September 18, 2019

September 18, 2019
September 18, 2019

In this issue:

  • Important: Website Upgrades
  • Citizens+Students Kickoff Event
  • PovertyTalks Call for Artists
  • Guidebook for Great Communities

… and more!

Important: Website Upgrades
We will be upgrading our website over the next couple of days. During this time, you may have difficulty accessing certain pages. We thank you for your patience.

If you are having issues accessing any of the information provided in this Get Engaged issue, or need other information, please email us at and we would be happy to assist you!

2019-2020 Workshop Guide
Our 2019-2020 Workshop Guide is now available! Check out all our workshops offerings for Engagement, Urban Planning, Financial Services, and Organization Development. Click here to view our full 2019-2020 Workshop Guide!

Nominate an Inspiring Community Volunteer
We often hear that Calgarians don’t realize that their community organization is run by volunteers from the community. Faces of Community helps tell the story of just some of the more than 20,000 community volunteers in Calgary who are donating their time to help improve neighbourhood life. We are currently looking for our 2020 Faces of Community! Do you know an inspiring community volunteer? Click here to nominate them! The deadline to nominate is October 13, 2019 at midnight.

Board Leadership Calgary Learning Event 2019
Registration for Board Leadership Calgary’s Learning Event for Non-Profits 2019 is now open! This one-day learning event is for current or potential board members and staff of small non-profits, as well as members of community organizations and grassroots groups. Topics this year include: board governance basics, non-profit budgets, grant writing, strategic planning and thinking, and much more! For more information or to register, click here.

Click here for more upcoming events

Citizens+Students Planning Workshop – September 20, 2019
Creating a Plan for Engagement – September 26, 2019
Presidents’ Meeting – September 28, 2019
Orientation to the Planning Process (OPP) – October 2, 2019
Monday Matters – October 7, 2019

Please note: If you cannot register for an upcoming workshop due to our website upgrades, please call Lori at 403-244-4111 or email

Citizens + Students Project Kickoff Event
Is your community looking for help in exploring physical planning, urban design and asset mapping? Then you should apply for the Citizens+Students project with the Master of Planning students at the School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape (SAPL) at the University of Calgary! Join us at our kickoff event on September 20 to learn more about your community’s potential involvement. Click here to RSVP.
PovertyTalks Call for Artists
Do you have lived experience with poverty? PovertyTalks is hosting free workshops for the International Day to Eradicate Poverty every Tuesday until October 15 from 6:00-7:30pm at the Downtown Library. Join them to create a spoken word poem, speech, or photo story that highlights what you are doing in your community—no artistic background needed! Refreshments and transit tickets provided. For more information contact
Energizing Spaces Deadline
The deadline for round two of Energizing Spaces is September 30! Replace old energy sucking electric appliances in your facility with new, energy efficient models, and upgrade old outdoor facility or ice rink lighting to LED fixtures. Applicants can apply for up to $10,000 per application, per year. Click here to learn more or to apply today! This is the final round for 2019.
Calgary Foundation: Join GenYYC
Are you 25-40 years old? Are you passionate about YYC? GenYYC encourages young leaders, and the organizations they work for, to innovate and collaborate in tackling some of our city’s biggest challenges. Issues of poverty, homelessness, mental and physical health, food security, underemployment, reconciliation with Indigenous people, climate change. GenYYC is currently accepting applications for the 2020 cohort, until September 30. Click here to learn more.
Energy Depot
Do you have an idea to help make your community more sustainable? Energy Depot is an opportunity for Calgarians to work on an idea or project that they would like to implement in their community. Participants will receive tools, resources, and support to turn their idea into action. Projects can vary from energy efficiency, climate action, and sustainability. Grants and scholarships are available. Click here to learn more.
Community Climate Conversations.
The Calgary Climate Hub is hosting their popular “Community Climate Conversations” on September 30 at the Sunalta Community Association. This is a city spanning initiative that brings a host of climate experts to your community so that you and your neighbours can engage with them about climate topics that resonate with you the most. Topics include Climate Science, renewable energy, eco-anxiety and more. Click here to sign up.
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 Project Kickoff Event
Is your community looking for help in exploring physical planning, urban design and asset mapping? Apply for the Citizens+Students project with the Master of Planning students at the School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape (SAPL) at the University of Calgary. The partnership involves working with selected community associations on a variety of planning issues related to both short term problem solving and long-term visioning of community enrichment opportunities. We would like to invite you to a Citizens+Students Planning Workshop. Join us to discuss current challenges affecting our communities and find out how you can be involved in the Community Partnership process. The workshop will be at the City Building Design Lab (former downtown library), on September 20 from 6:00-8:00pm. Please register by clicking the link above.

2. Guidebook for Great Communities (Formerly Developed Areas Guidebook) and Toward a Renewed Land Use Bylaw
The City has released a new version of the Developed Areas Guidebook, which can be accessed by clicking the link above. This document will guide how Calgary will evolve and how development will occur in the City. Administration is also working towards renewing the Land Use Bylaw based on the new guidebook. The proposed framework can be accessed by clicking this link: A Framework for a Renewed Land Use Bylaw & Outline for New Districts.​

3. Rundle Housing
The Calgary Housing Company will close the Rundle Manor Residential Complex which has been an important asset in the provision of affordable housing in the city due to the age of the building. There are plans to build new affordable housing units on the site to replace the current complex. The City of Calgary is conducting a feasibility study, and would like some input from Rundle Manor residents, community members and other stakeholders from the Rundle community. You can provide your input by clicking the above link, the last day to provide feedback is October 9. There will also be an opportunity to provide feedback in-person on Wednesday, September 25.

Facility Guide to Rental Best Practices and Risk Management
We hope everyone is enjoying the beginning of Fall and a smooth transition as we get back into the swing of things! September can be a busy month for engaging with new and established hall renters and sub-lease tenants. Here are some helpful resources full of best practices and tips to help improve rental practices.
  1. City of Calgary Land Advisor – Guide to Rental and Sub-licenses
  2. Tip Sheet – Speciality Uses Childcare and Place of Worship