April 1, 2020 Get Engaged!

April 1, 2020 Get Engaged!

April 1, 2020

In this issue:

  • Federation COVID-19 Office Update
  • April Faces of Community 2020 feature!
  • Calgary Foundation COVID-19 Urgent Charity Needs
  • Guidebook for Great Communities and North Hill Communities Local Area Plan Public Meeting Postponed

… and more!

Federation COVID-19 Office Update

We are still here for you! Our staff is still available via email to help with any questions or concerns you may have during this time. Click here to access our staff directory. We are still accepting audit files at our office Monday to Friday from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm or through our new CLOUD. Please call us at 403-244-4111 before dropping files off. We will keep you updated if our hours change.

We are currently developing additional online programming to help support you in your role as a volunteer during these unprecedented times, in addition to continuing to update our COVID-19 Community Organization Resources page. Click here to view these resources.

While we have had to postpone all in-person workshops, it is important to us that you, our members, know we are still here for you to help you in your roles as volunteers! That’s why we have started developing new educational videos! We have posted two new educational videos to our YouTube channel: Cash Flow Projections and Scenario PlanningClick here to access them. We are excited to film more videos in the coming weeks!

ActivateYYC 3.0 Traffic Calming has been postponed until 2021
As you might imagine, with social distancing and the current state of emergency, ActivateYYC 3.0 Traffic Calming can’t proceed as planned this summer. The City staff who are required to “install” the posts at the intersections are seconded for the state of emergency and without being able to gather to “activate” the traffic bump outs (we aren’t sure when we can gather as large groups); we felt it was prudent to postpone this project until the spring of 2021. While we are disappointed, we have been assured we can resume next year. While delayed, we are optimistic that we will still be able to have ActivateYYC Traffic Calming in the future. If your organization has already applied for ActivateYYC Traffic Calming, there is no need to reapply next year. We will reach out early next year to see if you would like your application to proceed—and will just require an update on dates and contacts.

ENMAX Energizing Spaces postponed
In cooperation with our partner, ENMAX, we have decided to postpone awarding the ENMAX Energizing Spaces grant for the spring cycle. We recognize that during a state of emergency this is not the best time for folks to be filling out applications or monitoring deadlines, etc. That said, ENMAX is very committed to supporting our members through Energizing Spaces. We will keep you updated when more information is available on future applications and we apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.

*Please note that our in-person workshops and events have been postponed until further notice. Our Table Talk Tuesday online lunch-n’-learns sessions will continue as planned and we are working to develop online learning opportunities to continue to support you in your volunteer role during these uncertain times.

Presidents/ Board Member Meeting – April 3, 2020
Table Talk – When the Vote Seems Urgent – April 7, 2020
Administrators’ Weekly Check-in – April 8, 2020

April Faces of Community 2020 feature!
We are excited to introduce you to Saroz, our Faces of Community 2020 feature for the month of April! Through her work with the Whitehorn Community Association, Saroz has been able to encourage positive change and has astounded the community with her hard work and dedication to the people. With time spent ranging from board organization and recruitment, to relationship building with community members, to identifying and securing grants and building relationships with businesses, the work Saroz does is invaluable to her community. Click here to learn more about Saroz and the work she does!

Tell us how we’ve done this year!
Our annual member satisfaction survey is an important way for us to get feedback from you, our members, on the programs and services we offer you! The survey takes approximately 10 minutes to complete. Click here to take our survey by the April 12 deadline.

Calgary Foundation COVID-19 Urgent Charity Needs Page
In the midst of the COVID-19 crisis, our local charitable community is deeply impacted. Many are on the frontlines serving critical needs and will continue to see an increased demand on their services. Others have had to cancel events, cease ticket sales or close their doors entirely. The Calgary Foundation COVID-19 Urgent Charity Needs Page connects local charities with Calgarians who want to help. Click here to see who needs funding now.

Social Connections while Physical Distancing

We are inspired to see communities across Calgary engaging their residents and providing support during these difficult times while practicing physical distancing. See below for some examples of the great work being done across our city!

  • The Tuscany Community Association has teamed up with Tuscany photographer, Erik McRitchie, to start a #porchrait photo series! These pictures feature Tuscany residents posing from their front porches or windows to show some positivity during these difficult times
  • The Millican-Ogden Community Association has shifted their Lego Building Contest to a virtual contest! Submissions will be posted to their Facebook page, and the number of “Likes” on the photos will determine a winner!
  • Many community associations have created Facebook groups or pages to provide support to their residents, like the Cedarbrae Community Association’s new Facebook page Cedarbrae Cares dedicated to COVID-19 news.

These are just some examples of what our communities are doing across the city to help out during these difficult times. If your community has a great initiative, or if you know of any other great ideas, please email us and we would be love to share them.

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. Guidebook for Great Communities and North Hill Communities Local Area Plan Public Meeting Postponed
Due to our current state of emergency, the public hearing originally scheduled for April 27 has been postponed. We do not have a new date at this time, we will send an update as soon as we have more information. The final proposed draft of the Guidebook can be found here. The draft North Hill Communities Local Area Plan can be accessed by clicking this link.

2. Guidebook 101 Video
If you missed the Guidebook 101 sessions but want to learn more about the Guidebook for Great Communities, you can watch a video of the presentation by clicking the link above.

3. Heritage Conservation Tools and Incentives Report Update
Due to the evolving COVID-19 emergency, administration is now recommending that the Heritage Conservation Tools and Incentive Report be received for information only and will return back to SPC on Planning and Urban Development at a later time for a fulsome discussion and public participation. This decision was made to ensure that stakeholders have the opportunity to more meaningfully engage with the report at a later Committee date. You can read the report here (item 7.3). The committee meeting will be webcast live, beginning at 9:30 am today Wednesday, April 1, you can re-watch the meeting by clicking this link. You can provide written submissions regarding the report via www.calgary.ca/publicsubmission

4. Municipal Development Plan and Calgary Transportation Plan
The Municipal Development Plan (MDP) and Calgary Transportation Plan (CTP) are documents that will guide land use and transportation in Calgary in the long term. The City is proposing amendments to the two plans and will be collecting feedback online till the April 12. Please click the link above to provide feedback.

5. Ward Boundaries
The City is conducting a minor review of ward boundaries. If you live in wards 3, 5, 7 and 12 you may be impacted by the potential changes. The changes are intended to balance the population across the wards in Calgary. The City would like your feedback, please click the link above to provide comments by April 3.

6. Greenline Open House Dates
On January 29, members from the Green Line presented an updated Stage 1 alignment Green Line LRT route to City Council. Administration is collecting feedback on the proposed alignment, please read about the project and provide comments by clicking the link above.

Toole Peet COVID-19 and New Volunteering Activities

Is your organization considering organizing new volunteer activities to support your community? Be sure to review Toole Peet Insurance’s resource, COVID-19 and New Volunteer Activities, for guidelines on how to do this safely and reduce risk. Click the link above to access. We also have a couple other great resources to help your team brainstorm some new ways volunteers can engage your community.