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

 

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