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  • We're co-hosting a community bazaar (June 18) to help launch our SafeWalk program in partnership with Sisters Dialogue. You're invited. 
  • We've revised our approach to Planning and Development news. It's easier and takes less time to use. 

    Need more info? Read on.
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Be in Touch with EFCL

Leagues Lead

EFCL brings League story to national conference 

Last week, EFCL Executive Director Laura Cunningham-Shpeley and EFCL board member Jon Morgan presented the story of Leagues at Tamarack’s national conference

Speaking to community leaders from across Canada, Laura and Jon highlighted the incredible work that 162 Community Leagues do in Edmonton.

What did we learn? Edmonton is at the forefront of innovative community development that's led by people and based in place. 

Read our live-tweet thread from the conference here.

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What Inspires You About Leagues?

League Spotlight: Horizon

How one League created an app for volunteer engagement

Volunteers are at the heart of everything we do, but sometimes it can be tricky to find and engage the right people in your neighbourhood. Horizon Community League has partnered with the University of Alberta’s Community Service Learning Program to have an app specially designed for their League.
The app connects volunteers in the community for any number of small tasks. It’s a great way to get people engaged and connected to one another. We were able to hear directly from the League at our last Special Events and Programs Mentorship Cafe.
Connect with the Community Service Learning Program

Get Active

Information session June 22, 6:30pm

Prescription to Get Active (RxTGA) is an organization that is closely aligned with the vision and mission of the Edmonton Federation of Community Leagues. Our goal is to help more Canadians meet the recommended amount of physical activity to live healthier lives.

Please join us for a virtual information session on June 22 at 6:30-7:15 pm, where EFCL members and Prescription to Get Active (RxTGA) will discuss how we can work together to help more Canadians meet the recommended amount of physical activity to live healthier lives.

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Sign Up For Get Active Info Session


COVID Recovery from EAC

Fund specifically targets groups including Community Leagues

From the Edmonton Arts Council:

"In response to the impacts of COVID-19 on the arts sector, the City of Edmonton and the Edmonton Arts Council (EAC) have launched the Arts Presentation Fund for COVID Recovery, a new funding opportunity for arts organizations, festivals, community leagues, and other presenters/venues. 

Managed by the EAC, grants between $500 and $10,000 per applicant will be available to presenters for the purpose of compensating local artists, for performances or presentations in Edmonton."

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Read More About the Recovery Grant

Resource Library

What's a League?

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

Do your neighbors know what a League is?

If you're having a hard time getting people out to events or AGMs, it could be that some of your neighbours don't know what a League is or why they should get involved. This is especially true of newcomers to Edmonton.

We’ve created promotional materials that answer “What is a League?” and “What is a League AGM?”

Read them here.

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Explore The Library


Community Cultural Bazaar

June 18, 11-4pm

Edmonton SafeWalk is a program to increase safety for people walking that will pilot in the Fraser, Bannerman and surrounding communities this summer. To learn more about SafeWalk, join us on June 18 for a Cultural Bazaar, from 11am to 4pm at Bannerman Community Hall. (14034 23 Street).

Edmonton SafeWalk is a partnership between EFCL, Sisters Dialogue and the City of Edmonton. 

Read More About SafeWalk


Getting to Net Zero, June 22, 6:30pm

Learn from industry experts how you can reduce greenhouse-gas emissions to net zero at your Community League and home by 2050, and save money doing so.

Guest speaker: Godo Styko, from Carbon Busters.

Participants can expect to:

  • Learn strategies for moving a community hall to net-zero carbon
  • Learn about grants and rebates to do this work
  • Share resources to support energy transition and sustainability (Green Leagues grant list, Green Leagues preferred contractors, EFCL preferred contractors and more).
Register for ACT ON CLIMATE

Moving Your Organization Online

Workshop series, part two – June 28

A Google certified trainer will walk us through the steps of making Google work well for what we need as Leagues. In workshop two, we’ll talk about how to make documents secure and safe.

Moving your Organization Online: Getting the Most of your Shared Online Accounts
June 28, 2022

  • Creating safe online spaces for your League board documents
  • How to set up your League board on Groups
  • How to create email lists
  • How and why to set permissions on files
  • How to ensure important information isn’t lost
Register for Moving Your Organization Online


Civics Directors Cafe 

June 30, 6:30pm

As the civics director in your League, you’re a vital advocate. The Edmonton Federation of Community Leagues is here to walk alongside you to seize the opportunities Leagues have.

Connecting you with others in this role is a fundamental responsibility of the EFCL. The civics, planning and engagement café is for us to discuss our wins, losses and share the resources that makes our work effective.

Register for Civics Cafe

Planning and Development

EFCL Update

Civics cafe, community vision, public engagement

  • Public engagement is everything. Here's how you can generate ideas and get direction from the community to guide your League board on next steps and future goals.

    Tip sheet


  • Our next Civics community of practice is scheduled for June 30. We’re talking about how your League can work with neighbors and developers to create livable and vibrant communities. 

    Sign up

  • “Big change is coming and we need to be organized when we come to the table if we want to shape that change," says Avonmore Community League. Learn more about how Leagues are producing a vision for their neighbourhoods and how you can, too. 

    Avonmore vision summary
    Community Vision Field Book

    Get one-on-one support as you engage your community to dream about and experiment with planning and design. Connect with an advisor or schedule a meeting below.

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Connect With An Advisor
Schedule Meeting With Advisor

City of Edmonton Update

Zoning, engagement, planning committee work

Photo by Alicia Paydli on Unsplash

Contact our Planning and Development Advisor

Other Notable Stuff

Stars of Alberta

Nominations open for several categories celebrating volunteers

Will you take the time to help celebrate Alberta volunteers?
Nominations for the 2022 Stars of Alberta Volunteer Awards are now open. Nine awards will be presented this year, two in each of categories of youth, adult, and senior. In the Breaking Barriers category, three awards will be presented to outstanding volunteers who are addressing racism, advocating for 2SLGBTQQIA+ inclusion, and fighting gender discrimination. 

The deadline for nominations is Thursday June 30, 2022.

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Nominate a Volunteer Star

Big Rental Opportunity

If your League hall and facilities fit the bill, here's a revenue generator 

Free Play for Kids is looking for League halls to rent on weekdays to offer (paid) multi-sport children's programming from September 2022 to June 2023.

The group will pay standard hall rental rates to run sessions between 6:15 and 8:45pm once a week. 

Free Play requires:

  • the hall (which must be large enough to accommodate fitness activities inside for 20 children plus three adults)
  • outdoor field and rink
  • access to the hall washroom. 

These paid community programs are separate additions to the free Start to Play program. Free Play for Kids will market the programs; Leagues need only to supply rental agreements. 

If you're interested, be in touch with Free Play. 

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Contact Garth at Free Play
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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