The Bridgeland-Riverside Community Association facilitates involvement and opportunities that attract, connect and sustain a diverse network of people and businesses to improve our collective quality of life.
The BRCA’s mission is to foster the vision for Bridgeland-Riverside by serving and engaging residents and other stakeholders of our community through:
- Facilitating the development and delivery of recreational and social programs
- Connecting the community with information and opportunities
- Engaging with the community to support healthy commerce
- Stewarding the land and facilities under the society’s care and making them optimally accessible to the community
- Coordinating and communicating urban planning issues for the future development of Bridgeland-Riverside, preserving its values, while supporting its evolution.
Become a Member
- Do you have a child between the ages of 3 and 11? Check out our Soccer Program.
- Love gardening? Get your hands dirty with the Garden Club.
- Need a tool? Check out the Calgary Tool Library.
It has come to our attention that some in our community have received in the mail a brochure (depicted below) from an organization named Homes for Heroes Foundation (H4H). The brochure invited those who received it to an Open House scheduled for April 17, 2018 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM at Villa Firenze. (We attended this last night and very few residents were there. We expressed that this is not authentic engagement due to far location from the site, mail drop only to a few residents who do not live near the site).
This document has been written because your community association, BRCA, has been extensively involved in considering the merits and demerits of this H4H initiative in our community, and BRCA believes it is important to offer missing information to those who might have attended and to inform the community of this upcoming development permit. This use has been applied for but has not be decided – since it is a land use change there will be a public hearing at Council and it is imperative you are informed and able to send your views to the City.
BRCA first became aware of the H4H initiative in 2017 shortly before last year’s municipal election, and there were two key meetings in the fall. One occurred at the Mayor’s office and was attended by, among others, representatives of the Mayor’s Office, Calgary Affordable Housing, and Ward 9 Councillor Gian-Carlo Carra. Another meeting, somewhat later, was attended by BRCA representatives and H4H. Among other things the latter meeting involved discussion of the former.
Both meetings were similar in that both principally involved detailed consideration of the reasons why the proposed location for the H4H initiative within the Bridgeland-Riverside community does not make sense for a variety of reasons, in particular planning initiatives already underway in the community, and related City objectives, and also concerns about social problems and social isolation in the specific location of the proposed initiative. BRCA had understood, especially after the meeting with H4H itself, that H4H did not intend to pursue its initiative within the Bridgeland-Riverside community after all, because of the concerns that had been expressed by BRCA and Ward 9. Subsequently it was publicly announced that H4H (which has never yet built a project on any site) had secured a piece of land from the City in Forest Lawn on which to build an inaugural project which we had assumed was resolution to the situation. (An alternative site had also been identified within the Inglewood community boundaries, but H4H apparently rejected it). To be blunt: BRCA was taken totally by surprise when an application for a land use change appeared on the calgary.ca/pdmap and the flyer depicted below appeared in some residents’ mailboxes. None of this was what we had been told would be the H4H approach; indeed, we had been told the opposite.
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The Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Bridgeland-Riverside Community Association will be held at 6:30 PM on Thursday, May 24, 2018 at the Community Hall, 917 Centre Avenue N.E., Calgary, Alberta.
The regular business of the AGM will include the election of the Association’s Board of Directors. At this time the following current directors have confirmed their intention to stand again for election to the Board for the 2018-19 year: Ali McMillan, Ana Hoepfner, Brian Beck, Alex MacWilliam, Joanna Wynn, Joe Belland, Deb Lee.
Looking to be a Board Director or volunteer? Get more involved in your neighbourhood? Meet new people? Do you want to help Bridgeland-Riverside stay awesome? If your answer to any or all of these questions is ‘yes’, then we would like to meet you. For prospective Board members, there is an Expression of Interest Form posted at http://www.brcacalgary.org/governance. Please have a look. We will reach out before the AGM as part of the nominations process to discuss the opportunity with anybody who contacts us. More information about volunteering is also available on the website right now.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Bridgeland-Riverside Community Association
Interested in joining our Board? Great! Please fill out an Expression of Interest form (see link below) by May 10 and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org Thank you for your interest!
Please read the BRCA Conflict of Interest Policy and the BRCA Code of Ethics and Society Conduct, and tell us about yourself by filling out this form:
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