March 22, 2017


March 22, 2017

Energizing Spaces Fund Deadline Fast Approaching!
The round one application deadline to replace your old appliances or outdoor lighting through the Energizing Spaces Fund is next Friday, March 31. Click here for more information or to submit your application today! The next application deadline will be September 30.

Tell us if you’re satisfied!
It’s that time of year again – time to let us know how we've done over the past year! Our Annual Member Satisfaction Survey helps us understand how you access our various offerings, how we're meeting your needs, and how we can improve moving forward. Please take a few minutes to fill out the survey before Monday, April 10. You will be entered to win one of two FREE copies of our Engagement Toolkit!

Engage U Call for Applications
Is your community association interested in a building your membership and engaging your residents? Would your board be interested in participating in program that strengthens your organizations capacity and supports you to create a community specific action plan? Engage U is now taking new applicants. For more info click here.

Creating Tools for Growth in Developed Areas – Follow Up/Information Session – Tuesday, March 28
2017 Heritage Trades Roundtable – Thursday, March 30
Food and Yard Waste Diversion and Your Organization: Info, Resources & Tips – Wednesday, April 5
Click here for more upcoming events


How Have YOU Been Part of It?
We are about 2/3 of the way through March Community Association Awareness Month, and it was flown by! We have received tons of support from our community partners and many of you who are helping spread the word about this month-long event – so thank you! If you haven’t taken part yet, no worries, there is still one week left. Click here for more information on our campaign and ways you can be part of it!

Community Representation Task Force Update
As you might be aware the Federation and two of your peers sit on the Community Representation Task Force. We have had three meetings to date and are still working on scope of the project. At present, we are understanding that a “civic decision making framework” will be developed and currently this work is being supported by a dedicated staff team. What we mean by “framework” and it breadth is still being discussed. At the meeting on March 15, 2017, we began to unpack and clarify terms like civic decision-making, representation, and framework. As well we tried to gain a clear understanding around the intention of this work. A work in progress … so stay tuned!

The Hitmen want to Help!
The Calgary Hitmen Hockey Club is giving one lucky not-for-profit or charitable organization a chance to revitalize its hockey rink! If your community’s local rink is in need of a little TLC, apply here before March 28, 2017, for a chance to win this $50,000.00 grant!

Food and Yard Waste Diversion
With the new food & waste bylaw taking effect on November 1, 2017 representatives from Waste & Recycling Services will be joining us to provide an interactive workshop to help us all understand changes coming up with respect to how waste must be managed at businesses and organizations. Join us to learn about what items need to be kept out of the landfill and some resources that can help add clarity for your organization. For more info or to register click here.

Heidi is an Inspiring Albertan!
On March 9, CTV News aired their weekly Inspiring Albertan segment which featured a very familiar face – our very own auditor, Heidi Brauer! One of our other auditors, Nancy Murdoch, nominated Heidi to be featured in this segment and we definitely agree with her being selected as an Inspiring Albertan she inspires all of us every day – congrats Heidi!! Click here to watch her segment.


Community Kitchen Program
Would you like to find a great way to save time and money, while cooking nutritious meals for your family, and connecting with the people in your neighbourhood? Community Kitchen Program of Calgary has the perfect solution! Calgary’s Cooking is looking to expand into YOUR neighbourhood. Calgary’s Cooking takes groups of people and teaches them how to pick budget friendly recipes, flyer shop, plan meals, and cook them with others. The result is cost and time savings, better nutrition and, socialization within your community. For more information go to or call: Andrea (403) 538-7385 or Lana (403) 538-7384.

Engaging Vulnerable People
Come engage with the Calgary Drop In Centre 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.

Garden Talks
For the 150th Birthday of Canada, the West Hillhurst Green Committee is opening a series of garden talks that anyone across the City is invited to attend. For more info click here or email These talks are also available by searching West Hillhurst at

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

  1. We’ve just wrapped up the first part of Exploring Communities! Read more about it here.
  2. Creating Tools for growth in the Developed Areas information session. Register now to attend.
  3. LAST PIP OF THE YEAR! Attend what’s trending in planning to see what’s going on at The City. Register now.
  4. Planning Committee 202 is on April 11. Register now and learn about basic skills for your planning committee.
  5. It’s been 6 months since we launched our Engagement toolkit and we’ve sold more than 250 of them! Share with us what tools your CAs has used with the hashtag #engageyycca.

Tips for Engaging Immigrant Residents in Neighbourhood Activities
Looking to reach out to new folks? Check out this great resource on how to make meaningful connections with immigrants who live in your community! We also have a fantastic section in our Members Only webpage of translated resources into commonly spoken languages. Check out our Helpful Resources list for a few samples, with plenty more in Members Only Section 30 “Translated Resources.”

Bust Graffiti – Punjabi
Graffiti Vandalism – Spanish
Slow the Flow of Traffic – Chinese
Meet Your Neighbours – Arabic

Created by: Rebecca Dakin -- Last Modified: March 22, 2017