Monthly Archives: November 2015

Investing Where I Work

The other day I went into my kitchen and got a glass of water. As I watched the cold, clean water flow from the tap, it struck me that I am reliant on many other people to make this amazing thing happen. From the reservoir to the utility company to the...

Making Calgary RAD

When Coleen was born, her parents didn’t think she’d live. Coleen coded immediately after her birth and didn’t take her first breath until 20 minutes after she was born. The oxygen deprivation resulted in cerebral palsy and seizures and she now requires...

Dinner for Doors Inspires Generosity

On Thursday November 12th we gathered with community-loving Calgarians for our second Dinner for Doors event. The evening was a huge success, raising $55,000 to help open doors...

An Amazing Day

So, the day has finally arrived, my turn to put some thoughts together for Accessible Housing’s monthly blog. How did it get here so fast? As a Director of Programs, I spend much of my day working with our program coordinators and funders, monitoring budgets and reporting on outcomes. Our funders are nearly as varied as our clients. Most work with us in a very collaborative way; acknowledging that they are struggling to get “it” right. They want to engage in the hard conversations with us, to actually hear our concerns, and to help make our jobs easier. You might be thinking “How does he get to do all the glory work in the organization?” and I must admit that I find myself asking the same question. I thought I would write my blog post about funders and programming, but then I had a remarkable day connecting with the talented people on the frontlines of homelessness in Calgary. It started off by sitting with a group of service providers convened by the Calgary Homeless Foundation that meets weekly to review individuals who desperately need access to the homeless serving sector. Hearing stories about the challenges these organizations face as they...Read More→