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Post date: 2019/04/10 - 10:15

Hi everyone,

The Calgary Reads Big Book Sale is coming up next month, and they are looking for volunteers. If you would like to support this giant community book sale, please check out the volunteer orientation from 1:30-2:45 at the Calgary Curling Club, 720 3 St NW.



Apr 17: National Canadian Film Day @ Various theatres, various times. Free Canadian movies throughout the city. For the schedule, see

Apr 18: Nose Hill Nature Walk @ Brisebois Drive entrance to Nose Hill Park, 8:30-10:30am. Join a morning group nature walk

Apr 19: Easter Petting Zoo @ Westbrook Mall (1200 37 St SW) Noon-5pm.

Apr 20: Easter Petting Zoo @ Marlborough Mall (3800 Memorial Dr NE) 10am-6pm.

Apr 20: Palette Fine Art Show @ Triwood Community Hall (2244 Chicoutimi Drive NW) 10am-4pm.


Apr 15: The New Millennium- Foothills Concert Band @ Leacock Theatre, MRU (4825 Mount Roayl Gate SW). Tickets are $15 to this 50th anniversary performance.

Apr 17-21: Calgary International Auto & Truck Show @ BMO Centre. Wed Noon-9:30pm, Thurs-Sat 10am-9:30pm, Sun 10am-6pm. Tickets are $12.50.

Apr 18: Call of the Wetland @ Fish Creek Environmental Learning Centre (13931 Woodpath Rd SW) Learn more about citizen science, and how we can all help support local wetlands. Free for members, $10 for general admission.

Apr 18-20: Easter @ the Calgary Farmers Market (510 77 Ave SE) 10am-2pm. Recommended cash donation of $5 to the Calgary Food Bank

Apr 19& 20: Easter Eggstravaganza @ The Calgary Zoo (1300 Zoo Rd NE) Regular hours and admission rates apply. Get your Spring on at this annual events filled with activities, animals and free stuff.

Apr 22-28: Calgary Underground Film Festival @ Globe Cinema (617 8 Ave SW) Various times, tickets range from $8-$10 per film. You can see the schedule and get more information at


Post date: 2019/04/05 - 06:57


The CASS Senior Leadership Team identified five strategic objectives to focus on over the course of this year. Take a look at what the team will be working towards. . .

CASS 2019-2020 Strategic Plan

CASS SLT Terms of Reference - V1.4

CASS Job Description - director - Senior Leadership Team Member - V1.0

The documents can be found on the news page of this website and the team would welcome any thoughts or comments that you might have.

Don't miss this opportunity to share your input by sending an email to

The Advisory Forum will be meeting on Wednesdays, April 10th and 24th - learn more about self-advocacy and the upcoming provincial election!

Post date: 2019/04/03 - 12:46

Hi Everyone, 

Voice of Albertans with Disabilities has some great videos about some of the issues in the upcoming Alberta election, including housing, caregivers, accessibility, etc. If you would like to learn more about issues that are important to our daily lives, check out


Apr 8: Alberta election: community discussion about the issues facing people with disabilities @ Central Library (800 3 St SE) Noon-2pm. You can register for this event though or just show up. There will be party representatives at the discussion, and lots of good conversation about things the things that matter to our daily lives in the upcoming election.

Apr 10: Free Energy Saving Workshop @ Crowfoot library (8665 Nose Hill Dr NW) 6:30-8pm. If you missed the workshop held at Cass on April 1st, there are still lots of chances to get some tips on how to save energy in your home, and a free kits full of things that will help you save money on your utility bills.

Apr 12: Calgary Night Market @ Eau Claire Market (200 Barclay Parade SW) 4-10pm. Local DJ, Games, arts and crafts, and a great local market

Apr 13: Calgary Law Day @ Calgary Courts Centre (601 5 St SW) 9am-3pm. Mock Trials, Panels, stories and workshops. See for the schedule.

Apr 13: Staying Safe Online @ Central Library (800 3 St SE) 1pm. Learn about internet safety.

Apr 13: Spring Art Show @ Bow Cliff Centre (3375 Spruce Drive SW) 10am-3pm. Meet instructors, learn about classes, and see the artist’s work coming out of this program.

