About 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.

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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. 

 

2021/2022 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 beeralthough not at the same time. Natalie is a technical writer with a local educational technology company.

 

ILYAS GORA | SECRETARY

Ilyas is a volunteer, lawyer, and proud Beltlandian. A born and raised Calgarian, he grew up spending his evenings at the Calgary Public Library and exploring the city on Calgary Transit. He is now the go-to source for scoops on local experiences amongst his friends and regularly gives bicycle tours of the city. Outside of the office, Ilyas is passionate about community building and bringing people together. He has founded and led a number of grassroots initiatives to encourage civic engagement, especially amongst young people and in Calgary's diverse Muslim community.

 

RANDY SMITH | TREASURER

Randy is a born and raised Calgarian and has called the Beltline home for four years. He is currently a CPA (Chartered Professional Accountant) Candidate and works as a Financial Analyst in the energy industry. With an undergraduate degree in Kinesiology, he is passionate about active living and community building. He is a supporter of getting out and exploring the neighbourhood by foot, bike, or e-scooter or any mode that promotes engagement between community and business members. He is excited to bring his accounting skill set to the Beltline Neighbourhoods Association.

 

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.

 

KEITH FRIEDLANDER | DIRECTOR OF COMMUNICATIONS

Keith is an academic and communications instructor at Olds College in the town of Olds. However, he has been living in the Beltline since 2016, when he moved here from Toronto. Keith is passionate about the arts and pop culture, and loves patronizing local cultural festivals. Some of his favourites in Calgary include BUMP, CUFF, and Sled Island's Zine Fair. He is also the President of the Canadian Society for the Study of Comics, which helps foster the study of comics in the humanities, social sciences, and other fields.

 

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.

 

JOVAN JANKOVIC | DIRECTOR OF BUSINESS RELATIONS

 

JULIET BURGESS | DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL AFFAIRS

 

KRISTEN COUSINEAU  | DIRECTOR OF EVENTS

 

JUNETTE HUYNH | DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC ART

My name is Junette Huynh and I am the Beltline Neighbourhood Association’s Director of Public Art. I have been a resident of the Beltline for the past 10 years and work in the community and have been with the Beltline Urban Murals Project (BUMP) for over four years. I am committed to making the Beltline a more vibrant and beautiful community with a sincere dedication to growing the successful BUMP festival and developing further opportunities that celebrate the arts to a wider audience. My enthusiasm comes from a belief that arts advocacy can not only activate our public spaces, but can help provide opportunities for local artists to showcase their talent, grow the arts community, foster tourism, and make our neighbourhoods safer and more attractive for local businesses.

 

Current Staff

JULIA SCHREIBER, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

PRIYA RAMESH, MARKETING MANAGER

BLAKE SPENCE, EVENT AND FESTIVAL MANAGER

 

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