November 27, 2019 Get Engaged!

November 27, 2019 Get Engaged!

November 27, 2019

In this issue:

  • Last chance to apply for Exploring Communities 2020!
  • North Hill Communities Local Growth Planning
  • It’s not too late to be a part of the 2019 Mayor’s Food Drive
  • The Guidebook for Great Communities

… and more!

Last chance to apply for Exploring Communities 2020! The deadline to apply for our Exploring Communities program, in collaboration with the University of Calgary’s Urban Studies program, is November 30! Students from the Urban Studies class will work with you to create a project that inspires residents to come together. We are looking for 4 communities to take part in this exciting opportunity! Click here to learn more or to apply today!

Energy Efficiency program concluding Friday, November 29
Friday, November 29 will be the last day for our Energy Manager, Adeniyi, at the Federation. As such our energy efficiency program will conclude on Friday as well. Energy audits through the Federation are no longer available. While we are sad to see Adeniyi go, we wish him all the best in his future endeavors!

Enter to win free Cork Connection tickets
Time is running out! Purchase your Cork Connection Wine Tasting and Silent Auction tickets by November 30 and be entered into a draw to win 2 (two) FREE tickets! Click here to get your tickets. We hope to see you there!


Click here for more upcoming events

North Hill Communities Local Growth Planning

The first draft of the multi community plan under the new planning the City’s new system has been released. The draft can be accessed by clicking here. There will be 2 public sessions; the first session is taking place tomorrow, November 28 from 5:00-8:00pm at the Renfrew Community Association and the second is on November 30 from 11:00-2:00pm at the Highland Park Community Association. You an also provide comments online until December 8. For communities that are about to start the multi community process, we encourage you to look at the plan to see an example of what the new plan could look like.

Succession Planning Video

Have you had a chance to check out our first educational video with Servus Credit Union yet? In our first video we discuss what succession planning is and the steps involved in creating a succession plan for your non-profit organization. Click here to check out the video! Thank you to Servus Credit Union for making this video possible!

Monday Matters

Our last Monday Matters before our holiday break is on December 2! On the first Monday of every month we stay open late so that you can drop by with any questions you may have. During 4:00-9:00pm our staff are here to answer your questions about planning, engagement, communications, organization development, and more! Click here to find our office address and our phone number. Can’t make it in this time? Monday Matters will return after the holidays on January 6, 2020.

It’s not too late to be part of the 2019 Mayor’s Food Drive!
The Holiday Season is upon us and you can make a difference for individuals and families in your community. Mayor Nenshi has joined forces with the #YYC community in support of the Calgary Food Bank. Contact Tara ( or 403-253-2059 ext. 206) to start your #MayorsFoodDrive and #FeedYYC. If you’re planning on visiting our office before the holiday break, we are also collecting non-perishable food items for the Calgary Food Bank!

2019 State of Alberta Nonprofit Sector report
CCVO’s Reflections on Civil Society: The State of the Alberta Nonprofit Sector report is now available. This report helps paint a current picture of the health and experiences of Alberta organizations, including information on finances, programs and services, staffing, and future economic outlook. Click here to view the report.

CCVO’s Alberta Budget 2019 Analysis for Nonprofits
Following the release of the Alberta Budget 2019 on October 24, 2019, CCVO has provided the non-profit sector with a detailed budget analysis with selected funding areas affecting the sector. Click here to learn more and to read the full budget analysis.

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.The Guidebook for Great Communities (GGC)

On Monday November 18, The Guidebook went before Council as a report. The Guidebook is still scheduled to be adopted in combination with the North Hill Multi Community Plan which is anticipated to go to SPC on Planning and Urban Development (PUD) in March, and then Council in April. At that point there will be a public hearing. 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.

Leading up to the PUD meeting on November 18, 50 communities reached out to us about the Guidebook: 2 were in support of the Guidebook while 48 had concerns. Our Executive Director, Leslie Evans presented these at the panel. The Federation’s Board also wrote a letter asking for broad engagement, while approximately 18 community associations wrote a joint letter asking for increased awareness. As per council’s direction, we are working with the City on a communications strategy for the Guidebook, focused on building awareness. Unfortunately, PUD members did not recommend for engagement for feedback.

As always, we reflect a community voice. We would appreciate hearing from you if you have questions or concerns. We will help to clarify and get answers. We are hoping to have some plain language information for you share with your residents so that they understand the vision and purpose of the Guidebook. We encourage you to use your communication channels to circulate this information. Residents should understand what the Guidebook is and how it will change how we redevelop our established communities.

We will update you as we receive more information and inform you of opportunities to improve your understanding. In the meantime, we encourage you to:

  • Learn more by visiting the link above
  • Engage your community
  1. Multi Community Plans (MCPs)
    Federation Planners will be reaching out to MCP Community Association Working Group Members over the coming weeks to provide tools to support CA members in both representing their broader communities at the Working Group Meetings and relaying information from the Working Group Meetings back to their communities. 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?
    City Planners are currently meeting with EAGCS Phase 1 communities. 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.4. The Future of Stephen Ave
    The City of Calgary is rethinking Stephen Avenue, with the intent of evaluating what works well, what could be improved and envisioning what the future experience of Stephen Avenue should be. As one of Calgary’s premiere landmarks and destinations, this project will:
  • Extend the energy and liveliness of the pedestrian mall westward along 8 Avenue S.W.;
  • Establish a new vision for Stephen Avenue that creates opportunities for private investment and redevelopment;
  • Create short and long-term strategies that can be implemented over time to make Stephen Avenue better for Calgarians and visitors.

Please click the link above to provide your input.

Guide – Which Communication Tool Should I Use Do you want to improve your communications with your members, but uncertain what tools you should use or not sure where to start in creating a communications plan? We have some excellent resources to help you out! Also, if you haven’t reviewed it already – check out our plain language guide for some great tips!

1. Template – Communications Plan 2. Template – Mini Communications Plan 3. Guide – Plain Language