September 16, 2020 Get Engaged!

September 16, 2020 Get Engaged!

September 16, 2020

In this issue:

  • Our 2020-2021 Workshop Guide is Here!
  • September Faces of Community 2020 Feature!
  • Orange Shirt Day
  • CITIZENS+STUDENTS Planning Workshop is Back!

… and more!






Our 2020-2021 Workshop Guide is Here!
We have released our 2020-2021 workshop guide! You will find all the information you need like event dates, event descriptions, and so much more! This year, all our learning opportunities  will be held virtually! We have lots of workshops ranging from Orientation to the Planning Process, Demystifying Financial Statements, Board Basics 101 and 201, and so much more! We also have exciting lunchtime learning opportunities throughout the year! You can find our workshop guide by clicking here. See something you are interested in? Click here to register for any upcoming events!



CITIZENS+STUDENTS Planning Workshop is back!

Since 2013, the School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape (SAPL) Master of Planning Program at the University of Calgary and the Federation of Calgary Communities have worked together to support Community Associations (CAs) in their decision-making process around land use and development issues. Join our information session online tonight, September 16, from 6:00-7:30pm! During this session, you can learn about the project, how your community association can be involved. To learn more about the project this year, please click here.

Faces of Community 2020 Nominations 

Do you know an outstanding volunteer in your community? Do you want to see them recognized for their hard work and dedication? Nominations for our 2021 Faces of the Community are now open! Help recognize the outstanding volunteers in the community that make Calgary a great place to work, live, and play! Nominations are open until October 14, 2020. Click here to submit a nomination!









September Faces of Community 2020 feature! 
Meet Alice, our September Faces of the Community feature! Alice is a passionate volunteer. Her volunteer activities include working with the Crescent Heights Community Association, CIWA (Calgary Immigrant Women’s Association), the Creative Aging Society, and creating Volly, an app that connects volunteers with non-profits in Calgary. Alice loves being in the community, meeting new people, and seeing how people can make a difference in their community. Click here to learn more about Alice and the work she does!

Don’t miss out on Energizing Spaces!
You can still apply for the ENMAX Energizing Spaces Fund!  This fund was created with our partner, ENMAX, to help ensure that Calgary’s community spaces can continue to enhance our neighbourhoods for many years to come! There are three application streams: Appliances, Rink and Safety Lighting, and Energy Efficiency Install. The application deadline is October 30, 2020! For more information or to apply click here!




Orange Shirt Day

Orange Shirt Day is on September 30 to coincide with the time of year Indigenous children were taken from their homes and sent to residential schools. Orange Shirt Day is an opportunity for meaningful discussions about the effects of Residential Schools and their legacy. It is also an opportunity to set the stage for anti-racism and anti-bullying polices for the coming year. Wear an orange shirt on September 30 to show your support and your commitment to reconciliationTo learn more click here.

Pieces of a Pandemic
The Calgary Public Library has begun to collect stories from Calgarians and members of the Treaty 7 Nations about their experiences with COVID-19. Together with Richard Van Camp, the Calgary Public Library hopes community members of all ages share their COVID-19 stories. To learn more and submit your COVID-19 story click here. The submission deadline is September 30, 2020.

The Story of a Con in Action
Con artists are experienced criminals who are often one step ahead. For more than two years the con artist was able to steal money from a community association. This con artist started by gaining the community association’s trust. As time went the association slowly noticed some problems with bills not being paid on time and expenses being considerably up. It was not until an Annual General Meeting (AGM) they realized they were the victim of fraud and a con in action. To read the full true story and learn how to better protect your organization click 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. CITIZENS+STUDENTS Planning Workshop is back!
Since 2013, the School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape (SAPL) Master of Planning Program at the University of Calgary and the Federation of Calgary Communities have worked together to support Community Associations (CAs) in their decision-making process around land use and development issues. Join our information session online tonight, September 16, from 6:00-7:30pm! During this session, you can learn about the project, how your community association can be involved. To learn more about the project this year, please click here.

2. Partners in Planning
Join us for a special Heritage Partners in Planning Session. Join City planners as they discuss the importance of heritage assets to the City, how to find the inventory list of assets, and the designation process. We will also be discussing the new tools and incentives approved City Council that will be used to protect heritage assets in the City. Our workshops have moved online, so please join us on Saturday October 3, from 9:00am to 12:00pm. Registration is required, please sign up by clicking this link.

3. Municipal Development Plan & Calgary Transportation Plan – Updated Draft
The Municipal Development Plan (MDP) and Calgary Transportation Plan (CTP) are Calgary’s long-range land use and transportation plans. Did you know that these documents have recently undergone revisions? The draft documents will tentatively be presented to the SPC on Planning and Urban Development on October 7. To find the draft versions of the MDP and CTP, and more information on how to make a submission through the clerks, click the link above. You can also make a submission directly to committee.

4. 3rd Avenue South Walking and Wheeling Upgrade
3rd Avenue has been identified as an active transportation corridor for various users and important to the communities of Chinatown and Eau Claire. The project aims to enhance pedestrian safety, increase accessibility, connectivity, and safety for all users. Click the link to learn more about the project, review design options and provide your feedback.



Guide – Community Guide to the Planning Process
If your community organization is new to urban planning and wondering how you can get engaged in the process, we have some great resources to help you out!