Apr 13: Calgary Artists Society Spring Show and Sale @ Parkdale United Church (2919 8 Ave NW) 9am-4pm. original paintings by 45 local artists.

Apr 14: Hop & Shop @ Crescent Heights Community Association (1101 2 St NW) 10am-3pm. Clothing swap, mini market and Easter egg hunt.


Mar 27-June 9: ROAR: Exploring queer history and gender identity @ Lougheed House (707 13 Ave SW) There are a number of events exploring queer history in Calgary. See for info, prices and tickets.

Apr 10-13: Picture This… Film Festival @ Calgary Scope Society (219 18 st SE) This annual international disability film festival is in its 18th year. One-day passes are $10, $7.50 for students, seniors, and low-income support programs. Please see for more info.

Apr 11: Adults Only Night : Science and Science Fiction @ Telus SPARK Science Centre (220 St George’s Dr NE) 5-9pm. Regular admission rates apply, or you can sign one of CASS’ s community partner cards to get in for free.

Apr 13: We Are All Treaty People @ cSPACE King Edward Studio Theatre (1721 29 Ave SW) performances start at 2pm and 7pm. “The play’s intent is to promote healing and to inspire positive relationships across cultures and generations”. Tickets are $18.90 and can be purchased through

Apr 13: The Fibre Shindig @ Hillhurst Sunnyside Community Associaiton (1320 5 Ave NW) 10am-4pm. Admission is $5 for adults. Spinning, weaving, crochet, knitting, etc.

Apr 13-14: Kitties n’ Blooms cat show @ Southland Leisure Centre (2000 Southland Drive SW) 9am-4:30pm. Adult admission is $6, $4 for seniors.

Apr 13-14: Supertrain @ Genesis Centre (7555 Falconridge Blvd NE) 9am-15. Admission is $15 to Canada’s largest model train show!



Post date: 2019/03/29 - 12:11

The Alberta Provincial election is here, so here is a list of things that you can check out on the internet to get more information about how to vote, the parties that are running, what they stand for, and how that might affect you. I am always available to meet with you and help you prepare to vote, whether that is what to do on election day to vote, finding where you will be voting, who the people you have the choice to vote for are, or looking through the promises the parties are making to see which fit best with your views in an unbiased way. Please contact Rachel Janzen if you would like to spend some time looking at your options.


Elections Alberta information about the Election process (not plain language). In the next week there should be information about accessibility at polling stations.

Are you registered to vote? (see if you are already registered to vote, and register to vote if you are not)

Interactive map to find out what riding you live in, and what candidates are running where you live: includes links to candidate websites.

Which party represents you the most?

Alberta Disability Workers Association has some good election resources (includes links to party platforms, the promises they are making):

An event where party representatives will be talking about their views on issues that affect people with disabilities (April 8th):

“Your vote matters” workshops: There are three workshops to choose from, Thursday March 28 at 4:30 pm, Tuesday April 2 at 4:15 pm and Tuesday April 9 at Noon.


Election Day is Tuesday April 16, 2019

The Advance Poll Days are:

Tuesday, April 9
Wednesday, April 10
Thursday, April 11
Friday, April 12
Saturday, April 13



Post date: 2019/03/29 - 10:33

Hi Everyone,

Throughout tax season we talk a lot about the Disability Tax Credit (DTC), and how it can help you to access tax savings, Registered Disability Savings Plans, and more.

The disability tax credit or DTC is a non-refundable tax credit intended to financially help people with disabilities. It is also designed to help supporters, such as parents, reduce the amount of income tax that they pay.

This year we have received reports about an increased number of advertisements, mostly on Facebook, for businesses indicating that they will help you apply for the Disability Tax Credit.

Please be aware that using one of these businesses could cost you up to 25% of the money that you will get from your Disability Tax Credit, costing you hundreds or even thousands of dollars.

There are other, free options (please note: your doctor may need to charge you a fee to complete some paperwork required for application). Please contact if you want more information about free ways to apply for the Disability Tax Credit (excluding the cost of the paperwork required from your doctor), or if you have already used one of these services to apply for the DTC and want to stop them from being able to charge you in future tax years.

