Meet the Community!
We're a diverse group; a variety of ages, interests and backgrounds all weaving a strong community network. See a bit about us below, and take a minute to read about our plans, or meet us at an event. We’re a friendly bunch :)
Building cohousing is a collaborative process! Becoming an ‘Explorer’ is a low risk way to ‘try before you buy’. If you think cohousing might be for you, why not check out how to join one of our meetings?
John and Jocelyne are both long time residents of Calgary. They are both social workers and have an interest in healthy communities. While strategically planning for their retirement, they were introduced to Prairie Sky Cohousing and quickly learned of others who had the same desire for healthy, safe communities. The rest is history.
They have four grown children and seven grandchildren. Jocelyne loves reading, knitting, cooking and singing. John is a musician, and enjoys the product of Jocelyn’s fine cooking. To stay fit, both enjoy hiking and geocaching.
Shawn, Amber, Louis and Charlie – Calgary has been our home for more than a decade and we love raising our family in a place filled with so much possibility. We are passionate about spending time together with the people we love — our boys (aged 4 and 7), our friends, and the various groups that have welcomed us over the years. In the winter, you will find us skiing — all of us, finally! — and in summer you will find us camping. In between, we’ll either be biking, playing, cooking, baking or eating. We’re excited about co-housing because it will allow us to live our values every day: living simply, living well and living by taking care of what’s around us.
Lindsey, Wes & Finn – In spite of organizing our neighbourhood block party every year, we’ve found that living in suburbia doesn’t afford the same opportunity for community that a setting like cohousing does. We are an event planner and realtor that enjoy spending time with family and friends, cooking food from a variety of cultures, and all of the outdoor pursuits we can muster: camping, skiing, and hiking. We’re thrilled that Finn will grow up in such a well-connected neighbourhood, with plenty of playmates and ‘aunts’ and ‘uncles’ in his daily life. We can’t think of a better way to raise a family, and are excited to have a part in building Mosaic Village from the ground up!
Geri – After many years as a social worker and counsellor, I now get to teach others to do the same. I count it a privilege and it’s fun too. In my spare time I love going for walks, reading fiction, painting and riding my motorbike. The things that are important to me are my family, my faith and my friends.
Meredith and Rikki - When we stumbled upon cohousing, it felt like the perfect fit - a way to bake community right into our daily lives. Joining Mosaic Village has been a great way to exercise our values and start building the life we see for ourselves.
Beyond having caught a cohousing bug, we’ve also caught a skiing/snowboarding bug, a hiking bug, and a board gaming bug. How do we fund these activities? Rikki is a software developer and Meredith works in community economic development. We both truly love our jobs.
We now have two guitars in the house and are thinking of forming a band. Depending on how our practice goes, we may need to outsource the guitar playing in said band. It’s a great thing we’ll have so many talented, generous collaborative neighbors in the near future.
James – I’ve been interested in cohousing for a couple of years, and am really looking forward to the chance to help build a community. Working in the IT industry all my life has taught me the value of well-planned systems, and I can’t think of a better application than in the neighbourhood. I love spending time in the mountains and listening to music at every opportunity!
Carol – Calgary has been my home for more than 30 years and I have built many lasting friendships here. I love the opportunities that exist here both professionally and personally. The things that are important to me are my family, friends and my faith. I love hanging out with my great-nieces (age 4 & 5) when our schedules align. My interests include Jazzercise, golf, travel, and teaching Sunday school to 4 year olds.
I was introduced to cohousing through a close friend and believe that this is truly the community of the present and the future. I’m excited to be part of building and growing the Mosaic Village community.
Murray & Eilis – STILL not completely retired from our home-based business: www.powerful2lead.com
Travelling a lot, we are involved in overseas development work as well as visiting our two sons’ families, each with a granddaughter, in Montreal and Germany, (necessitating language classes!)
Both of us originated in small communities in Saskatchewan & Ireland. We have often talked about the lack of lifestyle choices imposed by Calgary’s built environment, while searching/living >20 years in a lovely downtown edge 140-unit condo building. Enter John & Jocelyne (via music) who introduced us to Mosaic. We look forward to sharing our life and professional skills in developing and sharing living with this exciting Mosaic community.
Gisèle – I enjoy my work as a companion for seniors who need assistance, but when I am not busy with that I have always loved to travel. I also enjoy walking, reading, the outdoors, and occasionally taking photos of any of the things I am involved in. I am really looking forward to continuing to help build and grow Mosaic into a thriving and vibrant community.
Joanne – I have lived in my Calgary community for over 25 years and the community has changed from when I was raising my children. I am excited to help build the Mosaic Village community. I work full time for Alberta Health Services IT department. In my spare time I enjoy walks with my golden retriever, playing golf, reading and gardening.
Lizzy and David live in the inner city near Marda Loop and appreciate walking to their doctor, dentist, optometrist, lawyer, accountant, hair dresser, bank, post office, wine market, and organic markets Blush Lane, Marda Mercantile, and Community Natural Foods. Three farmer's markets and downtown clients are within a ten minute drive. Lizzy and David are keen to downsize, reducing their capital footprint commensurate with their needs, and eliminating stairs to age-in-place. Intentional community socialization and the sharing of skills, space, and resources are features that excite them about co-housing. They work from home (or wherever) running three businesses: petroleum reservoir engineering, fine art photography, and a published cookbook. They love to cook, BBQ, and entertain. They love music (vinyl, CKUA) and reading (life-long learning). They design landscapes (xeriscapes) and love gardening and growing food. They have a caravan at a seasonal co-camp-ground (yes, it's analogous), travel to New Zealand every year, and long to get back to the Mediterranean coast. They also hike, cross-country ski, swim, dance, and mountain bike.
Miriam - I am celebrating my 20th year in Calgary, a fantastic city, with many diverse people and interesting things to do. My beloved dog is a rescue - a "Morely Model" who goes to the off-leash park everyday. Cohousing has been an interest to me for a long time, as I attended folkdance events at Prairie Sky and had friends in Creekside Common in Courtenay, B.C. I’m a retired Public Health Nurse, with a varied career in Toronto, and Israel-Palestine, where I worked as an NGO for 15 years with Palestinian youth and children, and Black African asylum seekers. When I came to Calgary, I joined a folkdance group and Tai Chi, and became a Tai Chi instructor, as well as a volunteer for the homeless. My 8 grandchildren are growing up but I still have a son’s family and 2 boys in Calgary.
We are so pleased to have Deana and her daughter as a household in Mosaic Village. Deana is a wonderful addition to our marketing committee, and we’re lucky to have the addition of a pre-teen’s perspective to our community!