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Post date: 2018/10/29 - 13:29

Happy Diwali Everyone,

There will be a number of Remembrance Day ceremonies in Calgary on November 11. You can find many of them here: . There are Sunrise and Sunset Ceremonies daily leading up to the 11th at the Field of Crosses on the North side of Memorial Drive between 3 St NW & Centre St.

The New Central Library will be hosting a free legal clinic on Wednesday November 14 from 9:30am-3:30pm. Space is limited and by appointment only, please call (403) 541-4804 by November 5th to reserve your spot.

Have you RSVP’d yet for FREE BOWLING with CASS at SAIT on November 9, from 1-2pm? If not, please don’t forget to let us know if you plan on coming, as space is limited.

On that note—on Mondays at Thorncliffe- Greenview Community Centre you can bowl as much as you’d like for $6! For more info on the bowling alley, or to contact them for more info, please go to

If you are looking for more ways to get informed before the Nov. 13th vote on hosting the Olympics and Paralympics in Calgary, there will be a Town Hall-style meeting to discuss the pros and cons on November 7 at the Central Library from 6:30-8pm. There are limited spots available to attend in-person (which you can reserve through ) but the event will be live-streamed on, and broadcast over 99.1FM.



Nov 9 & 10: Heritage Weavers and Spinners Annual Fall Sale @ Artpoint (1139 11 St SE) Local textile art, demonstrations, and more. Fri 5-9pm, Sat 10am-4pm.

Nov 10: Diabetes Awareness Day and Expo @ University of Calgary, Cumming School of Medicine, Health Science Centre (3330 Hospital Dr NW) 8am-2pm. Learn about self-management, current research, and community resources

Nov 10: The Group Art Society of Calgary’s Fall Show and Sale @ St Peter’s Anglican Church (903 75 Ave SW) 10am-4pm. Free refreshments and door prizes of original local art.

Nov 11: Artisan Fair @ Fort Calgary (750 9 Ave SE) 11:30-5pm. Admission is free with a donation to the Veteran’s Food Bank

Nov 11: “All Quiet on the Western Front” Movie @ Central Library (800 3 St SE) 3-6pm.


Nov 7: Mary & Max Relaxed Performance @ Theatre Calgary (220 9 Ave SE) 7:30-9:30pm. This heartwarming performance about pen pals will include ASL interpretation, and a relaxed atmosphere to enjoy the show.

Nov 8: Adults Only Night: Urban Survival @ Telus SPARK Science Centre, 6-10pm. This month’s focus is on how to survive when disaster strikes. Regular admission rates apply, or you can sign out one of CASS’ Community Connections Passes

Nov 8-11: Millarville Christmas Market @ Millarville Race Track (306097 192 St W Millarville, Ab) 10am-5pm. This is the 30th year of southern Alberta’s biggest Christmas market. Admission is $5.

Nov 9-11: Okotoks Christmas Market @ Foothills Centennial Centre (204 Community Way ; 58 Elizabeth St, Okotoks AB) Fri 4-8pm, Sat 10am-6pm, Sun Noon-5pm.Admission is $5.

Nov 10 & 11: Rinse for Rescue @ Pet Valu (8835 MacLeod Tr SW) Sat 10am-9pm, Sun Noon-6pm. Self-serve Pet Baths, all supplies included. $10 donation to Boston Terrier Rescue Canada required.



Post date: 2018/10/26 - 14:59

We will be hosting more training sessions for CASS employees regarding the use of the CASS Employee Center. . . Please call reception to register for the sessions.

Thursday, November 1 - 10 - 11:30 - for new Support Home Providers or Supportive Neighbours


Wednesday, November 7 - 10 - 11:30 am - for CASS employees (not SHP or SN) - to review making an expense claims.



Post date: 2018/10/26 - 11:39

Hi Everyone,

CASS has access to free ticket vouchers for the Lunchbox Theatre again this year! The process to get the tickets has changed though. If you are interested in attending one of the theatre’s productions, please contact The CASS Resource Facilitator at for more info. You can see what shows will be coming up at .

