February 7, 2018

February 7, 2018

Beyond The Four Walls

We’re excited to announce the date of our 8th Beyond the Four Walls community conference on April 28, 2018! This year’s theme is Shifting Attitudes, please join us at Winston Heights-Mountview Community Association from 8:30 – 4:00 for a day of community building. To register, click here.

The Friends of the Federation is Back!
Have a Special Project in Mind? Need up to $5000? The Friends of the Federation, our registered charity, is back in business! As a charity we can work with you and The Calgary Foundation, as a charitable sponsor, to help encourage volunteerism, promote civic responsibility, celebrate community, honour history and culture, build gardens, green our communities and paint murals or pavement – to name a few. What we need is your ideas and your commitment to carry out your project. You fill out The Neighbour Grant application and then get us to support it with our charity. We will work with The Calgary Foundation to ensure both our charitable objects are met through your project. If your grant is successful, as the charitable sponsor we will hold the funds until you complete the project. All you have to do is submit the receipts with a report and we will reimburse your organization for the grant portion of the project. A normal Neighbour Grant is up to $5,000 but for the March 5, 2018 deadline only, they are offering grants between $3,000 and $10,000 as part of Pitch Night: A Neigbhour Grants LIVE event! For more information on Neighbour Grants visit calgaryfoundation.org.

Meet the 2018 Faces of Community on March 2
Join us on Friday, March 2 at the Southview Community Association as we kick-off March Community Association Awareness Month with an exciting event featuring the big reveal of the 2018 Faces of Community! We will enjoy wine and light refreshments, celebrate the community association movement and its hard-working volunteers. Don’t miss out – register today!










Going Green: Creating Sustainable Organizations – Wednesday, February 7
Partners in Planning: Green Spaces and Public Amenities – Saturday, February 10
Common Board Meeting Challenges – Thursday, February 15
Internal Controls and Financial Policies – Thursday, February 22
Click here for more upcoming events


Be ready with the Canadian Red Cross

Join us on March 17, for a workshop along side Red Cross as we learn about community and personal preparedness. To register, click here.

Jane’s Walk 2018
Organizing for Jane’s Walk 2018 is underway! Last year there were 82 free walking tours on topics ranging from skateboarding to climate change resiliency led by neighbours, youth leaders, artists and newcomers alike! Get involved this year by leading, volunteering or joining a walk. There are a number of ways you can participate this year – volunteer to lead a walk, volunteer to help, attend a walk, develop a play, and more. For more information click here.
Community Garden Workshop
Is your community association considering adding a community garden to its recreational amenities? What are some of the questions community volunteers and board members should consider? The City of Calgary has partnered with the Calgary Horticultural Society to offer a Community Garden Workshop on Feb 22 at Tuxedo Park CA. All are welcome to attend. To register click here.
Have Heart – Help our Homeless
The RESOLVE Campaign is a collaboration of nine partner agencies, creating affordable rental housing with support services for up to 3,000 homeless and vulnerable Calgarians. The Campaign ends on March 31, 2018 but the need remains urgent. You can help – text the word HOME to 30333 to donate $10, $20 or $25, or visit resolvecampaign.com.

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.     PIP: Planning Green Spaces and Public Amenities: Want to learn about how our green spaces and public amenities are planned and built from City park planners? Click the link to register for our next PIP course!*We will be notifying PIP graduates about how they can receive their certificates in May.

2.     Orientation to the Planning Process 201: Want a deeper understanding of the planning process? This workshop will cover the planning application processes, stakeholders’ roles and implementation of policies and plans. There will also be time for questions and discussion. Click on the link to register!

3.     Updates on the Green Line LRT: Throughout early February, there will be additional engagement sessions to provide feedback on how the Green Line LRT stations will look and feel in your community. You can also provide your comments through the City’s online survey. Click on the link for more info.

4.     Information Sessions on the ‘Development next to Freight Rail Corridors Policy’: The City of Calgary is proposing a Development next to Rail Corridor Policy to guide development near freight rail corridors (such as the CN and CP train lines). The purpose of the policy is to manage the risk of development in these areas. Information on the draft policy will be available at several information sessions throughout the City during the month of February.

5.     Secondary Suites: Council recently voted to make secondary suites a discretionary land use city-wide. Administration will be working towards bylaw changes in the coming months, and will present their report and amending bylaw at the March 12 public hearing. Click the link for more info about the changes and how you can have your voice heard.

Bylaws are the Guiding Principles to operate a successful CA

Have all your board and committee members read your bylaws? Do your community members have access to your bylaws? Did you know it is best practice to review your bylaws annually? This review allows new board members to be aware of the rules and regulations to successfully operate the CA. If you are looking at updating your bylaws take a look at these resources.


  1. Bylaw Changes – Federal Government Requirements
  2. Bylaws Changes – Provincial Government Requirements
  3. How to change your bylaws form – Societies Act Requirements
  4. Bylaw Template (Sample)

Thank you to everyone who sent in their great ideas for ActivateYYC!
We will announce the successful recipients and the next round for ActivateYYC applications in the next few weeks. Don’t forget to watch us on Instagram @activateyyc, watch our storytelling of our Round 1 projects and tag us at #ActivateYYC!


Created by: Rebecca Dakin -- Last Modified: February 6, 2018