National Volunteer Week: Celebrating 365 Days of Community Contributions

  • Pete Brosens sews reusable masks for Horizon residents amidst COVID-19 pandemic.

It’s National Volunteer Week, but we see the spirit of volunteering at Horizon 365 days of the year. Thank you to all the volunteers in our community who give their time so generously to help bring warm, welcoming homes to all our residents. Here’s a few highlights from the past year:

Magnificent Mask Makers
With the global COVID-19 pandemic, we saw Calgarians come together by staying home and helping make masks for every Horizon household and all Horizon staff. These masks are vital for protecting vulnerable populations and preventing the spread of the virus. For your sewing, pinning, time and talents, thank you:

  • Arianne and Tyler Brady
  • Diane and Pete Brosens
  • Alia Cossette
  • Kamal Grewal
  • Che and Neal Greywall
  • Florence Haliburton
  • Laura MacCuish
  • Megan Nolen
  • Jamie North
  • Betti Stretch
  • Mask Makers YYC
  • Prospect Human Services

Navigating Change
In early 2020, Shannon Clarke, Advisor of Organizational Development at Pembina led Horizon staff through a workshop on navigating change. Little did we know we’d be experiencing a lot of big changes just a few months later. Her workshop set us up for success and we are so thankful for the time and knowledge she shared.

Seasons Gifting
Spreading holiday cheer is exactly what volunteers did by wrapping and distributing Gifts of Warmth to every Horizon household during the month of December. Locally sourced, artisan jams made for a tasty treat for residents. Thanks to:

  • Petrotranz
  • TD
  • Westcor

Holiday Heroes
Horizon’s annual Resident Winter Party was a huge success this year! Volunteers helped set-up and clean-up the event, served food, hosted games and manned activity stations that made the party so much fun. Special thanks to:

  • David Assaf
  • Drew Bird
  • Kamal Grewal
  • Neal Greywall
  • Nicole Long
  • Violet Punungwe
  • Hazel Robinson
  • Jenn Yick
  • Brownlee LLP
  • Krywolt Insurance
  • Petrotranz
  • RBC
  • All Horizon staff and their family members

Stellar Stampede BBQ
Yeehaw! With blue skies and smiling faces, community came together to put on an amazing Stampede experience for Horizon residents. An experience made memorable through the efforts and enthusiasm of volunteers who served up burgers and ice cream,  hosted summer games, and brought the spirit of Stampede hospitality to residents. Thank you to:

  • Attainable Homes
  • Bishop O’Byrne Housing Association
  • Calgary John Howard Society
  • Calgary Residential Rental Association
  • Coinamatic
  • Martin Flooring Ltd.
  • Momentum
  • Moxie’s
  • Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP
  • ProStar Cleaning and Restoration Inc.
  • RBC
  • Reggin Technical Services Ltd.
  • Stephenson Engineering
  • All Horizon staff and their family members

Lovely Little Libraries
The lovely folks from Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP volunteered their time to decorate Little Libraries. Thanks to the group’s creativity and book donation, Little Free Libraries popped up at every Horizon building. These libraries make each building’s common area feel more welcoming and like home.

Power Outage Party
During a scheduled power outage at Horizon View, David Assaf came out to mingle with residents and create a fun day despite having no lights. Thank you for bringing snacks and your positivity!

Clean-Up Crew
Horizon employees are caring and always ready to lend a hand. As part of an annual Staff Volunteer Day, Horizon employees got together to do fall clean-up at two of Horizon’s residences. Armed with leaf blowers, rakes and unlimited enthusiasm, we made raking leaves a blast! Thank you to Horizon employees for all that you do for our community and our residents.

Thank you to all our volunteers! We are looking forward to another great year!

Interested in volunteering with us? Send an email to makeadifference@horizonhousing.ab.ca to stay up to date on the latest volunteer opportunities.