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EFCL President Resigns

'Given a new council and new priorities, it makes sense'

EFCL President Ryan Barber is stepping down at the March 10 board meeting. Barber will continue to serve on the board as the District H representative until 2022 and help the new president transition into the role. "It has been an honour to serve this board and our membership for over two and a half years," Barber writes. Read his full statement by clicking the link below.
Read Statement from EFCL President Ryan Barber

International Women's Day

It's time to celebrate the past and the present in the League system

On #IWD2022, we celebrate the amazing women at the EFCL. They work tirelessly to help Community League volunteers build their neighbourhoods. We also take this day to look back on the women who broke barriers in the League movement.
First, meet Dorothy Trembley Adair. She was the first woman to be president of Garneau Community League in the 1920s and the first woman to join the EFCL board of directors. She was involved in Edmonton’s Community League movement for 30 years.

Second, meet Arlene Meldrum, who became the first woman to be president of the EFCL board of directors in 1974. She was a long-time volunteer who championed Community League figure-skating programs.
Tell EFCL About An Amazing Woman in Your League

Accessibility Survey

You told us there's knowledge gaps. Now there's work to do

The EFCL recently surveyed Leagues to understand the accessibility of outdoor rinks across the League network. We heard clearly from Leagues that while some rinks are accessible, most rinks are inaccessible for neighbours with mobility challenges.

We also heard clearly from Leagues that most are not familiar with the new City of Edmonton Access Design Guide, which identifies how to make rinks accessible.

The EFCL wants to continue to have a conversation about how League amenities can be made accessible to everyone. Please be in touch with us if you or your League would like to be part of our work to find solutions. 
Our League Wants To Improve Rink Accessibility

Reporting Deadline NOW

If you wait much longer, your grant funding will be delayed

There's really no other way to say it now. Leagues that have yet to fill out their Community League Operating Grant reporting risk delays to their operating grant landing in the bank account. What to do? Please ensure you complete the reporting form by March 13 – at the latest. We walk you through it step by step in the links below. 

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CHECKLIST: Information You Must Gather for Form
FORM: EFCL Annual Reporting for Leagues

Student-League Fair

Connect with students who can help your League accomplish more

Does your League need support with membership sales? Would you like more engagement on social media? Or maybe there's an event your League wants to run but needs more capacity to do so.

Well, consider partnering with a post-secondary to house a student placement. Learn more at the EFCL's Student-League Opportunites Fair on March 28 at 6:30pm.  

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Register for Student-League Opportunities Fair

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. 

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

Grass Rinks

Is your League interested in hosting flag football this fall? 

The EFCL has partnered with the Capital District Minor Football Association to run a community flag-football league this fall. Registrants will have to purchase a membership to their Community League. If enough Leagues host, we're hoping we can offer youth more sports close to home.

If your League has a boarded rink that sits atop grass and you're interested in hosting flag football games this September and October, please take a moment to answer a few questions. 

Photo by Dave Adamson on Unsplash
FORM: Grass Rinks for Flag Football

EFCL Programming

Green Leagues Cafe 

March 10, 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. The focus is on green projetcts in communities. 

Register for Green Leagues Cafe

Communications Director Cafe 

March 21, 6:30pm

Calling all Communications Directors in charge of newsletters, websites and social media. We will specifically discuss this question: How can we engage neighbourhood partners in League communications?

Get together with other volunteers to share ideas, skills, resources and experiences to help you with all the communications tasks for your League.

Register for Communications Cafe

Act on Climate 

Moving to Electric Vehicles – March 23, 6:30pm

Leagues can lead and tell the story of adopting green technology.

Moving to Electric Vehicles will examine how Leagues can install charging infrastructure at their halls for EVs as well as what grants are available to build it and rebates that are out there to make EV adoption more affordable.

Register for Moving to Electric Vehicles Event

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

Planning and Development

The Commons 

The future of mobility in a growing city experiencing rising costs

With a new council and bold plans that envision us as a city of two million people – as well as spiking gasoline prices – this month we’re talking about the future of transportation and mobility.

How can we meet climate targets and follow through responsibly on Edmonton’s 2019 declaration of a climate emergency? What does it mean to decarbonize our transportation system and create liveable, vibrant and flourishing 15-minute neighborhoods across the city? Read to learn more.

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Read The Commons
What's a 15-Minute City, Anyway?
Why Obsessing over European Bike Lanes Gets it Wrong

Other Opportunities

Community Gardens

City opens and expands pop-up gardens pilot

The City of Edmonton is once again expanding the number of community gardens through the Pop-Up Community Gardens Pilot.

Program details are now available here, and the application form will be open to the public on March 7.

If you have questions about the Pop-Up Community Gardens Pilot or community gardens programs, please contact the city using the link below. 

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Contact City of Edmonton Community Gardens

Equipment Rental Program

You need it, we've got it

Enhance your community events with fun equipment. The EFCL rents recreational equipment to Community Leagues and other non-profits at the low cost of $7.50 + GST per week.

We have: 

● Fire Pits
● Carnival games
● Sports equipment
● Snowshoes and winter activities
● Creative kits

Book Your Equipment Rental
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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