February 24, 2021 Get Engaged!

February 24, 2021 Get Engaged!


February 24, 2021




In this issue:

  • ENMAX Energizing Spaces is Back
  • Wine Survivor Draws
  • FEDU
  • Partners in Planning

and more!





Energizing Spaces is Back! 
Planning for a re-opening in 2021 and need some new appliances?  Our friends at ENMAX can help!  Applications for the Energizing Spaces Program are now open.  Tell us why new appliances are important to your space and you could be awarded up to $10,000 in grant funding to replace old appliances or outdoor lights. We look forward to hearing from you!


Faces of Community 2021 Event
It’s that time of year again, Faces of Community is back! Join us virtually on March 24 at 7:00 p.m. for the 2021 Faces of Community launch event. Come and meet the 12 Faces of Community for 2021. Be Part of It!

Membership Development

Looking for ideas on how to boost your membership? Join us March 4 from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. for a panel discussion on Membership Development. The session will start with a panel discussion featuring your community association peers. Come and share your experiences with membership development!



Wine Survivor Draws
Thank you to everyone who purchased a Cork Connection: Wine Online ticket! Starting March 1, we will begin our draws for Wine Survivor. Keep watching our pages for information on the draw and who has been eliminated. Good luck!

I’m the New Treasurer: Now What?
Are you looking to increase your knowledge in basic accounting terms, recording entries and how to properly report your financial statements to the board? We have the workshop for you! Join our I’m the New Treasurer: Now What? Workshop on March 16 at 10:00 a.m.. Can’t make the session? Check out FEDU and take the course at your pace.

Table Talk – Electronic Funds Transfer: Mitigating Risk
Join us on March 9 at 12:00 p.m. for our Electronic Funds Transfer: Mitigating Risk Table Talk! During the session, we will explore how to move your cheque writing virtually without sacrificing your need for two signatures or opening your organization up to theft or fraud.


Get cozy at home and learn something new with FEDU – our online learning platform. Be part of the initial launch and try one of our courses: I’m the New Treasurer: Now What? and Demystifying Financial Statements. Can’t wait for more content? New courses released the 15th of every month!

Canada Health Communities Initiative
The Canada Healthy Communities Initiative is providing up to $31 million in existing federal funding to support communities as they deploy new ways to adapt spaces and services to respond to immediate and ongoing needs arising from COVID-19 over the next two years. Organizations with project ideas are invited to apply through the Community Foundations of Canada. The first intake for applications will close on March 9th, 2021 at 5:00 PM PST. Details on project eligibility and how to apply for project funding are available on Community Foundations of Canada’s website.

Earth Hour
Connect your community work to Earth Hour Unplugged in Calgary! To support global action on climate change, Calgarians reduce their energy consumption every year for Earth Hour, including landmarks such as the Calgary Tower and Saddledome along with City of Calgary buildings, shopping malls, coffee shops, microbreweries, and stores.
Calgary’s Earth Hour has included Facebook posts reaching 46,000 people and event day having 14,000 social media views along with tv, print, and radio coverage. Events take place the week leading up to Earth Hour Saturday March 27th, 8:30-9:30pm. Contact animate@openstreetscalgary.com or call 403-270-3200 for info.


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

1. Partners in Planning
Join us virtually on Saturday, March 13 at 9:00 a.m. to learn how citizens can actively participate in the planning process! This Partners in Planning session will explain 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. Register today by clicking the link above.

2. 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) on February 3. Members of the committee voted to recommend the guidebook and Councill will decide on whether or not to approve the document on March 22. You can read the latest Guidebook and find dates for upcoming Guidebook 101 sessions here.

3. North Hill Communities Local Area Plan
The latest draft of the proposed North Hill Communities Local Area Plan also went to the Standing Policy Committee on Planning and Urban Development (PUD) on February 3. Members of the committee voted to recommend the plan and Councill will decide on whether or not to approve the document on March 22. You can read the proposed Local Area Plan here.

4. 11 Street S.W. Underpass Functional Planning Study
The City of Calgary is undertaking a functional planning study for the 11 Street S.W. and CP Rail underpass, between 8th and 11th Avenue. Head here and provide your input on how you currently use the area, and share your issues, concerns and ideas for future opportunities.


Guide – Developing Job Descriptions for Board Members
Job descriptions are an effective method for determining how many board members your organization needs and how much authority you assign to each position. Setting clear expectations through job descriptions saves valuable time and promotes good relations among board members and staff! Check out our resource library for helpful templates!