The City of Calgary contracted Ipsos Reid to conduct a
Community Needs and Preference Study via telephone survey to understand residents’
perceptions of their community, usage of and barriers to using existing
community recreation and social programming, expectations for future recreation
and social programming, and awareness and perception of community associations.
This city-wide telephone survey randomly selected 2,800
Calgarians aged 18 or older, of which 204 were residents of Ward 6. Ward 6
continually ranks higher or consistent with city-wide survey results in most
areas. All Ward 6 survey respondents, 100%, enjoy living in their
community. Over half, 51%, of Ward 6
respondents volunteer in their community, while 86% agree that there are enough
programs and services to meet the needs of their households. Although 15 percent
of respondents desire more sport programming in their community for adults, and
19% for children and youth, 68% of Ward 6 respondents desired nothing and that
no new programming is required.
Our community associations play an important role in
recreation and social programming for our local communities; community
associations are also advocates for their community members with The City. For
example, they provide feedback on planning and development applications in your
community, as well as manage and maintain community space and rinks. Ward 6 has
nine community associations, each providing their own unique benefit to the
community. Generally, our Ward of West Calgary scored higher in most categories
compared to other Wards and city-wide noting a broad contentment with programs
and services. Ward 6 respondents were pleased with community offerings and we
identify ourselves as an active group. Ward 6 had a higher amount of
self-identified community volunteerism, as well as higher amount of senior’s
club offerings compared to city-wide.
Food events, movie nights, and ice skating were events that were well
attended in Ward 6 compared to city-wide attendance statistics. Ice skating
rinks were identified as an amenity Ward 6 residents would like to have more of
in their community. There is also a perception among Ward 6 residents that
there are not many services or programs available to new Canadians.
Ward 6 has a similar rate of awareness and participation to
city-wide respondents in regards to community associations, and 75% of both
Ward 6 and city-wide respondents have participated in programs, events or
activities hosted by their community association. While 84% of respondents
trust the decisions made by community associations on behalf of the community,
over half believe there needs to be a review of how they represent the
community with City of Calgary decisions. Ward 6 community associations are
fulfilling their need in communities for desired programs, services or
activities as 75% of Ward 6 respondents desire nothing more than what is currently
being offered. A website was the number one way respondents preferred to
communication with their community association. Please view the entire Community Needs and Preferences Research with detailed statistics comparing Ward
6 and city-wide results.
Would you like to get involved with your community
association, or simply find out what programs and services they offer their
members? Visit calgary.ca/ward6 and
check out the community tab for a whole list of Ward 6 Community Associations
and links to their websites.
The Federation of Calgary Communities is the member-based
support organization representing community associations and community based
non-for-profits across Calgary. They provide an array of resources including
workshops and events. Interested in starting a community watch program or
protect yourself from fraud? Would you like to host a paint-the-pavement event
in your community? Have you ever thought of engaging your neighbours through
safety initiatives or community planning? The Federation is a great place to
start. They also just released their engagement toolkit with 25 proven
community engagement ideas that have worked in Calgary. A great resource for a
street, neighbourhood or community association group to work together to
achieve community goals. Check it out at calgarycommunities.com.
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This content represents the personal views and opinions of the Ward Councillor and should not be taken as a statement of policy of The City of Calgary. The inclusion of any external content does not imply endorsement by The City of Calgary.