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Ward 14 - Peter Demong

March is Community Association Month

When you seek the honour of representing Calgarians on City Council, community associations become an observable part of your life. For the years that I have represented Ward 14, constant contact with all our local community associations has been a critical part of the job. That has been my policy, and I believe it has served me well.

The importance of community associations to a City Councillor is obvious, but I hope this month (and in the future) others will be reminded of this value too. In Calgary, there are 152 community associations that represent almost 200 neighbourhoods. More than 20,000 community association volunteers contribute approximately 2.4 million hours (about 274 years) of public service every year to organize and host social, recreational, and educational programs, and events in every neighbourhood across Calgary. They manage important neighbourhood facilities and are also often points of contact for local land use changes—providing engagement with the community beyond what is required by the City of Calgary. Perhaps most importantly, they provide a sense of community.  

There are many ways to support these important organizations. Becoming a member of your local community association is a good start. All it takes is filling in a tiny bit of personal information, and sometimes contributing a nominal fee. You can also volunteer varying amounts of your time. There are all sorts of ways to help. 

If you believe that strong community bonds are critical now more than ever (like I do), consider getting involved with your community association. At the very least you will get to meet some of your neighbors, but you might also make your community a better place.  

To help promote Community Association Awareness Month, the Federation of Calgary Communities is holding a social media contest for community members to share their appreciation for their communities. Follow them on Instagram at @FedYYC to learn more. 

Visit Ward 14 Community Associations to find your community group.   

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