Per­pet­u­ate a vir­tu­ous cy­cle this sea­son

Liv­ing in a safe, healthy, con­nected place is vi­tal for cre­ativ­ity to flour­ish

Calgary Herald - - CITY+REGION - PATTI PON

At Cal­gary Arts De­vel­op­ment, the north star that guides us in our work is to cre­ate con­di­tions where Cal­gar­i­ans can live a cre­ative life. Our work with artists, arts or­ga­ni­za­tions and other cre­ative en­ter­prises con­trib­utes in mean­ing­ful ways whereby all Cal­gar­i­ans, not just some, can man­i­fest their cre­ativ­ity in ways that ben­e­fit them to the fullest.

We know, how­ever, that in or­der for these con­di­tions to be present and used op­ti­mally by Cal­gar­i­ans, they first have to feel safe, healthy and con­nected to the place where they live. It is or­ga­ni­za­tions like the ones sup­ported by the Cal­gary Her­ald Christ­mas Fund that can make this so.

Even in the most dif­fi­cult cir­cum­stances, Cal­gary al­ways seems to find a way to re­al­ize pos­si­bil­i­ties that we set for our­selves. And while it isn’t al­ways easy, we seem to have this great ca­pac­ity to fig­ure a way that is the Cal­gary Way.

As you peruse the list of char­i­ties sup­ported by this year’s Fund, know that your con­tri­bu­tions will sup­port the val­ues of in­clu­sion and be­long­ing fos­tered by these or­ga­ni­za­tions that make me proud to be a Cal­gar­ian:

One Size Fits One — Ev­ery client who ac­cesses the 12 re­cip­i­ent agen­cies’ pro­grams and ser­vices is seen for who they are and as­sisted with the care and at­ten­tion that all peo­ple de­serve — es­pe­cially con­sid­er­ing the fact that ours is one of the most liv­able cities in the world.

Noth­ing About Us With­out Us — Ev­ery per­son served is heard and sup­ported, and in­forms how the next per­son can be as­sisted and en­cour­aged in an even more mean­ing­ful way.

Per­pet­u­at­ing a Vir­tu­ous Cy­cle (not a vi­cious one) — Some­one ex­plained to me how a bi­cy­cle is an ex­am­ple of a vir­tu­ous cy­cle be­cause it gets you to your desti­na­tion; while a sta­tion­ary bike is an ex­am­ple of a vi­cious cy­cle be­cause it doesn’t get you any­where. The 12 char­i­ties ben­e­fit­ing from the 2018 Christ­mas Fund all have their own north star that shines the way for the good work they do to make a dif­fer­ence in the lives of Cal­gar­i­ans and ul­ti­mately leads us to cocre­at­ing a city that we all de­serve.

Dur­ing this par­tic­u­lar hol­i­day sea­son, when our world seems to be ex­posed to count­less ex­am­ples of how we are all di­vided, it is my hope that the Cal­gary Way will chal­lenge that di­vi­sive­ness and re­al­ize pos­si­bil­i­ties that join us to­gether. I en­cour­age you to give to the Cal­gary Her­ald Christ­mas Fund and make it pos­si­ble for the or­ga­ni­za­tions to help Cal­gar­i­ans live up to their fullest po­ten­tial. When we take care of each other, more peo­ple are able to live a cre­ative life — and that’s when great pos­si­bil­i­ties emerge. Patti Pon is pres­i­dent/ CEO of Cal­gary Arts De­vel­op­ment.

To donate, call 403-235-7481 or go to

To read other Christ­mas Fund sto­ries, go to cal­gary­her­ald.com/ christ­mas fund

GAVIN YOUNG

Cal­gary Arts De­vel­op­ment pres­i­dent and CEO Patti Pon says a safe and healthy com­mu­nity is nec­es­sary for the arts to flour­ish.

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