Canadian Giving Tuesday (#GivingTuesdayCa) is almost here …Your help would be wonderful!!!

Since the first Giving Tuesday in Calgary (#GivingTuesdayYYC) in 2013, many wonderful friends like you have helped be part of the recovery solution, got more people talking about how recovery is possible and contributed funds to make that recovery possible for those who couldn’t afford a meal, let alone a day of recovery.


You might be interested to know that this year there are many more opportunities for you to be involved with Fresh Start to continue to be an important part of the recovery movement, including coming down and being with us at the kickoff of Giving Tuesday in Calgary (#GivingTuesdayYYC) this year.

#1 YOUR TWEET MEANS CASH FOR RECOVERY ($100,000 available)

YOU have been an important partner in Fresh Start’s success, making it possible for people affected by addiction to get the help they need but can’t necessarily afford and you have helped on Giving Tuesday.

On November 27th Benevity will pay $10 for every Retweet that mentions @FreshStartRC as follows:

On November 27th visit @Benevity on Twitter and find the #BeTheGood video pinned to Benevity’s Twitter Timeline

Retweet the Video – select “retweet with comment” and mention @FreshStartRC in your comment

For every retweet mentioning @FreshStartRC, Fresh Start receives $10

#2 GlobalGiving has $150,000 in funding to match your donation

YOU may have donated to Fresh Start’s “Your gift delivers #GratefulRecovery to 18 Men” project that earned SuperStar status earlier this year. Funds are denominated in either $US or British Pounds (‎£). For Canadian donors, Fresh Start converts to Canadian and sends you a tax receipt. For your friends and relatives in the US and UK, they get a tax receipt directly from GlobalGiving.

Go to “Your gift delivers #GratefulRecovery to 18 Men” between Nov. 26, 2018, at 22:00:00 (10:00 PM) MT and end at 21:59:59 (9:59 PM) MT on Nov. 27, 2018.

Make a one-time donation from $25US to $2,500US per unique donor or a new recurring/monthly donation from $20US/month to $200US and it will count towards earning a portion of the $150,000 Incentive Fund

Share the good news with your friends and family in the United States and the United Kingdom and encourage them to share in the success of Fresh Start, leverage their contribution and get a tax receipt.

#3 Support Fresh Start on the Giving Tuesday site

Go to the GivingTuesdayCa site set up for Fresh Start and make your donation

Receive your tax receipt immediately

Have your donation count for the total GivingTuesdayYYC numbers to show how great Calgary is

Share your enthusiasm with others using the Hashtags #GivingTuesdayCa (Canada) and #GivingTuesdayYYC (Calgary) and @FreshStartRC on Twitter, @FreshStartRecovery on Facebook and Instagram

#4 Share your story of how Fresh Start has helped you

Take a short video (45 seconds or less) or a photograph with a “sign” saying why you are grateful to Fresh Start and how we have helped you. Please use tags #GratefulRecovery, #Unselfie (for photograph with sign) or #MyGivingStory (video) and #GivingTuesdayCa #GivingTuesdayYYC #MyGivingStory and @FreshStartRC (Twitter) @FreshStartRecovery on Facebook and a link to our donation page and share

#5  Join us at Fresh Start on #GivingTuesdayYYC and be part of the Community Kickoff of #GivingTuesdayCa

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1.Register for FREE on Eventbrite 

2.Come join us at 7:30 am (Parking in the Centre Street Church Campus 3900 2 St NE parking lot and take the shuttle to Fresh Start)

Shuttles Run from 7:15 – 9:45 am

Doors Open at Fresh Start at 7:30 am

Speakers/Program starts at 8:00 am (see schedule below) Event Ends 9:30 am

3.Enjoy a hot Gluten/Dairy/Egg Free breakfast featuring a signature Steel Cut Oat based Porridge from Eleven-Eleven Recovery Café (Fresh Start’s Social Enterprise)

4.Come and experience the excitement and energy of #GivingTuesdayYYC. You’ll have the chance to win special prizes including branded toques, one of 100 CanadaHelps Charity Gift Cards, take #Unselfies and #MyGivingStory pictures to share on Twitter and Instagram, meet with and hear (or read sign) community members representing different charities, schools, businesses, politicians and experience how the Calgary Community is celebrating and kicking off #GivingTuesdayYYC with insight from community leaders like:

GivingTuesdayYYC Co-Chair Wayne Steer, Past President – AFP Calgary & Area Chapter and Fresh Start Recovery Centre – Master of Ceremonies (Co-Chair -Derek Fraser, Past President – AFP Calgary & Area Chapter and Osborne Group)

Blessing by Casey Eaglespeaker (also known by his traditional name “Sorrel Horse” by his people within the Blackfoot Confederation) member of the Blood Tribe in Southern Alberta and Aboriginal Resource Coordinator/Traditional Counsellor at Hull Services

Calgary Foundation – Janice Francey, Co-Director, Communications, supporting a healthy and vibrant community since 2003. 

CAGP – Kevin Davidson, B.Comm. CFP, Gift Planning Consultant with Abundance Canada

AFP Calgary & Area – Carlene Chrumka, CFRE, AFP Calgary & Area Chapter President and Janus Academy

United Way of Calgary & Area – Kathleen McPherson, Vice President, Campaign and Resource Development at United Way of Calgary and Area (2017 Outstanding Fundraising Professional)

Calgary Economic Development – Megan Zimmerman, Business Development Manager, Energy, Green Economy & Technology at Calgary Economic Development (Avenue Magazine’s Top 40 Under 40 Class of 2018)

PropellUS – Andrea Young – Experienced Nonprofit Evaluator with extensive volunteering experience across the globe with a Master of Science (MSc) focused on International Development from the University of Bath.

CCVO – Karen Whiteman, Director, Policy and Programs, Karen has had a long-time love for the non-profit sector. Karen holds a B.A. and a Master of Public Administration from the University of Victoria.


Community Speakers


Renée Hopfner:  Director, Corporate Social Responsibility, Sobeys Inc. (2018 Hazel Gillespie Community Investment Leadership Award Recipient)

Greg McGillivary, Scenarios to Strategy Inc – Giving and Growing an Award-Winning Volunteer Program

Darren Biedermann, Creative Director (Owner), Supreme Men’s Wear (2018 Outstanding Small Business Philanthropist) 

Which ever way(s) you choose to help us celebrate GivingTuesday this year, please know that we continue to be extremely grateful for your love and support in whatever manner you choose to show it.


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Stacey Petersen, RSW

Executive Director


The Government of Alberta supports Recovery Oriented Systems of Care and Recovery-Oriented Communities of Care which include addiction treatment and post-treatment housing. Their goal is to create lasting Recovery in Alberta for individuals, families, and entire communities promoting the fact that Recovery is Real, Attainable, and Sustainable. All Albertans can experience the positive and healing effects of Recovery Capital. For more information please visit their website

Mission Fit

Ron Jarrett, owner of Mission Fitness is what a committed and helpful community partner is all about. He trains the clients in the house weekly and believes that true strength and progress can only be made from a solid foundation.  That foundation includes alignment, mobility and stability, and must address any muscular imbalances, weaknesses and lack of connection.  Achieving this level means the body is able to progress safely without fear of injury.

for more information about Fresh Start Recovery Centre or any of our programs.

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