President’s Message – January 2020

A note from the Board President

Happy New Year!

I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season with family and friends. 2020 is here and there is much to look forward to.

Parkdale’s Accessible Outdoor Rink

Phase 1 of our rink project is now funded to a level where we can proceed with the bid and tendering process. We have secured $410,000 in grant money from the province (CFEP), Parks Foundation and the Flames Foundation. We are still looking to raise additional monies for Phase 2 of the project (the Parkdale Hub) which includes the accessibility elements of the rink (change area, washroom, ramps). We currently have raised $12,000 and looking to raise $250,000. We have been actively engaged with collaborators that share our vision and will secure a partner that will work with us on both Phase 1 and 2 to complete the entire project. Our plan is to tender Phase 1 in March, construction in September and open in December 2020. Depending on our fundraising efforts, Phase 2 will be included in Phase 1 or will follow after Phase 1 is complete. This is a community capital project that will positively impact Parkdale and Calgary. We are setting a new standard by creating Calgary and western Canada’s first accessible outdoor rink. We are looking for volunteers to help us with the capital campaign raising monies for Phase 2. #buildacommunityaswebuildarink

Mosaic Montessori Academy

We are excited to be partnering with Mosaic Montessori Academy to offer childcare programming. Parkdale’s community and its demographics are evolving and we are pleased to partner with an organization that will offer a much needed service in our growing community.

Balancing the Books

2019 was a difficult year as we stabilized the organization. I am pleased to report the we ended the year on a positive financial note and projecting a profit in 2020 that will be used ensure the PCA is sustainable going forward.

Get Involved

I became involved in the PCA two years ago because I wanted to get to know my community and to help shape the programs and services in Parkdale. As we celebrate 66 years as a community and as you think about your New Year’s resolution, I encourage you to get involved in the community in a small or big way. We are always looking for volunteers to assist with our events (Family Day, Stampede Breakfast, PetFest, and Family Holiday Party), our community garden, youth soccer program, planning and development, and community rink. And volunteering doesn’t have to be an individual commitment. Think about volunteering with your family. I often sign up to volunteer for events with my nine year old daughter and in this past year, she even helped serve maple syrup at the Stampede breakfast with me. It was small commitment of our time but big contribution to the largest event we host each year. As you think about volunteering and making a difference in 2020, think about your community and what you and your family can do to make this the most vibrant community to live in.

Cheers to the New Year! May 2020 be an extraordinary one.

Amanda Affonso


Twitter @affonsoamanda

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