October 4, 2017

October 4, 2017

Engagement Toolkit Turns 1!
We are so excited to tell you that the engagement toolkit is now one year old! Have you used your engagement toolkit yet? If so, share your story or pictures with us!
…or is your toolkit gathering dust?

Join Ariam in an interactive workshop on January 30th as she shows you how to build community participation through the engagement toolkit. Click here for more information.

Election Candidate Survey Responses
Calgary’s municipal election is less than two weeks away! Before you head out to vote, we surveyed the candidates to hear their thoughts on the value of community associations. Take a look at their responses here. Don’t forget the election is Monday, October 16!

The NEW Building Safe Communities
Building Safe Communities (BSC) has a new format! This year workshops will be focused on training participants in the BSC process along with an interactive 24 cue card guide that will equip participants with the skills and tools to engage their residents on crime and safety. To learn more check out the website, along with videos, and then register for one of the upcoming workshops. 

Treasurer’s Workshop for the Inexperienced Accountant – Part 1 – Thursday, October 5
Lunch and Learn: Income Inequality in Calgary’s “Three Cities” – Tuesday, October 10
Grow Your Community Hub (Daytime Workshop) – Wednesday, October 11
Grow Your Community Hub (Evening Workshop) – Thursday, October 12
Partners in Planning: Basics of Implementation Planning (PIP Core course) – Saturday, October 14
Click here for more upcoming events


$2000 Communities ChooseWell Seed Grants
Communities ChooseWell is excited to announce that applications are now being accepted for the 2017 Reducing Barriers to Healthy Communities Seed Grants! These $2000 seed grants support local projects that help reduce barriers to healthy eating and active living in Alberta communities. More info and eligibility requirements is available in the application guide found here. The deadline to submit an application is Monday, October 31. Contact Chantel Churcher at cchurcher@arpaonline.ca if you have any questions.
Vital City 2017
Join Calgary Foundation President and CEO Eva Friesen on Wednesday, October 18 as she presents the organization’s report to community. Then hear from keynote speaker, Jessica Bolduc, who will share her experiences as Executive Director of the 4Rs Youth Movement which focuses on the values of respect, reciprocity and relevance as foundations for a generational, relationship-based approach to reconciliation. RSVP here by October 12.
Canada 150 Skating Day Funding
Communities across the country are invited to host a Skating Day Party on December 10th through the support the Canada 150 Skating Day Fund! This fund will provide 200 microgrants of $1,000 each to help cover the costs for Skating Day activities in 200 communities across Canada. The mircogrant can be used for anything that makes Skating Day activities open, accessible and fun for all members of your community. Individuals and organizations are eligible to apply and grants will be awarded on a first come first served basis. More information can be found here.

Beware of Fraudulent Emails

We have heard from a couple organizations over the past month that they have been hit by fraudulent emails that look extremely legit. For example, an email from the president’s email address to the treasurer asking for a transfer of funds. Please keep an eye out for this and be extra cautious when emails are requesting you do something with your money. If you do get these emails or have questions about them please contact your Calgary Police Service Community Resource Officer (CRO).

Faces of Community Nomination Deadline Fast Approaching!

The deadline to nominate someone for our 2018 Faces of Community is Sunday, October 15. Don’t forget that this is replacing our Annual Community Volunteer Awards, so this is your opportunity to recognize a hard-working volunteer in your community! Faces of Community are community volunteers who go above and beyond what is expected, they are always looking for ways to improve the community, they are motivating and inspiring, and they engage residents. Sound familiar? Get your nominations in here!

Propellus Membership

Propellus, the former Volunteer Calgary, has just launched Volunteer Connector, a database to connect organizations and volunteers. Propellus is offering a free one-year membership to community associations to explore the database. This tool might be a good way for your organization to recruit volunteers. Check it out here.

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. Community Planning Exchange on Nov 4th

Join us on Saturday, November 4th for our 6th Community Planning Exchange (CPE)! This year CPE will explore the theme of “Change in Communities”. This free half day workshop will give communities an understanding of laneway housing, heritage overlays, and age-friendly planning; three innovative approaches that are being used in our city to address change. Register here:

  1. NCRP Lunch and Learn: Income Inequality in Calgary’s “Three Cities”

Join us on Tuesday, October 10 to learn about the development of geographic income inequality in Calgary, as well as its implications. This lunch-and-learn will consist of presentations followed by a roundtable discussion. A light lunch will also be served. Register here

  1. Call out for community members to join our Urban Planning Committee

We are seeking community members from new or suburban developing communities to join our Urban Planning Committee (UPC). UPC is an advisory committee that meets monthly to discuss major planning process or issues that the Federation is working on or to identify items that need to be on our radar. Click here to learn more and apply!

  1. PIP- Partners in Planning on October 14: Basics of Planning Implementation at Winston Heights/Mountview Community Hall. Free. Register Here
  1. Land use bylaw Amendment

The City of Calgary is proposing a new modifier to the “s” districts to help Council and the community differentiate when a basement or backyard suite is allowed. This amendment will NOT be adding new suites to any new district or neighbourhood. Read more here

Vote to shape your community            
Council Elections are on October 16, 2017. Did you know that ward boundaries will be changing on Election Day? Make sure your voice and vote is heard as it impacts all Calgarians!


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