President's Message - October

Hello, neighbours;

The fall season is definitely in full swing now and we are firmly into our new routines. I hope that some of you have added an extra activity by attending one of the many new health and wellness programs that are now offered at our community centre. It’s been exciting for our Community Association to get them organized and offered to you! Please check our website (hh-bh.ca) for a list of what is offered and if you’ve missed your chance to register for a program this fall, you will have another chance to attend new sessions after Christmas. A big event this month is our city’s municipal election on October 16 (advance polls run October 4 - 11). I hope that you have been able to attend one of the several candidate debates in our Ward so that you can make an informed decision and cast your ballot wisely. Speaking of elections, our Community Association’s AGM is next month, November 15 at 7:00 PM in our community centre board room. Please give us your support, feedback and ideas on how to continue to make our community a special place to live. There will be positions on our board that need to be filled, including President, Secretary, Events and IT directors. As well, the crucial position of Treasurer will be vacant. Our association’s registration as a Society depends on having a treasurer so this role must be filled. Help! Our board members are a talented and committed group of residents and along with our executive director, we are able to accomplish a lot. Please join us! One of our projects has been the improvement of Lions Park. As many of you know, this lovely strip of greenspace that runs along the south side of 14th Ave has fallen on hard times the last few years due to transients, drug users and their dealers. In an effort to make this area less hospitable for them, several park benches and tables have been removed at the request of residents and our community police constable. Unfortunately, this has caused some inconvenience for legitimate park patrons but along with plans to trim some of the bushes and improve the lighting on the pathway, we hope that criminal activity will decline and we will eventually be able to rebuild the playground area and once again enjoy all of the park. I am grateful to the Calgary Police Service and the City of Calgary Parks department for their input and help. I hope you are enjoying the fall and that you have a very Happy and Healthy Thanksgiving. We live in a wonderful community and have so much to be thankful for.

Laura