June 2016

   
June 2016 CommunityWise Memo    
1. Sharing Spaces, Sacred Places: Honouring National Aboriginal Day and World Refugee Day 
The Boys and Girls Clubs of Calgary, CommunityWise, and the Aboriginal Friendship Centre of Calgary are coming together to honor and celebrate National Aboriginal Day and World Refugee Day. On this day we would like to come together as a community and acknowledge a universal human experience of sharing a sense of belonging and having a place to call home. All are welcome to join us in our celebration as we will be observing these celebrations with a variety of guest speakers, performances, art activities and a FREE BBQ! 
 
Monday, June 20, 2016
3:30pm-6:30pm (drop by when you can)
CommunityWise 
 
2. New internet
CommunityWise now has active fiber internet service. Networking is ongoing. Assessed rates are based on level of activity.
For those in the previous CCNA network this will take effect right away. For those on Telus contracts, please let us know how we can help if you are having issues ending the contract. We have started invoicing many members already. Over time all tenants will be included in the service. If you have not received your internet notice by mail or email please contact philip@communitywise.net.
 
There are new wifi signals in the building: Communitywise2.4 and CommunityWise5.0. The password is "internets." 
3. Rent increase Town Hall

As discussed at the recent Annual General Meeting, CommunityWise will be hosting a Members Town Hall regarding the upcoming rent increase scheduled to take effect January 1, 2017.

The town hall will take place in the Main Common Room on Thursday, July 7 at 6:30 pm. We are available to discuss rent increases at other times should you not be able to attend. If you have not received your increase notice by mail or email please contact philip@communitywise.net.
 
4. Welcome new members!

We are pleased to welcome new tenant members to their offices at CommunityWise. Plan Calgary has moved into the third floor and Opportunity Works and This is My City have moved in to a shared office on the second floor. Welcome!
 
We'd also like to welcome our newest associate member organization, the Calgary School of Informal Education (CSIE). CSIE uses a community and peer based education format and strives to reduce barriers to access in learning environments. CSIE currently runs a Japanese language course and is developing other courses and programs. 

5. CommunityWise casino 

CommunityWise's next fundraising casino is coming up Monday, August 22 and Tuesday, August 23 at Cowboys Casino (421 12 Avenue SE). Many evening shifts are currently available. 

 To sign-up for a shift, or for more information, please contact 
erin@communitywise.net. This is our biggest fundraiser of the year and funds raised go toward keeping our building operating and ensuring that our 80+ members can continue to access affordable community space. This is one way that members can fulfill their annual volunteer contributions to CommunityWise. 
 
6. Community Helpers training: Healthy relationships + wellness & stress management modules 
CommunityWise is hosting another *free* Community Helpers training! Refresh your skills, learn something new, and meet other CommunityWise members. Snacks will be provided. This training will build on the 'Helping Skill' module that was previously offered and will focus on two additional modules: 1) Healthy Relationships, 2) Wellness and Stress Management.  More information here
 
Tuesday, June 28, 2016
6:30pm-9pm
CommunityWise Common Room 
RSVP to erin@communitywise.net 
 
7. CommunityWise Anti-Racist Organizational Change project 
This year CommunityWise received funding from the Alberta Human Rights Education and Multiculturalism Fund to work on organizational change, strengthening our capacity and increasing support for member organizations to address structural racism, equity, diversity and inclusion.
 
Over the next 18 months staff, board and member representatives will work with consultants from Calgary Anti-Racism Education (CARED) to build shared awareness of how racism impacts non-profit and community organizations and to develop processes and tools to assist in organizational change. 
 
A free workshop designed for CommunityWise staff and board, representatives of member organizations and wider community was held on June 9th. A second workshop will be held on Thursday, July 14. All interested in learning about anti-racist organizational change are welcome to attend! RSVP at this link. Please contact son@communitywise.net with questions.
 
8. Reminder: Common Room use guidelines
When using common rooms (board room, dance studio, main room, etc) it is important that members leave the rooms as good or better than when they arrived. Please be sure to close the windows, turn off the lights, lock the doors, clean up garbage, and put chairs back. Please wash and put away your dishes.