Formerly a traditional Community Association, the new Sunalta is a resident-led initiative that removes social isolation, improves food security and creates a community living room, where all Calgarians are welcome to come together to find support, experience culture, share in conversation and enjoy being neighbourly.
Over the years we have been instrumental in driving social change and building a stronger, more vibrant community by offering diverse and responsive programs and services. We consider ourselves a vehicle for social change, with a focus on innovation, inclusion, sustainability and advocacy.
We are creating a self-sustaining social enterprise that includes the construction of a modern and flexible facility that will house a commercial kitchen, coffee kiosk, multi-use rooms for programming and a newly renovated heritage hall. Site improvements will include a new playground, expanded community gardens and hardscaping, that will serve as a basketball court as well as an overflow parking lot.
The social enterprise we imagine will maximize both profits and social impact. Funds generated from the rental of the commercial kitchen and the coffee kiosk will go directly back into the community to supplement programs. This public building will allow programming to be delivered to the diverse populations of Sunalta, resulting in a stronger, more connected community. This project will lead the way in a new era of sustainable Community Centres, generating an economic impact of ~$47million for the local economy, creating jobs and providing a number of social benefits which will contribute to a stronger, more vibrant inner-city. This innovative model will be an example for other community associations in the city to follow. After years of engagement studies we are well on our way to bringing “Imagine Sunalta” to life. You can read all about this exciting project here.
Community. Inclusivity. Social Enterprise. Sustainability. Food Security.
Do our values align with yours?
Contact us today and let's build community together!
A few of our current passions include:
Hosting special events like the Sunalta Pancake Breakfast, Neighbour Day, Movie in the Park, Kids Winter Festival, and so much more!
Offering free programs to the community, like the Toy Lending Library, Game Night, Yoga, Kirtan Lounge, Martial Arts classes, and Smudge and Pipe Ceremonies. Visit our Facebook page for upcoming events - we look forward to seeing you there!
Working with the City to address traffic and development issues
Our historic hall plays host to a number of dance groups, special events, summer camps and more. It is also available for private rental.
Find out more about the facility, spaces, schedules, fees and the booking process.