2018 Annual General Meeting – details & documents

2018 Annual General Meeting – May 31

PLEASE RSVP: erin@communitywise.net

Year-in-Review – Board Elections – Member Awards – Refreshments – Feedback Opportunities – Group Photo

All member groups: please plan to send at least one representative and feel free to bring friends and family. Community members welcome too!

The AGM is a great opportunity to participate and to learn more about our past year at CommunityWise, while meeting other fantastic CommunityWise members!

*Food provided! Bring a potluck dish to share if you’d like*


Thursday, 31 May 2018 from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM (doors at 6pm)


CommunityWise Common Room – 223 12 Avenue SW

(this is a mainfloor, wheelchair accessible space, and there is an accessible and gender-neutral washroom)

CommunityWise is located in the traditional territories of the Blackfoot and the people of the Treaty 7 region in Southern Alberta, which includes the Siksika, the Piikuni, the Kainai, the Tsuu T’ina, and the Stoney Nakoda First Nations. The city of Calgary is also home to Metis Nation of Alberta, Region III. 


Emcees: Courtney Robertson and Aminah Malik (Board of Directors)

  1. Welcome, Land Acknowledgement, and Introductions
  2. Group Networking Activity
  3. Approve the Agenda for AGM May 31, 2018
  4. Approve the Minutes of AGM May 18, 2017
  5. Business Arising from Minutes of May 18, 2017
  6. Presentation of Annual Report by Staff Collective
  7. Presentation and Approval of 2017 Audited Financial Statements
  8. Board Elections and Announcement of 2018-2019 Board
  9. Member Awards Ceremony
  10. Announcements
  11. Adjournment and outside for group photo


A DRAFT of the 2017 Audited Financial Statements can be found here (the Membership will be asked to approve the Audited Statements at the AGM upon recommendation by the CommunityWise Board of Directors).


Five applications to the CommunityWise Board of Directors for new three-year terms were received and will be decided on by the Membership at the AGM (please direct follow-up questions or concerns about any of the applications to info@communitywise.net prior to the AGM).

Please see their names and bios below. Five Board Members will also be leaving the Board at the AGM.

Chris Jensen – Calgary Centre for Global Community/Humainologie (Tenant Member)

Chris Jensen is the Director, Operations of Calgary Centre for Global Community and Humainologie. She has extensive administrative and management experience, including strategic planning, organizational and intercultural communication, staff and volunteer management, training and workshop development and facilitation, and day-to-day operational necessities. She worked for 10 years in the Middle East, both in the United Arab Emirates and in Qatar, and developed a growing awareness of the inequities, discriminations and divisiveness that are inherent in our global community. Because of that, she keenly supports and defends equity and justice for all, and believes that human-to-human connection with open, honest communication can be one place to start healing many cultural and societal wounds.

Erin Jenkins – Calgary Queer Arts Society (Tenant Member)

Erin is a Calgary-based arts administrator and musician, who works at the intersection of programming, event management, audience development, education and activism. She has worked with The Fairy Tales Queer Film Festival since 2015 as The Operations Manager, and as an active tenant of The CommunityWise Building, understands the unique needs of the space and the value provided to the community. She has particular expertise in fund development and grant-writing, which has lead to securing major project grants for Fairy Tales, including the development of a feature-length documentary on the history of queer activism in Calgary.
From 2009-2014 she worked with Theatre Junction Grand as the Education and Outreach Coordinator. She also acted as the organizations’ primary grant-writer, sourcing and securing $1,000,000 in annual funding from all three levels of government, as well as private foundations and corporate sponsorships. She has also served on the jury for Calgary Arts Development.
Erin is also an active artist in the local music scene and has released a number of albums and completed cross-Canadian tours with various musical projects. She holds a BFA in Drama and a BA in philosophy from the University of Calgary.
Wendy Treschel – Brown Bagging for Calgary’s Kids (Tenant Member)

I am a working mother of 4 older kids (24,21,18 and 16). I have worked for Brown Bagging for Calgary’s Kids for the last 6 years as the Volunteer and Fund Development coordinator. Like with most smaller organizations, I do a variety of jobs that I am hoping will be of value to bring to CommunityWise. I love to help organize everything and am an open and honest person. I am friendly and enjoy meeting and getting to know new people. I am excited to start volunteering more now that some of my time has freed up. 

Syma Habib – Community Member

Syma Habib is obsessed with ideas, community, intersectionality and imagining new ways of being and relating to one another. She currently works at the Alex Community Food Centre where she was a part of the founding team. She built and coordinates the community action program, which focuses on making social justice and advocacy work accessible to low-income and/or marginalized Calgarians.  She believes that justice is as fundamental as love, compassion and understanding, and works hard to remove people’s discomfort with the colonial understanding of the word.  Syma has only lived in Calgary for a few years, but is so proud to live in this beautiful city full of kind people.  She loves story-telling, the outdoors, slow food, and dancing.

Megan Asselin – Community Member

Megan Asselin is an Anishinaabe Métis woman with roots in Northwestern Ontario and her heart in Moh-kíns-tsis (Calgary). A Registered Social Worker and MSW student with an interest in community development practice, she has been working and volunteering in the non-profit sector for more than 20 years. Getting her volunteering start in historical interpretation and (failed) service dog training, Megan has since grown into a love of community organizing that focuses on inclusion, equity, and an interest in social justice that has been getting her in trouble since the fifth grade (sorry, Miss P.) Megan has been a participant in CommunityWise’s AROC process, serving with both the Advisory and Working groups, since 2016.

As per the CommunityWise Board of Directors Terms of Reference, prospective Board Members were asked to provide written responses to the following questions, in addition to submitting a bio. Responses will be sent directly to the Membership.

1) Why are you interested in serving as a Board member for CommunityWise?

2) What are your perspectives and/or experiences that you will bring to the Board?

3) Please check area(s) of knowledge/skills you feel you can bring to further our mission:

  • Advocacy
  • Evaluation
  • Financial/Accounting
  • Fund Development
  • Governance
  • Human Resources
  • Legal
  • Policy Development
  • Community Engagement
  • Strategic Planning
  • Other

4) What group(s), organization(s) or community(ies) do you represent, participate in, or identify with (both inside and outside of CommunityWise)?

5) Anti-Racist Organizational Change (AROC) is a current strategic focus of CommunityWise. What do you hope to contribute to this work? What do you hope to learn?

6) Please share any additional information you feel is important in considering your application as a Board candidate.

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