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Ward 1 News: UCalgaryStrong Festival 2015

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April 15th will mark the first year since the Brentwood tragedy that saw the deaths of five young promising Calgarians. Many of those affected, such as family members, friends, and the police continue to struggle with many unanswered questions. However, this year also marks the first UCalgaryStrong Festival, an event that will provide students an alternative to Bermuda Shorts Day, an annual tradition at the University of Calgary that falls on the last day of classes.

On Wednesday, April 15th, please join me at 11:00 a.m. at the Jack Simpson Gymnasium at the University of Calgary to commemorate the five young lives lost one year ago. UCalgaryStrong is a program that aims to welcome students into the campus community, reduce loneliness, isolation and foster resiliency in the face of the stressors that are part of the post-secondary experience.

The UCalgaryStrong Festival is free to join. UCalgaryStrong festival activities include an artisan market, community care, contemplative labyrinth, zumba, yoga, geocatching and UCalgarycares BSD Day of Service. Click here for more on festival activities and scroll down the page to see the other events held by UCalgaryStrong.


Ward Sutherland



Strength Wall

The Strength Wall is a community art project developed for UCalgaryStrong. It is a dynamic art piece that provides the campus community an opportunity to unite, building a unified piece of work together, piece by piece. This community building exercise celebrates the strength and resiliency of our community.

Showcase how you demonstrate strength, resiliency and support for your community. How do you define your struggles, stresses or hard times? How do you embrace and celebrate your successes, your strengths and what makes you uniquely you? Who or what (people, places, outlets) supports you? Share and express your feelings in a creative way; whether it’s through a written word, drawing or painting. Share your ideas on the leaf provided, and help the Strength Wall grow.

Help the Strength Wall Grow
Date: April 13th & 14th, 2015
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Location: MacEwan Student Centre (Food Court)

Artisan Market
Location: Jack Simpson Gymnasium
Time: 11:00a.m. - 5:00p.m.

Discover beautiful arts and crafts from Calgary. Choose from natural yoga clothing, original art pieces, jewelry, flower bouquets and more.

Community Café
Location: Jack Simpson Gymnasium
Time: 11:00a.m. - 5:00p.m.
Community Café Stage Line-up

Want to take a break, sit down and enjoy some great performances? The Community Café will have performers throughout the day for you to sit, relax and enjoy.
Free donuts, coffee and muffins will be available at the Community Café.

11:00a.m.: Rebecca Dawn & Cameron Taylor
11:15a.m. - 11:30a.m.: Chelsey Dawn Hazelton
11:30a.m. - 11:40a.m.: Jessica McMann-Servier – Hoop dancer
11:40a.m. - 12:25p.m.: Lauren Mann
12:25p.m. - 12:55p.m.: Rotary Park
1:00p.m. - 1:40p.m.: STRING/World Music Ensemble
1:45p.m. - 2:00p.m.: Rebecca Dawn & Cameron Taylor
2:00p.m. - 2:50p.m.: Mitch Belot & Rob Lagace
2:50p.m. - 3:40p.m.: La Rougette & Sealegs
3:40p.m. - 4:10p.m.: The Sweets
4:10p.m. - 4:40p.m.: The War on Light
4:40p.m. - 5:10p.m.: DJs from CJSW
Schedule subject to change

Thanks to Zoltan Szoges for running sound and Bryan Goehringer (Young Life Canada) and Drew Gusztak ( for managing the stage.

Active Living
Location: Kinesiology building, KNB 070
Time: 12:00p.m. - 4:00p.m.

The faculty of Kinesiology will offer free active living classes throughout UCalgaryStrong Festival, so be sure to drop in!

Zumba: 12:00p.m. – 12:55p.m.
Yoga: 1:15p.m. – 2:30p.m.
Zumba: 3:00p.m. – 3:55p.m.

Outdoor Activities
Location: The Spire (Red Paperclip)
Time: 11:00a.m. - 5:00p.m.

Geocaching: 12:00p.m. - 2:00 p.m. & 2:00p.m. - 4:00p.m.
Drum Circle: 3:00p.m. - 5:00p.m. (near the Spire)

Food Trucks
Waffles and Chix
Shawarma in Motion (Halaal)
Ranch BBQ

Food Vendors within the Jack Simpson
FREE Good Earth Coffee: 11:00a.m. - 12:00p.m.
FREE Starbucks coffee: 12:00p.m. onwards (Iced and regular coffee)
FREE Jelly Modern Doughnuts: Available after entry

One-day Labyrinth - Relax, refresh and de-stress
Stop by the Auxiliary Gym in Kinesiology by Baron’s Court to relax, refresh, meditate and de-stress. There will be a Labyrinth available for walking meditation, mats for resting and low lighting. Everyone is welcome!

Time: 2:00p.m. - 4:00p.m.
Location: Auxiliary Gym in Kinesiology (By Baron’s Court)

Geocaching Adventure on Campus

Gather your team together or show up on your own with your smart phone in hand for a geocaching adventure. Starting at 2 pm, hopeful geocachers will converge, get debriefed and then set off to find several strategically hidden caches on campus. Teams are encouraged to show up in costume.

Teams have the afternoon to complete the geocache hunt and will meet back at the Jack Simpson Gymnasium at 4pm to celebrate! Prizes may be awarded for fastest team, best costume, etc.

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