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Missed the Visioning Workshop? Take the Survey!

March 25th, 2012

If you missed the March 17 Visioning Workshop, you can still participate in the Visioning process by filling out this survey:

Tell us what kind of Ramsay you want to see in 30-40 years. We look forward to seeing your ideas.

The next Visioning Workshop will be on Saturday April 14, from 10am to 2pm at the Community Hall. See you there!

Next Ramsay Visioning Workshop – April 14

March 23rd, 2012

The Ramsay Community Association in collaboration with The Natural Step Canada will be hosting the next Ramsay Visioning session on Saturday April 14th from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm at the Ramsay Community Association (1136 – 8 Street SE).

Stay tuned for additional details.

Ramsay Visioning Workshop was a Success!

March 17th, 2012

60 Ramsayites came together on Saturday at the Community Hall to answer questions, helping frame the future vision of Ramsay. The positive creativity was flowing with John and Mike from The Natural Step facilitating our first Visioning Workshop.

The ideas that bubbled up through each phase of the process were inspiring.

If you missed the workshop today, don’t worry. We are working on other avenues for you contribute your ideas over the next week or so. We will be adding all contributions together, forming a summary paper. We will work hard to publish this summary paper before the next general meeting.

Keep checking the website for up to date information or just subscribe to have the updates sent to your inbox.

The kids even got in on the visioning. They presented their results to the group, inspiring applause from the adults.

I want to thank all the sponsors that helped out with this event:

Caffe Rosso – for the fantastic muffins and pastries
tnik – for the green tea and even the french press coffee
Crossroads Market – for the fruit trays, the cookies and cheese platter
Nicole Harris – for looking after the kids down in the pub space

Thank you to everyone who came out and shared their valuable time, helping make this workshop a huge success!


Ramsay Visioning Workshop

March 12th, 2012

On March 17th from 10:00 am – 1:00 pm at the Ramsay Community Hall (1136 – 8 Street SE) we will start working towards the Sustainable Vision and Action Plan for Ramsay. Come out and participate, help co-create the future Ramsay!

RSVP for the event here:

See you on Saturday!

kevin cunningham
president, ramsay community association

Ramsay Visioning Workshop on March 17

March 5th, 2012

Over the next several months the Ramsay Community Association in collaboration with The Natural Step Canada, will be working hard with members of the community to create a sustainable vision and action plan for Ramsay.

We are hosting an information and visioning session on March 17th from 10:00 am – 1:00 pm at the Ramsay Community Association (1136 – 8 Street SE) and we hope you can join us.

Come learn about, discuss, and contribute to the development of a Ramsay’s Sustainable Neighbourhood Plan. If you are a resident, business owner, potential developer, rock star or just want to learn more, this session is for you!

During the session you will:

  • Learn about Neighbourhood and Community Planning initiatives (the role of residents, businesses and other key stakeholders throughout the process)
  • Learn about the process Ramsay will go through to create a Sustainable Neighbourhood Plan for the community. (What role do you want to play?)
  • Share your ideas and contribute to Ramsay’s new vision. (Wouldn’t it be great if…)
  • Help identify a set of focus areas for your neighbourhood plan.
  • Decide how you want to be involved throughout the process. (I want to help shape the future of my neighbourhood sign me up! This is cool but I don’t have much time keep me in the loop and I’ll contribute when I can, You guys are nuts I’m outta here!).

Please RSVP by contacting Kevin Cunningham ( 403.680.0854.

We look forward to seeing you on March 17th.

Ramsay and The Natural Step in the Calgary Herald

February 26th, 2012

The Calgary Herald has an article about Ramsay and The Natural Step.

The century-old southeast Calgary enclave was announced last week as the first community to develop a sustainable neighbourhood plan with The Natural Step, a venerable international group that’s done similar work with cities, towns and corporations.

Read the full article


Ramsay and Natural Step

February 25th, 2012

Calgary, Ottawa, February 23, 2012—


The Natural Step Canada is thrilled to announce its selection of Calgary’s Ramsay Community Association to help them create a sustainable neighbourhood plan through the Sustainable Neighbourhood Planning Initiative.

The Natural Step Canada is developing a new resource to help community associations, neighbourhood groups and municipal governments engage members of a neighbourhood in the creation of the sustainable neighbourhood plan. This resource will be piloted with the Ramsay Community Association.

Neighbourhoods are the building blocks of society. They are the places we call home, where we live, work and play. A growing number of community associations and municipal governments are talking about their future of the neighbourhoods and spending time identifying the things they love and what they see in the future.

Tonight, The Natural Step Canada will include this announcement in a presentation they’ll be making at CED’s Global Business Centre.  Natural Step Executive Director, Chad Park, Kevin Cunningham, President of the Ramsay Community Association, and Alderman Gian-Carlo Carra will be on hand and available to talk to the press about this exciting initiative.

When: 5:30-7:30pm, presentations begin at 6:00pm

Where: Global Business Centre, Terrace View Room (5th Floor), 120 8 Ave SE

What: Networking reception with emerging business leaders in sustainability, hosted by  Calgary Economic Development

“We’re excited to be working with the Ramsay Community Association and we look forward to making this new resource available to community associations across the province of Alberta shortly following this initiative,” said Chad Park, Executive Director of The Natural Step Canada. “We all appreciate the generous support from the Alberta Real Estate Foundation, ISL Engineering and Land Services and the Catharine Donnelly foundation.”



About The Natural Step Canada

The Natural Step Canada is a dynamic non-profit organization with over a decade of experience helping organizations and individuals understand and make meaningful progress toward sustainability. The organization envisions a sustainable world in which individuals, communities, and businesses thrive within nature’s limits. They strive to inspire, educate, and connect Canadian leaders to accelerate the transformation toward a sustainable world. Through award-winning learning programs and a unique suite of advisory, coaching, training, and process facilitation services, The Natural Step Canada translates the fundamentals of sustainability into practical steps businesses and communities can take to achieve lasting change. Learn more:

For further information and media enquiries, please contact:

John Purkis

Senior Advisor,
The Natural Step Canada
613.748.3001 x 227


Kevin Cunningham

President, Ramsay Community Association



Ramsay wins The Natural Step Pilot Program!

February 15th, 2012

Ramsay has been chosen to be part of the The Natural Step pilot program for developing community sustainability plans.

The Natural Step - Sustainable Communities Program

So what does this mean?

Well they have worked with larger organizations in Alberta on municipal sustainability plans…

Municipal Sustainability Planning is a process that guides municipalities in creating a long-term vision for their communities.  Proactive steps are taken to move towards a sustainable future, one where a strong economy and participatory governance leads in protecting our natural environment, effectively manages the built environment, contributes to a vibrant cultural scene and cultivates significant social inclusion.

MSPs are  an opportunity to engage citizens in a dialogue about what they value about their communities and how these values can be incorporated into a long-term vision that endorses sustainable development actions.

MSPs  provide an outlet for wisdom and expertise of community members to discover innovative solutions that address social, cultural, economic, environmental and governance challenges today while leaving a positive legacy for future generations.”

Each one of the municipalities has created a final document that you can scan/read to get an idea of what a CSP may look like. You can find all the links on this website:


Every strategic plan is developed through public engagement with all stakeholders in the area, so it will be important for every Ramsayite to get engaged and get involved to ensure the strategies we prioritize are going to take us in the direction we all want Ramsay to be heading in over the next 30-50 years.

kevin cunningham