“THE PLACE” open house event

CommunityWise is launching an exciting new space and community project!!!

When: Wednesday June 14th 4:30pm-6:30pm

Where: CommunityWise Resource Centre 223 12th Avenue SW Calgary Room 103

What: An Open House event for members QTBIPOC to hear more about the project and plan project and to discuss program ideas, partnerships, and community needs together

Snacks provided.

Contact Mark Audu at mark@communitywise.net for more info and to register to attend.

Indigenous and Racialized Communities have been pushing for true recognition, equality, and inclusion since the beginning of the LGBTQIA+ movement. QTBIPOC folks must navigate the effects of both racism and anti-LGBTQIA+ discrimination. “The Place” aims to honor these experiences and create supportive, enriching, and accessible space for QTBIPOC.

The project is led by and for QTBIPOC. It offers a wonderful, accessible, free, and collaboratively shared space within CommunityWise. We are looking for collaborators and users (organizations and individuals) of the space to meet community needs, events, and programs going forward.

Welcome Imole!!! Newest CommunityWise Staff member

CommunityWise is excited to announce the the latest addition to the CommunityWise staff group. Imole (She/Her) has experience in program and project planning and management, as well as is currently completing her Masters in Digital Marketing. She is joining Community Wise as a Member Programs Coordinator, to provide support to our members. She hopes to use her experience and knowledge to help Community Wise and its members in the work they do. Imole believes in art as one ofthe purest forms of self expression and engages in different types like crocheting, painting and singing in
her spare time! CommunityWise is increasing staff resources overall to better meet member needs and their overall impact of CommunityWise Programming. This will also allow CommunityWise to prioritize the reallocation of other staff resources to building operations. WELCOME IMOLE!!!

CommunitWise would like to acknowledge the generous funding support of the CAlgary Foundation to make this possible. We’re looking forward to exciting seasons ahead of organizational and community development.

2022 AGM!

CommunityWise 2022 AGM
May 31 6:30-8:00pm

The Board of Directors of CommunityWise invite you to join us for CommunityWise’s 43rd Annual General Meeting on Tuesday, May 31st (6:30-8:00pm). This is an online event. We encourage all members to attend. One vote per member although many participants of any member are fully welcome. We look forward to connecting with everyone.

Date: Tuesday May 31 2022
Time: 6:30pm-8:00pm
Location: online (zoom link and documents will be sent ahead of time to individuals that REGISTER here.

This is the annual general meeting of the members of CommunityWise (like you!) where we gather to elect our board of directors, present to approve audited financial statements, and where CommunityWise shares our annual report, among other things. Hope to see you there!!

Proposed Agenda Items:

  1. Land Acknowledgement
  2. Approve the Agenda for AGM
  3. Approve the Minutes of previous AGM
  4. Presentation of CommunityWise Annual Report
  5. Presentation and Acceptance of 2021 Audited Financial Statements
  6. Proposal to Amend CommunityWise Bylaws
  7. Election of 2022-2023 Board of Directors

Office, Program, and Storage Space Available at CommunityWise

CommunityWise has several office, program, and storage spaces available. Check out listings for storage here and for all other program and office spaces here. We will be adding more later this month. CommunityWise offers affordable and secure space to non-profit and charitable member organizations in a dynamic community minded historic building. We are located in the Beltline area of Calgary. For more info please contact CommunityWise Administration. Phone 403-261-9660 email info@communitywise.net

Farewell Erin McFarlane!

After over 8 years with the CommunityWise Resource Centre, Erin McFarlane is officially leaving CommunityWise. As Community and Organizational Development Coordinator, Erin brought a wealth of skill, compassion, and creativeness to the organization that cannot be understated.   

During her tenure, staff, board, member organizations, community friends, past practicum students, contractors, consultants, literally everyone has been greatly impacted and touched by Erin’s presence.  

Her contributions to the organization and individual lives over the years are important to recognize. Erin’s roles at CommunityWise over the years have changed and evolved. In each situation she brought such incredible organizing and coordination skills. Her flexibility, accountability, and focus on equity furthered the growth and strength of the Centre.

We don’t always fully see when we are in a very special period of time, or what exactly is the “magic stuff” that makes impossible things seem possible. Erin was a huge part of this magic for CommunityWise. In retrospect, we can take stock of this in a new light and honour her commitment to the cause. We celebrate the time and energy of everyone that made this possible. Erin’s support, guidance, and allyship in CommunityWise have left an indelible mark on the Centre We are so grateful for all of her hard work, which was of great quality and often done in very complex situations. Her work ethic and genuine care for others is remarkable. The administration of our programs and strategy deserves great recognition. CommunityWise now enters into new and ever-evolving territory. We will miss you.  

Erin joined CommunityWise in September of 2013 (Still the Old Y Centre at the time) in the newly established role of Collaborative Framework Coordinator. The creation of the position was an exciting and important development in realizing and creating our new mission. Creating and managing all sorts of community programming, dozens of social work practicum placements, and important non profit sector training opportunities, Erin brought CommunityWise up to a new level.  

As things shifted over the years, Erin met the changing member, building, and organizational needs head on bringing people together, facilitating anti-racism action in the non-profit sector and CommunityWise, coordinating and furthering the important mission of CommunityWise. For the past 2 years as society shifted in uncertain futures, Erin secured and managed an incredible array of funding opportunities, grants, evaluation and reporting. Her legacy and impact at CommunityWise is immeasurable. We wish her all the best in her next adventures!