President’s Message – January 2023

We begin a new year with enthusiasm and the addition of new volunteer residents who hope to introduce additional social and educational programs in 2023. We are starting with our annual  Polar Party scheduled for January 28. Thanks to KidSports we will be providing free skates and helmets for children and adults as well as a fire pit and hot chocolate and cookies for warmth. Everyone will be able to enjoy the two outdoor ice rinks maintained by our community volunteers. If you want to help out at the Polar Party please contact us at cambrianheights@gmail.com . We also intend to partner with Rosemont Community with our annual Spring Cleanup event. Dates will be determined by the City of Calgary so watch our website (cambrianheightscommunity.com) for details. Also stay tuned for a St. Patrick Day celebration in March featuring a live band and Celtic dance.

Our new Social Committee has been formed to address the continuation of existing social events as well as developing new programs to involve all elements of our community. If you have some ideas or suggestions feel free to contact the committee at social@cambrianheightscommunity.com .

We have been awarded Casino dates of April 17 and 18 in 2023. Casino proceeds allow the Association to remain financially viable and provide services and facilities to the community. We need volunteers for those two nights to work a shift at the Pure Casino Calgary. No experience is required. Come and enjoy a hot meal, meet fellow residents and support your community. Transportation will be provided to and from the casino location if required. Please contact us at  president@cambrianheightscommunity.com for more information.

We have experienced problems accessing technical expertise to maintain, update and enhance our website. This is being corrected in December and we hope to have the website updated by the new year and thereafter enhanced for the delivery to all residents issues of importance and activities throughout the year. If there is something you would like to see on our website in 2023 please let us know. 

As always, we continue to invite residents to become involved in community issues and activities by volunteering some time as either a Board member or volunteer for specific activities. We currently are in need of a volunteer to help with our Casino planning. To discuss volunteer opportunities or if you have questions or comments please contact us. Your community has a dedicated but small group of volunteers trying to make your community safe, vigilant towards new developments and providing programs such as Fitness and Yoga while engaging residents with social events. But we continue to need help. Consider at minimum registering your email address on our website to gain early access to upcoming programs, social events and issues of importance to the community.

Daryl Connolly, President CHCA

President’s Message – December 2022

December brings cold weather and snow but provides us with outdoor activities at the Community facilities. Two ice rinks are maintained by our Rink Rats headed by Scott Jacobson. The highlight of the skating season will be the Polar party scheduled for January 28. Thanks to KidSports we will be providing free skates and helmets for children and adults as well as a fire pit and hot chocolate for warmth. Watch the website (cambrianheightscommunity.com) and our Facebook page for details. If you want to volunteer to help our Rink Rats or assist at the Polar party please contact us at cambrianheights@gmail.com for more information.

We held our second annual pumpkin giveaway on a cold Saturday October 22. A Halloween banner was added this year allowing many parents to photograph their children as they came to enjoy the free pumpkin. Shown in the picture were Board organizers Jennifer Manns, her husband Derek, Barb Milne and myself. The pumpkins were all handed out within 4 hours and we had some disappointed families at the end once we ran out. More pumpkins will be ordered next year.

We have been awarded Casino dates of April 17 and 18 in 2023. Casino proceeds allow the Association to remain financially viable and provide services and facilities to the community. We need volunteers for those two nights to work a shift at the Pure Casino Calgary. No experience is required. Come and enjoy a hot meal, meet fellow residents and support your community. Transportation can be provided to and from the casino location if required. Please contact the association or one of the Board members for more information.

As always, we continue to invite residents to become involved in community issues and activities by volunteering some time as either a Board member or volunteer for specific activities. We currently are in need of a volunteer to help with our Casino planning as well as our social network communications.. To discuss volunteer opportunities or if you have questions or comments please contact us at president@cambrianheightscommunity.com. Consider at minimum registering your email address on our website to gain early access to upcoming programs, social events and issues of importance to the community.

As we approach the holiday season the food costs we are all witnessing has become a larger burden to some local families. Recently I visited the Pathway Church in our community and they offer free access for anyone in need to a private room filled with basic food items. In need individuals may visit as many times as they wish and their visit is completely private and without obligation. They need only call (403-456-6860) or email admin@pathwaychurch.ca to sure someone is there to provide access to the food room. If you know of families or individuals in need please let them know of this service. 

