What is Boyle McCauley News?
A reflection from a community resident and volunteer.
When I moved to Boyle Street seven years ago, I occasionally picked up a copy of the Boyle McCauley News at Zocalo. At first it seemed to be of little interest. It featured a lot of stories about ice rinks and solar panels and community gardens – even poetry! And that didn’t really fit into my idea of a newspaper.
Gradually, though, I became more immersed in my new surroundings. I regularly visited the Italian Centre and Chinatown. I attended fabulous events like the lantern festival organized by Quarters Arts and the annual Viva Italia, Viva Edmonton (now Fiesta Italiana) festival in Giovanni Caboto Park. I surfed the net to find out more about Alex Taylor School, the Ernest Brown building, and other historic places in the area.
In other words, I started to care about and understand the richness of my new surroundings. Then the Boyle Street Community League, then led by Candas Jane Dorsey, suggested that I write some stories for the paper. That turned out to be a lot of fun and a learning experience.
A while later, I attended the semi-annual pizza night that the Boyle Street McCauley Community Newspaper Society holds to thank its volunteers. What other organization does that? At that event, Editor Paula Kirman and Board Chair (at the time) Gary Garrison got me to fill out a form to apply for membership in the society.
One thing led to another, and now I am on the society’s board. I am still learning about the very strong sense of community among the people this newspaper serves. Perhaps you are the same. If so, you may be interested in the sidebar to this story, which outlines the vision and goals of Boyle McCauley News.
The Boyle Street McCauley Community Newspaper Society aims to foster a greater sense of community by acting as a forum for community views, information and individual opinion. As a catalyst for community development, the newspaper can help residents participate in the inner city milieu.
- To regularly publish a (non-profit) community-orientated newspaper to serve the diverse needs of the Boyle Street and McCauley residents.
- To be a vehicle, through which community organizations can inform local residents of their services and activities, providing opportunities to be involved in the neighbourhood.
- To be a voice for residents who wish to express their concerns, interests, and ideas.
- To report on local issues and events that occur in the community or are of community interest.
- To work cooperatively with the local businesses regarding advertising services and points of interest.
- To be a community-based newspaper which strives towards financial self-sufficiency and which functions through the use of volunteers.
Anita Jenkins is a retired writer and editor who lives in Boyle Street.