Special thanks to ENMAX and FCC for outdoor ice rink light fixtures

The Cambrian Heights Community Association would like to thank ENMAX and the Federation of Calgary Communities for their financial support in replacing our outdoor ice rink light fixtures with new LED lighting. The Energizing Spaces Fund provided by ENMAX and administered by the Federation has generously supported our Community in the past replacing aging electrical appliances. This grant allowed us to replace lighting fixtures that were over 20 years old and will provide substantial energy savings for the community over the winter months. This is the first step in the Community converting all its lighting usage to LED fixtures and further reducing electrical costs.

We invite all community residents to enjoy evening or daytime skating over the Christmas holidays and throughout the winter on our two ice surfaces behind the Community Hall.

President’s Message – January 2018

January is a new year and we wish all residents of Cambrian Heights a very happy and rewarding 2018. What better way to enjoy your neighbourhood and your children than participating in the growth and activities provided in our community. Your community Hall and facilities are there to be utilized by all residents. Whether winter ice skating under the lights, Hall birthday parties and family gatherings or spring and summer barbecues the facilities are yours to enjoy. Feel free to contact any Board member with questions, suggestions or proposals that utilize or improve our neighbourhood.

November witnessed the generation of two new events resulting from asking community residents to participate in the design and management of new programs sponsored by the Community Association. The first was a Lego Contest for children age categories from 4 to 14. This took place Saturday, November 18 and was an immediate success with the participation of all age categories. Pictures from this event may be found on the Community website at www.cambrianheightscommunity.com. A second event originally scheduled for December 2 witnessed the first joint project with the parents association from the Cambrian Heights Elementary School. This was a Rustic Sign workshop initiated as a fundraiser for the school children. Due to timing issues, this event was subsequently re-scheduled for early in the new year. We anticipate future events being held at the Hall throughout 2018 involving participation from both organizations in our attempt to increase volunteerism and community participation.

Our first scheduled event for 2018 will be our 4th Winter Polar Party on the outdoor ice rinks Saturday, January 27. This event is fun for all ages of children and ice skates, games, a warming fire and refreshments are provided free of charge. At this point, we also have scheduled another Pub night on February 10 and a Wine or Scotch tasting event in the first half of 2018. Our Annual General Meeting is tentatively scheduled for May 17. Be sure to mark your calendar and explore what is happening in your community. Lots of ideas are being generated for children’s activities based on our new partnership with Cambrian Elementary. Again, look for details in our website or the Community monthly Newsletter as we draw closer to the events.

The continuation of these programs, development of new programs and the financing of new and existing facilities within our community is the continuing objective of your Board of Directors. New volunteers are always needed for social and recreational programs throughout the year. Currently, we need rink rat volunteers for our outdoor ice maintenance. Please contact Scott at scottcolleenj@gmail.com for information.

No less critical are the financial, area developmental planning and administrative issues that may be less visual but are equally important. This Winter/Spring explore the possibility of volunteering a little of your time towards areas in which you feel comfortable and allow for flexible time commitments. Contact cambrianheights@gmail.com for more information.

As previously announced the Community Hall has witnessed an upgrade this summer to establish our facility as a full commercial kitchen. This now provides increased usage of the kitchen and thereby expand the types of events that may be hosted at the Hall. The challenge will be to generate ideas and programs that will develop its use potential into 2018 and 2019. Renting it out to commercial enterprises can add revenue for the Community but we hope its greatest use will be through community activities whether social, educational or charitable.

Thanks to a grant issued by the Federation of Calgary Communities and financed by ENMAX Corporation we have now replaced current ice rink and building lighting with LED energy saving fixtures that should reduce our electrical costs significantly. We added lighting to our secondary ice rink surface at the same time.

The next meeting of the Board will take place Monday, February 5 at the Georgina Thomson building on 14th Street and Northmount Drive NW at 6:30 PM. All residents are welcome to attend and share any concerns, questions or ideas you may have relevant to Cambrian Heights.

Remember Participation Builds Better Communities.

On Behalf of the Board;
Daryl Connolly, President

 

At A Glance Upcoming Events

Purchase your 2017 Community Membership now and save all year on community events!

You can email questions to president@cambrianheightscommunity.com or call (403) 284-1175.

Upcoming Events at Cambrian Heights Hall

January 27 Winter Polar Party 11-4pm Ice Rink – Hall
February 10 Pub/Game Night Hall
February 24 Rustic Sign Painting Hall

 

If you have an interest, hobby or sport you would like to share with others, please contact any of the Directors on the Association Board and we would be happy to help make it happen. The Hall is available most weekday evenings and is free for our community activities.

Polar Party 2018 Toonie Winter Carnival

Polar Party 2018

Bring those shiny new skates or borrow a pair from the Skate Shack and celebrate winter with your friends!  The skate shack has a huge selection of sizes for anyone interested.  We will have a fire pit to keep us warm (don’t forget to bring your own chairs), and the famous hot chocolate bar is back! Family skating is sponsored by the Cambrian Heights Community Association.

There will also be tons of fun at the Toonie Winter Carnival sponsored by the Cambrian Heights Parents Association!

  • Games and prizes!
  • Bake Sale
  • Chilli Cook Off – $2 a taste, Bring your Best Chili Recipe!
  • 3 on 3 shinny tournament – $2 entry fee, Teams: one adult, 2 kids

To register for shinny and Chilli cook-off, contact: jessdemars@hotmail.com

Bring your neighbours, good humour and warm coats and enjoy a day of winter fun.

Saturday, January 27, 2018, from 11 – 4 pm

Outdoor Ice Rink – 600 Northmount Dr, NW

Call for Volunteers:

We are looking for a few people to help at the Polar Party. Lead some activities or games, man the hot chocolate bar or tend to the fire pits! Any help is appreciated. Please email jessdemars@hotmail.com to lend a hand.

Lego Contest was fun for everyone big and small

Thanks to Nancy Else the first CHCA sponsored Lego Contest was a very good success with entries for all category ages. Many visitors stopped by and participation should increase next year as the word spreads of this entertaining event. The pictures below were snapped at the awards announcement and highlight just a few of the exhibits. More pictures will be added as they are received.

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President’s Message – December 2017

On Saturday, October 28 the Community hosted their annual Halloween Party featuring music, games, prizes and a great exhibition of costumes. Attendance was at a maximum for the Hall at times as participants came and went.  We want to thank all the volunteers that made this event possible especially Jessica Demers, Chris Maggiora and Board member Jennifer Manns. In addition, the City of Calgary provided three volunteers whose help was greatly appreciated.

At the writing of this letter, we are looking forward to two new events.  The first new event is being introduced on Saturday, November 18 at the Community Hall. Thanks to one of our members, Nancy Else, we are holding a Lego Contest for children age categories from 4 to 14. The theme for the contest is Canada 150 and is open to community residents and those of surrounding neighbourhoods. A second new event is planned for December 2 involving a joint effort between the Community Association and the Cambrian Heights School Parents Association. This is a fundraiser for the school focused on an evening of Rustic Sign Painting, wine and deserts. For more information and event details please see our website www.cambrianheightscommunity.com or contact Jessica Demers at jessdemers@hotmail.com. In addition, the Polar Party will return January 27 with expanded activities. At this point, we also anticipate another Pub night and a Wine or Scotch tasting event in the first quarter of 2018. Again, look for details on our website or the Community Newsletter as we draw closer to the events.

The continuation of these programs, development of new programs and the financing of new and existing facilities within our community is the continuing objective of your Board of Directors. Our developing partnership with the Cambrian Heights School holds great promise for new events combining the Community resources and the school volunteer base. New volunteers are always needed for social and recreational programs throughout the year. No less critical are the financial and administrative issues that may be less visual but are equally important. This Fall/Winter explore the possibility of volunteering a little of your time towards areas in which you feel comfortable and allow for flexible time commitments.

The Community Hall has witnessed an upgrade this summer to establish our facility as a full commercial kitchen. This now provides increased usage of the kitchen and thereby expand the types of events that may be hosted at the Hall. This program has been in planning and development for the past three years. With grants from both the City of Calgary and the Provincial Government, the cost of this work is minimal to the Community. We anticipate the establishment of our kitchen as a full commercial cooking facility in late December or early January 2018. In anticipation of this enhanced use capability, we have modified our rental rates slightly in recognition of other community halls with equivalent facilities. The challenge will be to generate ideas and programs that will develop its use potential into 2018 and 2019. Renting it out to commercial enterprises can add revenue for the Community but we hope its greatest use will be through community activities whether social, educational or charitable. If you have any ideas please contact us at cambrianheights@gmail.com.

Thanks to a grant issued through the Federation of Calgary Communities and financed by ENMAX Corporation we will be replacing current ice rink and building lighting with LED energy saving fixtures that should reduce our electrical costs significantly. We will add lighting to our secondary ice rink at the same time.

We have at our Annual General Meeting held in May raised the membership fees (except for senior rates which remain constant) for the Community effective January 1, 2018. These fees will now be more comparable to those of surrounding communities. However, until the effective date, 2018 memberships may be purchased at existing rates. See our website or the Community newsletter for registration.

The next public meeting of the Board will take place Monday, January 8 at the Georgina Thomson building on 14th Street and Northmount Drive NW at 6:30 PM. All residents are welcome to attend and share any concerns, questions or ideas you may have relevant to Cambrian Heights.

Remember Participation Builds Better Communities.

 

On Behalf of the Board;

Daryl Connolly, President

 

Rustic Sign Painting Has Been Postponed

This event has been postponed to 2018 due to not meeting minimum registration.

Watch for updates in 2018!

President’s Message – November 2017

On Saturday, September 30 the Community hosted a Canadian wine tasting in honour of Canada’s 150th Birthday. While attendance was less than we would have liked the event was a big success and plans remain to hold more such events in 2018. Should you wish to participate in future such events or have ideas you may wish to explore please contact Barb Milne at blmilne@shaw.ca. We have also scheduled our annual Halloween Party for October 28th. Children of all ages are welcome with music, games, prizes, food and dancing. This is an annual event and has been enjoyed by our residents and guests over the years. Tickets will be available in advance on our website www.cambrianheightscommunity.com. A new event is being introduced on Saturday, November 18 at the Community Hall. Thanks to one of our members, Nancy Else, we are holding a Lego Contest for children age categories from 4 to 14. The theme for the contest is Canada 150 and is open to community residents and those of surrounding neighbourhoods. For more information see our website or contact Nancy with questions or volunteer offers at nancy.else@gmail.com. In addition, the Polar Party will return in late January. Again, look for details on our website or the Community Newsletter as we draw closer to the event.

The continuation of such programs, development of new programs and the financing of new and existing facilities within our community is the continuing objective of your Board of Directors. Volunteers are always needed for social and recreational programs throughout the year. No less critical are the financial and administrative issues that may be less visual but are equally important. This fall, explore the possibility of volunteering a little of your time towards areas in which you feel comfortable and allow for flexible time commitments.

The Community Hall has witnessed an upgrade this summer to establish our facility as a full commercial kitchen. This now provides increased usage of the kitchen and thereby expand the types of events that may be hosted at the Hall. This program has been in planning and development for the past three years. With grants from both the City of Calgary and the Provincial Government, the cost of this work will be minimal to the Community. The challenge will be to generate ideas and programs that will develop its use potential into 2018 and 2019. Renting it out to commercial enterprises can add revenue for the Community but we hope its greatest use will be through community activities whether social, educational or charitable. If you have any ideas please contact us at cambrianheights@gmail.com

Your community continues to offer excellent facilities and the financial ability to promote more social and educational activities for our residents. We have evening space available for community use. Our community always welcomes residents who wish to initiate new programs or join our Social Committee to bring new ideas for recreational or educational evenings. You need only commit time to help organize and help manage one such activity a year. We have dedicated and experienced Directors to help guide and advise but need more members offering a little time once a year to help expand and improve our Programs and Events. Please contact me at president@cambrianheightscommunity.com or any other director for further insights into participation with our volunteer team.

