Online Monthly Meeting for Community Association

You are welcome to join the Hudson Bay Park/Mayfair/Kelsey Woodlawn Community Association October meeting on Wednesday, October 28 at 6:30 pm.

To join the online meeting, email HBPMKWinfo@gmail.com before the 28th to receive the join code.

We’ll be welcoming the new executive board for 2020-21, hearing board members’ reports, and planning for the coming year.

We hope to see you online on the 28th.

Member Survey

As a member of our community, we want to hear from you about how we are doing and what sorts of things you wish we would start doing. Please take a moment to fill out the survey found here: SURVEY

Instructions on how to get the survey back to us can be found in the newsletter that was recently delivered to homes. If you’d rather take the survey and drop it off at Mayfair Library or mail it to our general address, the survey can also be found in the digital version of the newsletter here: https://hudsonmayfairkelsey.files.wordpress.com/2020/10/2020-hbpmkw-october-newsletter-1.pdf

Annual General Meeting on October 14th

Hudson Bay Park / Mayfair / Kelsey Woodlawn Community Association

Annual General Meeting (AGM)

Wednesday, October 14, 2020 at 6:30 pm (Email us by October 1st if you plan to attend, cannot attend but have an issue you want discussed, or want to attend via teleconference. Our email is HBPMKWinfo@gmail.com .

Saskatoon Travelodge Hotel, Concorde Room on lower level

* Masks are mandatory for anyone attending in person.

You are most welcome to join our AGM. Under current physical distancing measures, space is limited at the Concorde Room in the Travelodge. There are a few ways to participate in the AGM, see details below and get in touch via email by October 1st.

(1) IN PERSON: If you want to attend the AGM in person, we request that you let us know by Oct 1 by emailing us at hbpmkwinfo@gmail.com with the attention/subject AGM;

(2) UNABLE TO ATTEND BUT WANT SOMETHING ADDRESSED: If you are unable to attend in person but wish to have a concern or issue addressed, please send a detailed letter to hbpmkwinfo@gmail.com by Oct 1 with the subject AGM (written in uppercase letters);

3) TELECONFERENCE: We will also have teleconference attendance in place, so please indicate in your email (hbpmkwinfo@gmail.com by Oct 1, attention/subject TC), if you would like to participate in that way.

We welcome new volunteers to join our Executive and hope that you will find a way to let us know!

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POLICY RE: MANDATORY MASKS
Due to COVID-19 policies and also our own desire to keep everyone as protected as possible while communicating in person, masks are mandatory for anyone attending the AGM in person. If you are unable to do this, you can join us via teleconference or email us by October 1 about what you’d like discussed at the meeting.

AGM DETAILS: annual year-end reports by members of the executive committee nomination and election of community residents for board member positions for the 2020-21 year

HELP SUPPORT YOUR COMMUNITY
Do you want to help in your community or want to find a hands-on way to support your community? There are numerous positions up for election at the AGM, from President to Members-At-Large (board members with no specific job but to help as needed) and everything in between.

SPECIFIC NEEDS : VOLUNTEER POSITIONS ON THE BOARD:
(a) someone to take over the community website and community association Facebook page administration / communications position (the pages operate to keep residents informed of community programs and events, neighbourhood construction, relevant City news, etc.) and the position is well suited to someone who enjoys keeping residents informed and also engaging with the 3 neighbourhoods online in a positive and community-building way. See the community association’s Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/hbpmkw and website: https://hudsonmayfairkelsey.wordpress.com/ ;
(b) a Special Events coordinator to run annual events such as the Spring Clean-up and more (and you’re very welcome to bring your own ideas as well);
(c) the current President would welcome someone to volunteer and fill the position with guidance and assistance as needed.

(d) rink maintenance person to prep the rink for winter, which includes flooding it. Winter months involve looking after rink and keeping it in good shape for community skaters and hockey players.

(e) another newsletter helper to help the current newsletter coordinator 3 x year with the community newsletter that goes out to our 3 neighbourhoods both in paper and digital versions.


NOTE that all board positions are up for election whether they have been mentioned here or not.

FOR MORE INFORMATION
If you’d like more information or have questions about board positions or how to become a more active community member with the volunteer association, please email us at HBPMKWinfo@gmail.com .

Indoor programming for Fall 2020

Sharing community news regarding indoor programming for Fall 2020:

The Saskatoon Public and Catholic School Boards announced this week that community associations will be unable to rent and use school facilities for indoor programs this fall. Safety measures are being implemented by all schools to protect against the spread of COVID -19.

Once we have information on whether or not we can carry forward with some fall programs in a different way, outdoors or online, we will let you know here.

Our annual general meeting (AGM) for the community association will also need to be rescheduled this fall, and this information will be posted as well once we know more.

The community association relies on volunteers to make things happen in our 3 neighbourhoods, so if you are interested in helping out in some way for our 2020-21 year that begins next month, please email us at hbpmkwinfo@gmail.com with your questions or ideas.

Sum Theatre’s travelling show in Mayfair

Sum Theatre’s travelling show will be in Mayfair neighbourhood at noon on Sunday, August 16. Watch for chalk on the sidewalks to find the show, and keep your ears open as you’ll hear them if you’re near their route.

General route is on the map below:

Please respect social distancing regulations as the show passes by, and stay on the sidewalks away from the performers.

