CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwired - Oct. 10, 2013) -

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
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.
Thursday, October 10

Photo/Video Opportunities:

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.

Participating Agencies


The Calgary Drop In and Rehab Centre

Calgary Urban Project Society (CUPS)

Jesus Loves You Society

Servants Anonymous Society

Wood's Homes

YWCA - Mary Dover House

YWCA - Community Based Supportive Housing

The Alex - Pathways to Housing

On-line auction begins at 2:00pm, October 10th, 2013 with Elevate Auctions - here is the link.

Contact Information:

Calgary Homeless Foundation
Louise Gallagher
587 434 9794

Calgary Action Committee on Housing and Homelessness
Sean French
403 803 8187