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In commemoration of the incredible outpouring of support and generosity of neighbours following the 2013 floods, The City of Calgary will celebrate its 10th annual Neighbour Day on Saturday, June 17, 2023.

This year, The City is once again offering free permits for block party and greenspace events taking place on Neighbour Day. The deadline to submit permit applications for Neighbour Day
events is Sunday, May 28.

Calgarians can also invite the Mayor, their local councillor, Calgary’s police officers, firefighters, and peace officers to their Neighbour Day event. An official invitation request can be submitted through

“Our neighbours are the people we see every day. They witness our ups and downs and due to proximity, they are the people we turn to in an emergency,” said Mayor Jyoti Gondek. “It was
from such an emergency that Neighbor Day was born 10 years ago. Today, we continue to gather to recognize that these connections matter to our families, and to the health and prosperity of our city.”

Held annually on the third Saturday of June, Neighbour Day is an opportunity for neighbours to come together in the form of block parties, BBQs, cleanups, sport activities, and/or kids’ crafts and games.

Additional ideas on how to celebrate Neighbour Day, include:

• Decorate the outside of your house or yard;
• Have a community picnic at a local park;
• Host a neighbourhood potluck or front yard BBQ;
• Host afternoon tea in your backyard;
• Organize a parade of lawn parties;
• Hold a street or sidewalk chalk drawing competition;
• Grab a Litter Cleanup Kit, get together and tidy up your park or natural area;
• Help your neighbour with their spring cleaning or gardening;
• Make up your own way to celebrate your community spirit in Calgary.

As part of the 10th annual Neighbour Day, The City is holding a special one-day emergency preparedness event at the Genesis Centre (7555 Falconridge Blvd N.E., south parking lot) on
June 17 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. One of the best things about living in a great neighbourhood is meeting other community members and building strong connections. These relationships are especially important when something unexpected, like an emergency, happens. This free, family-friendly event will provide Calgarians with the opportunity to learn how to prepare their household for emergencies, meet with local emergency service providers and develop new connections within the community.

To participate in Neighbour Day and access celebration ideas, an event planning kit, information about permits, templates, and other logistical considerations, visit

Sean Chu

Sean Chu arrived in Calgary from Taiwan in 1985 speaking not a word of English, and within 7 years he was a sworn officer with the Calgary Police Service. From that point on Sean worked with the Calgary Police Service as on Officer for 21 years in a number of roles until 2013.

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