President’s Message – November 2020

The Community Hall opened up for rentals and the Edelweiss Preparatory School began classes on September 8. New COVID-19 protocols are in place as recommended by Alberta Health Services (“AHS”). The City of Calgary has also implemented the requirement for face masks in all public indoor spaces. The Community Hall has a license of occupation with the City and is thus considered a public indoor space. However, private rental functions are excluded from the mask requirements although social distancing and the voluntary use of masks is encouraged. The need for Hall rental income and community social events has now to be balanced by the risks associated with the spread of the COVID-19 virus. As such strict sanitization procedures have been put in place and only all day Saturday rentals will be initially allowed due to risks associated with the Edelweiss School children.

As a new initiative in these restrictive times, the Community Association sponsored a free pumpkin patch giveaway on Saturday, October 3. Over 160 pumpkins were distributed to families in Cam-brian Heights. Our Social Director Jodi Dixon organized the purchase of these pumpkins from a local farmer and enlisted volunteers such as Mary Hopkins and her twin boys Robert and Michael to distribute the pumpkins. At the end of the day, other volunteers agreed to distribute by individual delivery to seniors in the neighbourhood and those unable to pick up the pumpkins that day. I have included a few pictures from the event here. Other online contests helped replace our annual Halloween month end party.

Our usual Fall indoor events, such as the Halloween Party and our Fall Wine Event have been cancelled due to safety concerns around the COVID-19 pandemic. The annual children’s Lego Contest will not be held live this year for safety reasons. We are however sponsoring an online virtual contest in November. The event will be judged on November 21. Details are included in this Newsletter and on our website. Updates and reminders will be posted on our Facebook page and sent out to you via an email blast if you are registered with the Community. Registration details are provided on the website. We encourage all residents to register, especially in these unusual times, for updates on all Community activities and initiatives.

In the same vein, our weekly drop-in Yoga Program and our general Fitness Programs will continue to be offered online through the end of the year. Both Lorene Hughes – Fitness (scarybunnybefit@gmail.com) and Kyrsten Blair – Yoga (kyrstenblair@icloud.com) will operate these programs, gaining from their experience when COVID-19 forced this change in March. As we approach the end of 2020 we will be monitoring AHS guidelines as to planning any return to actual community hall sessions.

The introductory Spanish language classes are continuing at the Community Hall. This entry lev-el course runs for 12 weeks ending December 8. It is provided through Azren the Language Nerd staff. We hope this will be the first of many such language course curriculums. Watch for information on 2021 language courses in the December Community Newsletter and our Website.

The beginning of November also serves as the start of a Calgary winter. This is offset by the installation of our two ice rinks behind the community hall. These rinks provide an annual winter focus for the community due to the hard work of the rink rats. Once again volunteers make this possible. If you are available to help out please contact the team headed by Scott at scottcol-leenj@gmail.com to offer some hours of worthwhile effort for the kids.

The Community Association is also looking for a volunteer to undertake the job of Secretary for the 2021 year. There remains an opportunity to join the Board of Directors and learn the job from the current Secretary and contribute to the successful running of the Cambrian Heights Community while contributing new ideas and joining an active group of volunteers that are your neighbours. Please contact me at president@cambrianheightscommunity.com for more information.

The next meeting of the Board is scheduled for December 7. While these meetings normally take place at the Georgina Thomson City building on 14th Street and Northmount Drive, recent City guidelines have restricted that buildings use and for the near term all Board meetings will be held at the Community Hall. These meetings occur at 6:30 PM and residents are normally welcome to attend. At this point, we are not encouraging community residents to attend due to health safety concerns. If you do wish to bring some issues forward to the Board please contact cambri-anheights@gmail.com in advance of any meeting. Should you wish to attend the Board meeting please follow the COVID safety protocols posted on the Hall entrance and on the website.

Stay Safe.

Daryl Connolly, President CHCA

President’s Message – October 2020

As at September 1 the Community Hall opened up for rentals and the Edelweiss Preparatory School began classes September 8. New COVID-19 protocols are in place as recommended by Alberta Health Services (“AHS”). The City of Calgary has also implemented the requirement for face masks in all public indoor spaces. The Community Hall has a license of occupation with the City and is thus considered a public indoor space. However, private rental functions are excluded from the mask requirements although social distancing and the voluntary use of masks is encouraged. The need for Hall rental income and community social events has now to be balanced by the risks associated with the spread of the COVID-19 virus. As such strict sanitization procedures have been put in place and only all day Saturday rentals will be initially allowed due to risks associated with the Edelweiss School children.

Our usual Fall indoor events, such as the Halloween Party, the Wine Event and the Lego Contest will, with the risks associated with public gatherings especially involving children or alcoholic beverage services, are considered too risky while we remain in this pandemic mode. Virtual events will be considered as replacements for these event themes. Please watch our website (https://cambrianheightscommunity.com) or, if you have registered for email updates, for notice of future event happenings.

