Fall has arrived, and so has a return to “normal” for many families, friends, and neighbours. Along with the return of fresh morning air and the lengthening evening dark, our board has shifted from a brief summer break to restarting our in-person monthly board meetings (second Tuesday of each month from 7-9 p.m. – all are welcome!), and to making plans for the fall and winter.
On Saturday, September 24th, we hosted our annual McCauley Community League Day Festival at the Rink. It was a vibrant day of fantastic live music, magic, face-painting, crafts, balloon art, bouncy castles, and free food and drinks for all. Many thanks to our event volunteers and our partners at REACH Edmonton, E4C, and the Chinatown Transformation Collaborative for helping to make the day so wonderful. We’re also very grateful for the financial support from the Edmonton Arts Council and the City of Edmonton’s Neighbourhood Revitalization program that helped to make this event possible.
Our McCauley Kids Soccer Program was a huge success this past summer. Its sessions took place on Tuesday and Thursday evenings at Giovanni Caboto Park. The program’s participants were 30-50 kids from a diverse range of ages and backgrounds coming out to learn and play alongside volunteer Coach Allan and his great team of volunteer organizers and leaders (a big shoutout to Krista Williamson and Susan Gulko for their tireless work!). We plan to continue this free soccer program indoors for the fall/winter season. If you have children who might be interested in registering, please visit mccauleycl.com for updates on how to sign up and join.
A significant asset to our neighbourhood in the winter months, the McCauley Community League is also hoping to operate our community rink again this year. Due to funding limitations over the past year, the financial feasibility of the rink is in question. As such, we have submitted a funding application to the Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation in hopes that we can obtain five years of sustainable funding. We have also requested a one-time capital donation to kick-start the Rink Pavilion Project mentioned at our AGM and in our July update. The remaining Project stages are Concept, Design, and Build. Each involves community engagement and consultation, and we’re always looking for volunteers who are willing to see this approximately five-year project through to completion. Please let us know if you are able to support moving this forward!
Finally, our board is currently made up of nine dedicated volunteers, but we’re looking for a few more. At present, we’re in need of both Civics and Memberships directors to join our enthusiastic and welcoming board. If you have the capacity to take on a dedicated role with our board (2-5 hours/month), we would love to talk with you about how you could help! Contact us at email@example.com.
Regan is the Vice-President of the McCauley Community League.