How to Prevent Holiday Blues

HolidayCheerAmbassadorWe’ve all heard that the holiday season and winter in general can be a difficult time for many.  With 1/4 Canadians dealing with mental health issues we must not wait to react but rather we need opportunities to be preventative in our approach.  This season we are launching the hashtag #HolidayCheerAmbassador to help you share your stories of those who inspire you and help you to have hope during the holiday season.

Use the hashtag #HolidayCheerAmbassador and help us share stories, pictures and videos that can inspire us, demonstrate innovative solutions or simply remind us of the beauty that is all around us. We will check out all the stories you share and will feature our favourites right here on Worldviews Project!  Help us combat holiday blues by sharing stories that help us all to refocus on the positive!

Need some inspiration? Check out the stories we’ve shared on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram!

 

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As a Junior High teacher, I wanted my students to be informed and engaged citizens. Listening to the news often left them feeling overwhelmed, depressed and stuck with no idea as to how they could make a difference. Determined to motivate my students to get involved in creating positive change and to show them a different perspective on the world; I packed my bags and went travelling. Continue reading

Do We Need More Positive News?

AM 770In case you missed Kate’s interview with Angela Kokott host of AM 770’s “Calgary Today” have a listen below. It was such a pleasure to be able to share about our desire to be a source for positive news! If you have a positive news story you would love to share that features an innovative idea please drop us a line! We always welcome new story ideas and love featuring them on our site!  Continue reading

Refugees: Positive News

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There has been a lot of news about the refugee crisis over the last year both in Europe and  here in Canada. We have seen terrible images of babies washed up onto beaches and been impacted by the surge of terror that seems at times insurmountable. However, there are also stories of amazing generosity, innovation and inspiration amid all of chaos that need to be shared. Continue reading

Paris: Stories of Courage & Humanity

Screen Shot 2015-11-19 at 11.22.04 AMIn the wake of the tragedy in Paris there have been many stories that insight fear and hate.  Over the past week my goal has been to share a different perspective. I asked others to help me cast a light on people who showed courage and demonstrated the best that we as humans have to offer. The good news is that the stories have abounded. Often times people ask me if sharing positive news means ignoring the negative and I believe these stories show that it is possible to be informed yet to shift the perspective towards the hopeful.

Here are some of the stories we have uncovered this week: Continue reading

Calgary International Film Fest Picks

I am very excited about this year’s Calgary International Film Fest.  It marks the long anticipated premiere of my friend Chris Hsiung’s film “Elder in the Making.”  This film promises to bring a new dialogue around bridging cultural gaps and discovering our own roots.  Check it out on Saturday Sept. 26 at 4:15 at the Globe Uptown Theatre.   Continue reading

Fashion Failure to Fashion Fame – Designing for People with Disabilities

The Problem:

All too often people facing mobility challenges or physical disabilities have few options when it comes to fashion.  In the past this population was brushed off as a niche market by the fashion industry and seen as impossible to mass produce successfully.  However, the fashion industry is beginning to realize that all of us face mobility issues or health concerns sooner or later.  How can we create better design and better technologies to allow us all to remain active, look good and have dignity in the choices we can make around what we wear?

Solution 1: Revolutionizing Prohibitive Styles

Stephanie Thomas knows from personal experience what it is like to live with a non-severe disability.  She has lived with missing digits on her right hand and foot which meant finding fashions that didn’t require buttons.  For the last 20 years she’s followed clothing trends for people with disabilities and came to the realization that “pet’s continue to have more clothing options than people with disabilities, especially those with seated body types.” Continue reading

Skeptical about stampede? Five reasons Calgarians can be proud of Stampede

K Stampede 2Okay so I’ll admit it, I haven’t always loved the Stampede.  It’s easy to point to the drunken idiots, the ridiculous amount of hay bales everywhere and old school ways of thinking that seem destined never to change when describing the ten days of Stampede. But over my time living in Calgary I have begun to appreciate the changes I have seen the Stampede make and the positive stories I have found. It’s important to remember for all those eager to dismiss the Stampede that as a non-profit organization it generates nearly a quarter of Alberta’s tourism economy, $345 million last year. The Stampede Foundation also invests $2.7 million annually into youth programs including the Young Canadians School of Performing Arts, the Calgary Stampede Showband and the Stampede School which increases agricultural awareness. But beyond those economic points, here’s five reasons we can be proud of Stampede 2015.  Continue reading