In the same vein our weekly drop-in yoga program and our general fitness programs will continue to be offered online through the end of the year. Both Lorene Hughes – fitness (scarybunnybefit@gmail.com) and Kyrsten Blair – yoga (kyrstenblair@icloud.com) will operate these programs, gaining from the experience gathered since COVID-19 forced this change in March. Please review the posters on these programs located in the Newsletter or our website for registration and timing details. As we approach the end of 2020 we will be monitoring AHS guidelines as to planning any return to actual community hall sessions.

In our September report we highlighted the closing of a “drug house” in our community utilizing direct neighbourhood resident initiation and the Provincial Government’s Safer Communities and Neighbourhoods (“SCAN”) program expedited through the efforts of the Calgary Police Service (“CPS”) and the Alberta Sheriffs Branch. We have now published in our website a guide to “Dealing with a Problem Property” that explains the procedures and programs utilized in this effort. Should you witness similar continuous unusual and suspicious activity on your streets please review the insights in this document and feel free to contact the community association at cambrianheights@gmail.com for further information and guidance.

We are excited with the start of the Spanish language lessons in September at the Community Hall. This entry level course will run for 12 weeks ending December 1. It will be provided through Azren the Language Nerd staff. Attendance will be limited to eight participants this first time to provide an intimate and active experience. We hope this will be the first of many such language course curriculums. Watch for information on 2021 language courses in the Community Newsletter and Website.

The next meeting of the Board is scheduled for October 5.  While these meetings normally take place at the Georgina Thomson City building on 14th Street and Northmount Drive, recent City guidelines have restricted that buildings use and for the near term all Board meetings will be held at the Community Hall. These meetings occur at 6:30 PM and residents are normally welcome to attend. At this point we are not encouraging community residents to attend due to health safety concerns. If you do wish to bring some issue forward to the Board please contact president@cambrianheightscommunity.com in advance of any meeting.

Remember Participation Builds Your Community’s Value.

Daryl Connolly, President CHCA

Upcoming Events

October 22, 2020 Annual General Meeting 7:30 pm – 9 pm Hall

President’s Message – September 2020

At the writing of this message, the City of Calgary has implemented the requirement for face masks in all public indoor spaces. The Community Hall has a license of occupation with the City and is thus considered a public indoor space. However, private rental functions are excluded from the mask requirements. This and other announcements from the Provincial government has prompted us to consider re-opening the Community Hall in September to evening rentals. Such rentals will however have increased requirements as outlined by Alberta Health Services (“AHS”) to safeguard against the spread of COVID-19.

Over the summer an upgrade of the Community Halls Fire Alarm System was completed. We thank the City of Calgary through the Capital Conservation Grant Program and the Province through their Community Facility Enhancement Program for their financial assistance with this project.

Currently, the Edelweiss Preparatory School is reviewing their plans to either open fully in September or continue online classes until January 2021. To move slowly on our re-opening plan we will continue to offer our Fitness and Yoga Programs online until at least November. We will make a decision on returning these programs to the Community Hall as we progress into the Fall. Our special indoor events, such as the Halloween Party, our Annual General Meeting, the planned fall Wine Event and the Lego Contest will be individually analyzed for health/social issues before confirmation. In that process, we elected to cancel our September Asado BBQ this year due to AHS regulations in regards to food service and public gatherings of this size and design at this time. We hope to renew this event in 2021. Further updates will be published in our website (cambrianheightscommunity.com) or with email blasts to those registered through our website and on our Facebook page.

I am sure everyone recognizes the seriousness of the COVID-19 pandemic and respects the Provincial guidelines with regard to social distancing and hygiene. We wish everyone in our community good health and encourage patience as we together work through a devastating period both emotionally and for many of us financially. We have made progress in controlling the spread of the disease in Alberta and at the publication of this Newsletter, we are continuing to progress out of this health crisis.

Some of you may have noticed a press release and news report detailing the closing of a “drug house” on Cardiff Drive August 4. This was the result of sustained effort by residents in proximity to this house through their vigilance and supported by the Safer Communities and Neighbourhoods (“SCAN”) program expedited through the efforts of the Calgary Police Service (“CPS”) and the Alberta Sheriffs Branch. This was also the location of a shooting in June. The Community Association formed a committee to assist in communications with governmental officials and the residents made up of local homeowners. This experience is available to any residents who identify continuous unusual and suspicious activity on their streets.  Contact us at cambrianheights@gmail.com for further information and guidance.

