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About FCSS

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Our vision
Calgarians working together to create and sustain a vibrant, safe and caring community.

Our mission
FCSS partners with community agencies, City business units and other funders, to fund preventive social services that support and enhance the lives of Calgarians.

FCSS program management
Calgary Neighbourhoods manages the FCSS funding program. Service planning and funding allocation are two primary roles of FCSS. FCSS collaborates with agencies and the community to align activities with demonstrated best or promising practices that increase protective factors and/or reduce risk factors.

For more information on funding and how to apply visit the Agency Resources page.

FCSS governance
The Standing Policy Committee on Community and Protective Services meets to consider FCSS Funding Priorities, funding recommendations and policy directions from Administration, and makes recommendations to Council to approve or amend funding recommendations presented by Administration in line with funding eligibility parameters set out in the FCSS Act, the FCSS Regulation, agreements, applicable policy, and established FCSS Funding Priorities of City Council.

The Standing Policy Committee on Community and Protective Services

Mayor Naheed Nenshi, Mayor (Ex-Officio) Councillor Diane Colley-Urquhart, Member of Council (Chair)
Councillor Gian-Carlo Carra, Member of Council (Vice-Chair) Councillor George Chahal, Member of Council
Councillor Sean Chu, Member of Council Councillor Jeromy Farkas, Member of Council
Councillor Ray Jones, Member of Council

Councillor Evan Woolley, Member of Council

FCSS Team
The FCSS team is comprised of social planners who have been assigned to specific outcome areas, as well as finance and administrative supports. To contact one of the team members, please email us at fcss@calgary.ca

Ari Agha – Research Social Planner Jaye Russell – Social Planner
Robyn Donald – Business Change & Process Specialist Paula Salter – Social Planner
Sharon Goulet – Social Planner Barbara Schleifer – Social Planner
Menna Kebede – Special Projects  Elizabeth Schnitzler – Social Planner
Jason Luan – Social Planner Heather White – Social Planner
Colleen McPhee – Acting Team Lead Kwenele Ngwenya – Social Research Policy Analyst
Robbie White – Social Planner ​Colleen Oliver – Funding Administrator
​Elizabeth Zator – Finance Coordinator

FCSS Calgary Forum

The FCSS Calgary Forum provides an opportunity for FCSS staff, organization representatives, and other stakeholders to work together to increase the profile of FCSS in Calgary. The Forum amalgamates the former FCSS Advisory Committee and the FCSS Sustainability Forum to improve efficiency and reduce the burden on organizations who participated in both groups. The Terms of Reference for the FCSS Calgary Forum is included in the FCSS policy.

Diane Altwasser - United Way of Calgary and Area Mark Laycock - Metis Family Services 
Krystyna Biel - Immigrant Services Calgary Jeff Loomis – Momentum
Elaine Cairns - Further Education Society Sue Mallon – carya
Gian-Carlo Carra – The City of Calgary - Council/FCSS Association of Alberta Colleen McPhee – The City of Calgary - Prevention Investments
​Neale Carbert - Calgary Chamber of Voluntary Organizations ​Sundae Nordin - Community Kitchen Program of Calgary
Ken Dropko - Government of Alberta Karen Orser - Big Brothers & Big Sisters of Calgary
Roxanne Droppo - Jewish Family Services ​Jim Pritchard - Hull Services
Karen Gallagher-Burt - Hillhurst Sunnyside Community Association ​Deb Teed - FCSS Association of Alberta
​Melanie Hulsker - The City of Calgary - Prevention Investments (Co-Chair) ​Robbie White –The City of Calgary - Prevention Investments
​Patricia Jones - Catholic Family Services (Co-Chair)