From all of us on the Board of the Community Association we wish all residents a joyous and healthy  Holiday Season as well as a happy New Year in 2023.

Daryl Connolly, President CHCA

President’s Message – November 2022

November brings the cool temperatures but signals the start of the two outdoor ice rinks managed by our Rink Rats headed by Scott Jacobson. These ice surfaces attract residents and visitors alike all winter and we encourage everyone to enjoy the excellent ice surfaces provided by Scott and his crew. If you wish to help out please give Scott a call at (403-771-9755) and volunteer some of your time to helping out. The highlight of the skating season will be the Polar party scheduled for January 28. Watch the website (cambrianheightscommunity.com) and our Facebook page for details. 

The mural on the Community Hall wall facing our parking lot is now completed. The design incorporated mid century colours representing the age of the building with an abstract vibrance we wish to identify in an active and evolving Cambrian Heights. Pictured in the photo are the two design committee members Barb Milne and Andrew Connolly, along with the artists Larissa Schuler and myself. We hope everyone by now has seen the completed work either at the September outdoor concert, walking by or at our October Halloween pumpkin giveaway. 

Recently City Council passed a motion establishing a HousingGrade-Oriented (H-GO) zoning district to those areas within 200 meters of a main street or activity centre in areas without a Local Area Plan. This will allow medium density building defined as “brownstones and row housing’ in the middle of an RC-1 block. This was developed by City planners in consultation with developers and their building preferences. While specific rezoning to H-GO will require approvals, this plan fits with the City goals of densification. We will be monitoring any such applications in our community. 

We continue to move forward with the development of the Cambrian Heights Off-Leash Park bordering on Queen’s Park Cemetery. A new log feature has been installed  by Calgary Parks and they have confirmed their plans to add more trees in the spring of next year. The Committee is working with them on the type and design of the tree planting to sustain the balance between open spaces, clear vision and the shade and aesthetics of the added greenery.. The design of a central park feature has been published in prior newsletter issues and a funding campaign will be organized to support its development as we close 2022 and move into 2023.

As always, we continue to invite residents to become involved in community issues and activities by volunteering some time as either a Board member or volunteer for specific activities. Currently we are in need of both a Social and Casino Director. To discuss volunteer opportunities or if you have questions or comments please contact us at president@cambrianheightscommunity.com. Consider at minimum registering your email address on our website to gain early access to upcoming programs, social events and issues of importance to the community.

Daryl Connolly, President CHCA

President’s Message – September 2022

With the arrival of September family attention turns towards a new school year and the organization of in door sports such a hockey, basketball, volleyball and even soccer. The Cambrian Heights Community Association is no different as we focus on activities and programs for the fall and winter months. Our Fitness and Yoga programs have started up again. We reference you to our website and posters in this newsletter for further details of these two long running programs. 

As was previously announced we are planning to start the fall social program with an afternoon free outdoor family music concert and food event on Saturday September 17 starting at noon. Once again the Gunn Blues Band, who are rapidly attaining national recognition, will be performing. Bring your lawn chairs or picnic blankets and relax on the lawn behind the hall. We will have a food truck and will be providing cash vouchers for the food truck. Mark the date on your calendar. This event was very well attended last year.

In October we are planning our annual Halloween dance for children and their parents. We need volunteers to restart this program that has been shutdown for two years with COVID. We would also love to host a fall or Christmas Market if anyone in the community is willing to organize such an event. Contact us at cambrianheights@gmail.com and we can add support for any new events or program ideas.

On July 16 the car show, Die Volksmesse 2022, was held at the community centre and was sponsored by Bugs, Bunnies and Buses (bugsbunniesandbuses.com). It was well attended and I have enclosed a few pictures of the cars and participants.

We have also initiated a project to paint a mural on the Community Hall wall facing our parking lot. The design has been approved and may be completed by the publication of this newsletter. I have published in early August the design in our website (www.cambrianheightscommunity.com) and through our social media outlets. I hope everyone will see this art as a beacon to the Community Hall and its activities and resources.

We continue to move forward with the development of the Cambrian Heights Off-Leash Park bordering on Queen’s Park Cemetery. Included within this Newsletter is the design concept for the gathering feature being proposed for this park. The development of this feature will require a successful fundraising program. Please watch our website for details of how you may support and participate in this effort. We wish to thank Calgary Parks for their continued support as we work to enhance our community’s green spaces.