In our efforts to provide education around the DTC, we will be hosting an information session delivered by the Canada Revenue Agency Outreach on Wednesday May 8th from 1-2:30 pm. We invite all CASS clients, staff, and other supports to attend to learn more about this valuable tax credit, and how to combat misinformation around the application process.

For more information about the Disability Tax Credit please see this page from the Canada Revenue Agency:


Has it been getting hard to pay your utility bills?  CASS will be hosting an Energy Savings Workshop presented by EmpowerMe ( , on Monday April 1st, 2019 from 10-11:30am to help you reduce your energy bills. Whether you rent or own, if you bring a recent utility bill with your name on it, you will get a free energy savings kit valued around $90. You may also qualify for further benefits. The workshop has limited room in it, so please sign up ASAP by emailing, or calling (403) 283-0611.


Fun Drum Fridays (and Tuesdays) start their Spring sessions next week, and runs until June 28, from 10:30-Noon. For more information about this music therapy program, check out




Apr 2 & 9: Your vote matters workshop @ Momentum (#16 2936 Radcliffe Dr SE) Non-partisan voter information. Apr 2 @ 4:15 pm, Apr 9 @ Noon. Please register through

Apr 3: Easy Backyard Beekeeping @ Community Natural Foods (202 61 Ave SW) 7-8:30pm. Learn about how to be a good host to the mason bees in your yard.

April 4: FIRST Robotics Competition @ Nelson Mandela High School (45 Saddletowne Circle NE) 8:30am-6pm. Watch high school robotics team compete. The topic for the competition is DEEP SPACE.

Apr 5 & 6: Second Chance Art Sale @ St Peter’s Anglican Church (903 75 Ave SW) Fri 4-8pm, Sat 9am-4pm. This is a second-hand art sale in support of the Rotary Club of Calgary. The event is free to attend, but bring cash if you would like to buy some art. You can also donate art to this event by bringing it to any Michael’s craft store in Calgary until March 31.

Apr 6: Seniors housing information session @ Confederation park 55+ Activity Centre (2212 13 St NW) 9:30am – noon. Learn about the types of housing available for Calgary Seniors, and about healthy living options from information booths and speakers.

Apr 6: YYC Alternative Market @ Inglewood Community Association (1740 24 Ave SE) 10am-4pm.

Apr 6: Calgary Sketch Club Art Exhibition and Sale @ Dalhousie Community Centre (5432 Dalhart Rd NW) 10am-4pm.




Apr 5-7: Make It Calgary @ Deerfoot City (901-64 Ave NE) Fri 11am-9pm, Sat 10 am-6pm, Sun 11am-5pm. Admission is $5, to check out the work ot over 100 local makers.

Apr 6: Tibetan Spring Bazaar @ Westgate Community Association ((4943 8 Ave SW) 10 am -6pm. Admission is $2, to look through or buy Tibetan food, art, jewellery and more.

Apr 6: Pitch Night: Neighbour Grants @ New Central Library (800 3 St SE) 4-7pm. Admission is $10-15, and includes a pizza dinner. The Calgary foundation is looking to give out up to $50,000 in grants for community projects, and you get to be the judge. For tickets and information, check out

Apr 6: Calgary Swap Meet @ Hillhurst Sunnyside Community Association (1320 5 Ave NW) 9 am-1pm. Admission is $5.