The next meeting of the Board will take place Monday, December 11 at the Georgina Thomson building on 14th Street and Northmount Drive NW at 66:30 PM. All residents are welcome to attend and share any concerns, questions or ideas you may have relevant to Cambrian Heights.

 

Remember Participation Builds Better Communities.

 

On Behalf of the Board;

Daryl Connolly, President

 

Off-Leash Ambassador Volunteers Needed

The Off-Leash Ambassador program is an innovative approach with a volunteer-based, citizen-led initiative to promote responsible pet ownership in Calgary’s 150 off-leash parks.

Volunteers in the program will:

  • Promote responsible pet ownership, positive pet interactions and safety in off-leash areas through the provision of information and demonstrations
  • Answer questions regarding Calgary’s bylaws in off-leash areas
  • Act as positive role models in off-leash parks in terms of adhering with Calgary’s bylaws
  • Provide an avenue for citizens to express concerns and pass along concerns to City staff
  • Promote the work of Calgary Community Standards and the services available at the Animal Services Centre, such as animal adoption and licensing.

Ambassadors will receive training to familiarize themselves with bylaws, canine body language, as well as tactics to communicate with the public.

For more information and to apply, please visit:  www.calgary.ca/offleashvolunteer

President’s Message – October 2017

October will be a significant month for the City of Calgary with the civic election October 16. Cambrian Heights has been moved into Ward 4 and your Board will need to carefully monitor the platforms of those running in our Ward for Councillor. Advance voting runs from October 4-11 (excluding Oct. 9). We encourage all residents to vote for mayor, councillor and school board trustees and take an active interest in policies and issues in this election.

The Community Hall has witnessed an upgrade this summer towards establishing our facility as a full commercial kitchen. Once finalized this will allow increased usage of the kitchen and thereby expand the types of events that may be hosted at the Hall. This upgrade has been in planning and development for the past three years. Now is the time to generate ideas and programs that will develop its use potential into 2018 and 2019. Renting it out to commercial enterprises can add revenue for the Community but we hope its greatest use will be through community activities whether social, educational or charitable. If you have any ideas please contact us at cambrianheights@gmail.com

At the end of September, we hosted a Canadian Wine Tasting experience at the Community Hall. This was the third such event since initiating the concept in 2016. Our next social event will be Saturday, October 28 where we will host at the CHCA Hall our annual Halloween Party for children of all ages with games, prizes for costumes, entertainment and food. Adults can enjoy beverages while watching the fun. Anyone wishing to help out may contact us at our email address above or call any of the directors. Get your tickets in advance, or at the door.

Your community offers excellent facilities and the financial ability to promote social and educational activities for our residents. We have evening space available for community use. Our community always welcomes residents who wish to initiate new programs or join our Social Committee to bring new ideas for recreational or educational evenings. You need only commit time to help organize and help manage one such activity a year. We have dedicated and experienced Directors to help guide and advise but need more members offering a little time once a year to help expand and improve our Programs and Events. Please contact me at president@cambrianheightscommunity.com or any other director for further insights into participation with our volunteer team. Without your participation, the programs and events cannot happen.

As announced at our Annual General Meeting the Community Membership fees will increase modestly in 2018 for all categories except for Seniors. This increase will bring us in line with neighbouring communities. Details may be found on the website.

The next meeting of the Board will take place Monday, October 2  at the Georgina Thomson  building on 14th Street and Northmount Drive NW at 6:306:30 PM. residents are welcome to attend and share any concerns, questions or ideas you may have relevant to Cambrian Heights.

Remember Participation Builds Better Communities.

 

On Behalf of the Board;

Daryl Connolly, President