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About the Design


This young and diverse community represents the future of Canada. Vivo’s Expansion project will be an inspiration for the next generation of community infrastructure across the country.


The City of Calgary’s Advisory Committee on Accessibility has assisted Vivo with creating spaces that will be accessible for individuals of all physical, sensory and visual capabilities. Accessibility highlights are included below.  Detailed accessibility features can be found here.


  1. Colour contrast and texture additions through all expanded spaces assisting individuals with impaired visibility to navigate the areas, including tactile signage.

  2. Sloped entry lane pool enables accessibility for individuals with physical disabilities.

  3. To ensure individuals in wheelchairs have a user-friendly experience, we have expanded clearance and grab bars throughout change rooms, washrooms and pool facilities, raised exercise platforms in the fitness centre and added barrier-free security gates and reception counters.

  4. Additional curb cuts, ramps and crosswalks to provide a barrier-free path.


This expansion will maintain Vivo’s certification as a LEED Gold facility and continue to allow us to minimize our impact on the world around us while reducing operating costs. A detailed overview of sustainability within Vivo’s expansion can be found here.


Highlights include:

  1. 40% reduction in energy usage compared to other similar facilities

  2. 366 solar panels that will power 27% of the energy to operate the facility

  3. Natural ventilation in the indoor park

  4. New pool uses 95% less water than other similar sized pools

  5. A high performance building envelope to withstand against fluctuations in Alberta’s climate (wind, storms, heat waves)

  6. Use of native and drought-resistant plants throughout outdoor spaces and landscaping


Moving away from a western dominated idea of movement and gathering and putting eastern approaches at the forefront. The design of the spaces is intended to create opportunities for more people to see themselves in places like Vivo. We hope to create spaces where everyone is able to be themselves and feel accepted by others.


Vivo was inspired by extensive engagement with our diverse community and through research that surfaced findings like graphic artist Yang Liu’s representations of eastern and western philosophy.


The Need to Grow

North-central Calgary has nearly doubled since 2004 growing from 80,000 to over 150,000 people calling this region of Calgary home. It will grow to nearly 200,000 in the next decade with development north of Stoney Trail – a 5 minute drive from Vivo.


This is a diverse community where one in two residents identify as Black, Indigenous or a Person of Colour (BIPOC). 


Learn more about the numbers behind Vivo’s need to expand here.

Capital Campaign Cabinet

Mary Anderson, Area Sales Manager, Look Homes 


Mark Caldwell, Owner, Country Hills Canadian Tire 


Courtney Cathcart, Board Liaison, Government Relations – Prairies, Shaw Communications 


Nicole Dawe, Philanthropy Manager, Vivo for Healthier Generations


Sharilyn C. Nagina, Vivo Board Chair, Partner, DLA Piper LLP
Frank Muller, Cabinet Chair, Senior Vice President and COO, Razor Energy
Kelsey Murdoch, Donor Care Coordinator, Vivo for Healthier Generations 


Surinderjit ‘Stan’ Plaha, President, North Calgary Cultural Association 


Dr. Josephine Tsang, Founder of ChangentYYC


Sue Scott, Founding CEO, Vivo for Healthier Generations 


Cynthia Watson, CEO, Vivo for Healthier Generations 

Donor Data and Transparency

Vivo takes the utmost care in protecting our donor information and ensuring that your gift is invested effectively in the community. We adhere to the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Donor Bill of Rights and Code of Ethical Standards.


For further detail, you can find recent annual reports, audited financials and links to our most recent filed T3010 with the Canada Revenue Agency here. This includes information on the costs that were incurred in Vivo’s fundraising efforts. 


We are accountable to our funders and want to be transparent about how your gift has been expended. If you have further questions, contact us at (403) 532-1013 or donate@vivo.ca.