Just before we head into 2019, we want to share a few items from our fall 2018 highlight reel, offer some insight into what the new year holds for the BNA, and wish you a very happy holiday season!
Back row: Kevin Schlauch, Director of Transportation; Michael Rix, Treasurer; Jennifer Comrie, Director of Communication; Jamal Hamadeh, BNA Community Coordinator; Marta Ligocki, Secretary; Karen Lamola, Director of Social Affairs
Front row: Naween Mohammed, Director of Business Relations; Natalie Sit, Vice-President; Peter Oliver, President
Not Pictured: Matthew Greer, Director of McHugh House Operations; Tamara Marajh, Director of Parks and Public Spaces; Rob Gairns, Vice Chair of Planning; Geoff Granville, Director of Flood Resiliency; Tyson Bolduc, Director of Planning; Peter Schryvers, Director of Public Art; and Linnea Dixon, Director of Events.
The BNA held its Annual General Meeting (AGM) in late-October. Thank you to everyone who came out to Memorial Park Library in order to learn more about the BNA’s work in 2018 and to elect a few new faces to the Board. All elected positions are filled on the 2018-19 BNA Board of Directors. We’re excited to work together to serve the Beltline Neighbourhoods in 2019.
If you’re like us, and like to place faces to a names, hold tight and look no further than the BNA website in the new year: we will be serving updated bios and headshots under the “About Us” tab in 2019.
We made it! The 17th Avenue S.W. Reconstruction Project has wrapped-up for 2018. We know that more construction is slated for 2019 and we will continue to work with the City of Calgary in order to ensure planned construction is sensitive to the needs of residents and businesses in the Beltline.
Are you curious about what improvements the City made as a result of the project in 2018? We’re fans of this infographic published by the City of Calgary. Check it out!
2nd Street S.W., between 10 Avenue and 26 Avenue, is getting a new look. With your online and in-person support, the BNA advocated for a protected cycle track. Our rationale: we want people of all ages and skill levels to have a safe way to bike from the Elbow River to the existing Cycle Track Network in the Beltline and Downtown.
The City finished its second phase of engagement late-November and we’re looking forward to seeing the final design option in 2019.
Good Neighbour Agreement with the Mustard Seed
We are excited to share that on December 17, 2018, The Mustard Seed Calgary and the BNA signed a Good Neighbour Agreement. The agreement allows the Mustard Seed to fulfill its organizational mission in harmony with the Beltline community. The two parties agreed to collaborate and work transparently to address the challenges and opportunities presented by individuals experiencing poverty within the Beltline.
Learn more about the agreement here.
2019 Sneak Peak
The BNA is gearing up for 2019. More information will be forthcoming in the the new year but in the meantime: mark these dates down.
BNA Open Doors @ McHugh House | Tuesday, January 15, 2019
The BNA is kicking off 2019 with a cozy evening bash at McHugh House, our community & arts hub, where you can get to know our Board of Directors, the work of the BNA, and share with us what you’d like to see from us in 2019.
Let us know you’re coming on Facebook.
Strategic Group presents The Beltline Bonspiel @ Lougheed House | Saturday, February 16, 2019
It’s the third annual Bonspiel! This one day festival presented by Strategic Group brings together local Calgary community teams to compete in a friendly outdoor curling tournament with the backdrop of the historic Lougheed House, Alberta music, delicious local food and beer, and entertainment for all ages.
RSVP to the Bonspiel on Facebook and share the event page. You know the saying: the more curlers, the merrier!
Avenue Annual Best Neighbourhoods Survey | ONLINE until Thursday, February 28, 2019
Avenue is collecting responses for their annual Best Neighbourhoods Survey to understand what makes a great neighbourhood in Calgary and to rank the 180+ residential communities in the City.
Want to make sure your voice is heard? Follow this link to fill out the survey.
2018-19 BNA Memberships | $10.00 ONLINE
Can you relate to any of the following...
Feeling like 2019 is your year to join the BNA?
Forgot to renew last year’s membership?
Know a Beltliner who wants to invest in community building and advocacy?
Are you a local business that cares about strengthening community through local events?
Investing in a BNA membership (check out the three types here!) can achieve all of the above.
It takes 5 minutes to purchase a membership and it provides a year’s worth of informed citizenry. We think its a total deal. So come one, come all: 2019 is going to be our best year yet.
Happy Holidays from the BNA!
The Beltline Neighbourhoods Association has had an incredible 2018! As your community association we have hosted new and exciting events, advocated on behalf of Beltline Neighbourhoods, and planned for our community’s future.
We are proud of this work and we are grateful for your support heading into 2019.
Happiest holidays and festive cheer,
BNA Board of Directors