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Presidents Message

Wow, it is hard to believe it is February already! I am hopeful that we have now made it through the worst of Covid. 

Over the past year the WCA has worked hard to find ways to support our great community despite the difficult conditions we have been living through. While navigating ever changing restrictions, the WCA brought back many great programs such as Tennis, Yoga, Shinny, Learn to Skate and (new last fall) Tai Chi. The Garden was in full bloom over the summer, we held another successful Community Clean Up and the Rink Rats have been working all hours to provide the community 4 sheets of ice to enjoy. Community favorites returned such as Movie Night, the Christmas Market and Winter Festival. The WCA introduced a couple of new events such as the Halloween Pumpkin Carving contest and the Christmas Parade of Lights. Last but certainly not least, we supported our amazing Wildwood playschool to be able to continue to operate in these challenging times.

None of this would have been possible without the WCA Board and its team of hardworking volunteers. Thank you all for your contributions to the Wildwood community. Covid has been hard on everyone, this team included. With many key volunteer positions vacant, you have often had to wear many hats all while feeling the Covid burn out. 

As life starts getting back to normal, my hope is for the WCA to begin to expand program offerings. To do that, the WCA needs your help to strengthen its volunteer base.  Please consider volunteering your time to support one of the best communities in YYC. Wildwood and the WCA need you to be able to continue building upon our past success.  If you are new to Wildwood, this is a great opportunity to meet your neighbours.

On April 27th, the WCA is holding its Annual General Meeting to elect the Board for the upcoming year. If you are interested in any of the Board or volunteer positions, please do not hesitate to reach out to secretary@mywildwood.ca for more information.

Here are the roles the WCA will be electing at the AGM:

Executive Committee

President – Open for next term
Responsible for the operation of the Board. Chairs the monthly Board meetings, is involved with issues relating to the community and liaises with the City on behalf of the Community Association.

Vice-President – VACANT
Fulfils the President’s responsibilities in the absence of the President, right hand person to the President.

Secretary – Tracy Smith Incumbent
Responsible for documenting the WCA’s operations, and organizing meetings.

Treasurer – Katrina Dudley Incumbent
Works to manage the WCA’s financials to ensure a strong and transparent financial organization.

Directors

Communications – Alison Laberge Incumbent
Focused on how the WCA communicates with the membership.  This director is responsible for working with the Warbler volunteers, and communications volunteers

Community Advocacy – VACANT
Maintains awareness and knowledge of local issues and works with regulators/government to impact proposed changes based on community needs.

Community Events – VACANT
Organize committees to run community events to make our community a fun place to live.

Community Garden – Pamela Gee Elected by Garden Group
Represents the Garden Group who steward the garden

Membership – Tamara Gogol Incumbent
Promote the WCA activities and drive membership growth.

Volunteers – VACANT
Works to foster volunteerism in Wildwood and maintain active volunteers.

Grants – Pema Lektsog Incumbent
Research grants for specific project-related work (usually physical maintenance) and supports grant proposals for projects

Sports Programs – VACANT
Organize coordinators of WCA sports programs to ensure programs are running smoothly.  Tennis, Soccer, Shinny, Learn to Skate

Community Programs – VACANT
Organize coordinators of the community-sponsored programs to ensure programs are running smoothly. Yoga, Playgroup

Facilities Management Director – Mallary Bannister Incumbent
Oversee the Facilities Manager who, in turn, responds to rental inquiries, books the hall and prepares the standard contract for signing. Insure that the

Rink Director – Jason Chin Incumbent
Work with volunteers to make the best rink in Calgary and ensure that all the equipment is maintained and operational.

Directors at Large – Incumbents
Contributes their thoughts and ideas form the community and provide directional guidance to the WCA Sean Jeffers, Robyn Birdsell, Lisa Beirnes