On a negative note we experienced another Hall break-in over the July 9 weekend. This seems to be an annual event. Nothing was stolen as there is little of commercial value in the hall, but damage was done. Should you witness unusual activity around the hall please contact Calgary Police Services. 

The Board is supporting a recent initiative by the Calgary Police Service to establish a Community Watch Program. This is primarily an informational program on crime prevention. We are setting up a committee to pursue this joint program. More information will be provided through our website and social media platforms in the future outlining how you will be able to get involved or access details.

As always, we continue to invite residents to become involved in community issues and activities by volunteering some time as either a Board member or volunteer for specific activities. Currently we are in need of a Social and Casino Director. To discuss any ideas or volunteer opportunities or if you have questions please contact us at president@cambrianheightscommunity.com. Consider at minimum registering your email address on our website to gain early access to upcoming programs, social events and issues of importance to the community.

Daryl Connolly, President CHCA

President’s Message – August 2022

By the publication of this Newsletter, the Calgary Stampede will have come and gone. Many of you will also be returning from vacations as the new school year begins. We hope everyone had a summer worth celebrating after two years of pandemic turmoil.

Our Annual General Meeting was held on June 28 to vote on the Board of Directors for the 2022-23 term. Both MLA Jeremy Nixon and Councillor Sean Chu attended. After the formal part of the meeting, a spirited discussion took place—focused on health issues, community traffic concerns and City of Calgary budgetary directions. A reception followed the meeting, which was conducive to individual discussions on residents’ concerns and future community programming.

On July 16, the car show, Die Volksmesse 2022, was held at the community centre and was sponsored by Bugs, Bunnies and Buses (bugsbunniesandbuses.com). This was our first such hosting and at the writing of this note, I can only hope the weather cooperated, and it provided a unique Saturday Stampede diversion.

We are planning to start the fall program with an afternoon free outdoor family music concert and food event on Saturday, September 17. Once again, the Gunn Blues Band, who are rapidly attaining national recognition, will be performing. Bring your lawn chairs or picnic blankets and relax on the lawn behind the hall. We will have a food truck and provide vouchers for residents. Mark the date on your calendar.

Our Fitness and Yoga programs will be starting up again in September. We refer you to our website for further details on these two long-running programs. Consider registering your email address on our website to gain early access to upcoming programs, social events and issues of importance to the community.

We have also initiated a project to paint a mural on the Community Hall wall facing our parking lot. We had hoped to publish the final design in this issue, but that design work has not been completed at the publication deadline. Once decided, we will publish a preview on our website and social media outlets. The City of Calgary supports this effort with a 50% grant under their Inspiring Neighbourhood Grants program. We thank them for this support.

 

Some of you may have noticed our new sign Board in front of the Community Hall. It was installed in mid-June and, after some minor modifications, is in full service to advertise events and programs. Its new lighting will be very noticeable once our summer days begin to shorten.

The Board of your community association continues to support involvement in future development plans for Cambrian Heights plus activities that support safety, personal development and social interaction. We are supporting a recent initiative by the Calgary Police Service to establish a Community Watch Program. This is primarily an informational program on crime prevention. We are setting up a committee to pursue this joint program. More information will be provided through our website and social media platforms in the future, outlining how you will be able to get involved or access details.

As always, we continue to invite residents to become involved in community issues and activities by volunteering some time as either a Board member or volunteer for specific activities. Perhaps attend a Board meeting. To discuss or if you have questions please contact us at president@cambrianheightscommunity.com.

Enjoy your summer!

Daryl Connolly, President CHCA

President’s Message – July 2022

With the advent of summer and vacations, the activity at our hall switches towards weddings, celebrations and summer camps. This year we will be supporting kids with disabilities camp put on by Between Friends. This will run from July 4 through August 26. This camp will utilize the hall facilities over the summer while the Edelweiss Preparatory School goes on summer recess. Our Fitness and Yoga programs will be suspended over the two summer months and start back up in September. Watch our website for details.

We hosted our Southern France Wine Tasting Event on May 28 and had a good turnout to enjoy wines and their detailed vintage descriptions by Highlander Wine and Spirits supported by excellent charcuterie boards provided by Springbank Cheese. Dave Thomas and his crew of Barb, Wendy and Lori are to be congratulated on this great event. This marked a return of activities to the community hall after nearly two years of COVID shutdown.

