September 2, 2020 Get Engaged!

September 2, 2020 Get Engaged!

September 2, 2020

In this issue:

  • Federation Fall Office Update
  • August Faces of Community 2020 feature!
  • 2020 Community Grant Program
  • CITIZEN+STUDENTS Project Kickoff Event

… and more!

Federation Fall Office Update

As we head back from summer break, we had a couple of updates to keep in mind:

Our office will remain closed to the public for the foreseeable future. While we will not be providing in-person support, we are still here for you via phone or email! Click here to view our staff directory. This also means that all our engagement and learning opportunities will be delivered virtually for the 2020-2021 year. Click here to view our workshop calendar.

If you are picking up or dropping off an audit file at our office, we ask that you book ahead by calling 403-244-4111. When arriving at our office, please ring the doorbell and then step back 2 metres to allow proper physical distancing. A staff member will then place a cart outside for you to place your audit box on, or to pick up. Please wait until our staff member is inside before grabbing your items.

As always, we are here for you—just virtually! We will continue to send updates and provide support to you, our members!

2020-2021 Workshop Guide Launching September 8!

We are excited to launch our 2020-2021 Workshop Guide on September 8! This year, our workshop guide is bigger and better than ever! We will now be offering Table Talk Tuesday sessions—15 minutes for a presentation and 15 minutes for Q&A– twice a month, an hour-long Lunch-n’-Learn session once a month, and many more exciting learning and engagement opportunities. To give you a little preview of what is to come, we have published our September learning and engagement opportunities on our website! Register for these sessions by clicking here and keep an eye out for the full guide on September 8.

Fraudulent door-to-door canvassing

It has come to KidSport Calgary’s attention that a group is misrepresenting them through door-to-door canvassing. They are asking communities to spread the word that KidSport is not going door-to-door, so that members of our community are not misled and taken advantage of. KidSport recommends that if someone comes to your door, on behalf of any charity, do not feel pressure to donate or give. Click here to read KidSport Calgary’s full statement.

August Faces of Community 2020 feature!
Now that our Get Engaged is back from summer break, we wanted to introduce you to Meribeth, our Faces of Community feature for the month of August! Through her volunteer work with the Girl Guides of Canada, Meribeth is continually searching out ways to create connections, inspire others and better the world around her. Believing in the power of a strong community, she sees the value in people making a difference together for a larger impact. Click here to learn more about Meribeth and the work she does!

Calling for 2021 Nominations!
Nominations are now open for our Faces of Community 2021! Do you know a community volunteer who is a motivation and inspiration to others? Have their efforts positively impacted the community they volunteer in? Nominate them to be a Faces of Community 2021! Submit your nomination by the October 14, 2020 deadline by clicking here.

ENMAX Energizing Spaces is back!
The ENMAX Energizing Spaces fund is back with the same appliance and lighting upgrade programs PLUS a new Energy Efficiency Install Day! Click here to learn more. The application deadlines are October 30. Interested in learning more? Join us on September 29 for an information session where you will learn more about the fund, requirements for applying, and details about the three applications: appliances, lighting and install day! Click here to register.

2020 Community Grant Program
Applications for BILD Calgary Region’s 2020 Community Grant program are open! The grant program aims to support non-profit and community organizations with initiatives that support the well-being of their communities. Grants will be awarded in amounts from $5,000-$20,000. Applications are due by September 30, 2020. Click here to learn more and apply! 

PARK(ing) Day Calgary 2020
The City of Calgary, in partnership with the Alberta Association of Landscape Architects, want to see how you imagine city spaces! This year, PARK(ing) day will be held throughout the city.  From September 18-20, 2020, you can check out parking stalls that are transformed into exciting creative design to show the ways a public space can be used.  To apply for your creative location, click here

Calgary Pride Week 
Calgary Pride Week is on now until September 6, 2020! The yearly Calgary Pride festival and parade typically sees thousands gather to celebrate gender and sexual diversity. This year due to COVID-19, Calgary Pride Week will be hosted virtually! To join the celebration and check out the program schedule, 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. 1. CITIZENS+STUDENTS Project Kickoff Event
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 on Wednesday, September 16 from 6:00 pm -7:30 pm. During this session, you can learn about the project, how your community association can be involved. Click the above link to register today! 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 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Registration is required, please sign up by clicking the link above.

3. 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.

4. Calgary Metropolitan Region – Regional Growth and Servicing Plan
The ten municipalities in the Calgary Metropolitan region are working together to develop a long-term plan for managed and sustainable growth as the next million residents join the region. To find out more, and to participate in the survey which closes on September 4, click here.

5. City Boards, Commissions and Committees
The City is looking for Calgarians interested in volunteering their time and expertise on several boards, commissions, and committees. By serving, you will actively participate in the municipal decision-making process by providing advice to City Council. Applications are due September 11, read more and apply here.

Tip Sheet – Membership Development Strategies
As we get geared up for the Fall months, is your organization eager to connect with your community to raise awareness on who you are and what you can offer in order to increase membership development this coming Fall? We have some great resources to help you out!