President’s Message – March 2019

March brings a hint of Spring coming combined with winter’s last blasts as thoughts turn towards baseball and soccer and increased daylight. At Cambrian Heights, we are adding events in March through June. Please see the updated upcoming events listing in the newsletter. The annual Polar Party in January was once again a great outdoor event for the family with great weather free ice skates provided and hot chocolate and music to entertain. For the second year, the Cambrian School Parents participated with a Chilli contest in addition to crafts plus a baked goods and pizza fundraiser inside the Hall.

On Saturday, February 9, a Volunteer Appreciation Night was held at the Community Hall. Over 24 previous volunteers and interested guests braved the cold temperatures and visited with Board members and enjoyed some games and glasses of wine with cheese, cakes and hot appetizers.

The value of volunteering cannot be over-emphasized and our appreciation to these Cambrian Heights residents warrants such a thank you. Please look to involve yourselves in future community activities and meet these neighbours. March’s event will be our first Cooking Class in the Hall’s now “commercial” kitchen facilities. All attendees (maximum 20) will benefit from Chef Don Turnbull’s 30- plus years of instructing the art of cooking for the family. Meals will be prepared, recipes provided, and wine served with the finished product including desert. We hope to have more of these classes in the future and anticipate our residents will take advantage of these practical cooking classes.

Future events include the Spring Wine Event in April featuring fresh whites, rosé and pinot noirs to taste along with fine cheeses and enhanced with wine knowledge and discounted sales provided by Highlander Wines & Spirits. In early May, we are hoping to host a Jane’s Walk focusing on our community park space and future usage. A community Spring Cleanup date in late May or early June has once again been planned in partnership with Rosemont Community. June will conclude our programs before summer with our Annual General Meeting. Attending this meeting remains a great way to find out what is happening in the Community, visit with existing directors and contribute ideas for future programs and events.

We continue to offer our weekly Yoga program or one of the three weekly exercise drop-in programs offered at the Hall in the early evening. Details of these programs may be found on our community website.

We added two new Board members in February, Sue Bromley and Kevin Outhet who have come forth based on our recent requests for volunteers to fulfil certain roles on the Board. We remain in need of a Casino and Social Director and of course welcome those wanting to contribute through joining the Board but holding no specific role. New volunteers with energy and ideas are always welcome. For more information please contact

Our main fundraiser which supports the activities of the Community and maintenance of the Hall and grounds is our Casino, which this year will be at Calgary Casino on May 29 and 30. We are again looking for volunteers for daytime and evening shifts. A meal is provided and most find the social aspects of the volunteering much fun. Please contact Sonya ( or Dan Vallee ( for more information.

The next meetings of the Board will take place on April 1 and May 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.
Daryl Connolly, President CHCA

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