February 2016


CommunityWise Members Memo

February 2016


1. Head’s up…rent increase in 2017

In order to cover increasing operating costs, CommunityWise will increase the rent in January of 2017. Previous to this year we have had our utilities subsidized by the City of Calgary but in 2016 we are required to start paying full price for water and electricity. The last increase in rent was in 2013 after no increases since 2008. We are in the process of calculating equitable rent increases and will inform all tenants of exact amounts ASAP. It is our hope that giving members as much advanced notice as possible will help you to prepare for the increase in your projected 2017 budgets. CommunityWise welcomes your questions and input on this and any issue. Get in touch at contact@communitywise.net or call 403-261-9660


2. Basement construction update
As part of the restoration of the building, contractors are currently wrapping up this important project. Members who have been affected by this disruption are being contacted with additional information to resume regular operations. CommunityWise would like to again thank our members for your understanding and cooperation during this construction.


3. Congratulations!

CommunityWise staff and 16 member participants completed a major participatory research project called Collective Action and Sharing Space Across Difference: a Participatory Case Study at the Old Y Building.  Thank you and congratulations to all co-researchers: Erin, Phil, Jani, Dianne, Amanda, Seth, Jian and Tigist and participants; Corinne, Curtis, Dion, Ernesto, Fleetwood, Gerald, Gurbir, James, Kelly, Laura, Mitiku, Mussie, Ranjene, Sharon and Tony. Your contributions are already benefiting the community. The research was conducted as part of Son Edworthy's Masters of Arts degree in Human Geography.  The research report will be posted on the CommunityWise website and the full thesis document is available to read in hard copy at the CommunityWise admin office. 


4. New member!

CommunityWise is happy to welcome the Foothills Library Association (www.fla.org) as a new member! They bring together individuals within the Calgary library community to share and promote the concerns of the library and information professions.


5. Equipment for your bookings

Did you know that CommunityWise has A/V equipment available to members free of charge for on-site use at the building? If you are looking to borrow our shared projectors, flipcharts or one of our sound systems for your next booking please get in touch with us at the admin office.

6. Participate on the programming committee!

One of the committees within the CommunityWise committee structure is the programming committee. This committee plans CommunityWise’s community development planning with representation from the membership. Meetings take place about once/month. The next meeting will take place Wednesday, February 24 @ 4pm.  Please email erin@communitywise.net for more info!






7. Volunteer opportunity for accountant!

Please forward widely>>>>

If you or anyone you know is a certified accountant and you are interested in a wonderful volunteer opportunity please get in touch!  By helping CommunityWise improve our accountability, you are actually helping all of our over 70 nonprofit member organizations who rely on our services to do the good work they do.


CommunityWise is looking for a chartered accountant to help us with oversight of our books, specifically to go over the set up of our new Quickbooks accounts.  Jian Hong, our current finance coordinator, has an accounting certificate from SAIT and is extremely capable and competent with our Quickbooks system, however CommunityWise lacks an accountant on staff or on the board for higher -level oversight of finances.


A qualified candidate would:

-have experience with non-profit accounting

-be able to volunteer 5 hours of time in the month of March 2016 (hours could be spread over 2 or 3 sessions; could work from home)


In the long term we are also looking for an accountant to serve on the CommunityWise Board of Directors, but in the meantime a one-time volunteer position will help us immensely with our current operations.


If you are interested please contact Jian at finance@communitywise.net. Taking applications until position is filled. Thank you!


Announcements from members:

1. Arusha Centre is hiring!

Arusha is hiring a part-time Manager for their Open Streets project. More information here: http://reachire.ca/job/open-streets-calgary-manager-calgary-alberta-3690

2. Coat drive – Ongoing

The Aboriginal Friendship Centre of Calgary, in collaboration with CommunityWise, is hosting a winter coat drive throughout Winter 2016. Anyone wishing to donate winter coats can place them in the marked bin by the mailboxes on the main floor. All coats will be shared with vulnerable people in Calgary needing coats for the winter season.

3. Justice for Palestinians movie and popcorn series screening – February 26

JFP presents: Valentino’s Ghost on February 26, 7pm in the CommunityWise Common Room. Free admission; donations welcome.


4. $100 Film Fest – February 25-27

Calgary Society of Independent Filmmakers presents: the 24th annual $100 Film Fest. More information here: http://www.100dollarfilmfestival.org/