We're proud to announce the opening of Bonnie Doon Community League's newest attraction... The LITTLE RINK! Located between the hall and the main rink, this rink has been lovingly created for our younger community members and beginner skaters. Conveniently connected to the rink shack by a short skating pathway, Mark Edwards has thought of everything in creating this for you to enjoy. It is available to use anytime. Check the rink shack hours should you wish to lace up indoors.
Join us for a showing of Coco at Bonnie Doon Hall on March 9, at 6.30pm. Bring blankets, sleeping bags, pillows or whatever you'd like to get comfy for the movie. Consession stand will be open and cash bar for the grown ups! Please see the poster for details.
Can you help out with the consessions? Stephanie is looking for 2 helpers. Please email email@example.com if you can help. Thank you.
Moving forward, we're looking for someone to run future movie nights. Please email Stephanie to find out what is involved.
The potluck supper on November 19 was a big success, with over 50 neighbours sharing delicious food. There were many requests to do it again. Let’s get together for another potluck supper at Bonnie Doon Hall on January 28, 2018 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Everyone is invited so we hope you can make it.
Bring a dish to share plus plates & cutlery. This is a great way to get to know your neighbours! A few people plan to play board games once the potluck is over. Anyone wanting to stay on for board games is invited to do so.
For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
BDCL received this piece from Ben Henderson's office today. Ben is the Councillor for our ward.
I hope you enjoy winter as much as I do. There are challenges, however, along with the fun the season
brings. From shovelling our sidewalks to clearing rogue icicles, Edmontonians are masters at snow and ice
clearance. Likewise, the City of Edmonton works hard to clear roads as efficiently as possible, and we are
always looking for new ways to help our citizens travel safely all winter long.
Some of you have contacted me, wondering why snow clearance was starting before there was much
build-up on the ground. This past spring the City started an anti-icing pilot project to test out a new
calcium chloride solution. When applied in a thin layer to roadways both before and during a snow
event, the solution helps prevent the snow from sticking to the road, keeping the road clear longer and
making it easier to plow.
There are a number of benefits to this new technique. First, it reduces the need for plowing and sanding,
which saves the City money and allows us to better manage snow removal city wide. A decrease in
plowing also means less wear and tear on our streets, resulting in fewer potholes and longer lasting
roadways. The product is also safer for the environment than traditional salt, since it can be used in
The pilot program continues this winter – this solution will be applied to 3000 km of roadways and bike
lanes throughout the city, which amounts to around 40 per cent of our arterial and collector roadways.
Our success last winter proved that this product is effective, so now our crews will focus on figuring out
best practices for application timing, getting more roadway employees trained to use the solution
effectively, and measuring the environmental impact.
If you have questions or comments about snow removal, please email City Services at email@example.com,
or by telephoning 311.
Please feel free to contact me anytime at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 780-496- 8146. Follow me on Twitter @ben_hen.
Ben Henderson, Councillor, Ward 8
What is Flying Canoë Volant?
Ours is a multicultural festival that celebrates Canada's First Nations, Métis and French Canadian founding minorities, over the first Friday and Saturday evenings of February. It is primarily an outdoor event taking place in the Mill Creek Ravine based on the theme of the Flying Canoe (la chasse-galerie) - a legend with shared First Nations and French Canadian origins. We aim to create an inclusive environment where festival go-ers can be immersed in urban and traditional programming centred around the three cultures. Activities range from traditional story-telling, Métis circle dances, tea ceremonies, live music, outdoor snow slides and sleigh rides, tire sur la neige, and much more. Our festival utilizes the urban landscape of La Cité Francophone to emulate the legend's "City of Lights", while contrasting it against the nature filled Mill Creek Ravine. The ravine provides a magical winter backdrop, hosting light installations created and curated by local artist Dylan Toymaker.
Take a look!
What will volunteers do?
Volunteer roles can vary and are primarily based over the two evenings of the festival, with opportunity for leadership roles during pre and post production. Weekend roles fit into the four main categories of: ambassadors/hospitality, fire-tending, food/beverage and parking/security.
