COVID-19 Update March 23, 2020 4pm

Please read below for updates on Calgary AA meetings and Services

Read letter from Calgary Intergroup (PDF) (HTML) Read letter from General Service Office (PDF) (HTML)

** CENTRAL OFFICE IS NOW CLOSED DUE TO COVID-19 **

The following changes are now in effect:

MEETINGS:

EVENTS:

  • Area 78 Assembly has been cancelled
  • Service Seminar on March 28th has been cancelled
  • 2020 International Convention has been cancelled. Read official statement here

SERVICE COMMITTEES:

  • CGSC for Monday March 16th has been cancelled

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ONLINE MEETINGS:

  • Calgary and Region Online Meetings

See All Calgary and Region Online Meetings (click here)

  • Spirit of the North – Area 78

WHEN:   Every Sunday, Monday, & Wednesday Night

TIME:     Mondays (big book study) 7:00 PM Mountain Time; Sunday and Wednesday 7:00 PM Mountain Time

HOW TO JOIN US:

      • From a Computer/Laptop/Tablet:
      • – Download Zoom (Zoom.us – The Cloud Meeting)
      • – Dark grey area at the bottom of the page
      • – Computer must have camera and microphone
      • From a Smartphone/iPad:
      • – Download Zoom app

CLICK:   Join Meeting

Enter PMI (Personal Meeting ID):  886-459-0234

  • Area 78 Online Meeting Directory

Area 78 has a downloadable PDF containing regional online AA Meetings (click here)

  • Online Intergroup

This is a website hosting a variety of online meetings http://aa-intergroup.org/ 

  • Registering an Online Meeting with Calgary Intergroup

If your group has moved online and you would like to register it with calgaryaa.org simply fill out this form (click here)

  • Alternatives

Groups are currently using Social Media, Google Hangouts, Zoom and other forms of online resources to host and attend meetings. Check with your group members or GSR’s and find out what your group is doing.

  • How-To-Set-Up-Your-Own-Online-Meeting

How To Create Remote meetings instructions

  • From G.S.O

“Contingency plans have included: creating contact lists and keeping in touch by phone, email or social media; meeting by phone or online. If a group isn’t holding its regular meetings, they may want to communicate this to local A.A. resources, such as the district, area and intergroup or central office. Many local A.A. entities have added information to their websites about how to change a meeting format from “in-person” to online. Some groups have shared that they are utilizing digital platforms such as Zoom, Google Hangouts, or a conference call. Some groups have also added a “virtual Seventh Tradition basket” to remain self-supporting and to keep up the services at the group and the A.A. entities that serve them.” (See full letter)

If attending a meeting the following guidelines are recommended by Alberta Health Services for all events/meetings of 50 people or less:

  • Clarify that individuals who are sick with a fever or cough should not attend (even if symptomsappear to be mild or resembling a cold);
  • Recommend that anyone at high-risk of severe disease not attend the event;
  • Reduce the number of participants or change the venue to prevent crowding;
  • Stagger the time of arrivals and departures;
  • Provide packaged refreshments instead of a buffet;
  • Increase access to handwashing stations;
  • Frequently clean surfaces that are touched often;
  • Promote personal protective practices (hand hygiene, respiratory etiquette, staying home if ill); (note; would be good to have a link to that info here)
  • Offer virtual or live‐streamed activities instead of in-person events; and
  • Change the event program to remove activities that increase the risk of disease transmission suchas those that require physical contact between participants

For more information please see Alberta Health Services