Month: June 2015

It’ll take a village: changing our approach to Child Development

In a recent UNICEF report ranking child well-being in the 29 richest countries in the world, Canada came in 17th place, far behind countries like The Netherlands, Sweden and Germany.  Not what we would expect from a country with a high standard of living, a healthy GDP and a seemingly forward thinking approach to social care. So what’s gone wrong? The report sparked a number of… Read more »

Bread: Rising to the challenge of Community Development

Next week, on Canada Day, the National Film Board of Canada (NFB) will unveil their latest interactive documentary: Bread, at the Sidewalk Citizen Bakery. This exciting, online arts project originated from a Carya Community Development program facilitated by Mariette Sluyter, and has been four years in the making.  We’re incredibly excited and proud to see it come to fruition. Roman Katsnelson, Managing Director of Community and… Read more »

Reading, Writing, Arithmetic and Resilience

The incidence of sexual assault among women attending university in Canada is estimated to be as great as 25%.  A recent research study by the New England Journal of Medicine found that first year students completing a 12-hour resistance program reduced the rate of rape by nearly 50%. Something to be celebrated? Certainly. But sexual assault isn’t just something that happens in adulthood. More than 10,000… Read more »

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day 2015

Statistically 9,000 older adults are affected by elder abuse in Calgary. That’s 9,000 parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, neighbors and friends.  Because elder abuse isn’t something that happens to other people, it happens to real people. People that we come into contact with every day; people that we live next to or provide services to, people that we consider acquaintances or share mutual friends with. June 15th… Read more »