Archive for February, 2012

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



Winterfest 2012 Highlights, part 1 of 2

February 21st, 2012

Ramsay Winterfest 2012 was a great neighbourhood party. Here are some of the highlights.

Fresh Calzones

The day before the event, the Winterfest team got together to make delicious calzones. Wade Paterson generously donated the use of his professionally-equipped kitchen for the occasion.

Making the Calzones

From left: Wade, Allison, Shannon, Carolyn. Not pictured because she took this photo: Nancy.

Fresh Calzones

Fresh out of the oven


 Ice Goalie

Frozen Memories provided the ice, tools and oversight for the ice sculpture contest. Their expert carver Julian started by turning this unassuming block of ice:

Block of Ice

into a glacial guardian of the net:

Ice Goalie


Chipping Away

Then it was time for everyone to join in the ice carving fun.

Ice Sculptors

Carving is Fun

Julian was impressed with the talent on display in Ramsay, including Bill Hornecker’s prize-winning ice fish:

Bill's Ice Fish

To be continued…

Ramsay vs Inglewood Hockey Game

February 20th, 2012

                        photo by Nicole Schon

We had Ramsay annual Winter Festival yesterday, fun was had by all. Now we all know what this means… the annual Ramsay vs Inglewood hockey game with the kids and the adults.

I’m not sure of the full history of the game, but i do know that Ramsay has been on the loosing end of the stick for the last few years. So i did what any good leader would do, i called up bill (Inglewood president) and made a friendly wager.

If Ramsay wins, he wears a ‘I love Ramsay’ tshirt at his next general meeting. If Inglewood wins, i wear a ‘I love Inglewood’ t-shirt at the next Ramsay general meeting.

Ramsay (the good guys) didn’t win, so don’t be too surprised when you see me sporting the t-shirt at the next general meeting.

We will regroup and take the cup next year!

A huge thank you to all the guys and young adults that played their hearts out for Ramsay (and Inglewood).


Winterfest 2012 was a Blast!

February 20th, 2012

Thanks to everyone who came out to Winterfest yesterday.

We had great weather, great food, great fun and a great turnout.

Stay tuned for pictures and details.

Vote Ramsay as the Best Neighbourhood!

February 16th, 2012

Hummm… What makes a great community? Low crime? Friendly neighbours? Walk to downtown? Family friendly? Schools close by? Character homes? Big back yards?

Tell the entire city of calgary what you think makes a great commuity! Then tell them how Ramsay stacks up to your standards!

Avenue Magazine – Calgary’s Best Neighbourhoods 2012

Lets get Ramsay voted as the best community in Calgary! Get everyone in your house, at your work, in the club, at yoga to vote for Ramsay! We ranked 29th last year, and we all know that we can do better than that.(8th the year before). It’s all about the voting so get to it.

Vote right now! Don’t wait! it only takes about 5 minutes or less, just follow the link above.


Deep Water Workouts at the Inglewood Pool

February 15th, 2012

submitted by Angie/Jackie

The deep water workout class has been reinstated at the request of Inglewood residents, on a trial basis, beginning March l.  The class will be held:

Thursday evenings 6:30 – 7:15 pm.

Call 403-268-3800 to register (Calgary Recreation).

Please support your local swimming pool and register for this program if you can.  We need to have at least 10-15 people on a consistent basis to keep the class going.

This reinstatement has resulted in the morning lane swim being reduced from 6 – 9 pm to 8 to 9 am on Thursdays.

It’s time to stop talking and walk the walk!  If you want to continue to have these amenities in the neighbourhood, use it or lose it!

Inglewood/Ramsay Community Splash & Swim

February 15th, 2012

Inglewood Aquatic center is planning a monthly Inglewood Ramsay Community Splash & Swim night for the residents of Inglewood and Ramsay. The below dates and times are proposed for this once a month event for our communities to jointly come and use the pool. The cost is $1.00 for kids and $2.00 for adults. Potential entertainment and activities to be announced at a later date.

Saturday March 24,2012 4:00-6:00pm.
Saturday April 28, 2012 3:00-5:00pm.
Saturday May 26, 2012 3:00-5:00 pm.
Saturday June, 26 2012 3:00-5:00 pm

If you would like additional information please contact:

Doug at




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


Winterfest 2012: It’s time for a mid-winter neighbourhood party

February 8th, 2012

Download and print the Winterfest flyer

Ramsay Winterfest will be happening on Sunday February 19, from 11am to 4pm at the rink.

You can participate in the ice sculpture contest officiated by Ramsay’s own Julie van Rosendaal. There will be ice blocks of different sizes available, and we can expect to see a nice collection of frozen art when everyone’s done and the winner is announced.

It’s not Winterfest without the traditional Ramsay vs Inglewood ball hockey game. Our noble and courageous Ramsay team will play for the honour of the neighbourhood at 2:00pm (age 14 and under) and 3:15pm (age 15 and up). To join the team, contact Shannon Fox at (403) 966-5130 or

Our volunteers and donors are making delicious food for everyone. Hot drinks, calzones, and more.

Did we mention that the entire event is free?

Save the date and tell your neighbours. We’ll see you at the rink on the 19th!