June 2, 2021 Get Engaged!

June 2, 2021 Get Engaged!

June 2, 2021


In this issue:

  • Every Child Matters Acknowledgement
  • June Faces of Community Feature
  • Get to Know Your Government: Municipal
  • North Hill Communities Local Area Plan
  • and more!


Every Child Matters Official Acknowledgement
The Federation of Calgary Communities acknowledges that the remains of 215 children have been discovered on the grounds of Kamloops Indian Residential School. We join Canadians in expressing our shock and sincere condolences to the Tk’emlúps te Secwe̓pemc (taˈkamlups te she-KWE-pem] First Nations. This news is very upsetting, and the impact of this news is far reaching. It is difficult to imagine the full pain and anguish of the affected families as well as residential school survivors. Hearing, acknowledging, and learning from these truths are important in committing to future truth and reconciliation. The Federation is committed to continuing to learn and to share with our network opportunities that support Truth and Reconciliation Action #57.


Virtual Annual General Meeting
You have less than a month to register for our upcoming virtual Annual General Meeting (AGM)! Like always, our AGM is a time to gather with your peers and talk about what’s happening in the non-profit world. Plus, there will be prizes! Check out the final AGM package and register today and Be Part of It!

Planning Committees
Join us tonight, June 2, at 7:00 p.m. for our Planning Committees workshop! This workshop is great for established communities experiencing lots of redevelopment or a small group dealing with the occasional planning application. During the session, you will learn the basics of planning committees, establishing them, and working effectively with other members and planning stakeholders.

Faces of Community – Jovin and Sajin
Meet Jovin and Sajin Khunkhun, our June Faces of Community. The brothers started volunteering when the pandemic hit and there was a shortage of masks. With hard work and determination, the brothers made over 1,000 masks and raised over $18,000 for charity. Read the full story today!

Programming & Identity for Community Associations Without Buildings
Join us June 3 at 12:00 p.m. for a fantastic discussion about Programming & Identity! This session will explore programming ideas that help build an identity for your organization rooted in your community. We will also discuss innovative ways to implement programming that meets your community’s needs, even without a building. Register today!

Microsoft Training Opportunity
Looking to level up your skills in Microsoft Teams? We some learning opportunities in June to help you continue your learnings in Teams. The first session is on June 11 at 12:00 p.m., and it’s called Microsoft: Teams Chat and Meetings. The second and final session is called Microsoft: Teams 100, and it’s happening on June 25 at 12:00 p.m. Register for these sessions today and learn something new!

Toole Peet Action Grants
Re-engage your community this summer with a Toole Peet Action Grant! Get your “action” grant application in by June 21 for a chance at $7,000. Don’t forget to register for the session on June 24 at 7:00 p.m. to find out who will get the funds and meet your peers to discuss how to re-engage with your communities.

Get to Know Your Government: Municipal
Looking for an excellent opportunity to learn more about our municipal government in Calgary? Join us for the Get to Know Your Government: Municipal session on June 19 at 10:00 a.m. This learning event will be divided into four mini sessions. Our facilitator, Paul Fairie, will present each session to help build your understanding of the topic. Each topic will also have a guest speaker to share their personal experiences and perspectives. Special thanks to the Cliff Bungalow-Mission Community Association for championing this project and the Calgary Foundation for funding it!

Scarboro Community History
The Scarboro Community Association is hosting an interactive history workshop on Wednesday night, June 16th at 7pm to celebrate the finalization of its Historical Context Paper (almost 200 pages). See: www.scarborocommunity.com/heritage. A 1-hour online presentation plus 1/2 hour for questions will focus on Scarboro’s unique community history. Click here to reserve your free ticket on Eventbrite.

ENMAX Safety Video Series – Yard Clean Up and PPE

We’re expecting a nice week and many of us will be out doing yard work. In the latest Home Safe Home video, ENMAX team member Jason talks about what you can wear to protect yourself while working outdoors. Enjoy and stay safe.

Neighbour Day 2021!

Celebrate your community on June 19 during Neighbour Day 2021! We all know strong neighbourhoods are important to our city, why not celebrate your community. Check out the City’s website for some awesome COVID-19 safe activities, and don’t forget to share your Neighbour Day experiences using #yycNeighbourDay. Be Part of It!

Here are a few highlights from our urban planning world this month.

North Hill Communities Local Area Plan
The revised draft of the North Hill Communities Local Area Plan is now available. The plan will be presented in front of City Council on June 21st. Click the link above to read the plan and other updates on the project.

Development Map
The Development Map is a convenient way to inform citizens and community associations of applications in their areas. As of June 1st, citizens can access application plans and renderings on the Development Map. By providing plans/rendering online, communities can become more informed about a proposed development, allowing them to provide their input earlier in the process. To access the map, click the above link. Look out for more improvements to the map.

Explore Your Street Survey
The City wants your input to help them understand how you use your neighbourhood streets! Please share your experiences, observations, drawings, and pictures of how you use the streets in your community. You can do the survey for as many streets as you want.

Calgary: The Community Perspective Project
Becky Poschmann is a thesis student in the MEDes program with the School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape at the University of Calgary. She is also a fellow community association volunteer.

Becky is conducting research on the experience community associations have had with community engagement planning projects. This research intends to understand how your CA received information about a planning project and the steps taken to undertake engagement. Information can be shared and received in many ways. It is important to find a balance to ensure that community members are given equal opportunities to participate in public engagement impacting their communities.

The research will begin with an interview selection form. This form will be used to determine which communities to involve in the Stage 2 interviews. If your community is not selected for Stage 2, we will look to have you involved during the Stage 3 workshops. Please visit the above link to collaborate!

​​​​​​​The research for this project has been approved by the CFREB (REB20-1552).

Tip Sheet: Meet your Neighbours
Welcoming and inclusive community organizations are important to help create a sense of belonging for all. Check out our resources on how to build meaningful and inclusive connections in your community!