About CDLI

CDLI is responding to a desire for ongoing community development learning opportunities and mutual support expressed by those working to strengthen Calgary’s communities.

A 2012 feasibility study commissioned by The United Way of Calgary and Area, The City of Calgary, Community and Neighbourhood Services, Family and Community Support Services (FCSS), and The Calgary Foundation found that the most effective way to become a successful community builder is through learning in action. Building on this interest, a number of engaged community partners have been working to create opportunities to learn together through an action/reflection approach and build on what is already working in supporting Calgary communities. 

Our Vision: All people in Calgary welcome each other and work together to take collective action for the common good.

Our Mission: Support people to strengthen communities across Calgary by inspiring learning, engagement and action!

Shared Understanding of Community Development: A process that surfaces shared visions to engage, organise, build relationships, and collective capacity of community members to take actions that address their common economic, social, cultural, and/or environmental interests.

Shared Understanding of Community Development (short version): A way of welcoming people and working together to take collective action for common good.

Project Lead: Amanda Palmer

E: AmandaPr@caryacalgary.ca

P: 403-919-3072


Who we are

CDLI members are residents, community leaders, practitioners, funders, and educators. CDLI embraces diverse participation across communities of place, communities of identity, such as ethno-cultural and faith-based communities, and communities of interest. We invite you to participate in CDLI  according to your interests, availability, and capacity.



A feasibility report (2012) by the United Way Calgary and areaCity of Calgary Community and Neighborhood Services and the Calgary Foundation sparked initial interest for organizing around community development learning, CDLI was launched with the efforts and resources from these original supporters along with the commitment of a number of engaged partner organizations:

CDLI is made possible through the continued support of the United Way Calgary and area, The City of Calgary - Community and Neighbourhood Services, The Calgary Foundation, and through the contributions of a growing number of partner organizations.