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Sector or Industry: 
Community Development
Organization Description: 

CommunityWise is a resource centre in downtown Calgary. Formerly named The Old Y (due to its location in the historical YWCA building) CommunityWise has rebranded to distinguish itself as a unique, community driven, collaborative space for multi-sector groups to pursue their individual activities in the context of community development and social change.

Located in the heart of Calgary’s Beltline, CommunityWise maintains a beautiful venue that provides offices, meeting rooms, activity spaces, and both indoor and outdoor common spaces for member organizations.

CommunityWise uses a community development model with an anti-oppressive framework. Everything we do is founded on our belief that together, we can make the world a better place.  Some of the work we do to facilitate collaboration and supportive networks include programs for our members and the public, like “What’s Next?,” a popular education and skill share series and “Burnout Prevention League,” a peer support initiative for non-profit workers.

United by the concept of “co-location” (together in the same space), we believe that when diverse, multi-sector groups co-exist in the same location, the result is more than the sum of its parts. The centre is democratically managed with a tenant board of directors, and a small staff collective.

Currently there are over 70 non-profit and grass-roots organizations using the centre for their offices, meetings, workshops and events. Most of these groups are small, volunteer-run initiatives providing peer-support or advocacy for marginalized communities or social issues.

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