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District A works to honour those lost in war

District A is one of Edmonton's oldest and has a long history of remembering those from the community lost to war. Community members came together to bring back a cenotaph erected in honour of those fallen and place it at the Community League hall. 
Watch More District Spotlight Videos

October Solar Savings

EFCL generates emission-free energy from our five-panel solar system

Check Out EFCL Green Leagues Page

FGM Tech Check

A guide for the Nov. 4 meeting


Is your mic muted? Have you tried turning your computer off and on? 

Our Fall General Meeting on November 4 is virtual and will run on the Pheedloop platform. Our experience suggests some challenges are avoidable with the following quick tech checks. 
  • Do you have a computer or tablet? Our platform runs better on them than on a smartphone.
  • Do you have your browser's pop-up blockers disabled? Experience shows this is often a tech gremilin culprit.
  • Do you have Google Chrome? Our platform doesn't seem to love Safari or Internet Explorer browsers.
  • Have you checked your email? If you're a League's voting member, you'll receive a code needed to vote in your inbox.
If you have further questions, we're running two tech sessions before the meeting on Thursday, November 4 – at 12pm and at 5pm.
Register for FGM Tech Session

Sending Money Got Easier

We've got e-transfer, repeat, we've got e-transfer


You can now make payments and donations to the EFCL through e-transfers. Rejoice! This is big news.

A few tips:
  • If you're sending a payment, make a note in the e-transfer message section that includes the invoice number that the payment is for and your Community League name.
  • If you're sending a donation, make a note in the message section that includes if the donation is for the EFCL or other Community Leagues, the name the donor wants to be known as, if a tax receipt is required, donor's contact info (email/phone/mailing address), and if any EFCL staff were in touch with you in this thread.
  • If the message section doesn't offer enough space, send addtional information to finance@efcl.org.
  • Send all e-transfers to treasurer@efcl.org
Donate to a Community League

Building a Walking List

Advisor asks for those offering programs to be in touch


What Leagues are running their walking programs during COVID restrictions? The EFCL's Senior's Walking Program Advisor Kim Mah is building a list to help those looking for programs find it. The more information we have on what's on offer at Leagues the more we can help connect seniors looking for these programs. Be in touch. 
Contact Senior's Walking Program Advisor

REACH Crisis Diversion

Better options for Leagues and communities


Winter is approaching. The EFCL receives many requests from Leagues for vulnerable members of the community that may experience a crisis. REACH Edmonton's 24/7 Crisis Diversion project is the first place to go. The program dispatches crisis diversion teams around the clock, every day of the year. They respond to people who are in distress and vulnerable on the streets of Edmonton.
Learn More about Crisis Diversion

Inclusive Communities

New EFCL Resource Rolls Out
 

One of the EFCL's five strategic goals is to broaden the reach and diversity of Community Leagues. The participation of all strengthens the Community League movement.

We have created resources to support allyship and inclusion throughout the work Leagues and the EFCL does.
Take Our First Inclusive Communities Course

EFCL Programming

Year-End Preparation

Treasurers Group Mentorship Cafe


Volunteering for your League can be an absolute treasure, but you sometimes need to dig to find pearls of wisdom. In this session, EFCL will present information on the basics of year-end preparation for your League, followed by discussion time for Leagues to ask questions. Learn how other Community League members do what they do. Get together to share ideas, skills, resources and experiences to help each other succeed.

The Group Mentorship Café is a series of virtual spaces made available to Community League volunteers in a variety of board or volunteer positions.

November 10
6:30-7:30pm

Register for Cafe

Community Inclusion Cafe

November Meeting

Come together for a virtual monthly meeting with League Members and neighbours to talk about how Community Leagues can become better allies to the variety of identities and communities who make our city vibrant. The 90-minute monthly gathering happens on the third Tuesday of each month.

HOW TO JOIN THE ONLINE MEETING:
PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android: https://meet.google.com/oxg-zrhh-viy
If phoning in dial: ‪1.289.323.7989‬ (PIN: ‪551 086 564‬#)

Next meeting: 
November 16
7-8:30pm

Learn About the Work We're Doing

Student Opportunities Fair

Community League Opportunities to See Students Assist on Projects


Your League is invited to meet with folks from CAREERS Next Gen, the Edmonton Public School Board, MacEwan University, Norquest College and the University of Alberta to hear about student placements opportunities that can support the work your League is doing.

November 17
6pm
Register for Opportunities Fair

Civics and Planning Cafe

Chat with others working to build a better city


We encourage you to join us on November 18 for a Civics, Planning and Engagement Cafe. A dynamic group of Civics Directors wo;; come together to discuss our wins, losses and to share the resources that make our work effective. 

November 18
6:30-7:30pm
Register for Civics and Planning Cafe

Rink Season Is Coming

Community conversation series

Rink conversations are back. It’s time to talk about community skating rinks, snowbank rinks, boarded rinks, ice tips and vendor lists. Come and connect with other passionate rink makers and directors. These sessions were very popular last year, with participants expressing they felt supported and had a chance to share and learn from the community. Learn about booking tools and apps and learn about resources offered through the EFCL. 

Register for November 24 at 12pm

Other Opportunities

A Song for Seniors

Ukulele classes aim to connect through chords
 

The ukulele is one of the easiest instruments to learn, and you can begin to play songs after learning just a few chords. Crescendo Music Studios has developed our own music program for seniors and would be thrilled to share this with your League members. Our weekday, hour-long Seniors Ukulele Music Classes run for 10 weeks, beginning in January 2022. Classes can run with a minimum of six participants and follow all COVID protocols in place. Cost is $175 per person and we supply a FREE ukulele for each participant to keep.

Questions? Call 780 570-5699 or email us.
Email Crescendo Music Studios

Level-Up: Board Training

Free government workshops on how to work more effectively on boards

The Government of Alberta's Community Development Unit provides exceptional board training that's applicable to specific board positions. And they are free for board members. The EFCL encourages Leagues and their members to visit the government website and sign up for updates on upcoming board training. It's free and it's good.
 

Check out Training Offerings Here

Level Up: Training in Trauma

Imagine Institute offers League discounts 

Imagine Institute for Learning uses evidence-based practice and research to create interactive learning opportunities that will ignite the potential and inspire the hearts of participants who work to support others. We offer sessions in trauma-informed care, organizational support, child development and relationship-based practice.
 
While many of our trainings are available at no cost, we're happy to provide Community League members with a 15 per cent discount off any paid trainings, using code EFCL15.
 

Upcoming Training Sessions – Book Here

Holiday Wish Box

Make-A-Wish Foundation 

Make-A-Wish® Holiday Wish Box invites you to fundraise or donate $5,000 to Spark Joy & Create Hope this holiday season. In return, we will be pairing you with one of our wish children whose wish was impacted by COVID-19. Deadline is December 15.

Get More Information or Sign-up

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