November 3, 2011: Hintonburg Community Association Annual General Meeting.
Hintonburg Community Association Annual General Meeting.
By Carol Paschal, Chair, Communications Committee.
The HCA held its latest Annual General Meeting on September 27 with approximately 100 people in attendance, including members, elected officials, representatives from local schools and other community groups from across the city. Members heard reports from the HCA president, as well as the committee chairs. The HCA also celebrated its 20th anniversary by recognizing its founding directors Arnold Betz, Jane Cardwell, Jean- Guy Denis, Lydia Foy, Linda Hoad, Cheryl Parrott, Deborah Pigeon, Jacques Trottier and Eli Turk.
An election was held for the board of directors. The 2011-2012 board members are: Pat O’Brien, Anthony Bruni, Cheryl Parrott, Dickson Davidson, Gemma Boag, James Valcke, Jay Baltz, Jeff Leiper, Linda Hoad, Matt Whitehead, Nicholas Olmstead, Paulette Dozois, Robert McLean, Sharon Fernandez, Stefan Matiation, Valerie Stam, Wayne Rodney and Will McConnell. Many thanks go to outgoing board member Monica Freedman for her many contributions, as well as to Pat O’Brien who served as president for two terms.
The executive was acclaimed at the first meeting of the new board of directors and includes Jeff Leiper (President), Matt Whitehead (Vice-President), James Valcke (Secretary) and Nicholas Olmstead (Treasurer).
Membership has increased to nearly 300 paid members; however, with ongoing development and intensification, a strong community association is necessary to show developers and city planners that the HCA is a strong organized voice that speaks for the community. To this end, members were encouraged to approach their friends and neighbours to help boost active membership. Melrose Avenue had the distinction of recruiting the most members, thanks primarily to Joe and Joan Pinto who together recruited 16 members. Honourable mention also went to Melrose residents Sharon Fernandez and Denis Ouellette who recruited an additional five Melrose residents for a total of 21 new or renewed members on Melrose Avenue.
Volunteers are essential to our continued success. Our various committees work on issues such as planning and development, security, the environment, cycling, arts, traffic, schools, movies, and special events. Some of these require ongoing commitments of a couple of hours a month, and others a one-time commitment of just an hour or two.
As we enter our 20th anniversary year, we hope to continue to meet the needs of our membership. Paid membership for $5 a year (or $20 for five years) indicates to city hall that you support our efforts, and that we speak with a loud and confident community voice. To find out how you can join or become more involved, check out http://hintonburg.com/association.html
Photo Caption: Cutline: Linda Hoad, Cheryl Parrott and Howard Friendly cut the cake celebrating the HCA’s 20th Anniversary. Linda Hoad and Cheryl Parrott were founding directors with Linda Hoad being the first president. Howard Friendly, current director of the Hintonburg Community Centre was instrumental in bringing the organization to fruition. Photo by provided HCA.
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