Radical connection redefining lives.

In Calgary, 27,000 young people are at risk. Many will move into adulthood, navigating not one but likely a series of complex social issues, including homelessness, poverty, addiction, mental illness and incarceration.

We believe there is a wealth of untapped potential in this population of young people.

Where We’re Going

Redefin’d is bringing this therapeutic community approach to Calgary.

Our five-year pilot includes developing a live-in campus, which will become home to garden-scaped co-housing and our first social enterprise, a commercial greenhouse producing local and soil-grown food integrating regenerative agriculture practices. 

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We are here to exceed expectations. To use community and belonging, meaningful work and food as medicine. To ignite potential and give people a platform to become healthy, activated and contributing citizens in our city.

Where We’ve Been

Since 2017, the Redefin’d team has operated the Bowness Community Centre’s commercial kitchen. Meaningful work and community engagement have been our playground.

We catered gala events for Rotary Calgary and at the Grand Theatre. Baked pies with local seniors and hosted community lunches. At the beginning of COVID, we mobilized our people and our community partners to assemble and deliver food to as many as 200 Bowness residents weekly. Our graduates have gone to SAIT and Bow Valley College in pursuit of careers.

We see an opportunity to build on this success.

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We want our graduates to be equipped with the lived experience to become healthy parents, valuable employees, and courageous, socially-driven business owners. We want them to create community and be generous and engaged neighbours.

Our approach includes four critical elements:

We build a foundation of safety

Our participants:

Take personal responsibility to set personally meaningful goals that meet their needs and desires

Access growth opportunities via trauma therapy, somatic storytelling, yoga, mindfulness, and family constellation work

Establish connection

Our participants:

Share meals and have direct experiences with participants, staff, volunteers, and the community to build trusting, nurturing relationships

Give mentorship and support to their peers

Engage in the co-creation of the community values, practices and routines

Contribute meaningfully to others in the community, adding value and engaging in generosity

Ignite purpose and build skills

Our participants:

Engage in meaningful work - getting their hands dirty, exploring creativity and adding value

Gain lived experience and participate in a leading-edge regenerative social enterprise

Learn skills in the field, gain confidence and competency

Take responsibility to lead and teach others

Based on our learnings, we have identified a need to strengthen the process of reintegration. Critical to our participants’ success will be the supportive environment created during re-entry into mainstream society.

Key Future Aspect: Activate and reintegrate

Our participants:

Transition into a Redefin’d urban campus and contribute to a workers co-operative model

Stay connected and supported through reintegration into mainstream society

Learn skills in the field, gain confidence and competency

Receive graduate mentorship and support from the Redefin’d team and our community partners to activate community building ideas and social business start-up

Do You Want to Join Us?

Redefin’d is an ambitious idea – a first of its kind in Canada. We are creating a live-in Therapeutic Community that will operate a leading-edge social businesses network and become a high-impact platform for social change in our city.

Are you excited about activating business as a catalyst for change? Or in becoming part of a local, regenerative food movement?

Do you want to be part of exploring lasting solutions to social problems? Or in engaging in a community-supported model of recovery and transformation? 

We’d love to hear from you. If you want to find out more about our plans, please leave us your contact information, and we will get you an information package.