April 21, 2021 Get Engaged!

April 21, 2021 Get Engaged!

April 21, 2021

In this issue:

  • Tell Us How We Did
  • Faces of Community – Kim Rondeau
  • Festival and Events Strategy
  • Calgary: The Community Perspective Project
  • and more!


How Did We Do?
Our membership satisfaction survey is back, and we want to know how we did in 2020! This year’s survey will take about 10-minutes. Your answers help us understand what we are doing well and what we need to better. When you finish the survey, you will be entered to win a surprise gift card. Fill out the survey today!

Orientation to the Planning Process
Our Orientation to the Planning Process workshop is back on May 4, 2021, at 7:00 p.m. During the session, we will start with the basics to help you understand planning policies and how decisions are made at The City. At the end of the session, you will leave feeling like an expert ready to tackle all planning and development opportunities in your community! Register today!

We’re Looking for Board Members!
We’re recruiting new board members! Looking to join a fun and exciting team of volunteers? Joining our board will let you work with other volunteers who all care about community and want to make an impact. Check out the posting today!

Faces of Community – Kim Rondeau
Meet Kim, with the Sunalta Community Association, our April 2021 Faces of Community feature! Kim is an avid gardener who got involved with her community association when they started building community gardens. She thinks you get more out of volunteering than you actually give. Read Kim’s full story today!

Help Us Plan a Co-Fundraiser
We have a new and exciting idea for a fundraiser, and we want your input. Join us on April 29 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. to hear our awesome idea for a fundraiser that raises funds for your association while engaging residents! Be Part of It!

Demystifying Financial Statements
Do financial statements scare you? Have no fear; our Demystifying Financial Statements workshop is back on May 20 at 10:00 a.m. This session will teach you about the elements of audited financial statements and explore the two most important statements a board should be discussing monthly. Register today!

Festival and Events Strategy
The City of Calgary is developing a new Festival and Events Strategy! Public online engagement for the Festival and Events Strategy is happening from April 12 to May 2, 2021. The feedback the city receives will inform the development of the new Festival and Events Strategy. Share your thoughts today!

Meet the Mediator
Join us and the Community Mediation Calgary Society (CMCS) on May 11 at 7:00 p.m. for our Meet the Mediator workshop! During the session you will meet a mediator from CMCS who will share their expertise to help develop your conflict resolution skills. Be Part of It!

Alberta Crime Prevention
Alberta Crime Prevention’s virtual conference features pre-conference sessions on May 10 and 11, 2021. The first pre-conference workshop is ERNIE & JOE CRISIS COPS: COMPASSIONATE RESPONSE TO MENTAL HEALTH CRISIS BY LAW ENFORCEMENT. The session is about compassionate police response to mental health crisis incidents. Register for the entire conference today at www.albertacrimeprevention.com today!

ActivateYYC Workshops!

Bring movement back to your community with ActivateYYC 2021! To help get your project of the ground, we have three workshops coming up! The first ActivateYYC 2021 workshop is on May 6, 2021, at 5:00 p.m., the second one is on May 8 at 10:00 a.m., and the final one is May 13 at 5:00 p.m. During these sessions you can ask us questions about the application process and tell us your ideas! Bring movement back to your community and register today!

Here are a few highlights from our urban planning world this month.

1. Calgary: The Community Perspective Project
Becky Poschmann is a thesis student in the MEDes program with the School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape at the University of Calgary; she is also a fellow community association volunteer. Becky is conducting research on the experience community associations have had with community engagement planning projects!

This research intends to understand how your community association received information about a planning project and the steps taken to undertake engagement. There are many ways information can be shared and received, and it is important to find a balance to ensure that community members are given equal opportunities to participate in public engagement impacting their communities.

The research will begin with an interview selection form. This form will be used to determine which communities to involve in the Stage 2 interviews. If your community is not selected for Stage 2, we will look to have you involved during the Stage 3 workshops. Visit the above link to collaborate and Be Part of It!

​​​​​​​The research for this project has been approved by the CFREB (REB20-1552).

2. The Guidebook for Great Communities
The latest drafts of the proposed Guidebook for Great Communities and North Hill Communities Local Area Plan were presented at the public hearing of the March 22 – 24, 2021, Council meeting. Over 130 people spoke to the Guidebook, and over 20 people spoke to the North Hill plan.

Council directed the Guidebook team to prepare a “What We Heard Report” which will summarize all the comments, suggestions, and amendments received through the public hearing and written submissions. You can read the official minutes or listen to the public hearing (Item 8.2.1) here.

The Guidebook team will report back to the Standing Policy Committee on Planning and Urban Development on May 5, 2021. You can register to speak and submit a letter here. The deadline to submit letters so that they are a part of the agenda package is April 28.

3. Guidebook Report Back Presentation – LIVE on April 29
The City’s Guidebook team is hosting a Guidebook Report Back Presentation, live on April 29 at 6:30 p.m. Tune in by clicking the link at the scheduled date and time of the presentation.

  • This live update will include a report back on the key themes heard at the Guidebook public hearing of Council, the key themes heard through supplementary engagement and will explain how input was considered or used to inform any Guidebook amendments proposed by Administration.
  • Engagement participants and any interested community associations or community members are invited to attend.
  • This live presentation will be recorded and available to view following the event for those who are not able to watch live. Due to limited time and capacity to respond to all questions, information will be shared, but there will not be an opportunity to ask questions.

Presentation link: Guidebook Report Back Presentation, click here to join live on Thursday, April 29 at 6:30 p.m.
The presentation will start on April 29 at 6:30 p.m. A recording of the presentation will also be available through this link following the live presentation.

Learn more about the Guidebook for Great Communities at Calgary.ca/Guidebook.

4. Outdoor Patios back for the summer
As temperatures start to warm up, the City has announced they will extend the outdoor patio program introduced last year. The City will allow patios on public land, prioritize applications, and waive permitting fees. Check out the link above to learn more about the program!

5. Neighbourhood Speed Limit Review
On February 1, Council approved the Speed Limit Bylaw. This bylaw will change the default unposted speed limit within city limits to 40 km/h effective May 31, 2021. This change may affect the speed limit on both residential and collector roads in neighbourhoods. Click here to see the proposed changes to road speed limits in your ward and read more about the speed limit review.


Guide – Anti-Racist Organizational Change: Resources & Tools for Nonprofits
Is your organization looking for resources to support you in anti-racism work to create positive change and a more equitable working environment within your organization? The CommunityWise Resource Centre has been undertaking this work since 2016 and have developed excellent resources that can also support your organization’s work in anti-racism.