As indicated our weekly drop-in yoga program and our general fitness programs (Body-Lift, Kettlebell Kickboxing, New Cardio-Barre Fusion and New Barre Above) were forced to adjust in regards to their physical presence at the Community Hall with the City closures in March. Both Lorene Hughes – fitness (scarybunnybefit@gmail.com) and Kyrsten Blair – yoga (kyrstenblair@icloud.com) moved these programs online. The Yoga Program was suspended for the summer while two fitness programs continued. Both will be in operation online starting in September. If you wish details of either program please contact them if you would like to participate from home or to get updates as to when the programs will be allowed to safely return to the Community Hall. You may also monitor our website for updates on these programs and timing.

We are planning to start a new program in September at the Community Hall – language lessons. We are starting with Spanish and this is an entry-level course. It will run for 12 weeks starting September 15. It will be provided through Azren the Language Nerd staff. Attendance will be limited to eight participants this first time to provide an intimate and active experience. We will only run this program if participants pre register and appropriate health safety guidelines are able to be met. Please check for registration details in the September Newsletter or on our website. We hope this will be the first of many such language course curriculums.

The Community is sponsoring a 3-week free webinar series detailing the ins and outs of waste, recycling and compost in Calgary starting September 22. Please reference the poster in the Newsletter or website for information and registration details.

On June 22 The Pathway Church, supported by the Community Association, undertook a food drive for the Calgary Food Bank. We thank the volunteers, who passed out plastic donation bags the week before and collected door to door on the day, for their effort. Unfortunately, participation was low perhaps reflecting communication.

The next meeting of the Board is scheduled for September 14.  While these meetings normally take place at the Georgina Thomson City building on 14th Street and Northmount Drive, recent City guidelines have restricted that buildings use and for the near term any Board meetings will be held at the Community Hall. These meetings occur at 6:30 PM and residents are normally welcome to attend. Over the past three months, these meetings have been either cancelled or held utilizing online technology. At this point we are not encouraging community residents to attend due to health safety concerns and at this point uncertainty as to whether “live” meetings will be held. If you do wish to attend please contact president@cambrianheightscommunity.com in advance of the meeting.

Remember Participation Builds Your Community’s Value.

Daryl Connolly, President CHCA

 

Upcoming Events at Cambrian Heights Hall

Sept 15, 2020 Spanish Lessons 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm Hall
October 22, 2020 Annual General Meeting 7:30 pm – 9 pm Hall
October 31, 2020 Halloween Dance 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm Hall
November 7, 2020 Home Trade Show 10:00 am – 3:00 pm Hall
November 14, 2020 Wine Tasting 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm Hall

President’s Message – July 2020

At the writing of this message, the Provincial Government has announced that Community Halls may re-open starting June 12. The March closure of Community Halls had resulted in the deferrals of many scheduled events including our Annual General Meeting and social events originally scheduled for April, May and June. This had also impacted the Edelweiss Preparatory School which elected not to open on June 1 due to the short notice, new health safety guidelines involving student teaching and the eminent summer recess. Edelweiss will however be opening up for their regular fall sessions. As for our Community Hall, we will be undertaking an upgrade to our fire alarm system in July and before opening for rentals and events in September will put in place the required health safety guidelines as outlined by Alberta Health Services (“AHS”). Further updates will be published on our website or with email blasts to those registered through our website and on our Facebook page.

I am sure everyone recognizes the seriousness of the COVID-19 pandemic and respects the Provincial guidelines with regard to social distancing and hygiene. We wish everyone in our community good health and encourage patience as we together work through a devastating period both emotionally and for many of us financially. We have made progress in controlling the spread of the disease in Alberta and at the publication of this Newsletter, we are continuing to progress out of this health crisis.

Our Annual General Meeting was scheduled to be held June 25. However, due to the COVID-19 virus and the resultant uncertainty as to when the City Community Halls would reopen and the limit on assemblies of people, the AGM has been postponed to October 22. Please check the October Newsletter or our website for details of the meeting Agenda. We have also elected to cancel our September Asado BBQ this year due to the uncertainty of the new health safety regulations associated with foodservice and public gatherings of this size and design at this time. We hope to continue this event in 2021.

We always encourage new participation at the Board level to maintain the programs, events, ideas and fiscal strength of our community. In particular, we are especially looking for residents with a financial background to either assume or help in the Treasurer role. Please contact the President at president@cambrianheightscommunity.com if you are interested in participating at any capacity in the Community or at a Board level.

Our weekly drop-in yoga program and our general fitness programs (Body-Lift, Kettlebell Kickboxing, New Cardio-Barre Fusion and New Barre Above) were forced to adjust in regards to their physical presence at the Community Hall with the City mandated closures over the past few months. Both Lorene Hughes – fitness (scarybunnybefit@gmail.com) and Kyrsten Blair – yoga (kyrstenblair@icloud.com) have moved these programs online. The Yoga Program has been suspended for the summer while two fitness programs will continue. If you wish details of either program please contact them if you would like to participate from home or to get updates as to when the programs will be allowed to safely return to the Community Hall. You may also monitor our website for updates on these programs and timing.

