Community Economy Leaders build a better Calgary

Cross-posted from REAP Calgary with our sincere thanks to Centaine Tyler

Thrive is proud to be presenting the award for Community Economy Leader as part of this year’s Be Local Awards.

The award sponsorship, and Thrive’s partnership with REAP generally, is part of Thrive’s mandate to contribute to an economy that “works better for more people”.

Thrive’s Learning & Leadership Coordinator, Barb Davies, shares that, “This award recognizes people that are willing to be leaders, risk-takers and thinking outside the box in terms of what community impact is possible.” The Community Economy Leader Award is awarded to a REAP member that is actively practicing community economic development. They are rooted here and it shows in their daily practices investing in people and places, purchasing from fellow local businesses, providing valuable social benefit and supporting their community in general.

This year’s nominees for the Community Economy Leader Award are as follows:

  • Bite Grocer and Eatery is the only grocery store in Inglewood and is proud to provide a supportive hub for the community. Bite regularly partners with organizations like The Alex Community Food Centre, Woods Homes, and the local Lantern Church to provide those in need with fresh and nutritious meals.
  • Healing Self is a hypnotherapy practice that specializes in treating trauma, PTSD, and addictions. In an effort to help as many people as possible afford treatment, Healing Self offers a “pay-what-you-can” model to ensure clients get the reliable support they need.
  • SPUD is a local grocery delivery service with a penchant for supporting local and sustainable brands. Among its partners like Brown Bagging for Calgary Kids and Inn From the Cold – for which SPUD manages quarterly donation drives for school supplies and warm coats – SPUD also partners with a pig and vegetable farm in Bow Valley. The crops and pigs are fed regularly with the organic waste left over from SPUD’s operations, and in return, SPUD is able to provide its customers with locally-sourced organic pork and produce from that farm for a mutually-beneficial, full-circle partnership.
  • True Buch Kombucha is a kombucha company that cares deeply about its community. This year in partnership with the Hillhurst Sunnyside Community Association (HSCA), True Buch has been donating its sales from the HSCA Market to the Fresh Food Basket Program, which helps fellow community members gain easy access to fresh, healthy food.
  • Vog App Developers is a tech firm that builds and designs apps for local companies, entrepreneurs, and startups. Vog works exclusively with local people – never outsourcing its services from outside of Calgary. Vog believes strongly in educating fellow entrepreneurs on the ins and outs of building apps and providing that support and awareness.
  • YYC Beeswax utilizes handmade beeswax home and beauty products to do good. From each lip balm, 25 cents are donated to Apiaries and Bees for Communities, and the company has started offering its lip balms as fundraising items for children to sell to help band and music programs in local schools.

“I think supporting the Be Local Awards is our opportunity to celebrate those champions in the community that are demonstrating what’s possible,” says Barb.


  1. Click the links above to vote for your favourite nominee before the window closes Sunday night!
  2. Follow Thrive on Facebook and Twitter for information about the creation of a stronger, more inclusive and localized economy in Calgary.
  3. Visit Thrive online and subscribe to their newsletter to discover, connect and engage in creating a stronger, more inclusive and localized economy in Calgary.
  4. Share your vote on social media for a chance to win a pair of tickets to the November 14 Be Local Awards ceremony at River Café, presented by First Calgary Financial! Tag @reapcalgary on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram and use the hashtag #BeLocalYYC.