It’s time for the annual meeting for the Hudson Bay Park-Mayfair-Kelsey Woodlawn Community Association – if you live in one of the above 3 neighbourhoods, come on out and join us at the meeting to hear what’s been going on this past year and what’s coming up. We enjoy meeting new people and are also in need of new volunteers for the 2021-22 year.
DATE & TIME: Tuesday October 12, 2021 at 7 pm
LOCATION: Henry Kelsey School, 16 Valens Drive
NOTE: Please adhere to public health guidelines as they stand on October 12. Be sure to check this website or the Community Association Facebook page (here) for updates closer to October 12 in case of changes due to COVID guidelines.
NEW BOARD MEMBERS ARE NEEDED for the Community Association’s 2021-22 year so we can keep bringing you a variety of indoor programs for all ages, the outdoor community rink, the community newsletter 3 times a year, and annual events like Rink Day, Spring Clean-up, Community Tobogganing Day, Kids’ Snowflake Art Project, etc. Elections for all positions will take place at the AGM on October 12th at 7 pm.
HELP MAKE A POSITIVE DIFFERENCE IN YOUR OWN COMMUNITY– Do you want to get more involved in your community and help bring ideas forward or make decisions that help your community grow? Board members meet on the last Wednesday of the month at 7 pm at Henry Kelsey School on Valens Drive, with no meetings in December, June, July or August. Board Members attend the monthly meetings. We are a child-friendly group and childcare is often available if you give a heads up a few days before a meeting (note: the community association must follow public health guidelines so this is subject to change during COVID).
URGENT – WE NEED A NEW VOLUNTEER FOR THE FOLLOWING POSITION RIGHT AWAY:
INDOOR PROGRAM COORDINATOR (1 or 2 people): Is responsible for the coordination and management of all indoor recreation activities in cooperation with the Community Services Department and the School Boards; Is responsible for appointing indoor coordinators (as required) and assigning their various duties. * We have a number of programs for this fall that cannot happen without an indoor coordinator.
EMAIL US at HBPMKWindoor@gmail.com with any questions or to let us know you’d like to volunteer this year.
See attachment below for all board member positions that will be open for elections at the meeting:
You are welcome to join the Hudson Bay Park/Mayfair/Kelsey Woodlawn Community Association meeting on Wednesday January 27th at 6:30 pm.
We are again meeting via teleconference, and any residents can attend. To receive the join code for the meeting, email us at HBPMKWinfo@gmail.com before the 27th.
We’ll be hearing board members’ reports, discussing the spring community newsletter, talking about a community clean-up and plant exchange/garden tour (on our wish list but depends on pandemic situation).
We hope to see you at our online meeting on the 27th.
What is important to you in your community? What do you like and what do you wish for?
The Hudson Bay Park/Mayfair/Kelsey Woodlawn (HBPMKW) Community Association wants to hear from residents to find out what is important to you and your family in the community. We have a short survey for you that will help us plan future events and programs. We want to hear from you about how we are doing and what sorts of things you wish we would start doing.
Responses will remain confidential, but be sure to sure to submit your name and contact info if you would like to be entered into a draw to win some cool merchandise from local shops.
OPTION 1: Take the survey online – If you’d like to fill in the survey and submit it online, please take a moment to fill out the survey here: SURVEY
Hudson Bay Park – Mayfair – Kelsey Woodlawn
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.
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.