Both CTV Calgary and CTV Edmonton have an online Community Calendar to which they invite nonprofit and community organizations in Edmonton and Calgary and the surrounding areas to submit events. From the submissions, they select events to feature on their Community Calendar segment that airs seven days a week, several times a day in each city. In Calgary, the Community Calendar segment is hosted by Pearl Tsang, CTV Calgary’s traffic specialist and a graduate of Mount Royal University’s broadcasting program. In Edmonton, the Community Calendar segment is hosted by Josh Klassen, CTV Edmonton’s weather specialist and a graduate of NAIT’s Radio and Television Arts program.
If you have an event you would like to be included in CTV Calgary’s online Community Calendar, email your request to Pearl Tsang at Calgarycalendar@ctv.ca THREE weeks prior to the event date. CTV will contact you if your event has been chosen to be on Community Calendar.
If you have an event you would like to be included in CTV Edmonton’s online community calendar, submit it THREE weeks before the event using the online form on their website. CTV Edmonton is only one of two CTV stations in Canada that has a fully featured community events calendar to which any community organization can submit an event. The only other CTV station in Canada that shares this feature is CTV Vancouver.
Community involvement has been a central philosophy of CTV Calgary since it first aired in 1960. They support and promote numerous charities and causes and was recognized by the Alberta’s Promise organization for the station’s commitment to children in Calgary and southern Alberta. The station sponsors a number of children’s initiatives throughout the year including the Kids Cancer Care Foundation and the Calgary International Children’s Festival.
An initiative that CTV Calgary is extremely proud of is its “Friends Helping Friends Program” that includes an annual food drive and renovation project. Over the years the Friends Helping Friends Food Drive has become one of the Calgary’s most recognized events and has raised over $1.4 million dollars since its inception for the Calgary Food Bank. The “Friends Helping Friends Operation Renovation” has become just as successful. Station volunteers have helped to renovate and refurbish a local hospice, the Calgary Women’s Emergency Shelter and most recently an emergency nursery for families in crisis.
CTV Edmonton has likewise demonstrated a commitment to community involvement from its beginning in 1954. When Josh Classen is not forecasting the weather or hosting the Community Calendar segment, he’s volunteering his time. Favourite activities include the “Hats for the Homeless” campaign and his recent trip to Nicaragua for World Vision. Throughout the year, he visits schools in the Edmonton area to groom forecasters of the future in his “Weather Watcher’s” segment. Carrie Doll, the evening news anchor, also enthusiastically supports community iniatives. She is the honorary chairman of the YWCA in Edmonton and has been involved with the CIBC Run for the Cure for many years. CTV also got behind the Food For Thought campaign which supports E4C’s school lunch program. Like their sister station in Calgary, they also have their own charity — CTV’s Good Neighbour Fund!
See more about CTV Calgary’s Community Calendar.
See more about CTV Edmonton’s Community Calendar.