Did you know that March is Community Association Awareness Month? As proclaimed by Mayor Nenshi, this month is a chance for you to discover what your community has to offer. Meet your neighbours, sign up for family activities, and maybe volunteer yourself! Community associations are run completely by volunteers (there are over 20,000 volunteers in Calgary alone), and they provide “a voice for community life, an overall sense of belonging, and social, education and recreational opportunities for residents of all ages.” How will you be part of it?
Your community association can provide your family with countless resources for your everyday life. Examples include:
- Sports programs for yourself and your children, such as swimming lessons, soccer, hockey, yoga and dance;
- Community gardening associations, where you can grow your own food for your family and neighbours, plant flowers to beautify the community, and learn from other gardeners about gardening in Calgary’s special climate;
- Community events that introduce you to your neighbours and build your community, such as block parties and chances to volunteer;
- Resources in over 15 languages, such as Arabic, Farsi, Chinese, Punjabi and Vietnamese, for navigating everyday issues such as how to report a crime, meeting your neighbours, and snow removal.
You can also read your local community newsletter (delivered in the mail monthly) to find out more about the events in your community, family programs and services, and more ways for you to get involved.
Click here to find out which community association your neighbourhood hosts.
For more community resources in over 15 languages, including Arabic, Farsi, Punjabi, Chinese and more, click here and scroll to the bottom of the page.