September 2013

News Letter
September 2013
CommunityWise Resource Centre

Community Opportunities   


Sept 10 – Work/Party/Meeting- 4 – 7 

A chance to contribute some elbow grease to the building, this month we’re washing the walls in the Common Room to look nice for the October 2nd event! If you can’t come between 4 – 7 you can come pitch in anytime that works for you.



Sept 11 – Burnout Prevention League – 12:30 – 1:30

Every second Wednesday of the month, CommunityWise hosts a meeting of the Burnout Prevention League in the Common Room. Feel free to bring your lunch/breakfast, coffee, snack etc… this is a low maintenance, come as you are kind of thing.

This month, the BPL is sharing summer photos!  Bring one photo for show and tell.


Sept 15 – Across the Ability Spectrum – 7:00 – 11:00

Find more information on Facebook – We Should Know Each Other (WSKEO): Making Connections Across the Ability Spectrum 

CommunityWise Resource Centre – 223 12th Ave SW, Calgary AB
Whether you identify as disabled or not, this event is for you. If you feel that this is at the edge of your comfort zone (or beyond!), this event is for you.

This is a safe, respectful, meet-and-greet space for all participants to explore connection and friendship. There are no predetermined topics for conversation. However, please be open to conversation related to ability-diversity if that is of interest to you. For example, someone may pose the question “What language do you prefer? Do you identify as disabled, or as someone with a disability, or…?” Individuals should feel free to ask well-intentioned questions if they are curious, or politely refuse to ask/answer questions of this nature if they feel discomfort.

Event organizers and volunteers will act as Awesomeness Ambassadors to help facilitate connections. If you’re feeling shy, you can talk to an Ambassador!

This event is located in a wheelchair accessible space. If you would like to participate and require other accommodations, please contact Emily at

We Should Know Each Other is a series of community-building events that began in Calgary in February 2008.  For more information, visit


Sept 17 – Co-op Lunch – 11:30 – 1:00

Just a reminder that on Tuesday September 17th, at 11:30 there will another amazing co-op lunch event. This time it will feature  delicious soup (THANKS CAROLINE!)

What: A lunch session to get together with people interested in learning more about and developing co-operatives, as well as soup enthusiasts.

Where: Community Wise Common Room

When: September 17th, from 11:30AM-1PM

Who (should attend?): Anyone interested in learning about co-operatives, individuals who want to start a co-op,  communities looking to work together to meet a need or capture an opportunity. Fans of delicious soup

Here’s a facebook event if that helps to spread the news



Come celebrate the long-awaited completion of front porch restoration, and recent launch of our new name and website! To get involved email

INTERFACE is a point of interconnection between inside/outside, public/private, past/present, personal/professional, human/machine… a place where different things meet and communicate with or affect each other.


Lunch Program
Participate in the open house tours and group photo, display information about your organization, attend the ribbon cutting ceremony and eat cake!

12:00 pm Tours
12:30 pm Ribbon Cutting and Cake!
Evening Program
See dynamic presentations from community leaders!  Have fun meeting other CommunityWise members!  Enjoy art installations and movie projections throughout the building!

6:00-7:00 Tours
7:00-Reception (refreshments and cash bar available)

Tickets are all general admittance and are pay-what-you-can:
$5, $10, or $20 online or at the door, capacity permitting.

Order tickets via Eventbrite:


Amazing Member Announcements! 

Pride Shout Out! Congratulations to all our LGBTQ community members (Kevin Allen’s Queer History Tour, Calgary OutLink, Gay Friends in Calgary, Miscellaneous Youth Network, ARGRA, Apollo, TESA, FairyTales Presentation Society) for their work in putting on a fabulous week of Pride celebrations Aug 23 to Sept 2!
Brown Bagging for Calgary’s Kids is kicking off the new school year with a spiffy new website! Take a look!
Sept 5 – CSIF Secret Cinema – 8 pm
This is the last instalment of the season!  Come see a surprise selection of films from the classic archives of 16 mm film, curated by Dan Zimmerman.
Thursdays – Blackfoot Language Classes – 6 – 9 pm

Hosted by the Aboriginal Friendship Center of Calgary
Presented by Sheldon First Rider from the Blood Nation

This event is currently being offered for free and now we are offering a separate class for the children who show up. They get their own story time. A meal will be provided to participants while quantities last. The food is sponsored by Eagle Mountain Productions Inc.

