Call for Artists: Canada 150 - Diverse Reflections of Canada

Prospect Human Services is a not-for-profit that helps people who face barriers to employment overcome those obstacles through individual skill development and creating workplace capacity. We work with a diverse population including recent immigrants, ill-and-injured veterans, youth, people with mental health issues, and adults with disabilities. To enhance our programming and generate community engagement, we seek collaborative opportunities to explore our creativity and build meaningful connections.

We are excited to announce that we have the opportunity to celebrate Canada’s 150th Birthday through a large-scale storytelling and art collaboration in partnership with Loft 112 and the Alexandra Writers’ Centre Society. The Diverse Reflections of Canada project aims to collect and showcase quotes and stories from across Canada’s diverse population, ensuring that underrepresented voices are heard. These stories will then be interpreted by our team of visual artists to add to our final exhibition in December. The final compilation of these stories will be published as a legacy piece and reflection of Canadian identity to distribute to our partners, various immigrant and settlement organizations, as well as the Calgary Board of Education. These voices will give our youth a broader view of Canadian culture.

We are seeking five artists to each create three original artworks. Artists will be provided with the content from the writers, which they will use as inspiration for their works. Participating artists will be given their choice of medium for their total of three 2-dimensional artworks and will have the choice between canvas, hard-board or birch wood panels. The artworks will be showcased in the public gallery exhibition at Loft 112 and in the book.

To apply, please email a copy of your CV and sample of your works/portfolio to with the subject “Canada 150.”


Deadline for submissions is 12:00 PM, November 10, 2017.


Artists will be notified of their acceptance on or before November 20, 2017. All works need to be completed and submitted by December 5, 2017. If accepted, follow-up information and details will be provided to you. We appreciate your application and enthusiasm for celebrating diversity and Canada 150.

DEAM Team makes October a winning month.

Thanks to the Calgary Employment First Network, its partners, and the Government of Alberta, DEAM 2017 was a big success and continued to build awareness for disability employment.

Here are a few of the highlights:

The City of Calgary proclaimed Disability Employment Awareness Month for the second straight year.

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The Province of Alberta declared Disability Employment Awareness Month for the first time in history.

DEAM Declaration 1

DEAM Declaration 2

Calgary Economic Development hosted an event where Industry Leaders shared Technologies and Innovations for employees with disabilities.

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For the second year, there was a DEAM Film Festival.



A New Conversations Event was hosted by Mount Royal University’s Institute for Community Prosperity.



And 30 Organizations were nominated for the DEAM Employer Awards this year. The winners, announced at the Gala on October 25th, were:

Jubilations Dinner Theatre

Rocky Mountain Analytical.

The Co-operators.

ViTreo Group.



We would like to thank The City of Calgary, Calgary Economic Development, Mount Royal University, The Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion, Bow Valley College, and Picture This Film Festival.

Thanks also to the Government of Alberta and the Ministry of Community and Social Services for the financial support they provided with respect to all of this month’s activities.

We look forward to making DEAM 2018 bigger and better than ever!

An evening of magic in support of years of hard work.

Prospect was excited to be part of the Canadian Legacy Project’s presentation of Penn & Teller at a fundraising event in Calgary, October 20th. We called attention to veterans’ homelessness and employment issues with a special poster, “There are some things even Penn & Teller can’t make disappear.” Both Penn & Teller signed the poster after a great show that was enjoyed by many, especially 400 veterans and their families who were hosted by the Canadian Legacy Project.

“Canadian Legacy Project is dedicated to supporting our Canadian veterans and this annual concert event is one of our main fundraising activities,” stated David Howard, President of the Canadian Legacy Project.

Prospect’s Forces@WORK initiative was featured at the event and is the employment partner of the Canadian Legacy Project.

Penn Teller 2017

Prospect and the Canada Legacy Foundation (CLP) continue their collaboration to support Veterans.

CLP is leading a Veterans Funding Drive to raise $500,000 over the next year to support various Veterans Initiatives. This year, they switched their emphasis to supporting employment and education initiatives, housing and service dogs. Prospect’s Forces@WORK has been identified as a leading program that CLP will continue to support.

Global News Article:

Calgary military charity switches focus from food to jobs for veterans

The Canadian Legacy Project started the Veterans Food Drive in support of the Veterans Food Bank at the Calgary Poppy fund over a decade ago.

But on Saturday, the group announced that they will be changing their focus this year from collecting food to supporting programs that help veterans with employment, housing, mental health and PTSD service dogs.

Soft local economy empties shelves at Calgary Veterans Food Bank

”We anticipate the Veterans Food Bank at the Calgary Poppy Bank will have the resources needed to help the veteran population they support. With this goal soon to be accomplished, Canadian Legacy Project will not be further promoting this year’s food drive and is asking Calgarians to support their 2017 Veterans Funding Drive,” Canadian Legacy Project president Dave Howard said in a news release.

“We have been overwhelmed with support for Canadian Legacy Projects Veterans Food Drive. We are confident that we will have excess food donations this year and have partnered with the Mustard Seed to make sure they receive food donations also as they are feeding our homeless veterans daily,” Howard said.

“We will monitor the situation at the Calgary Poppy Funds Veterans Food Bank through the remainder of this year and next, to make sure if the food bank needs are met.”

Melanie Mitra works with the Alberta non-profit group Prospect Human Services which runs an employment service for veterans called Forces@WORK.

Forces@WORK connects people retiring from military service with employers who want to tap into that demographic.

“They were stunned to learn that here was this very skilled, capable population with all skill levels that were struggling with employment,” Mitra said.

She said ending a military career is a tough transition for many former soldiers.

“They are facing a major cultural change. They are facing a huge career change. Many of them have never even been in the civilian workforce as they joined at 18. But on top of that they’re dealing with an injury that has prematurely ended their military career,” Mitra said.

According to Howard in 2016 Calgarians helped raise over $170,000 in cash donations through the Canadian Legacy Project’s Veterans Food Drive, which was used to buy food gift cards and filled four warehouses with food for the Veterans Food Bank which is run by the Calgary Poppy Fund.

“While our food drive goal has been met, it is important to note that this is a trying time for many of our Canadian veterans. They are having a difficult time integrating back into civilian life. Many are unemployed and many are suffering with PTSD. Canadian Legacy Project is a charity run by volunteers and we want to ensure people who support this funding drive that their dollars will be going directly to those in need,” Howard stated.

Donations can be made online at