MoMo has a free community day coming up on November 24, at the Alexandra Centre Society Dance Hall (922 9 Ave SE) from 11 am-2pm. There will be dancing, treats, crafts, and lots of great people to meet up with.

Don’t forget how to find out how you can take part in the PDD review by going to

If you have kids, and want some help to save for their post-secondary education, Momentum is hosting six free RESP sign-up events from Nov 20-24. For locations and more information go to



Oct 31: Haunted House @ Triwood Community Hall (2244 Chicoutimi Dr NW) 4-8pm. Explore a free haunted house this Halloween! There will be hotchocolate avaialbe for $2, and opportunity to donate to the Alberta Children’s Hospital.

Nov 1: Opening Day Celebration @ Central Library (800 3 St SE) 10am-8pm. Lots of activities, live music, special guest speakers and a whole new library to explore.

Nov 1: 2026 Olympic and Paralympic Symposium @ Leacock Theatre, MRU. 9:30am-12:30pm. If you are finding it difficult to wade through the pros and cons of Calgary hosting the 2026 Olympic and Paralympic games, This is a day of hearing from all sides.

Nov 3: Holiday Craft Fair @ Riverbend Community Association (19 Rivervalley Dr SE) 10am-4pm.

Nov 3: Christmas Craft Fair @ McKenzie Towne Council (40 McKenzie Blvd SE) 10am-5pm.

Nov 3 & 4: Christmas in the Country Art Sale @ Leighton Art Centre (282027 144 St W, Foothills, AB) 10 am - 4pm. Over a thousand art works for sale, and great views of the Rocky Mountains.

Nov 4: Fall Pottery Market @ Triwood Community Hall (2244 Chicoutimi Dr NW) 10am-4pm. Over 30 artists with lots of beautiful pottery to show and sell.


Oct 30: $1.99Spooky Slam Day @MacLeod Trail Denny’s (7215 MacLeod Tr SW). Get breakfast for $1.99 at this location only.

Nov 1-4: Festival of crafts @ BMO Roundup Centre 10am-5pm.  Admission is $7. Handmade food, art, glassware, bath products and more.

Nov 2 & 3: Calgary Autism Awareness Conference @ Delta Calgary South Hotel (135 Southland Drive SE) 7:30am-4pm.

Nov 2 & 3: Foundations for Community Organizing @ St. David’s United Church (3303 Capitol Hill Cr. NW). If you are interested in community organizing for the common good, this is a pay-what-you-can event (suggested $50) that can help you gather leadership and organizing skills.

Nov 3-11: Calgary European Film Festival @ Globe Cinema (617 8 Ave SW) Films from 20 European Countries will be presented in this film festival. All films will be screened in their respective languages, with English subtitles.



Post date: 2018/10/24 - 13:41

Dear CASS Staff,

As you may be aware the Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW) have initiated 24 hour long, rotating postal strikes in a number of Canadian cities (not including Calgary at the time of this writing). According to Canada Post, mail and parcels will not be delivered or picked up in affected cities during these rotating postal strikes.

The affected cities may change on a day to day basis if negotiations continue to fail and Calgary may be affected at any time during this dispute. At this time, the rotating strikes are typically lasting for 24 hours at a time in each affected city but the strikes may intensify as time goes on.

For more information regarding Canada Post service disruptions, please see the Canada Post webpage on the subject:|ddn|lr|5

CASS relies on Canada Post to send out important agency correspondence, so the agency has decided to take proactive steps to ensure that staff and client mail is not held up in the mail if a strike occurs.

At this time, because strikes are limited to 24 hours in duration in any given city, CASS will continue operations as normal. Please be advised that mail delivery may be delayed by a day or two in the event that Calgary is affected by the rotating strike.

Expense cheques will continue to be processed within 7 business days.

