A message from your community league President

Sometimes the benefit outweighs the risk and this is the chance I am taking when I list and thank all the volunteers who helped make the Annual Family BBQ at Lessard the huge success that it was on June 15th.  So here it goes.  Without the following people who donated their time and energy the day would not have been nearly as much fun, THANK-YOU TO:  Marnie, Tyler, Penny, Lucille, Rob T, Rob B, Bill, Robin, Margaret, Chris, Tricia, Sandra, Colin, Holly, Reid, Jacob, Garren, Kylee, Aimee, Richard, MJ, Dennis, and Chloe.  Thank you all so much!!!

After very nervously watching the weather for 10 days before the BBQ I was so grateful when, on Saturday morning,  I walked into the COOP to pick up all the BBQ supplies under ominous-looking rain clouds to and out to beautiful sunshine and blue sky!  Thank-you Lord!!  Thank-you also to the Hawkstone COOP and Callingwood M&M for giving the community League a discount on the BBQ supplies and food.  Thank-you to Beulah Alliance Church for providing, free of charge, the outdoor games, shade tents, stocked popcorn and snow cone machines, small bouncy castle and many other treasures that added to the carnival atmosphere!  One volunteer remarked, “It was so much fun seeing the faces of kids when you told them that the popcorn and snow cones were free!”  With the conclusion of the Annual Family BBQ I would like to declare Summer Officially Open!!  Have a great one!  Heather Trapp

 

Congratulations to the three families whose names were drawn for a door prize.The following names were drawn for One Family Admission, All Facility Pass to any City of Edmonton Recreational facility:Dmitry S., Aimee M., and Anamol M.I will be contacting you soon to give you your pass.Heather

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A message from your community league President!

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Welcome to Spring!  Ha, as I write this, it is snowing…. I would like to thank the community members who chose to attend the Annual General Meeting on April 18th and helped comprise the quorum necessary to hold the meeting. I’d like to extend a very warm welcome and thank-you to Aimee for volunteering to be our new treasurer!  I’d also like to extend a hearty welcome back to MJ in her new role as Vice President!  If you are interested in joining the group that oversees the community league business and social activities, please contact us.  I am looking forward to all the adventures we will have as a smooth-running community league board! 

I have had the privilege of being the Lessard Community League President for a year now and have had a number of people comment that they have felt that the passion of the community league board has changed in respect to the Islamic Centre.   To this I reply with a quote from author Rick Warren: “Our Culture has accepted two huge lies.  The first is that if you disagree with someone’s lifestyle, you must fear or hate them.  The second is that to love someone means you agree with everything they believe or do.  Both are nonsense.  You don’t have to compromise convictions to be compassionate.”

I was made aware that back in 2010 the City mandated that the capacity of the site at 172st and Callingwood road be absolutely no more than 400 people at any given time.  I have since heard that this isn’t happening and this violation saddens me.   How does this build trust?  I saw a picture of a portable sign that was displayed along Callingwood road a number of years ago that called for people to “Love their Neighbours”.  Sadly, I realize that with all the cars parked along Callingwood road and 172st and the side roads on Fridays the majority of the people attending this site are those we will never get to know personally as neighbours.  In light of this wouldn’t it be wonderful if the identified issues were self-regulated rather than by threat of enforcement?

I am still hoping that the willingness of people to get to know each other on an individual and personal level will result in mutual respect and trust and ultimate harmony, without any hidden agenda, suspicion, or dishonesty.  I have made it my goal to do this and I must say it is rewarding and comforting to know that women of all cultures face the same challenges and fears that I have, on a personal level and, specifically, as a wife and mother. 

A number of positive events have been happening in and around the community league including the upcoming Big Bin event on Saturday May 4th and the Giant Garage Sale and carnival at the community hall hosted by the playschool.  On Saturday, June 15th the community league will be hosting our annual free family BBQ, it is the board’s sincere intention that everyone will be welcome and will be made to feel welcome!  Please come and meet your neighbours! 

Heather Trapp

The Spring 2019 Newsletter is available!

The latest newsletter from the Lessard Community League is now available! Click HERE to download it or on the main page.

Highlights include:

-An invitation to the entire community to join us for our Annual town hall and General Meeting! Come, enjoy some refreshments and participate!

-Message from the President and Board of the Lessard Community League!

-Upcoming events!

-A Message from our City Councilor Sarah Hamilton!

and much much more!

Annual Town Hall & General Meeting April 18th 7 PM!

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Come one come all to the 2019 Lessard Community League Town Hall and General Meeting APRIL 19 7 PM!

We will be reviewing the accomplishments and lessons learned of the last year and talking about the year ahead!

We are excited to see all of you who can attend as we nominate board members and discuss the agenda for 2019.

We hope to see you there!

-LCL Board

Family day thank you message!

Thanks to all the members who made it out and we hope to see everyone again at Ski Night in March! Our President Heather Trapp offers this message!

Family Day Winter Party

Monday, February 18, 2019

What a great, sunny day for the Lessard Community Annual Family Day Winter Party!!   Despite the -16°C temperature with the gusting wind making it feel like -30°C, over 60 community members braved the cold to skate, play hockey, and roast hot dogs, veggie dogs, smokies, and s’mores on one of the two fire pits.  Inside while warming up, people could listen to our guest pianist play old time music.  Our rink Manager, Earl, had the fires burning warmly and the ice rinks in perfect condition.  We invited a local senior to play the piano for the event and that was an absolute hit!! He played many family-favourite songs that even had some people dancing.  At 1:00 the puck dropped for a fun hockey game.  Players from 6 – 56 years braved the cold and squared off.  Two families received a door prize consisting of a Family All Facility Admission to any of the City of Edmonton’s Recreation Centres. 

Photo courtesy of Heather Trapp

Photo courtesy of Heather Trapp

The Winter 2019 Newsletter is available!

The latest newsletter from the Lessard Community League is now available! Click HERE to download it or on the main page.

Highlights include:

-Message from the President and Board of the Lessard Community League!

-Upcoming events!

-Salute to Michelle Verhey, Our Community League Programs Co-ordinator!

-A Message from our City Councilor Sarah Hamilton!

-A Message from our MLA Lorne Dach

and much much more!

Request for Volunteers - Lessard Community League Casino - February 8 & 9, 2019

Schedule Available HERE

 The Lessard Community League is requesting YOUR assistance to come out and work as a volunteer at our casino being held on February 8th (Friday) & February 9th (Saturday) at:

The Grand Villa Casino

(Downtown at Rogers Place,)

10204 – 104th Avenue.

 

As of this year AGLC is requiring that all volunteer groups work a casino at this new casino. 

The funds that we receive from working a Casino are our major source of revenue for the operation of programs and ongoing maintenance of our community league and building. 

We are currently allotted one casino every two years, so this is an important event for the community.

 We have several positions available and their times vary. Please take a look and see what would fit into your schedule and contact our Casino Chair

MJ Fedor
email mjfedor@shaw.ca
780-915-8157 after 6:00 pm or via text.

Please let her know what your preferred date and position is, ASAP.

We need a full slate of volunteers (minimum of 18/day)

to run the casino.  Positions currently filled are marked as Taken and highlighted in green.

There is parking in and around Rogers Place but there is an Oilers hockey game on Saturday, February 9th at 5:00 pm. We will reimburse you for your parking, taxi, uber and babysitting costs, and we provide you with a meal either before, during or after your shift.

Please keep your receipts and after the casino, we will provide information on how to submit them for the Community League reimburse you.

Thank you very much for your help!!!

Please pass onto anyone you know who might be interested or able to volunteer.