The Calgary Journal
The Calgary Journal


The down-and-out get the chance to learn life and trade skills through woodwork

rhoadsAt 19, David Rhoads was living on the cold, bleak streets of Calgary.

Branded homeless, finding a job of any kind was extremely hard, he says. And when you can't afford the bus-fare to show up to your job or have no way to shower, any chance of working disappears all together, he adds.

Local care facility uses percussion to assist patients and family with healing and de-stressing

thumbLearning to cope with cancer can take many forms.

 Some journal about their feelings, others practice yoga. But for the next six weeks, residents at a local cancer support centre are exploring a new, yet ancient method: drumming.

The room at Wellspring Calgary is set up in a welcoming manner. A variety of percussion instruments — including frames drums, djembes and a bass drum — are placed before each chair.

Program stresses importance of being prepared

thumbnail copyEmpowerment is a word that echoes through the small gray classroom
 holding a free self-defence workshop for women, at the Women's Centre. Women from all walks of life gather in a tight circle, where they learn the basics about how to stay safe and defend themselves 
against an attacker in difficult situations.

 Soccer marathon looks to raise money for liver cancer

thumbnailAmidst the deluge of pink ribbons and badly grown moustaches is a Calgary man leading the charge down the pitch. His name is Mike Metcalfe, organizer of the 30 Hour Soccer Marathon — a charitable effort that looks to raise funds Nov. 4 for diagnostic equipment for Foothills Medical Centre.