University of Calgary

act NOW

September 17, 2009

Make a positive impact, and act NOW

When His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama visits Calgary later this month, his presence will have a profound and lasting impact on the city.

His Holiness will speak to thousands of Calgarians on Sept. 30 at the Pengrowth Saddledome as he returns to Calgary for the first time in 30 years. As part of the University of Calgary’s NOW conference, the Dalai Lama will offer insights on the importance of values and community in challenging times.

Act NOW, a Day of Action, is the culminating event for the NOW conference and will combine the Dalai Lama’s values of compassion and connectedness with widespread community engagement. Calgarians from all walks of life, together with numerous non-profit organizations, will join together on Friday, Oct. 2, as they undertake neighbourhood projects, service initiatives, and events that bring citizens and students together.

“At the University of Calgary, Act NOW is more than just one day of helping others. It demonstrates to our students the importance of contributing to their communities,” says Ann Tierney, vice-provost (students). “We also hope it will encourage in them a long-term commitment to public service.”

“Our Centre for Service-Learning and Community Engagement supports U of C’s role to develop knowledgeable and socially responsible citizens who are prepared to address the challenges in our local, national and global communities.”

There are no rules governing what positive acts can be registered and no limits to the number of people that can get involved. Businesses, organizations, schools, communities and individuals are all challenged to initiate their own community volunteer project and raise the profile of community service.

More than 200 U of C students have already signed up to help out in projects organized by the Centre for Service Learning and Community Engagement with a wide range of community organizations. But there’s always room for more U of C volunteers, and visiting Volunteer Calgary’s website is a good place to start.

Register your act on the act NOW facebook group at:

A limited number of tickets are still available to see His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s public address at the Saddledome, along with private performances by Bryan Adams and k.d. lang at the Jubilee Auditorium.


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