November 13, 2019 Get Engaged!

November 13, 2019 Get Engaged!

November 13, 2019

In this issue:

  • New educational video
  • Guidebook for Great Communities
  • Last call for Citizens+Students applications
  • Immigrants of Distinction Awards Nominations


… and more!

New educational video!
We are excited to announce that we have teamed up with Servus Credit Union to deliver an educational video on succession planning for non-profit organizations! We discuss what succession planning is and the steps involved in creating a succession plan for your non-profit organization. Understanding and creating a succession plan is an important step in creating sustainable organizations. Click here to watch the video. Thank you to Servus Credit Union for making this video possible. Stay tuned for more educational videos.

Win tickets to Cork Connection
Do you have your tickets to our Cork Connection Wine Tasting and Silent Auction yet? Purchase your tickets by November 30 and automatically be entered into a draw to win 2 (two) free tickets! Don’t miss out on one of our most exciting events of the year, click here to get your tickets today!

The Guidebook for Great Communities
At the November 6 SPC on Planning and Urban Development (PUD), members of the committee voted to delay adopting the Guidebook at the public hearing on December 16. The Guidebook is now scheduled to be adopted in combination with the North Hill Multi-Community Plan that is anticipated to go to SPC on PUD in March and then Council in April. The delay is for administration and other stakeholders to build awareness about the changes being proposed, provide clarity between this work and the City’s shift to multi-community plans and communicate the vision and intent of the guidebook. We will update you as we receive more information and inform you of opportunities for engagement.
In the meantime, we encourage you to:


Click here for more upcoming events

Last call for Citizens+Students Applications
Applications for Citizens+Students, our planning project in collaboration with the University of Calgary’s SAPL students, closes on November 15 at 5:00pm! This project will help you create a vision for what your community could become as our city grows and changes. Participants will work with graduate students to explore physical planning, urban design, public engagement and project management needs. This project requires the active involvement of the Community Planning Committee Chair or Board Chair throughout. Please click here to apply. If you have any questions about the application, please send an email to

Energy Tip: Outdoor Rink & Playground Lighting
The snowy season- and the longer nights that come with it- is here. Remember to program your rink lighting control timers to match the nightfall time and rink usage schedule. Relying on control timers to turn off rink lights after late night use saves considerable amount of energy. Click here to contact our Energy Manager to learn more!

d.talks complimentary tickets!
Looking for tickets to d.talks Let’s Talk About… Togetherness event on Tuesday, November 19? We’ve got you covered! The first 3 people to reply to this email will receive 2 (two) complimentary tickets each! Click here to learn more about this event. Please note you must reply by November 15.

Immigrants of Distinction Awards
Immigrant Services Calgary (ISC) has announced that nominations are now open for the Immigrants of Distinction Awards 2020. In it’s 24th year of recognizing immigrants, refugees and organizations, this years’ theme is “Unleashing Potential.” This theme is meant to recognize the inspirational immigrants who have come to call Calgary home, as well as their resilience and ability to break through barriers. If you, or someone you know, fits this theme, take a look at the award categories and consider making a nomination submission. The deadline to submit your nomination is December 1, 2019.

Training and career opportunities for Calgary youth
NPower Canada is a charitable organization that launches underserved young adults into meaningful and sustainable careers. This 15 week program provides participants with free in-demand digital and professional skills training and connects them to new and rewarding career opportunities with some of Canada’s largest employers. The next program starts on January 20, 2020 and they are looking for support sharing this free opportunity for youth ages 18-29. Click here to learn more about the program or contact Mehreen at

Is your CA part of the Mayor’s Christmas Food Drive?
Join Mayor Nenshi and your #YYC community to support the Calgary Food Bank this holiday season. Contact Tara ( or 403-253-2059 ext. 206) to get your #MayorsFoodDrive donation supplies to #FeedYYC.

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. Heritage Conservation Tools and Incentives Report
The report on Heritage Conservation tools and incentives has been postponed to April 2020. It was originally meant to go to SPC on PUD on Planning and Urban Development (PUD) on December 4. Heritage policies were removed from the Guidebook. November 6 at PUD, Councillors asked Administration to include heritage policies in the Guidebook before it is approved.

2. Multi Community Plans (MCPs)
Approximately 42 districts (or MCP areas), representing the built-out area of the city, will undergo the MCP process over roughly the next 10 years (about 4 per year). The MCPs are based on The Guidebook for Great Communities (GGC). The GGC houses common policy which would otherwise be repeated in MCPs. The following MCPs currently underway: North Hill Communities Multi Community Plan (MCP), Heritage Communities Multi Community Plan (MCP) and Westbrook Communities Multi Community Plan (MCP).

3. How Will the City Fund Growth and Change?
The City is working on a strategy called the Established Areas Growth and Change Strategy. EAGCS is a project that helps identify actions and funding solutions for public realm and infrastructure improvements (short-term) and identifies actions to support communities with redevelopment (long-term). Please visit the link above for more information.

Tip Sheet – Board Financial Responsibilities
Are you a new treasurer or perhaps a board member that want to brush up on your knowledge on your financial responsibilities as a board member? We have some excellent resources you can check out on our online resource library!