March 10, 2021 Get Engaged!

March 10, 2021 Get Engaged!

March 10, 2021




In this issue:

  • Introducing Heritage Inspires YYC
  • Faces of Community Feature
  • Strategic Check-In Summary
  • The Guidebook for Great Communities and North Hill Communities Local Area Plan


and more!


Introducing Heritage Inspires YYC
Calgary’s evolution to a more compact and sustainable city can be inspired by heritage, for future generations to enjoy.  Be bold!  Imagine repurposing more of our heritage buildings as interesting spaces for local businesses, start-ups, and diverse housing. Heritage belongs to everyone!

This volunteer-led communications campaign asks Calgarians to recognize and protect built heritage, historic streetscapes, and public spaces that define a unique sense of place.


2021 Faces of Community Event 
Wondering who are the 2021 Faces of Community? Come and meet the 2021 Faces of Community on March 24 at 7:00 p.m. Join us in celebrating the awesome volunteers who make Calgary and our communities great!

Energizing Spaces Applications
Energizing Spaces, powered by ENMAX, is accepting applications to upgrade or replace old appliances with new energy efficient ones. Tell us why new appliances are important to your space and you could be awarded up to $10,000 in grant funding to replace old, inefficient appliances or outdoor lights. We look forward to hearing from you.

Faces of Community Feature 
Meet Carolyn, with the Killarney-Glengarry Community Association (KGCA), our final 2020 Faces of Community feature! A volunteering force, Carolyn has made a unique and positive impact on her community. Read the full the story today!

Demystifying Financial Statements
Reviewing the treasurer’s report doesn’t have to be a scary task! Join Stephen, our financial literacy coach, for the Demystifying Financial Statements workshop on March 25 at 7:00 p.m. During the workshop, Stephen will discuss and clarify the elements of audited financial statements, while also diving into the two most important statements a board should be discussing monthly. Be Part of It!

Financial Literacy Assessment Form
Get personized solutions and training in Financial Literacy! By completing the Financial Literacy Assessment Form, Stephen can help identify where you need support. Whether you’re a board member, staff member or a manager, financial literacy can help your team! Fill out the form today!

Microsoft Training
The Federation has formed a partnership with Microsoft to bring you some free training!  We thought we would start you off with three free workshops to assist with using the Teams environment as a hub for your work. There are two workshops remaining: Microsoft Teams L200 on March 12 at 12:00 p.m. and Microsoft Cloud Storage on March 19 at 12:00 p.m. Click here for more information! Be Part of It!

Strategic Check-In Summary
Thank you to the 270 respondents to our three-question survey.  The results were presented to the board on Monday, February 22 as part of a strategic discussion on how The Federation needs to tweak or change our service lines.  We heard your top three pressing needs were membership engagement, financial uncertainty, and unskilled volunteers.  We learned you most value our education, information, and support, along with our micro funding opportunities.  158 respondents told us of their great projects that they wished we could help with – including more training, more connecting of member organizations to share insights, success and struggles and support navigating external processes.  We are “chewing” on this information as part of a renewal of our strategic plan.  Stay tuned!

Fraud Prevention
March 2021 marks the 17th anniversary of Fraud Prevention Month in Canada. Fraud Prevention Month is a month-long crime prevention initiative aimed at educating and informing consumers and communities on how to recognize, report and stop fraud. In 2021, due the COVID Pandemic, the majority of events will be virtual in nature. Please find below our weekly themes to help all participating agencies present a unified message to communities. Week # 1 – Cybercrime/online scams, Week #2 – Identity Theft/Fraud, Week #3 – Business Fraud/ Scams, Week #4 – Mass Marketing/Phone scams.


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

The Guidebook for Great Communities and North Hill Communities Local Area Plan
The latest draft of the proposed Guidebook for Great Communities will be brought forward to the Combined Meeting of Council on March 22 at 9:30 a.m. This public hearing is another opportunity for citizens to send in letters and provide comments on the Guidebook. You can read the latest Guidebook and find dates for upcoming Guidebook 101 sessions here.

The North Hill Communities Local Area Plan will also be going to the Combined Meeting of Council on March 22 at 9:30a.m. You can read the proposed Local Area Plan here.

To make a written submission or to register to speak for any of the items above, please complete this form.

Partners in Planning
Join us virtually on Saturday March 13 at 9:00 a.m. to learn how citizens can actively participate in the planning process! This Partners in Planning session will explain the role of formal decision-making bodies (i.e., Council and Calgary Planning Commission), how and when to provide feedback on an application and how to make the most of engagement opportunities. Register today by clicking the link above.

Outdoor Patios back for the summer
As temperatures start to warm up, the City has announced that they are extending the outdoor patio program first introduced last year for this season. This means that they will allow patios on public land, prioritize applications and waive permitting fees. To learn more about the program, click the link above!

Board Committees
Board committees are an important division of governance work between board members. There are various types of committees that can be created, depending on the type of board your organization has. Check out our resources to learn more about how to set up committees, and the roles and responsibilities within them.