October 16, 2019 Get Engaged!

October 16, 2019 Get Engaged!

October 16, 2019

In this issue:

  • Citizens+Students Planning Project
  • Planning Committees Workshop
  • Pursuit of Happiness Project
  • Tip Sheet: Drafting Job Descriptions


… and more!


Citizens+Students Planning Project
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 from the University of Calgary’s School of Architecture, Planning, and Landscape program 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. Applications are due November 5 at 5:00 pm. Click here to learn more and to apply.


Click here for more upcoming events

Planning Committees Workshop
Join us on November 6 for our Planning Committees workshop! This workshop will teach you the basics of planning committees – how to get one established and how to work effectively with other members and planning stakeholders. Click here to register today!

Environmental, Health & Safety Scorecard
Did you know that the City of Calgary has an environmental, health and safety scorecard? Click here to check out some of the sustainable approaches the City is taking.

2020 Healthy Community Grants
Communities Choosewell’s Healthy Community Grants application is now open! Communities Choosewell support communities who take action to improve healthy eating and active living and are offering support through grants of $2,000. Apply for the Healthy Community Grant to help build a stronger and healthier community. Deadline is October 31, 2019! Learn more about the grant and application process here

Pursuit of Happiness Project
The Calgary Immigrant Women’s Association is looking for support to share a new opportunity for immigrant retirees called the Pursuit of Happiness Project. This project offers retired immigrant women a place to build friendships, share life experiences and develop leadership skills through weekly group discussions, social activities, and more. Contact Allison at allisonm@ciwa-online.com or 403-263-4414 ext. 302 if you would like to participate or share this opportunity with your community!

Indigenous Ally Toolkit
To help you in your individual or organizational reconciliation journey, the Calgary Foundation has created an Indigenous Ally Toolkit. This helpful resource explains what it means to be an ally and what you can do as an ally. Click here to learn more or to download the toolkit.

Call for Community Stories
A new local podcast called Kourt & Keith, Connecting Calgarians (K2C2), is looking for stories from communities about people who are making an impact in ways that aren’t always obvious. Do you know a Calgarian who is making a difference in our communities? Fill out the nomination form here.

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 (Formerly Developed Areas Guidebook)
The proposed Guidebook for Great Communities has been delayed after the Federation and Industry expressed concerns about how quickly the statutory document was being pushed through. Click here to learn about the panel that was struck by PUD at the October 2 meeting.

2. Downtown Off-Leash Area Study
The City would like your feedback on off-leash dog areas in downtown neighbourhoods. Provide your input online by clicking the link above.

3. Update on Homelessness in Calgary: 10 years and beyond

Join the Calgary Homeless Foundation, and other organizations as they discuss homelessness and what comes next after the 10-year plan. There will be guest speakers from CUPS and Homespace discussing the roles organizations like theirs play in supporting and housing people facing homelessness. The event will be taking place on Saturday October 19, 9:00am-12:–pm, at the Kerby Centre (1133 7 Avenue SW).

4. Rainwater for Resilience Community Hub Demonstration Program
The Alberta Low Impact Development Partnership has $278,000 (in total) to distribute to 10 projects in Calgary. These projects must be built in high visibility spots (e.g. community association grounds), show resilient landscaping practices and must have community buy in. Click the link above to learn more about the project. Apply by submitting an expression of interest by November 1, 2019.

Tip-Sheet- Drafting Job Descriptions
Is your organization anticipating hiring new staff? We have some great resources to help you out!