May 2, 2018

May 2, 2018

Community Planning Exchange Workshop
Our next CPE workshop is less than two weeks away! This FREE workshop on May 12th will discuss questions that many of you have had:

1) Lifecycle of schools: How do school get built? What happens when a school closes?

2) Middle Housing: Why is the city encouraging more duplexes? Row houses? What is the role of the RC-G District?

3) Parks and Green Spaces: How can communities engage in their parks and green spaces?

This one-time workshop will cover these 3 community planning topics! Don’t delay, Register Here!

Join us for our Annual General Meeting!
You’re invited to our Annual General Meeting on Thursday, June 7 from 6:30 – 9:00pm at the Crossroads Community Association. Join us to hear about what we’ve been up to over the past year, help us elect new board members, celebrate our Partners in Planning (PIP) graduates, and more! There will be lots of time for networking and enjoying light refreshments. Click here to register today!

GST for Not-for-Profits – Thursday, May 3
Monday Matters – Monday, May 7
Hall Rental Best Practices: What’s Working Fireside Chat – Wednesday, May 9
Community Planning Exchange: Change in Communities #2 – Friday, May 12
Click here for more upcoming events
Featured Faces of the Community
April’s featured Face was Annette Fung! Annette joined the Chinatown Community Association as a Director when the organization formed in 2016. She immigrated to Calgary from Hong Kong over 50 years ago and is a staple of her community as a resident, business owner, and volunteer. Annette is dedicated to preserving and celebrating her neighbourhood’s rich culture and heritage. She says that community associations are important for Calgary because they help make our city a great place to live. Watch Annette share her story here!
Jane’s Walk
Be part of a global festival of free neighbourhood walking tours. Learn something new. Notice something for the first time. Share your ideas for creating more vibrant communities. JOIN or LEAD a Jane’s Walk.
Energizing Spaces Fund – Round 1 Recipients
We received 19 applications for round one of the Energizing Spaces Fund, totalling over $117,000 in replacement requests. We awarded eight organizations with energy efficient appliances and outdoor LED lighting upgrades. Haysboro, Hidden Valley, and Pineridge Community Associations received funding for outdoor lighting, and the Alexandra Centre Society, Banff Trail, Bridgeland-Riverside, Capitol Hill, and the Inglewood Community Associations received funding for appliances! The round two application deadline will be September 30, 2018. Click here for more information on the recipients and the fund.

The 2018 Alberta Nonprofit Survey is now open through May 31st!
CCVO’s annual Alberta Nonprofit Survey is the only source of province-wide “state of the sector” research that documents the experience and health of Alberta’s nonprofit sector. The final report is highly-regarded by nonprofit leaders, board members, and government decision-makers. Your organization’s contribution is an important part of painting a complete picture of the nonprofit sector in Alberta.

This year, along with questions about your organization’s financial, operational, and programmatic experience, the survey also explores the impact of an updated Employment Standards Code and the theme of adaptive capacity. Your responses contribute to a collective voice for the nonprofit and charitable sector in CCVO’s policy advocacy work and will influence what we ask all major parties to address in the May 2019 provincial election.

Please take 15 minutes to include the voice of your organization in the 2018 survey.

One response per organization please.

Alberta Narratives Project
Interested in lending your voice to environment and sustainable futures, we want your input on May 15, to learn more contact Tyson at We’re looking to host a focus group. Learn more here.

Here are a few highlights from our urban planning world this month – be sure to check our blog for a complete listing of recent events and updates.

  1. Cannabis Store Applications: Council recently approved the proposed bylaw amendments to facilitate the retail sale and consumption of cannabis in Calgary. Click the link to read key pieces of information about cannabis business for community associations.
  2. Digital Circulations Survey: The City is looking for feedback to help communities with reviewing files online and sharing digital files with residents. Click the link to access the survey!
  3. Backyard Suites Design Engagement Dates: We’ve finalized the dates for community engagement on the Backyard Suites Design Guidelines. Click the link to learn how to get involved!
  4. Notice Posting Survey: The City would like to stop advertising approved Development Permits in the newspaper and move primarily to advertising through online tools such as the Planning & Development Map. This change would not apply to change in land use or existing notice posting details. Help us gather data on your preferences for notification and what potential barriers you see with this change.
    *Click on the link to fill out the survey
  5. Infill Working Group Update: Draft LUB changes to incentivize front porches. Click to read the summary on discussion points.
  6. Home Improvement Open House on Saturday May 12th: This free event will allow homeowners undertaking renovations to increase their understanding about the requirements and advantages of permits, inspections and, if they are not doing the work themselves, hiring licensed contractors. Click on the link to learn more.

Running a Dynamic AGM
An AGM is a meeting of the general membership of an organization and held annually. But how do you make these AGM’s engaging and fun for people who are attending as well as planning to join your board! Check out our resources on Members Only.

  1. AGM Ballot Form
  2. AGM Script Template
  3. Effective Board Chairs

Interested in community building but looking for an idea? Have you seen our new #ActivateYYC tool to help you engage for input? We released our little ActivateYYC signs at the Beyond the Four Walls Conference to help you generate ideas from your community! Grab a sign, pick a spot, and watch the great ideas come in. Don’t forget the final deadline for ActivateYYC is July 3, 2018.


Created by: Rebecca Dakin -- Last Modified: May 2, 2018