There are mostly two three-hour shifts per evening. You can be part of the team as a volunteer and then enjoy the festival. We welcome pairs and small groups, so if you wish to volunteer with some friends or family, we will place you together.
Here’s the link to sign up easily and quickly:
Look forward to seeing you in February!
Qu'est-ce que Flying Canoë Volant?
Notre festival multiculturel célèbre les minorités fondatrices des Premières Nations, des Métis et des Canadiens français au Canada, les premiers vendredi et samedi soirs de février. Il s'agit avant tout d'un événement en plein air qui se déroule dans le Ravin Mill Creek sur le thème de la Canoë-kayak (la chasse-galerie), une légende qui partage les origines des Premières Nations et du Canada français. Nous visons à créer un environnement inclusif où les festivaliers peuvent être immergés dans une programmation urbaine et traditionnelle centrée sur les trois cultures. Les activités comprennent des contes traditionnels, des danses de cercles métis, des cérémonies de thé, de la musique live, des glissades de neige en plein air et des promenades en traîneau, des pneus sur la neige et bien plus encore. Notre festival utilise le paysage urbain de La Cité Francophone pour imiter la «ville des lumières» de la légende, tout en contrastant avec le ravin de Mill Creek. Le ravin offre une toile de fond magique en hiver, accueillant des installations lumineuses créées et organisées par l'artiste local Dylan Toymaker.
Que feront les bénévoles?Les rôles des bénévoles peuvent varier et sont principalement basés sur les deux soirées du festival, avec des possibilités de rôles de leadership pendant la pré-production et la post-production. Les rôles de week-end s'inscrivent dans les quatre catégories principales suivantes: ambassadeurs / hôtellerie, pompiers, alimentation / boisson et stationnement / sécurité.
Il y a surtout deux équipes de trois heures par soir. Vous pouvez faire partie de l'équipe en tant que bénévole et ensuite profiter du festival. Nous accueillons les couples et les petits groupes, donc si vous souhaitez faire du bénévolat avec des amis ou de la famille, nous vous mettrons ensemble.
Voici le lien pour vous inscrire facilement et rapidement:
Au plaisir de vous voir en février!
Please join us for our next potluck supper on Sunday, March 11 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Bonnie Doon Hall. Bring a dish to share plus plates & cutlery and a board game. This is a great way to get to know your neighbours! We've had a fantastict time meeting new and familiar faces at our past two potlucks so we are going to host another.
The hall has a couple of microwave ovens and two full ovens, plus a couple of fridges. Bonnie Doon Community Hall is at 9240 93 Street. The main entrance is on the west side (the side with the rink). We invite all residents of Bonnie Doon and adjoining neighbourhoods. Feel free to bring a friend!
If you have questions, write to Carol at email@example.com.
Bonnie Doon Community League
Highlights from the meeting of the Board of Directors
November 16, 2017
Duane Gingras was officially welcomed to the Board as our Vice-President. Welcome Duane!
Christmas Party: Saturday, December 2, 6pm. Although we have no Social Chair, Nicola has stepped forward to organise the annual Christmas Party. Family fun, Santa, DJ, and cash bar are all part of the fun. Thank you Nicola, and all the other volunteers.
Senior’s Committee: Margaret Russell made a report of all the activities of the committee: The Memories of Bonnie Doon book project, the NFB Film screenings, the intergenerational poster project, and their fundraising successes. Thank you Margaret!
Hall Noise Mitigation: The Board will be convening a meeting to consider strategies to control the noise disturbance issues during weekend rentals.
BD Mural Project: Hall manager Stacey would like to create a mural for the community. She is open to ideas as to subject and placement. She is currently running a survey to collect opinions. Please contact her through the web-site to let her know what you think!
Kenilworth Skate Path: Bonnie Doon is happy to support the Kenilworth Community League as they create their Community Ice Trail. This 2016 initiative was a big success and many Bonnie Dooners were able to participate.
Casino: BDCL’s casino is scheduled for February 12 & 13, 2018. Sign-up can be done on-line, please refer to the web-site. Thank you to Stephanie Wold for coordinating.