We are planning to start a new program in September at the Community Hall – language lessons. We are starting with Spanish and this is an entry-level course. It will run for 12 weeks starting September 15. It will be provided through Azren the Language Nerd staff. Attendance will be limited to eight participants this first time to keep an intimate and active experience. We will only run this program if appropriate health safety guidelines are able to be met. Please watch for registration details in the August Newsletter or on our website. We hope this will be the first of many such language course curriculums.

After 25 years supporting thousands of vulnerable children, youth and families through its West Central Family Resource Centre, Closer to Home Community Services has opened a new Family Resource Network in Beddington to service North Central Calgary.

Closer to Home’s North Central Family Resource Network (FRN) builds family resiliency by partnering with families to identify challenges, strengths, goals and desired outcomes, and helping families to access community resources, providing information about programs, and removing any barriers to access. Information on these programs may be obtained at their website (www.closertohome.com) or by emailing familyresourcenetwork@closertohome.com.

The next meeting of the Board is scheduled for September 14.  These meetings normally take place at the Georgina Thomson City building on 14th Street and Northmount Drive at 6:30 PM and residents are welcome to attend. Over the past three months, these meetings have been either cancelled or held utilizing internet technology. At this point, we are uncertain as to the method of meeting for this Board meeting.

 

Remember Participation Builds Your Community’s Value.

Daryl Connolly, President CHCA

Upcoming Events at Cambrian Heights Hall

Sept 15, 2020 Spanish Lessons 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm Hall
October 17, 2020 Girl’s Night Out 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm Hall
October 22, 2020 Annual General Meeting 7:30 pm – 9 pm Hall
October 31, 2020 Halloween Dance 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm Hall
November 7, 2020 Home Trade Show 10:00 am – 3:00 pm Hall
November 14, 2020 Wine Tasting 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm Hall

President’s Message – June 2020

On March 15, in reaction to the spread of the COVID-19 virus, the City of Calgary ordered the closing of all community and recreational buildings. This shut down all programs and services at our community hall. This has resulted in the deferrals of many scheduled events, third party rentals, our programs and the Edelweiss Preparatory School. At the writing of this letter, we are still unsure of when this closure order will be rescinded. We trust Cambrian Heights residents will appreciate the new challenges facing our volunteers. Any updates will be published on our website (cambrianheightscommunity.com), through email blasts to those registered through our website and on our Facebook page.

I am sure everyone recognizes the seriousness of the COVID-19 pandemic and respects the Provincial guidelines with regard to social distancing and hygiene. We wish everyone in our community good health and encourage patience as we together work through a devastating period both emotionally and for many of us financially. Hopefully, at the publication of this newsletter, we will be progressing out of this health crisis.

Our Annual General Meeting was scheduled to be held on June 25. We elect the Board of Directors at our AGM for a one year term and review the financial status and planned programs for the Community over the active year. However, due to the COVID-19 virus and the resultant uncertainty as to when the City Community Halls will reopen and the limit on assemblies of people, the AGM has been postponed to October 22. Please check the September Newsletter or our website for details of the meeting agenda and Director nominations.

We encourage new participation at the Board level to maintain the programs, events, ideas and fiscal strength of our community. In particular, we are especially looking for residents with a financial background to either assume or help in the Treasurer role. Please contact the President at president@cambrianheightscommunity.com if you are interested in participating at any capacity in the Community or at a Board level.

We have held an Asado BBQ in September for the last two years. We would like to continue this very successful event which not only features fine food and beverage but aspiring musicians from Cambrian Heights and the nearby communities. What we need are volunteers interested in getting involved with this event. We anticipate changes in the format and will welcome suggestions. Please contact us at cambrianheights@gmail.com to participate in the planning or running of this event.

Our weekly drop-in yoga program and our general fitness programs (Body-Lift, Kettlebell Kick-boxing, New Cardio-Barre Fusion and New Barre Above) were forced to adjust in regards to their physical presence at the Community Hall with the City mandated closures. However, both Lorene Hughes – fitness (scarybunnybefit@gmail.com) and Kyrsten Blair – yoga (kyrstenblair@icloud.com) have moved these programs online. Please contact them if you would like to participate from home or to get updates as to when the programs will be allowed to return to the Community Hall.

We are planning to start a new program in September at the Community Hall – language lessons. We are starting with Spanish and this is an entry-level course. It will run for 12 weeks starting September 15. It will be provided through Azren the Language Nerd staff. Attendance will be limited to eight participants this first time to keep an intimate and active experience. Please watch for registration details in the July Newsletter or on our website. We hope this will be the first of many such language course curriculums.

