— Oliver Community League Update —

A Very Busy Summer

September is when we get back into the swing of routine after a fun-filled summer. But for the Oliver Community League, summer 2015 was very busy with programs, events and civics alike. Here are some of the highlights:

• A traditional Canada Day pancake breakfast was a hit attended by about 300 people.

• Make Something Oliver, the OCL’s micro-granting initiative, sponsored three events over the summer, totalling $3,000. These grants allowed Oliver residents to launch their own events and help make Oliver even more awesome.

• We hosted a senior’s tea in Peace Garden Park in June, a community rummage sale at our hall in July and a potluck in August.

For the first time, OCL and DECL partnered on a new summer soccer program in the core. Geared to kids under 5, the Urban Kids Preschool Soccer club attracted an impressive 20 players from seven neighbourhoods. Meanwhile, in partnership with EPL, we hosted a book club for newcomers and gaming afternoons for kids. Our monthly board game nights also gained popularity.

We’d like to give special thanks to our summer student, Angelika Matson, for her enthusiasm and initiative in planning three OCL events. Our Events and Programs Committee continues to experiment with programs appealing to a range of residents, but there’s always more we can do and help we could use. Email us if you have ideas for future activities, wish to help organize one or just have feedback.

Overall, the OCL’s engagement in the neighbour hood’s planning and development last season was strong and driven by the interest of many residents. It’s brought one development project to fruition and kick-started community engagement on another.

After years of preparation, Kitchener Park redevelopment broke ground this summer. Once construction is completed, tentatively this fall, residents will enjoy a themed playground paying homage to our historical connection to rail (already echoed in our beautiful mural), plus additional benches and picnic tables. Meanwhile, the Jasper Avenue redevelopment community consultation is underway, and the Civics Committee is working hard to engage Oliver residents and bring the results of that engagement to Coun. Scott McKeen and City of Edmonton administration. This will be an ongoing process.

Our board is dedicated to building a sense of community. Your involvement is what keeps Oliver an amazing place to live. We look forward to seeing both new and familiar faces at our next events.

For information or to learn how you can volunteer with the OCL, visit olivercommunity.comor email info@olivercommunity.com.

Oliver Community League Events

Sept. 18, Oct. 16, Nov. 20—Walking pub crawl of Oliver. Pub locations announced closer to each date. (8pm, starts at Community Hall, 10326 118 St.)

Sept. 19—OCL and DECL co-host the neighbourhoods’ chapter of Edmonton Federation of Community League’s Community League Day, a fun-filled afternoon for families to relish in park games and barbecue, before heading to the beer garden for the evening. (2pm–12am, Oliver Park, 10326 118 St.)

Sept. 30, Oct. 28, Nov. 25—BYOB(oard Game) night and get to know your neighbours. (7pm, Community Hall, 10326 118 St.)

Nov. 18—Programs & Events Committee Meeting. (6:30pm, Community Hall, 10326 118 St.)

The OCL board of directors is: Lisa Brown (President); Simon Yackuli (Secretary); Leah Hilsenteger (Treasurer); Jarrett Campbell; Danny Hoyt; Amanda Henry; Hossein Zahiri; James Eastham; Justin Keats; Curtis Boehm; Luwam Kiflemariam; Erin Wright; Dustin Martin; Marija Petrovic; Rowan Kunitz.