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  • Kraig Brachman

Discovering Inspiration: FESA Attending 'Citizen Minutes' Screening

At the Calgary Public Library Central Library on November 9th, 2023 FESA representatives were in attendance for the screening of the 5 short documentary films highlighting ordinary Canadians doing extraordinary things to make their communities better places.

Hot Docs Canada commissioned these films and is having a screening tour across Canada. The most recent screening was here in Calgary, and FESA invited to be a participating charity.

The series will be shown next in Montreal, Quebec on November 27th, and then shown in Halifax, Nova Scotia in December on the 13th.

As a participating charity, FESA's information was included on all promotional material and a dedicated slide was shown at the event itself, helping create awareness of our mission of making Canada as a literate and learning society.

Speakers Courtney Walcott, Alice Lam, and Rawd Almasoud were emceed by CBC Radio The Eyeopener host Angela Knight. They discussed their path towards being the changemakers they are now, what drives them, and how people in the audience—especially the youth in attendance—can affect change today and in the future.

In attendance along with FESA were representatives from all the partnered nonprofits. Kids Upfront were out in full force and provided much of the lively questions during the Q&A portion of the event. It was powerful seeing all the youth of Calgary so eager to learn how to engage with the community and better our city.

We are so honoured to be a part of this event and hope others walked away as inspired as we were. If you want to see the films, they are all hosted on the Hot Docs Canada website here:


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