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Calgary organization banding together on common issues

Last Updated Oct 18, 2019 at 6:42 am MST

(PHOTO: Calgary Alliance for the Common Good)

CALGARY (660 NEWS) — An organization of religious leaders, unions and passionate Calgarians are banding together to improve life in the city.

The Calgary Alliance for the Common Good includes 29 organizations, representing the interests of over 30,000 people.

Reverend Anna Greenwood-Lee said they met with people to try and identify some common issues.

“Overwhelmingly we heard about mental health challenges, we heard about social isolation, we heard about concerns for the environment, and we heard a desire to have reconciliation between indigenous and non-indigenous peoples, and so we identified those collectively as sort of the four issues that the 31,000 members will work together on,” she said.

She adds while many religious leaders are involved, it is not about organized religion.

“People are just looking for religious leaders to be (…) organizing I think to bring more love, and justice, and peace, and compassion to the world, and so myself and some other religious leaders, and some union leaders, and some community leaders all kind of had that same goal,” she explained.

This summer, the group approached city council during budget deliberations and urged them to continue with the addiction and mental health strategy.