April 7, 2021 Get Engaged!

April 7, 2021 Get Engaged!

April 7, 2021

In this issue:

  • Exploring Communities: Pitch Night
  • Membership Satisfaction Survey
  • Attention: Sector Update
  • ActiveYYC
  • The Guidebook for Great Communities and North Hill Communities Local Area Plan


and more!



Exploring Communities: Pitch Night
The Exploring Communities: Pitch Night is tomorrow, April 8, at 7:00 p.m. Register today and become part of the virtual voting audience. During the session, you will watch University of Calgary students and their community association partners present their project ideas. Vote on your favourites while getting awesome placemaking ideas for your own community.

National Volunteer Week
National Volunteer Week 2021 is from April 18 to 24. Use National Volunteer Week to celebrate and recognize the amazing volunteers in your community! Looking for inspiration on how to recognize outstanding volunteers in your community? Check out the Campaign 2021 Toolkit for ideas.

We are Recruiting New Board Members!
We’re looking for prospective board members! These are volunteer positions that will help you: gain a sense of belonging and accomplishment, expand your network, set a positive example as a community leader, impact the broader Calgary community and contribute to a cause you care about in a strategic, big picture manner. Send your resume to board@calgarycommunities.com. The application deadline is April 30, 2021. The Nominations Committee will shortlist the applicants, and interviews will be held in May.

How Did We Do?
It is that time of year again! We are asking you how we did with our Member Satisfaction Survey. We know it’s not fun to do these kinds of surveys, but they are an important way to get feedback from you, our members, on the specific programs and services we offer you.

Please take some time and give the questions your close and honest attention. The survey will take about 10 minutes to complete.

We value your feedback and thank you for your time and responses. When you complete the survey, you will get entered to win an exciting surprise gift card! Don’t wait; you have until Sunday, April 30, to fill out the survey!

Meet the 2021 Faces of Community
The 2021 Faces of Community were announced on March 24 at our Faces of Community event. We are excited to introduce you all to this year’s Faces. Take some time to read their stories and learn how they got involved.

Annual General Meeting
The date has been set for our 2021 Annual General Meeting (AGM)! Join us on June 28 at 7:00 p.m. for a virtual AGM. Be part of out AMG and meet other volunteers, share your ideas and experiences. During the meeting, we will talk about changing bylaws, approving audited statements, electing new board members, and most importantly, there will be prizes! Register today!

Attention: Sector Update
Bill 53: the Service Alberta Statutes (Virtual Meetings) Amendment Act 2021 has received Royal Assent on March 26, 2021 and is effective retroactively from August 15, 2020. The updated rules now allow organizations the option of providing meeting notices, conducting meetings, and holding votes using digital technology. If organizations want to meet and vote in-person, or if their bylaw allows for online meeting and voting, no changes are required. A bylaw change is required ONLY if your bylaws expressly prohibit such actions as meeting and voting electronically. Please reach out to us directly at capacity@calgarycommunities.com with any specific questions or for clarifications.

Alberta Cultural Days Grant
The Alberta Cultural Days Grant is now open for applications! The grant aims to help community organizations showcase local talent while boosting their cultural programs. The deadline to apply for the grant is May 7, 2021. Apply today!

ONWARD: Continuing Conversations
Join UCalgary Knowledge Engagement for ONWARD on April 8 to tackle these difficult questions, brainstorm ideas, and learn from one another. Building on the momentum from Community Conversations in November 2020, ONWARD will offer a shared space to discuss overlapping community-campus needs, share learnings and explore opportunities to work together. Event attendees will hear from a community speaker, participate in engaging breakout discussions and network with other event attendees. Register to attend here.

ActivateYYC 2021

ActivateYYC 2021 is here and ready for project submissions! This is your opportunity to activate movement and empower your community. ActivateYYC 2021 is a reimbursement microgrant program that will provide 30 microgrants – 20 $1,000 and 10 $3,000 grants – to walking initiatives that are unique, vibrant, and fun. The application deadline is May 23, 2021.

Question? We’re here to help! Contact us or visit activate.calgarycommunities.com for more information!

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

1. The Guidebook for Great Communities and North Hill Communities Local Area Plan
The latest draft of the proposed Guidebook for Great Communities and North Hill Communities Local Area Plan was presented at the public hearing of Council from March 22 – 24, 2021. 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. The Guidebook team will report back to the Standing Policy Committee on Planning and Urban Development on May 5, 2021.

The North Hill Communities Local Area Plan was tabled. It will return to the Combined Meeting of Council on Monday, April 12, 2021, for further debate and discussion. This Council session is not a public hearing, so the public is unable to speak, but you can still tune in to follow the debate.

You can read the official minutes or listen to the public hearing (Items 8.2 and 8.2.2) here.

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

3. 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.

4. Modernizing the Joint Use and Planning Agreement (Agreement between the City of Calgary and School Boards)
A joint use site is land set aside for a school building, school playing fields; community playing fields with facilities, and grounds that are accessible to both school and non-school users. The City is reviewing its current agreement. This review will explore allowing a mix of uses on joint use sites and how different groups use and want to use these sites. Visit the link above to provide your feedback on the role of school sites and the design of school sites in your community!

Template – Communications Plan
Looking to improve your communications and engagement with your members and communities? Try creating a communications plan to ensure your strategies align with your communications goals!