The Planning Committee remains active reviewing and commenting on the City published Guide-book for Calgary Communities available at www.calgary.ca or on our Community webpage. We encourage everyone to read this document. We recognize the City’s focus on the densification of the inner city communities is driven by the cost of providing municipal services and funding issues associated with unlimited urban sprawl. However, the guidelines proposed will allow previously single-family zoned areas, such as much of Cambrian Heights, to be developed with duplexes, four-plexes, row housing and taller homes mixed with commercial enterprises. We have combined with neighbouring communities to comment and recommend further public consultations. Updates on this issue will be provided in future Newsletters as well as on our website (www.cambrianheightscommunity.com).

As a reminder, due to COVID-19 concerns, the City has cancelled all Community Cleanups for 2020.

The next meeting of the Board is scheduled for September 14. These meetings normally take place at the Georgina Thomson City building on 14th Street and Northmount Drive at 6:30 PM. Over the past three months, these meetings have been either cancelled, held utilizing remote technology or in the larger space provided at the Community Hall. Watch for updates on this meeting over the summer.

Remember Participation Builds Your Community’s Value.

Daryl Connolly, President CHCA

Upcoming Events at Cambrian Heights Hall

Sept 15, 2020 Spanish Lessons 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm Hall
Sept 19, 2020 Fall BBQ Event TBD Hall & Grounds
October 17, 2020 Girl’s Night Out 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm Hall
October 22, 2020 Annual General Meeting 7:30 pm – 9 pm Hall
October 31, 2020 Halloween Dance 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm Hall
November 7, 2020 Home Trade Show 10:00 am – 3:00 pm Hall
November 14, 2020 Wine Tasting 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm Hall

President’s Message – May 2020

On March 15, in reaction to the spread of the COVID-19 virus, the City of Calgary ordered the closing of all community and recreational buildings. This shut down all programs and services at our community hall. This will, of course, result in a loss of revenue through rentals during the as yet undetermined length of this shutdown. We have taken appropriate steps in terms of cost control while assuring ourselves of administrative continuity when the crisis clears. There will be an impact on previously scheduled events. The French Wine Tasting scheduled for May 9 has been moved to November 14. The Cambrian School Yard Sale April 25 has been cancelled. A new event, Girls Night Out, has been moved from June 13 to as yet an undetermined date in the Fall. Many of our committees will also experience a slowdown in activities through this period and will impact much of our directions in planning, safety and park developments. We trust Cambrian Heights residents will appreciate the new challenges facing our volunteers. Any updates will be published on our website, through email blasts to those registered through our website and on our Facebook page.

I am sure everyone recognizes the seriousness of the COVID-19 pandemic and respects the Provincial guidelines with regard to social distancing and hygiene. We wish everyone in our community good health and encourage patience as we together work through a devastating period both emotionally and for many of us financially. Hopefully, at the publication of this Newsletter, we will be progressing out of this health crisis.

Our Annual General Meeting is scheduled to be held on June 25. We elect the Board of Directors at our AGM for a one year term. However, due to the COVID-19 virus and the resultant uncertainty as to when the City Community Halls will reopen, it is likely that the AGM will be postponed to the Fall. Check the June Newsletter or our website for updates as to this possibility.

We encourage new participation at the Board level to maintain the programs, events, ideas and fiscal strength of our community. In particular, we are looking for residents with a financial background to either assume or help in the Treasurer role. Despite this potential delay, please do not hesitate to contact the President at president@cambrianheightscommunity.com if you are interested in participating at any capacity in the Community activities or at a Board level. It is especially important if you are able to help out in the Treasury role.

We have held an Asado BBQ in September for the last two years. We would like to continue this very successful event which not only features fine food and beverage but aspiring musicians from Cambrian Heights and the nearby communities. What we need are volunteers interested in organizing this event. We anticipate changes in the format and will welcome suggestions. Please contact us at cambrianheights@gmail.com.

Our weekly drop-in yoga program and our general fitness programs (Body-Lift, Kettlebell Kick-boxing, New Cardio-Barre Fusion and New Barre Above) were forced to adjust in regards to their physical presence at the Community Hall with the City mandated closures. However both Lorene Hughes – fitness (scarybunnybefit@gmail.com) and Kyrsten Blair – yoga (kyrstenblair@icloud.com) have moved these programs online. Please contact them if you would like to participate from home or to get updates as to when the programs will be allowed to return to the Community Hall.

The Planning Committee is currently very active in reviewing and commenting on the City published Guidebook for Calgary Communities available at www.calgary.ca or on our Community webpage. We encourage everyone to read this document as it is scheduled to be presented for review and approval to City Council April 27. We recognize the City’s focus on the densification of the inner city communities is driven by the cost of providing municipal services and funding issues associated with unlimited urban sprawl. However, the guidelines proposed will allow previously single-family zoned areas, such as much of Cambrian Heights, to be developed with duplexes, four-plexes, row housing and taller homes mixed with commercial enterprises. We are combining with neighbouring communities to comment and recommend further public consultations. We submitted a letter to the City and all of Council recommending a postponement of the scheduled April 27 hearing on this issue. This letter was supported by other communities as well as a second letter requesting, as a result of the issues surrounding COVID-19, for a postponement of the public engagement deadline around the Municipal Development Plan and the Calgary Transportation Plan.

