Abundant Community McCauley

What Makes McCauley Home?

Many of us call McCauley home. What makes it home?

What brought you here? Some come as newcomers to Canada and to McCauley because it feels like back home. In Chinatown, you can read the signs, the menus at restaurants, and buy familiar groceries in Lucky 97. Historically, many newcomers came for that same reason – they felt at home because there was a significant mass of people who spoke their language. Many gathered in their places of worship, shopped, and helped each other feel at home.

Some of us now come because of the legacy of those who have come and gone before us – the diversity of cultures. Walkability, proximity to downtown, and affordability draws others.

Whatever brought us here, many of us have made it our home. Does it feel like home for you? Why or why not? For me, knowing and greeting my neighbours, chatting over the back fence while I’m gardening, or meeting neighbours in the grocery store or coffee shop are big reasons why I feel connected, why I feel at home.

Belonging, engagement, and connection are essential to human thriving and signs of a healthy community. McCauley Community League’s vision is that “McCauley is a welcoming neighbourhood where all people feel part of a vibrant, safe, and thriving community.”

To help make that a reality, our Abundant Community project is building on strengths already found in McCauley. The people – their contributions, passions, how they “keep an eye” out for others – are already doing this on a frequent basis. We have many other assets as well, such as businesses like grocery stores, coffee shops, flower shops, and much more.

One of the building blocks is getting to know your neighbours. Become a point person on your block, throw a back alley party, be a listener. And if some of your neighbours don’t speak English, we will have cultural connectors that can smooth the way.

We are also partnering with Our McCauley to foster intercultural interactions – learning from each other and sharing activities in monthly gatherings. We can do more than smile and wave at each other. Come join us there.

Our community can only feel more like home for all of us when we connect with each other. Email AbundantCommunityMcCauley@gmail.com if you want more information or want to share a story with us of what you’ve already done to make that a reality.

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Neighbourhood Views

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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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