March 4, 2020 Get Engaged!

March 4, 2020 Get Engaged!

March 4, 2020

In this issue:

  • March is Community Association Awareness Month!
  • Thank you Faces of Community 2019
  • Fraud Prevention Month
  • Guidebook for Great Communities and the North Hill Communities Local Area Plan

… and more!

March is Community Association Awareness Month!
Mayor Nenshi declares March as Community Association Awareness Month in Calgary! There are 152 community associations in Calgary, made up of over 20,000 community volunteers! Learn more about March Community Association Awareness Month by clicking here. Need help crafting content for your residents? Click here for helpful content you can use to communicate to your residents about the importance and impact of our city’s community associations! Don’t forget to use the hashtags #bepartofit and #yycca, so we can follow along with all the fun!

We are recruiting new board members!
We are looking for dynamic, innovative and experienced board members to join our team! We would love to find board members from within our member organizations! Considering a new board opportunity? Request a copy of our “Prospective Board Members Handbook” or send your resume by March 27 to

​​​​​​​Missed Table Talk Tuesday?
Did you miss our first Table Talk Tuesday session on Fiduciary Duties in Plain Language? That’s okay! We will be uploading each session to our YouTube channel. Keep an eye out for this last session available soon. And don’t miss out on our next live session “Membership: Paid or Free?” on March 17! Learn something new on your lunch break, click here to register for the online session. Please note these are online sessions only.


Click here for more upcoming events

Thank you Faces of Community 2019
As we get closer to revealing our 2020 Faces of Community on Friday, we wanted to give a shout-out to our 2019 Faces of Community! We are honoured to have been able to share their stories throughout this past year. Thank you Bev, Grace, Larry, Emily, Jessica, David, Olga, Zev, Paul, Frankie, and Peter for all the amazing work you do to make our city a great place to live, work, and play! Click here to refresh your memory of our Faces of Community 2019!

ENMAX Energizing Spaces upcoming deadline
Thank you to ENMAX and the Whitehorn Community Association (WCA) for inviting us to celebrate the renewal of the ENMAX Energizing Spaces program this past weekend! Through the fund, the WCA was able to upgrade their rink lights to energy efficient LEDs! Interested in how your community organization can be become more energy efficient? The deadline for the first round is on March 31! Apply for either electrical appliance replacements, outdoor rink and safety lighting, or the exciting new Energy Efficiency Install Day! Click here for more information and to apply.

ActivateYYC 3.0 is live! 
ActivateYYC 3.0 is here, and we want to see what ideas your community has for traffic calming! Bumping out intersections helps to slow traffic and create a safer space for pedestrians, cyclists, and drivers. Check out the ActivateYYC website for information on the application process, judging criteria, and FAQs. Have questions? Contact Meghan by email or phone at 403-244-4111 ext. 229.

Fraud Prevention Month
March is Fraud Prevention Month, an annual campaign aimed at helping people protect their money from frauds and scams. Throughout March, the Calgary Police Service are holding events focusing on cyber crime, identity theft, business fraud and phone scams at the Central Public Library downtown. Click here to check out their tips on how to protect yourself online. And don’t miss out on our workshop Understanding the Exposures of Cyber Risks with Toole Peet Insurance on March 18! Click here to register.

LGBT 101 & Ally-ship with Calgary Queer Arts Society
On March 25, the Calgary Queer Arts Society is hosting a free 3-hour workshop titled LGBT 101 and Ally-ship to introduce the language, context, and history of the LGBTQ2+ community. In addition, workshop participants will explore ways to engage in effective ally-ship, both in a personal and professional context, as well as receive tools to help develop new relationships with the gender and sexually diverse community. Click here to learn more or to register for one of the two time slots.

National Volunteer Week 2020

National Volunteer Week 2020 is just around the corner! From April 19-25, 2020 celebrate the incredible volunteers in our communities and the positive impacts they are making.  National Volunteer Week Enhancement Funding is a great opportunity to celebrate volunteerism and recognize the volunteers in your community. Applications close March 13 at midnight. Click here to learn more and to apply.

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. Guidebook for Great Communities and North Hill Communities Local Area Plan
The final proposed draft of the Guidebook can be found here. The draft North Hill Communities Local Area Plan has also been released and can be accessed by clicking this link. Both the Guidebook and North Hill plans will be presented before Standing Policy Committee on Planning and Urban Development (PUD) today. You can watch the meeting online by clicking here.

2. Partners in Planning
Join us as we learn how citizens can actively participate in the planning process. This course will include topics like the role of formal decision-making bodies (i.e. Council and Calgary Planning Commission), how and when to provide feedback on an application and making the most of engagement opportunities. Saturday March 14, from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm at the Kingsland Community Association. Click the link above to register.

3. Municipal Development Plan and Calgary Transportation Plan
The Municipal Development Plan (MDP) and Calgary Transportation Plan (CTP) are documents that will guide land use and transportation in Calgary in the long term. The City is proposing amendments t the two plans and will be collecting feedback online till the March 20. Click the link above to learn more.

4. Ward Boundaries
The City is conducting a minor review of ward boundaries. If you live in wards 3, 5, 7 and 12 you may be impacted by the potential changes. The changes are intended to balance the population across the wards in Calgary. The City will like your feedback, please click the link to provide comments by March 19.

5. Greenline Open House Dates
On January 29, members from the Green Line presented an updated Stage 1 alignment Green Line LRT route to City Council. There are several open house sessions and pop-ups scheduled over the next few weeks, please click the link above to find a time and location. Unable to make any of the sessions, you can also provide feedback online by clicking here.

6. Calgary’s New Event Centre
Calgary Municipal Land Corporation (CMLC) will like to hear your ideas and aspirations for Calgary’s new event centre. Please click the link above to read more about the project, find out more about engagement opportunities.

7. Heritage Conservation Tools and Incentives
The Heritage Planning team will be presenting a report on potential policy tools and financial incentives to increase the conservation of heritage resources at Standing Policy Committee on Planning and Urban Development on April 1, 2020. Please review the summary report and read about other heritage initiatives by clicking the link above.

Template – Cyber Liability Checklist
Did you know that in addition to Community Association Awareness Month, March is also Fraud Prevention Month? Here are a couple great resources to help reduce fraud prevention.