Living Standards | Poverty, Food, Early Childhood Development, Education And Learning
Community Connections | Neighbourhoods, Inclusion, Citizen Engagement, Children And Youth
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Wellness | Sports Recreation

Hillhurst-Sunnyside Community Association

We believe that given a strong sense of community through home, work and play, individuals can be more successful in their relationships and as members of society.

Our Story

Why We Exist

Alex first started coming to the program in May of this year, after hearing about it from a neighbour in their building. They and their child quickly became active members, not only participating in our activities and workshops, but also helping to lead them, sharing their experiences, and even helping with the food preparation. Alex regularly commented that the free food and childminding were appreciated, and that being at the program was much more enjoyable than sitting at home watching tv, which was what they would be doing otherwise. Over time Alex shared stories of how they and their child had begun integrating activities done at the program – for instance painting – into their home life.

During the summer Alex found a job and stopped being able to attend the program regularly. We were hearing about instances where Alex was keeping in touch with and even getting together with some of the other participants, which is when we knew that their attendance in the program had strengthened their social ties. This was solidified this fall when a health condition resulted in Alex being unable to leave the house. One of their fellow participants came to the community centre to seek food support and additional resources to assist Alex during this time – Alex had found someone they could call on in a time of need for support!

This story demonstrates why we do what we do. We offer programs that support community members in meeting each other, building connections and creating a network of support and resiliency throughout Hillhurst Sunnyside.

Our Impact

What We Do

The Hillhurst Sunnyside Community Association aims to preserve and enhance a healthy and vibrant quality of life for the residents of Hillhurst Sunnyside. HSCA is a non-profit that operates on the leading edge of community-serving organizations in Calgary. We champion programs and initiatives that strengthen the capacity of residents to have meaningful engagement with each other and the world around them.

HSCA offers programs in three key areas:

·        Community Programs and Recreation

·        Basic Needs Supports

·        Facility Rentals

Our Programs

How We Do It

Community Programs and Recreation:

We offer a number of programs that create opportunities for community members to come together and get to know each other. They are built on the belief that each community member has something to offer the community and that if HSCA creates a platform for sharing these gifts, the community will continue to be connected, resilient and vibrant. The primary goal of these programs is that community members will build and strengthen relationships, creating a network of support across Hillhurst Sunnyside. These programs include weekly drop-in groups where community members can come together to build and share skills, some examples are chair yoga, badminton, Neighbour Night and conversational ESL. We are also launching a new program that will connect neighbours one-on-one to support each other, this could take the form of shoveling someone’s walk, meeting with them for a weekly coffee, helping to tend their garden, or anything else that could bring two people together! Community members will also find weekly flea and farmers’ markets, community gardens and an outdoor seasonal pool.

Basic Needs Supports:

We believe that community members need their basic needs to be met in order for them to become active, engaged citizens. To provide this support to the community, we offer full-time daycare, before and after school care, Income Tax Clinics and a weekly food access program for people struggling to access fresh, nutritious food.

Facility Rentals:

As part of our revenue generation to allow us to maintain our facility and run community-driven programs, we rent our facility. From sports leagues to weddings, we have a number of spaces that we rent seven days a week.

Our Requests

What You Can Do

The best thing you can do is get involved in a way that’s meaningful to you! Whether you want to attend a program, volunteer or make an in-kind or cash donation, we want to hear from you.

Drop by, send email or give us a call and we’ll find a way to welcome you into our community!

Looking for a quick and easy way to get involved now?

  • Purchase a membership here
  • Make a donation here
  • Check out our latest volunteer opportunities here

Please contact Kate Stenson, Community Programs Manager at kate.s@hsca.ca or 403-283-0554 ext. 248

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Contact

Kate Stenson

Hillhurst-Sunnyside Community Association

403.283.0554

Charitable Number: 107482564RR0001

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