Drivers Needed – You Can Help Address Food Insecurity In Calgary and Brentwood

The past two months as Covid has started to surge again and food prices rise and inflation at a rate not seen for 30 years, food insecurity has surged in Calgary, Brentwood and across Canada. You can help address this need in many ways.

Drivers NeededFood Hamper Delivery Mornings Tuesday to Thursday.

The past two months we’ve struggled to get drivers, at time we’ve had almost half the regular pool out (Thank you so much to our pool drivers, you’ve made a tremendous difference), an almost equal distribution between Covid isolation/Covid delayed surgery/Travel. If we could have 5-6 more drivers in the pool, that would be a tremendous help.

Interested in learning more see Food Hamper Delivery Jan 2022.pdf



Little Food Library – Demand Grows – Your Continued Help is SO Appreciated!


In early December, our community came together to gather food for the Little Food Library. So many wonderful donations helped sustain our Pantry over the holidays – which were the coldest days of winter (so far!) On a positive note, the sustained cold weather allowed us to include frozen foods in the pantry, which were well appreciated by our neighbours. With winter here, bills due, prices up and Omicron impacting us all, individuals and families who are already living on low incomes are feeling the pressure. Demand at the Little Food Library is climbing.


Can you help us refill the pantry with winter stable foods like nuts, rice/pasta, cereal, crackers, soup packages and dried fruit?  Canned meats, fruits, vegetables, and other essentials are also needed and can be left on the doorstep of 3624 Boulton Rd on colder days. They will be put out on warmer days. Since last year we’re helping out a young family with a baby? Donations of baby foods are extra helpful, perhaps a small ($20-25.00) Walmart/Coop gift card? If you would like to donate cash or a gift cards– please use the mailbox and ring the bell or text 405.606.6949 so it gets picked up.


Volunteers Needed Calgary Food Bank

Volunteer opportunities exist at the Main Food Bank and various satellite locations in the NW and across Calgary.  Calgary Food Bank Volunteer page is here, details on volunteering and this week’s needs are here. If you have 2-3 hours available weekly – the Calgary Food Bank could use you. They also have ad hoc shifts for occasional volunteers. Food Bank Volunteering page is here.

Donating to The Calgary Food Bank – The Food Bank leverages at 1:5, $10 donated, buys $50 in food. With Alberta’s generous tax credits after $200 in total donations you get 50% back on charitable donations, so leverage is doubled. Donate to the Calgary Food Bank here.


Brentwood Cares!

Holidays and Christmas in Brentwood – Let’s All Help Make It Magical

Little Library Holiday Food Drive – Plus Books & Games for Carroll Place Saturday Dec 4

Special Holiday Food Drive 1-3pm at 3624 Boulton Rd.  Help us refill the pantry with winter staple foods like nuts, rice/pasta, cereal and dried fruit. The pantry is almost empty! Did you know this year we’re helping out a young family with a baby? Donations of baby foods are extra helpful.

We’re also collecting special foods, candy or small gift items to bring some extra joy over the holidays.

Some of last year’s magic at the Little Food Library – so nice to bring Joy.

If you would like to donate cash or a gift card or have freeze sensitive goods– please use the mailbox for the cash or gift cards and ring the bell or text 405.606.6949 so it gets picked up.

Books and Games for Carroll PlaceCarroll Place is in need of new books (any topic – romance, mystery, crime, non-fiction, biography, cooking) and games to renew their library and common room. Need to create space on your book shelf or games cupboard?  Drop off on Saturday or if you miss Saturday drop off at Carroll Place; ring 0510 (Office), no answer – leave in the lobby with a sticky note marked library.

Carroll Place Cookies and Cards 2021


Too many cookies? Share some holiday joy with the seniors at Carroll Place. We’re waiting for the list to come. Send a Card and some cookies (~12 or so). We’ll give contact information when we get it. When dropping off – ring the buzzer for your senior. Perhaps call ahead to let them know you are coming.Signup – Add your name to Google Doc – Carroll Place Cookies and Cards 2021 or email

Christmas Hampers – We Have Two This Year – Can You Help?