On July 16 the car show, Die Volksmesse 2022, will be held at the community centre and is being sponsored by Bugs, Bunnies and Buses (bugsbunniesandbuses.com). Reference the poster in this issue and their website for more details.

Our Annual General Meeting was held on June 28 to vote in the Board of Directors for the 2022-23 term. Hopefully, you were in attendance to witness the excellent financial position of the Community and our plans for 2022 and 2023. We encourage your participation in Board and community activities as we attempt to provide a central source of both development and social activities for our residents.

We are planning to start the fall program with an afternoon family music and food event on Saturday, September 17. Once again the Gunn Blues Band will be performing an outdoor music concert free to all. Just bring your lawn chairs or picnic blankets and relax on the lawn behind the hall. We plan to have additional activities for the family as well as food and non-alcoholic beverages being available. Mark this date on your calendar.
Later in the fall, we plan to hold our annual Halloween Party and in the early new year our Polar Skating event. Consult our website (www.cambrianheightscommunity.com) for details in the coming months

We have also initiated a project to paint a mural on the Community Hall wall facing our parking lot. We will be selecting a design and publishing a preview in our August Newsletter, our website and through our social media outlets. Please consider registering your email address on our website to gain early access to upcoming events and issues of importance to the community.

We have all noticed an increase in development activity in Cambrian Heights. With the resignation of three of our Board members this year anyone interested in a role in the development of our community should consider joining our Planning Committee or perhaps the Board of Directors. It is a great way to help shape the nature of Cambrian Heights in the future. We are also looking for someone interested in helping coordinate our social programs. To discuss either please contact us at president@cambrianheightscommunity.com.

Enjoy your summer!

Daryl Connolly, President CHCA

President’s Message – June 2022

With the Community Hall back to active usage we have been busy planning and developing programs and events. We have added music lessons once a week as an introductory course and are continuing with our Fitness and Yoga programs. We hosted our first-ever Bike Day on May 7 where volunteers serviced over 30 children’s bikes for free at the community hall grounds. Activities for the kids with their bikes also involved safety instructions and an agility course. We thank Spencer Cutten and other resident volunteers for this idea and their dedication towards servicing the bikes during the day.

At the writing of this report, we are excited for the return of our Wine Tasting Events at the scheduled May 28 tasting of southern France wines with Highlander Wine and Spirits providing the expert commentary. We hope you had an opportunity to attend and enjoy this event.

For the first time, Cambrian Heights Community Association will host a car show with the Die Volksmesse 2022 sponsored by Bugs, Bunnies, and Buses (bugsbunniesandbuses.com) on Saturday, July 16. Reference this poster and their website for more details.

Our Annual General Meeting is scheduled for June 28 at 7:00 in the Community Hall. We will be hosting this event with a social reception to follow our annual report and election of directors allowing everyone the opportunity to informally discuss issues important to our residents. We have invited both our MLA and Ward Councillor to attend the event. Put this on your calendar and contribute to the discussion that evening.

We are planning an afternoon family music and food event on Saturday, September 17 at which the Gunn Blues Band will be performing an outdoor music concert that was so well attended last year. We plan to have additional activities for the family as well as food and non-alcoholic beverages available. Consult our website (www.cambrianheightscommunity.com) for more details in the coming months and mark the date on your calendar.

Members of the Calgary Police Service in District 3 have created a Facebook and Twitter page to keep community residents connected by sharing positive stories and community concerns as well as crime trends that police are seeing arise in District 3. We encourage residents to follow this Facebook and Twitter page as another resource to receive information on types of crime within your community.

https://www.facebook.com/CalgaryPoliceDistrict3/
https://twitter.com/CPS_District3

With the pandemic, there has been a sharp increase in the usage of our park space in Cambrian Heights. We encourage residents to share their ideas to improve usability and help preserve the parks within our community. This is particularly important as developments that increase population density increase within the community.

