Archive for the ‘Spotlight on Volunteerism’ Category

Confessions of a reluctant volunteer

September 1, 2010 Leave a comment

You can ask my mom, I’m not a joiner by nature. In kindergarten, I refused to participate in the “Hokey Pokey” on the grounds it was an undignified embarrassment. At age nine, I ran away from Cub camp because I objected to its militaristic regime. Even today, our favourite bumper sticker—I Love Bowness—seems cloying to me. So how is it exactly that I became a poster boy for community boosterism? Read more…


“Connected to others, making a difference”

September 1, 2010 Leave a comment

MORRIS JOHANSON AND HIS wife Mary are much-loved and familiar faces in Bowness. Caring and giving neighbours both, for Morris the “neighbourhood” is the whole community. There isn’t much going on in Bowness he hasn’t had a finger in, with Mary quietly supporting his activities.

Morris moved to Bowness 61 years ago, with Mary joining him in 1952 as his wife. They grew up on neighbouring farms and their families’ histories are woven into ­Alberta’s past (Morris’s grandfather rode shotgun on covered wagons from South Dakota!). They take great pride in their four children, eight grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Morris retired from his job with the City of Calgary in 1996. Since then he’s been busier than ever. Read more…

A score for community soccer!

July 1, 2010 Leave a comment

Rob and Linda Braun founded the Bowness Soccer Club nearly five years ago, and they continue to provide outstanding leadership to a thriving program

Back in 2005, Bowness Soccer was in trouble. The community association had dissolved the year previous, leaving local sports programs in limbo. Enter Rob and Linda Braun. With three young children active in the sport since 2002, they stepped in to steward Bowness soccer through a successful transition from city receivership to community institution. Read more…