June 30, 2021 Get Engaged!

June 30, 2021 Get Engaged!

June 30, 2021

In this issue:

  • Federation Summer Update 
  • Faces of Community – Faces of Community
  • Get to Know Your Government: Recorded
  • North Hill Communities Local Area Plan
  • and more!

Federation Summer Update
What a year! Summer is here, and Get Engaged! will be taking its annual summer vacation. Before we go, we have some questions for you. Take our Get Engaged! Summer Survey and let us know what you like and don’t like about our e-newsletter. Filling out the survey gets you entered to win some awesome prizes!

As always, thank you for your support. Just a heads up, our office will be closed on July 1 and 2. We’ll be back in the office on July 5.

Have a fantastically fabulous fun summer, stay safe, and we’ll see you in September!

Toole Peet Action Grant Winners Selected
The winners of the Toole Peet Action Grants have been selected! We awarded $7,500 to eight lucky winners. See who won and what “actions” the grant will be helping kick-off! Thank you to everyone who attended the event.

We’re glad the Action grants gave our network a chance to gather (virtually) and connect. During the evening, we heard some great discussions around shared challenges, and common grant asks. We’re glad the Action Grants session was a place where our members could meet!

As one attendee said, “It was never more heartwarming to lose a draw.”

Thanks again for Being Part of It!

CITIZENS+STUDENTS Project Kickoff Event – September 8, 2021

Click here for more upcoming events


ActivateYYC Update

ActivateYYC2021 has selected the winning projects! Thank you to everyone who applied. We saw so many great ideas this spring. We’re excited to continue supporting communities to activate movement and empower their communities!

Stay tuned for more updates about this year’s projects!


Faces of Community – Ricardo
Meet Ricardo, with the Crossroads Community Association, our July Face of Community! A passionate volunteer, he stays involved to help bring more to his community. “There are just so many things that people want, and we have to work with the city to get to get the ball rolling on all of these things.”

Read the whole story today!

Chip in For Kids
Did somebody say ”Fore”?

The Shaw Charity Classic is back in Calgary, and #ChipInForKids is back to help communities. Text KIDS204 to 30333 to donate $10, and Shaw will match your donation to help support kids in Alberta through the services of The Federation of Calgary Communities.

Calgary Foundation – Neighbourhood Grant
Have you heard of the Calgary Foundation’s Neighbourhood Grants? Neighbour Grants offers up to $7,500 to help people build their sense of inclusive belonging in their own neighbourhoods and communities. Check out the Calgary Foundation’s website to see if your excellent idea qualifies for a Neighbourhood Grant.

Flames EvenStrength Program
Hockey Calgary, KidSport, the Flames Foundation, the Calgary Flames Sports Bank & Canadian Pacific have teamed up to support the Flames EvenStrength Program (FESP). This initiative helps alleviate the cost of playing hockey for children in our community who face financial barriers. Visit our website for more information!

Get to Know Your Government – Recorded
Get to Know Your Government is on YouTube! Binge it or watch it episodically; you can get your municipal educational fix. Whether you missed the show or you want to go over the session again, we’ve got you covered. Check out Part 1 today and let us know what you learn about our Municipal government today!

26 Avenue S.W. & Buckmaster Park Area Improvements – we want to hear from you
The City of Calgary is making improvements to help increase activity and mobility in the southwest through the 26 Avenue S.W. and Buckmaster Park Area Improvements projects. Share your feedback online to help us identify and evaluate potential changes starting July 12  – August 3 or by joining a virtual event on July 28, visit engage.calgary.ca/buckmaster26 for more info.

Beyond Van Gogh
Beyond Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience will delay its opening and now make its Canadian debut on Friday, July 30, 2021, at the BMO Centre at Stampede Park in Calgary. Beyond Van Gogh: The immersive Experience takes art to new heights by projecting the works of Vincent Van Gogh across all surfaces of the venue, granting guests an escape into a world envisioned by his masterpieces. Art will come to life as over three hundred paintings dance and swirl to the sounds of a symphony orchestra and narration quoted directly from Van Gogh’s writings. Beyond Van Gogh, created in Calgary and Montreal with creative partners Normal Studio, made its North American debut in Miami on April 15, where it is on track to sell 120,000 tickets. This experience is currently on sale in Austin, Detroit, Milwaukee, Portland, St. Louis, Honolulu, and many more cities, and is breaking box-office records.
For updates and more information, visit www.calgaryvangogh.com

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

1. North Hill Communities Local Area Plan
The revised North Hill Communities Plan returned to the Combined Meeting of Council on Monday, June 21, 2021, for decision. Council approved the first reading of the plan. The document will now go to the Calgary Metropolitan Region Board for approval. Following this, the plan will return to Council for second and third readings. If you missed the meeting or want to watch Council again, check out the recording.

You can see a summary of the policies incorporated into the Guide and the redline version of the plan with all the changes; please click here.

2. CUI x Calgary
CUI x Calgary was a week-long virtual residency to learn about Calgary’s local issues and connect the dots across urban Canada. The Canadian Urban Institute spent the week listening to and learning from local stakeholders on their most pressing challenges and surfacing examples of innovative and locally driven solutions. Check out the project page and read the report today!

3. Public Hearing Process Under Review
Public hearings are an excellent way for individuals and organizations to share their opinions directly to Council on how certain Committee and Council agenda items affect them. The views expressed are included in the public record. The City is reviewing the public hearings process and wants to hear your thoughts by July 9. The City is exploring how the system could be more user-friendly and inclusive and identify what works well and what prevents people from participating in a public hearing. Online engagement opened June 14 and runs to July 9.

4. CITIZENS+STUDENTS is Back This Fall!
Since 2013, the School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape (SAPL) Master of Planning Program at the University of Calgary and the Federation of Calgary Communities have supported community associations in their decision-making process around land use and development issues. Join us on September 8 to learn more about how your community association can be involved in the project, and take some time to check out past projects!

5. Development Map
Have you heard of the Development Map?

The Development Map is a convenient new tool Calgarians can use to get information about development applications in their area. Launched June 1, citizens can now access application, plans, and renderings on the Development Map. By providing plans/rendering online, Calgarians can be more informed about a proposed development. The tool also allows citizens to offer their input earlier in the process. Try out the map today by clicking the link above, and remember, keep an eye for improvements to the map.

6. City of Calgary Pathway Bikeway Maps

The new 2021 City of Calgary Pathway and Bikeway maps are fresh out of the printers! These maps are a great resource for individuals and families to navigate around their communities and the city. This update map has been simplified, and now shows more places that people want to go to, including schools, playgrounds, and transit stations. If you are interested in having a box of maps sent to your organization, contact Jacquelyn (Jacquelyn.Oriold@calgary.ca) or call 311. The Federation will also have a limited number available for pickup at our office – please contact Edward (planner2@calgarycommunities.com).


Tip Sheet – Membership Development Strategies
This summer, do not forget to integrate your membership development key messages and strategies into all your activities! Check out our resources to help you out in your membership development efforts: