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The TGCA Blog

The TGCA Blog includes articles about local issues, community news, facility updates, non-profit perspectives and more. Got an idea for a blog? Let us know! If you’re interested in contributing as a guest blogger, please contact Vanessa, v.gillard@tgcacalgary.com

The real scoop behind the Highland Park golf course

From the TGCA Board of Directors: Great communities have many unsung heroes, and we want to recognize one such individual who since 2018 has been an outstanding advocate for one of our beloved community spaces. In March of 2018, Janice Deere had an idea and a plan for the Highland...

Volunteers are the most powerful force in this community

When you plant a seed in spring, the sun’s warmth begins to heat the air and soil. The sprout pushes through and reaches skyward fleshing out in leaves and flowers becoming a mature healthy plant. The plant becomes a part of a flower bed which then expands to a garden...

How local volunteers create prosperity, an 8-step cycle

Click to enlarge, share in your network Local volunteers don’t just build their resumes, they build wealth and well-being for everyone In the age of the side hustle, making every minute of your day into a dollar may seem like the way to get ahead. You might think that volunteering...

New mini gallery art piece installed

Did you know that there’s a mini art gallery next to the covered picnic table in the inclusive playground? Yep, that’s right! As part of the City of Calgary’s NE public art initiative, the mini gallery was installed and local artist’s pieces displayed beginning January of this year. The initiative...

Vulnerable populations in our area

As the fallout of the pandemic continues to unfold in our city and around the country, there is a perception that crime has increased. Whether or not this is actually the case, it would certainly seem that folks in our area are more keenly aware of suspicious people in the...

The TGWL, a legacy of community building

By Leslie DeGagne, TGCA President In the year 1973, TGCA was a fledgling community, a community looking at finding an identity. Residents came together, shared ideas and came up with a vision of what a great community should be. Thorncliffe Greenview is the culmination of ideas that blossomed into being...

Community news in your inbox, not mailbox

That newsletter you get in your mailbox isn’t the TGCA newsletter, the last issue of The Horizon was delivered in April 2020 The community newsletter has long been one of the quintessential cogs in the community mechanism;  dispensing event announcement and other tidbits, and gathering people together. Simple, right? Well...

Want to save money? The TGCA can help

“…a vibrant community can save everyone money – by keeping property values up, advocating for commerce and infrastructure, offering opportunities for skill building through volunteering or employment, and providing space for important neighbour-to-neighbour networks.” Times are tough, there’s no question, and there’s no telling when – or even if –...

Article in Avenue Magazine features TGCA and board member, read on!

“the success of a community association continues to depend on the capacity and agency of its volunteers.” If you happened to be leafing through this month’s issue of Avenue Magazine, perhaps you came across a fairly lengthy article by Ximena Gonzalez about the state of community associations in our city...

The Friends of Confederation Creek have a new website

Interested in learning about drainage and the urban watershed in North Calgary? This soggy summer is great example of why we should be engaged on issues surrounding where water is diverted in our neighbourhoods, and the Friends of Confederation Creek are wealth of knowledge and dedication to the topic.  ...

Want to start a club or league in the community?

What are you passionate about? Knitting? Dungeons and dragons? Gardening? Kids’ activities? The TGCA is seeking some community leaders to energize residents with some new ideas for clubs or events. If you’d like to start a league or a club in the neighbourhood, or holding a community event-for example a...

Interested in crime stats in our area?

As the pandemic has worn on (and on and on) concerns from residents about the levels of crime seem to be increasing. I see it on our social media pages and I hear people talk about it in the restaurant and hallways in the centre too. Well, it doesn’t just...

Your TGCA membership account has some handy features

  It’s fair to say that when the TGCA’s current site went live in March of 2020 there were a few hiccups. One of the bigger issues ended up being that we got all of the existing members into the new system, but most membership accounts didn’t have their addresses...

