As another year draws to a close, the Oliver Community League is reflecting on its successes and challenges in 2016. This year, the OCL created the Hall Redevelopment Committee and Social Advocacy Committee to further the goals of our strategic plan. The addition of new events like the Summer Social, Halloween in Oliver and quarterly potlucks provided even more chances for neighbours to meet neighbours.
This year also saw our second anniversary of The Yards magazine. In 2014, our League initiated the creation of The Yards in collaboration with DECL and the Central Edmonton News Society (CENS). Both leagues have seats on the CENS board and help steer the content of the magazine. Add in the non-resident readers who find it in area businesses, and we have well over 30,000 readers each issue. That’s 30,000 people who read about Oliver and the fine work being done by our League to create a neighbourly, sustainable, well-developed community.
Where will 2017 bring us? In the past two years the League has held larger events (like Canada Day and Community League Day) and regular smaller events (like pub crawls and library afternoons). Next year will bring more opportunities to meet at events and programs designed to attract the variety of our demographic.
Social advocacy will gain a footing for the League in 2017, with plans to see how we can assist organizations and agencies in meeting the needs of our more isolated residents.
The Hall Redevelopment Committee will continue to make strides with public engagement and a “needs assessment.”
Planning and development will remain in our lens as we help shape the visual identity and social integrity of Oliver with recommendations on changes to our community, both on public and private land.
In a word, we will be busy. The commitment of the many volunteers who give time and energy to the League is astounding. Together we can create a model community that showcases positive urbanism, neighbourliness and cohesion.