|By Marketwired .||
|October 10, 2013 01:16 AM EDT||
CALGARY, ALBERTA -- (Marketwired) -- 10/10/13 --
WHAT Over 15 homeless serving sector agencies gather together to draw attention to the need for affordable housing in our city. The hour and a half event will showcase talent from the Youth Sector as well as provide an opportunity for participants to vote on their favourite planter box decorated by one of 9 different agencies participating in the first annual, Planting Seeds of Change hosted by The Alex. Participants will be invited to sign a giant, "Affordable Housing is the Key" card and be provided with Homelessness sucks because.... lollipops from members of the youth sector as well as information on how they can make a difference to ending homelessness in our city by supporting affordable housing initiatives. WHO Mayor Naheed Nenshi Dr. John Rook, President & CEO, CHF Kim O'Brien, Exec. Dir, Horizon Housing and CACHH Affordable Housing Working Group Chair Sue Fortune, Sue Fortune, Director The Alex Pathways to Housing Walter Twiddy, CEO, Neighbourlink and CACHH Chair Guest Judges -- Planting Seeds of Change Gord Gillies - Anchor, Global TV Kent Hehr - MLA, Calgary Buffalo Alvin Law - Motivational speaker and author Ken Lima-Coelho - YMCA Community Builder, Heebee-jeebee Jari Love - Local fitness guru and founder of Get-Ripped Bob Steele - Afternoon show host XL-103 WHERE/WHEN Olympic Plaza, 228 8 Ave SE, Calgary 11:30am - 1pm (Mayor Naheed Nenshi to speak at 11:35 - 11:45 am) ABOUT Face it Calgary is an initiative by over 30 homeless serving agencies in Calgary, all working together to change the face of homelessness in our city. AGENDA Thursday, October 10
11:15 - 11:25 Launch of Planting Seeds of Change - Dr. John Rook, President & CEO, CHF
11:35 - 11:45 Mayor Naheed Nenshi Proclaims Homeless Awareness Week
12:00 - 12:30 Judging of the Alex's Planting the Seeds of Change planter box contest Beautiful and expressive artwork by people who have experience providing the hope and support needed to beat homelessness
11:30 - 1:00 Homelessness Sucks! Calgary's Youth who have experienced homelessness tell it like it is with individual messages attached to suckers (lollipops)
Homelessness sucks because... You don't have a home or food It's hard to save $ You don't got family around It can be really cold You can't trust anybody People assume we're not working hard enough to get a home It's a dog eat dog world when you're homeless and you age fast
12:15 - 12:30 Speakers
-- Kim O'Brien Exec. Dir. of Horizon Housing & Chair of CACHH Affordable Housing Working Group -Importance of Affordable Housing - what we can all do -- Sue Fortune, Director, The Alex & Housing Advocate - Challenge to locate Housing yet difference in people's lives when they get housing. -- Walter Twiddy CEO of Neighbourlink and CACHH Chair - Importance of collaboration working together and ending homelessness in Calgary. It's all about that one individual that we help.
Planting the Seeds of Change:
It began with a client vision - a vision to create something that would grow, provide and bring hope to their neighbours. It came through an understanding that sometimes awareness blooms through the simplest of gifts - the gift of planting and nurturing a life. That's the moment a group of formerly homeless men and women from The Alex Pathways to Housing program formed a group and decided to build special planter boxes that would grow and blossom change throughout Calgary.
With the planters completed the task of moving them into the community and sharing their beauty and message of hope became paramount - so the group went back to brainstorming and decided to share their creation with partner organizations as an expression of healing and a beacon of change.
Nine organizations were invited to decorate a planter using their creativity and vision to create a unique piece of art worthy of display throughout the city. Within hours all nine planters were spoken for and the wheels of creativity and collaboration began turning. The result is ...
Planting the Seeds of Change Art Display and Charitable Auction.
On-line auction begins at 2:00pm, October 10th, 2013 with Elevate Auctions - here is the link.