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Edmonton Federation Of Community Leagues

Community paradeCanada’s oldest and strongest flourishing community leagues are found in Edmonton. Since its inception as an umbrella organization in 1921, the Edmonton Federation of Community Leagues has grown from a single league in 1917 (Crestwood, formerly the 142nd Street District) to 147 throughout the city.

Tree plantingAll of the leagues are volunteer organizations, and while their profile is in the realm of recreation—skating rinks, community halls and sports fields are among the better-known league-managed commodities—that has been but one focus of the organizations. Neighbourhood Watch, School Patrols and the Community Police Radio Network are all initiatives that began at community league level. According to Ron Kuban, author of the 2005 history of community leagues, Edmonton’s Urban Villages: The Community League Movement, this may be one reason behind the longevity of the leagues in Edmonton and throughout Canada.

Edmonton did not adopt a carbon copy of the American Centre Club concept, which Kuban writes had "evolved to a more politically focused and socialistic form. For Edmonton, however, the movement became a unique approach to citizen participation in community affairs. Unlike the City Club movement, Edmonton’s community leagues stood the test of time."

The Edmonton Federation of Community Leagues’ website is found at www.efcl.org.

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