January 10, 2018

January 10, 2018

Cork Connection is SOLD OUT!
Our 3rd Annual Wine Tasting & Silent Auction event is sold out! Thank you for the overwhelming support! We are excited to spend next Saturday evening with you enjoying delicious wines paired with tasty cheeses and bidding on over 35 silent auction items.

New Year, New Faces of Community!
Coming soon in March we will be revealing the 2018 Faces of Community! Launched last year as part of our March Community Association Awareness Month campaign, Faces of Community showcases the many different community volunteers that are part of our community association network here in Calgary. Click here to meet last year’s Faces and stay tuned to meet the 2018 Faces soon!
One month until the ActivateYYC deadline on February 5th! Don’t delay, APPLY FOR ActivateYYC TODAY!
We want to see your ideas to get residents to walk, play and be neighbourly in your community! Submit your ActivateYYC project ideas before the February 5th deadline! How will you challenge yourself to transform a space and bring people together?


Partners in Planning: What’s Trending in Planning (PIP Elective Course) – Saturday, Jan. 13
Presidents Roles & Responsibilities – Thursday, Jan. 18
Cork Connection – Wine Tasting and Silent Auction – Saturday, Jan. 20
Planning Committees 101: Getting Started – Tuesday, Jan. 23
Click here for more upcoming events
FREE Workshop: Impacts of Intergenerational Trauma with Tim Rice from the Calgary Foundation
Are you interested in expanding your Indigenous knowledge? If so, register for this free workshop hosted by the Banff Trail Community Association on January 20th. This workshop will touch on the current realities facing Indigenous communities, and increase awareness of the need for cultural support. It will also explore how historical processes and policies continue to have an effect on Indigenous People, and provide ways participants can heal together. To RSVP email hallmanager@banfftrailcommunity.ca.
Canada Summer Jobs Program: Applications Now Open to Employers!
You can hire a summer student to help your community organization! Canada Summer Jobs program pairs students (aged 15-30) for summer positions with small businesses, non-profits, and public sector organizations for quality (and paid) learning experiences. Not-for-profit employers can receive up to 100% of the provincial/territorial minimum hourly wage and mandatory employment-related costs. Learn more here.
My Canada, My Story

My Canada My Story is a campaign which encourages Canadians to share their story of what Canada means to you and what you want the future of Canada to look like. Persons that submit their story before February 2018 are eligible to win a $500 Visa gift card. Learn more here.

Take Action Grants
Issued through Calgary Dollars, Take Action Grants (TAG) were created to support non-profit local, social and environmental justice granting up to $2,000 in 50% CDN$ and Calgary Dollars complementary currency. This grassroots grant does not require non-profit status. For more info about the grant and the application process click here.
Outdoor Rinks: Mid-Season Forum
What is the best equipment you can use to build and maintain your outdoor rink? How can you recruit more rink volunteers? What precautionary measures should you take to safeguard your community rink from liability? Join City of Calgary staff, industry experts, and volunteers from other community associations and adopt-a-rinks to learn how to optimize your outdoor rink operations on Thursday, January 18th. This event is free and a light supper will be provided at 6:30 p.m. For more info, or to register click here.
Muttart Foundation Bursary Programs
The Muttart Foundation has two bursary programs open to registered charities working in the social service field. This bursary program allows charities to apply for funding to allow their staff members to attend courses offered through publicly funded educational institutions or non-profit organizations. They also sometimes look at providing support to allow staff members to attend conferences that relate to their work at the organization. Click here for more information.

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. Federation Workshops in your Ward: The Federation is bringing its introductory planning workshop to your ward! We want to build relationships with planning committees in ALL areas of the city, so we’re bringing our workshops right into your communities. Click the link to find out how to participate!
  2. Updates on the Infill Scoping Report and R-CG Monitoring Report: On December 18th, the recommendations of the Infill Scoping Report and the R-CG Monitoring were approved by Council. Read on to learn more.
  3. PIP: What’s Trending in Planning on Jan 13: Want to learn about affordable housing, and City of Calgary planning & development improvements? Click the link to register for our next PIP course!
  4. Planning & Development Improvements for Communities and Homeowners: The City has been working on improving planning for communities as well as homeowners. A few examples include hosting more development info and permit applications online. Click the link to find out more.
  5. Updates on the Green Line LRT and Main Streets and more here

Human Resources for Community Associations
Do you know the difference between hiring a contractor or an employee? Have your employees and contractors signed an employment agreement/contract? Do you have a working alone policy? Take a look at the links and much more on our Members Only.

  1. Understanding the Difference between Contractors vs Employees
  2. Template – Sample Employment Agreement
  3. Non-Profit Human Resources Best Practices Toolkit
  4. Working Alone Policy Manual

ActivateYYC submission due on Feb 5th, 2018! Help us bring 150 projects to Calgary!

Need help with your application? We are happy to help, here’s how:

  1. Visit our website for our project guidelines as well some helpful links on our website! https://calgarycommunities.com/activateyyc/guidelines/
  2. Email us: activateyyc@calgarycommunities.com
  3. Call us: 403-244-4111 ext. 217 and talk to Brett

Visit our Instagram @activateyyc for inspiration.


Created by: Rebecca Dakin -- Last Modified: January 9, 2018