From Sum Theatre:

” TIPS & TRICKS (hints):
Wanna know where to find us in your neighbourhood? Look for the sidewalk chalk! <cut> We travel mainly on side streets, stay away from main intersections, and don’t travel through parks.. and you’ll hear us coming!
Wanna have even more fun with the family? Wear something tie-dyed or fun outfits, bring bubbles to blow or noisemakers to play with as we roll by! This is a travelling show, so if you’re on a bike you can pop around the neighbourhood and catch us on multiple corners so you get to see multiple parts from the show! Thanks for all the love so far, and for welcoming us in to your neighbourhoods! ”

Sum Theatre in Mayfair map

Volunteer Spotlight – Diane

2019 garden tour 4 diane thank you

SPOTLIGHT ON VOLUNTEERS

Hudson Bay Park – Mayfair – Kelsey Woodlawn
Community Association

DIANE BENTLEY
Member at Large 2015-16
President 2016 – present

A big thank you goes out to Diane Bentley for being a leader who wears many hats as President of our volunteer Community Association. Diane joined as a volunteer in 2015 and spent a year helping out as needed as a Member At Large. Then in 2016 she was elected to head up the association and now in 2020, is still a strong voice for our community.

Diane’s position as president means she chairs our monthly board meetings, ensures board members are well informed, allows everyone at meetings to be heard and also considers others’ opinions, leaves space for and encourages board members to move forward with their own ideas, and has a very organized and get-it-done approach to things.

Diane recently helped a new Citizen Patrol Group start up in the community after residents expressed interest, and is always available to help residents when there are questions or additional contact information is needed. She can also be found helping out at the Community Garden and is not only an avid gardener, but a bit of a “compost guru” who always has some useful advice when others need it. She was instrumental in getting the community garden going and is also a garden committee board member.

Diane can often be found volunteering at our community fundraiser BBQs, helping cut down weeds at the outdoor rink in the summer with her husband, supporting residents’ proposals (ie: Pierre Radisson Dog Park), helping organize events like the annual Spring Clean-up, and advocating for residents’ needs in the community,

We appreciate Diane being available for guidance and assistance on community matters. She is not only an avid defender of and voice for the individual needs in our 3 neighbourhoods, but genuinely cares about her community and its residents. She does a lot on behalf of our community behind the scenes, and we want her to know it’s greatly appreciated.

Thank you very much, Diane, for everything you do.

 

33rd Street Fair postponed until 2021

The 33rd Street Fair is not happening this year but will be back next year in 2021. There are a lot of great shops, restaurants and services available in the 33rd Street West business district, be sure to check them out either in person or online (link to website is at bottom).
 
Let’s support our nearby local businesses, and let your friends and family know about the good shopping in our neighbourhood.
 
From the 33rd Street BID:
 
” 33rd Street BID Cancels 2020 Street Fair to Focus on Business Recovery
 
Due to the ongoing public health crisis, and the negative impact of the recent economic shutdown, the 33rd Street Business Improvement District (BID) board of directors has voted to cancel this year’s street fair.
 
“Because we’re a small district with limited resources, the street fair requires a lot of volunteer effort from our business owners to make happen,” said Dan Matthews, Executive Director of 33rd Street BID. “Asking business owners to add extra work to their day at this time is simply not possible.”
 
Of course, the ongoing pandemic brings additional risk to the health and wellbeing of those managing and attending the event as well.
 
“Many of the street fair main attractions involve hands-on activities and close physical proximity,” said Matthews. “The risk to our visitors, business owners, and volunteers is just too great. Next year we’ll bring the fair back bigger and better than ever.”
 
In lieu of the event, the BID plans to focus its energy and resources on supporting the recovery of its business community and attracting support for these businesses from a local customer base.
 
The 33rd Street BID board of directors would like to thank past visitors, vendors, and volunteers for their generous support. We look forward to working with you again next year.
 
Anyone with questions or concerns regarding the cancellation of the event should contact the 33rd Street Business Improvement District through their website at http://www.33rd.ca. “

Volunteer Spotlight – Suzanne

VOLUNTEER SPOTLIGHT – Suzanne Nakagawa

2010 – present

In keeping with write-ups about current volunteer board members on the community association, here are a few details so you know some of the behind-the-scenes fun that goes on as a volunteer.   As the person taking care of website and Facebook communications by keeping the sites updated with current news for the association, I get to share some of the perks of being on the board and being able to be part of a few different things going on.

Initially a Member At Large back in 2010, I moved to Website/Facebook Communications in 2018. That means taking care of the community association Facebook page by posting about neighbourhood events, programs, construction-related issues, local business news, contests being run by the community association, etc.  The website also remains a place to post important neighbourhood news.

Being a volunteer with the comm. assoc. means I enjoy a fair bit of freedom and can help out where needed and also run with a few ideas of my own if I want to. I get to enjoy organizing annual events like the Snowflake Art Project for youth, help run Tobogganing Day (with Anna and her fabulous firepit), help draft letters on behalf of the community association, take photos of the neighbourhood and its events for the comm. assoc, and run neighbourhood-wide online Facebook contests like Fall Into Fudge, All About Autumn, and Caption This Photo where residents can submit their entries and win a small prize (sponsored by the comm. assoc. or a local business).

The above-mentioned contests, along with December’s “Winter Nights, Winter Lights” contest, give me a chance to not only deliver prizes to adults and kids in one of our 3 neighbourhoods, but also meet a variety of people of all ages. Taking a box of long john doughnuts to a 9-year old Kelsey Woodlawn resident, who won a recent contest through the community’s Facebook page, was one of my best days in recent months.

Mostly, I get a lot out of being able to volunteer with other board members and general residents who like to get involved in the community and take action when needed. Thanks for giving me many reasons to stick around these past few years.