Nominate a Neighbourhood Volunteer for “Faces of Community”

Calgary is a huge city. Maybe not compared to Los Angeles or New York, but it is the largest city in Alberta and fourth largest in Canada. With over a million people living within the city limits, it’s easy to get lost in the sea of faces when you’re out and about running errands, going to the mall, driving down the Deerfoot Trail. Luckily, there are community organizations located around the city to help get people more involved with each other and their neighbourhood.

In Calgary, there are 151 community associations as well as countless community organizations that plan gatherings, host events and take care of the nitty-gritty details when necessary. However, most people don’t know that the majority of these associations are run solely by volunteers. The people who worked tirelessly to bring you a free Stampede breakfast or a board game night at the community hall could actually be your neighbours putting in extra hours after work and you wouldn’t even know!

The Federation of Calgary Communities has launched an initiative called Faces of Community to recognize all of the wonderful volunteers in Calgary that may go by unnoticed. “Throughout the month of March, we showcase volunteers from community organizations across the city, who are all dedicated to their community in a variety of different ways,” the federation says. Citizens have the opportunity to nominate themselves or someone who they think is worthy of being mentioned. Twelve Faces of Community will be chosen for the 2019 feature month by past winners of the award as well as a representative of the Federation of Calgary Communities.

Before nominating someone for Faces of Community, consider the following criteria:

  • They have been volunteering in the community for over one year
  • They are always looking for new, exciting ways to improve the community
  • They build community through activities that engage residents
  • They are a motivation and inspiration to others
  • Their efforts have positively impacted quality of life within the community

If you are selected to be the one of the 2019 Faces of Community, here’s what you can expect:

  • Take part in a professional photo shoot in early November
  • Submit your story on how you got involved with your community association, your role, what kinds of things you work on, and what it means to you
  • Film a vlog (video blog) about what being a Face of Community means for you
  • Contribute to media interviews and media relations activities throughout March Community Association Awareness Month

The nomination deadline to be featured in March 2019 is this October 14th, 2018 so put on your thinking caps and start nominating now! Whether you volunteer as a soccer coach for your kid’s team, teach ESL classes at the local community centre or run an entire association all-year round, consider nominating someone who is truly and selflessly dedicated to their community. For all nomination information and further details, please visit the Federation of Calgary Communities page.

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