This year we have two families, both with young children (Family H 15 (f), 13 (m), 8 (m); Family M 15(f), 8(f)). Could you perhaps take a few items on the list? Pickup a gift-card when shopping?Drop Hamper Items (marked Family H or M and who it’s for) at:1328 Northmount Drive NW (Bonita’s)Phone 403-988-4839 or Email: is Dec 11th) Hamper list is posted here,  please update list, extra to be used across hampers.You can also leave Bonita a message with items you will/have covered.

Supper Club 2021 Would you like to join SUPPER CLUB 2021?  We had such success with our very first Supper Club 2020.  Thirty families and individuals from Brentwood and surrounding communities made a few extra portions of their Christmas or holiday meal and shared this with a migrant worker family from the Philippines or Mexico. As we know, many families continue to struggle with financial limitations and isolation during this time. Supper Club reaches out to build a community of care at a time when many faiths and cultures celebrate or mark important occasions. What do you have to do? Sign up to share a meal with a migrant family, which can be dropped off between December 23 and 25th.Interested?  Please contact Binu: 403-617-4469 Liza: 403-606-6949 Email:

We will be hosting a Zoom gathering/karaoke evening on the 24th for anyone who would like to join. If you prefer to contribute through a donation and/or prefer that one of the organizers drops your meal to the family, we have volunteers ready.

Help us build a map of all homes with Christmas lights.  Register by emailing your address to

The street with the most houses registered gets to win bragging rights on Neighbor Day 2022 as Best Lit Street in Brentwood!

Warm Clothes – We’re Helping Bear Clan Share Warmth This Winter

The Bear Clan Patrol Calgary is an Indigenous led,grassroots group providing safety and security in the community. They provide basic needs and community care all year round.Have extra warm clothes (hats, scarfs, mitts, coats or snowpants)? This year we’re collecting for Bear Clan to bring warmth to those in need here in Calgary this winter. With the call of reconciliation this year, perhaps a small way to help.Drop off new or gently used items at 3624 Boulton Rd; please have in a plastic bag – you might need to leave on the porch if no one is home. You can also contact the Bear Clan directly to donate clothes or other items at bearclanyyc@gmail.comCash donations are greatly appreciated. Donate through

Temporary Foreign Workers 2021 Drive Dec 9th 11am – 9pmWe’ve all learned how important temporary foreign workers are to our food supply and helping in many frontline roles. This Year Brentwood Cares is supporting a basic needs drive for the migrant workers including winter clothes, personal hygiene items, Superstore gift cards, cash donations and bus tickets. Joan & Randy’s drop in fundraiser “Migrante Alberta Christmas Support 2021”RSVP to by December 7thDrop off is Thursday, December 9th between 11 am – 9 pm at 228-30th Ave NE Miss the Fundraiser? – alternate drop-off at 3624 Boulton Rd. Text 405.606.6949 to arrange.

Snow Angels:

Brentwood Snow Angels are back in service.  If you need help or would like to join the crew, email  or call Cam at 587 432 0013Better yet, choose to clear the sidewalk for a senior or perhaps another neighbour who could use some help.

Brentwood Snow Art – Make Winter Magical (on your Car or Lawn)

Have a winter awe walk  Frequent CBC Health expert Jenn Moss spoke earlier this year about awe walks, a walk where you intentionally shift your attention outward instead of inward. Catch a mother and child playing, a couple holding hands, kids being silly, a beautiful bird at a feeder or a gorgeous mural on a fence or garage door. Take advantage of the Brentwood is Beautiful map to plan your awe walks.

Winter solstice and Christmas are coming, days will soon be starting to get longer. Thanks so much to all the help people have given in 2021. If you need help this winter, please reach out.  All the best for Christmas, the holidays and 2022, Bonita McCurryPresident Brentwood Community Association

Brentwood is Beautiful – Brentwood Walkway Mural Project Map

This project set out to

  • Make unique, beautiful places that people would want to seek out in our neighborhood regardless of the season

  • Build stronger connections among our Brentwood residents by engaging them in the walkway art project and

  • Encourage more walking in Brentwood by having a walkway map

Here is a link to the map.

Have fun exploring the many walkways and the greenstrip in our community, and enjoy the beautiful art!





