July 2014

July 2014



CommunityWise Resource Centre    




Welcome, Dianne! 

You'll notice a new face in the CommunityWise admin office for the next couple of months. We'd like to warmly welcome Dianne Honorio to the Staff Collective. Dianne will be working with us as a summer student through the Canada Summer Jobs program until September.


Welcome to Our Newest Members!

Seeds Connections; Social Venture Partners; Elizabeth Fry Society of Calgary. 


Upcoming CommunityWise Programming


Equity + Community

July 19th: 9am-4:30pm

CommunityWise Resource Centre  

Practicing Equity addresses injustice by recognizing that our society has disadvantages for groups and individuals based on history and the current social context. The Women's Centre of Calgary and Community Connections YYC are collaborating to hold a one day workshop on Equity. The workshop will: gather a wide group of people who have a common interest in equity through their work, circumstances or interests; diversify participants' understanding of equity; develop new connections that will inspire and inform our pursuit of equity. Co-sponsored by CommunityWise.  

Facebook Event.

Register on Eventbrite. 



2014 CommunityWise Garage Sale

July 20th: 10am-4pm

CommunityWise Resource Centre  

Our annual garage sale with a twist! Drop by our multi-family garage sale in the Common Room. There will be a lot of stuff! Everything must go! Also, there will be large section of FREE things. Come early.  We usually end up having furniture. We can't deliver but would be happy to load materials into any vehicle.

Facebook Event. 



Lunchtime Learning: Peer Support Groups


July 30th: 12-1pm 
CommunityWise Common Room

CommunityWise member organization, SupportWorks, will be sharing a brief overview of what they do, as well as what is happening in Canada with the mental health peer support model. They look forward to questions and conversation around this important piece for mental health recovery and peer support more generally. Everyone welcome! Bring your lunch! 

Facebook Event.  

Register on Eventbrite. 


Anti-Oppression Workshop: Using Theatre of the Oppressed Techniques

August 12th: 6-8:30pm

CommunityWise Common Room 

Co-sponsored by Calgary Outlink and CommunityWise and presented by Jackie Mann of The Good Life Community Bicycle Shop. Snacks provided!

RSVP to SupportWorker@CalgaryOutlink.ca by August 5th. 




Burnout Prevention League + Kaffeeklatsch Soft Launch 

August 13th: 12:30-1:30pm

CommunityWise Back Patio (Common Room if raining)

Join in the next meeting of the Burnout Prevention League! Bring your lunch, breakfast, coffee, snack etc. This is a low maintenance, come-as-you-are kind of thing. AND this month's League will coincide with the soft launch of Kaffeeklatsch (a coffee cart that hangs out in CommunityWise). Free coffee samples! 

Facebook Event.




Congratulations Son!


We are so proud to announce that CommunityWise Staff Collective member, Son Edworthy, recently received a McKillop Award for Community Service through Calgary Family Services. During their acceptance speech Son spoke about collaborative leadership, decentering the individual, and emphasized the values of CommunityWise.




A wonderful video was made about Son and CommunityWise. You can view it here. 


Member Announcements


Calgary Outlink is Looking for Casino Volunteers!


Are you interested in volunteering for a casino fundraiser on August 11 and/or 12, 2014 for Calgary OutlinkCalgary Outlink provides vital support services and resources for members of the LGBTQ* community. We need generous and supportive Calgarians to come out and volunteer! Volunteer shifts are 8 hours long, with a 30 minute to one hour long break. Volunteers will receive a free meal and a taxi voucher for the late night shifts. For more information and to apply to volunteer, please contact Carolyn at practicum@calgaryoutlink.ca.  


Calgary Society of Independent Filmmakers Co-Presents:

Bike-In Cinema: A Spell to Ward Off the Darkness

July 22: 9-11pm

Riley Park

Step into the transformative world created by filmmakers Ben Rivers and Ben Russell, where time folds into itself, chasing the mystical experiences of the film's protagonist. 





Join a Committee!


Membership Committee – meets as needed

Review new member applications and member-related issues or decisions. Contact philip@communitywise.net for more info.


CommunityWise Member Memos
1. Safer Spaces
In the spirit of creating a safe and comfortable environment for all members at CommunityWise, please remember to lock your office windows with the top latch, lock office doors, and close and lock all common room and washroom windows before you leave the room.  Please do not prop the main front entrance door or the back patio door open during your events. Contact us at the admin office at 403-261-9660 to hear more about our Safer Spaces policy and the recent community safety meeting. 






2. New Dance Studio Floor!

The new floor is now complete! Special thanks to: Gavin for all of his hard work in putting in the new floor; CommunityWise staff for demolishing the old floor; the Venezuelan Canadian Association of Calgary for financial support; and Fairy Tales for support along the way. 






3. Beltline Fitness Closed for Renovations 

The City of Calgary fitness centre next door is scheduled to be closed for renovations until September 2014.  CommunityWise will remain open as usual.  


Community Dialogue 


Staff Collective member Erin recently spoke with Vibrant Communities Calgary about CommunityWise's participation in the Living Wage Leaders program.


Read about it here. 


Thank you for everything you do in the community!


c/o CommunityWise Staff Collective


Son Edworthy



Philip McCutcheon



Jani Meyers



Erin McFarlane



We recently said goodbye to Dave from member organization the Parkland Institute. We'd like to thank Dave for everything he contributed to CommunityWise, including being on the Board of Directors, and we wish him well in all of his future plans!
In other goodbye news, we said farewell this past month to the trees that will be coming down as part of the front lawn re-development. Thank you to everyone who was able to participate in what was a bittersweet event for us.
Want to include info in our next newsletter? Email erin@communitywise.net.
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