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Cooking up community in the kitchen

Knox Presbyterian Church is looking to renovate their 30 year old kitchen and turn it into a hub of activity for the community. The new space will allow:

  • groups of residents to connect over food,
  • people from different backgrounds to share stories and swap recipes,
  • and aspiring entrepreneurs to access kitchen space to see if the catering company they have been dreaming of, can finally take off!

Are you looking to get involved in a local project that creates sustainable impact in Calgary?

If you’re an innovator, entrepreneur, problem-solver, disruptor and just all-round “outside-the-box” thinker, Knox is looking for you!  Knox is looking to turn their current kitchen into the following:

  • Commercial grade kitchen
  • Community hub for connection, belonging and inclusion
  • Business incubator for aspiring entrepreneurs
  • Financially sustainable income generator that addresses poverty in the local community

You will partner alongside Knox Presbyterian Church, an established community leader, and Thrive, Calgary’s main resource for social entrepreneurs, to start a social enterprise that strengthens the community.

An exploratory discussion is being held Monday, June 26, 2017 at 7pm.  Please RSVP to to join the dialogue and be part of the change that makes Calgary even better!


Philip Lozano, CED Coordinator with Thrive has been working with Mark, the Pastor for Knox Presbyterian Church, over the past year and a half to assist their journey to be more engaged in community, create a place of belonging and establish relationships based on reciprocity with their neighbours.

“Mark and Knox Presbyterian Church are incredibly progressive with their thinking,” shared Philip. Mark was drawn to alternative community engagement and organizing tools, such as asset mapping; a tool that Thrive utilizes in addressing poverty reduction using a community economic development approach. In identifying assets both internally in the church and the surrounding communities, the above social enterprise opportunity was identified. “I’m excited to work alongside Mark and other community leaders to bring this project to life.”