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5 Ways To Ensure Our Kids Graduate

Lucy Miller | Posted 07.13.2014 | Canada Alberta
Lucy Miller

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.

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

Lucy Miller | Posted 09.24.2013 | Canada Alberta
Lucy Miller

I read recently that many people experience post-traumatic growth rather than post-traumatic stress after being impacted by traumatic events. I had heard of post-traumatic stress but post-traumatic growth was a new term to me. Apparently research has shown that this growth is not a result of the traumatic event itself, but the struggle of dealing with the realities of the trauma.

In Alberta, We're Ready and Eager to Tackle Child Poverty

Lucy Miller | Posted 04.15.2013 | Canada Alberta
Lucy Miller

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.

Calgary Has A Social Innovation Window Of Opportunity

Lucy Miller | Posted 03.19.2013 | Canada Alberta
Lucy Miller

Every society has windows of opportunity where it becomes possible to accelerate change ... Sometimes the opportunity comes about in response to negative circumstances, such as when so many women entered the workforce during the war. Other times it is in response to a unique need. Then there are times when a combination of circumstances just seems to create a fertile environment for innovation.

Diwali Gives Us An Opportunity To Celebrate Our Diversity

Lucy Miller | Posted 01.13.2013 | Canada Alberta
Lucy Miller

Diwali, also known as the "Festival of Lights," is a time-honoured Indian cultural festival. It is a tradition that conveys a universal message of hope and peace that transcends all borders and faiths. It is a wonderful opportunity to bring community together and to celebrate our diversity. It's one example of the many cultural celebrations available to Calgarians throughout the year and I am always thrilled when I participate, because I come away with such a feeling of pride and hope for our future.

Let's Lead the Way on Education and Poverty Eradication

Lucy Miller | Posted 12.17.2012 | Canada Alberta
Lucy Miller

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 a city does whatever it takes to maximize the educational opportunities for its children.

The Power of Dirty Oil Money

Theresa Wells | Posted 11.17.2012 | Canada Alberta
Theresa Wells

Many things are written and said about the oil sands, and one of the allegations frequently made is that the oil derived from the naturally occurring bitumen is "dirty", tainted with the stain of environmental destruction. While that debate rages on one rarely hears about what happens to some of the money generated by that so-called "dirty" oil. One may hear about corporate profits, and royalties, and high salaries - but one very rarely hears about philanthropy.