Localife Calgary


The next event

Hello Everyone!

We’re stoked to announce that we will be hosting a holiday dress up party in partnership with Wellspring Calgary on December 15! It’s the perfect time of year to celebrate as the broader young adult community and party together with games, eggnog, and great conversation. There will be lots of snacks and drinks, so you just need to think about what you’ll wear. Anything goes, from ugly holiday sweaters, to onesies, to pajamas, or something festive!


Who: Young adults and supporters aged 18-39 who have been affected by cancer.

Where: Wellspring Carma House (1404 Home Road NW)

When: December 15 at 6-9 p.m.

RSVP to localifecalgary@youngadultcancer.ca by Wednesday, December 13.

Last year was a ton of fun, and we anticipate another great evening. Hope to see all of you there!

Your devoted Localife leaders,
Matt & Jenna

Email localifecalgary@youngadultcancer.ca to make sure you’re up to date on the latest info!



Localife Calgary: Forever young (October 26, 2017)

On October 25, 2017, Localife Calgary headed to Calgary Corn Maze and Fun Farm to see what sort of fun times we could get up to!

Localife Calgary gets outside (August 25, 2017)

Our most recent Localife Calgary event took us to Fish Creek Provincial Park on July 15.

Localife Calgary loves learning random things together! (May 17, 2017)

Localife Calgary met on May 11, 2017 to “learn something new” as we came together to make a Greek pastries and to play the card game, Cribbage!

Finding “creative” ways to cope with cancer (April 17, 2017)

A splendid time was had on April 6, 2017 when Localife Calgary went to the Glenbow Museum to check out its exhibits.

Pub nights FTW! (March 20, 2017)

Is there a better way to hang out, make friends, have fun than a Localife Calgary pub night? We don’t think so!

Eggnog and ugly sweaters (January 9, 2017)

There was plenty of festivity and good times on December 16, 2016 when Localife Calgary and Wellspring Calgary joined up to host a good ol’ fashioned holiday party!

Captivated by Katz (November 15, 2016)

On November 6, 2016, Localife Calgary met at the Ironwood Stage & Grill to see Peter Katz live in concert.

This is how we roll (November 2, 2016)

Localife Calgary had a great time bowling as we hit the lanes on October 18, 2016 at the Thorncliffe/Greenview Community Centre.

Localife Calgary floats our boat (September 22, 2016)

On August 28, 2016, Localife Calgary ventured to Bowness Park to enjoy a Sunday afternoon outdoors. It was not a particularly nice day, which meant we could rent as many paddle boats and canoes as we wanted and go out on the lagoon.

Localife Calgary meets the Rocky Routes riders (July 14, 2016)

Localife Calgary held their annual Texas 4000 for Cancer meet up on Tuesday and spent a little time with the Rockies Route riders as they passed through town on their way to their final destination in Alaska.

Localife Calgary floats our boat (May 12, 2016)

There was a lot to celebrate at Localife Calgary’s latest event on April 30, 2016!

New members host impressive “powers” (December 14, 2015)

On December 5, 2015 Localife Calgary gathered for an old school holiday games night. The fun-filled event rang with laughter which made it the perfect antidote to a dark and chilly winter evening!

Go Dinos! (November 27, 2015)

Localife Calgary gathered to take in the University of Calgary Dinos volleyball match on Friday, November 20, 2015.

Leveling up with urban gardening (November 10, 2015)

Since cancer, it seems there are so many things to learn when it comes to healthy things we can do ourselves!

Localife Calgary explores urban trails (September 23, 2015)

Localife Calgary hit the trails of Weaselhead Natural Area this last weekend — what a wonderfully secluded natural spot within city limits!

Localife Calgary has a new leader! (July 6, 2015)

We would like to extend a warm welcome to Jenna Tyson, our new Localife Calgary leader!

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Localife leaders

I’m a 29 year-old brain cancer survivor with a soft spot for the outdoors and good conversation. I grew up in Calgary, and it was a couple years after going to university to receive my education degree (at the age of 26) that a cancer diagnosis threw a wrench into — well, everything in my life (ha!).

Through attending YACC events, I’ve been super encouraged by how much it has helped to connect me with other survivors going through the chaos of cancer. My hope as one of Calgary’s Localife leaders is to creatively provide space and opportunities for others to receive this same gift!


My name is Matthew Miller, and I am extremely excited to be one of the Localife leaders here in Calgary!

I was diagnosed with Stage 3 Hodgkin’s Lymphoma at the age of 22. As most of you can contest to, it has been — and may very well be — the most difficult experience of my entire life. However, through it I have gained a perspective that I’m blessed to have, and it has helped me gauge what’s important in life, and what I want out of my life.

I love most things outdoors, even though I don’t partake in such activities nearly as often as I want to. Music is a huge passion of mine, and I’ve been teaching piano lessons for several years now. I’m currently enrolled at the University of Calgary, and I hope to graduate sometime within the next millennium. Cancer kind of throws a wrench into what you’re up to, but I love learning, so I could be a student forever and I would not mind at all.

What I hope to bring to Localife is an environment of warmth, community, and fun. To create a space in which everyone is able to fully express themselves, regardless of the circumstances, and that we can all enjoy each other’s company. Good connection and great conversation give depth to our everyday lives, and to have connections with others who simply “get it” is priceless. I am incredibly excited to connect with all of you, and to have a great time doing awesome things!