We have all noticed an increase in development activity in Cambrian Heights. We encourage all owners planning a new build to reference our website for the document “Lessons Learned” and discuss design aspects with your neighbours or explore conversation with the Community Planning Committee to avoid conflicts in the development process. With the resignation of three of our Board members this year any-one interested in a role in the development of our community should consider joining our Planning Committee or perhaps the Board of Directors. It is a great way to help shape the nature of Cambrian Heights in the future as well as monthly social activities. To discuss either option please contact us at president@cambrianheightscommunity.com.

We request all residents of Cambrian Heights to provide feedback and ideas to us identifying the type of programs and activities you would like to see for our community. Your suggestions and potential voluntarism to enhance your community are always valued.

Daryl Connolly, President CHCA

President’s Message – May 2022

With the Community Hall back to active usage, including our Fitness and Yoga programs, we are looking at initiating new programs whenever possible. In that process, we are hosting our first ever Bike Day on May 7 where volunteers will service children’s bikes for free at the community hall grounds. Activities for the kids with their bikes are also planned that day. See the poster in this newsletter issue as well as our website (cambrianheightscommunity.com) for full details. We are also testing the interest in music lessons with an information session being held on April 28 followed by a first group lesson on May 8. Details may be found on our website and the poster in this issue.

We are hosting the return of our Wine Events Saturday, May 28 at the Community Hall. This will be a tasting of southern France wines with Highlander Wine and Spirits providing the expert commentary. Ticket sales will be through our website. Please see the poster in this issue or access our website for details.

Unfortunately, we were unable to host a Community Cleanup this year but plan for its return next year. However, the community cleanups throughout Calgary are open to anyone and are free. While the 2022 schedule has not been published by the City at this point, we encourage checking the City website (calgary.ca) for the Cleanup schedule of neighbouring communities.

We have scheduled our Annual General Meeting for June 28 at 7:30 in the Community Hall. We will be hosting this event with a social reception to follow allowing everyone the opportunity to informally discuss issues important to our residents. Put this on your calendar and contribute to the discussion that evening. We hope to have representatives from our Councillor and MLA offices.

We are planning an afternoon family music and food event on Saturday, September 17 at which the Gunn Blues Band will be performing an outdoor music concert that was so well attended last year. We plan to have additional activities for the family as well as food and non-alcoholic beverages available. Consult our website for more details in the coming months.

With the pandemic, there has been a sharp increase in the usage of our park space in Cambrian Heights. We encourage residents with ideas that may be considered for these park spaces to improve usability and help preserve the parks within our community. This is particularly important as developments that increase population density continue to be promoted by the City.

As we approach summer we remind residents of the $100 Block party subsidy available through your Community Association. Bringing your neighbours together is a great way to promote the spirit of friendship and enjoy the warm weather with outdoor cooking, activities, and just social interaction. Explore this idea by emailing president@cambrianheightscommunity.com for more information.

We have all noticed an increase in home sales, renovations, and new builds over the last 12 months in Cambrian Heights. This trend is expected to accelerate during 2022. We encourage all owners planning a new build to reference our website for the document “Lessons Learned” and discuss design aspects with your neighbours or explore conversation with the Community Planning Committee to avoid conflicts in the development process. We also encourage anyone interested in playing a role in the development of our community to consider joining our Planning Committee. Please contact the undersigned for further information.

We continue to encourage all residents of Cambrian Heights to provide feedback and ideas to us identifying what type of programs and activities you would like to see for our community. We continue to need a Social Director to help develop and coordinate activities within our volunteer base. Please talk with any director or email cambrianheights@gmail.com for more insight into this valuable role. Your suggestions and potential voluntarism to enhance your community are always valued.

Daryl Connolly, President CHCA

President’s Message – April 2022

As of March 1, the Community Hall is open for rentals, programs, and events. We of course will continue to monitor Provincial and City health guidelines should there be any future changes. We also will continue to sanitize after any programs, rentals, or events until we witness further declines in hospitalizations and the spread of any Covid variants.

As a result, our Yoga Program will return to the hall every Wednesday starting April 6 as will our Fitness program returning every Monday evening starting April 4. Details for attending both programs are found in this month’s newsletter or on our website (www.cambrianheightscommunity.com).

The Community Association is working on a number of events over 2022 as we emerge from the health restrictions initiated in March 2020. We are planning a southern France wine tasting evening on Saturday, May 28. A firm commitment to this event will be made in early April with tickets going on sale through our website. Details will be provided on the website, in the May newsletter as well as our Facebook page, and an email to those who have registered to receive community announcements. In addition, we have scheduled our Annual General Meeting for June 28 at the Community Hall. We hope to host this event with guests and a social reception to explore issues important to the residents of Cambrian Heights. Put this on your calendar and contribute to the discussion that evening.

