Shauna smiles in the hallway of the Bowness Community Association, where she facilitates the Time for You program, funded by United Way

I joined Carya almost five years ago and have been facilitating the Time for You program ever since.

I am Calgary.

It’s women like Samantha who make me love what I do.

Often times, being a new mom can feel isolating. What’s so great about this United Way Funded Program is that it gives local moms the opportunity to come together for fun, supportive, and positive conversations outside of the home.

When I first met Samantha, a mom of three young daughters, she felt isolated and alone with no family or friends around to support her.

Low self-esteem and persistent self-doubt made it difficult for her to make friends and connections with others, she felt that no one would want to befriend the broken person she perceived herself to be. This belief kept her in an abusive relationship, thinking that was all she had for her and her little girls. Not used to socializing with other women, Samantha was nervous and apprehensive about participating in the program and meeting the other moms.

Despite her nervousness, she attended her first session in March 2016. Over time, she found her voice in the group. The empathy she experienced and friendships she formed helped her find her strength. This new sense of connection gave Samantha the courage she needed to leave her abusive relationship and create a more peaceful and positive upbringing for her daughters.

Thanks to Carya and the Time for You program, Samantha has found belonging and support in her community. I’m proud to be able to help women like Samantha to find their strength. Strong communities connect and strengthen all Calgarians.

We are all Calgary.

Together, we are all stronger. Meet a few of the 178,700 people like Samantha who were helped in 2016.

Read more stories

How you can help

Share 211

211 is a 24/7 helpline available in over 150 languages that connects people with supports.

Learn more


Your donation supports Calgarians to overcome poverty, helps kids succeed, and builds strong communities.

Give today