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Genesis Wellness Centre Presentation

Genesis Wellness Centre Presentation



The Genesis Centre of Community Wellness is a community initiative, started in 1994 by residents of Martindale, Saddle Ridge and Taradale.

The Genesis Centre of Community Wellness is a community initiative, started in 1994 by residents of Martindale, Saddle Ridge and Taradale.



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  • Initiated by residentsThey had a dream and believed in itMore than 15 yearsBuilt partnershipsSame people are still there todaySupport from politicians achieved a feat – raised more than $125 millionWe came in at a later stateInteresting lessonsMany times we believe we can do it better – but look at the realitiesHas been an incredible learning to work in the NNE
  • Communities decidedthemselvers where the boundaries are – this was not our decisionOriginally the residents from 3 of the communities Martindale, Saddle Ridge and TaradaleWhen we talked to the commmunity – it was defined as the 6 areas – also talked about as the“3 ridges, 2 dales and a spring”
  • Uniqueness:Young and growing – continuous to be an area in developmentHere are some of the numbers – significance:Young families – young children – affordable housingDiverse population – 42% born outside of CanadaCountries are changing as a result of different immigrant flows3% aboriginal population – just above the average for Calgary
  • The DreamGold Lead – environmental standardsA place for everyoneHeart of the community
  • Food services – many possibilities for programmingImagine a ESL program with a swimming component
  • How do we get from theory to practiceEveryone’s reality includes funders, organizational issues and structured workResidents – mostly seen as clients – volunteersHow do we change that?Change comes both ways – from residents and from organizations
  • Residents – came together in the North of McKnight Residents CommitteeOrganizations - Colaborative
  • ResidentsFrom focus groups we learned that settling in this area often had a lot to do with the proximity of their faith group and availability of ethnic services / productsNot necessarily connected with each otherResidents had a lot of talents and issues – but not sure how to handle themLittle influence on the services and program offered in the community – most of the services downtown.Did not know each other in the neighbourhood
  • Four years working together with the communityTrust – realization that working together brings greater resultsConecting communities – learning about each otherInterfaith communitiesEthnic organizations working together – for example seniorsAs organizations – developd a vision, mission and became clear about goalsFestivals and events – to engage and celebrate –working together to organizeActive participants in the community
  • Example: Grameen Bank Minimum SpecsUse great examples from around the worldDeveloped together
  • Copy for those interestedResidents, youth groups, organizations etc.Engagement – call to action
  • Made the model our own – this is the Calgary premiere!Talk where it comes from
  • TORChair – or leadEnsure communication to the rest of teh community through Stewardship groupLongterm – short termEssential: Resident membership

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