CRC Report: The City has reorganised Community Recreation Coordinators (CRC). They’re being rebranded as Neighbourhood Resource Coordinators (NRC). Our CRC has been reassigned. In January we will meet our new NRC.
Civics: Shauna reported a potential re-zoning at the corner of 94th Avenue and 95th Street. She is informed and willing to communicate with any concerned neighbours.
Social: The Board is still looking for a Social Chair: are you interested?
Vice-President: Duane represented BD at the annual EFCL Annual General Meeting. There was good information sharing. Thank you Duane!
President: Don welcomed Nicola, newly responsible for all things Communications, be it Facebook, the monthly newsletter, web-page, blog-postings or the bi-montlhy Community News South newspaper. Mark Gordon is still managing our Twitter account. Thank you Nicola and Mark.
Next meeting January 11, 2018: Meetings are held at the City of Edmonton offices in Bonnie Doon Mall, starting at 7:15pm.
With the Holiday season almost underway, Edmonton Meals on Wheels are currently seeking donations of gift wrap and small gifts to give to their clients. The winter months are some of the hardest for their clients but with help from donations to their Holiday Gift drive, they intend to make the season a little more cheerful. A few gifts that would help their clients most are: calendars, warm socks, stationary, toiletries, and crossword puzzles (large print). Donations can be dropped off Monday - Friday, 8am - 4pm at their office.
The Edmonton Meals on Wheels delivery vans are vital in their daily commitment. They connect the food made in their kitchen to the clients in their homes. How do they fuel their vehicles? Through Gas Gift Cards donated by people like you. Gas Gift Cards are a great, easy way to help those in need in our community. Gift cards can be dropped off at the Edmonton Meals on Wheels office at 11111-103 Avenue, Edmonton.
Congratulations to Bonnie Doon's Daniel Cournoyer, recipient of a Senate 150th Anniversary Medal. The medals mark the 150th anniversary of the Senate’s first sitting, which took place on November 6, 1867.
Twelve outstanding members of Alberta’s francophone community were awarded Senate 150th Anniversary Medals at a special ceremony that took place November 11, 2017 at Edmonton’s Cité francophone. Last spring, Senator Claudette Tardif was invited by the Senate of Canada to select twelve candidates from her community for this national honour. The provincial and regional branches of the Association canadienne-française de l’Alberta supported the Senator in the selection process. Medal recipients come from across Alberta, and have distinguished themselves by their exemplary contributions in education, arts and culture, immigration and community service. “It is my great honour and privilege to recognize these individuals for their ongoing dedication and generous contributions to the development and vitality of Alberta’s francophone communities” said Senator Tardif. “A strong and vibrant Alberta grows through the sustained efforts of those committed to the vitality of their communities.”
About the recipient, Mr. Daniel Cournoyer, Edmonton:
Mr. Cournoyer has played an important part in increasing the visibility of the francophone space in Edmonton by participating in the development of the Uni Théâtre, eventually becoming the organization’s artistic and executive director. He has also been involved with the Professional Arts Coalition of Edmonton (PACE) for a long time, and he heads Polyphonik, a francophone music competition. Since joining the Cité francophone in 2012 as executive director, he has launched a number of initiatives, such as the creation of a European-inspired public market and the effort to boost the popularity of the “Flying Canoë Volant” winter festival, whose attendance has risen from 3,000 to 40,000 in five years. These initiatives have been very successful and are helping to increase the visibility of the French fact in Edmonton.
More information here.
Canadian Blood Services is reaching out to local community focused organisations in the hope that they will garner support for their main blood donor clinic, located in the university area at 8249 -114 St, during the Holiday Season.
At any point in time approximately only 1 in 2 Canadians are eligible to donate yet only 1 in 60 actually do.
Canadian Blood Services recommends that donors confirm their eligibility to donate at www.blood.ca prior to making an appointment.
Individual appointments can be booked on-line at blood.ca.
Alternatively community groups or family groups (minimum 3 people) can book directly with Sandra McKinlay here at the clinic – call 780-431-8733 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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