Bonnie Doon Community League
Highlights from the meeting of the Board of Directors
June 8, 2017
Don Masson is the new President of BDCL. He takes over from Mark Gordon. Mark has been analyzing the work and time commitments associated with the President’s position. The Board looks forward to hearing the results of his research. The Board is now seeking a Vice-president, as Don is stepping out of this role to lead the Board.
Rink Renovation Project: The Board heard from Stephanie Wold and Mark Edwards regarding the resodding. Don gave a quick recap of the sod issues. Stephanie presented four possibilities for the resodding, including artificial turf, hydro-seeding and re-sodding with and without volunteer labour.
New Hall Committee: The Board discussed the need to form an ad-hoc committee. We should be able to learn from the experiences of Strathearn Community League, currently re-building their community hall.
Parking: There is concern that Bonnie Doon may be used as a Park and Ride for LRT users when the Valley Line becomes operational. Susan will check into how things are working in Blue Quill, a neighbourhood that has similar LRT access. Susan will check with her colleagues at Community Standards regarding our parking issues.
Green Shack programme: The shack has been delivered. This summer the progamme will run afternoons between 2:30-6pm.
Seniors Committee: While occasionally post-cards and flyers are delivered to homes, either by Canada Post or volunteers, most of our current communications strategies are electronic: Facebook, Twitter, electronic newsletters. These methods are cost effective and timely, but may create a gap for those that are not on-line. Daniel will check on the costs of BDCL becoming part of SECLA and thus receiving space in their South-East News, a quarterly publication. The cost of membership would include delivery of the newspaper to homes in the neighbourhood.
BonnieFest: Daniel reported that BonnieFest was awesome! Neighbours were very impressed. Daniel will
continue grant writing applications, but wants to share the other duties. The Board discussed options for engaging more people, especially teens. Daniel suggested that BonnieFest could be a test case for the process of ACI identifying likely volunteers/ a volunteer coordinator/ an arts person in the neighbourhood who would coordinate musicians for BonnieFest.
Abundant Communities: Steve suggested that we need to move from the model where volunteers are serving the community, towards a model where volunteers are participating in building their community. Carol suggested that some smaller events, less intensive, could be good builders.
CRC Report: The Community Garden Project at Rutherford School has been closed, due to inaction. The project can be reopened if there is a good group of 10-15 people willing to work on the project. The recycling centre across from the Mall could be interested in building raised beds, and if community members were interested, Susan could facilitate. We discussed the idea of a ‘distributed’ community garden. CSC are reworking their organisational structure.
Treasurer: Daniel reported that we are currently on track for a small profit, but this surplus will likely be taken up by the new sodding.
Civics: Shauna reported that the City has approved variances on 84 Ave, 92 Street and at the Central Baptist Church. As the City looks at flood mitigation, Don will talk to Councillor Henderson to see if there might be a tie in to our sewer issues.
Social: Karen is getting started! Supper’s on Us is a solid event. This year’s Supper’s on Us is scheduled for Friday September 15.
Future meeting dates: The Board will continue to meet on the second Thursday of the month in September, November, January, March, AGM April, and June, with an option for an informal meeting in May. Meetings are held at the City of Edmonton offices in Bonnie Doon Mall, starting at 7:15pm.
Next meeting September 14, 2017
Thank you to all of our amazing soccer players, dedicated parents, fabulous refs, volunteer coaches and volunteers for such a great soccer season. A special thank you to Diane Anderson for being Bonnie Doon's Soccer Co-Ordinator this year, she did an awesome job keeping everyone organized and in the loop.
It was a fun season for all the kids involved.
Happy summer everyone!
Registration opens for Indoor soccer on July 15. More info here: http://emsasoutheast.com/play/programs-benefits/
Who would guess that an archaeological dig would be taking place in Mill Creek Ravine? But it is! Haeden Stewart an archaeologist and PhD Student at the University of Chicago, will be back digging in the ravine this summer.
In July, Stewart and team were excavating near the open grassy area near 88th Avenue. This is where an early 20th century meat packing plant (Vogel’s meats, founded 1902) was located.
Throughout August they will be excavating where we were excavating last year, roughly 150m south of Connor's Road on the east side of the bank, where an early 20th century industrial workers community was located.
All Bonnie Dooners are more than welcome to check out the dig! Five days a week, 8:30 am to 5 pm.
To learn more, read the CBC news article
Find out more about the dig in this episode of Edmonton Historian Laureate's podcast The Ravine Reveal, hosted by Bonnie Doon Community League last fall.
