May 16th, 2018

May 16th, 2018

May 16, 2018

Neighbour Day is One Month Away!
Saturday, June 16th is an entire day dedicated to Calgarians getting to know their neighbours and exploring their community. How are you planning on being part of it? Whether it’s hosting your own event, encouraging your residents to plan their own, or simply promoting the initiative, Neighbour Day is an awesome opportunity for our network to promote the value and benefit of community involvement. If your organization is hosting an event, let us know as we want to come to as many as we can to say hi and snap photos of the fun! Email Amanda with your event plans
Village Brewery Beer Rebate
In celebration of Neighbour Day, we have partnered with our buds at Village Brewery again this year to offer community associations a rebate on all beer purchases made throughout the month of June! What does this mean? When any Calgarian purchases Village beer anytime between June 1st to 30th, and gives a copy of their receipt to their local community association, the organization will get a 15% rebate on all beer purchases made throughout the month. As community associations you can also be part of this and use your beer purchases as part of the rebate! Village Brewery is always happy to work with community associations to provide you with beer for your summer events, and is flexible in helping work within your budget. Click here for more info.Community Socials is Back!
Take the night off and join t the Beltline Neighbourhoods Association’s historic McHugh house on May 23rd. This is a night with no agenda, but is an opportunity for you to meet other community volunteers, as well as enjoy some Village Brewery beer and good food. All are welcome to attend! More details and registration available here.

Building Community Participation Through Engagement – Thursday, May 17
Community Socials – Wednesday, May 23
Reading Financial Statements for Board Members – Thursday, May 24
Monday Matters – Monday, June 4
Click here for more upcoming events

How Can Your Organization
Build Community Participation?

A vibrant community is measured by the involvement and activity of its neighbours, however it can hard to get people interested and involved. Join us on May 17th for our Building Community Through Engagement workshop. Learn how your organization can build better connections and create opportunities to support more engaged communities. Details and registration available here.

Cultural Funding Opportunity
From September 28th to 30th, Alberta Culture Days is the largest provincial celebration of arts, heritage, diversity, and community spirit. The Government of Alberta is offering grants up to $10,000 to help showcase our unique culture. Communities can also join the 800 places hosting sites for the event. Learn more, submit an event, or apply for a grant here

How Did We Shift?
Missed our Shifting Attitudes Conference last month? Need a refresher? Check out event resources, presentations, videos, and photos from the event here. Also see how participants’ perspectives changed and what we learned here.


Why Do Audit Staff Have
So Many Questions?
After you drop off your audit boxes with us, and our staff get started on your financials, it’s not uncommon for us to have questions. It’s important to take follow-up inquiries seriously and to answer them as soon as possible. Click here to learn more about what we might ask, and what happens when we don’t hear back.

Community Representation
Framework (CRF) Update

The Federation of Calgary Communities Board of Directors has sent a letter to City Council outlining their concerns regarding the current Community Representation Framework (CRF) and the engagement process. Click here to read it. It’s also important that if you feel strongly, either way, on the CRF process to put it in writing to your City Councillor, and please copy us as well.

Dementia Friendly
Communities Update
The Brenda Stafford Foundation has an update on their Dementia Friendly Communities project, as well as upcoming event reminders and information. Click here to read on!

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.

After three and a half years, Carrie Yap will be moving on from the Federation of Calgary Communities. She would like to give a special thank you to everyone, and express that she has learned and gained so much as a planner. Carrie says she will take the “community” with her into her next position, and she asks that everyone please be patient on planning issues and inquiries within the next while, as we will be training a new replacement. We will miss you, and thank you to Carrie for all that she has done for all us.

  1. City of Calgary Process Changes to Align with the Municipal Government Act: The City of Calgary will be implementing a few process changes to comply with recent amendments to the Municipal Government Act (MGA). Land Use Bylaw amendments to align with these changes are anticipated to be complete by September. Click the link to learn more.
  2. Cannabis Store Applications: Council recently approved the proposed bylaw amendments to facilitate the retail sale and consumption of cannabis in Calgary. Click the link to read key pieces of information about cannabis business for community associations.
  3. Backyard Suites Design Engagement Dates: We’ve finalized the dates for community engagement on the Backyard Suites Design Guidelines. Click the link to learn how to get involved!
Board Committees
Our community organizations have a lot committees, but did you know that one member of the board should always be a part of these committees? Do your committees have a Term of Reference (TOR)? View this month’s helpful resources for templates and information.
  1. Committees – Description and Roles
  2. General Terms of Reference (TOR) for Committees
  3. Risk Management Committee (TOR)

Are you interested in applying for an ActivateYYC Microgrant, click here to visit the “Stories” tab to get some inspiration from other community projects. The tab opens up a map, and provides a detailed description of upcoming projects. Don’t forget the final deadline for the last round of Activate is July 3rd, 2018.