Author: by Lindsay Blackett, Chair of the Board
“WE ARE ALBERTA” - A Vision of what we can be.
As I was planning to write this blog, I realized that Alberta is in many ways misunderstood and is also a dichotomy. Alberta from the outside seems to be an area rich in natural resources, primarily in oil, gas, and an economic drive for the country. What people do not see is our use of new technology to reduce our carbon footprint, the image of being good environmental stewards and Alberta as a culturally sophisticated bastion for clean technology.
What Alberta is and has been is a place where all things are possible. We enjoy tremendous natural resources for sure but, our greatest gift is the 3.7 million people who are above the ground. If you need any further evidence, look at the great flood of 2013 and how Albertans have responded through unparalleled acts of kindness, courage and generosity. Thousands have volunteered for those who they did not know, but needed help in cleaning out their basements, providing food and shelter to friends and neighbors. In Calgary alone where one hundred thousand people were evacuated from their homes, only fifteen hundred needed a shelter, all of the rest were taken in by friends, family, neighbors and strangers.