December – Councillor Druh Farrell’s Report

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Happy Holidays from Ward 7!

On October 23rd, a new City Council was sworn in to represent Calgarians. It is an honour to serve the residents of Ward 7, and I look forward to delivering on a shared vision for a more sustainable, progressive, and resilient Calgary.

On Election Day, Ward 7 boundaries changed. We say goodbye to departing communities and wish them the best of luck in Ward 4. Ward 7 welcomes Montgomery, University Heights, University District, University of Calgary, Tuxedo Park, and Winston Heights/Mountview. I am excited to work together to enrich all of our neighbourhoods.

It is also that time of year when we gather ‘round the kitchen table to spend time with friends and family. We reflect on good fortune and happy times, as well as look forward to an even better 2018.

Sadly, not all of our neighbours will be as fortunate this holiday season. Whether due to the recession, loneliness, poor health, or other challenges, many Calgarians could use a kind word and a helping hand. Here are just a few of the ways we can help:

  • Call 211 (ab.211.ca) to access social programs and services.
  • Make a donation to a non-profit. For information on charities and their finances, visit www.cra-arc.gc.ca/charitiesandgiving/.
  • Volunteer! From visiting seniors’ centres to reading to children, you can make a difference. Call 211 to connect to volunteer opportunities.
  • Start a conversation about poverty. To learn more about poverty in Calgary, visit www.enoughforall.ca.
  • Learn what it feels like to live in poverty at makethemonth.ca; Make the Month is a simulation that shows how Canadians living in poverty face choices that make or break their monthly budgets.
  • Watch for people in your neighbourhood who could use help shovelling snow and lend them a hand. You can recognize a neighbour’s good deeds at www.calgary.ca/snowangels.

From the Ward 7 family to yours, we hope all Calgarians can enjoy a happy and compassionate holiday season.

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