Cambrian Heights has maintained a Community Garden for a number of years. In the past, there has always been a waiting list for plots. This is no longer the case. If you are interested in utilizing one of these plots for a vegetable garden or have questions, please contact Christine Breed at garden@cambrianheightscommunity.com.

A recent decision by the City cancelled all Community Cleanups for 2020. We will update residents should this decision change.

The next meeting of the Board is scheduled for May 4. Dependent on City directives, in regards to the COVIID-19 virus, this meeting may be held utilizing remote technology. For this meeting, we are further discouraging residents from attending. These meetings normally take place at the Georgina Thomson City building on 14th Street and Northmount Drive at 6:30 PM.

Remember Participation Builds Your Community’s Value.

Daryl Connolly, President CHCA

Upcoming Events at Cambrian Heights Hall

Fall, 2020 Girl’s Night Out 6:30 pm – 9 pm Hall
June 25, 2020 Annual General Meeting 7:30 pm – 9 pm Hall
Sept 19, 2020 Fall BBQ Event TBD Hall & Grounds
October 31, 2020 Halloween Dance 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm Hall
November 7, 2020 Home Trade Show 10:00 am – 3:00 pm Hall
November 14, 2020 Wine Tasting 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm Hall

President’s Message – April 2020

Our March 7 Volunteer Appreciation evening was once again hampered by winter weather. However, over 25 residents did attend and were warmed with wine, snacks, a trivia pursuit contest plus a preview of our preliminary ideas to enhance the current Off-Leash Dog Park by Queens Park Cemetery. We also discussed a gardening project being proposed around the Hall plus the recent City of Calgary Guidelines for Great Communities proposals. I have added some pictures from the evening. We thank those that attended and extend our appreciation to all volunteer efforts for those who could not attend.

We are planning a Wine Tasting on May 9 which will have a southern France “Provence” theme. Be sure to mark your calendars for this opportunity to enjoy tasting six wines from this magical area of southern France with a charcuterie board to enhance the taste buds. See the poster in this month’s Newsletter for details and buy your tickets on our website (www.cambrianheightscommunity.com). Tickets are limited so get yours early.

The Cambrian School Parents, supported by the Community Association, will be hosting a Yard Sale Saturday, April 25th. If you want to purchase a table for $20 to sell your household items please contact the School Council at cambrian.schoolcouncil@gmail.com. Otherwise, come out that day to see what bargains present themselves.

As a new event, we are planning a Girls Night Out on Saturday, June 13. This will feature wine, snacks, bingo games with prizes and is being co-sponsored by Tupperware representatives who live in Cambrian Heights. More details will be forthcoming as the event draws closer.

On a more serious theme, our Annual General Meeting will now be held June 25. If you want to understand the City planning and development issues, our progress with enhancements to our Off-Leash Dog park, social and educational events planned for the remainder of 2020, or simply to add your voice to future directives, please join us that evening.

We have held an Asado BBQ in September for the last two years. We would like to continue this very successful event which not only features fine food and beverage but aspiring musicians from Cambrian Heights and the nearby communities. What we need are volunteers interested in organizing this event. We anticipate changes in the format and will welcome suggestions. Please contact us at cambrianheights@gmail.com .

Our weekly drop-in yoga program and our general fitness programs (Body-Lift, Kettlebell Kickboxing, New Cardio-Barre Fusion and New Barre Above) continue. These are small classes with individual attention. Feel comfortable and energized. Details may be found on our website or this edition of the Community Newsletter.

The Planning Committee is currently very active in reviewing and commenting on the City published Guidebook for Calgary Communities available at www.calgary.ca or on our Community webpage. We encourage everyone to read this document as it is scheduled to be presented for review and approval to City Council April 27. We recognize the City’s focus on the densification of the inner city communities is driven by the cost of providing municipal services and funding issues associated with unlimited urban sprawl. However, the guidelines proposed will allow previously single-family zoned areas, such as much of Cambrian Heights, to be developed with duplexes, fourplexes, row housing and taller homes mixed with commercial enterprises. We are combining with neighbouring communities to comment and recommend further public consultations. If you want your voice to be heard please review the Guideline document and comment to us or your Ward 4 Councillor Sean Chu.

We elect the Board of Directors at our Annual General Meeting in June for a one year term. We encourage new participation at this level to maintain the programs, events, ideas and fiscal strength of our community. In particular, we are looking for residents with a financial background to either assume or help in the Treasurer role. Please contact the President at president@cambrianheightscommunity.com if you are interested in participating at the Board level and especially help out in the Treasury role.

