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The WGM Approaches

Here's what to expect

Our Winter General Meeting (WGM) on February 15 will be full of new ways Leagues can continue to change the conversation. 

From 5:30-6:20pm, participants can connect with Community League members and the EFCL board to network and talk. We’ll host break out rooms on the Zoom platform; you can move between rooms as you see fit. Room topics explore how Leagues:
  • Can use their rink facilities year round
  • Use social media platforms – common issues and solutions
  • Include unhoused neighbours in League life
  • Respond to the opioid crisis
During the WGM itself, which starts at 6:30pm, participants can learn what the EFCL is working on in 2022 and more. 
WGM 2022 Agenda
Register for WGM

We're Hiring

Fund Development and Partnerships Advisor

We're hiring. Please share this job posting with anyone you feel fits the bill:

The Fund Development and Partnerships Advisor works with the EFCL’s programs team to help Community Leagues secure the resources and strategic partnerships they need to build strong and healthy communities. The Advisor is responsible for supporting and developing fund development and partnerships skills in Community League volunteers  . The Advisor works within the guidelines, policies and mission of the EFCL and will be accountable and responsible for specific projects as assigned. 

Another Job Opportunity 

Program Coordinator, Community Safe Walk

We're also hiring for a new pilot program. Please share this job posting with anyone you feel fits the bill:

The Program Coordinator will report to the Deputy Executive Director of the Edmonton Federation of Community Leagues and be supported by the EFCL’s Community Outreach Team and the Sisters Dialogue. In the first year of this pilot program, the Program Coordinator will oversee the implementation of this Community Safe Walk program in two Community Leagues in the North East area of Edmonton. 

View all EFCL Career Opportunities

Start to Play Registrations

Sign up for free skating and hockey lessons in your neighbourhood

All sessions for February's Start to Play offerings are now posted on the Free Play for Kids website. Register now. 

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.

Ages: 8-13
Equipment: Provided for those who need it

Cost: Free
Sherbrooke - Mondays, 6:30-7:30pm
Sherbrooke - Mondays, 7:30-8:30pm
Riverbend - Tuesdays, 6:30-7:30pm
Riverbend - Tuesdays, 7:30-8:30pm
Holyrood - Wednesdays, 6:30-7:30pm
Holyrood - Wednesdays, 7:30-8:30pm
Parkdale - Thursdays, 6:30-7:15pm
Parkdale - Thursdays, 7:30-8:15pm
Homesteader - Fridays, 6:30-7:15pm
Homesteader - Fridays, 7:30-8:15pm


CBC wants to tell your rink stories

Calling all Community Leagues that run outdoor ice rinks: Despite COVID and roller-coaster temperatures, you're animating your community through ice rinks – and CBC Radio wants to profile your League.

Promote your rink on Edmonton AM with Mark Connolly by emailing
Listen to Previous Rinkchecker Segments

Rink Accessibility

What's the situation at your League's rink? Let us know

Edmonton's Community League Movement is for all. To aid Leagues to create inclusive winter recreation spaces, the EFCL is working to understand the current accessibility of your ice rink. Findings will be compiled and used to advocate for appropriate funding and resources to enhance accessibility.
Fill Out Ice Rink Accessibility Survey


Grant Now Open

Money to offset costs rolling out COVID-19 programs

The Restrictions Exemption Program Implementation Grant is now open. The grant provides $2,000 to offset costs acquired while implementing the Restrictions Exemption Program.
Grant Information

EFCL Programming

Changes to Operating Grant

We're here to walk you through it all

The way Leagues gather information for yearly reporting for the Community League Operating Grant (CLOG) is changing.

Through January and February, the EFCL will offer answers to your questions about the new grant application procedure. This will include four Ask Me Anything sessions in January and February that will allow Leagues to ask questions directly to EFCL Executive Director Laura Cunningham-Shpeley.

REGISTER: Ask Me Anything (Jan. 26, Feb. 1, 17, 22)
CHECKLIST: Information You Must Gather for Form
FORM: EFCL Annual Reporting for Leagues

Group Mentorship

Program and Event Directors

Join this Café to share ideas on what to do with your community and how to coordinate activities.

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

February 7 at 6:30pm

Register for Mentorship Cafe

Rink Conversation

Learn from one another

Learn the secrets of the ice from fellow rink volunteers. Rink conversations are back.

Learn from fellow volunteers about booking tools and apps, and about resources offered through the EFCL.

We’ll connect with others making and maintaining ice surfaces. We’ll talk about community skating rinks, snowbank rinks, boarded rinks, vendors and ice tips.

February 9 at 12pm

Register for Rink Conversation

Planning and Development

The Commons 

Feb. 24: City Plan Edmonton –  Moving Forward With Focus

The City Plan’s been approved. So, what's next? Several planning projects are underway to bring The City Plan’s vision to life. That vision is of a future Edmonton of one million more people. The work spans district planning to the Zoning Bylaw Renewal Initiative. But how do these projects integrate and complement each other? Find out at this event. You’ll hear from city staff and our EFCL’s planning advisor, Jonathan Lawrence, about these projects and how both organizations will engage with Leagues over the next several years.

Read The Commons
Register for City Plan Event

City of Edmonton

Ice Time at City Rinks

Does your League need it?

Every year the City of Edmonton's arena bookings department reaches out to Leagues to ask if there's interest in Leagues booking ice time at City of Edmonton facilities.

A large group of Community Leagues do take advantage of this each year. So, if your League is interested, please complete the attached application form by March 26. 

Apply for Ice Time at City Facilities

Other Opportunities

Charging the Change

Learn how Leagues can build charging stations

The Municipal Climate Change Action Centre has opened its Electric Vehicle Charging Program to Community Leagues. The Centre will be hosting an online information session about the program, which will fund 100 per cent of the cost of an EV charging station up to $10,000, on February 3.

Sign up and submit your expression of interest today

Register for EV Charging Station Info Event

Bringing People Together

Metro Continuing Education opportunities

The EFCL has teamed with Metro Continuing Education to help bring neighbours together and foster the power of community. Together, we can add capacity to Edmonton’s amazing community leagues and bring your member’s creative ideas to life using an asset based, co-creation model.
We are looking forward to meeting you virtually, in your community!.For example: Kenilworth offered a sushi making course to bring neighbours together virtually. Learn more and register at the link below.

Register for Bringing Neighbours Together Program

Living Local

We bid adieu to the E-News

The EFCL's newsletter has been in circulation for 10 years. We're giving it a refresh over the coming year, and the first change is the name. We're dropping the E-News name – everything's on the Internet in 2022 – and focusing in on the Living Local part. The focus hasn't changed: this newsletter is aimed at helping you and your League do more for your community. 

We're always open to feedback. Send us a note.
Newsletter Feedback
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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