President’s Message – September 2015

Vacation season, of course, minimized activity in the community for the month of August. As mentioned the July highlight was the Stampede Breakfast, which feed over 300 participants with a hearty breakfast of pancakes, sausages, and fruit. In addition, one of our directors represented the Community in the annual Stampede Parade, and we have attached a picture to this month’s newsletter. We have also attached to our website a number of pictures from the Stampede Breakfast. We need help to continue with these types of events and maintain their level of excellence. If you can help out this year with any new ideas or to just volunteer your time, please contact the Board at or phone our Social Director Jodi Dixon at 403-276-4242. With the new fiscal year, we are hoping to add additional events in the Fall to complement our very successful annual Halloween Party, which is scheduled this year for October 30th. With our new fiscal budget envisioning additional programs and events, we hope to have an Open House in October to recruit both new ideas and volunteers to enable increased usage of our facilities. Check our website for details of all social events, news and contact information.

We announced last month that the Board, as a first step in promoting new community activities, approved a $100 maximum grant for community block parties. This grant will be provided to a maximum of 10 such block parties over the 2016 fiscal year (April/2015-March/2016). Application for this grant can be made through the community email address. Costs will be reimbursed (excluding alcoholic beverages) with receipts pertaining to organized block parties with broad attendance of all age groups. We encourage you to access this funding and create your own block event.

On the issue of Secondary Suites, City Council, as reported last month, turned down the proposal to amend the Bylaw in regards to Wards 7, 8, 9 and 11. Council as a whole decided there were enough issues not addressed by the Bylaw changes to send the proposal back to the City Planners. We expect the issue to again arise sometime in the future but hopefully with an improved set of parameters and incentives to better address the issues of safety and compliance in currently illegal suites throughout the City. The City of Calgary has recently appointed an independent commission to explore changes in the Ward boundaries for the October 2017 election. In all likelihood, this will move Cambrian Heights into Ward 4. For more information on this possibility, we refer you to the City website at (search for Ward Boundary Commission).

We continue to encourage all residents to participate in the community activities and future planning by joining the association and communicating your thoughts either through emails or by attending one of our Board meetings which are always open for residents. Our next meeting will take place Tuesday, September 8th (due to Labour Day holiday on the first Monday) at the Georgina Thomson building on 14th Street and Northmount Drive NW at 6:30 PM.

The website now provides memberships to be subscribed over the internet for the convenience of the residents.There is also a registration for all members or residents who wish to receive email notifications of special events or issues of interest to the community. Also for the first time we have amended our Bylaws to allow for Corporate memberships. We will be approaching the business community for their input on fostering improved relationships and participation between residents and local business in 2015 and beyond.

On Behalf of the Board;
Daryl Connolly, President

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