Our New Strategic Direction

in Community Matters, Our Results

In the Spring of 2017, you joined Momentum to help us envision the future. Together we shared dreams and hopes for Momentum through stories, drawings and action plans. From this process, we’ve created a new strategic vision for our work. We’re excited to present our new strategic vision that you...

Be Local Awards – Vote for Momentum!

in Business Development, Community Matters, Get Involved, Our Results


Hey friends, Momentum belongs to a non-profit association called REAP, which stands for Respect for the Earth and All People. REAP businesses like ours care about the community and the planet. Each year REAP’s Be Local Awards encourage Calgarians to vote for their favourite local businesses. Winners are recognized at...

Four Months

in Money Management, Our Results

Momentum's Financial Literacy Team (June 2017). Anna Jordan pictured back row, centre.

I am new to Momentum. A week ago Thursday marked my fourth month here. From my first day, it’s been a whirlwind of learning and growing and experiencing. In my research of Momentum prior to joining the team I learned a lot.  I read about housing programs and I read...

Recipes for Resilience

in Community Matters, Our Results

Momentum 11

Momentum celebrated a big anniversary in 2016. For 25 years now, we have been taking an economic approach to social issues, and adding a social perspective to local economic development. The pressures of our struggling economy brought out the best in us, and this year has been one of our...

Made from Scratch

in Business Development, Community Matters, Our Results

This is my favourite recipe right now! I make it twice a week!
- Marquesa Shore, Momentum Graduate

Marquesa Shore had always wanted to be a business owner but, until one casual drive through the mountains, she had no idea what that could mean. She had been earning good money in Fort McMurray, but lost her job during layoffs in 2014. When she later visited Banff, she was...

Cooking with Electricity

in Community Matters, Employment Skills, Our Results

This pizza is my all-time favourite food.
- Carmello Baffa, Momentum Graduate

A few years after high school, career testing at SAIT put the trades at the top of the list for Carmello Baffa. He was thrilled to be accepted into Momentum’s Electrician program. He says he’d always known there were places to go if he needed food, but he hadn’t known...

Enough for All Potluck

in Community Matters, Our Results

Watching my grandmother and mother prepare bannock
gave me confidence to make it for my own family.
- Pamela Beebe, VCC Indigenous Strategist

Some recipes are simple, like making toast. Some recipes are a bit more complicated, like making croissants. Others are inherently complex, like Enough for All, the city-wide, community-driven poverty reduction strategy guided by Vibrant Communities Calgary. Complex recipes do not follow a step-by-step process. In fact, Enough for All is...

Home Made

in Community Matters, Money Management, Our Results

This is a traditional Nigerian dish that I cook all the time. I love it!
- Sola Sierra, Momentum Graduate

When Sola Sierra, her husband, and their baby arrived in Canada in 2003, they had dreams but no plan. They came to get a western education, but without guidance about life here, they soon made a lot of mistakes. When her husband returned to Nigeria, Sola was left with lots...