The Federation of Calgary Communities is excited to announce their new program, “Exploring Communities”. Beginning in 2017, Exploring Communities will work with four different communities around the city and senior level urban studies students at the University of Calgary to create a community asset map. An asset map provides the opportunity for community leaders to understand the influencing factors (social, economic, physical and etc.) that make each community unique. Examples of these influencing factors include: the number of pathways, languages spoken in a community, or the number of home businesses found in each neighborhood amongst many others. Using this tool our community associations then can understand the different layers that make up their community and use them for future programs, events, and initiatives.
In our inaugural year of introducing Exploring Communities, the Federation of Calgary Communities will be embarking on an adventure to “Explore the East”. The communities that have been chosen represent the east of Calgary and offer their own set of opportunities. The communities for the 2017 Exploring Communities-Celebrating the East are: Whitehorn, Erin woods, Southview, and Calgary Chinatown. We look forward to working with the community associations and building on the opportunities available to each neighborhood.
This project will be led by Carrie, Tyson, and Ariam. Join us on our adventure HERE.
The Federation planners host and co-host a variety of events throughout the year, from small group discussions to workshops large and small. Volunteers help these events run smoothly! As an urban planning event volunteer, you play a support role at Federation urban planning events. Event planning takes a lot of preparation and organization, and some of the things volunteers help out with include:
- Set up and take down for the event
- Setting up the AV system
- Collecting Evaluation forms
- Equipment Transport
- Taking photos
- Facilitating small group discussions
- any other tasks to ensure the event runs smoothly
Benefits of Volunteering
If you are interested in working in the field of planning or just generally interested in planning, there are many benefits to this role.
- As an event volunteer, you would get firsthand experience of community-based planning in Calgary, with an understanding the planning challenges and opportunities community associations face.
- Many of our workshops and events are held in collaboration with the City of Calgary or other key industry members. Working these events is an excellent opportunity to network and chat with City, community, and industry representatives.
- Our workshops or event topics are often based on planning trends or bigger picture issues affecting community associations and the City as a whole. This is your opportunity to learn about how Calgary is planned!
Up to 6 hours a month. Typically our events are scheduled in the evenings and on weekends.
Orientation and Training
Held once a year (2015/16 date TBD). During training, we will review our upcoming workshops and events and duties associated with each event.
No prior planning experience is required but an interest in planning is welcome!
To apply to volunteer at Federation of Calgary Communities urban planning events, click here.
Applications should detail the applicant's background and experience, and reason for interest in this position. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us. Selected applicants will be contacted for a brief phone interview. We look forward to hearing from you!
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