November 25, 2020 Get Engaged!

November 25, 2020 Get Engaged!

November 25, 2020

In this issue:

  • COVID-19 Update
  • Board Leadership Calgary
  • We Heart Bowness
  • Exploring Communities – Community Collabs is Back! 

and more!

New COVID-19 Health Measures
On Tuesday, November 24, The Government of Alberta announced new COVID-19 restrictions. These restrictions include no indoor social gatherings, limited outdoor social gatherings, limit on funeral and wedding ceremonies, limit to faith gatherings, and restrictions to businesses. To see the full list of new restrictions and public health measures checkout the government of Alberta’s website. For other COVID-19 resources on our website.

Do you have questions about how these new restrictions affect you and your organization? “Drop In” in virtually on Monday December 7 at 4:00pm for the next virtual Monday Matters to ask the engagement team questions you may have.

Partners in Planning 
On December 5 at 9:00am we will be continuing our conversation on heritage. In this session we will discuss designating heritage properties and new tools and incentives recently approved the by City to help protect heritage assets. We will also have a virtual tour of heritages sites around the City!

After our heritage discussion, we will talk about the Partners in Planning Program, we will be reviewing past sessions, what people found valuable and asking for feedback on how to improve future sessions.

Mayor’s Annual Food Drive
Over the past 32 years community partners, like members of the Federation of Calgary Communities, have hosted food drives and fundraising activities to support the Calgary Food Bank’s busiest season. This year, the COVID-19 pandemic has made traditional food drives and fundraising events challenging. Many of the Mayor’s Annual Christmas Food Drive partners have gotten creative, finding safe ways to collect food donations or host virtual fundraisers. If you would like to join the food bank this year to safely collect food donations or host a virtual food drive, we’d love to help you set things up. Register your food drive activity today!

We look forward to working with you this holiday season. For more information about the Mayor’s Annual Christmas Food Drive, visit:

Anti-Racism and Equity is for Everyone 
The final Board Leadership Calgary 2020 workshop is on Saturday December 5 at 10:00 am. The last workshop is called Anti-Racism and Equity is for Everyone. Join this two-hour session for a discussion on anti-racism and accountability to community can develop as emergent strategy, as well as, how prioritizing equity, accessibility and intersectionality serves all of us.

Internal Controls from Three Perspectives 
Have you ever wondered about your organizations use of its assets, whether all funds are accounted for, or if your organization vulnerable to theft or fraud? On December 8 at 7:00 pm we have a workshop with presentations from a financial institution, an insurance broker, and an auditor. Each presenter will offer stories and practical controls that should be put in place to ensure your organization thrives! Register today to learn how to safeguard your organization and maximize the use of resources.

I’m the Treasurer: Now What!
On December 1 at 1:00 pm we have our I’m the New Treasurer: Now What? workshop! This workshop is perfect for anyone who is the treasurer and/or bookkeeper for their organization and will help you if you have little accounting experience. You will learn more about your role, the responsibilities, basic accounting terms, recording entries, and reporting to the board. Register today and Be Part of It!

We Heart Bowness: Until December 5!
The Bowness Community Association is hosting an online auction “We Heart Bowness” that ends on December 5. Check out the online auction to bid on dozens of items from local businesses. All proceeds go to renovations of the community centre and supporting the Bowest’ner, a free newsletter for Bowness.

HERstories in Anti-racism and Decolonial Organizing 
HERstories in Anti-racism and Decolonial Organizing is happening Thursday November 26 from 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm via zoom, and this event you do not want to miss! Learn from four long-time Calgary community activists and work on your own anti-racism and decolonization action plan. Panel members will share their victories, struggles and share wisdom for how we can continue to make anti-racist change today. The panel will be followed by a short break, and then a facilitated community conversation for anyone who wants to join. Register today!

NPower Canada is offering free IT training and career opportunities for Calgary Youth! NPower Canada is a charitable organization that launches underserved young adults, aged 18 -29 into meaningful and sustainable careers in IT. This free 15-week program provides participants with 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 January 25. To find out more contact Mehreen by email or by text/call 403-479-2129.

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. Exploring Communities- Community Collabs is back
We are looking for four community associations to take part in our Exploring Communities ‘Community Collabs’ program to make placemaking projects happen! Through this program, students from the U of C will work with your association to design a project that will inspire residents to come together. There also a few microgrants up for grabs. Applications are due Friday, December 4, 2020. Be Part of It!

2. Table Talk-Presenting at City Council or Committees 
Have you ever wondered what the process for speaking at City council is? Join us for this Table Talk Tuesday by clicking the link above. During the session we will go through the procedure for speaking at Committee or Council meetings from an urban planning perspective.

3. Explore your street survey
The City of Calgary wants your input to help them understand how you use your neighbourhood streets. Share your experiences, observations, drawings, and photos of how you use your street to walk, wheel or take transit by clicking here.

4. LRT Station Planning Study
Do you live in or around the Fairview community? As the City reviews an application for development near Macleod Trail and 71 Avenue S.E, a major component of the development is planning a new LRT station between Chinook and Heritage stations. The City wants your feedback as they conduct a feasibility study for the potential new station. Check out the link above to learn more and complete the survey by November 27.

Tip Sheet – Board Financial Responsibilities
Do you know what your fiduciary duties are? As a board, the financial health of the organization is your responsibility, know your organization’s financial well-being. Don’t make the mistake of approving financial statements you don’t understand! Check out the tip sheets to understand your financial responsibilities and statements.