Monday, June 23, 2014

The Edge brings a Calgary community closer together

What began eight years ago as a modest community initiative created by The City of Calgary’s Community & Neighbourhood Services (CNS), has acted as a catalyst for many other community programs in Edgemont.

The Edge, hosted by Westminster Presbyterian Church and Foothills Alliance Church, is a great example of how collaboration and cooperation can transform a community.

“It’s remarkable – the difference this program has made in the lives of the children, the volunteers and the entire community,” says Jennifer DiMarzo, CNS Community Social Worker. “The Edge got people talking to each other and realizing they had the same goal – for Edgemont to be a great community with happy, engaged children who are safe.”

Constable Roy Moe, community resource officer assigned to Edgemont, added when kids know people care about them they are less likely to get into trouble.

“It takes a village to raise a child and the ‘village’ of Edgemont is doing just that,” Moe said.

Volunteers for The Edge spend approximately 36 hours a month to support the weekly program, which receives funding through Family & Community Support Services (FCSS). Nutritional meals, physical activities and crafts are all part of the program where 20 to 25 kids, aged six to 12, also receive help with their homework and have opportunities to interact with adults.

“The Edge was the starting point for various groups in the community to come together,” says Elaine Scobie, President of the Edgemont Community Association. “It got us talking to each other – schools, agencies, faith organizations, businesses – and that wasn’t happening before.”

Spinoff benefits of The Edge include a networking group, a breakfast program, English as a Second Language programs, youth nights, and an annual community event called One World.

If you are interested in finding out more about this and other CNS community initiatives visit

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