Why We Exist
Elizabeth and her eight-year-old son had only been in Canada for two weeks when they stumbled upon our Food Skills Cooking Group. They were quiet and hesitant about joining us, but decided to stay for the lesson and the meal that we would cook together that day. After a few short weeks, they were the first to arrive, never missing a day and looking forward to seeing the new friends they had made. The boy quickly developed a bond with baby Maya – another regular – and their mothers began helping each other with carpooling and cooking dinner. Elizabeth and her son were both eager to try out the new skills they were learning at home, they even grew sprouts to share with the group. The group bonded over the chance to talk about their traditional foods from home as well as leaning more about ‘Canadian foods’. At the end of the program, Elizabeth and her son were excited about the confidence they had developed to cook and enjoy healthy food here in Canada. They continue to meet with their new friends from the group and are eager for the next session to start up.
The Food Skills Cooking Group is one of six Community Food Programs offered at the HSCA, information about them can be found here. In addition to the Community Food Program, the HSCA offers a wide range of programs and services aimed at meeting the diverse needs of community members.
OUR HISTORY | Hillhurst Sunnyside Community Association exists to provide services that enhance quality of life for residents in the Calgary neighbourhoods of Hillhurst and Sunnyside. A registered society since 1948, the HSCA’s roots go back to 1912. HSCA became a registered charity in 1980 and provides recreational, community-building and social services to our residents. As we prepare to celebrate our 65th year, the Community Association continues to foster a vibrant and collaborative environment that helps the Hillhurst-Sunnyside community to thrive, and remains committed to adapting to and serving our community’s diverse needs.