Sheldon will share the history, culture, & language. While you eat you will hear old stories of the Land. Then an introduction to the Syllabic Alphabet.

(order may change but time & content will remain)

6:00pm – 6:15pm Welcoming, Blessing & Introductions
6:15pm – 7:00pm Storytelling & Meal
7:00pm – 7:40pm Blackfoot Alphabet
7:40pm – 8:00pm Handgames

Bring a notebook to start your Blackfoot dictionary. Also now available, thanks to Debbie Desmarais for adding her talents and making the Blackfoot Syllabic Alphabet printouts.



Sept 5 – Next Up Calgary Info Night – 7 – 10 pm

Somehow you’ve heard of Next Up, through a friend, work, school or online. It sounds interesting, an 8 month free program in leadership for people working in Social and Environmental Justice. BUT the website doesn’t quite tell you enough and the application form is alarming. What to do? Is it worth applying? What are the people running it like?

Well, this evening is for you. Come out and meet some of the people in Calgary who have been through Next Up, along with some of the funders and other folks involved in running and presenting sessions. We’d like to share our experiences from the last 3 years of Next Up here in Calgary and help you figure out if the program is a match for you.

There will be snacks, beverages and a minimum of formal presentations. We just want to hang out, share the vibe of the program and help you decide if you’d like to make the step of applying for 2013/14.

Applications for Next Up in Calgary are due Sept 19.
The application form can be downloaded at:
For more info, email:

Please visit our eventbrite event to register if you plan to attend.
We will can not accept registrations on facebook.
 Sept 20 – Sharing Stories of Calgary – 6 – 9

Sharing stories of Calgary is a community and connection building project, that uses the form of Sharing stories as the catalyst for creating a more connected Calgary, our mission is to highlight different awesome attributes of Calgary.  This month is stories of anarchism.

Suggested donation of $5 to keep the series sustainable.


Building Community through Gardening:
Reflections by Asya Miciak
This summer, I was a social work practicum student at CommunityWise. As a future social worker, I was blessed to be a part of the community of Calgary and participate in Fort Calgary Community and CommunityWise gardens. I am grateful to the Staff Collective and Cathy Zink (CommunityWise garden volunteer and member of the non-profit, Justice for Palestinians) for such an amazing and healing opportunity. I am thankful to my grandmother who cultivated her passion and love in me for gardening. I was able to feel, touch and live the experience of an individual who is directly exposed to a daily routine of a community garden. When I came to volunteer to Fort Calgary or ComminityWise gardens, I felt I was a little pillar or screw of a bigger and stronger mechanism or system which served the community of Calgary and its residents. At the end of this practicum, I organized a cooking class in CommunityWise kitchen for girls from Stardale (empowerment program for Aboriginal girls). We used organic and locally grown vegetables from Fort Calgary garden. The event turned out really well. The participants enjoyed the meals and we had a good time discussing the importance of eating healthy food including fruits and vegetables. In general, the experience of working in a community garden is rewarding because it fosters a sense of community identity, enhances  physical, emotional and mental well-being, and educates diverse groups about locally grown food, nutrition and health. Therefore, do not hesitate to come by and help your community garden in the next gardening season!


Join a CommunityWise committee!    

Get in touch with for more information.  


Fund Development Committee – every second Friday of the month

Friday, Sept 13th at 12:00  

CommunityWise is working on more diverse streams of funding to support staff collective hours and ensure this building remains an accessible community resource for all to enjoy.  We need your ideas input  and energy for fundraising!
Programming Committee – every second Tuesday of the month

Tuesday Sept 10th at 1:00 pm

Help organize CommunityWise events, workshops and projects in the spirit of outreach, inclusion, capacity building and popular education.


Facilities Committee – every second Tuesday of the month

Tuesday, Sept 10th 4 – 7 pm

Work/Party/Meeting! Hands-on problem solving, making things better one paint job at a time.  Contact for more info.


Membership Committee – Meets as needed 

We meet to review new member applications and member-related issues or decisions. for more info.



Daytime Rental
The Main Common Room  and Board Room are available for day-time use. Spread the word!!!

Email: or call 403-261-9660


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