Front Yards in Bloom is back and we want to see your bloomin’ great yards! The Front Yards in Bloom program is all about recognizing neighbours who make an effort to beautify their front yards. Front Yards in Bloom started in 1999, with 150 nominations in its first year. It is now the largest program of its kind in Canada and last year we received over 5,000 nominations city-wide!
We are excited to be adding a new category for this year only called Uniquely Canadian; gardens that celebrate Canada with red and white flowers and/or features invoking our shared heritage.
Don’t miss out on being involved in this year’s Front Yards in Bloom! Nominations are accepted from May 20 - June 30 in five categories:
After the nomination deadline, volunteers deliver a sign and brochure to each nominated yard. Top yards will be judged and results will be announced during the Edmonton in Bloom Awards on Thursday, August 24 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Everyone is invited to attend the celebration!
It’s Easy to Nominate!
Questions? Visit: www.frontyardsinbloom.ca or email email@example.com
Bonnie Doon Community Legue's seniors' get-together in June is scheduled for Thursday, June 15.
The National Film Board production starts at 10:30 a.m.
We are screening Finding Farley produced in 2009. A young couple, their two-year-old son and family dog set out from Calgary, by canoe, to retrace Farley Mowat's journey to the eastern Arctic decades earlier. Click here to see a sneak peak.
There is no charge to attend the film.
Lunch is serviced at 11:45. Through the generosity of a local sponsor, the cost for lunch is only $2 per person.
All seniors are welcome to join us.
Learn about Bonnie Doon's Historic Past at the Farmers Market in La Cite Francophone on Sunday, June 11th.
The Community League History Book Project has hired artist, Alex Monto-Stein and she will be drawing Bonnie Doon's former Highland Park Greenhouses from 12 noon until 2 p.m.
Charles Juchli bought the Greenhouses in 1916 and when he married Augustine Accarias in 1920 they both worked together and enjoyed considerable success at the Edmonton City Market. They sold bedding plants and produce. The Juchli/Daubert family is sharing a display they made to illustrate their family history. The Juchli's lived at 8840 87 Street, beside their greenhouses.
Another "Pop-Up" date for your calendars is Sunday, June 25th - Alex will again work at the Farmers Market at La Cite Francophone, creating line drawings of historical buildings for our community league's map project.
This free festival takes place at Bonnie Doon park and playground, 9240-93 Street. Enjoy bouncy castles, bike tune ups, popcorn, face painting, balloon creations, and much much more! There will be a kids yoga class in the hall too.
Rutherford School is hosting a BBQ fundraiser, so plan to have lunch here!
Bonnie Fest is an outdoor festival that was started as a way to create a bumping place where people and organizations could meet, and connect with one another. Started in 2010, Bonnie Fest continues to grow and evolve, yet remain strong to its roots within the community, and remains one of the few Bilingual festivals in the City.
Can you help at the event? Here's the sign up sheet for super fun shifts!www.volunteersignup.org/A4X9E
Some of the things booked so far:
Spiderman / Mr. Twister (he may not do spiderman due to a concussion he suffered)
Mike's Bikes - bring your bike for a free tune up
ACTIVITIES - 1:00 - 1:45pm
Jen Martin - Parent/Tot Yoga Class
noon - 12:45pm --- Peter from 100 Mile House
1:00 - 1:45pm --- Post Script
2:00 - 2:45pm --- Ben Sures
BBQ fundraiser by Rutherford School Parent Council
Gormet popsicles - Café Bel Air
Popcorn - Paul Blais Realty
Rutherford School, Bonnie Doon's elementary school, is holding a bottle drive during the festival. Please bring a bag of empties to donate to them. Look out for the trailer in the parking lot.
The Schizophrenia Society of Alberta worked with the community league when establishing Iris House in the Bonnie Doon community. They say they received incredible support from Bonnie Doon, and the City of Edmonton uses our relationship as a best practice when trying to integrate a housing program into a residential community.
They are hosting an event called Open Minds Walk and Run in September and invite Bonnie Dooners to get involved. "This year's Edmonton Open Minds Walk and Run gathering is about raising funds, awareness and honoring those affected by schizophrenia, their families, and caregivers. Bring your family, children, pets, and friends! Together we will raise fund to go towards SSA's client Peer Support programs in Edmonton."
For more info and to register, please see: https://www.schizophrenia.ab.ca/ssa-events/2017/9/16/edmonton-open-minds-walk-and-run
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