Zane Community Project
Marnie and I founded Humanity In Practice (h!p) 15 years ago as a way for young children to be able to help others from their homes or classroom. Our own children grew up helping us with h!p’s projects and programs. Including Zane.
Zane carried a cup of loose change to hand out and always bought a second burger…for someone who was hungry. From a young age he bought a gift at Christmas for a child who had none. His heart was a giving one. He connected people to community events, his passions of music, reading and photography. He was inclusive which gave him many friends. Zane was h!p. Last August, the unimaginable happened. Zane was killed in a head on collision coming home with his friend. Family, friends, neighbours, co-workers did not know how to help but wanted to do something. Aunt Betty suggested donating to h!p. And so the donations started coming in and the Zane Fisher Community Project was formed.These donations enable h!p to create ways to support youth in our city. Over the last year,
- We have set up criteria of how these donations should be spent in a way that will honor the trust of our donors, the essence of Zane and that are aligned with h!p’s mission.
- Became aware, through discussions with community stakeholders, that stress, anxiety, inclusion, lack of meaningful connections are the biggest challenges youth are facing. And at an alarming rate.
- We aligned with Bell Let’s Talk and their local HOPE movement to be a part of the work around creating connections for youth in Calgary.
- We are currently working with youth serving agencies to identify ways in which we can support the work they do with youth and are excited about the growing list of opportunities to support.
- Our first project, we supported youth at Ted Harrison School, who asked for stress balls as a tool to help reduce anxiety that the majority of their youth are experiencing. It was a very simple but impactful and appreciated way to support their mental health campaign.
“The students really loved the stress balls that you sent to us, they were thankful to have a fun way to relieve stress. We are thankful for you to be always replying to all our concerns and putting in your own time for an important project like Self-Love week.”
The essence of Zane encourages you to ‘pay it forward’