2013 – The Centre for Autism Services Alberta
In 2013 Knifewear Calgary will be helping to support The Centre for Autism Services Alberta. Half of all the proceeds earned from knife sharpening this year will be donated to this cause.
The Centre for Autism Services Alberta is a non-profit registered charity that provides individualized specialized services to people with autism. The Centre provides family centered services and our efforts are designed to help people with autism achieve their full potential. Appreciating how important it is to be included in the community, the Centre offers a range of recreational activities, such as yoga, skating, art, taekwondo and summer camp. Through our recreational programs, children and youth attend various venues within the community and gain exposure to new environments and activities while being supported by highly trained staff members.
It is estimated that 1 in 88 individuals will be diagnosed with autism. This developmental disorder impacts people’s communication and socialization abilities and may be accompanied by rigid, repetitive interests and behaviours. Its cause and a cure continue to elude researchers. However, with intervention individuals with autism can learn and grow.
For more information on the Centre and its services, please visit their website at www.centreforautism.ab.ca
You can also visit them on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Centre-for-Autism-Services-Alberta/169760443637
2012 – The Servants Anonymous Society of Calgary [SAS]
In 2012 Knifewear Calgary supported Servants Anonymous. The OFFICIAL Total is in, during 2012, Knifewear donated a grand total of $25,914.34 to the Servants Anonymous Society, 1/2 of all sharpening proceeds!
Servants Anonymous Society of Calgary [SAS], an Inglewood-based charity, is a non-profit agency formed in 1989 to address the issues of women involved in, or at risk of involvement in, the sex trade. The women helped by SAS have also experienced other related issues, including homelessness, poverty, substance addictions, and violence against women. SAS provides opportunities for women to reintegrate back into society by transitioning into a healthy lifestyle.
2011 – Japanese Tsunami/Earthquake Relief Fund
In 2011 – Knifewear donated 1/2 of all the money we made from knife sharpening to the Canadian Red Cross Japanese natural disaster relief fund.
The official total is in, and as of December 31st, 2011 – Knifewear donated a grand total of $19,316.36 to help the Red Cross efforts in Japan!
Thanks to all of our customers that brought their knives in to be sharpened.
See a Japan update from the Canadian Red Cross here
2013 – Growing Chefs
In 2013 Knifewear Kelowna is helping to support Growing Chefs – Chefs for children’s Urban Agriculture! Growing Chefs is a non-profit society, based in Vancouver, B.C. with two main goals:
Growing Chefs! gets kids excited about good, healthy food. In their Classroom Gardening Program, chef volunteers are paired with elementary school classrooms (grades 1-3) to give students hands-on experience growing and cooking their own food.
For more information about Growing Chefs in Kelowna, please visit their website at http://growingchefsbc.wordpress.com/
Visit the main Growing Chefs Website: http://growingchefs.ca/home
Or Read this great article about Growing Chefs from the Okanagan Young Professionals Collective Website
2013 – FarmWorks
FarmWorks is a social enterprise at Operation Come Home (OCH), offering youth between the ages of 16-30 a safe space to develop skills while learning about food, farming, and agriculture.
OCH received a grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation for a 2-year period to establish their newest social enterprise in collaboration with Just Food. They provide meaningful, paid learning opportunities to youth (16-29 years) through workshops and experiential learning on a local farm located in Blackburn Hamlet.
Their near-certified organic produce is grown locally on a small scale, harvested and sold through CSA (community supported agriculture) member shares over an 18-week period, from mid-June to mid-October.
Their goal is to provide a broad range of skills and experiences to youth to ensure future employment options in horticulture, agriculture, hospitality, or to facilitate returning to school in a related field, while developing personal and professional skills through their FarmWorks experience.
Knifewear Ottawa is excited to be working with this great organization by not only donating 50% of sharpening proceeds but also connecting participants with food industry leaders. Knifewear Ottawa is helping to raise money for a green house so their program can continue year round.