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!