Brentwood and National Truth and Reconciliation Day

Brentwood and National Truth and Reconciliation Day

Tomorrow is the first National Truth and Reconciliation Day, this year has been an awakening for many in Brentwood, Calgary, Canada and around the world of the devastating loss of innocent lives at our residential schools.

Mortality rates of children in residential schools were many times higher than for the settler children. In 1907 Dr Peter Bryce reported TB mortality was about 20 times higher in residential schools., his 1922 report was largely ignored. And the recently found unmarked graves are just part of the story, Dr Bryce documented how many students were sent home to die, in one case he found 69 per cent of former students died after they left one school.

Making Visible our Shared History: The Context for Renaming Institutionsco-hosted by Brentwood Cares, where Crystal Fraser (UofA) and Sara Komarnisky, presented a slide deck on residential schools and the 150 Acts of Reconciliation they created in 2017. Crystal mentioned the issue of children being sent home to die, the shocking numbers we’ve heard, is only part of the story.

UofC Dr Tiffany Dionne Prete, has raised how individual Canadians, Europeans, perhaps ourselves, parents or grandparents helped fun residential schools – How donors from Canada and Europe helped fund Indian Residential Schools It’s not just a church or government issue of responsibility.

Calgary National Truth and Reconciliation Day Events and Listings:

  • On Sept 30 at noon, the City of Calgary livestream their event ca/live.
  • The Calgary Foundation has many events listed for this week and Sept 30th, including walks, talks, an Indigenous writers’ panel, a film screening, and more.

One example of the many events:

Expanding Our Relations: Oral concepts of understanding Sept 30 1- 3pm

The following Calgary buildings and structures will be illuminated orange in honour of National Truth and Reconciliation Day:

Arts Commons

Historic City Hall

Reconciliation Bridge

Calgary Tower

Olympic Plaza

Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium

Glenbow Museum

TELUS Spark Science Centre


Perhaps choose a talk, walk or another event to participate in Sept 30th. Maybe a discussion at the dinner table about people you know who have been impacted by residential schools or stories that you’ve heard. Read an article, or start a book.

Please be careful and stay safe in what ever your choices, masking and physically distancing inside and out. Alberta is at a critical time, ICU’s are almost full and hospitalization rate continue to increase at alarming rates, up 33% from two weeks ago.

Brentwood Cares

Fall Art Walk – POSTPONED

We are sad to inform everyone that we have made the very difficult decision to postpone this event. We will reevaluate in spring 2022. 

Please scroll down to get to know the artists behind the murals, the sponsors of the project and the donors of the prizes.

We encourage you to walk Brentwood and visit the murals. We will be updating the map as the last few murals find walkways to call home.

Please check back regularly!

PS. We are actively confirming if YYC Food Trucks is still a go. Stay tuned!


Join us in celebrating the completion of this summer project! Thank you Activate YYC for the grant to make this possible.

Goals for the project:

  • Make unique, beautiful places that people would want to seek out in our neighborhood regardless of the season
  • Build stronger connections among our Brentwood residents by engaging them in the walkway mural project and,
  • Encourage more walking in Brentwood by having a map.

We have installed murals along several walkways in Brentwood. The project even inspired Brentwood’s first garage door mural!

Check out this map that shows all the murals and walkways!

Meet the artists behind the paintings and grab a bite to eat. If you live on a walkway, there will be several murals looking for new homes!


A big thank you to Swinton’s Art Supplies, Calgary North Decorating and Rona for supporting us with amazing deals on all the materials. Thank you to COOP for providing treats for the event. Thank you to the residents who are hosting these amazing murals on their fences.

YYC Food Trucks will be on site! Check back for a list of offerings.

Can’t wait to see the murals? Ready to go for a walk? Download the map and print this fun activity passport (coming soon!).

Complete a passport and enter to win door prizes donated by Destination Art, Kensington Art Supply, Sunnyside Art Supplies and Swinton’s Art Supplies!

Thank you to the Brentwood Cares team for making this project happen! If you would like to be involved in future Brentwood Beautification projects, or any other Brentwood Cares initiatives, please email

Brentwood Community Association