Remember the flood and celebrate the spirit of Calgary on Saturday, June 21

Post Date: Tuesday, May 13, 2014
Mayor Nenshi at a community cafe during the 2013 floods
On June 20 and 21 last year, Calgary faced the greatest challenge in its history. This year, let's remember the flood while celebrating the spirit of Calgary and the remarkable outpouring of kindness, help, and citizenship exhibited by all Calgarians.

The best way to celebrate community is to do it in the community. On Saturday June 21, 2014, join with your neighbours in every community in Calgary to get to know each other better. Some communities are having block parties, some are having barbecues on their front lawns (instead of their back decks), some are coming together to clean up their neighbourhoods after this long winter.

Check with your local community association on what's planned in your neighbourhood, or, even better, organize something yourself. Enjoy the longest day of the year and kick off the summer by getting to know your neighbours better.

The City of Calgary has prepared a website for what we're calling Neighbour Day at You'll find ideas on what you can do, as well as simple tools to help you organize that block party or community clean-up. And make sure you let your City Councillor and the Mayor know what you're up to—you may find yourself with an unexpected guest!

“We've had a tough year,” said Mayor Naheed Nenshi. “But it's also been a year of triumph as we showed the world who we are and how we help each other. On June 21, let's remember what we've lost, but celebrate what we've gained: an even stronger community. Get to know your neighbours--it's the most rewarding thing you can do!”

For more information, ideas on how to celebrate, and tools and templates to help plan your Neighbour Day event, visit

Neighbour Day is part of The City of Calgary’s one-year commemoration of the 2013 June Flood. A formal commemoration event will be taking place on June 20. Details of that event will be released in the coming weeks.

For more information on flood recovery and flood preparation, visit

(Cross-posted from The City of Calgary Newsroom)