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What You Need to Know

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League volunteers have limited time. We get it. Here's what you need to know:
  • Save the date: EFCL's Annual General Meeting is running on June 1. The meeting is a hybrid, meaning you can participate in-person or virtually. 
  • EFCL is hosting a partnership fair for Leagues, three mentorship cafes and a new board member Lunch and Learn over the next two weeks. See the rest of the newsletter for details or check out our events page.

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Be in Touch with EFCL

Save the Date

Annual General Meeting, June 1 

Join board members for conversations and networking – in person at Calder Community League Hall or virtually by Zoom. Your choice.

Learn about the new Community League Infrastructure Database and share ideas for Community League Day 2022.
Registration opens on Eventbrite on May 13.  At that time you'll receive the meeting agenda and package. We'll send an email invitation to all board members.

IMPORTANT: Please identify one voting member (each League requires one) who will register as such. Any other board members should join as general members.

NOTE: The EFCL strongly encourages masks and will be allowing for social distancing in the hall. 
Be in Touch With Any Questions

Leagues Receive Funding

Canada recognizes value of community infra through fund

Eleven Community Leagues have received federal dollars aimed at improving community infrastructure – from sprayparks to rink repairs – as part of a $6.7 million investment announced last week at city hall. 

As CTV reports, 11 Leagues receiving money as part of this are:
  • Alberta Avenue, Belgravia, Blue Quill, Blackmud Creek, Crestwood, Eastwood, Millhurst, Parkview, The Ridge, Ridgewood, Woodvale.
As CTV also reports, "[t]he money is coming from the Canada Community Revitalization Fund (CCRF), which will fund projects in other prairie cities as well."
Read About the Canada Community Revitalization Fund

Resource Library

AGM Checklist

Our Resource Library is vast. Here's a peek at a tool your League can use

The AGM season is upon us. While meetings are either your jam or your kryptonite, it can help to have a checklist to ensure your League's AGM planning is complete. The EFCL resource library has you and your League covered with this checklist. Want more resources focused on meetings? We're building more. Stay tuned. 

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Explore The Library


Enabling Participation and Wellness 

May 5, 6pm

With new opportunities opening up thanks to the Tripartite Agreement, organizations within Edmonton are looking to partner with and support your League’s programming and operations.

In this opportunities fair your League can connect with organizations interested in animating community spaces through programming and wellness opportunities. You can connect with folks from organizations such as:

  • AdaptAbilites 
  • Art Hives
  • Canadian Mental Health Association Recovery College 
  • Sage Seniors and Housing
  • Free Play for Kids
This will be a virtual mixer held on Zoom.
Register for Info Session


Getting Your Board Organized Café

May 11, 6:30pm

How do you most effectively organize your League board? This Mentorship Café will discuss the role of secretaries and administrators in board governance.

Come prepared with or to find answers to:

  • How to organize to ensure good decision making and governance
  • What to do in your first six months
  • Your templates and resources to share (they don’t have to be perfect) 
What is the secretary and or administrator’s role in good decision making and good governance? Let’s debrief with League secretaries and administrators to look at Getting Your Board Organized.
Register for Mentorship Cafe

Treasurers and Fundraisers Café

May 18, 6:30pm

Learn how other Community League members do what they do. Get together to share ideas, skills, resources and experiences to help each other succeed.

Meet EFCL’s new Fund Development Advisor Debbie Brown and learn:

  • The ins and outs of fundraising for Leagues
  • How to create a needs assessment when approaching funders

This café occurs three times this year – May 18, September 26 and November 30. Sign up for all, if you like.

Get more information about EFCL’s Mentorship Program here.

Register for Treasurers and Fundraisers Cafe

Board Lunch and Learn 

May 25, 12pm

An interactive training session for new League board members that contains everything you need to know in one hour. Come and get an overview of EFCL resources, the ins and outs of Community Leagues and what you need to know about board governance.

Register for Lunch and Learn

Communication Directors Café

May 26, 6:30pm

The topic for this café is: How to create public engagement surveys.

Leagues publicly engage with their neighbourhoods for input and to inform. In this session we will talk about:

  • How to write a survey for public engagement
  • How to know when a League should engage the public and best practices
  • Strategies for getting surveys out to people and getting them to fill them out

Please bring examples of your League’s public engagement. We’ll share ideas, skills, resources and experiences to help each other succeed.

Register for Mentorship Café

Planning and Development

The Commons 

The participation issue

Community Leagues will play a key role to ensure the City Plan draws on local knowledge and builds participation into our planning process. 

Read more to find out how we as Leagues can work with this council and city administration to provide all Edmontonians an opportunity to share their vision for our city. 

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Read The Commons
Edmonton's First Participatory Budgeting Process
How Participatory Budgeting Works

Other Notable News

Start to Play

Leagues can create summer programming with FreePlay for Kids

Free Play for Kids wants to work with Community Leagues to offer summer programs that get kids moving right in their neighbourhood. They've put together a few options for Leagues to consider, with times and different sport offerings. Please review and connect with FreePlay directly if you have questions or are interested.

Questions? Email Free Play

Hockey Fees Covered

Partnership sees costs covered for Hockey Edmonton

Leagues have helped so many kids connect to hockey over the past couple of years. Now the Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation and Kidsport have teamed up to cover all the registration and equipment costs for kids who want to play with Hockey Edmonton. 

With rising costs, we all want to be sure that kids have the opportunity to play the games they enjoy. Pass along this opportunity. 

Find Out More
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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