Six years ago, my husband Leif, son Finn and I moved back to Calgary from sunny California. Quite by accident, we moved into a fixer-upper bungalow on White Oak Cr. with plans to rent for a year until we found our dream home (sigh!) in the suburbs (sigh!) because that’s where the kids are (sigh!).
Well, we couldn’t have been more surprised. We soon noticed lots of little munchkins roaming about with their parents in front of their homes, at the playground, and at the most amazing children’s Halloween party at the community centre. And, to our amazement, we were actually invited to pile all of our unwanted household items in the alley to be hauled away in the spring – for free. It soon hit us: We don’t have to move! In fact, we realized that we loved our little “village” so much, we built a house on the property right next door.
Have your children played soccer, hockey, tennis, learned-to-skate or joined the running team? Have you taken advantage of the fun children’s events at the community centre? Participated in the Parents and Tots Drop-in on Wednesday mornings? Had a fun pub night out with friends? Enjoyed a family picnic with neighbours? Enjoyed the family skating party with hot chocolate or taken in the beauty of the community garden? And, of course, benefitted from our annual back alley cleanup? Well, folks I can’t say it enough: It takes VOLUNTEERS.
Our event coordinators work tirelessly to bring all of these wonderful programs to our community. By seeking your feedback and allowing their creative juices to flow, they strive to deliver programs and activities that we most want. Refreshing old programs and creating new ones is their ultimate goal. They deserve a huge thank you.
Now the nagging begins. PLEASE, we need your help. All it takes is one event, maybe just one hour of your time and we can keep our “village” thriving with activity. Besides, we love our volunteers so much, we’re holding a party in your honour at the end of April. Now, who can say no to a free party?
Tara Fisk-Sollid, Volunteer Coordinator