Why Does Community Matter?


Life moves fast when your nose is in your phone…when your boss schedules yet another dinner meeting…when your work uproots you to an entirely new city. It’s easy to feel detached in our society and to retreat behind a television screen rather than reach out to our neighbours. Despite all the gains of modern technology, we may have inadvertently engineered the tools for isolation and loneliness. This sense of detachment from others creates a breakdown in our communities that has very tangible consequences—namely increased violence, substance abuse, mental illness, and poverty.

Now more than ever, it’s crucial that we actively foster a sense of community within our city. Interacting with others who share our interests promotes camaraderie and offers us a secure support system to lean on in difficult times. This helps us build critical skills, self-confidence, and a sense of identity. In fact, participating in cultural activities is proven to help people and communities overcome poverty and social exclusion.

For the past 5 years, the GEOMEER Charitable Society has empowered students to both connect with families in their community and work towards eliminating poverty. Through campaigns such as Helping Hampers and Suit Up!, GEOMEER has demonstrated that youth have the power to be the leaders of today. Over 40,000 students from all over Alberta have actively led these initiatives, exposing them to the reality of poverty and building strong communities in the process.

Returning for its third year, the GEOMEER Charitable Chase is a family-oriented event that contributes to GEOMEER’s mission of strengthening the community. Run or walk, 10K or 5K, individuals or families—people of all ages and abilities are encouraged to take part. Come enjoy a day full of delicious food, Zumba lessons, balloon animals, bouncy castles, face painting, and more! Participants can register for the race at the following link: http://www.events.runningroom.com/site/?raceId=10365 We hope to see you at the starting line on Saturday, May 31, 2014, at Aspen Gardens Community League Hall.