April 10, 2017


April 10, 2017

And that’s a wrap!

Just like that another March Community Association Awareness Month has come to an end! Throughout the month we shared stories, photos, ideas, videos, and more to promote the wonderful work taking place in every community across our city. We also launched the Faces of Community portrait series, to showcase that community associations are run by hard-working volunteers. You can get a recap on all of the action on our webpage here and on Twitter with our campaign hashtag of #howwillYOUbepartofit. There were over 150 social media posts sent during the month using the hashtag! Thank you to everyone who participated and joined us for the ride – we are already planning for next year!

Our 4th Making Connections Tradeshow is coming soon!
Back by popular demand! Join us Saturday, June 3 at our Annual General Meeting, followed immediately by our 4th Making Connections Tradeshow! This is a fantastic opportunity to meet with businesses and community partners offering tons of opportunities and services that can enhance the great work you do! Exhibitors, prizes, snacks: come one, come all, there’s plenty for everybody! To attend both our AGM and then our Tradeshow, please register here. To attend our Tradeshow only, register here.

Alberta Food Safety Basics – Wednesday, April 19
Building Community: Engaging Vulnerable People – Thursday, April 20
GST for Charities – Thursday, April 20
Partners in Planning (PIP): What's Trending? (Elective) – Saturday, April 22
Click here for more workshops and events!


Neighbour Day
This year’s event will take place on Saturday, June 17. Have you started thinking about how you want to take part? The City of Calgary’s Neighbour Day website is now live and full of all the information you need, including applying for permits, inviting local heroes, resources to help you plan, and much more. Check it out!

Buying Beer for Summer Events?
Village Brewery wants to help! Whether you're planning a big community event or a block party with your neighbours for Neighbour Day, a Stampede Breakfast/BBQ, a community potluck, a Movie in the Park, or another kind of neighbourhood/community event, purchase any kind of Village beer from your neighbourhood liquor store between April 1 and August 31, 2017, and send a copy of your receipt to Rebecca. Village Brewery will then donate 15% of all neighbourhood beer purchases back to your community association for future community-building initiatives! Click here for more information.

Personal Emergency Preparedness
Canadians face emergency situations every day. Know the risks, make a plan and build or purchase a disaster preparedness kit and be ready. Visit: www.redcross.ca for information on emergency preparedness and to download our Be Ready App. The Red Cross also hosts personal emergency preparedness workshops.

Engaging Vulnerable People
Come engage with the Calgary Drop In to learn about vulnerable people in Calgary. We'll be addressing community concerns of illegal encampments, loitering and bottle picking. Gain a better understanding of homelessness in Calgary with this FREE workshop. Register here.

Crime Stopping BBQ
Join us on May 9, for a workshop on Building Community: Engaging Though Safety Initiatives. Learn about practical community engagement approaches. Register here!

Rain Gardens for Resilience          
Wanted: Front Yards to demonstrate landscaping techniques that mitigate the impacts of flood and drought! Rebate for rain garden design and construction in 2017. Learn more at https://alidp.org/our-work/rain-gardens-4-resilience or call Leta at
(587) 356-1115.

Here are a few highlights from the Federation planning world this month – be sure to check our blog for a complete listing of recent events and updates.

  1. The March 28th Creating Tools for growth in the Developed Areas information session presentation is on our website.
  2. April 22nd PIP: Attend What’s trending in planning to see what’s going on at The City. Register now.
  3. Ever wonder what it takes to plan a new school in Calgary? Learn more here!

April 23 – 29, 2017 is National Volunteer Week! Click here to visit Volunteer Canada’s website as they are promoting this, and see how to celebrate this in a whole bunch of ways.

  1. 2013 Volunteer Recognition Study
  2. Effective Volunteer Management
  3. Volunteer Engagement Tips
  4. What Affects a Volunteer's Commitment?



Created by: Rebecca Dakin -- Last Modified: April 10, 2017