The Spirit of Community

Volunteer opportunities led by e4c!

This spring marks the 22nd year of the e4c McCauley Office being an official part of the McCauley community. There are some who recall the many people and projects that have been a part of the movement. There are others who weren’t around and yet they are our beloved neighbours. Both these types of residents and everybody in between are what make e4c proud to be a part of the fabric. With this pride comes the exploration of old things and new things, which, brings us all together.

HOTC Volunteer Coordination: It’s a return for e4c in playing a role in the Heart of the City Festival. This time though, we are happy to announce that e4c’s McCauley Office will be supporting the festival by taking on volunteer coordination duties and working on what we love most – connecting our neighbours, volunteers, and colleagues to great opportunities to make a difference! So, PLEASE be in touch with us if you have a desire to volunteer or activate volunteers into being a part of our community’s biggest and most accessible music/arts festival, the Heart of the City Music and Arts Festival, in Giovanni Caboto Park this coming June 2-3. Register online @ www.heartcityfest.com/volunteer

McCauley Clean Up Coordination: Once again, spring is here to melt away the dreary snow, and expose the new growth and life for the year – AND uncover the garbage, junk, debris, grime, and dirt of the past year. The ANNUAL MCCAULEY COMMUNITY CLEAN UP EVENT is on Saturday, June 9 at McCauley Apartments Building (9541 108A Avenue). Volunteers are needed (loaders/pickers/drivers/flyer canvassers) and once again, e4c McCauley Office (in McCauley Apartments) i s the headquarters. Please call and join your community in making our community a better place to be!

We look forward to connecting with caring folks who share a love for this community!

Get involved as a volunteer! Give us a call or email.

e4c McCauley Apartments Office (Suite B08, 9541 108A Ave)
(780) 424-2870
thashimoto@e4calberta.org

Taro is the Community Development Officer with E4C.

More in this issue

Neighbourhood Views

  • Ukrainian Community Easter Celebration – On March 17 and 18, the exhibition of archive photos “History of UNF, UWO & UNYF in Pictures” took place at the Ukrainian National Federation hall located at 10629 98 Street. The Ukrainian National Federation (UNF) celebrated its 85th anniversary last year, and on March 23, 2018 the Ukrainian Women’s Organization (UWO) celebrated its 85th anniversary. The exhibition featured photographs from 1934 to 2012. Pictured above are participants in a watercolour workshop by artist Valeriy Semenko (front, kneeling). Mykola Vorotylenko

  • Speaking Truth to Power – The annual Outdoor Way of the Cross took place on March 30 (Good Friday). Around 300 people took part in the walk, with numbers down a bit due to the cold weather - the coldest temperatures in the walk’s 39-year history. This year’s theme was “Speaking truth to power,” a Quaker saying used in the 50s and 60s in anti-war activities (and based on Jesus saying “You shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free”). Stations looked at housing security, Truth and Rec- onciliation recommendations, police/courts/prisons, the environment, working people, and older people/isolation. For the first time, the Cross was carried past the new Royal Alberta Museum building. Michael Hoyt

  • Ukrainian Community Easter Celebration – On March 17 and 18, the exhibition of archive photos “History of UNF, UWO & UNYF in Pictures” took place at the Ukrainian National Federation Hall located at 10629 98 Street. The exhibition featured photographs from 1934 to 2012. Pictured above is the youth ensemble Dzherelo during a concert featuring young performers. Mykola Vorotylenko

  • Fuel for Hunger Feeds Thousands – Moe Duval (front) and his crew of volunteers served chili lunches on the street by Bissell Centre and other inner city locations every Sunday during the winter months. The group, which is not affiliated with any agency, made the chili them- selves and served about 6500 bowls of chili between December and March (approximately 500 bowls each Sunday). For more information, search for “Fuel for Hunger” on Facebook. Jim Gurnett

  • Thanking the Plows – 110 Avenue in McCauley, between 92 Street and 95 Street, is very narrow because it was one of the first streets in Edmonton to have houses built along it. So, in the winter, the plows have nowhere to move the snow to but onto the sidewalk. When the snow began to melt this spring, it made huge puddles on the sidewalks, which turned to ice at night and made the road so narrow it was almost impassible. Joanne called the City and asked for their help to move the ice and snow. A few days later, two snowplows arrived and did an excellent job of cleaning up the spring mess. She wrote and thanked them for their work, and her photos are being included in a City employee newspaper, along with her thanks. It never hurts to say thank you when people do a great job! Joanne McNeal

  • Pets: A Part of Home – One part of “home” for me, is the pets we keep as part of our family. They provide love, affection, joy, and hope when we need it most. My two rescue dogs keep me walking when I don’t even feel like going outside, because they love to go for walks. Last month, I lost one of my rescued cats, Charlie, who I named after my grandfather. He was only about eight years old, but a month or so ago his breathing became laboured, and he began to lose weight. He never complained - he just wanted to sit on my lap and be stroked, so we did that. He died on Saturday night, April 7. My home feels so different without him. I took this photo of him in March, and to me he looks unwell even then. Poor little guy. I miss him. Joanne McNeal

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Upcoming Themes

July/August is our annual “Summer” issue. Tell us how you like to spend the summer months. What are some fun ways to beat the heat here in McCauley and Boyle Street? What was your most awesome summer vacation? Deadline: June 12. Articles should be no longer than 500 words and accompanied by photos whenever possible. Send your work to: editor@bmcnews.org.