By: Kate Schutz
Celebrating our successes
This Bankview AGM was a different format than previous years with the business end happening quickly at the start. The remainder of the meeting was an opportunity to meet your neighbours and ask questions of invited guests, one-on- one while
enjoying some food and drink. We opened by celebrating our successes this year.
This year, as a requirement of our renegotiated lease with the City of Calgary, we worked with board members to develop a three year plan for the association, as well as accompanying policy and procedure documents. This will act as a guiding document for the next board as they work to implement our identified priorities. I have a copy here if anyone is interested!
Hiring of Community Coordinator, Matt Worona
The p/t contract, Community Coordinator role is new for Bankview. Although having a new, paid position has made our finances much tighter, this role brings so much value to our organization. There is no way our work would have the reach or impact it does without the Community Coordinator and it would be impossible to get as much done as we can now. We have been able to move from an operational board, where each board member did several roles, to one of governance thanks to our Community Coordinator.
Formation of new committees: Policy, Executive and Personnel
The policy committee was an ad hoc committee that looked at existing CA documents and made suggestions for revisions and additions where there were gaps. The Executive committee was formed to make operational decisions, which drastically reduced time spent at board meetings, and the Personnel committee hired our Community Coordinator and wrote and renewed the contract of our Hall Manager.
The development committee met every three weeks through the year with multiple Development permit applications to deliberate over at most meetings. Letters were submitted for each of these that is factored in with other feedback to make the new buildings in our neighbourhood respond better to their context.
This year the bankview Community Garden continued serving over 30 members of the community who rent plots. Significant projects included replacing our older shed with a new greenhouse, starting a communal garden bed to share with the entire community, built a hops pergola in partnership with Village brewery for shade and planted fruit bushes and trees on eastern edge of our space. Visit our website to learn more, get involved and reserve a plot: bankview.org/community-garden/
Marketing and Communications
We reorganized our website to add content around the board’s role, hall bookings and current
priorities. We have had a 20% increase in views year over year.
Our monthly print newsletter that goes out to every household in Bankview emphasizes specific content written by residents including regular history articles. If you would like to submit content to the newsletter email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Our e-newsletter and mailing list has a 60% open rate. This year, we have more than doubled our community association membership, all of whom receive our e-newsletter.
Our social media channels continue to be very active with 521 followers on Facebook and over 1000 on Twitter.
This Is My Neighbourhood Program
TIMN program is a City initiative that provides programs, services and small-scale improvements based on resident surveys. Bankview had six initiatives in 2016:
– Park n’ Play and Stay n’ Play summer program
– Bankview Graphic Map – Local artist, Chris Pecora illustrating a map of Bankview, highlighting neighbourhood-hidden gems and key attractions.
– Safety Assessment of Buckmaster Park
– Adult Tai Chi Program and Sports Equipment donation
– Dog Park education program
– Three local artists painted garbage bins in our parks
We hosted various annual events including the Stampede breakfast and Holey Cow Beer Garden, Pumpkin Carving with Councillor Woolley (with thanks to retroactive funding support from their office, cost us one whole dollar!), HallowAfter Lanterns and the Christmas Artisan Fair.
We also hosted Walk with Woolley. This casual stroll through Bankview led to getting 5 of the most needed sidewalk segments in Bankview on the City’s Planned Construction list for 2017. We have also received approval for the addition of crosswalks on 14 street at 19ave and 23 ave respectively. These 2 improvements will enhance the safety and convenience of walking trips in Bankview.
At the Idea Fair, a group of residents, Chad Peters, Maureen Hodgan and Janet Turchak, had the idea to temporarily utilize the empty property at 14st and 24Ave for a new gathering space for our community. The Community association was recently given permission form the landowner and are now looking into insurance considerations. Look for news about engagement sessions to help us build something wonderful in that pocket of Bankview.
Lastly, we launched the Good Neighbour Awards and have already received more than a dozen heartfelt nominations for awesome residents. Nominate a neighbour today at Bankview.org/awards.
Fundraising Casino, August 19 and 20, 2017
Board meetings (first Weds of every Month), May 10, 2017
Election of Directors
On behalf of the Bankview Community Association board of directors, and with thanks to the board members who met with nominees in advance and put forward their recommendation, the new directors of the Bankview Community Association are as follows:
Manuela (Mannie) Reierson
The Bankview Community Association had a wonderful year and it shows! I have been
pleased to serve as President and am honoured to have worked with such incredible people. I
want to give a heartfelt thanks to Whitney, Jessica, Michael, Megan, and Kendall who
volunteered to serve on our board in some cases, for several years. I am stepping down as
President, but will stay on the board to help onboard the next President.
Additionally, we were pleased to welcome special guests who joined us for our mix and mingle and were available to answer any questions you might have had:
MP, Kent Hehr
Councillor, Evan Woolley
Rich Wall, our community police officer
Brenda Annala, a City of Calgary Neighbourhood Partnership Coordinator
Rita Dhungel, Bankview’s Community Social Worker
Thank you to local businesses, Our Daily Brett and Caffe Beano, for their generosity in providing some snacks and beverages.
Thanks you everyone who came to enjoy some food and drink as you meet neighbours and learn more about our community.