Post date: 2019/03/22 - 12:31

 Hi Everyone, 
Cineplex Odeon Theatres are screening movies for $2.99 every day at 11am throughout the week for Spring Break. You can get more infoon the four movies being shown and participating theatres here: 
Momentum is running free workshops to help people navigate the upcoming provincial election. The workshops will be held March 28 (4:30pm), April 4 (4:15pm), and April 9 (noon) at the Momentum office (16-2936 Radcliffe Dr SE. Please register here: 
The Ability Hub has free information events and workshops related to Autism. Check out for a list of what they have coming up in 2019.
There will be a mindfulness group at Supported Lifestyles running on Thursdays from 1-2:30 pm from April 25-June 27, 2019.  This group will be free, but you will need to apply. Please see the attached forms for more info. The deadline to apply is March 29, 2019.  FREE: 
Mar 28: Rock-a-palooza gem & mineral show @ Spruce Meadows Congress Hall (18011 Spruce Meadows Way SW) Thurs-Sat 10am-8pm, Sun 10am-5pm.   
Mar 28: Motorcycle maintenance workshop @ 2475 Pegasus Rd NE. 6-8pm. Learn how to do oil changes and perform other motorcycle maintenance. Register at 
Mar 28: Pruning basics @ Vivo (11950 Country Village Link NE) 6:15-7:45pm. Learn about pruning trees—why, when, how, and which tools to use. Please register at 
Mar 30: Lights out for Earth Hour @ St Patrick’s Island (Confluence Plaza, southeast end of the island) 6-8pm. Learn about Solar Power, compost, waste and recycling, and activities. This entire event is powered by bicycles and solar energy. 
Mar 28: Never skate alone charity hockey game @Saddledome, Doors @ 6:30 This hockey game is organized in support of the Canadian Mental Health Associaion.  
Mar 28-30: Art show and sale @ Alberta University of the Arts, Formerly ACAD, (1407 14 Ave NW) Admission for the opening on Thursday night (5-9pm) is $25 , while Fri and Sat (Noon-4pm)admission is by donation.  Check out student work from each department. has all of the details. 
Mar 28-Apr 10: Alchemy Festival of Student work @ Various Theatres, U of C (2500 University Dr NW) Times and ticket prices vary (Free-$13). Drama, staged readings, dance, music and more. Please see for more info 
Mar 30: The Iron Giant @ Globe Cinema (617 8 Ave SW) 7pm. This film is a classic animated movie about giant metal friends from space. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased through 
Mar 30: Pysanky Ukrainian Egg Workshop @ Ruberto Ostberg Gallery (2108 18 St NW) 2-5pm. Materials will cost $20, and you will get to make your own traditional Pysanky. 
Mar 30: Mary Poppins Sing a Long @ McDougall United Church (8516 Athabasca St SE) 6-10:30pm. Admission is $10, movie starts at 7. For more info and tickets go to 


Post date: 2019/03/11 - 09:08

Hi Everyone,


Mar 17: Family Skate @ Carburn Park (67 Riverview Dr SE) 3-6pm. Free skate rentals.

Mar 19: World Water Day @ SAIT (Irene Lewis Atrium, 1301 16 Ave NW) Learn about some of the water solutions that youth in Calgary have been coming up with, and enjoy some snacks.

Mar 19: Pokemon Trading Card Game @ Autism Calgary (3639 26 St NE) 6:30-8:30pm. Register at

Mar 19: Facing Advanced Illness Together @ Sage Centre (1245 70 Ave SE) 6-8pm. This is a monthly group to help people get information about hospice and palliative care, and to access services and resources. Please register through

Mar 20: Community-based Art & Beautification Projects @ Bankview Community Association (2418 17 St SW) 6:30-9pm. Learn more about the mural, utility boxes and flagpole banner projects going on around town, and available funding sources for new projects.

Mar 20-23: The Coming Out Monologues YYC @ New Central Library (800 3 St SE) 8-10:30pm.  Tickets are $12.50 for a single show, up to $40 for the full 4 nights.

Mar 21: Enough For All 2.0 @ City of Calgary Municipal Complex Atrium (800 MacLeod Tr SE) 6:30-8:30pm. Be part of Calgary’s community-driven poverty reduction plan. There is more information at

Mar 21: Métis Speaker Series: Daniel Voth @ Métis Local 87 (1539 43 St SE) 6-8pm. This free talk “centres the contributions of Métis women in historic and contemporary Métis politics”. Register at

Mar 22: Clothing Swap @ The Dandelion Café (1048 8 St SE) 5:30-7:30pm. There will be a presentation about water usage and textile manufacturing, followed by a clothing swap. Bring up to two large bags of CLEAN clothes, and trade them for some new ones. You do not need to bring anything to participate in the clothing swap.


Mar 16: Dive In Movie- Mary Poppins Returns @ Southland Leisure Centre (2000 Southland Dr SW) 6:30-8:30pm.

Mar 21: Calgary Captured- Urban Wildlife on Film @ Fish Creek Environmental Learning Centre (13931 Woodpath Rd SW) 7-8pm. Free for members of the Friends of Fish Creek Park, $10 for everyone else.

