Let’s Eat! campaign against hunger running June 18 – 24, 2018

Strategic Group is proud to be partnering with the Calgary Food Bank for the 7th annual Let’s Eat! campaign against hunger, running June 18-24. The goal is to collect over 8,500 lbs of non-perishable food items all week long in participating Strategic Group building lobbies. In an effort to encourage and support Team Members, Tenants and the community’s involvement, for every one pound of food collected, Strategic Group will match with a one dollar cash donation (up to $5,000).

The campaign expanded to Edmonton in 2015 in support of Edmonton’s Food Bank and we continue to strengthen this partnership by collecting donations in our CN Tower, Circle Square and Mayfield Business Centre buildings.

This is an excellent opportunity to make a difference in the lives of many and we strongly encourage you to join this effort to reach out to our neighbours in need of a helping hand.

Most needed items:
Canned soup
Mac & Cheese
Canned beans
Canned vegetables
Canned fruit
Pasta Sauce
Peanut Butter
Canned Meat & Fish
Baby formula
Healthy food snacks

Participating Buildings/Donation Sites:
Airways Business Plaza
Centre 1000
Centre Eleven
Deerfoot 17
Deerfoot Court
First Street Plaza
Parallel Centre
Petro Fina
Place 9-6
Mission Centre
Paramount Building
Petrowest Plaza
Strategic Centre
Macleod 5918
Glenmore Commerce
MacLeod Place I
MacLeod Place II
Sundance Place
Willow Park Centre

CN Tower
Circle Square
Mayfield Business Centre

Community Partners & Tenants
Theatre Calgary Admin Offices
Dogtopia (M17 and Blackfoot Centre building locations)
Rosso Coffee Roasters (M17 and Centro building locations)

Get Involved:
– Drop off non-perishable food items in a collection box in any of the participating buildings
– Make an online cash donation directly to the Calgary Food Bank or Edmonton’s Food Bank
– Take a selfie donating or at a campaign-related event and follow/tag @StrategicGrp or @Strategic Group on social media and be entered into a draw to win $100 to a restaurant Tenant (TBD)

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Gardening for Beginners – 5 Essential Dos & Don’ts!

Summer is here and with  warmer, sunnier months ahead comes the desire to get outdoors and enjoy the gorgeous weather! What better way to enjoy the summer months than spending some quality time gardening? Whether you are gardening on your balcony or patio, it’s a great way to either add some beautiful colour to the space or to grow your own healthy vegetables – either option is sure to impress your friends and family. For those of you who are newer to this horticulturist hobby, we have 5 helpful tips to ensure your green-thumb is ready to foster your garden to the next level!

1.   Be Water Smart
Even with this heat wave, there really isn’t a need to over-water your plants. Be smart with your watering – the general rule of thumb is to generously water flowerbeds twice a week and for those fresh veggies and herbs, same rules apply! Remember, it’s more effective to water less, more frequently.

2.   Don’t Water at Night
Though it may seem like a good idea, water at night encourages fungus growth due to the warmth and moisture. Water the heaviest in the morning to avoid this, as well, try not to water in the middle of the day since this is when it’s the hottest and the soil will soak up the water faster, leaving less for the plants to use.

3.   Your Plants Need Nourishment
Plants need more than just water so it’s smart to look into investing in some plant nutrient enhancements from your local gardening store to ensure your plants are getting all of the necessary vitamins.

4.   Prune Away
Be on high-alert to remove any diseased, damaged, or dead debris from your garden as they block airflow and growth. Remember, pruning encourages steady growth and builds healthy plants, it does not damage the plant at all! As well, weeds thrive off summer heat and steal nutrients and water from other plants, so get rid of them before they take-over!

5.   Pests Be Gone
Bugs are everywhere and trying to stop them from attacking your beautiful garden can feel overwhelming. Regardless, a thorough watering can help keep pests from ruining your garden and to stop those pesky winged bugs, try setting up some small traps around the space.

Now that you’ve received some helpful tips on how to nurture your garden, get out there and start making your balcony or patio a beautiful plant filled oasis! Impress your neighbours at Terra and who knows, they may follow your lead and start their own!

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5 Townhouse Décor Tips for a Quick Spring Refresh


As the snow begins to thaw, you can definitely feel the change in the air and Spring is just around the corner. Along with this natural change in seasons, comes the desire to clean out some of the extra items laying around the house that are no longer needed. Spring cleaning is the perfect time to give your townhouse a quick and easy refresh, which will cut down on housework and make all of your friends envious of your home-décor savviness!

1.     Eye-Catching Area Rugs – Get inspired by nature and bring some of the vibrant colours blossoming outside into your living room. Add a bright area rug to your space for a zest of colour. Pair that with some complimentary throw pillows and you have yourself an entirely new living room!

2.     Reframe Existing Artwork – If the art you’ve collected over the years just doesn’t excite you like it once did, try simply reframing these pieces for an overall style update. Though framing can get a bit expensive, try looking for frames at local thrift stores – these can be bought more affordably and with some spray paint, can be a frugal way of upgrading your artwork on a budget.

3.     Rethink Organization – We all do it, we get comfortable with the clutter in the bathroom or bedroom and think, “It’s not that bad and I know where everything is…sort-of”. Don’t be a pack-rat! Shelves and baskets can be a great way to reorganize all of the items you want to display and hide the ones you need, but don’t want your friends seeing while they’re over.

4.     Coffee Table Books Galore – We understand that it’s easy to accumulate a number of hardcover books over the years, which sit on your coffee table and are rarely opened. Nevertheless, coffee table books are great for décor but try switching their placement every so often and make sure the books you’re displaying are relevant to the season.

5.     Splurge on Luxury Bedding – If you’ve followed the last four décor refreshes, you’ve been pretty cost conscience, so why not treat yourself to the comforts of luxury bedding? There’s nothing better at the end of hard day than wrapping yourself in 1,500 thread-count sheets and a plush duvet!

Remember, this is just a starting list to get the ball rolling on your Spring décor refreshes. There are hundreds of ways to accomplish this, however, all of the above projects can be done in a townhouse rental.

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