April 15, 2020 Get Engaged!

April 15, 2020 Get Engaged!

April 15, 2020

In this issue:

  • Federation COVID-19 Office Update
  • National Volunteer Week 2020
  • Calgary Foundation: Stepping Stones Grant
  • Heritage Conservation Tools and Incentives Report Update

… and more!

Federation COVID-19 Office Update
We are continuing to work towards providing you with online learning and engagement opportunities while we practice safe physical distancing, including our weekly Administrators’ Meetings and Presidents’ Meetings. If you are an administrator or president of your organization, these meetings are a great opportunity to talk about new developments, challenges, and positive stories with your peers, as well as share resources to address our challenges. Click here to view our calendar and check out our upcoming learning and engagement opportunities!

As we continue to navigate these difficult times and find new ways to help our neighbours and volunteer, the Alberta Government urges volunteers to follow all necessary precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Click here to view the Government of Alberta’s COVID-19 information for non-health care volunteers fact sheet.

We are continuing to update our COVID-19 Community Organization Resources page. Click here to view these resources. And as always, we are still here for you! Our staff is still available via email to help you with any questions or concerns you have relating to your volunteer role. Click here to access our staff directory.

G Suite Lunch and Learn with Riverbend
Need help staying connected to your board and volunteers, as well as ensuring everyone has access to all the right information? Join us for an online session with the Riverbend Community Association on April 24 from 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm to learn how they have utilized G Suite and other platforms to help their board communicate effectively during these unprecedented times. Click here to register.

Federation AGM Postponed
Our AGM, which is typically held in June, has been postponed. We will keep you updated as more information is available.
Tell us how we did!

We have extended our member satisfaction survey deadline until April 19 at midnight so you have more time to get your answers in! This annual survey is an important way for us to get feedback from you, our members, on the programs and services we offer you. The results will be analyzed and used to better serve you, so don’t miss out on this opportunity to have your say! We know surveys aren’t that fun, but it will only take approximately 10 minutes of your time. And to show our appreciation for your time and responses, you’ll also be entered into a draw to win an exciting surprise gift card! Click here to take our survey and tell us how we did by Sunday, April 19.

National Volunteer Week 2020 
National Volunteer Week 2020 is coming up soon! From April 19-29, celebrate the amazing volunteers in your community who give their time to make our communities a great place to live, work, and play! Need some ideas on how to celebrate your volunteers virtually? Click here to view our resource! And click here to access Volunteer Canada’s helpful campaign kit!

Virtual Toole Peet Community Hero Award 
Just in time for National Volunteer Week 2020, you can nominate a deserving volunteer for a Toole Peet Community Hero Award and one of our team members will present it to them at your next virtual board meeting or event! To maintain safe physical distancing, our team will only be presenting these awards virtually for the foreseeable future. Along with our proud sponsor, Toole Peet Insurance, we would like to recognize the many unsung heroes who make outstanding contributions by volunteering in their communities through their community associations! Click here to nominate a deserving volunteer in your community.

Learn something new at noon!
Our next Table Talk Tuesday session is on April 28! We all need episodic and program volunteers- tune in to learn about some ways to support your volunteer recruitment efforts in 15 minutes, with another 15 minutes for live Q&A. Click here to register. Can’t tune into the live sessions? That’s okay! You can watch past sessions on our YouTube channel by clicking here!

Calgary Foundation: Stepping Stones Grants
The Stepping Stones grants encourages active citizenship by helping grassroots community groups undertake small creative projects that build a sense of inclusive belonging in local communities. This program is a partnership between Connect First Credit Union and Calgary Foundation and offers grant support of up to $1,000 for project expenses. In this time of COVID-19 physical isolation, projects of virtual community gatherings and local response activities that help neighbours help neighbours will also be supported. All projects must abide by the latest public health regulations. Click here to learn more.

City of Calgary Neighbours helping Neighbours
The City of Calgary has created a page to inspire three simple acts of kindness to support your neighbour, community, and the city of Calgary during these difficult times. Click here to view these printable tools and resources.

Social connections while physical distancing
We have been really impressed and excited to see all the ways that communities are making social connections while practicing safe physical distancing. See below for some of the great work being done:

  • The North Haven Community Association is hosting a North Haven Tidy Up Challenge by encouraging its residents to get out in the alleys, corners, and side walks of their neighbourhood and pick up garbage that has collected over the winter between April 17-24.
  • The Banff Trail Community Association is encouraging their neighbours to paint rocks to contribute to the community garden for other neighbours to find while going for a walk by the garden.
These are just some examples of the great work being done! If your community has a great initiative you’d like to share, please email us and we would 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. Heritage Conservation Tools and Incentives Report Update
Due to the evolving COVID-19 emergency, on April 1 the Heritage Conservation Tools and Incentive Report was 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 meeting minutes, and live stream, can be found here.

2. 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, which is still open. Please click the link above to provide feedback.

3. 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.

4. School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape – Crossroads Studio Project

Students in their final year of the Master in Planning program at the University of Calgary have been working in collaboration with the Crossroads Community Association. If you would like to see what the students have been working on, click the above link.

5. Development Map
The City of Calgary’s Development Map is a convenient way to inform citizens and community associations of applications in their areas. They can also submit their comments, concerns or support through the email function embedded in the map. Emails submitted through the map go directly to the Planner reviewing the file. To access the map, click the above link. Look out for more improvements to the map.

Scenario Planning Video
To help you and your organization with planning, decision-making and management of your resources over the next few months, we have developed some resources to help you!