William Carnegie was born in Ontario and moved to Calgary at the age of five. He has spent most of his life in Calgary with the exception of a year living on a farm in Manitoba. He has a passion for learning, travel, sports cars, building community, and his Family.
Having built a community garden in the community of Mission in Calgary in 2012, he found a desire to learn about sustainability in our food system and traveled to Cuba to learn about their sustainable food network of ‘Organiponicos’. Through his travels across the island, he learned of the various opinions of the Cuban people towards socialism, capitalism and the Castro’s, which helped him to define his own views on the topics.
‘It is by building great communities that we build great societies, and the first step is to give our communities the resources they need to flourish.’
– W. Carnegie
William Carnegie wants to fight to make sure that our communities are properly represented in the government and that every individual in East Calgary has a voice. He believes that the government should represent the best interests of its citizens, be transparent and accountable.
Prior to becoming the President of the Forest Lawn Community Association (FLCA), William was an advocate for Forest Lawn and East Calgary. In the summer of 2018, he created a program that increased the safety and pride of East Calgarians. Along with several volunteers, he drove through every alley in Forest Lawn and removed almost 22 thousand pounds of garbage – mattresses, couches, televisions, etc. That was the first step in making East Calgary a better place to live and he has carried that passion through to new efforts.
William is currently an advisor for the ‘Greater Forest Lawn – Neighborhood Grants Committee’; advocating for and creating a free indigenous learning program run through the FLCA, and leading the ‘Community Action Team’ for 12 Community Safety Initiative.
East Calgary is home to William, his wife Andrea, and their two-year-old son; It is also home for his father and his in-laws. Helping to create a better community in East Calgary isn’t only something he hopes for; it is something he actively pursues.