President’s Message – June 2017

On the 18th of May, we hosted our Annual General Meeting at the Community Hall. The presentation from the meeting is available on our website ( as well as our audited Financials. These financials represent our nine-month results ending December 31, 2016. Having approved a change to our bylaws, future financial reporting will be on a calendar basis and our AGM will occur before June 30th of each year. An eight-person Board was elected at the meeting. Both Druh Farrell, our Ward Councillor, plus our MLA Craig Coolahan were invited to attend the meeting. In addition, City of Calgary representatives were there to answer any questions about the 14th Street Northmount Drive Intersection development scheduled for this summer. This preceded the City Informational session on the details of this construction plan that occurred at the Community Hall May 30.

The remaining community events before the summer recess will be the annual Community Cleanup June 18 and the Stampede Breakfast Saturday, July 15 from 9-11am. This event will be at the Community Hall July 15 and hopefully be outside under sunny skies as the kitchen undergoes a partial renovation. Not to forget however will be the City sponsored July 1st celebrations at Confederation Park. There will be family-friendly activities from 9 am – 1 pm starting with a pancake breakfast, horse-drawn wagon rides, live entertainment on the Stampede Stage, a new natural play space and the opening of the 1967 time capsule.

Your community offers excellent facilities and the financial ability to promote more social or educational activities for our residents. We have evening space available for community use. Our community always welcomes residents who wish to initiate new programs or join our Social Committee to bring new ideas for recreational or educational evenings. You need only commit time to help organize and help manage one such activity a year. We have dedicated and experienced Directors to help guide and advise but need more members offering a little time once a year to help expand and improve our Programs and Events. Please contact myself at or any other director for further insights into participation with our volunteer team.

At our Annual General Meeting this year we increased the Membership fees effective January 1, 2018 to better reflect the value of membership and compare to surrounding communities. Single memberships increased to $10/year, Family to $20/year,  Associate membership to $20/year and Senior rates remained at $5/year. Corporate memberships were reduced to $50/year.  With reduced rates for community members, attendance at one or more social events during the year recoups the cost of annual membership. We also announced an increase in our Hall and kitchen rental rates that will become effective in 2018.

In terms of financial impact to the community association, nothing exceeds our Casino nights held under the auspices of the Alberta Liquor and Gaming Commission. This year we will be providing volunteers for two days, August 31 and September 1. Providing volunteers is extremely important as the funding is the main source of community revenue and we must not loose our privileges. If you can spare some volunteer time during the day or evening please contact either Dan Vallee ( or Sonya Hnatiw (

We continue to use a Facebook page to help communications and stimulate informational sharing and discussion amongst residents of the Community. It is under “Groups” with an address of “cambrianheightscommunity”. Please register for the Group and join this conversational page and share your thoughts and insights about where you live. Suggestions on improving existing or adding new social/educational programs are always welcome. One of our volunteers will also update any news of interest to the community.

The Community Hall will witness an upgrade this summer to establish our facility as a full commercial kitchen. This will allow increased usage of the kitchen and thereby expand the types of events that may be hosted at the Hall. We have evenings free during the week and cooking classes or group food preparation would be a much-appreciated community program. If you have ideas and/or some spare energy please contact one of the Board members or attend a Board meeting to discuss possibilities.

The next meeting of the Board will take place Monday, June 5 at the Georgina Thomson building on 14th Street and Northmount Drive NW at 6:30 PM. This will be the last meeting until September. 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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