McCauley Community League Shines With Our Neighbours
The McCauley Community League (MCL) is happy to report that we had a successful Annual General Meeting on June 28th at which we served food from Kim Fat Market, cotton candy, and drinks. We even had a candy bar. Members of the MCL elected nine new Directors-at-Large. Currently sitting on the McCauley Community League Board are myself, (President), Beth Storhiem (Secretary), John Gee (Treasurer), and Directors-at-Large Ima Welch, David Williamson, Ruth Sorochan, Misty Wells, Dale Johnson, Christa Ferland, and Rickard Enstrom.
Many of you may wonder: what is a community league’s role in the community? According to the Edmonton Federation of Community Leagues:
A Community League is a volunteer, not-for-profit organization formed to meet the needs and interests of residents within a defined geographic area.
The role of a Community League is to:
- speak on behalf of their Community League Members, and
- report on behalf of all residents within the Community League’s specified geographical area.
- Bring neighbours together.
- Provide recreation and social programs.
- Develop amenities
- Represent community interests to government and other organizations
This summer, the MCL hired McCauley resident Stella Johnson to open the rink shack for children ages 12 and up to play ball hockey, basketball, and to do crafts. The rink will continue to be open in October for after-school fun from 4 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. We’d like to encourage kids to come and meet up at the rink to do homework together. In November, Dan Glugosh will return as our Rink Manager/Coordinator. He will open the rink when weather permits for kids and adults alike to come out and play hockey. Thanks to Sports Central we have equipment at the shack for use at no cost.
As we do every year, we are planning to host a Family Day event with sleigh rides and hot chocolate, and a New Year’s Eve bonfire celebration with marshmallows and hot dogs. At the time of the paper’s publication deadline, the MCL was planning our Community League Day event for September 16th which we called “Light Up McCauley” in reference to the fact that we once again partnered with Reach Edmonton to give away outdoor lights to McCauley residents at the event. We also gave community members the chance to shine by telling a family friendly story, reciting a poem, singing a song, or doing a magic trick at our open stage hosted by Paul Woida. Blake Desjarlais, MP for Edmonton Griesbach, signed up to tell us a story. We served soda, popcorn, cotton candy, and empanadas. We hope to have coverage of the event in the next issue of the paper.
Prior to COVID, the MCL hosted free group guitar lessons with Steven Johnson on Monday nights. We are thrilled to announce that Steven will once again be teaching group guitar lessons. However, we will now be holding them on Tuesday nights at 7:30 at the Boys and Girls Club (9425 109A Avenue). Lessons are for all ages. Bring your own guitar.
Do you have some extra time and a desire to get involved in the McCauley community? We have two spots open on our board, and we would love to invite McCauley residents to consider joining our dynamic board of directors. We are in need of a Vice President, and encourage those who would like to build strong connections in the community to take on this role. However, you can join as a Director-at-Large without taking on an executive role. One of our goals is working toward securing a new Rink Pavilion and we would love to have folks with engineering and construction expertise join the board.
It is an exciting time to be a part of this board and I am grateful to have been elected president. My goals for the term are to provide quality programming and events, and to ensure that the process of securing the new Rink Pavilion continues. Please check our Facebook page regularly for updates and community engagement.
Corine Demas is the President of the McCauley Community League.