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From The Board
Look for monthly articles here from your Oakridge Community Association Board Members.
This month we thought we would begin with highlighting the newest member of the Oakridge Community Association’s Board of Directors, Julie Kearns. Julie became a Board member at the AGM in September 2018 and has a wealth of experience. We are so lucky to have her!
- When did you join the Oakridge Community Association Board? Why now? I joined the Board in September 2018 at the AGM. I now have time since retiring from The University of Calgary and my consulting practice. Our now grown children; Jaime, Kristen and Campbell grew up in Oakridge and Jaime married another Oakridge resident, Scott Gage. I have been actively involved in the community as a school volunteer, president of the Calgary Glenmore Alberta Liberal Constituency Association, as a Public School Board Trustee candidate for Wards 11 & 13 in 2010, and recently I became a founding member of the Oakridge Seniors Association.
- Why did you want to join the Board? I want to contribute my skills and experiences to help our community association address the needs of our changing community by expanding ways for seniors to get involved in local life thereby increasing community engagement.
- How long have you lived in Oakridge? I have lived in Oakridge for over 40 years and I raised my three children in Oakridge.
- What do you love most about Oakridge? I have knocked on every door in Oakridge several times and I love this community for its green spaces, amenities and people.
- What do you see as some of the challenges facing Oakridge right now? What do you hope to accomplish in the next year with the Board? Now that I have become a senior and don’t have kids at home, I see the needs of our community shifting. I believe there is a need to increase the engagement of seniors in our community. Oakridge has more than a thousand residents who are over 65 years (2011) and like myself, many of our residents moved into this community when it was newly built in the 1970’s, raised their families here, and want to continue living here. According to numerous research studies, the most prominent emerging issue seniors are facing is finding a means to become, or remain, socially included and connected to their community.
The Southwest Calgary Ring Road is looking for construction workers! This is includes labourers, heavy equipment operators, heavy duty mechanics, carpenters, surveyors and laboratory technicians.
You’ll find below an invitation to our construction hiring fair being held at the Grey Eagle Resort on February 23, 2019, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Members of our staff will at this event to conduct on-site interviews with interested candidates.
Further details regarding key open positions are available on the project website at www.swcrrproject.com/about/
An act of goodwill, whether it’s big or small, has a positive impact. That impact can spread, similar to a ripple in water. That is because when people notice others being kind, they become inspired to be kind too. The result? It creates a chain reaction of compassion.
One of the best ways to be considerate is to take a stand against bullying. Bullying comes in many different shapes and sizes. Sometimes bullies use mean words, like name calling or teasing; sometimes they use physical abuse, like pushing or tripping. Regardless of what form it takes, harassment is never OK! If you ever see someone being picked on, it’s important to do your best to stand up, step in, and say something.
Join us in celebrating kindness on International STAND UP to Bullying Day, on February 22nd. You can do this by wearing a pink shirt to show your support against all forms of harassment. Why pink, you ask? The idea behind this gesture all started when high school students Travis Price and David Shepherd saw their classmate being bullied for wearing a pink shirt to school. They decided to stand up, step in, and say something. That evening, Travis and David went out and bought a bunch of pink shirts. The following day at school, they handed these shirts out to their classmates who all wore them in support of their fellow student as a collective, visual stance against harassment. Since then, this powerful message of consideration and empathy has gained momentum and become an international event that’s celebrated each year!
Don’t be a bully, be kind! Think of the many ways you can be caring, not only toward your friends, but to everyone around you. Your teachers, your classmates, your siblings, your parents, your teammates—anyone! A thoughtful act can make someone smile and improve their day immeasurably. Ask yourself: “What can I do to be kind?” Is it smiling and saying hello to someone in the hall at school? Is it helping a classmate with their schoolwork? Is it holding the door open for someone when entering a store? Is it being mindful to always say please and thank you to others? Is it inviting another kid to join in a game or activity?
Oakridge Seniors Initiative
With a growing 60+ age segment in our community we are inviting interest from others to help explore how we could better serve them and their changing needs allowing them to age in place in a home and community they continue to enjoy. This might comprise developing fitness activities, educational sessions, social gatherings, and other shared interests. Perhaps building a volunteer base to help with house, yard and minor repair needs. Learn more…
Have you started your 9 p.m. Routine?
Over the summer months, the number of break and enters in Calgary increases by 20 percent. More than 44 percent of break and enters are preventable by simply locking a door, shutting a window or removing a garage door opener from a vehicle parked outside.
In response to these alarming numbers, the Calgary Police Service (CPS) is reminding citizens to ensure that their vehicles, garages and homes are always secured, especially before going to bed. The 9 p.m. Routine serves as reminder for Calgarians to do just that.
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