Should strikes grow in duration or scope, CASS may be required to hold all mail at the main office location of 2335 30 Ave NE including, but not limited to, expense cheques, pay stubs, ROEs, etc. Mail being held at the CASS Main Office will be available for pickup during regular business hours (Monday to Friday from 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM – excluding holidays). We will notify you via email if this is required.Expense and mileage cheques will continue to be processed within 7 business days and will be left at the front desk with Reception. Please contact Reception at 403-283-0611 to inquire about and confirm mail being held for you PRIOR to coming to the office.

Client Mail

Please work with the clients that you support to help them get any mail that is typically processed through the CASS office, whether this be cheques or other important documentation. Contact the appropriate CASS Coordinator or other CASS staff, if you have a client that has accessibility or mobility issues that may make it difficult for them to reach the office so that alternative arrangements can be made for delivery.

We would advise that you consider emailing or dropping off documentation at the office that you may normally mail, so that it is not held up in the mail if there is a strike. There is an outdoor mailbox located at the front door of the CASS main office where you can deliver mail outside of regular business hours. You will still be held responsible for meeting job requirements (training documentation, reporting etc.) regardless of a postal service interruption.

Self-Service Options

CASS offers a number of self-service options that don't require staff to rely on mail.

If you are interested in signing up for electronic pay stubs you can find more information on the CASS website on the Forms and Documents page of the CASS website under staff resources (after logging in). The forms/documents needed to register for electronic pay stubs are:

- Ceridian epost Communication
- Ceridian epost Enrollment Instructions

If you don't remember your CASS website account password you can have the CASS website send an email containing a one-time login link to your email address by clicking on the "Request new password" tab on the Staff Login page and following the instructions.

If you have any questions, please contact Reception at 403-283-0611.

Post date: 2018/10/22 - 06:03

The CASS Email service was migrated to a new mail cluster in a new data centre yesterday.

As a result of that move users will likely need to update their email client settings to use the following incoming and outgoing server settings.

incoming mail server:   - port 993, security type SSL/TLS

outgoing mail server:   - port 465, security type SSL/TLS

This is also described in the reference material titled "Configure an email client to connect to CASS mail servers" which is available on the Forms and Documents page on this website which is available after logging in with your staff account. continues to be a viable alternative.

If you have any questions please contact Kyle Maclean at or via phone at 403.283.0611.

Below are step by step instructions on how to update the Mozilla Thunderbird Email client to use our new mail server settings. Please note, the instructions are specific to Mozilla Thunderbird, other email clients (such as Microsoft Outlook or smartphone apps) will be different.

  1. Open Mozilla Thunderbird
  2. Right click on your email address in the top left hand corner of the screen and select "settings" to open the settings dialog window
  3. In the settings dialog window click on "Server Settings" in the menu on the left
  4. In the Server Name field enter ""
  5. In the Port field enter "993"
  6. In the Connection Security field select "SSL/TLS"
  7. Click on "Outgoing Server (SMTP)" in the menu on the left
  8. Select the default outgoing mail server and click on the "Edit" button
  9. In "Server Name" enter ""
  10. In the Port field enter "465"
  11. In the Connection Security field select "SSL/TLS"
  12. Click on the "Ok" button to save your changes
  13. Click on the "Ok" button to save your changes


When you next send/receive email using Mozilla Thunderbird you will be prompted for your CASS Email password. If you can't remember your password please request a new email password from CASS HR.

Please let me know if you require any assistance setting up your Mozilla Thunderbird Email client or any other email client to connect to CASS mail servers.


Post date: 2018/10/15 - 13:29

Hi Everyone,

The PDD Review panel is looking for more input about how to make PDD-funded services work better to respond to people’s needs. You can send your ideas, starting October 23, through an online survey, a letter, art, or video, or at one of the scheduled community conversation sessions. The Calgary Sessions will be November 27 & 28. You can find out more here:

There is a Free Dental Care day in Calgary on October 27th at two different locations. Check out the listing below for more details.



Oct 22: Community Talk about Dementia @ Kerby Centre (1133 7 Ave SW) 1-3pm. Learn what dementia is, and find family supports.