The next meeting of the Board will take place on May 4.  All residents are welcome to attend. These meetings normally take place at the Georgina Thomson City building on 14th Street and Northmount Drive at 6:30 PM.

Remember Participation Builds Your Community’s Value.
Daryl Connolly, President CHCA

Upcoming Events at Cambrian Heights Hall

April 25, 2020 Yard Sale Event 9 am – 1 pm Hall
May 9, 2020 Wine Tasting 7:30 pm – 9 pm Hall
June 13, 2020 Girl’s Night Out 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm Hall
June 25, 2020 Annual General Meeting 7:30 pm – 9 pm Hall
Sept 19, 2020 Fall BBQ Event TBD Hall

President’s Message – March 2020

Our upcoming events are a March 7 Volunteer Appreciation evening with wine, beer, games and snacks for all those who make our past events a success and for those interested in learning how they can contribute in 2020 and beyond.  Meet your neighbours, learn more about your community, view our facilities and help make Cambrian Heights a vibrant and welcoming place to live.

We are planning a Wine Tasting on May 9 which will have a southern France “Provence” theme. Be sure to mark your calendars for this opportunity to enjoy wines from this magical area of southern France with cheese, bread and meats to enhance the taste buds. On a more serious theme, our Annual General Meeting will be held June 16. If you want to understand the City planning and development issues, our progress with enhancements to our Off-Leash Dog park, social and educational events planned for the remainder of 2020, or simply to add your voice to future directives, please join us that evening.

By mid-March, our outdoor ice rinks are generally negatively impacted by weather. I want to take this opportunity to thanks Scott Jacobson and his crew (Brent Else, Dave Lamoureux, Jack Dorval, Rob Kirk, Ryan Bowen, Tyler Reilly, Raymond Haspel and Justin Novak ) for their outstanding dedication throughout the winter season in maintaining an excellent quality of ice on our two rinks. Participation and appreciation continue to increase from residents and adjoining community participants. In retrospect, we picked the worst day (warm and rain) of the winter for our Polar Party (February 1) but recognize the valiant efforts of Scott’s crew against Mother Nature.

Our weekly drop-in yoga program and our general fitness programs (Body-Lift, Kettlebell Kickboxing, New Cardio-Barre Fusion and New Barre Above) continue. These are small classes with individual attention. Feel comfortable and energized. Details may be found on our website.

The Planning Committee remains very active in response to increasing developmental permit applications in Cambrian Heights. They also are responding to “cut-thru” safety traffic issues that appear to be awaiting a decision from City Council on residential traffic speed limits. Of a major nature is the overall planning changes being considered for Calgary. The recently published Guidebook for Calgary Communities published by the City of Calgary (available at www.calgary.ca) envisions the complete overhaul of development approval processes involving the grouping of existing communities into Local Area Plans. An example of this, readily available at the City website, is the North Hill Plan involving 10 communities. These plans establish higher density areas of development after a consultation process with representatives of the communities involved. The idea is to streamline the building permit process. We encourage your involvement in this major change to how Cambrian Heights will be developed in future years.

The next meeting of the Board will take place on April 6.  All residents are welcome to attend. These meetings normally take place at the Georgina Thomson City building on 14th Street and Northmount Drive at 6:30 PM.

Remember Participation Builds Your Community’s Value.
Daryl Connolly, President CHCA

Upcoming Events at Cambrian Heights Hall

March 7, 2020 Volunteer Appreciation 7:30 pm – 9 pm Hall
May 9, 2020 Wine Tasting 7:30 pm – 9 pm Hall
June 16, 2020 Annual General Meeting 7:30 pm – 9 pm Hall
Sept 19, 2020 Fall BBQ Event TBD Hall

President’s Message – February 2020

Our 6th Annual Polar Party was held on Saturday, February 1. For the second year, the Cambrian School Parents Association added to the free rental skates, helmets, hot chocolate, apple cider, music and fire pit with their charity Chilli cook-off and toonie bake sale. At the writing of this letter, I can only hope the weather cooperated and the event continued its reputation for the enjoyment of all ages and great hot chocolate by the fire pit.

Our upcoming events are a March 7 Volunteer Appreciation evening with wine, beer and snacks for all those who make our events a success and for those interested in learning how they can contribute in 2020 and beyond towards maintaining the quality and enthusiasm these community events. We are also planning a Wine Tasting on May 9 which will have a French Provence theme. Be sure to mark your calendars for this opportunity to enjoy wines from this magical area of southern France.

Our weekly drop-in yoga program and our general fitness programs (Body-Lift, Kettlebell Kickboxing, New Cardio-Barre Fusion and New Barre Above) are in full swing. Build that New Year’s resolution with convenient participation with your neighbours. Details may be found on our website.

