Earlier this year the Oliver Community League voted in a whole slate of new members at its annual general meeting. We met with a few of them to find out what they love most about their community and what they hope for Oliver’s future.
Name: Tim Mallandaine, Director at Large
Occupation: Voice coach and owner of Songkraft Studio
Years in Oliver: 7
Why did you join the board? I joined to create a role for OCL in the arts. I want to begin a dialogue to discover what the arts mean in Oliver and build on that.
What do you love most about Oliver? You can’t go a day without meeting someone new.
What would you change overnight if you could? I’d create a greater awareness of and connection between artists and Oliver, with the hopes of greater opportunities and benefits for both.
Name: Majorie Henderson, Director of Communications
Occupation: Communications specialist at the University of Alberta
Years in Oliver: 4
Why did you join the board? I feel proud to call Oliver my home and I wanted to give back by putting my skills to use and creating a positive change.
What do you love most about Oliver? Our community is one of the densest neighbourhoods in Alberta, but I also think we have the most diversity and hidden gems. I love our old trees, the Bubble Houses and the 124 Grand Market. I often use #OliverProud on my Instagram.
What would you change overnight if you could? I’d have more affordable family- friendly housing and an updated rec centre with a library.
Name: Anika Gee, Make Something Oliver Director
Occupation: Volunteer and program coordinator at Sorrentino’s Compassion House
Years in Oliver: 5
Why did you join the board? It’s my way of giving my best effort to make sure our piece of Edmonton is the best it can be.
What do you love most about Oliver? The people. They’re friendly, caring and have a pride in Oliver. The sense of community we’ve managed to foster in such a high- density neighbourhood is impressive.
What would you change overnight if you could? We’d all wake up to a beautiful new hall with more space for ongoing programs and maybe even a library!