Community safety – preliminary survey results

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Dec 072016
 

The December 8 FCA-FAC General Meeting will feature discussion about community safety and security (see the meeting agenda at https://secureservercdn.net/104.238.69.231/g4t.993.myftpupload.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/161208DA.pdf  ).

In preparation for that discussion community members are invited to respond to a survey (go to https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/BSJ8R76 ).

Although the survey is still open and is collecting responses, preliminary results of the survey were captured on Dec. 7 and an overview can be found at https://secureservercdn.net/104.238.69.231/g4t.993.myftpupload.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/161208ps.pdf

Resources on OMB compiled by Sheila and edited by Bob for 7 Nov 2016

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Nov 062016
 

You may have already seen the General Meeting Agenda with useful resource materials on the OMB. If you had difficulty with the links this format may now convert.

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Links to various resources for CAs

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Oct 052016
 

Here are some resources for people wishing to establish community associations, improve governance or  obtain funding or work with voluntary groups

 

Government advice

Province of Ontario
https://www.attorneygeneral.jus.gov.on.ca/english/family/pgt/nfpinc/Not_for_Profit_Incorporators_Handbook_EN.html
http://nonprofitlaw.cleo.on.ca/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/ONCA_SampleBylaw_FINALrev.pdf

Calgary, Province of Alberta
http://calgarycommunities.com/content/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/Start-a-Community-Association.pdf
Edmonton, Province of Alberta, Volunteer Management Group
http://www.vmgedmonton.ca/index.php?p=1_5

City of Ottawa
Community Funding Manual
http://documents.ottawa.ca/sites/documents.ottawa.ca/files/documents/cfp_manual_en.pdf
Renewable Grants
https://app06.ottawa.ca/online_services/forms/funding/community/renewable/form_en.pdf
Funding Framework Update
http://app05.ottawa.ca/sirepub/cache/2/oljp0i1t2exavvv0tsgv5hsz/8681010022016051441475.PDF

Private and Civil Society Advice

Minden Gross, Lawyers, Ontario on roles and responsibilities and by-laws pertaining to Directors
http://www.mindengross.com/docs/default-source/publications/the-minden-brief-spring-2015-newsletter—directors-and-corporate-governance

Charity Village
https://charityvillage.com/topics/quickguides/starting-a-nonprofit.aspx
https://charityvillage.com/Content.aspx?topic=The_seven_policies_your_volunteer_program_must_have&last=116#.V_DGK9zL-sk

Volunteer Canada
https://volunteer.ca/content/guide-volunteer-program-management-resources

Volunteer Ottawa
http://www.volunteerottawa.ca/VO_Connect.html

Aug 092016
 

Since the Michaëlle Jean Centre for Global and Community Engagement’s inception in 2011, University of Ottawa has been offering volunteer opportunities to students on and off-campus. Through its online Community Engagement Navigator, students can register for extracurricular volunteering (EV) placements, or volunteer as part of a course through the Community Service Learning (CSL) program. Please refer to the Community Partner Manual to obtain more information about these two options.

With that said, U of O is presently recruiting partner organizations for the upcoming semesters. If these programs interest you or if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Stephanie Marshall at  cemc5@uottawa.ca to discuss specific placements or projects you would like to offer. For your information, volunteer opportunities/ projects may vary (ex. Research, front line work, health and safety policy and procedures, health workshops, communication projects, 1-day projects, etc.). There are many possibilities. It all depends on your organisation’s needs.

This being said, you are more than welcome to get started on the Community Engagement Navigator at http://community.uottawa.ca. This reference document provides a step-by-step overview of an online tool (ex. creating an account, posting placements, etc.). You may also find these tutorial videos helpful.

How to create an account: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tfK4E6I5DNk
How to post you volunteering opportunities/placements: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kEpXjJUI4UM

Stephanie Marshall

What to tell your Councillor about City Budgeting for Community Centres, Parks and Recreation – and when

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May 312016
 

At the FCA-FAC monthly meeting on May 18, community association leaders, councillors and city officials discussed the state of the parks, recreation facilities and community-building structures such as community centres.
The following is the plan for action/guidance that came from that meeting.

May 102016
 

http://www.milieu.io/ has details of all applications for development in the city and indication of where they are at in the development stage. It describes itself as a platform for people to stay informed, discuss and submit ideas about urban planning and development projects in the city. So have a look at it. It is not yet complete and they are looking for comments from the public. You can search by ward but it could be helpful of they could break it down by community association as well.

The developers can be contacted by following links on their site.

May 062016
 

FCA President Gary Sealey and I along with other members of the executive have been looking at other large urban centres to see what the counterparts to the FCA-FAC do and how they do it. I tended to look at the Calgary example, Federation of Calgary Communities, while President Sealey is drawn to the Edmonton example, the Edmonton Federation of Community Leagues.
It is difficult to compare either of these organizations to ours. They both have staff and budgets that seem light-years away from our situation. More important than the support they receive is the support their community association members receive, both moral and financial, in the two cities.
I encourage our members and other who might be interested to go and check out the websites and facebook pages of these organizations.
Nonetheless, while the circumstances may be different, many of the problems that these communities face are very similar to ours.
I commend to you this posting on the EFCL blog on the trials and tribulations of community associations, Edmonton style. EFCL blog
John Chenier

Survey of those who attended the general meeting of January 2016

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Mar 192016
 

This meeting was a test of a format designed to involve the attendees in a series of small-group sessions of their choosing with various subject-matter experts in a variety of fields. The objectives were to add to the knowledge base of attendees and to encourage the development of ongoing contacts with the experts and with the members of other community groups.
The survey was designed to solicit the views of the participants on the effectiveness of the format. The results are found here.

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