Message from the President – May

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PCA President Colin Brandt, in his natural environment.

Thanks again for visiting parkdalecommunity.com. Each month, our editorial team works to bring you the latest news and information on our community and we are always looking for more contributors. If you’re interested in writing for the Post or have suggestions, please feel free to drop me a line.

As a result of the loss of anticipated grant funding from the province, we have essentially halved the number of employees at the PCA and are undergoing a review of our existing programming opportunities to ensure that we are offering the right services and programs to Parkdale and Calgary at large.

Our situation is by no means unique – community associations across Calgary are feeling the pinch in much the same way. Changing demographics and behaviors have created a new dynamic across the city, as individuals and families tend to form their own communities around a specific action or outcome, rather than focusing on their neighborhood alone.

The programs where the PCA has really thrived – planning and development, the relaunch of our newsletter, our market, the garden and our soccer program – are all delivered with a core group of volunteers who help ensure that these initiatives succeed. That investment in people – not programming – has been the defining success of my time with the PCA and is undoubtedly the core of our way forward through tough times.

As a Board, we are undergoing a comprehensive business planning process to help us guide and manage the PCA in a more strategic and comprehensive way, with a scheduled completion date in time for our AGM on June 16 at 6:30 pm. Hope to see you then.

If you would like to be involved in this process or are looking to become a more active member of the PCA, please feel free to contact us at office@parkdalecommunity.com or contact me directly. We are actively seeking new members that can bring enthusiasm and passion about this community and we hope you can join us.

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