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 community.

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.  CDLI is a learning opportunity for these community builders:

  • Residents, in their varied roles as leaders, participants, supporters, organizers and mobilizers in their communities.
  • Community Development Practitioners, as they enhance their skills through continuous and reflective learning.
  • Supporters, who are working to understand how to best support the community’s collective capacity and contribute to community change.

Please join us as we work together to build capacity, engage others, and explore ways to integrate learning into actions that make a difference in our city.

Current Project Lead: Abbas Mancey

E: abbasm@caryacalgary.ca P: 403-919-3072


Who we are

CDLI participants are residents, community leaders, practitioners, funders and educators. CDLI embraces diverse participation across neighbourhoods, communities of interest such as ethno-cultural and faith-based communities, and other kinds of organizations. 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, City of Calgary Community and Neighbourhood Services and through the contributions of a growing number of partner organizations.