Build community and build yourself up too

In the summer of 2019, when I came on at the centre as the programming and community engagement coordinator (my title was going to be longer but I managed to kybosh that), it quickly became apparent to me how important the folks that volunteer here really are. I mean, I...

The real scoop behind the Highland Park golf course

From the TGCA Board of Directors: Great communities have many unsung heroes, and we want to recognize one such individual who since 2018 has been an outstanding advocate for one of our beloved community spaces. In March of 2018, Janice Deere had an idea and a plan for the Highland...

Volunteers are the most powerful force in this community

When you plant a seed in spring, the sun’s warmth begins to heat the air and soil. The sprout pushes through and reaches skyward fleshing out in leaves and flowers becoming a mature healthy plant. The plant becomes a part of a flower bed which then expands to a garden...

How local volunteers create prosperity, an 8-step cycle

Click to enlarge, share in your network Local volunteers don’t just build their resumes, they build wealth and well-being for everyone In the age of the side hustle, making every minute of your day into a dollar may seem like the way to get ahead. You might think that volunteering...

New mini gallery art piece installed

Did you know that there’s a mini art gallery next to the covered picnic table in the inclusive playground? Yep, that’s right! As part of the City of Calgary’s NE public art initiative, the mini gallery was installed and local artist’s pieces displayed beginning January of this year. The initiative...

Vulnerable populations in our area

As the fallout of the pandemic continues to unfold in our city and around the country, there is a perception that crime has increased. Whether or not this is actually the case, it would certainly seem that folks in our area are more keenly aware of suspicious people in the...

The TGWL, a legacy of community building

By Leslie DeGagne, TGCA President In the year 1973, TGCA was a fledgling community, a community looking at finding an identity. Residents came together, shared ideas and came up with a vision of what a great community should be. Thorncliffe Greenview is the culmination of ideas that blossomed into being...

Community news in your inbox, not mailbox

That newsletter you get in your mailbox isn’t the TGCA newsletter, the last issue of The Horizon was delivered in April 2020 The community newsletter has long been one of the quintessential cogs in the community mechanism;  dispensing event announcement and other tidbits, and gathering people together. Simple, right? Well...

Want to save money? The TGCA can help

“…a vibrant community can save everyone money – by keeping property values up, advocating for commerce and infrastructure, offering opportunities for skill building through volunteering or employment, and providing space for important neighbour-to-neighbour networks.” Times are tough, there’s no question, and there’s no telling when – or even if –...

Article in Avenue Magazine features TGCA and board member, read on!

“the success of a community association continues to depend on the capacity and agency of its volunteers.” If you happened to be leafing through this month’s issue of Avenue Magazine, perhaps you came across a fairly lengthy article by Ximena Gonzalez about the state of community associations in our city...

The Friends of Confederation Creek have a new website

Interested in learning about drainage and the urban watershed in North Calgary? This soggy summer is great example of why we should be engaged on issues surrounding where water is diverted in our neighbourhoods, and the Friends of Confederation Creek are wealth of knowledge and dedication to the topic.  ...

Want to start a club or league in the community?

What are you passionate about? Knitting? Dungeons and dragons? Gardening? Kids’ activities? The TGCA is seeking some community leaders to energize residents with some new ideas for clubs or events. If you’d like to start a league or a club in the neighbourhood, or holding a community event-for example a...

Interested in crime stats in our area?

As the pandemic has worn on (and on and on) concerns from residents about the levels of crime seem to be increasing. I see it on our social media pages and I hear people talk about it in the restaurant and hallways in the centre too. Well, it doesn’t just...

Your TGCA membership account has some handy features

  It’s fair to say that when the TGCA’s current site went live in March of 2020 there were a few hiccups. One of the bigger issues ended up being that we got all of the existing members into the new system, but most membership accounts didn’t have their addresses...

Build community and build yourself up too

In the summer of 2019, when I came on at the centre as the programming and community engagement coordinator (my title was going to be longer but I managed to kybosh that), it quickly became apparent to me how important the folks that volunteer here really are. I mean, I...