Photo by Della Ho, a member of the Digital Photography Interest Group
By Carrol Jaques, CALL Operations Committee
Some of you have expressed concerns about the air circulation in cSPACE, so here is some information.
The cSPACE HVAC is designed to be highly effective and efficient in delivering fresh air to the facility and tenant suites. There are CO2 sensors that monitor tenant suites to ensure that ventilation increases to match the occupancy load as per the use in the space and mechanical consultants’ specifications. Tenant spaces are also equipped with operable windows for additional fresh air supply should they require it. We use high quality filters for supply air and the building is receiving a high level of air exchange throughout the day. cSPACE continues to provide disinfectant fogging as a way to mitigate and reduce airborne contaminants.
Please also see the CALL Policy Guidelines for In-person Meetings in the September newsletter.
2021 Statutory holidays when the cSPACE building is closed.
September 30: National Day for Truth and Reconciliation
In June 2021, the Canada Labour Code was amended to add a new federal day of reflection, the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, to be observed annually on September 30.
While this day is not recognized by the Province of Alberta as a holiday, we have decided that cSPACE will be closed to the public in 2021. Tenants and dedicated desk users will still have access to the building with their FOB cards as usual. We encourage the cSPACE community to recognize this important day, take the time to reflect and consider a personal or organizational action plan forward towards reconciliation.
Over the past years the findings of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission have made it evident that our Canadian colonial rule has orchestrated the removal of indigenous children from their families to residential schools. This practice has robbed multiple generations of Indigenous children of their language, culture, religion and traditions, while causing in many cases accounts of physical, mental, emotional and sexual harm. In recent months the disclosure of unmarked graves on the sites of former residential schools brings physical evidence to generations of oral histories shared by Indigenous peoples.
For Canadians, accepting and learning the truth of these atrocities in our near past, is one step towards reconciliation. As artists, creatives and community-builders we can play an ongoing part in ensuring that we facilitate, participate and promote engagement opportunities and safe spaces that can be reparative in this effort.
cSPACE is supportive of the actions already taking place by leaders in the community and is becoming increasingly more committed to finding opportunities for our own work. We are currently looking towards Action #83 in the TRC Calls to Action as provocation, “to undertake collaborative projects and produce works that contribute to the reconciliation process” as a start forward. We look forward to sharing this with the community in the weeks ahead.
By Diana Bloom, CALL Fund Development Committee
The Calgary Association of Lifelong Learners would like to thank the Arnie Charbonneau Foundation for their generous donation and support!
Arnold “Arnie” James Charbonneau, was the former owner of the A.R. William Group of Companies working in the building construction industry. He passed away on February 18, 2018. Arnie was a highly successful business owner and talented entrepreneur who funded many charities and support programs across Alberta. The Arnie Charbonneau Cancer Institute at the University of Calgary bears his name.
CALL will use this generous donation of $20,00 to enhance our membership and service delivery through outreach efforts such as providing simultaneous in-person and virtual (over the internet) programs.
Check the CALL website for details of the following events. Registration is required for all these events. You must be a member to register. Join or renew your membership now and watch for email announcements for programs and events.
For Zoom events, please register at least a couple of hours before an event to ensure the registration confirmation email with the event link arrives in your inbox in time.
Wednesday, September 15, 7:30 online via Zoom
Trekking in New Zealand
Presenter: Tony Campos
Join us on Wednesday, September 15 at 7:30 as Tony Campos takes us along on a month long visit to New Zealand trekking its scenic trails and enjoying the natural beauty of this small but mighty country. Tony spent a month there in March/April of 2013 and to this day, wishes he had allotted a longer time to explore.
For more information and to register, go to the Treks and Travels page.
This is the first of three talks for CALL members presented by James MacTavish, Senior Advisor, Investment Education, Alberta Securities Commission.
For more information and to register, go to the $$Money Sense Webinar$$ page.
Wednesday September 29, 7:00pm, online via Zoom
Presenter: Professor Trevor Tombe
Equalization and federal transfers are always a hot topic, especially in Alberta. Canadians have debated, sometimes fiercely, the pros and cons of these programs since Confederation. But with Albertans facing a referendum on removing the principle of Equalization from the Constitution this October, the importance of understanding the program has never been higher. Where did it come from? Why is it in the Constitution? How does it work? And is it fair to Albertans? In this talk, Professor Trevor Tombe will shed light on these and other important questions to ensure you're well informed before voting in the municipal election this fall.
Trevor Tombe is a Professor of Economics at the University of Calgary and a Research Fellow at The School of Public Policy. His research, which focuses on economic and fiscal integration, internal trade, and fiscal federalism, has been published in top economics journals, such as the American Economic Review, Journal of Monetary Economics, and the Canadian Journal of Economics. He also serves as Graduate Program Director in the Department of Economics, is on the editorial board of the Canadian Journal of Economics and is Co-Director of Finances of the Nation. In addition to his academic research and professional service, he is deeply committed to promoting the public understanding of economics through policy publications and active media engagement.
Register now for Equalization 101: What Do You Know and What Do You Need to Know?
New and ongoing Interest Groups and Study Programs are being updated all the time, so check the Interest Groups and Study Programs listings and follow your passions. Many groups are accepting new members. You must be a CALL member to join a group.
Sunday, September 19, 1:00 – 3:00pm (please arrive 15 min. prior)
CALL is now offering this monthly walking Interest Group while following COVID-19 relaunch protocols with some additional measures for this activity. Please read the Protocols first.
Using the source book Calgary’s Best Hikes and Walks by Lori Beattie, and the urban knowledge in the group, participants will experience walks of interest and explore the cultural history and geography of the urban areas that we walk in.
A limit of 8 people including the leader will be preregistered for each walk. For more information and to register, go to the Sunday Urban Walks page.
Facilitators: Zina Rosso and Janine Dawson
Written in 1946, this modern American classic offers a historical setting in its presentation of personal moral dilemmas, societal commentary, and political decisions.
If you register for this group, you will purchase your own ticket, and watch the play at your convenience prior to our online group meeting Saturday, October 2, 3:00pm. Please pay close attention to your account settings when ordering tickets. There are various choices and benefits from buying a subscription. You may want to opt out of the automatic monthly renewal.
Discussion points will be emailed to registrants by September 19. There is a maximum of 25 registrants.
You can register at CALL to the Theatre. We hope you will join us.
Current Session: From September 23 – November 11 in-person at cSPACE and online.
During these trying COVID times, CALL is fortunate to have an Interest Group devoted to "Finding Peace and Joy Within". The Group, which meets Thursday evenings, explores the ideas behind ancient spiritualist/meditation practices, and the modern understandings about how and why they work on both your inner and outer world. The group is led by Barry Ronellenfitch, who has over 45 years of experience with Yogic practices, and over 1,000 hours of formal training on meditation.
For more information and to register, go to the Finding Peace and Joy Within page.
Monday, September 27 1:00 – 3:00pm on Zoom
The first session of the popular Interest Group Not So Common Law with Jim Conway will be resuming on Zoom, September 27 from 1:00 – 3:00pm. The topic will be Self Defence. In July 2021 Alberta Justice Minister Kaycee Madu posted an open letter to Federal Justice Minister David Lametti asking that the use of pepper spray for self-defence be legalized. “Albertans need to defend themselves” wrote Minister Madu. What then is the law regarding self-defence in Alberta?
To add your name to the email list to receive the Zoom Link for each session, go to the Not So Common Law page.
Calgary Votes 2021 – A Panel Discussion.
Wednesday October 13, 7:00 – 8:30pm online with Zoom
In this panel, Political Scientists Jack Lucas and Melanee Thomas will share their research on elections and will discuss how their research informs their perspectives on possible outcomes when Calgarians vote on October 18th.
For more details and to register go to the Speaker Events page.
This is the first in a series of articles in which CALL members respond to questions posed by Maureen Osis about the benefits of volunteering with CALL. Maureen, a member of the CALL Communications group, posts on CALL’s social media accounts:
What motivated you or interested you in volunteering for CALL?
About five or six years ago I was on a ski trip and I was chatting with some other folks on the bus home lamenting the fact that as a retired senior I would like to participate in continuing education but I could not find many offerings in Calgary that aligned with my interests which I thought were reasonably broad (history, philosophy, art, current events etc.) It seemed to me that so many of the programs offered were geared to career development and less on general interest topics. Luckily for me the people I was talking with turned out to be some of the founders of CALL, Don Smith and Nancy Townshend. I am sure they do not remember me but their words “Do we have an organization for you” have enriched my life so much over the past few years.
I attended some CALL events and even though people were very warm and welcoming I did not integrate very quickly - probably because I am a bit introverted and I tend to be “task oriented”. Later I noticed a “Volunteer Opportunity” on the CALL website for someone to help with writing a strategic plan and decided to respond because much of my career had been spent developing and writing business and strategic plans. Volunteering to help brought me into contact with a lot of great people who seemed so appreciative of my assistance. The job did not take me very long as a great deal of the work had been completed already. However, getting to know a few people gave me the confidence and inspired me to take on other roles as I saw how gratifying and fun it was to be involved. I then took on the role of Coordinator of Creative Arts and eventually as Program Chair and Board member.
What would you like to share with others who might be thinking about volunteering?
For me, volunteering at CALL has provided two things. First, it has been great to meet and work with so many people from a variety of different backgrounds. I spent most of my career in the public sector but CALL has volunteers with a wide variety of experience – business, health, information etc. but especially from education. I think that has a lot to do with the academic origins of CALL and its primary focus on learning. Anyways, it has been interesting and enlightening to see how people from different backgrounds approach things.
Secondly, my work with CALL has provided a lot of opportunities to keep using my skills and learning new ones. I find people very accommodating and helpful. There is an attitude that “we are all volunteers” and nobody expects perfection. If you need help, whether it be with processes and procedures, people issues or technology you can easily find it. On any job I took over I had great support from my predecessor and peers along with the timely, friendly and knowledgeable assistance of the Information Technology volunteers.
I was a bit intimidated to become a CALL volunteer and I think that may be a barrier for others too. However, if you start in a small way and become familiar with the organization and the people it builds confidence and becomes a lot easier to take on bigger opportunities.
The other thing I think might be a barrier to volunteering is the time commitment. I know a lot of us travel (or we would like to get back to doing that) and the difficulty is taking care of volunteer responsibilities when you are gone. Everybody is in the same boat however and it is widespread practice in CALL to share roles or arrange work around schedules and holidays.
What outcomes, positive experiences or surprises have you had during your volunteer activities?
Like a lot of people I do not like speaking to large groups. When I was approached to consider becoming Program Chair, I was asked if I had any reservations. I wanted to take on the job, I said, but I did not want to have the stress of public speaking. I was told, “no problem” and I am so appreciative of the respectful and generous way many people (you know who you are – thank you, thank you) took on that aspect of my role. I think this experience is very indicative of the distinctive, supportive ethos of CALL.
I have most recently been chairing the Fund Development committee. When it became an ad hoc committee I realized how much I would miss working with the terrific people at CALL, so I have taken on the role of Current Events Coordinator. That means I will be able to meet the Current Events Facilitators, learn more about the Interest Groups and continue on the Program Committee. Yahoo!
By Adrienne Kertzer
One important aspect of CALL programming is that it allows people with similar interests to come together to discuss and learn from each other. CALL has reviewed a request that we develop a new programming model which would encourage individuals to connect and learn from each other. We will be testing out this new model as CALL a Buddy.
If you have an idea for a topic, issue or interest and would like to connect with another CALL member to discuss, let us know by emailing email@example.com. We will post your name and idea on the CALL website: CALL a Buddy. This will allow CALL members to indicate their interest in connecting with you by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Once we put you in touch with your buddy, how, when and why you meet is up to you. With over 900 members we are sure there are lots of interesting ideas out there. All you need to embark on a new learning journey is a method to connect. Let CALL a Buddy be that method.
CALL memberships renewed and new memberships are valid until August 31, 2022. Membership is required for participation in all Interest Groups and Study Programs, and for participation in events on Zoom. You can renew online or by mail. You can check your membership status at any time by logging in at the Login Icon and going to View Profile.
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