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On the SunnyCider life: giving new life to old fruit

It began six years ago as a hobby between friends, and now SunnyCider is the first craft cidery in Alberta.  “I think we just have to bring back local business,” says SunnyCider co-founder Dennis Scanland. “If you’re shopping local, you bring it back to core values and helping each other out at a human level.”  Scanland co-founded SunnyCider alongside “instrumental” friends Tim and Darlene Kitchen, […]

Worker-owned restaurant flips restaurant industry on its head

Jared Blustein never thought he’d open a restaurant, until one day he thought to open a restaurant where every single staff member was also an owner. Thus, The Allium, Calgary’s first worker coop restaurant was born.  The restaurant launched in mid-August of 2019 in the heart of Downtown Calgary, boasting a locally-sourced vegetarian menu including mushroom spaetlzle, buckwheat polenta, and spaghettini, with […]

WeAble sees potential in adults with special needs

WeAble — a day facility for adults with special needs — was created by a devoted father’s desire to give people like his daughter a chance to thrive.  Vahid Ghomashchi’s 20-year-old daughter, Sara, is non-verbal and has a developmental disability. When she finished high school, Ghomashchi and his wife – like many parents of adults with special needs — struggled to find a suitable day […]

Local Investing YYC looking for new investments

Riding the high from its successful capital raise of $520,000 in February, Local Investing YYC is looking for new Calgary businesses to invest in for 2020. “We’re looking to raise between $500,000 to $1,000,000 for two to four local businesses that we can help scale their social and environmental impact through new capital,” says Barb […]

Aspire Calgary creates change for Calgarians on low income

What do you get when you combine more than 25 organizations dedicated to eliminating poverty through financial empowerment? You get Aspire Calgary.  Aspire Calgary is a multi-sector collaborative founded in 2015 originally as the Financial Empowerment Collaborative by The United Way of Calgary and Area, the City of Calgary, Vibrant Communities Calgary, The Province of Alberta, Bow […]