Meet the New MCL Board Members

  • Lily Mounma Supplied

  • Linn Cardinal Supplied

  • Todd Homan Supplied

  • Jordynn Vis Supplied

As mentioned last month, we held our AGM in April and at that time the League membership elected four new members to sit on the McCauley Community League board. We thought it might be nice for you to meet them. We’re sure you’ll recognize some of these faces and names from around the community. So when you see them, say hi.

Lily Mounma
I am a mother of two. My daughter is 11 and my son is nine. I have lived in McCauley as a resident now for 18 years and also my grandma has lived here for the past 10 years. My family has had a couple of businesses in the community, previously Viphalay Laos and Thai Restaurant for 11 years on the corner of 107a Avenue and 95 Street as one of them. The restaurant is now owned by my uncle and is called Noi Thai Restaurant. My aunt also owns Myocare (medical Thai massage) spa right beside the Mini Mart. We love McCauley. Having a business has created my need to help the community grow and really meet the people and businesses of McCauley. In the past couple of years I have joined McCauley Revitalization and am now chair of the Celebration committee. On top of that, I have applied for Revitalization grants to start a McCauley Families project. My biggest hope in the project is creating a strong bond between the kids and parents of McCauley in making our community safe. I am hoping to start the first event in the next few weeks.

As I have recently sold the restaurant on 95 Street, it gives me the opportunity to put more time and effort into planning. McCauley is filled with such amazing people and we are proud to live here. Meeting such neighbours in the last few years has given me so much hope that we are a great community. I hope to make a difference in helping us all shine.

Jordynn Vis
My husband bought our house in McCauley, not for the neighbourhood, but for the home and the items on his wish list. We’ve been here for three years now and we’ve grown to love not just our house, but the McCauley community as well! We love our neighbours and not many others would keep such a close eye on our home like they do. I work with my husband. I am the designer and he is the renovator. We also work with the neighbourhood co-op program renovating their houses. I started getting more involved with McCauley events last summer with the community garage sale. I’ve realized it’s time to get more involved, so here I am. I’m looking forward to working closely with others in the community and to make a difference.

Todd Homan
Todd has lived in McCauley for 13 years and works in Redwater. He and his wife Lindsay like the central location, the restaurants, and the people. He wanted to become more involved, so joining the League board seemed like a good way to dive right in. His hopes are for a safe, vibrant neighbourhood where neighbours know one another, have fun together, and look out for one another. You can often see Todd and his wife walking Gordon (Gordie) their Mastiff around the neighbourhood. Todd is also an exceptional photographer with a creative interest in digital editing. We might even see him teaching a course later this year with a bit of encouragement.

Linn Cardinal
A born and raised Albertan, I just moved back to the province last summer after spending a number of years on the coast. I am currently working as an Executive Assistant at U of A but have worked as a Project/Event Manager for many years. When it came to buying a home in Edmonton, my husband and I spent a lot of time looking at many communities. When we looked at McCauley, we instantly loved the diversity, the history, the proximity to downtown, and the Italian Centre (especially the gelato!). So, we purchased our home here. I believe city centres and the historic neighbourhoods surrounding them should be the heart of a city. I want to continue the work of revitalizing this beautiful neighbourhood, making it a safe, inviting place for families and businesses. McCauley truly is a gem and holds so much potential. I would love to be of service to our community and help make the neighbourhood the safe and celebrated place it should be.

Information and photos provided by the McCauley Community League.

More in this issue

Neighbourhood Views

  • Portrait of a Caterpillar – Gord Currie is an Ambrose Place resident who has taken up photography to cope with the challenges in his life. Here is an example of his work. He says that he has gone from “poverty to photography” and gives credit for this photo “to the caterpillar for being a good subject.” Gord Currie

  • Editor Receives Award from ESPC – Boyle McCauley News Editor Paula E. Kirman received the Edmonton Social Planning Council’s Award of Merit for Advocacy of Social Justice on May 24. She is pictured between ESPC Research Coordinator John Kolkman and his wife Kate Quinn, both McCauley residents and founders of the paper. Melissa Scott

  • MUSE Awards – The Edmonton Muse, an online magazine dealing with local art, culture, and music, celebrated its first anniversary on May 25. As part of the celebration at the Starlite Room, awards were handed out to several Edmontonians making a difference. Boyle McCauley News Editor Paula E. Kirman was the first recipient for her involvement in a number of volunteer, non-profit groups. Marissa Loewen

  • Harbin Gate Memories – Memories written about the Harbin Gate hang on the fence where it was removed for Valley Line LRT construction. Paula E. Kirman

  • New Community Space at Bissell Centre – Ryan Arcand presents Gary St. Amand, CEO of Bissell Centre, an eagle staff at the grand opening of Bissell Centre’s new community space in its west building, on June 11. The drop-in has improved access to basic needs and support services. Paula E. Kirman  

  • Graffiti Artists at Work – Graffiti artists made original creations during Hip Hop in the Park on May 26 at Boyle Street Plaza. Paula E. Kirman

  • MUSE Awards – The Edmonton Muse, an online magazine dealing with local art, culture, and music, celebrated its first anniversary on May 25. As part of the celebration at the Starlite Room, awards were handed out to several Edmontonians making a difference. One of the recipients was Sinder Sparks, founder of The Musical Mamas Society, a group of women musicians from in and around the area. Paula E. Kirman

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