Oct 26 & 27: State of Art Society Show and Sale @ Strathcona Community Centre (277 Strathcona Dr SW) Fri 6-9pm, Sat 10am-4pm. Go to to see the featured artists at this show.

Oct 27: Free Dental Care @ Southcentre Dental (155-100 Anderson Rd) 9am-4pm. One free dental service (filling, cleaning, extraction, etc.) per person. First come, first served.

Oct 27: Free Dental Care @ MacLeod Trail Dental (232- 8500 MacLeod Tr SE) 9am-4pm. One free dental service (filling, cleaning, extraction, etc.) per person. First come, first served. has more info.

Oct 27: Christmas Craft Sale @ Forest Heights Community Association (4909 Forego Ave SE) 10am-3pm. Heartfelt craft items for everyone.

Oct 27: Halloween ComicFest @ Comic Traders (131-755 Lake Bonavista Dr) 10 am-4pm. 14 Vendors, each with free comics available, mysterious quests, and door prizes.

Oct 27: CanZine @ Memorial Park Library (1221 2 St SW) Noon-6pm. Festival of Zine culture and independent arts. Explore Calgary’s rich history of self-published zines, and learn more about underground publishing worldwide. Learn more at


Oct 22: Board Games and Munchies @ Greater Forest Lawn 55+ Society (3425 26 Ave SE) Noon-2pm. Admission is $2.  There is more info on this and other fun events at the GFL55+ Society here:

Oct 23-29: The Ghosts of Fish Creek Park @ Bow Valley Ranch (15975 Bow Bottom Tr SE) 6:30-7:30 pm. This events costs $7, and fills up quickly so register soon at , and don’t forget to bring a mug so thatyou can enjoy some hot chocolate while you wander around hearing ghost stories from the area.

Oct 25-28: Ghouls’ Night Out @ Heritage Park Oct 25& 26- 6-9pm, Oct 27-5:30-9pm, Oct 28-4-7:30pm. Admission is $10.95. Visit Heritage Park and enjoy Hallowe’en decorations, stories and activities. You can also meet the Addams Family, and See the Calgary Quidditch Club.

Oct 26: Abbot & Costello Meet Frankenstein movie screening @ Fort Calgary (750 9 Ave SE) 6:30-10pm. Tickets are $15 and there will be a cash bar and snacks available to buy. Buy tickets or learn more at

Oct 27: The Rocky Horror Picture Show @ Rotary Performing Arts Centre (3 Elma St E, Okotoks, AB) 8:30pm. Tickets are $20 in advance through or $25 at the door and include a package of props for the interactive performance.

Oct 27: Punk Rock Bowling: Halloween Edition @ Paradise Lanes (3411 17 Ave SE) 6pm. Admission is $20. Live music, unlimited bowling, and lots of treats.

Oct 27 & 28: 12 Hour Horror Movie Marathon @ Globe Cinema (617 8 Ave SW) 7pm-7am 7 movies, a costume contest, free breakfast and surprises! Tickets are $20. has info on the movies and more.

Post date: 2018/10/09 - 10:59

Hi Everyone,

Don`t forget that the Advisory Forum will be celebrating CASS` 30th Anniversary with Cake at the office tomorrow (October 10th) from 2-4pm! Everyone is welcome. The cakes are from a nut-free bakery, and there will be a vegan and a gluten free option available.

CASS has four family daypasses for the Military Museums of Calgary to give away. We also still have a few 2-for-1 admissions for the Calgary Tattoo and Arts Festival. Please contact the Resource Facilitator if you are interested in either of these.

The CASS winter holiday party will be at Crossroads Community Association again this year, on December 13, from 5-8pm. Please let us know if you are coming by December 1st, by calling CASS Reception at (4030 283-0611) or emailing reception@c-a-s-s.orgIf you have any song requests for the DJ’s please send them to by November 20th to get them on the playlist!



Oct 19 & 20: Ujamaa Grandma’s Bags, Babies and Beyond @ Marda Loop Community Association (3130 16 St SW). Fri 2-8pm, Sat 10am-3pm. Handmade items will be for sale in support of the Stephen Lewis Foundation.

Oct 20: Avenue’s Pop-up Market @ Inglewood Community Association (1740 24 Ave SE) 10am-4pm. The “best things to eat in Calgary” will be showcased at this market.


Oct 5- Nov 2: Calgary Ghost Tours @ Various Locations. Hear ghost stories from Calgary’s experts while wandering through Inglewood, Kensington or throughout downtown each Friday and Saturday Evening. Tickets start at $10.

Oct 5-31: Canmore Ghost Walks @ Good Earth Coffee House (718 8 St. Canmore, Ab) 7pm.  These walks run every Friday and Saturday leading up to Halloween, and on Oct 31. Tickets are $20, and for another $10 you can get food and warm drinks from Good Earth. has all of the info.

Oct 12-31: Grim Manor @ Winsport (88 Olympic Road SW) 7pm. There are three haunted attractions, and live entertainment. Admission is $20. For more info, go to

Oct 18: It takes a Team- Developing Unity in Crisis @ Hudson (200 8 Ave SW) 5:30-8:30pm. Learn more from a retired fire chief about what it took to evacuate Fort McMurray, and the ways in which the community has come together through the process since. Admission is $10.

Oct 19-21: Bearspaw Fall & Christmas Market @ Bearspaw lifestyle Centre (253220 Bearspaw Road) Fri 10am-8pm, Sat 10am-5pm. More than 90 vendors selling handmade items. Admission is $3.

Oct 20: The Fibre Shindig @ Hillhurst Sunnyside Community Association (1320 5 Ave NW) 10am-5pm. Admission is $5. “Knitting, Spinning, Felting, Fibre Artists and more.”

Oct 20: Terror Challenge Showcase @ Globe Cinema (617 8 Ave SW) 9:30pm. Tickets start at $10. Watch the final product of a 48-hour local film challenge.

Oct 20: The Sound of Music Movie Singalong @ McDougall United Church (8516 Athabasca St SE) Doors @ 6:30 pm, event starts at 7pm. Admission is $10. Tickets are available through

Oct 20: Starfleet Confidential @ The Alexandria Centre (922 9Ave SE) 8pm. Tickets are $10 at the door. This Star Trek Parody will be performed by the Kinkonauts, Calgary’s most excellent improvisational troupe.

Oct 20-21 Calgary Reptile Expo @ Midsun Community Centre (50 Midpark Rise SE) Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 11am-4pm. Admission is $7. Learn more about reptile and taking care of scaly pets.

Oct 21: Calgary Music Collectors Show @ Acadia Recreation Complex (240 90 Ave SE) 11am-4pm. Admission is $5 to search, buy, and talk about music with other collectors.




Post date: 2018/10/03 - 13:22

Hi Everyone,

Come Celebrate CASS’ 30th anniversary with the Advisory Forum with October 10th from 2-4pm at the CASS office Everyone is welcome to come by to eat cake, visit, and chat about the last 30 years of people supporting people, and celebrating the years yet to come!

October is Disability Employment Awareness Month (DEAM) and there are a lot of great events happening to bring employers, job seekers, and professionals together. To get involved in Calgary events, check out

CASS has 2-for-1 admission to the upcoming Calgary Tattoo and Arts Festival! If you are interested, please contact the Resource Facilitator. Please ensure that you can pick up the tickets before you request them, so that they are all being used.  Support workers will not need to pay admission to attend this event while they are supporting someone.

If you are looking for a great volunteer opportunity, Senior’s Secret Service has a ton of positions open throughout the autumn to help provide, assemble, and distribute some holiday cheer to seniors in Calgary. See for details. 



Oct 8: A Celebration of Calvin & Hobbes @ Memorial Park (1221 2 St SW) 9am-1:30pm. There will be indoor and outdoor activities for all ages- Calvinball, snow goons, and even transmogrifiers, as well as drawing workshops, discussions and performances.

Oct 10: Oktoberfest 1 Tournament @ Spruce Meadows. You ca n find out all of the info on this yearly tournament through

Oct 13: Free Skipping Event @ Calgary Tennis Club (295 90 Ave SE) Free jump rope demos of all kinds, and introductory sessions. You can see the schedule here:


Oct 8-15: WordFest @ Various Locations. This yearly festival celebrates authorship and the art of writing. Please see for all associated events

Oct 10: Tall Tales/Long Lenses @ Alberta Wilderness Association Cottage School (455 12 St NW) 7pm. Admission is $5. See John E. Marriott’s wildlife photography and hear him share stories about his work.  For more info and to see some of the photos, go to

Oct 12-14: Calgary Tattoo & Arts Festival @ BMO Centre. Fri 4-Midnight, Sat Noon-10pm, Sun Noon-6pm. Tickets are $25 for the day or $50 for the whole weekend. has everything you’ll need to know.

Oct 13: Folclor Fest @ Chinese Cultural Centre (197 1 St SW) 5-11pm. Admission is $10 to this day of Latin Folklore dances and great food. There is more information on Facebook, at

Oct 13: Sci-Fi Night @ Rothney Observatory (210 Avenue W Hwy 22 S) 8-11pm. Watch the skies and hear stories about living in space, and the oceans and moons of Saturn and Jupiter. Admission is $30 per vehicle. has all of the info.

Oct 13: Darling Details Market @ Triwood Community Association (2244 Chicoutimi Drive NW) 10am-3:30pm. Admission is $3. There will be more than 50 vendors, and lots of giveaways.

Post date: 2018/10/01 - 09:18


Don't miss the upcoming parties scheduled over the next couple of months. . .

30th Anniversary Cake Party - Hallowe'en Party - Christmas Party - all are in the planning stages.

Check out this month's CASS Report for all the details!


Post date: 2018/09/27 - 08:22

Hi Everyone,

Mark your calendars for October 10th! The Advisory Forum will be celebrating CASS’ 30th anniversary at the office. Everyone is welcome to join us for delicious cake and good company from 2-4pm.

Every year on December 3, there is a big celebration for International Day of people with disabilities. This year’s event is starting to come together—if you are interested in having a vendor table or an artist table at the event please see the application forms attached.

There is a new, wheelchair accessible day spa in Calgary! Check out for more information and to book appointments.

2019 Entertainment coupon books are available to purchase through they have changed a bit for this year, and the book itself has gone up in price, but you can get a digital membership for $19.99 for the year.



Oct 2: Cyber Safety Summit @ Mount Royal University (Lincoln Park Room J301) 9am-3:30pm. Learn how to stay safe online by protecting your privacy, securing connected devices, and protecting yourself from social engineering.

Oct 3: Fall Pop-up Food Market @ Harley Hotchkiss Garden (515 6 Ave SW) 11am-1pm. Free food, cooking demonstrations and entertainment. has all of the details.

Oct 3: Work Bee @ CommunityWise (223 12 Ave SW) 4-6pm. If you are looking for a one-time volunteer opportunity with snacks provided, come and help our community partners with general cleaning and maintenance. Email to sign up.

Oct 5: Art Show & Sale @ Chrysalis (917 Centre Ave NE) 6-8pm. See Chyrysalis’ “artists’ personal journeys in finding and expressing their voices”

Oct 6: Healthy Steps for CHANGE @ Scotsman’s Hill. 6:30am-6:30pm. Add your steps to the million-step challenge to support sending kids to a summer camp. Please email to register, or for more information.


Sep 21- Oct 6: Spamalot @ Beddington Theatre Arts Centre (375 Bermuda Dr NW) Shows are at 7:30pm, with 2pm matinees on weekends. This is an adaptation of Monty Python and the Holy Grail. Find out more at

Oct 5-28: Pumpkin Palooza & Field of Screams @ Cobbs Adventure Park (1500 84 St NE) Get all of the details at

Oct 5-31: Screamfest @ Grandstand building, Stampede Park. 7pm-Midnight. Tickets are $30. This is be the last year that Screamfest runs. Go to for tickets and information.