Monthly Archives: May 2017

You’re Invited: Accessible Housing’s AGM

When: Thursday, June 29, 2017 from 2 – 4 p.m. Where: Fort Calgary  (750 9 Avenue Southeast) Click here to RSVP! Please join us for Accessible Housing’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Thursday, June, 29. Come and mingle with our team, reflect on the last year and hear what’s on the horizon for the next year! Come and listen to a presentation about meaningful work by Ernest Barbaric, a digital marketer, educator, and speaker. Ernest will share stories from individuals who uncovered their way to fulfilling work. He will present his primary research, where he interviewed over 100 entrepreneurs, thought leaders, and people leading fulfilling lives. Ernest works with a selection of brands and entrepreneurs on projects ranging from startup launches and social media strategy to restructuring marketing teams and lead generation. Ernest’s work has been featured in HubSpot, Mashable, Forbes, USA Today, Social Media Today, and Canadian Business amongst others. More recently, Ernest gave a TEDx talk on Digital Addiction, launched a podcast conference, and is building a wilderness retreat for entrepreneurs. Please RSVP by June 16, 2017.

Calgary Marathon 2017

Thank you to our outstanding runners, walkers and rollers! On May 28, 2017, an incredible 22 runners, walkers and rollers participated in the Calgary Marathon in support of Accessible Housing! They did a great job as they participated in events from the 5k to the Full Marathon. They have raised $19,700 so far and we are incredibly thankful for their support! Accessible Housing’s Charity Challenge participants took part in the following Calgary Marathon events: 1 ran the Full Marathon, 2 participated in the Half Marathon, 11 participated in the 10K and 8 participated in the 5K! Still want to support Accessible Housing? Donations are accepted until June 26, 2017. Please help us reach our fundraising goal of $30,000! Click here to make a secure online donation. Your support helps us open more affordable and accessible homes for Calgarians with physical disabilities. Thank you! Click here to view photos from the day.

Team Blink Eyewear is running for a cause!

L to R: Corey, Dr. Samantha Lai and fellow participants supporting Accessible Housing in the Charity Challenge. The team at Blink Eyewear Optometry is raising funds for Accessible Housing as part of The Scotiabank Calgary Marathon Charity Challenge. Dr. Samantha Lai organized the in-office challenge as a way to give back to the community. She recruited a few of her Blink Eyewear team members Rose, Julie and Sarah, as well as her husband, Corey. Rose is running 5k, Samantha ,  Corey and Sarah are running 10km and Julie is running 21.1km in the Calgary Marathon on Sunday, May 28th. “It’s an important cause to us. We believe that everyone deserves a place to call home, and we are happy to raise money for Accessible Housing,” said Samantha. The team has a goal of raising $1,000 in support of Accessible Housing. Some of their fundraising initiatives include sharing their training efforts on social media and reaching out to friends and family. “Many of Accessible Housing’s clients have an acquired injury (such as a spinal cord injury) or congenital physical disability such as multiple sclerosis, in which they may also have limited vision. Through the support Accessible Housing offers, clients can live safely...Read More→

An Important Announcement from Accessible Housing

From Dave McElhanney, ICD.D. Chair, Board of Directors, Accessible Housing The Accessible Housing Board of Directors is pleased to announce Michelle Rhode as Executive Director of Accessible Housing effective May 15, 2017. Michelle will assume responsibility for all aspects of leadership at Accessible Housing and for the continued delivery of operational activities. Michelle brings a combined 13 years of experience in the not-for-profit and public service sectors, serving with housing organizations and community development groups. Michelle has excellent leadership, communication and relationship building skills and is passionate about our vision: that everyone deserves a home and belongs in community. She most recently served as the Director of Family Services and Volunteer Services with Habitat for Humanity, and prior to that she was Executive Director at Norfolk Housing Association and Marda Loop Business Revitalization Zone. Please join us in congratulating and welcoming Michelle to Accessible Housing. Sincerely, Dave McElhanney, ICD.D., Chair, Board of Directors, Accessible Housing