Community. What is a community? The dictionary has the following definition: a social group of any size whose members reside in a specific locality, share government and often have a common cultural and historical heritage; a locality inhabited by such a group; a social, religious, occupational or other group sharing common characteristics or interests and perceived or perceiving itself as distinct in some respect from the larger society within which it exists… That’s what the dictionary says, but what do you think?
In Wildwood, we do reside in a specific locality and I hope we do share common interests, but is that all? Are we just a community because we live close to each other? Do people want to live in Wildwood just for our great location? I think there is something much more special about Wildwood than just the fact that we live in the same area. We have residents who have lived in the area since it was on the outskirts of the City. Their children have moved away, and then moved back to Wildwood. Why? What makes Wildwood such a special place to live?
Is it because we have special events for children, families and adults, family BBQ, stampede breakfast, Lego contest or pub nights? We have great sports programs: the rink, tennis, soccer, hockey, learn to skate. We have the community garden with a fall harvest festival, the water spiral and the little free library. We have volunteers who help with a fund raising casino and community cleanup. There are many people who volunteer to help with the community association including the Board, the Warbler editor and Warbler distribution group.
We are a small community that I believe cares for each other. We get to know our neighbours and they become our friends. If you are new to Wildwood, welcome! We encourage you to get to know your neighbours, come out to a community event, volunteer. If you are a longer term resident, we encourage you to also get involved, meet your neighbours and other community residents. We have many volunteer opportunities for everyone.
The Wildwood Community Association AGM will be held on April 28th at 7:30 pm. We have many open positions on the board that need filling. The “Community” is only as strong as the people who are willing to get involved. Please consider becoming involved as a board member. You may also attend the AGM as a resident, just to see what happens at the board level.
~Robyn Birdsell, WCA President