February 6, 2019

February 6, 2019
February 6, 2019

In this issue:

  • Save the Date! March Community Association Awareness Month
  • Winter Cycling Congress 2019
  • Environmental Achievement Award
  • Engagement on Community Planning along the Greenline
  • ActivateYYC: DIY Flower Shop

… and more!

Save the Date! March Community Association Awareness Month Kick-Off Event

Put Friday, March 1 in your calendar as an evening you don’t want to miss! We’ll be kicking off March Community Association Awareness Month with an exciting event featuring the big reveal of our 2019 Faces of Community, tasty snacks and drinks, and a celebration of YOU – community volunteers. Click here to register today – more details to come soon!

Sub-committee Volunteers Opportunity
Looking for a unique volunteering opportunity, Planners? The City of Calgary is looking for volunteers to sit on multiple sub-committees within the Established Areas Growth and Change Strategy Working Group and Developed Areas Guidebook (DAG). These include: policy, public realm, utilities, financing, and DAG development. Our Planning team is excited to be right there with you, supporting volunteers and participating in multiple committee groups! Contact Ben at planning@calgarycommunities.com for all the details for each sub-committee!

Federal Funding for Non-Profits Projects through ICIP
Non-profits across Alberta can now get up to 40% of total cost for new, expanded, or renewed community centres and recreational facilities from the Federal Government through the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program (ICIP). Projects must be community-oriented, open to the public, may or may not be energy-efficiency related but must be climate friendly. Click here for application details.

Forging the Future: Traditional Metal Working & Architectural Metals – February 7, 2019
Hall Rentals: What’s Trending – February 13, 2019
Internal Controls & Financial Policies – February 21, 2019
Building Safe Communities – February 23, 2019
How to Tell Your Success Stories! – February 27, 2019

Click here for more upcoming events

Winter Cycling Congress 2019 is Here!
The City of Calgary is hosting the 7th annual Winter Cycling Congress in the brand-new Central Library from February 6-8, 2019. Join in this week for presentations, panel discussions and mobile tours. It’s not too late to participate in this one of a kind event! Single day tickets are available! Click here for a full program and schedule.
Environmental Achievement Award
Do you know someone who is an environmental leader in your community? Nominate them for The Environmental Achievement Award presented by the City of Calgary at the Calgary Awards. The deadline to submit is February 25, so don’t miss your chance to recognize someone for their leadership, innovation and action in environmental stewardship! Click here to submit your nomination.
Beware of Fraudulent Emails!
We’ve heard from a few of you that there has been an increase in email scams lately, so be alert! If one of your fellow board members emails you asking you to transfer funds or make a payment, make sure you know their request is legit before processing anything! Many of these email scams look real and professional, so if you aren’t expecting this kind of request, give the board member a call before doing anything. If it is a scam, send a copy of the email to your Calgary Police Service Community Resource Officer (CRO) so they can look into it.
Emergency Preparedness Free Online Course
The City of Calgary’s free online course, Ready Calgary, is designed to inform, educate and build resiliency to the impacts of emergencies. Developed by the Calgary Emergency Management Agency (CEMA), the course helps Calgarians to practice emergency preparedness in their neighbourhoods and in their own homes. Click here to learn more or to take the course.
Tankless Hot Water Heater Rebate
Energy Efficiency Alberta is currently offering up to $1000 in rebate when you replace your home’s conventional storage tank water heater with a tankless water heater. ENERGY-STAR rated tankless water heater gives you the advantage of never running out of hot water and will also save you at least 30% on hot-water energy bills. Click here to get started.
Calgary Foundation’s Pitch Night
In partnership with RBC Foundation, a Neighbour Grants LIVE event encourages Calgarians to pitch their ideas to improve, enhance, or revitalize their community or neighbourhood. Up to 10 projects are invited to ‘pitch’ their ideas to a live studio audience. The live studio audience’s vote helps Calgary Foundation award up to $50,000 to winning groups in grants ranging from $3,000 – $10,000 at the event on April 6. Click here to apply by February 26!
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. Engagement on Community Planning Along the Greenline
The City is engaging on future development in communities located on the Green Line. New Area Redevelopment Plans (ARP’s) and Station Area Plans (SAP’s) are in the works for several communities impacted by future LRT development. Click the link above to access the Engage Portal which links to the Green Line Project Site and outlines Phase 1 of public engagement.

2. City of Calgary Stormwater Management Strategy & Plan
Our Planning Team has been participating in an ongoing Stormwater Management Strategy & Plan Advisory Group. The City is in the process of updating their Stormwater Strategy and has been working with the Advisory Group to understand the values and needs of all citizens. Every Calgarian is impacted by how stormwater is managed. We want to hear from you! Do you have any comments, feedback or questions? Connect with us at planner1@calgarycommunities.com

3. Heritage Workshop: Traditional Metal Working & Architectural Metals
Our friends from the Heritage Trades Roundtable are hosting a free event called ‘Forging the Future: Traditional Metal Working & Architectural Metals.’ Heritage professionals will be discussing the pressed metal components that have been essential for our city’s buildings, from windows and roofs, to radiators and cast-iron tubs. The workshop takes place on February 7 at the Historic Memorial Park Library. Click on the above link for more information.

Running a Dynamic Annual General Meeting
Is your Community Association starting to think about your next AGM? Check out our tip sheet on Running a Dynamic Meeting to help your team brainstorm some engaging and fun activities to include for your members! We’ve also included other resources to help make your AGM a great success!
​1. Recipe for a Great Board Meeting

2. Meetings that Work

3. Meeting Master Checklist

4. Robert’s Rules of Order Tip Sheet

DIY Flower Shop
Valentine’s Day is right around the corner and flowers are a go-to gift, but getting flowers is great anytime of the year. Clover Living proved flowers are wonderful year-round after hosting a DIY Flower Shop for seniors in fall of 2017. The organizers couldn’t believe the positive impact flowers had on the seniors’ day. What is a DIY Flower Shop? Click here to find out more.