Lucy Miller
Dr. Miller has been President and CEO of United Way of Calgary and Area since March 2,
2012. During this short time she has become known for her relational style and her
commitment to shared responsibility for the success of the city of Calgary. Lucy has been
actively engaging staff, community, and government in conversations about how we can
work together to move our city forward.

Lucy’s background is in education serving most recently as the Chief Superintendent for
the Calgary Catholic School District. She has worked as a teacher, principal, curriculum
consultant and superintendent in Nova Scotia, Ontario and Alberta and has served as part-
time professor at both Queen’s University and the University of Ottawa. No stranger to
multi-tasking, Dr. Miller is also the author of five books and numerous articles.

Entries by Lucy Miller

5 Ways To Ensure Our Kids Graduate

(0) Comments | Posted May 13, 2014 | 4:37 PM

Last week, the Alberta government announced school completion rates are on the rise province-wide. It's great news - and now we have an opportunity to build on this success.

In Calgary, we're ahead of the curve. School completion rates here are slightly higher than the province as a...

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This December, We Can all Give Dignity and Hope to Others

(0) Comments | Posted December 10, 2013 | 11:10 AM

There is lots of asking going on in December and lots of giving. It's easy to get caught up in the frenzy of it all. It can be overwhelming. It can be stressful.

As we go into December, I wanted to spend a little time stepping back and thinking...

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I Can't Accept A World Where Girls Aren't Empowered

(3) Comments | Posted October 10, 2013 | 2:52 PM

I was in Edmonton last weekend for the Alberta Economic Summit. A girl that I mentor came to my presentation. We went out to dinner afterwards, and I lost count of how many times that Rahel told me how happy she is.

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Could Calgary Experience Post-Traumatic Growth? Here's Why It's Possible

(1) Comments | Posted July 25, 2013 | 1:40 PM

A few days ago, I was walking around in Calgary and met a little girl named Emily who was selling her artwork at a small table in front of her house. She was about four years old, and for $0.25 you could purchase one of Emily's originals and receive a...

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How low Graduation Rates Affect All of Us

(1) Comments | Posted May 22, 2013 | 1:59 PM

Every year, 3,000 youth drop out of high schools in our city. When I share that statistic with people in our community, they often can't believe it. I see why.

We live in a prosperous city and province with one of the best education systems in the...

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Are you Missing out on Unknown Tax Savings?

(0) Comments | Posted April 4, 2013 | 1:41 PM

Could you be missing out on unknown savings?

It happens a lot. Every year, Canadians miss out on billions of dollars in tax credits and government benefits because they don't file their taxes, or don't understand what they are eligible for. A large number of...

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In Alberta, we're ready and eager to tackle child poverty

(0) Comments | Posted February 13, 2013 | 11:05 AM

To what extent might child poverty hamper our collective future?

This question is on my mind because earlier this month, the Conference Board of Canada put out a report card that gave Canada a very poor ranking on child poverty. With a "C"...

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Calgary Has A Social Innovation Window Of Opportunity

(0) Comments | Posted January 17, 2013 | 9:43 AM

Every society has windows of opportunity where it becomes possible to accelerate change.

These are windows when all the stars seem to align for innovation to occur. Sometimes the opportunity comes about in response to negative circumstances, such as when so many women entered the workforce during the war. Other...

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Diwali An Opportunity To Celebrate Our Diversity

(0) Comments | Posted November 13, 2012 | 2:20 PM

There are so many things that I love about Calgary but right now I am really thinking about the beauty of its diversity. Close to 25% of Calgary's population was born outside of Canada. This came to mind because I have been looking for a sari to wear to United...

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Let's Lead the Way on Education and Poverty Eradication

(1) Comments | Posted October 17, 2012 | 2:21 PM

Today, on the UN's International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, I am reminded of how education was the key to eradication of poverty in my own life. As the greatest city in the world, we in Calgary have such a wonderful opportunity to model what it looks like when...

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