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A Century is Cause to Celebrate

Calgary's first Rotary Club has surpassed its centenary anniversary this year. To celebrate, members asked local author and historian Fred Stenson to write an account of the club's history.

The Price of War

An exhibition commemorating and reflecting on the centenary of the First World War has been bringing visitors from all over the province to one of Calgary's most beloved historical sites.

Homeless and Over the Hill

Calgary was the first city in Canada to embark on the ten-year goal to end homelessness. Seven years in, progress has been slow, says the Calgary Homeless Foundation.

Mercy Ships deliver healthcare services to developing countries

Seniors from all over the country are getting on board – literally – to help bring healthcare services to those without access to them in the developing world. Mercy Ships is an international, faith-based organisation that uses volunteers aboard hospital ships to deliver a variety of skills to 70 counties around the world. It was founded in 1978 and has been operating ever since.

Disabled Alberta artist creates hope and inspiration with holiday cards and gifts

When Katie Gerke was a child all she wanted to be when she grew up was a horse. That would have been impossible, yet the way life actually turned out has been next to impossible. Katie was born in Saskatchewan and moved to Drayton Valley with her family at an early age. When she was 15, the family moved to Calgary. Both parents were alcoholics; her mother died from cirrhosis of the liver when Katie was only 19 years old.

Calgary's Best Soup

Last week, I put a call out on Twitter asking people to name their favourite soup in the city, looking for a little help with my research. I expected a sprinkling of responses, but what I got was a deluge. It turns out us Calgarians are soup superfans, and opinions run strong and plentiful. Soup season has barely started and runs a long time so why not branch out and try some of the great suggestions put forward by the soup aficionados?

Dogs with Wings provide much needed guide service

An organization that provides assistance dogs to a variety of special needs sectors in Alberta is in desperate need of help with training their puppies. Dogs with Wings became a registered charity in 1996 and at first dealt with guide dogs only, later adding a service dog program, therapy dogs and eventually including autism service dogs for children.

A snapshot of caregiving today

More than two million Canadians aged 45 years and older provide care on a regular basis to a senior loved one with a chronic health condition. In most cases, family members and friends – known as informal caregivers - provide all of the help that the care receiver needs. Without their assistance, the care receiver might otherwise have to move to some type of residential care setting.

83 year old in 19th year of learning at U of C

Like most academics, John Verney believes in lifelong learning, and like almost all university students, he takes his studies seriously. But there is one significant difference between this man and most other dedicated scholars: Verney is 83 years old, and in his 19th year of continuous learning at the University of Calgary.

Alberta women craft local connections

Two Alberta women knit together almost immediately upon meeting and in more ways than one. Kalea Turner-Beckman was completing a Master's degree in Yarn and Feminist Activism. Anna Davidson is an Assistant Stage Manager with the Edmonton Opera.