The Bankview CA had a great fourth quarter with a combination of fun events and hard work (well, truth be told, the events are hard work too!) The garden was harvested and the bulbs are planted, deep in the soil for a long winter. The community gardeners and our incredible garden coordinator, Michael, can now spend their winters drinking mint tea they harvested themselves and reading books about vegetables—planning for the spring! If you are interested in having a garden plot in 2017, please visit the new garden web page.

Did you know the Bankview CA has four sub-committees that meet outside of the regular board meeting times to get even more work done? The Policy Committee drafted new contracts for our Community Coordinator and Hall Manager positions, as well as a Code of Conduct for board members and personnel alike. Kendall and Janice’s work have given our CA a firmer foundation. With Jen moving on to a new job in Calgary’s film community (congratulations Jen!), our Personnel Committee interviewed and hired a new Community Coordinator to take her place. Big thanks to Whitney and Michelle who spent several evenings after work interviewing. They had a very hard decision to make, indeed! We are pleased to welcome Matthew to our team.

Our Development committee meets every three weeks and, recently, they have had an unprecedented amount of applications to review. What many don’t know is that this committee is made up of volunteer residents who are not necessarily planners or architects by trade. Instead they are community connectors and advocates with the difficult job of trying to understand and listen to city, developer, architect and resident interests-sometimes they align and often they do not-while remaining neutral in public debate and not involving their own opinions in their work. While the Development Committee’s letters to City Planning may not make or break an application, their voice on behalf of residents is strongly considered at Council. See Megan Mucigant’s article explaining their work and join me in commending her and the committee for their tireless dedication and professionalism. Special thanks to Richard Burke, a Development committee member for several years. Richard’s experience provides an understanding and insight into our community that is invaluable.

Lastly, the Executive Committee was formed this fall to meet two weeks prior to our monthly board meetings. Jessica, Gail, Whitney and I aim to solve operational challenges and approve expenditures so that our board meetings can be open to plan events, set goals and host guests (in October we met our local Calgary Police Service Officer, Rich Wall and in November we had a presentation from the Calgary Public Library). Jessica, our Secretary, keeps us all organized with her incredible board packages and Gail, Bankview’s long-time Treasurer, works hard to not only keep us out of debt, but well-funded through grants and managing rentals. Check out her report in December’s newsletter on the hall’s recent renovations—if you’ve ever renovated you know how hard it is to stay on time and on budget, but Gail did it!

I could not do my role as President without this tireless group of volunteers who make up our Board. I would encourage you to consider giving back to your community through volunteerism in 2017. Our website has a new volunteer page where you can sign up to do just that! http://www.bankview.org/volunteer/

Happy holidays to all our friends and neighbours in Bankview!

Kate (president@bankview.org)

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