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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!

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!