Boyle Street Community League Update

Highlights from 2015/16

The Boyle Street Community League held our Annual General meeting on March 15 at the Boyle Street Plaza. Much is happening in Boyle Street. The Quarters project is moving ahead, and we are working with the city, developers, businesses, and residents to continue to make Boyle Street an attractive place to live, work, and play. The Boyle Street Community League has a first-rate facility we are proud of, and it is busy with programs and social events.

The next one to five years will see many changes in Boyle Street and the board is facing these challenges and changes with excitement. I am excited and pleased to work with this board and staff. They are doing an excellent job and I have learned much from them. Some projects we envision are variety shows, concerts, tournaments, and other activities that will get the community involved.

Strategic Planning
In September 2015, the BSCL board engaged in a visioning and strategic planning workshop offered by the Alberta Culture Ministry. The board set the following three-year objectives:

  • Engage a broad, diverse and growing local membership;
  • Foster a culture of inclusion where the gifts of all neighbours are celebrated and actualized;
  • Inform, consult, and act as a hub for community conversation;
  • Employ effective board governance practices guided by a clear vision;
  • Act as a catalyst for a dynamic and vibrant community life; and,
  • Foster a positive community environment where Boyle Street takes pride in its identity and others take notice.

Civic engagement was top of mind in 2015-16 with plans for the Quarters Downtown, Valley LRT line, and Rogers Place in the works. BSCL board members represented the Boyle Street neighbourhood on the Valley LRT Line Citizen Working Group and the Arena Community Benefits Committee, among other City-led consultation processes. Our league also participated in providing public feedback on Artists Quarters, a proposed tower at 96 Street and 102A Avenue, which will incorporate live-work spaces for artists, street-level retail, and visual and performing arts venues. In matters that came before City Council and its committees, the BSCL formally advocated for the preservation of top-of-bank park space laid out in the Quarters redevelopment plan, improved bylaw enforcement concerning derelict properties, and preservation of the Cloverdale Footbridge. Additionally, BSCL board members have begun working with civic decision makers to ensure a fair and balanced approach to parking policies in residential areas impacted by traffic to downtown office towers, Rogers Place and other major developments. On matters of community safety, representatives of the BSCL worked closely with the Downtown Neighbourhood Empowerment Team in the spring and summer of 2015 to identify local hot spots for crime and support initiatives to make Boyle Street a safer and more welcoming place.

Programs and Events
This year, we’ve added Piu Yum, a Chinese recreation group; Nehiyawak, Cree people singing and drumming; Family Fitness and Martial Arts; Friday Night Basketball; Female Youth Basketball; Hip Hop; Musical Mamas; and a variety of other monthly events.We have even more programs, and we’d love it if you took a look at our current monthly schedule for even more opportunities to get active and involved.

This year, one program we were unable to run was our Winter Rink. If this is something you’d like to see return next year, be sure to volunteer for our Winter Rink committee, and bring some friends with you!

The BSCL board and staff will continue to work diligently and in an involved manner making Boyle Street an active community league.

The Boyle Street Community League Elected Board 2016
President: Alf White
Vice President: Joelle Reiniger
Treasurer: Kimberly Bolan
Secretary: Karen Jackson
Directors at Large:
Maria Snip
Taiwo Fasoranti
Mark Helle
Candas Dorsey
Simranjot Kaur Multani
Jason Reiniger

We would like to say thank you to our previous board members and acknowledge their efforts that have brought the community league to where it is today.

More in this issue

Neighbourhood Views

  • Rainbow of Roses – Fresh roses at Zocalo in February. Paula E. Kirman

  • iHuman’s Art on “The Line” at Refinery en Vogue – The work of young artists from the iHuman Youth Society was featured at the Art Gallery of Alberta’s Refinery en Vogue on March 19, which had a fashion and design theme. The exhibit, entitled “The Line,” was created by Micky Pop, Matthew Auger, Dan Roberto, Angel Morningstar, and Michael Black. Paula E. Kirman

  • Preparing to Glow – Final preparations are made to lanterns prior to GLOW on March 19 at the Boyle Street Plaza. A full photo spread from the lantern parade will be in the May issue of the paper. Paula E. Kirman

  • Breaking the Ice – Tyler Butler performing at Studio 96 on March 13 as part of the show “Break the Ice.” The “friendraiser” for Heart of the City also included the band F&M. Christopher Leclair

  • Multicultural Mural – A mural inside the Edmonton Intercultural Centre (McCauley School) featuring some of the cultures represented in the neighbourhood. Paula E. Kirman

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Upcoming Themes

Our theme for April’s issue is “Freedom.” What does freedom mean to you? What are things you do in your life that make you feel free? How have you overcome obstacles to freedom in your life? Deadline: March 12. Articles should be no longer than 500 words and accompanied by photos whenever possible. Send your work to: