I hope everyone had a happy and safe holiday season. Our new board has had a busy month getting ready for the winter season. Our rink flood team (a.k.a. Rink Rats), headed up by Craig Hopkins, has been busy preparing the ice for some fun outdoor activity that all members of the family can enjoy any time of day or evening. We have a new revamped website thanks to our new communications director, Jen Zouak. Please be sure to check it out—you can now get ice rink updates, links to current events around town and city initiatives, apply for a community membership, or even post a classified ad to offer babysitting services or sell some old ski boots. Also, we welcome to our community center Shaolin Wushu Canada, which, starting January 7th will be offering youth and adult martial arts classes in our main hall. Please check the PBP website for details or visit www.shaolinwushu.ca for more information.
Before the next newsletter will be delivered to residents in February we will be celebrating our annual Winterfest celebration on Saturday, February 8th. I hope to meet you at this great event. Please be sure to come by and say hello to all of our board members and volunteers.
Other goings on in the community include a proposal by the CBE (Calgary Board of Education) to move 300+ students from Nellie McClung and John Ware Junior High schools to Louis Riel in Oakridge. Currently these schools have the only GATE (Gifted and Talented) programs that serve communities south of the Bow River in the city of Calgary and bring important resources to our schools. Leslie Farrar, a resident here in the community has undertaken an initiative to bring awareness to the issue and you can read more about it in this newsletter on page 7.