CACG - SENIORS' CORNER

March 25, 2019: "What keeps you awake at night?" is the theme of our gathering after service next Sunday. The document that we will be working on is attached below. We will see you on Sunday. 

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CALGARY ALLIANCE FOR THE COMMON GOOD

St. David's has joined with several city churches and Calgary institutions to work cooperatively with other institutions to "Organize the power of communities to shape a just and compassionate city." Be sure to scroll to the bottom of this page for the current newsletter of CACG

Mission/Objectives
  • To create a broad-based shared organization that is as diverse as Calgary,  building relationships among organizations and people from various community, ethnic, non-profit, labour, and religious groups.  
  • To strengthen our member organizations and their leaders in order to develop a healthy and effective civic life.
  • To use the principles and techniques of community organizing to effectively address the real issues facing Calgarians and our member organizations.
CACG is directed by a team of leaders from participating institutions. It is affiliated with the Industrial Areas Foundation (IAF), the oldest and largest network of broad-based organizations in North America.
MARCH NEWSLETTER

Listening Campaign and Discernment Assembly

Newsletters keep people engaged with your brand. Share articles or videos, On April 1st, at 7:00 pm at Temple B’nai Tikvah (900 47 Ave. SW) we will be gathering as an Alliance to choose the issues we will focus on, and create the teams that will lead this work. This is a critical moment as the Alliance moves forward – your attendance is essential!

 
1. We ask that each of our member organizations bring a team to this event. These can be people who have been identified as potential leaders from the listening campaign, people who are interested in the work of the Alliance or people who are already involved. 
2. We will be asking each member organization to be prepared to vote on which priorities their organization would like to see the Alliance take on. Please come with the issues that your organization would:
  1. be all in for;
  2. be ready to engage with;
  3. be willing to support – but not a significant priority;
  4. see as a deal breaker (i.e., if the Alliance takes this on you would not engage or you would need to be out of the Alliance)
This judgment should be based on what you have heard in the listening campaign. 
3. We will also ask people to vote/sign up as individuals. This will require your name and contact information because it is a vote based on your willingness to work on a particular issue personally. Please reflect on what you are willing to put your personal time and energy into.  
While everyone is welcome to attend, voting will be limited to member organizations and their members. If you or your organization is not yet a member of the Alliance and you want to be a part of setting our future direction or participating in one of our action teams, please talk to our organizer, Ryan, at ryan@calgarycommongood.org about how you can become a member before April 1st.
Please register for the discernment assembly at: https://discernment_assembly_cacg.eventbrite.ca

Tax Receipts

 
First of all, a sincere thank you to each of you who have donated money to support the work of the Calgary Alliance for the Common Good in 2018. If you made your donation through Canada Helps you can access your tax receipt through the Canada Helps website (www.canadahelps.org). If you sent your gift directly to the Industrial Areas Foundation Canada, you should receive a receipt in the mail. If you have not received this, please let us know at info@calgarycommongood.org
 Leadership Training Opportunities 
 
Foundations for Community Organizing
Join us at this two-day leadership institute to learn our organizing model and to be part of our work for the common good.
 
This training provides content based on the philosophy and practices developed by the Industrial Areas Foundation (IAF) in more than 70 years of organizing experience. The training provides the foundation necessary to participate effectively with the Calgary Alliance for the Common Good. Topics include: 
• what community organizing is, and why to use it;
• the organizing cycle;
• relational meetings;
• listening sessions; 
• problems vs. issues;
• power over vs. power with;
• negotiations and actions to obtain concrete and winnable outcomes.
 
Date:Friday, April 26th from 7:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m, and Saturday, April 27th from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Cost:Free forCACG members. Non-members $50. Lunch $10-$15
Location:Christ Church Anglican Church - 3602 8 St. SW, Calgary. 
Register at:https://foundations_training.eventbrite.ca
 
Regional Training 

 
This five-day residential training is for people committed to understanding the craft of community organizing and who want to play an important leadership role in the Alliance or in their own organizations. This training focuses on developing the leadership skills of community organizing and the ways leaders can be strategic and effective in applying these skills. This is an opportunity for building relationships with seasoned leaders from other cities, and for personal reflection on your own growth as a leader. 
 
Location – Vancouver, BC
Dates – May 13-17th2019
Cost - $1,000 plus transportation. 

Register by contacting Ryan at ryan@calgarycommongood.org
 

IGP Community Engagement 

 
The Calgary Alliance for the Common Good has committed to support the creation of an indigenous gathering place in Calgary. This will be a place where people can connect to their culture, spirituality, and community. What is needed now is to hear from the community about what this gathering place needs to be, what it needs to look like, what needs to be going on there, so that it is significant and sustainable. To this end, we are a part of the IGP community engagement process.
What we need from you is the following:

1. Attend a community conversation:

From February 1 - March 15, 2019, participate in a scheduled face-to-face conversation by clicking HERE.

2. Online survey:

Can’t make it to a conversation? Listen to a short visioning exercise and then fill out our online survey HERE.

3. Submit your visual and artistic representations:

Send your visual representations showing how you picture the Gathering Place to igpcalgary@gmail.com by March 15, 2019.
If you know a community that you think needs its voice heard, and you can connect us with them please contact Devon at igpcalgary@gmail.com or Ryan at ryan@calgarycommongood.org.
Here is some background about this initiative from the IGP Committee:

Who do we want to hear from?

Having an inclusive engagement process means that we want to hear from anyone who has a potential interest in the future of the IGP. This includes Indigenous community members (both on-reserve and urban), Indigenous organizations, organizations that serve Indigenous community members, potential neighbours, potential funders, governments, and all Calgarians with an interest in advancing reconciliation.
 
About IGP: The Indigenous Gathering Place is an Indigenous-led grassroots initiative with a committed Society whose mandate it is to create a physical space in Calgary where we share, connect, heal, renew and celebrate Indigenous cultures. Here we protect traditional Indigenous practices, languages; and Elders’ wisdom, oral and written teachings among all nations and all our relations.
 
If you have any questions about the community engagement/conversations or want to get involved, please email devonn.drossel@ucalgary.ca or igpcalgary@gmail.com
Upcoming Events and Meetings

Reconciliation Team: Postponed until April 9th at 3:00 pm 
Seniors Team: Thursday, March 14that 7:00 p.m. at Knox United Church
Leadership Team: Thursday, March 21stat 10:30 a.m. at Beth Tzedec Synagogue
Discernment Assembly: April 1stat 7:00 p.m. at Temple B’nai Tikvah 

 
What We Have Been Up To
 
 

Meeting with Minister Sigurdson

On February 12th we met with Minister Sigurdson to discuss how the Special Needs Assistance Program could be increased and a sliding scale created above the current cut off level. We are waiting to see if the government will act on this before the election. 

 

Leaders Lunch

On February 14th our leaders met to discuss how our values lead faith, labour and non-profits to work together. 

 

Interfaith Harmony Week

With our partners, The Calgary Interfaith Council, we celebrated Interfaith Harmony Week. A key action of this week was to sign on to the civility pledge. Copies of the pledge can be found on the CIC website.


 
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