February 10, 2021 Get Engaged!

February 10, 2021 Get Engaged!

February 10, 2021


In this issue:

  • COVID-19 Update
  • Faces of the Community Feature
  • FEDU
  • The Guidebook for Great Communities

and more!




COVID-19 Update
The province of Alberta has released updates on their plan for COVID-19 re-opening phases. “The Path Forward” outlines the hospitalization benchmarks which need to be met to move on to the next steps of re-opening. Effective February 8, 2021, the province is in Step 1 with less than 600 hospitalizations and declining numbers being reported daily. In Step 1, changes have been made regarding indoor fitness and children’s sport and performance activities, which do not affect the current restrictions placed on community associations. Potential easing for community halls will be assessed in Step 2, three weeks after February 8, 2021. Please refer to the Alberta Health website for detailed information on restrictions and steps forward.

Financial Literacy Coach
If a driver gets into a car accident, would not knowing the rules of the road be an excuse? The answer is no. Like drivers, non-profit organizations are responsible for properly using financial information to fulfill their roles. Leaders should be looking at all relevant information contained in their financial statements and reports.

My name is Stephen, I’m a Financial Literacy Coach and The Federation’s newest team member! I’ll be working with all of you (our members) to support your learnings in finances! You can reach me at help@calgarycommunities.com or by phone at 403-244-4111 ext. 228. Join one of our upcoming financial workshops to meet me and learn something new. Be Part of It!

Cork Connection – 10 Days Left
Quick, get your Cork Connection tickets today! There are only 10 days left to get your Wine Survivor and Wine Education tickets. When you purchase a Cork Connection ticket, not only do you get to be part of a fun and exciting event, but you’re supporting The Federation and all the awesome work we do. Get your tickets today!


Faces of Community Feature
Meet Carla, with the Auburn Bay Community Association, our February Faces of Community feature. Through her work, she has transformed her community in several ways. As a force behind the annual Parade of Lights in December, Carla has led a group of volunteers committed to making each year better than the last. Read the full story today!

Focusing Our Services
For the past year, The Federation of Calgary Communities has been working hard to address some of the challenges and to respond to pressing needs that have emerged.

However, there never seems to be enough resources to do what could or needs to be done!
As part of our annual strategic review, we are thinking to reframe, focus, or change our services to best support our membership.

We value your opinion.  We would be appreciative if you would take 2 minutes to complete this three-question survey:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2CDDP57

Membership Development
Struggling with building memberships? Join us on February 18 at 7:00 p.m. for our Membership Development workshop. This session will teach you how to approach membership as a relationship instead of a transaction, and how you can shift your membership sales approach to focus on building excitement around being part of the community!

The Federation’s excited to introduce our members to FEDU – our online learning platform. Designed for non-profit leaders, FEDU will help increase your knowledge in finances and board governance while giving you the tools to be an effective decision-maker. Be part of the initial launch by taking our two Financial Management courses: I’m The New Treasurer – Now What? and Demystifying Financial Statements! Check out FEDU today, or when it’s convenient for you! Questions? E-mail Madina, we’d love to hear from you!

Black History Month Short-film Screening
Join Inclusive Canada on February 13 at 7:00 p.m. for a special event featuring three Canadian short films exploring Black history and current events. This event will be hosted by Ms. K and Taylor McNallie and will the films: Remember Africaville (1991), Secret Alberta – The Former Life of Amber Valley (2017) and Above the Law (2020). Be Part of!

Charitable Gaming Review is Underway
One hundred representatives from organizations across Alberta have been convened to assist the province in helping guide and shape decisions in charitable gaming into the future. Representatives reflect both licensed and unlicensed groups. Leslie Evans, our executive director, is on this committee.  The work will include discussions around:

  • Outcomes and principles
  • Access and revenue equality
  • Use of proceeds
  • Volunteer requirements
  • Eligibility

The committee will meet in February (3 sessions) and then a report on the changes will be completed by July 2021.  While the consultation process is underway, The Federation believes change is going to happen that will impact our member organizations. We will keep you updated.

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

1. The Guidebook for Great Communities
The latest draft of the proposed Guidebook for Great Communities went to the Standing Policy Committee on Planning and Urban Development (PUD) committee on February 3. Members of the committee voted to recommend the guidebook and Council will decide whether to adopt or reject the guidebook at the March 22 meeting. If the guidebook is adopted, it will become a statutory planning document that will guide redevelopment and growth in Calgary. Register for the next virtual information session on February 11, from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. to learn more about the recent updates to the guidebook.

Since 2013, the School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape (SAPL) Master of Planning Program at the University of Calgary and The Federation of Calgary Communities have worked together to support community associations in their decision-making process around land use and development issues. This year, the students are working with several communities; if you live in Northern Hills, Kingsland, Evergreen, Beddington Heights or Dalhousie, please visit the website to learn more about the projects and how you can get involved. If you don’t live in any of the communities above, you can still visit the website to learn more about the projects.

3. Partners in Planning
Join us virtually on Saturday March 13, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. to learn how citizens like you can be part of the planning process! In this Partners in Planning session, we will explore the role of formal decision-making bodies (i.e., Council and Calgary Planning Commission), how and when to provide feedback on an application and how to make the most of engagement opportunities.

4. Neighbourhood Speed Limit Review
On February 1, Council approved a new Speed Limit Bylaw (1H2020). This bylaw will change the default unposted speed limit within city limits to 40 km/h effective May 31, 2021. The speed on some collector roads will be changed to 50 km/h. The City is currently working on an implementation plan, and an awareness campaign that will be shared shortly. Click here to see the proposed changes to road speed limits in your ward and read more about the speed limit review.

Public Office and Election Policy
For community associations looking to safeguard their reputations as non-partisan organizations we highly recommend adopting the Public Office and Election Policy. Check out our resource library for more regarding bylaws, policies & procedures!