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Help Us Increase Access

Tell us about rink access to help us improve education and funding


The EFCL is gathering data to form a clear picture of the access barriers at League ice rinks. Why? Our findings will be compiled, analyzed, and eventually used to advocate to the City of Edmonton to create better processes, education and increase funding to enhance overall rink accessibility. What's the first step? For Leagues to fill out the survey. If your League hasn't, please do. 
Take Survey on Your Rink's Accessibilty

How To Build Community  

One great way is to harness League power


How do we use the power of Community Leagues to continue to create spaces for neighbours to come together?

Listen to EFCL's Executive Director Laura Cunningham-Shpeley speak about Leagues navigating the pandemic while also continuing to build better communities.
Listen to the Podcast | Walking Alongside: Stories from YEG

Offer a Class For and In Your Community

Metro Continuing Education opportunities

The EFCL has teamed with Metro Continuing Education to help bring neighbours together and foster the power of community. Leagues can host a class, virtually or in-person, from the collection of courses Metro offers. Below are a few ideas of programs Metro can offer and adjust to best meet the needs of your community.

  • Land Acknowledgment Workshop
  • Discover Cross Country Skiing for Beginners (In Person) 
  • Pickleball for Beginners and Intermediate
  • Stained Glass for Beginners (various classes)
  • Learn to Crochet or Knit (Online)
  • International Cooking Classes (Online)
  • Investing 101
If your Community League lacks physical space, Metro offers classes at the Bennet Centre.

How can your League get involved?
Contact Julia Dalman at julia.dalman@epsb.ca to set up an initial orientation meeting and discuss what is possible. There are no deadlines to sign up.
Check Out All the Programs Available to Leagues

Start to Play

Sign up for free skating, hockey and lacrosse lessons in your neighbourhood


Providing kids with sports programming in their community is the difference between impossible and fun. Get in on the fun with free sports programming in your neighbourhood. 

All sessions for March's Start to Play offerings are now posted on the Free Play for Kids website. March classes feature lacrosse and hockey basics. The following Leagues are hosting lessons in March:

Elmwood
Duggan
Eastwood
Bannerman
Cloverdale


Reach out to Free Play for Kids to get involved.

Ages: 6-13
Equipment: Provided for those who need it

Cost: Free

Start to Play is a partnership between the EFCL, Free Play for Kids and the Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation. Run by Free Play, the program sees Leagues offered a chance to derive revenue from their rink while offering their neighbourhood recreation opportunities.
Register for Start To Play

EFCL Programming

What does the City Plan Mean for Leagues?

We're here to answer your questions

You’ll hear from City of Edmonton staff and EFCL planning advisor, Jonathan Lawrence, about the many projects underway and how both organizations will engage with Leagues over the next few years.

  • February 24 at 6pm
Register for City Plan: Moving Forward with Focus

What's a Community League? 

Connect with Edmonton's original city builders

EFCL invites your organization to a short and interactive workshop to connect with and find ways to work effectively with Leagues.

  • March 1 at 12pm
Register for Community League 101

EFCL Mentorship Program

Calling All New League Presidents

Connect with experienced volunteers

You’ve got questions? We’ve got answers. 

Sign up for EFCL’s One-on-One Mentorship Program to connect with an experienced League president. We have a few experienced presidents who have signed up to be mentors and are waiting to be matched. We know you’re busy, so these connections can be as simple as a few online chats, some emails or a phone call. Unlike Mentorship Cafes, the one-on-one program can be designed around your schedule and tailored to your needs.

Sign-up for One-on-One Mentorship

Group Mentorship Cafés

The Group Mentorship Cafés is a series of virtual spaces made available to Community League volunteers in a variety of board or volunteer positions. Get more information about EFCL’s Mentorship Program.

Treasurers 

February 28 at 6:30pm

In this session we'll be talking about going paperless with banking and developing your League's financial policies. 

Register for the Treasurers Café

Green Leagues 

March 10 at 6:30pm

In the first session of the Green League's Café, we'll be sharing ideas on what to do with your community and green initiatives.

Register for the Green Leagues Café

Planning and Development

The Commons 

Liveable cities require ending discrimination

February is Black History month. For Edmontonians, this is a time to celebrate the many achievements that Black Canadians have and continue to contribute to our history and culture. 

The month offers a time to consider the strengths of our diversity and discuss the ways our cities continue to perpetuate discrimination, racism and inequality.
 
Doing this means taking an anti-racist approach to evaluating and planning. It means listening to a diversity of voices and moving beyond zoning bylaws, plans, and policies that have controlled and segregated folks in our community.

Read more about the history of discrimination in cities and what it means to create liveable places for everyone:

Anti-Black Racism In the Liveable City and Canada
How to End Anti-Blackness in Cities
Read The Commons

Other Opportunities

Co-Op Community Spaces

Applications open until March 1

The Co-op Community Spaces Program was established to improve community health and well-being by building places for western Canadians to come together, build social connections and enable community development. Applications for 2022 Co-op Community Spaces will be open from February 1 – to March 1, 2022. Projects can apply for between $25,000 and $150,000 in capital funding in three categories – recreation, environmental conservation and urban agriculture. 

Apply for Program Funding Here

Housing for Health

Fit Cities conference

You're invited to participate in the second Fit Cities Fit Towns Canada Conference (virtual) on the mornings of Wednesday, March 2 and Thursday, March 3, from 8:30 A.M. – 12:30 P.M.

Learn about the impact of community environments on health and wellbeing, and innovative strategies to improve our buildings, streets, neighbourhoods and their amenities for health. Presentations and discussions will enhance knowledge and skills for healthier planning, development, design, and construction in our towns and cities provincially and nationally.

Photo by Dave Goudreau on Unsplash

Register for Fit Cities

Free Sports Equipment for Kids

Skates, helmets, sticks and more

Sport Central provides Community Leagues with FREE sports equipment for neighbourhood kids. They currently work with 17 Leagues and want to get more Leagues involved with their program. 

To get involved, fill out the Community Application form, then submit it to thekid@sportcentral.org.

Sports Equipment Application Form
We respectfully acknowledge the land upon which the EFCL operates is located on Treaty 6 Territory and has served a purpose as a traditional meeting ground for many First Nations groups. This territory has provided a traveling route and home to the Nakoda Sioux, and later, Blackfoot and Cree peoples, followed by Saulteaux and Métis and other Indigenous peoples.
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