Ability and Community

Merry, Happy Holidays

“Merry Everything and A Happy Always”- Meg Says, U.K. online columnist

As the holiday season is approaching, we should respect our diverse community and its traditions. Different cultures celebrate and recognize different dates. It is fascinating to observe traditions that differ from yours!

Our community is culturally rich. I often say it’s like travelling around the world, without having a passport!

You can see, learn, and appreciate so much. And, of course, there comes the tradition of giving in a holiday season. You don’t have to be wealthy to give: a greeting, a smile is free, but it is giving of yourself which is a gift to the ones receiving it.

If you have any items you no longer need or that no longer fit, a donation to one of the agencies is a great way of giving! It is a win-win situation! Many agencies are offering pick-ups. Contact Boyle Street Community Services at (780) 424-4106.

However you choose to spend your season, I am wishing you peace and love!

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  • New Community Garden a Team Effort – Stadium Affordable Storage Centre at 8618 106A Avenue led the creation of a new, thriving community garden this past summer. The owners did a door-to-door flyer to all the surrounding apartments and within three days had a dozen names of volunteers. Maintenance person Fred Saint built the raised beds at the office in the dock area. The volunteer team helped get the beds filled with soil and planted. Next season, the company is looking to double the current size, and to add a fence, signage, and a walk system between the plots. This is a group photo of the volunteers. Fab Colli

  • Fr. Jim Holland Named to Alberta Order of Excellence – Fr. Jim Holland received the Alberta Order of Excellence from Lieutenant Governor Lois Mitchell on October 19, the highest honour in the province. Alberta Order of Excellence

  • New Community Garden a Team Effort – Stadium Affordable Storage Centre at 8618 106A Avenue led the creation of a new, thriving community garden this past summer. The owners did a door-to-door flyer to all the surrounding apartments and within three days had a dozen names of volunteers. Maintenance person Fred Saint built the raised beds at the office in the dock area. The volunteer team helped get the beds filled with soil and planted. Next season, the company is looking to double the current size, and to add a fence, signage, and a walk system between the plots. Pictured here are the raised beds. Fab Colli

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