go on and on – but I’ll leave it at that and let you contemplate what you’re thankful for about our awesome city!
Happy Thanksgiving, Calgary!!