What is the Beltline Neighbourhoods Association?

The Beltline Neighbourhoods Association is a vibrant new community association for the Beltline district in urban Calgary encompassing the neighbourhoods of West Connaught, Connaught Centre, Victoria Centre and East Victoria.

We are proud to be a recognized member of the Federation of Calgary Communities  along with over 200 other community associations and non-profit organizations in Calgary and are officially registered with the Alberta Government.

The Beltline Neighbourhoods Association is a grassroots organization founded by engaged residents with a history of service in their communities who wanted to build an accessible and diverse association open to all residents to get involved in making the Beltline an even better place.

The objectives of the Beltline Neighbourhoods Association are to:

  • Promote and foster community spirit and strong relationship building among the residents of the Beltline.

  • Establish and support the recreational, cultural, social, athletic and educational activities of the residents of the Beltline.

  • Serve and promote the interests of the Beltline. 

  • Provide local residents with the tools and resources they need to make our community strong and thriving.

 

Why do we need the Beltline Neighbourhoods Association?

We believe that the Beltline has the best neighbourhoods in Calgary and want to empower its residents and businesses to make them even better. By engaging the residents and businesses that call Beltline their home, we can harness the talents and energy of this incredibly diverse community to build a strong cultural, economic and social foundation.

It’s a critical time for the Beltline residents and businesses to play a role in shaping the future of the Beltline district in Calgary:

  • The new Green Line LRT will be passing through the neighbourhoods of East Victoria and Victoria Centre with a station planned just south of the Calgary Tower.

  • Stampede Park and Victoria Park will be seeing accelerated development under the Calgary Municipal Land Corporation with a new master plan for the area.

  • 17th Avenue SW will be undergoing a revitalization to improve the street environment of the landmark avenue.

  • New business districts are developing along the west end of 10th, 11th and 12th avenues in the Beltline.

The Beltline needs an organization to advocate on behalf of its residents and businesses on these projects and many others to ensure the best outcomes for our neighbourhoods.

 

How is the Beltline Neighbourhoods Association Governed?

The Beltline Neighbourhoods Association is dedicated to an open governance model as promoted by the Federation of Calgary Communities to ensure all residents can play a role in improving their neighbourhoods. We prioritize respecting a diversity of voices and strive to have a wide variety of people from different backgrounds and with different experiences on our leadership team. Our Board of Directors is elected at an open AGM.

 

Who is the Beltline Neighbourhoods Association?

The Beltline Neighbourhoods Association was founded by engaged Beltline residents with a history of service in their communities who wanted to build an accessible and diverse association open to all residents to get involved in making the Beltline an even better place.

 

The founding members are:

 

Jennifer Burgess

Jen has lived in the Beltline for almost a decade and strives to advocate for her community. She is the President of the Buffalo NDP Constituency Association and the chair of the #iloveyyctransit organizing committee. Jen works in corporate communications and is passionate about engaging with Calgary’s diverse and ever-changing people and culture.

 

Cheryl Johnson

Cheryl is a lifelong SW resident who moved to the Beltline in 2012 after a stint in Ontario. She became an active community volunteer after being inspired by Calgarians taking action to make positive change in their communities upon returning to the city. Her volunteering spans political campaigning, bike fun, music and community-focused events; while her professional career focuses on climate change policy in the energy sector. 

 

Kate Jones

Kate has been involved in the Beltline for the last 2 years, with a focus on community outreach and building relationships with residents and key players in the 4 different neighbourhoods of Beltline. She is passionate about connecting people as well as creating healthy, diverse and vibrant community. You can often spot her biking year round in the community on her very distinct yellow bicycle.

 

Peter Oliver

A longtime resident of Calgary’s Beltline, Peter has been at the vanguard of change bringing better representation to Calgary’s urban neighbourhoods at all levels of government. Peter has also co-founded movements that led to the successful City Council approval of the Cycle Track Network and coalesced citywide support for better regulation of secondary suites. Listen for Peter as he hits the airwaves this June as the host of the new CJSW 90.9FM morning show The Palgary Almanac.

 

Tamara Marajh

Tamara is a professional Landscape Architect and long-time resident of Beltline. She believes that we are all affected by our environment and our community – so why not get involved! Tamara has been volunteering for the Beltline community for over three years and is also a member of Calgary’s Public Art Board. You can always find Tamara out and about in the community enjoying the many opportunities for entertainment and dining out that make our community so special. If you manage to spot her on a hot sunny afternoon – have a drink with her and talk about the neighbourhood!

 

Erin Nolan

Erin has lived in the Beltline (give or take a block or two) for over ten years. Her career is focused in the world of project and portfolio planning, and she spends her off-time taking part in the local food, music, and motorcycle scenes. An active member of Calgary's cultural community, Erin worked for several years as the Transportation Director for Sled Island Music & Arts Festival, and hopes to bring the festival spirit to other events in the Beltline.

 

The Beltline Neighbourhoods Association is made up of a growing list of members and volunteers.

 

Where is the Beltline?

The Beltline is one of Calgary's most densely populated urban districts comprised of the neighbourhoods of West Connaught, Connaught Centre, Victoria Centre and East Victoria and is home to approximately 22,000 Calgarians.

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