President’s Message – December 2019

The Community Hall was very active in the last few weeks of October and into November. Three events were hosted and a community landscaping project was completed. On October 19 the Cambrian School once again hosted their fall Home Based Trade Show featuring a full line-up of vendors. The event is an annual fundraiser for the Cambrian School Parent Association and once again it was a success. Pictures enclosed give you a feel for the number of vendor booths. They are planning to host this event again in November 2020 with the support of the Community Association.

The annual Halloween Dance was held October 26 to a sold-out crowd of children and adults alike. Games, music, pizza and treats provided the children an evening of activity, costumes and fun. We were pleased that new volunteers were recruited to orchestrate the event and the DJ was particularly involved in directing numerous music-focused activities. Pictures from the event demonstrate the variety of costumes present throughout the evening.

On November 2 the Hall hosted 15 participants in our second Cambrian Heights Cooking Class. This evening, purposely designed for a maximum of 16 attendees to maintain the intimacy of this fall feast including homemade soup, a deboned turkey meal with all the trimmings, dessert, and wine. Chef Don Turnbull provided tips on preparation, decoration and easy cooking techniques that everyone appreciated as well as the fine meal created.

Our future events are listed below including the kids Lego Contest directed by Nancy Else on November 30. This is always a fun viewing event and I hope some of you stopped by to witness the creativity of the children participating.

For 2020 we have so far scheduled the annual Polar party February 1st., followed by a Volunteer Appreciation night in March, a Wine Tasting focusing of French Provence wines in May and our Annual Meeting in June. Watch for more details of these events in future newsletters as well as our website ( and our facebook page.

Upcoming Events

November 2, 2019 Cooking Class 5 – 8 pm Hall
November 30, 2019 Lego Contest 12 – 2:30 pm Hall
February 1, 2020 Polar Party 11:30 am – 2: 30 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

Our weekly yoga program and our fitness drop-in programs (Piloxing, Kickboxing, Body Lift and new Barre Above) programs are continuing although the Christmas Season will witness suspension until January. Check the website for any updated schedule changes.

In running the Community and both adding facilities and undertaking outdoor maintenance of our property we are always looking for volunteers to help out. In October we advertised for help in trimming bushes and upgrading the garden plots on our community lands. A party of 12 volunteers undertook this work on a fall Saturday morning and afternoon. It was hard work but participation strengthened our belief in community spirit. Thanks to all that participated.

Also in a busy October, the Community Association installed a second set of benches on the property which will provide seating between our two ice surfaces this winter. The parents for the spring soccer leagues will also appreciate these benches. Items like these are financed with the proceeds of our Casino nights provided through the AGLC. That is why these two nights of volunteering by upwards of 45 residents are so important to the community. Think about volunteering for the next casino as you enjoy the comfort of these benches.

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 and the focus of much controversy in 2005 and 2018. We have formed a committee of residents to undertake a determination of how to improve this park through design and facility additions reflecting its importance and ownership within our community. If you wish to comment on this process or be involved in future fundraising to preserve this park please let us know by emailing 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 December 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.

On behalf of the Cambrian Heights Board, we wish for you and your families the best of the December holiday season.

Remember Participation Sustains Your Community’s Livability

Daryl Connolly, President CHCA

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