This summer we will once again put on an outdoor concert on the community grounds. We are trying to organize this concert in association with a fall family community barbecue for the afternoon of September 17. For this event, we need volunteers to help plan and run the event and if you are available please contact us at cambrianheights@gmail.com to discuss your involvement. Events such as these need community participation to be truly successful.

With the pandemic, there has been a sharp increase in the number of pets in Cambrian Heights. We encourage all pet owners to pick up after their animals and to help preserve the parks within our community by disposing of refuse that was left behind as the snow melts and temperatures increase. This is particularly important in the school and playground recreational areas as well as our Off-Leash parks.

With the advent of Spring, we remind residents of the $100 Block party subsidy available through your Community Association. Bringing your neighbours together is a great way to promote the spirit of friendship and enjoy the warm weather with outdoor cooking, activities, and just social interaction. Explore this idea by emailing president@cambrianheightscommunity.com for more information.

We have all noticed an increase in home sales, renovations, and new builds over the last 12 months in Cambrian Heights. This trend is expected to accelerate during 2022. We encourage all owners planning a new build to reference our website for the document “Lessons Learned” and discuss design aspects with your neighbours or explore conversation with the Community Planning Committee to avoid conflicts in the development process.

We continue to encourage all residents of Cambrian Heights to consider involvement in your community association. We further encourage all in the community to provide feedback and ideas to us identifying what type of programs and activities you would like to see for our community. Your suggestions are always appreciated.

Daryl Connolly, President CHCA

President’s Message – March 2022

Activity at the Community Hall has been restricted by COVID health safety measures since March of 2020. At the writing of this report, there have been Provincial changes being announced that end the Restrictions Exemption Program but retains the Face Covering Bylaw. Further changes are proposed for March 1 and beyond subject to hospitalizations rates dropping. Issues may remain however with the City of Calgary’s response in regards to local regulations. We remain focused on promoting renewed activity at our hall and grounds while maintaining appropriate health safety standards. These will be guided by City of Calgary regulations as owners of the hall and grounds.

As outlined in our February report we are tentatively planning a southern France wine tasting evening on Saturday, May 28. We will of course be monitoring the public indoor gathering regulations against the social nature of this wine tasting and food service event. A firm commitment to this event will be made in early April with tickets going on sale through our website (www.cambrianheightscommunity.com). Details will be provided on this site as well as our Facebook page.

In addition, we have scheduled our Annual General Meeting for June 28 at the Community Hall. We again hope to host this event with guests and a social reception to explore issues important to the residents of Cambrian Heights. Put this on your calendar and contribute to the discussion that evening.

To reopen the Hall to activities after two years of shutdowns we need your help. Whether you have the time to assist in our website, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram programs, or to help organize social events please contact us at president@cambrianheightscommunity.com to discuss avenues to develop community involvement.

Our two outdoor ice rinks have provided an excellent social and physical activity outlet, particularly in these pandemic winters. By the publication of this issue these two rinks may be on their last legs as March 20th brings the first day of spring. We all extend our appreciation to Scott Jacobson and his team of volunteers for another excellent season.

We continue to support our online yoga program and hope to soon revert to pre-pandemic live classes at the hall as well as a restart of our fitness program. We remind residents with spring and then summer around the corner of the $100 Block party subsidy available through the Community. Bringing your neighbours together is a great way to promote the spirit of friendship. Feel free to explore this idea by emailing president@cambrianheightscommunity.com.

We have all noticed an increase in home sales, renovations, and new builds over the last 12 months in Cambrian Heights. We encourage all new owners to reference our website for the document “Lessons Learned” and discuss design aspects with your neighbours or explore conversation with the Community Planning Committee to avoid conflicts in the development process.

We continue to encourage all residents of Cambrian Heights to consider involvement in your community association. We further encourage all in the community to provide feedback and ideas at cambrianheights@gmail.com identifying what type of programs and activities you would like to see for our community. Whether you have the ability to volunteer or not your suggestions are always appreciated.

Daryl Connolly, President CHCA