March of Dimes’ L.I.F.E. Program is coming to Calgary

March of Dimes Canada’s Learning Independence for Future Empowerment (L.I.F.E.) Program is coming to Calgary October 16 – 27, 2017!

The L.I.F.E. program helps young adults with physical disabilities make the transition to greater independence by providing new skills and hands-on opportunities for growth and development.

Blair Berdusco Official Campaign Launch

Blair BerduscoWard 4 community residents are invited to join Blair Berdusco for the official campaign launch event in Confederation Park.

There will be family games such as Yardzee, Bocce, bean bag toss, light refreshments and more.

This is one of many opportunities for Ward 4 Calgarians to meet Blair and discuss the topics which are top of mind.

Ward 4 is a diverse and wonderful area of Calgary which has seen many changes and is preparing for many more. There is a lot at stake for us, an advocate on City Council is what we need, that advocate is Blair.

Dogs are welcome. Please be aware there may be a lot of activity and noise. Owners must be responsible for their dogs at all times.

Casino Volunteers Needed

Volunteers are needed for the Community Casino dates of August 31 and September 1 at Calgary Casino. Day or night shifts. Transportation and food provided.

Join your neighbours in the primary financing event for your community association. Lots of support. First timers need not be apprehensive.

Call Sonya at 403-852-0198 or email

Annual Stampede Breakfast Has Been Suspended for 2017

As announced at our Annual General Meeting a significant upgrade to our Community Hall kitchen facilities will be undertaken during the summer months. This construction project is being almost completely financed by City of Calgary and Provincial Grants and will result in our Hall having a commercial kitchen status to allow the development of new programs and community activities.


The Stampede Breakfast will return in July 2018.

14th Street & Northmount Drive NW Improvement Projects

The City of Calgary will be resurfacing 14th Street between 21st Ave and 64th Ave. Various lane closures will be occurring from May 29 until September 30, 2017. For more information, visit

In addition, the City is planning some major changes to the Northmount Drive and 14th Street area involving road upgrade, bicycle lanes and traffic patterns through the summer months. For more information go to and search Northmount Drive Improvement Project.

AGM Presentation 2017

Please see the Cambrian Heights Community Association 2017 Annual General Meeting presentation for an overview of the agenda highlights, year in review, special resolutions, current issues and CHCA moving forward in 2017.

Cambrian Heights Community Association
Annual General Meeting
Thursday, May 18 @ 7:30 PM
At the CHCA Community Hall

Download (PPS, 509KB)


Download (PDF, 291KB)

The Growing Connection – Garden Speaker Series

Exciting garden-themed talks presented by Janet Melrose, “Calgary’s Cottage Gardener”.

Jointly sponsored by the Silver Springs Edible Garden Group and The Botanical Gardens of Silver Springs.

Learn Skills to Create a More Balanced Family Environment

Nurturing relationships can change everything. This program is designed to help parents and children aged 7-13 years learn skills for a more nurturing way of life, with staff engaging with families in their homes and in community spaces identified by the family.

Parenting & Child Group

This 7-week group program will support parents and children ages 6-11 learn skills for a more nurturing way of life through interactive activities.

Mentoring: Friendly Support to Help Manage Hearing Loss

Hearing loss is one of the fastest growing chronic conditions facing Canadians and affects all age groups.  The 2013 Stats Canada numbers show 7% of people aged 19-39, 16% of people aged 40-59 and 47% of people aged 60-79 experience some form of hearing loss.  Hearing loss can be sudden or gradual and sometimes we may not know we are experiencing a hearing loss.  There are many causes ranging from excess noise, illness, aging, genetic factors and pharmaceuticals.

Some signs of hearing loss include:

  • Difficulty with conversations in noisy environments
  • Being able to hear people’s voices but not understand the words spoken
  • Needing the TV louder than the rest of your family
  • Trouble hearing from a distance or another room
  • Trouble understanding women’s and children’s voices
  • Experiencing dizziness, pain, ringing or buzzing in the ears – even if it goes away

If you are experiencing any or some of these symptoms, it is important to discuss this with your doctor to see if you need a hearing test.

On average, it can take up to 7 years for someone to acknowledge and act on hearing loss.  There are many factors which impact why a person may or may not acknowledge this be it lack of awareness, feelings of embarrassment, shame or denial.  The latest research suggests that the longer a hearing loss goes unmanaged the harder it is to learn to manage the change.

An important factor is the change that happens in our brains.  Brains are relatively ‘plastic’ and as our hearing decreases important brain functions don’t get exercised and we lose them.  Use or lose it.  The good news is we can retrain our brain.

Also, those with untreated hearing loss are more likely to report depression, anxiety and are less likely to participate in organized social activities.  However, hearing loss does not need to mean living less.  There are supports out there.

Mentoring programs are one type of support that can alleviate the social impact of hearing loss.  People with shared lived experiences are matched together and work on building skills and strategies to help manage day to day challenges.  This is commonly known as mentoring.  Programs like these have an impact as it has been shown that participants experience significant improvement of quality of life.  No one has to go it alone.

Peer-to-Hear at Deaf & Hear Alberta provides this support.  Our program matches adults dealing with hearing loss with someone who has walked a similar path and now wants to offer support.  Learning to manage hearing loss can be a challenging journey.  Sometimes all it takes is some friendly support from someone who understands and has had similar experiences.  Hearing loss does not need to be a barrier to fully participating in one’s community.

For more information about peer mentoring for those living with hearing loss, please contact Deaf & Hear Alberta 403-284-6200 or

Written by: Kylie Bradbury, Peer Mentoring Coordinator at Deaf & Hear Alberta