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For those who have been laid off in Calgary and area, the group offers support and help for:

·    Managing the stress and fear of your laid off experience
·    Understanding the psychological aspects of job loss and what you can do about it
·    Combatting the isolation and loss of self that can accompany unemployment
·    Strategies for job search and how to effectively manage your time during transition, plus so much more...

Both the in-person and online Laid Off Calgary groups provide additional knowledge sharing, peer support and resources. Job search meets mindfulness

When was Laid Off Calgary started?

Bianca Sinclair founded Laid Off Calgary in January 2016 to help those affected by job loss in the economic downturn.

The group evolved as follows, where Bianca:

  • In January 5, 2016: Created the Laid Off Calgary Facebook group
  • In February 2016: Began facilitating regular weekly peer support meetings in Calgary SW and downtown.
  • In November 2016: Layered in volunteer moderator support for the Facebook group page.
  • In December 2016: Added an additional meeting time slot and location to accommodate attendees in north Calgary
  • In January 2017: Created a walking group that meets periodically across the city combining exercise with casual conversation for job seekers
  • In February 2017: Started to encourage more volunteer facilitation support for group meetings and formalized the meeting methodology
  • In April 2017: Acknowledged the creation and facilitation of over 100 Laid Off Calgary meetings across Calgary providing support to hundreds of individuals
  • In May 2017: Commenced knowledge transfer of Laid Off Calgary with Central Alberta to help set up a similar non-profit organization in Red Deer 

Will the group help me find a job?
Many participants of Laid Off Calgary have since found work. Attending a group meeting doesn't guarantee a job but you will gain something different every time that can help you during your transition, cope better, pick up specific tips and resources, form new connections with other people and not feel so alone! 

The group meetings are facilitated by trained volunteers. We employ different facilitation styles and coaching techniques to help you access your own inner wisdom and also provide a forum for listening to each other. Many members have new friends from the group and some have been able to help find others work.   

Members of the Facebook group share tips and resources for job search, support each other by asking/answering relevant questions, and help keep a positive outlook. We have membership criteria for this closed group to encourage positive, supportive and relevant communication.  "Legacy members" are Facebook group members who continue to support the community but have since found work.  

Do you post jobs on the Laid Off Calgary Facebook Page?
From time to time some members share info on job leads based on a personal referral. Our Facebook group page is not the best place to advertise jobs as there are other great sites dedicated to this. The Calgary Job Board Facebook group (with over 3000 members) is one we recommend and is also moderated to ensure the job content meets certain criteria. 

How many people are in the Facebook group?
In summer 2016, the Laid Off Calgary Facebook group had approximately 200 members. As of June 2017, the group had grown to more than 900 members.

The Laid Off Calgary Facebook group is a Closed (versus Public) group, which means that all new membership requests must be approved and that posts can only be viewed internally (by members). Content is also moderated by volunteers to ensure that it meets community agreed criteria (relevant, appropriate, kind, etc.).

Why is there a limit of 12 people to a meeting?
Each meeting has a mix of familiar faces and new. I like the smaller group format for more comfortable conversations. It's better for participants and for the facilitator. Our 90 minute meetings go very fast! Our meetings are very interactive and powerful learning opportunities. We also need to know the number of registrants so we we don't go over the room capacity so we do ask that people register their interest to attend following the links in 

Yes, it's free! I know... not many things in life are these days! Free doesn't mean ugly handouts either. I wanted to show our Calgary community that yes, it's possible to offer something quality at no cost to the individual - a platform where people willingly engage and connect in a positive way. I appreciate that not everyone has access to great Outplacement/career transition services from their last company (but there are so many alternatives!) Have you checked out this link on our website? Also, you can dial 2-1-1 who have the pulse on Calgary local resources. 

If you have enjoyed Laid Off Calgary and ever feel compelled to give back, know first of all how your contribution was already made within the group by being open and caring towards one another. If you want to go a step further, consider paying it forward to others. Small acts of kindness; acknowledge someone for their efforts; ask your neighbor how they are and pause to truly listen.  


Recent quotes from Laid Off Calgary participants:

"I appreciate the Laid Off Calgary venue to connect and collaborate and peruse upcoming opportunities. I can't begin to express how enabled and strong the group has made me feel and how connected to the jobseeking community. "

Have you attended a Laid Off Calgary meeting and are you familiar with our community and our approach?
Can you volunteer with Laid Off Calgary at the Global Petroleum Show for an hour or more during June 13-June 15? Email me if you are available to help me man the kiosk, and field questions from visitors. I'd really appreciate some extra support!

Next meetings: 

Newcomers and past participants are welcome in all meetings. Please register for each meeting you wish to attend. You may find more value in consistently attending a regular meeting time each week to be able to get to know and network with others and build upon themes from each meeting. 

Meetings are held at different locations depending on the date & time. Find us on Eventbrite (search for Laid Off Calgary) to find a meeting and register! 

Add yourself to the waitlist if you see the registration is full for the week. There are often last minute changes.
Tuesday afternoon support group - SW Calgary
Most Tuesday's 1.30-3.00pm
Themes change weekly.
With Bianca Sinclair & Co-facilitators 
Please register for future Tuesday afternoons 

Walking group - location/day/time varies
More dates will be posted after the Global Petroleum Show. Please check in Facebook as well.

NW Calgary group
Note: times vary in June. The NW location will be moving from Crowfoot Library after the end of June (the library is renovating!) Please check eventbrite. With certified coach Jacqueline Moore
Register here for NW Calgary sessions 

For Laid Off Calgary information (connection, peer support, resources and inspiration) please visit

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