November 2014

November 2014

CommunityWise Resource Centre 
AHRF Heritage Conservation Award! 

More exciting award news! CommunityWise was recently recognized at the Alberta Heritage Forum in Red Deer for our stewardship of the Old YWCA building and specifically, for our front porch restoration. A Heritage Conservation Award from the Alberta Historical Resources Foundation (AHRF) was proudly received. Thank you to everyone for your continued support for the conservation of this important building and for contributing to the legacy of social change in Calgary and beyond!

Member Announcements


We're happy to welcome the following new members to CommunityWise: 
Project Ploughshares and Sunrise Community Link!
Calgary Spark: Igniting Leadnow's 2015 Federal Election Campaign
Nov 13th: 6:30pm
CommunityWise Common Room

Let's Spark a movement to bring people together around the 2015 election and move Canada forward! More details and RSVP here. 


Calgary Transgender Day of Remembrance 2014 

Nov 23rd: 2-5pm

CommunityWise Common Room 

The Calgary 2014 Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDoR) is a day set aside to remember those who have died due to anti-transgender hatred or prejudice. It is also a time for context, awareness and healing as we come together as a community composed of diverse individuals, allies and supporters seeking change and progress. All persons who identify as transgender or transsexual, as well as families, allies and supporters are welcome to attend. More details here. 

Raise It Up – Calgary Centre for Global Community
Nov 23rd: 3:30-7pm
Mount Pleasant Community Association (602 22 Ave NW) 
Calgary Centre for Global Community invites you to join them at their annual fundraiser for an afternoon of fusion music featuring diverse instruments and talent including Bijan Maysami on Santoor, Travis Bayley on Electric Guitar, Vi An Diep on Zheng, Prashant Michael John on Indian flute, Eric Rak on bass guitar and Brent Van Dusen on percussion. More details and tickets here. 

Calgary Dollars Holiday Market (A Re-Localize! Market)

Dec 13th: 12-4pm

Bridgeland Riverside Community Hall (917 Centre Ave NE)

Come celebrate how to re-localize our communities: local food, businesses, economy and livability. C$ accepted. All welcome! Enjoy free coffee, kids activities, community spirit and local shopping.


Calgary Women's Health Collective Art Project

Participatory art: preferred places and shared problems. There is a living and growing collection of knowledge. It has been inspired by the conversations with women at the Calgary Women's Health Collective. View this project on the third floor of CommunityWise! We want to make visible some of the shared problems and preferred places we may visit over the course of our lives. To find out more or to contribute, contact the Calgary Women's Health Collective at 403-265-9590. 

Upcoming CommunityWise Programming


A Music Themed Burnout Prevention League!  

Nov 12th: 12:30-1:30pm

CommunityWise Common Room

Join in the next get together of the Burnout Prevention League! Hang out with others seeking a little down time in a low-key setting. And this month's Burnout Prevention is music themed! Feel free to bring an instrument. No experience necessary. Come with your lunch or snack. Coffee and tea provided! Facebook Event.

Make Dollars Make Sense: Funding & Financial Management 101

Nov 22nd: 8am-4pm
Kerby Centre (1133 7th Avenue SW) 
A one-day learning event that will address questions around fund development and financial management for small non-profits, community organizations, and grassroots groups. Make Dollars Make Sense is an initiative of: Community Development Unit of Alberta Culture and Tourism; CommunityWise Resource Centre; Ethno-Cultural Council of Calgary; Federation of Calgary Communities; and Friends of the Federation of Calgary Communities. 

Improve Your Facilitation Practice: The Group Works Deck
Lunch n' Learn
Dec 2nd: 12-1pm
CommunityWise Common Room 

Robyn Sachs and Alla Gueber will facilitate a free lunch n' learn session to share their experience with the Deepening Facilitation workshop that happened at CommunityWise on September 26. They will present the 91-card deck Group Works: A Pattern Language for Bringing Life to Meetings and Other Gatherings ( Facebook Event. 
Save the Date: CommunityWise Winter Party
Dec 18th: 6-9pm
CommunityWise Resource Centre

An annual tradition — Potluck, talent show, and more! All welcome. Interested in participating in the talent show? Contact

Notice of Postponement of Memorial Event

The service for the late Ursula C.L. Brown – a founder of an original group at the Old Y – will now instead be held on Sunday, December 7 at 2pm in the CommunityWise Common Room. 

Public Art Update


The Green Footprints artist collective, in partnership with CommunityWise Resource Centre, the Arusha Centre, and the City of Calgary Public Art Department, continue to engage visitors and users of the building. As part of their project, the Collective has set up a giant map in the Lobby to track people's routes to the Old Y Building. This stage is nearly complete and we're excited for what comes next!

Kaffeeklatsch Has Increased Hours!



Mon – Tue: 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Wed: 9:00 am – 7:00 pm
Thu – Fri: 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Sat: 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Also available for hire outside of these hours for events!



Wondering About Possibilities For Increased Member Collaboration at CommunityWise?

Attend an upcoming Dine-a-logue (Dine + Dialogue) and contribute to this conversation!

The people and organizations who are members of CommunityWise have amazing talents to offer. We also face challenges with not having enough resources, time and staff to do all of the great work we want to do. The Collaborative Framework project led by the CommunityWise Resource Centre Staff Collective aims to build capacity of member organizations by harnessing the power of collaboration. There is a lot of collaboration that happens naturally already, and we want to understand the best way we can all work together to increase the resiliency, collective efficacy and sustainability of our organizations. We are planning two Dine-a-logues (dine + dialogue) to help kick off the Collaborative Framework. We will share some food while we talk about:
1. Talents (skills, areas of expertise or passion, etc.) and resources (space, equipment, staff, networks etc.) that members would like to share with others 
2. Talents or resources that members want to build or grow
3. Opportunities to help members build our talents and resources
These Dine-a-logues will be a valuable step in the development of the Collaborative Framework. You will help us plan activities that will increase collaboration, draw on our talents, and make the best use of the resources we have in order to do our work. We are hoping to connect with as many members as possible during this process.
Dates (pick one – both held in the Common Room):
Wednesday, November 19, 11:30am-12:30pm
Wednesday, November 26, 4:00-7:00pm 
Please RSVP to

CommunityWise Members Memo
1. Ensure your information is up-to-date with CommunityWise
Please be sure to update your contact information if it has changed. Also, a reminder that we always require your up-to-date office insurance. Please send this information to
2. Baby change table installed in main floor bathroom
Amanda and Phil have installed a baby change table in our main floor bathroom! This was one of the recommendations from the Accessibility Audit the Disability Action Hall helped us with earlier this year.
3. Increase in Dance Studio rental fee
The new cost for a four hour block rental of the Dance Studio is $15 during the daytime and $20 in the evening.
4. Reminder to close and lock windows & doors

Please remember to close and lock windows and doors in both individual offices and common spaces prior to leaving the building. 

Thank you! 


c/o CommunityWise Staff Collective


Son Edworthy 


Philip McCutcheon                            


Erin McFarlane 


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