Posts byNicole Chan

From a hopeless drug addict to a dopeless hope addict

A blog inspired by the Celebrate Life Recovery Worship Service at Central United Church

Every Sunday, the Celebrate Life Recovery Worship is held at Central United Church from 6:30 – 7:30 pm. The service is specifically designed to support individuals and families on the journey to recovery from addictions, regardless of where they are on their spiritual journey.

Creating Safe Havens: Camp fYrefly for LGBTQ+ Youth

From July 7-10 2016, youth from all over the country attended a 4 day residential retreat at Camp fYrefly in Cochrane. Camp fYrefly is an educational, social and personal learning retreat for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, genderqueer non-binary, two-spirit, queer, questioning, pansexual, asexual and allied (LGBTQ+) youth.

Hilary Mutch (she/her) is the Camp coordinator at Camp fYrefly. Since entering adulthood, she felt that the intersections of heteronormativity, sexism and patriarchy created unsafe spaces for her, a young, queer youth, and many she interacted with. Her experiences have shaped her viewpoints as a feminist, social justice advocate and inspired her to work with youth at Camp fYrefly. At Camp, Hilary seeks to empower youth and grant them the ability to change their own situations. She believes that even tiny acts of support, such as offering pickups and drop-offs for those that cannot access Cochrane, can make a huge difference for the person being helped.

Celebrating Syrian Identity

Dora DiLullo is the co-chair of the Prairie Rose Refugee Project, a strategic collaboration between the Prairie Sky Cohousing Cooperative and Wild Rose United Church. Prairie Rose aims to sponsor a Syrian refugee family and help them build a new home in Calgary.

The decision to coordinate such a huge project would intimidate some, but for Dora, the issue is one that is dear to her heart, rooting back to her early years in Canada.


“Be the change you wish to see in the world,”

– Mathatma Gandhi

With so much injustice and struggles within the world, it is often very difficult to imagine change in the world that we live in. The finalists of the Social Innovation Challenge however are doing exactly that – creating the change that they wish to see.