September/October 2014

September 2014
CommunityWise Resource Centre 

September Welcomes! 

Well, it's mid-September and this means there's some new faces in the building. We're excited to once again welcome new practicum students! Pictured above are Morgan (l) who is completing a practicum with the Arusha Centre, and Amanda (r) who is with CommunityWise! Not pictured is Bridget who is with the Calgary Centre for Global Community.  
Also, welcome to our newest members: Calgary Magic Circle; Yoga4Every1; Sugarbox Burlesque; Sol Condominium; and Pushkin Language Institute.  

Member Announcements


Basic Principles of Global Citizenship

Oct 1: 6-9pm

Parkdale United Church (2919 8 Ave NW)

This seminar will discuss the rights and responsibilities each person has to contribute toward a peaceful, sustainable and just world.  Participants will also gain an understanding of the interrelationship between local and global issues.  Dr. Lynette Shultz, Associate Professor and Co-Director of Centre for Global Citizenship Education & Research (CGCER) at the University of Alberta will facilitate this seminar. Click here to register 


Calgary Centre for Global Community and the Consortium for Peace Studies at the University of Calgary are offering a series of seminars with the goal of introducing participants to basic principles of peace and global citizenship.  Each seminar is approved for ACSW Category "A" credits by the Faculty of Social Work, University of Calgary.  View the complete list of seminars here


Building Wide Open House 

October 11: 11am-6pm

CommunityWise Resource Centre
Member organization, Opportunity Works, is organizing a building wide Open House and is requesting that your organization have a booth in the Common Room and/or have your office space open so that visitors can meet with you and you with them. This will be a great opportunity for groups working in the building to learn about the amazing work we all do in the building. To volunteer to help out or if you have any questions contact

UPDATE: Social Spaces Summit 

Postponed until Spring 2015
Stay tuned for more information. The website will be updated with more details soon. 

Upcoming CommunityWise Programming


Burnout Prevention League: The "Breakfast for Lunch" Edition

October 8th: 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 we're having a "breakfast for lunch" potluck! Bring your favourite breakfast food item to share. If you're unable to bring something that day, come anyway! All welcome. 

Facebook Event.



Green Footprints Project Update!
Beginning in October, Patricial Lortie, Bill Aitken, and Rasha Amem of the Green Footprints artist collective will work with CommunityWise staff, board and members to create an exciting and interactive project involving mapping, sidewalk chalk, old shoes and a garden party! Read all about their exciting project plan here.

In Memoriam


Memorial Service at CommunityWise for Ursula Brown, Founder of an Original Group at the Old Y


Ursula Brown passed away peacefully aged 86 on August 6. Founded by Ursula, the Calgary Association for Social Change was among the first groups to have an office in the Old Y building – in Room 307 – after the YWCA moved out in 1971. A single mother, she was a pioneer social justice activist, advocating for the rights of other welfare recipients, and others in need and difficulty. She was helped by her daughter Kimberley, a member of JAWS, currently an external member of CW. Two of CASC's mottos were: "LET RIGHT BE DONE" and "For the Needy, not the Greedy."

CommunityWise and Kim are looking for others with information about Ursula's past work based at the Old Y: please contact them, preferably well in advance of the memorial service. In Ursula's name, donations may be made to CommunityWise (current incarnation of the Old Y building tenants' association). Memorial service and celebration of life to be held at CommunityWise from 2-6 pm., Oct. 12, 2014.

Kaffeeklatsch Has Regular Hours!





Did you know that Kaffeeklatsch, the pop-up cafe in CommunityWise, is now open 9am-3pm Monday-Friday? Also available for hire outside of these hours for events!



Thank You to Innoweave  


Check us out in the Innoweave newsletter this month! We're thrilled to have recently received a Developmental Evaluation grant from Innoweave. Thank you!  

Request for Proposals


Auditor or Registered Accountant for CommunityWise's Financial Audit

Our beloved auditor for the last 10 years, Daniel MacGregor, has decided to retire this year, so we are looking for someone else to complete a financial audit for CommunityWise's next AGM in May 2015. 


Please spread the word to your networks! Thanks! 


All eligible applicants please send a cover letter and resume addressed to Son Edworthy at


*Experience working with nonprofit audits required. 

CommunityWise Member Memo
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. 

Happy Autumn!  


c/o CommunityWise Staff Collective


Son Edworthy 


Philip McCutcheon                            


Jani Meyers 


Erin McFarlane 


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