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

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