President’s Message – November 2019

Happy September!

One year ago, I became your Parkdale Community Association (PCA) president. As I reflect on the past year, I think about all of the great community events, programs and initiatives we have achieved together as a community. Over the past year, I have enjoyed meeting my neighbours, talking to community partners and local business owners and getting involved in our community issues. I am very proud of our Board of Directors, Committees and volunteers who volunteer their time to make our community great. They give of their time, their talents and their love of Parkdale. I want to thank each of you for being so great and giving so much to Parkdale.

I was reading a post from Live Happy where they discuss building community. The post says that “we all thrive from connection—whether it’s with family, friends or neighbors. Creating a network of friendly relationships in your neighborhood can give you a greater feeling of belonging and wellbeing. Working together to create a tighter-knit community makes you feel like you are part of something bigger than yourself.” I couldn’t agree more! The post goes on to describe 10 ways to build community.

  1. Step outside your front door and meet your neighbours. 
  • Pretend your front yard is your backyard, and focus your leisure and play activities out there.
  • Host a block party or neighborhood potluck. 
  • Plant a community garden. 
  • Establish a book-lending cupboard. 
  • Start a tool lending library. 
  • Create a neighborhood social media page. 
  • Organize a neighborhood garage sale. 
  • Give a warm welcome. 
  1. Ask yourself how you can be a better neighbor. 

What I love about this list….the PCA does many of these things to build community. The PCA strives to make Parkdale a vibrant community. If you have ideas to share or want to volunteer we would love to hear from you.

Happy November!

Amanda Affonso

President

Twitter @affonsoamanda

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