President’s Message – May
March winds and April showers bring May flowers, so they say. I, for one, am always excited to see the pussy willows and the crocuses. If you look closely at the Edgevalley Way side of the ECC you may be lucky to spot crocuses and in Nose Hill Park, you can find fields of them. In Alberta in May, you are also going to encounter elections signs!
The provincial election is slated for May 29 and ECC will be one of the polling stations. Our association chooses to be nonpartisan and to work with our elected officials to constructively deal with issues that arise in our sub-division. Whatever your political views, make time to vote. It’s the easiest way to get involved in our democratic process.
Our association has its own political process. Our Board is comprised of people elected by association members at our Annual General Meeting to be held this year on May 16. Since our 2022 meeting, some of the rules have changed and you can get up to date by reviewing our bylaws posted on the ECA website. We voted on the new bylaws in December and they were filed with Corporate Registries immediately thereafter. We have since received confirmation that they are acceptable to Service Alberta. One change of note is that people can purchase an association membership at the door. Those who have a valid membership prior to the meeting being called to order are eligible to vote. If you want to save yourself the trouble of dealing with that in person, you can purchase your membership online. We have changed our online provider to Communal and so far, the system is working smoothly. A big thank you to Changling Luo from the Board and Rachel Wierzbicki from the office for the hours they have put into this project. You should find an enhanced user experience with both membership purchases and program registrations. However, should you experience any issues, let the ECC office know so they can be dealt with immediately. Memberships are $35 for families and $20 for seniors, a bargain in my opinion.
Events upcoming include the Spring Market and Perennial Exchange on May 6, and the Mothers’ Day Tea on May 13. More information is included in this newsletter as well as on the website. The Basically Babies Drive, which began in April, will draw to a close on May 13. We are happy to accept donations of new and gently used baby items for donation. There are donation boxes throughout Edgemont including the community centre. Once again, we will have the Farmer’s Stand on Thursdays in June as well as Food Trucks on the last Thursday of the month. Both of these events are to continue throughout the summer.
Looking forward to June? On June 24 we will be hosting our second Nordic Rodeo. There will be mini ski jumping for children, cross country roller skiing for everyone and Laser biathlon shooting. Based on our experience last year, we expect this event to be well attended and fun for the whole family. Watch the website!
I want to give a shout out to the volunteers who worked with Rick Wierzbicki to maintain our ice rink. We had a good season and many residents enjoyed family time in the great outdoors.
Happy Mothers’ Day to all the mothers, grandmothers and surrogate mothers and all others who serve that nurturing role in their families. See you at the tea!