Transforming Dalhousie Community Centre and Play School!

Transforming the Dalhousie Community Association

The Dalhousie Community Association was one of the first recipients of the Paint4Good initiative. The Association provides valuable programs and services to enhance the quality of life for residents in the Dalhousie community. The Association oversees the Dalhousie Community Centre – a vibrant and dynamic meeting place that is the heart of the community. 

The Project – Dalhousie Community Preschool


The Association was looking to brighten up their community center – top to bottom! The first part of the project involved brightening up the preschool that has been supporting the community for over 30 years. The Association wanted to create a more vibrant environment for the children and help attract new enrollments with a more welcoming and upgraded space

The team at the Dalhousie Community Preschool worked with Yvonne, a professional colour consultant from Staging Calgary to choose their colours. The main colour selected was Benjamin Moore’s ‘Harbor Fog’ (#2062-70), a cheerful blue that refreshed the previous light green walls that were definitely showing wear and tear from the kids‼


“We were so grateful to The Urban Painter for selecting us in their Paint4Good campaign. Our space was incredibly outdated and desperately needed a new coat a paint to brighten things up. From the moment they contacted us to completing the job their staff was friendly and professional. I’m confident it will improve the attitudes and spirits of both the children and the teachers at Dalhousie Community Preschool.


I think the new paint job will really make our space more appealing to future parents and our program will continue to thrive. We have been serving the community for over 30 years and with the help of The Urban Painter we can continue to serve the community… and look good doing it! ”


 – Alexandra Leslie, Director of Dalhousie Preschool & 

Marsha Staples, General Manager of Dalhousie Community Association

The Project – “The Dungeon”


The second part of the project involved transforming “The Dungeon” – the Association’s affectionate term for the basement space used for a wide range of activities including an out of school care classroom and a dance studio. The space supports participants from early morning to late in the evening, offering an atmosphere of learning, exercise, fun and companionship. But… the space really is in the basement, which the Association describes as “drab space”, devoid of natural light. A fresh coat of paint would do wonders in creating a bright and fresh environment and revitalizing the busy space. 


Yvonne again supported the Dalhousie Community Association in selecting paint colours for the spaces throughout the basement. Benjamin Moore’s ‘Timid White’ (#OC39) was ironically chosen for the out-of-school care classroom, where participants are anything but timid! And, more appropriately, ‘Cotton Tail’ (#2155-70 ) was selected to add a great deal more vibrancy to the dance studio‼

Our Thanks


The goal of the Paint4Good initiative is to add colour and spread some joy within Calgary’s charitable community. The Urban Painter team is full of avid paint-lovers and this initiative has given us a wonderful opportunity to share this love, for which we are grateful. We also could not have transformed this amazing space without the help of our partners, who have graciously given their time and supplies to support Paint4Good. Our gratitude to Yvonne Laanstra from Staging Calgary for giving her time and expertise to help the Dalhousie Community Association find their perfect colours! And, of course, our deepest thanks to Benjamin Moore for donating all the paint and supplies to help our crews transform this space. 


Finally, our thanks to the Dalhousie Community Association. Thank you for your heartfelt application, your flexibility in working with our teams during these times of social distancing… but mostly, thank you for all you do for our community. 


We are so proud of the final result and grateful that we were able to add a little colour and brightness to the Dalhousie Community Centre.