Hey, Sunalta! Be a bridge builder, purchase a platform of opportunity ...
The Community Hubs Initiative is a three-way partnership between the United Way of Calgary, The City of Calgary, and the Rotary Clubs of Calgary, where 5 Community Hubs are being activated in priority locations across Calgary. Although each Hub is unique to the community it serves, they all share four key features ...
They are built around, "welcoming and inclusive gathering spaces"; they are about, "engaging residents in the design and activation", they "provide access to supports and resources"; and they are "platforms to spark community economic development". Amazing, yes?
Sunalta is proud to be a community Hub. When we come together as a community and have the right supports, services and opportunities, we can thrive and contribute socially, economically, physically and mentally. In Sunalta, the Hub Site is at the Sunalta Community Association Hall, where we have launched a Toy Lending Library, Community Activities, Programs, Skill-building Workshops, Annual Events, Two Community Gardens, and Food Security Initiatives and Opportunities.
Learn more about the Community Hubs Initiative here and below.
imagine SUNALTA: get involved
imagine SUNALTA: project update
Sunalta is a mixed income neighbourhood, with a median family household income of $50,140 where one in four individuals lives in poverty and one third of the residents live alone. With a 716% increase in operating dollars in under three years, we are busy impacting more lives daily than ever before. However, we are operating beyond capacity.
The neighbourhood needs more space to offer essential programming and to generate enough revenue to ensure services are accessible for all. As we rise to challenge status quo and harness our collective energy, our ultimate goal is to create a self-sustaining community association and to redefine the meaning of community.
Imagine Sunalta is a resident-led initiative that will remove social isolation, improve food security and create a community living room, where all are welcome to come together to find support, experience culture, share in conversation and enjoy being neighbourly.
This self-sustaining social enterprise 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 imagine SUNALTA PROJECT
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.
Here it is. Your opportunity to build a legacy ...
As we reimagine Sunalta, we are preserving the past and building for the future. This means, we are holding on to our historic hall, and building a bridge to connect our past to our future.
HELP US BUILD A BRIDGE. Residents and supporters now have the opportunity to become part of this legacy project. For $1,000 (of the sky) or $1,500 (of the earth) you will receive a customized donor recognition plank that will become part off our Community Hub. You'll also receive a tax receipt, and the satisfaction of knowing that you are contributing to sustainable development in Sunalta.
Here's the catch, we only have 100 planks – and we expect demand to exceed supply, so act soon.
Food Security. Inclusivity. Social Enterprise. Sustainability. Community.
Do our values align with yours?
Let’s have a coffee and talk about what we can do together.
HOW CAN YOU HELP?
2. Attend our events
3. Tell your friends about the project.
4 Get Involved
(there's always room for more people on our team!).
5. Book a Coffee with Jenn
Purchase online here or:
CONTACT: Jenn Balderston, ED
Phone 403 330 8594 | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
UPDATES FROM 2017
The Sunalta Community Association spent the past few years in conversation. Dreaming. Conceiving. Imagining possibility.
Through the support of Community Hub partners, Sunalta's dreams are now becoming realities. We are activating the spaces around the existing Sunalta Community Centre – eagerly engaging residents each step of the way to ensure our work truly reflects the needs and aspirations of neighbourhood residents.
Here’s what’s been completed, where we are going and how you can get involved (see below).
WHAT WE HEARD
In 2014 the Sunalta Community Association partnered with the Marc Boutin Architectural Collaborative Inc. (MBAC) to create a vision.
The residents of Sunalta identified a need for a year-round space for community. A place of economic vitality, creating opportunities for employment and training. An inclusive place for recreation and leisure, sports and events.
A place for residents and visitors to cultivate arts and culture, gather, share ideas and work. A place that values environmental sustainability.
WHAT WE’VE ACHIEVED
We prioritized steps, focusing on improving the site’s functionality.
We understood some of the top priorities to be: integrating garden opportunities, creating safe play areas and activating programming spaces.
We have buried the power lines; completed some landscaping and field remediation; completed a soccer pitch; built a community garden; hosted live music and outdoor movies and established a drop in program for kids and parents.
WHERE WE'RE GOING
The next phase includes space to host both public gatherings and small functions. At present this is envisioned as a café, kiosk or gathering space, where people might come together to enjoy a coffee, read the paper, or catch up with friends.
Somewhere for music, programming, food preparation or crafting. A field house for sports. Each developed with careful consideration for the environment, site circulation, traffic flow, sight lines and accessibility.