May 15, 2019

Before you read Get Engaged, I wanted to add a note letting you all know that after 8 wonderful years starting my career here at the Federation of Calgary Communities, I’m moving on to my next job adventure. Starting on Monday, May 27 I’ll be joining Bits In Glass, a software consulting company, as their Marketing and Communications Specialist.

This move is very bittersweet as I adore the Federation and the work we do, all of you and the passion you bring to volunteering in your communities, and the work I’ve done over the last 8 years, but I’m also extremely excited to take everything I’ve learned and apply it somewhere else!

Please be patient with the Federation as they transition my position. This email will still be monitored, and you can reach out to Nicole, our Communications Coordinator, with all your communications questions.

Thank you!
Rebecca Dakin 😊

May 15, 2019
In this issue:

  • New Summer Fundraising Tournament!
  • New Engagement Toolkits Ready
  • Fee for Service Offerings
  • Calgary Transit On Demand

… and more!

New Summer Fundraiser Tournament!
Join us on Friday, August 9th for our first annual Bowls, Beers, Bites lawn bowling tournament fundraiser at the Calgary Lawn Bowling Club! This tournament will be replacing our annual Chip in Fore Communities golf tournament, and we hope everyone will have just as much (or more) fun! Get your teams of four together to compete to be the Bowls, Beers, Bites champ of 2019! Tickets go on sale TODAY!! Click here to register your team. For the keeners out there, check out the Calgary Lawn Bowling Club’s How to Play to get prepared!

Save the Date for our AGM!
Put Thursday, June 26 in your calendars as an evening to come hear about what we’ve been up to this past year, help us elect a new board of directors, and network with your peers at our Annual General Meeting (AGM)! More details to come soon, so in the meantime you can secure your spot here.

One Month to Neighbour Day!
Calgary’s sixth annual Neighbour Day is only one month away! The City of Calgary has developed a resource with sample content for your website, social media, and messages for your residents to help spread the word about Neighbour Day! Click here to view the package. If you have any questions about the material, please reach out to Allison Ford with the City of Calgary at Don’t forget to email Nicole and let her know about your Neighbour Day events so we can add them to our list!

Reading Financial Statements – May 23, 2019
Monday Matters – June 3, 2019
Federation AGM – June 26, 2019
Bowls, Beers, Bites – August 9, 2019

Click here for more upcoming events


New Engagement Toolkits are ready!
We have finally received our new and improved Engagement Toolkit! In addition to the 3 sections (inform, input, and belong) we have a new section that has 11 ActivateYYC inspired tactical urbanism project ideas. The new Engagement Toolkit costs $35 + GST and is available for purchase online here. If you already have an Engagement Toolkit, you’re able to get the new ActivateYYC section for free (we will charge postage if you want it mailed to you)! Email Lori to get your new section.
Fee for service offerings
Do you want us to come out and deliver one of our many workshops to your board of directors? Do you want scrutineering support at your AGM? Or do you need printing services? We’ve got you covered! For a fee, we can offer any of these services to your organization. Read all about our fee for service offerings and printing services and give us a shout if you’re interested in purchasing any of them!

Support us through Shaw Birdies for Kids
Have we helped you? Want to help support us? The Friends of the Federation, our charitable side, is once again proud to partner with Shaw Birdies for Kids presented by AltaLink! Every donation made will be matched up to 50%! Click here to help us continue providing non-profit workshops, resources, and support. Thank you!
Chief David Crowchild Memorial Award
Nominations are now open for the Chief David Crowchild Memorial Award and the Aboriginal Youth Achievement Award! New this year, youth can now nominate themselves for the Aboriginal Youth Achievement Award. Click here to learn more or to nominate a person, group, or organization for either award before the deadline of May 27!
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. Calgary Transit On Demand
Do you or someone you know live in Carrington or Livingston? Calgary Transit is starting an on demand, shared-ride transportation service that will connect people to the North Pointe transit hub. The service starts on May 24th, and rides can be requested through the “Calgary Transit On Demand” app. Please click the link above to find out more about the project or stop by the open house tonight from 6:30-8:30pm.

2. Partners in Planning
Thank you to all that attended our “Partners in Planning courses” over the last few months. If you have completed all your courses and are eligible for your certificate this year, we will contact you before the end of the month. If you would like to attend the next round of courses, we will be announcing new dates soon. Please keep an eye on our website.

3. Bike Share Pilot
The City of Calgary wants your feedback on its bike share program. The City is currently running a pilot program that allows third-party vendors to operate bike share services in Calgary. To learn more about the project and participate in the survey, please click on the link above. The survey is open until May 31st.

​​​​​​​4. Golf Course Real Estate and Development Feasibility
In November 2018 City Council instructed Administration to devise a plan for a real estate and development assessment of public golf courses, which could result in some golf courses being decommissioned or repurposed for other uses. Stage 1 of this project will be an assessment of these lands and administration will report back to council by early 2020. We will update you with more information as it becomes available.

Understanding Financial Statements
Are you intimidated by financial statements presented at board meetings and want to be able to read them better? Here are some resources to help you out! Remember to register for our workshop on Reading Financial Statements May 23rd from 7-9pm
1. Financial Wellbeing Checklist
2. Board Financial Responsibilities

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