Profile: Calgary Foundation Student Council Member, Natalie G.

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My name is Natalie G. and I am humbled and honoured to be on the Calgary Foundations Student Council. 

The Calgary Foundation works to build a strong and sustainable charitable sector that serves the current and emerging needs of the community for the long-term benefit of Calgary and the surrounding area. 

Each year since 2007, the Calgary Foundation has published Calgary’s Vital Signs.  This is a report that features expert research combined with the results of a citizen survey where Calgarians weigh in on areas critical to the quality of life. 

Some of the vital signs included:

  • Senior Citizens
  • Poverty
  • Mental Health 

As a member of the student council, our goal was to identify a topic for further exploration.  There were many interesting observations and great ideas for further discussion. Many of the ideas intersected. However, as we came to a close in our discussion, we generated our focus topic for the year: Poverty in Calgary and Area.  Some of our next steps include:

  • Generate questions regarding poverty
  • Reaching out to charities
  • Volunteer work 

I am proud to say that I am representing Connect Charter School. This is an incredible opportunity. I cannot wait to see the year progress for the Calgary Foundation and see the amazing accomplishments of the Student Council.