Mar 22: Dive In Movie- Brave @ Village Square Leisure Centre (2623 56 St NE) 6-8pm.

Mar 23: Comedy Workshop Grad Show @ Joyce on 4th (lower level, 506 24 Ave SW) 7pm. Hear from the new comedians in town, who have just finished off a workshop. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased through

Mar 23: Grocery Store Tour @ Save-On-Foods (8855 MacLeod Tr SW) 7-9pm. Explore your options for eating with food sensitivities. $5. Register at




Post date: 2019/03/06 - 16:44

The CASS Senior Leadership Team held a three day strategic planning session in January where we identified five strategic objectives which we will focus our efforts on over the next year.

These strategic objectives were arrived at based on the input provided by various departments/programs, committees, staff, clients and other stakeholders. Your input was critical in the development of this plan and the achievement of these objectives will be reliant upon the continued input and participation of all of our stakeholders.

The CASS Senior Leadership Team has also further developed and ratified our Job Descriptions and Terms of Reference in order to better guide our governance model.

The CASS Senior Leadership Team is excited to share this developing work not just with everyone who works for CASS but with all of our many stakeholders. We look forward to working with you towards these objectives over the coming year.

We encourage you to review these documents and welcome any thoughts or comments that you might have. You can share your input by sending an email to

CASS 2019-2020 Strategic Plan (1272KB PDF)

CASS SLT Terms of Reference - V1.4 (586KB PDF)

CASS Job Description - Director - Senior Leadership Team Member - V1.0 (612KB PDF)

Post date: 2019/03/06 - 15:45

Hi everyone, 

The Festival of Animated Objects is running from March 13-17. Ticket prices vary, but there are a lot of great shows for everyone. Go to for details and to purchase tickets.


Mar 12: International Speech Contest @ Crowfoot Library (8665 Nose Hill Drive NW) Noon-1pm. Come watch people from toastmasters deliver 5-7 minute long humorous speeches. Register at

Mar 15: Houseplants! @ Village Square Library (2623 56 Street NE) Noon-1:30. Learn about the benefits of houseplants, and how to care for them.

Mar 15: Harm Reduction saved my life: overdose prevention, naloxone training, and safeworks update @ Sheldon Chumir Health Centre (Room 3102, 1213 4 St SW) 1-3pm. “Learn about overdose prevention, recognition, and response, how to obtain a naloxone kit, and how to register as a take home naloxone kit distribution site". Register at

Mar 16: Seedy Saturday @ Hillhurst-Sunnyside Community Association (4-9pm) 10am-3pm. This is a cash-only event where you can learn more about gardening, buy seeds to start while you are waiting for spring to come, and even trade seeds that you have saved from previous years. There is lots of info at

Mar 17: St Patrick’s Day @ Calgary Farmer’s Market (510 77 Ave SE) 9 am-1pm. Irish dancing, games, and fiddlers.

Mar 17-19: Earth Science for Society @ Stampede Park. Learn more about Earth processes in a fun, inclusive environment. Check out for more info.


Mar 12: $10 date night @ National Music Centre (850 4 St SE) 5-8pm. Bring a partner, or go on your own to check out the music centre for a reduced rate.

Mar 14: Alberta Election Deep Dive @Memorial Park Library (1221 2 St SW) 7-8:30pm. Admission is $10. With an election looming over the province, it’s a good time to learn what the issues are. Tickets are available at

Mar 14: Adults Only Night: Circus! After Dark @ Telus SPARK Science Centre (220 St George’s Dr NE) 6-10pm. Regular admission rates apply, or sign out on of CASS’ Community Connections passes to get up to 6 people in for free.

Mar 14 & 15: Treaty People- Innaihtsiiyi Film Screening @ cSPACE King Edward (1721 29 Ave SW) 7pm. This is documentary showcasing conversations about the process behind the Making Treaty 7 production. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased through

Mar 16: Demobilized: The Return of Great War Soldiers to Southern Alberta @ Lougheed House (707 13 Ave SW) 6:30-9pm. Learn more about the impact of war on Treaty 7 First Nations Peoples.



Post date: 2019/03/04 - 14:00

Check out the front page of the March CASS Report for a client cartoon!

Also, check out the update on a client business!