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Lucy Miller

President & CEO, United Way of Calgary and Area

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.

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

As we go into December, I wanted to spend a little time stepping back and thinking about what happens in December and to encourage anyone who reads this to take this opportunity to be "present" in your giving. I will start with why I give.
12/11/2013 03:35 EST

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

I can't accept a world where girls have to worry about becoming a child bride, or being raped, or sold, or abused. I can't accept a world where girls aren't allowed to go to school, to become leaders in their community, to make choices and to be happy. Yet that is the world we live in.
10/10/2013 05:28 EDT

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

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.
07/26/2013 02:57 EDT

3,000 Kids Drop Out Of Calgary High Schools Each Year

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 world and, yet, Alberta has one of the lowest graduation rates in Canada, at 74 per cent. This is just unacceptable.
05/23/2013 03:45 EDT

Are you Missing out on Unknown Tax Savings?

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.
04/08/2013 06:33 EDT

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

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.
02/14/2013 06:28 EST

Calgary Has A Social Innovation Window Of Opportunity

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.
01/21/2013 03:15 EST

Diwali Gives Us An Opportunity To Celebrate Our Diversity

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.
11/13/2012 04:04 EST

Let's Lead the Way on Education and Poverty Eradication

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.
10/17/2012 02:50 EDT