Partnerships – Extending the Meaning of Community

United Active Living’s communities are microcosms of the larger community, offering access to new learning opportunities, art, music, fitness and other activities and programs. While the communities at Garrison Green and Fish Creek offer a variety of lifestyle opportunities, residents are also involved in new fun, entertaining and learning experiences through partnerships with a number of organizations.

Our partners include:

Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra

Calgary Philharmonic has been a cornerstone of Calgary’s arts community since 1955. It is one of North America’s most versatile live music ensembles presenting an average of 85 concerts a year featuring music from classical giants to rock & roll hits and family favourites.

reaches more than 20,000 people annually throughout Alberta through educational and outreach programs to students, older adults and charitable organizations.

United is a sponsor of the CPO’s Discovery Series. Residents attend selected CPO dress rehearsals and enjoy in-house performances by CPO musicians.

calgary-opera-corner201Calgary Opera

Calgary Opera is one of Canada’s most highly regarded professional arts organizations having presented more than 300 productions over its more than 45-year history.

It offers the most comprehensive Emerging Artist training program in Western Canada providing an important transition from formal studies to full professional careers.

Calgary Opera performs for more than 12,000 students across Alberta each year.

Thanks to our sponsorship of Calgary Opera’s resident conductor Kim Bartczak, United residents attend dress rehearsals, enjoy talks by Topher and in-house performances by CO’s Emerging Artists at United communities throughout the year.



The Honens Piano Competition takes place every three years and is considered one of the world’s most prestigious events of its kind. Honens prepares its Laureates for the rigours and realities of professional careers in music and creates opportunities for growth and exposure. The annual Honens Festival is one of Canada’s premier piano events.

Esther Honens created a legacy of musical excellence to be enjoyed for generations. In 1991, knowing she was near the end of her life, Mrs. Honens gave $5 million to endow an international piano competition in Calgary. Her generosity, vision and love of music continue to touch lives of Calgarians, Canadians and musicians and music-lovers around the world.

Our partnership with Honens sees United residents heading to concert halls for the Honens Piano Festival concerts and enjoy intimate in-house recitals by world-class Honens Laureates.

cpm-bird-logoCalgary Pro Musica

Calgary Pro Musica encourages and celebrates the intimate art of chamber music. For more than 40 years, it has been enriching Calgary’s cultural life by presenting world-class artists and master classes led by visiting artists at the University of Calgary’s Department of Music.

Concerts are presented within the Eckhardt-Gramatté Hall in the Rosza Centre at the University of Calgary. United’s sponsorship/partnership with CPM enables our residents to attend some of these performances and also to enjoy in-house recitals by young artists.

civic-logotagCalgary Civic Symphony

Calgary Civic Symphony has been performing for Calgarians for more than 40 years. The orchestra is made up of amateur musicians who volunteer their time for the love of the music.

United’s partnership with the Civic Symphony includes sponsoring the CCS concertmaster Craig Hutchenreuther, residents attending concerts at the Jack Singer Concert Hall, and Craig and his colleagues performing at United communities.

Alberta Music Education Foundation (AMEF)

AMEF is a registered charity providing funding and innovative ideas for music education in your community. Through its status as a registered charity, it accepts donations and seeks funding for programs which it runs, co-sponsors, or supports in the province.

Formed in 1997, AMEF exists because of the belief that the study and performance of music is an integral and necessary part of well-rounded life and vibrant communities. It provides funding, ideas, and resources to Alberta’s community music students and teachers.

Calgary Jazz Orchestra

The Calgary Jazz Orchestra is a high energy, passionate and fun group of musicians whose goal is to engage and reach the audience with every song. The atmosphere is upbeat and fun, and is consistently enjoyed by all ages and all musical tastes.

The rich acoustic traditional Big Band sound emanates from top professionals in their field, and is comprised of four trumpets, four trombones, five saxophones and a three-piece rhythm section.  Leader Johnny Summers also often adds his rich vocals to the mix.  All musicians are personable and witty, and laughter by all is a guaranteed component of each show.

Lunchbox Theatre

Lunchbox Theatre delivers a fun and unique experience to its audience – upbeat performances in an intimate and comfortable atmosphere. Patrons are encouraged to eat their lunch while they enjoy the show. This friendly approach makes Lunchbox Theatre an ideal place to introduce theatre to new audiences, both young and old.

Lunchbox Theatre focuses on the development and production of original one-act plays; many of which are written by local Calgarians.


THIRD ACTion Film Festival – June 7-9, 2019

A cultural shift has started and we are but one more pebble in the landslide that is age-positive living in life’s third act.

For the vast majority of Canadians, the third act will be the last three decades of our life. Everyone’s third act is personal though and can occur at any age.

THIRD ACTion Film Festival’s focus is to celebrate aging and the accomplishments of older adults to help speed along an age-positive culture shift and empower everyone to envision their best third act.

Educational Opportunities

mru_logoMount Royal University

Mount Royal Music Conservatory has developed a recital series with United Active Living featuring gifted students who perform for our residents.

United sponsored the opening of the Bella Concert Hall. We look forward to a continual partnership with the Conservatory programs.

United’s residents also partnered with English program students to create a “Writers in Residence” program that gave voice to the life experiences of United’s residents.

The MRU Arts and Culture series features University faculty engaging with our residents on diverse topics – from politics to Bach. Both of these initiatives provide residents with learning opportunities that expand the meaning of community. In return, students and faculty discover/recognize that learning has no age limits.

We also offer opportunities for students from other career programs to do field work or engage in a work experience within our communities. Third-year nursing students from the Faculty of Nursing finish their clinical practicums working with our residents and developing health promotion programs. Residents gain from current health promotion initiatives and students learn that active aging means engagement with life regardless of health.

We also have a student-in-residence program, which invites a university student to live and work at United’s Garrison Green community. In 2016, English honours student Logan Pollon worked with residents to further develop a writing program.

stmu_logo_300wSt. Mary’s University

Coinciding with the opening of United’s Fish Creek community, United and St. Mary’s University agreed to pursue mutually beneficial activities in the areas of education, research and others.  United and St. Mary’s also engaged in a student-in-residence program where a university student lives and works alongside residents. Stephanie Wright is in the second year of a four-year bachelor’s of Science in biology degree. She moved into Fish Creek in early August 2018 and will stay until spring 2019.

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