Weekly News & Events November 9, 2020

Weekly News & Events: November 9-14


Foundations for Community Organizing: Online Monday's & Thursday's November 16-30

For more information or to register, click here.

Foundations Training begins next week and there has never been a more important time to sharpen your community organizing skills!

This training will help you enter the second year of Covid-19 and the recession ready to tackle the challenges that will be thrown at your organization, community and neighborhood.

The training is highly interactive, relational, and practical covering: 

  • Community Organizing introduction (and a refresher for old hands!).
  • Concepts of power, power-over vs power-with, power-analysis.
  • Relational Organizing:  individual relational meetings, listening, research, negotiation and action.
  • Strengthening our Organizations: building a culture that is relational, action-oriented and reflective/learning.
  • Using Relational Power in the public sphere to take collaborative action on the common issues of 2020 and 2021.


Grief and loss resulting from adverse events in life, including the current pandemic, can have multiple effects and impact mental health. When our worldview and sense of safety are altered existential and spiritual concerns often arise. Self-compassion and spirituality can play a key role in resilience and post-traumatic growth if facilitated. 

This webinar will be facilitated by Dr. Heather M. Boynton who is an Assistant Professor in Social Work at the University of Calgary, and a Registered Social Worker who has worked in mental health for over 30 years as a Child and Family Therapist, Mental Health Consultant, and a Manager in Adult Services.

Learn more and register here.


Ongoing Monthly Events

Research Action & Strategy Meetings generally meet monthly and are always open to members of the alliance.


Mental Health Research Action:

 November 9 at 7p.m. (First Monday of every month except for when the first Monday falls on a holiday, in which case the meeting will be the second Monday.)

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Truth & Reconciliation Research Action:

November 10 at 7:30 p.m. (Second Tuesday of every month)

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Environment Research Action:

November 17 at 7:30 p.m. (third Tuesday of every month)

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Social Isolation Research Action:

November 24 at 7 p.m. (Fourth Tuesday of every month)

Please note: the Zoom link for this meeting has changed to: https://iafnw.zoom.us/j/94788195372


Strategy Team Meeting: 

November 26 at 10:15 a.m. (Fourth Thursday of every Month)

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Basic Income Team Meeting: 

December 1 at 7:00 p.m. (First Tuesday of every Month)

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News & Upcoming Events from our Member Organizations




Consumer Debt Negotiation Project

One of Calgary Alliance's board members and partners at the public law clinic at U of C is launching a service in partnership with Vibrant Communities Calgary to help people who might be facing foreclosure or eviction. Please see the links below for more details.






The Canadian Poverty Institute is partnering with Vibrant Communities Calgary to conduct an evaluation of the formal and informal emergency food assistance system. The purpose of the project is to develop recommendations that will improve the capacity of Calgary’s emergency food assistance system to effectively deliver food assistance in an emergency, especially during COVID-19. Please see the flyer below for more information and click here to take the survey.

Agile Leadership Training

The new Agile Leadership Training at St. Mary's University is designed to equip leaders with cutting-edge skills, an Agile mindset, and the knowledge to achieve sustainable agility in their organizations. Check it out here.


Become a Friend of the Alliance today:

As a part of our Fundraising Campaign, please consider becoming a monthly donor to support our work. Information detailing how to make a donation can be found at: https://www.calgarycommongood.org/donate.