As outlined previously, we at Cambrian Heights have initiated a Community Parks focus to better develop, recognize and utilize our park spaces in the future. Our first focus areas will be the park on 10th Street and 32nd Avenue adjoining Queen’s Park Cemetery. This is currently an Off-Leash Dog Park. A committee of volunteers has been formed involving residents of both Cambrian Heights and Rosemont. If you wish to be involved in future fundraising to preserve this park please let us know by emailing cambrianheights@gmail.com. This joint initiative is further being supported by the team at BentallGreenOak who manages the North Hill Mall and the involvement of the Pathway Church in Cambrian Heights.

The Community continues to maintain and improve the Community Hall and grounds with renovations and additions. Key to this being achieved is the financial support given to communities like ourselves by the Province of Alberta’s programs, a cornerstone of which is the Community Facility Enhancement Program (“CFEP”). A recent Calgary Herald article authored by Heather Klimchuk pointed out that “Non-profit leaders across Alberta voiced concerns about “further off-loading of responsibilities to the non-profit sector without adequate resources to meet the needs of the community.” With the 2020/21 Provincial Budget preparations underway, programs such as CFEP are at risk. Please add your voice to ours and let your MLA for Calgary Klein (Jeremy Nixon at calgary.klein@assembly.ab.ca) know how important programs such as CFEP are to preserving community health particularly in these tough economic times Calgary is experiencing.

The next meeting of the Board will take place on March 2.  All residents are welcome to attend. These meetings normally take place at the Georgina Thomson City building on 14th Street and Northmount Drive at 6:30 PM.

Remember Participation Builds Your Community’s Value.
Daryl Connolly, President CHCA

Upcoming Events at Cambrian Heights Hall

February 1, 2020 Polar Party 11:00 am – 2:00 pm Hall
March 7, 2020 Volunteer Appreciation 7:30 pm – 9 pm Hall
May 9, 2020 Wine Tasting 7:30 pm – 9 pm Hall
June 16, 2020 Annual General Meeting 7:30 pm – 9 pm Hall
Sept 19, 2020 Fall BBQ Event TBD Hall

President’s Message – January 2020

A new year begins at Cambrian Heights and winter is in full swing. Focus for the next two months will be on the twin ice skating sheets so well looked after by our rink rats team led by Scott Jacobson. We greatly appreciate the work this team undertakes in sometimes harsh winter conditions. They contribute greatly to the community providing a healthy outlet for children and adults alike during our long winter. They are always looking for additional volunteers so if you have time to help out please contact Scott Jacobson at scottcolleenj@gmail.com

This outdoor ice will be highlighted in our 6th Annual Polar Party on Saturday, February 1 thanks to the dedication of Jodi Dixon over the entire six years. For the second year, the Cambrian School Parents Association will add to the free rental skates, helmets, hot chocolate, apple cider, music and firepit with their charity Chilli Cook-off and Toonie Bake Sale. This will be held inside the warm hall along with some crafts and other activities. Taste the chilli and cast your vote. With luck, the bake sale will be brought outside for the hungry skaters. A reminder that the free skates and helmets are for adults as well. Give it a try as this event is for fun and all ages.

On November 30 we held our third annual kids Lego Contest thanks to the organizer Nancy Else. It was again very well attended with 33 entries and about 75 people viewing the various Lego creations. Everyone was impressed with the creativity by the kids and especially the project done by the University of Calgary engineering students. I have added a few pictures but to view more of the entries please visit this post.

Our weekly drop-in yoga program and our general fitness programs (Body-Lift, Kettlebell Kick-boxing, New Cardio-Barre Fusion and New Barre Above) will restart in 2020 on January 29 and January 6 respectively. Details may be found here.

As outlined previously, we at Cambrian Heights have initiated a Community Parks focus to better develop, recognize and utilize our park spaces in the future. One of our first focus areas will be the park on 10th Street and 32nd Avenue adjoining Queen’s Park Cemetery. This is currently an Off-Leash Dog Park. If you wish to comment on this process or be involved in future fund raising to preserve this park please let us know by emailing cambrianheights@gmail.com. This is a joint initiative by Cambrian Heights and Rosemont with support from the team at BentallGreenOak who manages the North Hill Mall.

The next meeting of the Board will take place on January 6. All residents are welcome to attend. These meetings normally take place at the Georgina Thomson City building on 14th Street and Northmount Drive at 6:30 PM.

Remember Participation Sustains Your Community’s Livability

Daryl Connolly, President CHCA

Upcoming Events at Cambrian Heights Hall

February 1, 2020 Polar Party 11 am – 2 pm Hall Ice Rinks
March 7, 2020 Volunteer Appreciation 7:30 pm – 9 pm Hall
May 9, 2020 Wine Tasting 7:30 pm – 9 pm Hall
June 16, 2020 Annual General Meeting 7:30 pm – 9 pm Hall