— Oliver Community League Update —

Community-building is Contagious

Community is contagious. We build it through recreational, social and environmental activities.

The Oliver Community League offers neighbours ways to create and participate in their own community experiences. This is why so much of our effort is spent advocating for the future of Oliver. These efforts include the League’s Civics Committee successful presentation during City Council’s 2015 budget deliberations, to ensure that Jasper Ave. be reimagined as safe and accessible for everyone. It is, after all, the most prominent street in our neighbourhood.

Members of our Civics Committee were able to convince City Council to fund a complete streetredevelopment, that includes widened sidewalks and landscaping, benches and pedestrian lighting, like the east side of Jasper Ave., rather than the original proposal that would have put it back together to look just like it does today, with fewer cracks in the pavement. A big thank you to our Councillor Scott McKeen and the rest of City Council, who unanimously passed the redesign!

We also work to build community by bringing people together. Recently, we’ve begun hosting winter socials every second Sunday in Kitchener Park (11411 103 Ave.). They’ve been a huge success. Neighbourhood spirit was welcomed with a bright bonfire, hot chocolate and new community connections. Our monthly games nights hosted at the OCL Hall (10326 118 St.) also provided a mid-week break and friendly competition.

Community programs address the needs for busy families to meet. The Ollie’s Treehouse Playgroup at the hall every Sunday is a great way for little ones and their caregivers to connect and play. And for fitness enthusiasts, the longstanding Oliver yoga program has been a wonderful way to stay warm and make friends this winter, and will continue in the spring (view calendar).

We’re always looking to promote the involvement of Oliver residents. They’re invited to participate in our Annual General Meeting on April 29 at 7:00pm at the Hall (10326 118 St.). The strong turnout in the last several years reflects Oliver’s interest in the League and its activities.

We look forward to presenting our Oliver Strategic Plan at the AGM, a document we’ve worked hard on producing for the past year. It explores questions related to the League’s purpose, goals, and the way we involve residents. Stemming from our values and goals, we will be creating an Advocacy Plan to best articulate the needs of Oliver residents.

OLIVER COMMUNITY LEAGUE EVENTS

MAR. 15 — “It’s Snow Wonder” invites families for an afternoon of snow painting and snowshoeing. (2 pm, Kitchener Park, 114 St. and 103 Ave.)

MAR. 25, APR. 29, MAY 27 — The ever popular BYOB(oard game) night. (7 pm, Community Hall, 10326 118 St.)

APR. 29 — Oliver Community League’s annual general meeting and board director elections. (7 pm, Community Hall, 10326 118 St.)

MAY 30 — The annual Oliver Community Festival closes the street for an artisan’s market, rummage sale, historical church tours and more. (102 Ave. between 121st and 124th streets.)