Town of Canmore

Neighbour Day

 

Canmore’s second annual Neighbour Day is Sunday, September 12, 2021. Residents are encouraged to celebrate the day by meeting new neighbours, performing a random act of neighbourliness or by holding neighbourhood get-togethers.

Looking for ways to celebrate this year? Scroll down to read about what you can do to celebrate, including renting movie kits and the Community Connection Trailer from Family and Community Support Services (FCSS). We've got some great downloads for ideas as well as our annual postcard. For those without a printer, a limited number of ideas kits will be available for pick-up at the FCSS office in the Civic Centre (902 7 Avenue). 

 

What is Neighbour Day? 

Neighbour Day is an annual celebration of community. It is about encouraging people to connect with neighbours, inspiring neighbourliness, gathering neighbours to work on a neighbourhood project, learning about all the gifts and crafts your neighbours have to offer or creating opportunities to simply have fun.

Why Celebrate Neighbour Day?
The goal of Neighbour Day is to help build relationships between neighbours because knowing your neighbours can help transform neighbourhoods into welcoming, safe and inclusive places to live. Building social connections is especially important as it helps prevent loneliness, isolation, and depression, especially among the elderly, the vulnerable, and those new to Canada. It is also a good opportunity to learn who lives around you and share the unique skills, passions, and talents that each neighbour possesses.
What Can You do to Celebrate Neighbour Day?

Getting involved in Neighbour Day doesn’t need to be a grand gesture, it can be as simple as taking the time to welcome a new neighbour to the area, hosting a neighbourhood BBQ, or having neighbours over for tea or coffee.

Rent the Community Connection Trailer or a Movie Kit from Family and Community Support Services

  • The Community Connection Trailer comes with everything you need to host your own block party: BBQ, tables, chairs, and a tent.
  • The Movie Kits include a 12 x 12 foot tent and a projector so that you can host a neighbourhood movie night

More information about the Community Connection Trailer and Movie Kits is here

Download a document from our Ideas Kit!

Download our Neighbour Day postcard pdf here (542 KB) , fill out the prompts, and introduce yourself to a neighbour by dropping it off on a doorstep!

 

Other Ways to Get Involved this Neighbour Day

It doesn’t matter if you live in an apartment, condo, townhouse or detached home, there are many ways to connect with your neighbours. Here are a few suggestions:

  • Block Party
  • Host a distanced neighborhood concert or story time
  • Create a neighborhood Facebook page
  • Foodbank donation contest Sept 1-13 
  • Communal side walk chalk art
  • DIY plans to build neighborhood little libraries. Click here for some inspiration!
  • Friendly competitions: best homemade mask, lemonade stand, yard decorating, best sauces/food items, best sidewalk chalk murals (individual and collective)
  • Dance party on the Street- squares for family cohorts
  • Order take out from local restaurants and eat in your yard/street/front porches with other neighbours
  • Showcase quarantine efforts: showcase art/hobbies on front lawns in walking community exhibition
  • Create an "I Love my Neighbourhood Because..." board and fill it in with neighbours and friends
  • Neighbourhood Bingo- create bingo sheets that ask neighbours to find other neighbours that have certain skills (sewing, carpentry, musical, child minding, canning, etc)
  • Coffee with a neighbour
  • Host a Neighbourhood wine and cheese night
  • Host a Neighbourhood card game tournament
  • Host a canning gathering
  • Host a garden bed making workshop
  • Create a little lending shack/network for tools, outdoor gear, toys etc.
  • Have a karaoke or neighbourhood trivia night
  • Organize a street hockey game
  • Organize a neighbourhood clean-up
  • Morning walk or hike
  • Have an afternoon tea in the park
  • Organize a scavenger hunt
  • Host a talent show or porch concert

The Town of Canmore is located within Treaty 7 region of Southern Alberta. In the spirit of respect, reciprocity and truth, we honour and acknowledge the Canmore area, known as “Chuwapchipchiyan Kudi Bi” (translated in Stoney Nakoda as “shooting at the willows”) and the traditional Treaty 7 territory and oral practices of the Îyârhe Nakoda (Stoney Nakoda) – comprised of the Bearspaw First Nation, Chiniki First Nation, and Wesley First Nation – as well as the Tsuut’ina First Nation and the Blackfoot Confederacy comprised of the Siksika, Piikani, Kainai. We acknowledge that this territory is home to the Métis Nation of Alberta, Region 3, within the historical Northwest Métis homeland. We acknowledge all Nations who live, work, and play and help us steward this land and honour and celebrate this territory. We commit to working to live in right relations and to advance Truth and Reconciliation.

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