Where is the Beltline + What is the Beltline Neighbourhoods Association?
The Beltline Neighbourhoods Association is a vibrant 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.
The Beltline Neighbourhoods Association continues to grow and is made up of a expanding list of members and volunteers.
2018/2019 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. Peter has served as President of the BNA since 2016 helping lead the development of the McHugh House Community & Arts Hub, Beltline Bonspiel, BUMP Festival and a broad range of advocacy initiatives. 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
Born and raised Calgarian, Natalie is a longtime resident of the Beltline. She enjoys knitting socks (check out her Instagram account at @nat.sit) and using her cargo bike to carry fun things like her daughter, a Christmas tree, or 150 cans of beer—although not at the same time. Natalie is a technical writer with a local educational technology company.
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.
MICHAEL RIX | TREASURER
As a new resident to Calgary, Michael was thankful to find a vibrant community in the Beltline. He is excited to support such a talented group of individuals who are dedicated to helping their community evolve. A natural curiosity in architecture and urban design led Michael to a career in real estate development and finance. He can be found exploring the mountains on the weekends, cycling around the city, or trying the latest local breweries.
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.
ROB GAIRNS | VICE CHAIR OF PLANNING
I have been a resident of the Beltline for 6 years and a part of the BNA (and the associated Beltline Urban Development Committee) for 2+ years. Professionally, I am an architect and I have always been interested in the way a city develops and the role people and community play in that. I love living in the Beltline and am enjoying watching it grow into the community it’s becoming! 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 and community for the long term. I value the opportunity 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 12 years ago. My wife and I have a for 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. It's exciting to share in what the BNA is doing, 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, and is a strong advocate for inner-city living. A resident of Erlton from 2000-2016, his home was flooded twice in that period; he moved to East Victoria Park in 2016 in part to avoid being flooded again but also to be even closer to inner-city living and the Stampede. 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 strongly supports responsible development at the eastern end of the Beltline, and continues to advocate for additional flood protection against the likely occurrence of another flood in Calgary.
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 impacted by our environment and our community – so why not get involved! Tamara has been volunteering for the Beltline community since 2013 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.
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).
JENNIFER COMRIE | DIRECTOR OF COMMUNICATIONS
Jenn has been a Beltline resident for three years and is a graduate student completing the Master in Planning program at the University of Calgary. With dreams of good urban design and planning healthy, happy neighbourhoods, Jenn is passionate about connecting neighbours and is a champion of inner-city living, cycling, and city-building that makes our neighbourhoods, streets, and public spaces memorable, inclusive, and safe.
KEVIN SCHLAUCH | DIRECTOR OF TRANSPORTATION
Kevin lives (and walks, runs, bikes, drives, and takes public transit) in the Beltline and is an electrical engineer by profession. He was named Bike Calgary's commuter of the year in 2018. In previous years, Kevin worked with Calgary City Hall and businesses in Manchester and Highfield Industrial park to successfully secure $5.5M of funding for mixed-use pathways that will ultimately connect the Bow and Elbow River paths through what was previously a dead-zone for pedestrian infrastructure. Now he's looking to bring that energy to the Beltline Neighbourhood Association.
NAWEEN MOHAMMED | DIRECTOR OF BUSINESS RELATIONS
Naween is a born and raised Calgarian and has lived in the Beltline since 2016. Following a Bachelor of Commerce at the University of Calgary, Naween has taken on various roles on non-profit and arts boards. In addition to her career in oil and gas, she’s passionate about civic engagement and learning about what it takes to build strong cities. She works to connect with and find common ground with the many diverse businesses in the community, to build meaningful partnerships that can support the various programming initiatives and projects that make the Beltline an even better place to live and work.
JAMAL HAMADEH | COMMUNITY COORDINATOR
Jamal Hamadeh, also know as JustJamal, has been programming with CJSW 90.9 FM since 2012. Community radio quickly became part of his lifestyle as he delved into the late night hours, hosting his first show “Freshly Squeezed" from 2-5:30am on Wednesday mornings. It was during these early morning digs that Jamal was able to hone his skills as a DJ and a host. Soon he was offered a slot at the more humane hour of 4-6pm on Tuesdays which is where “Freshly Squeezed” has continued to thrive since late 2013.
His involvement with CJSW lead to his newest endeavor - acting as the Community Coordinator for the Beltline Neighbours Association based out of the historic McHugh House. Here, he is able to work closely with a diverse community base to program and coordinate events, and act as the connection point for the many non-profit/community organizations that hold residency at the House. His enthusiasm for learning leads the charge when programming events at the McHugh House. He hopes to curate bookings to create an interconnectivity between communities in the Beltline in an attempt to present people with new, exciting experiences.
Catch Jamal live on CJSW 90.9FM, Tuesdays from 4-6pm, as he hosts Freshly Squeezed.
LINNEA DIXON | DIRECTOR OF EVENTS