Canmore’s first annual Neighbour Day is Sunday, September 13, 2020. Residents are encouraged to celebrate the day by meeting new neighbours, performing a random act of neighbourliness or by holding (physically distanced) neighbourhood get-togethers.
In a poll conducted in April, 54% of Canadians felt physical distancing had left them feeling lonely or isolated. With the closure of our social infrastructures, it seems there is growing evidence that our neighbourhoods play a huge role in our social well-being
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.
Download our Neighbour Day postcard pdf here (658 KB) , fill out the prompts, and introduce yourself to a neighbour by dropping it off on a doorstep!
Ways to get involved this Neighbor 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
- Neighborhood Movie kit. Click here to read about bookable resources through the Town of Canmore!
- 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