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.
- Purchase, lease or otherwise acquire or hold lands and buildings or any interest therein for the purpose of giving effect to the objects of the Association.
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 multiple stations planned.
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.
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.
2017/2018 Board of Directors:
Peter Oliver - President
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's community show, The Palgary Almanac, on alternating Thursday mornings from 7AM - 10AM on CJSW 90.9FM and podcast on iTunes.
Natalie Sit - Vice President
Marta Ligocki - Secretary
Since returning from university in Victoria, Marta became a very active member of Calgary’s cultural community. Since 2013 she hosted a show on CJSW 90.9FM focusing on Canadian music, with emphasis on the local music scene. Marta organized and managed the annual CJSW Funding Drive in 2014, successfully raising over $250,000. As part of her work at Quickdraw Animation Society, she secured grant funding from the Canada Council for the Arts and prepared financial statements for an Alberta Foundation for the Arts Audit. Marta currently serves as the Program Director at CJSW 90.9FM.
Aman Bains - Treasurer
Originally from Vancouver, Aman has called the vibrant community of Beltline home for the last six years. After spending many afternoons browsing through local boutiques, frequenting Beltline's fantastic bars and restaurants, or just hanging out in a sunny park with friends or a book, she quickly realized that this wasn't just a neighbourhood she wanted to hang out in - this was a community she wanted to be a part of. Aman's career in Calgary began in commercial insurance and risk management where she specialized in non-profits, real estate, municipalities and Calgary's media and entertainment sector. Currently working as a commercial banker in treasury operations, she continues to support local organizations and businesses based right here in Calgary. She is passionate about connecting with the community and bringing people together. She volunteers with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada as a mentor, and does some freelance writing for several Calgary-based blogs. You can find Aman walking everywhere, and as a hobbyist photographer, often times with a camera in hand. And she can throw down an impressive picnic. So, if you ever stumble upon one of her spreads, you're always welcome to join. And if you see her walking around or hanging out on a patio, please stop and say hi!
Tyson Bolduc - Director of Planning
Tyson has been a resident of urban Calgary ever since returning to the city in 2008 following a four-year stint in Vancouver. As a registered architect, Tyson is passionate about city building, and has taken a particular interest in the intersection of infrastructure, buildings and landscape. He has had an opportunity to participate on a number of important inner city projects such as the West LRT Blue Line extension, the 7th Avenue refurbishment and several office and mixed-use developments. Over the course of his four years living in the the Beltline, Tyson has been actively engaged in the community with an interest in planning, development and policy issues. As a founding member of the BNA, he hopes to continue with this role and help the Beltline realize its potential as one of Calgary’s best places to live, work and play.
I am an Intern Architect working towards my registration, I have lived in the Beltline for 5 years and I love it. I love walking everywhere and the quality of life I have in the Beltline. I have always been interested in the way a city develops and the role people and community play in that. I feel that Calgary and the Beltline are in a transitional period where more people are seeing the value in making the inner city their home/community for long term. I think that the BNA is an exciting new chapter in the Beltline and I want to get involved and engage people in the community by communicating what’s happening; whether that is a new mixed-use development or a social gathering!
Matt Greer - Director of McHugh House Operations
I have been a resident of the Beltline since moving to Calgary over 10 years ago. My wife and I have a two year old daughter, and this neighbourhood has what our family needs to grow here. The increase in density, community art, social events, and improvements to transportation have grown my sense of community. In recent months, I've been involved in the planning of the Beltline's Block Party and the Backyard Alley Party; I want to increase my involvement with the Association, contributing what I can to making this a community.
Geoff Granville - Director of Flood Resiliency
Geoff is a retiree and part-time consultant in the health & environment area who loves downtown life, is a strong advocate for inner-city living. A resident of Erlton from 2000-2016; his home was flooded twice in that period, and he moved to East Victoria Park in 2016 in part to avoid being flooded again. He is highly supportive of community associations: he was active in Erlton community Association as a Director, with responsibility for flood-associated issues, and sat on their Planning Committee. Today, he is a member of the BNA’s Planning Committee where he is working to advocate for additional flood protection against the likely occurrence of another flood in Calgary.
Willem Klumpenhouwer - Director of Transportation / Board Chair
Willem is a PhD student studying public transit at the Schulich School of Engineering and VP External of the Graduate Students' Association at the University of Calgary. He's also the founder of Spur The New West, a website devoted to discussion of transportation and other civic issues. Willem has called the Beltline home for over three years now.
Tamara Marajh - Director of Parks and Public Spaces
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!
Stacy McFarlane - Director of Communications
Amy Redman - Director of Social Affaires
Amy has lived in Calgary on and off for the past 16 years and has been living in the Beltline for the last 5 years. She graduated from U of C in 2013 with a Bachelors in Social Work and have since become a Registered Social Worker. She works as a counsellor at the Drop In Centre, and has been doing so for the past 5 years. Aside from working, Amy enjoys running and boxing. She's run the Calgary Half Marathon for the past 9 years.
Tammy Schuiling - Director of Business Relations
Tammy is a longtime inner city resident and has called the Beltline community home for over three years. She loves the diversity and vibrancy of the residents and businesses in the area. Rain or shine, she is out and about walking to work in the morning, and walking her lab/husky cross or to a nearby restaurant in the evenings.
Her professional career in marketing and communications spans over two decades in a variety of industries on a local, national and international scale. Her love of building better communities through connectivity and grassroots initiatives led to previous roles on community associations, volunteering for political campaigns and organizing large-scale arts and music events. Tammy hopes her enthusiasm and experience will help engage and connect the residents of the Beltline.
Peter Schryvers - Director of Public Art
Peter is a longtime community volunteer in the Beltline. An urban planner by trade, Peter brings a wealth of experience in urban planning, development, transportation and project management to the BNA. He most recently spearheaded the startup of the Beltline Urban Murals Project (BUMP).
Omar Masood (on leave)
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 23,000 Calgarians.