ONWARD: Continuing Conversations

Join us on April 8 from 10 - 11:30 a.m.

A virtual event hosted by UCalgary Knowledge Engagement

"We are not all in the same boat. We are all in the same storm. Some are on super-yachts. Some have just the one oar." - Damian Barr

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to challenge our communities, how can we adapt to improve existing services and create new ones? How can we put new research and knowledge into action? How can we work together as we move forward?

Join UCalgary Knowledge Engagement at ONWARD to tackle these difficult questions, brainstorm ideas and learn from one another. Building on the momentum from Community Conversations in November 2020, ONWARD will offer a shared space to discuss overlapping community-campus needs, share learnings and explore opportunities to work together.

Event attendees will hear from a community speaker, participate in engaging breakout discussions and network with other event attendees.

Please note that this is a VIRTUAL event.

If you have any questions about this event, please contact the Knowledge Engagement team at knowledge.engagement@ucalgary.ca.

Event Program

Calgary Dollars: An Innovative Response to COVID-19

Drew Thomas, Digital Marketing Manager (Calgary Dollars Program), The Arusha Centre

As Calgary searches for ways to recover from COVID-19 impacts on the local economy, Calgary Dollars presents a unique method of stimulating local business, enabling participation in the digital economy, and supporting community initiatives through grassroots granting. Complementary Currencies are a tool for local economic and community development that has been recognized internationally. Calgary Dollars is unique in being one of the first digital complementary currencies which delivers combined social, economic and community development outcomes. 

About the Speaker

Drew Thomas (he/him) is the Digital Marketing Manager for the Arusha Centre’s Calgary Dollars program, and a local community arts administrator. Currently, Drew is working on storytelling the resilience that Calgary Dollars has enabled as one of the first digital complementary currencies to deliver combined social, economic and community development outcomes.

As a non-profit arts administrator, Drew is passionate about addressing the effects of Covid-19 on individuals, communities, and sectors hardest hit by the pandemic, and promoting lasting and equitable recovery.

Drew earned a BA in Communications Studies, a BA in Archaeology, and is currently pursuing a MA in Communications Studies at the University of Calgary.

Connect with other ONWARD attendees during an engaging networking break!

  • Innovative Service Delivery
    How have we had to adjust service offerings in 2020/2021? Discuss learnings, share ideas and explore opportunities for collaboration.
  • Partnering for a Better Tomorrow
    How do organizations seek out new knowledge, use and/or conduct research, and build successful university-community partnerships?
  • Expand Your Reach: Collaborate to Communicate
    How can we increase and improve communications among our organizations and in our communities? Dive into best practices, resources & more!

Registration is now closed as this event has passed. Thank you for your interest!