Annual General Meeting
November 5, 2018
- Brian Wade, President
- Sue McCarthy, Vice President
- Peter Foulger, Treasurer
- Peter Brimacombe, Secretary
- Christine Johnson, Past President
- Marilyn Koch
- Kristy Nystrom
- Ijeoma Udechukwu
- David McGuinty, MP Ottawa South
- John Fraser, MPP Ottawa South
- Fatuma Hussein, Office of John Fraser
- Riley Brockington, Councillor
- Dale Johnson, Community Centre Director
- Denyse Baizana
- Kat Gracie
- Al Gullon
- Claudette Hudson
- Dora Joseph
- Lynette Joseph
- Paul Koch
- Abiodun Mosuro
- Dianne Nahal
- Marwan Nahal
- Barb Shea
Brian Wade: Welcomed everybody, presented the agenda and asked for approval. Approved.
He asked for approval of the October minutes. Approved.
Member of Parliament
David McGuinty: Thanked everyone for coming. The volume of work in his office is increasing. His office deals with immigration files, taxes, consular cases and other federal matters. Some people are concerned with the Flying School. It is located just south of Hunt Club Road. There are frequent low level flights over our community. The Federal Government owns two big parcels of land: The Training Centre on Heron Road and the National Defence Medical Facility on Smyth Road. The Federal Government is looking for new uses for these parcels. One major piece of work is the refurbishment of the Parliament Buildings. This project will take 10 years to complete and cost billions of dollars. He sees an opportunity to develop transit across the Ottawa River with Gatineau in Quebec.
Brian Wade: The NCC owns McCarthy Woods. There is concern about coyotes in the Woods. The NCC has put up one sign warning of coyotes but there should be more.
Sue McCarthy: I sent an email complaining of the lack of signs on entrances to McCarthy Woods to your office which was forwarded to the NCC but their response was the sign was put at the most used entrance.
David McGuinty: I will look into this issue and get back to you.
Barb Shea: We need to encourage people to become involved, to communicate with government. Their voice can make a difference. There is cynicism but it is important to engage people.
Sue McCarthy: Riley Brockington is hosting a meeting on coyotes, November 19 but officials from the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources cannot come because their travel budget is frozen.
David McGuinty: He’s not on Facebook or Twitter. You can say whatever you like on Facebook and Twitter but in Parliament you don’t always get your own way. There are the other members of Parliament who must be persuaded.
Christine Johnson: Democracy is messy.
Peter Brimacombe: The Flying Club doesn’t bother him.
Member of Provincial Parliament
John Fraser: He thanked everyone for building an active community. He believes he has to go to where the people are. There are five reasons to elect a government and these are the things he wants to support: health, education, economy, environment, to take care of people that need help.
Brian Wade: A tornado recently did a lot of damage in our community. What is the Province doing about it?
John Fraser: There is disaster relief but it is limited.
Riley Brockington: Presented the Councillor’s Report. He thanked the people who have served on the Board and other people who have helped out on different projects. He thanked everyone for his re-election as Councillor. Here are two significant projects he has supported:
Repaving the Airport Parkway from Hunt Club Road to Brookfield. The work included replacing four culverts.
Revitalizing Paul Landry Park. It used to be a dark and foreboding place. With the leadership of the HCCO, it is now safer and more inviting. A big milestone was the opening of the play structure on June 30.
The City of Ottawa must decide on whether or not to allow retail outlets to sell cannabis. The City is conducting an on-line survey to better inform it on this decision. There is a proposal that will prohibit retail stores within 700 meters of a school. He would also like to prohibit one retail store within 700 meters of another.
Christine Johnson: Councillor Mathieu Fleury has suggested that the Council not vote at all on this issue.
Riley Brockington: He feels that the City needs to be actively engaged. It is important to measure consumption while driving. It is important to assess the impact on public health.
Ijeoma Udechukwu: Can the City limit the number of stores?
Riley Brockington: No
Riley Brockington: He would like to work to improve McCarthy Park next to the Community Centre and he is looking for a way to honour Kathy Ablett. Kathy passed away in May this year. She was a nurse and a Catholic School Trustee.
Barb Shea: How do you balance local issues versus the interests of the City as a whole?
Riley Brockington: Consultation is the important thing. If he votes against the majority, he has an obligation to explain his reasons.
Barb Shea: What’s the role of the Council, the Mayor and staff?
Riley Brockington: Council interacts with staff, through the City Manager. Except for confidential matters, public information is public.
Director of the Community Centre
Dale Johnson: A tornado hit the area, September 21. A few nearby houses were damaged and the people didn’t have a place to go. City staff decided to send them to the Greenboro Community Centre because there was no power at ours.
Sue McCarthy: Is there a plan to educate residents? Are the Centre Staff trained on emergency procedures and first aid?
Dale Johnson: All staff in the Community Centre are trained in First Aid and emergency procedures. The City has the Are You Ready program:
Riley Brockington: He was here the night of the tornado. Dunrobin was hit harder and there were Red Cross people there. The City is looking at its response.
Denyse Baizana: A boy jumped on top of some boards behind the Community Centre. There were nails in them and one of them went through his foot. Fortunately, staff put cones on the boards right away and the next day the nails were ground down.
Dale Johnson: The boy is okay.
Brian Wade: Prepared a written report (appendix below).
Peter Foulger presented the October 2018 summary (appendix below). In April, 2018, the Board moved to switch its account from the Alterna Bank to Desjardins Caisse Populaire on Gibford Drive. The switch is now complete. Brian Wade completed his audit of the finances for the year ending July 31, 2018.
Brian Wade: Asked for approval of the October 2018 summary and the audit. Approved.
Sue McCarthy: David came to our meetings. He was a frequent contributor and a very active member of the community . He fell from his bicycle and suffered a severe concussion and has been at the Civic Hospital ever since. He is in the neurology ward and has improved but he has significant impairments caused by the concussion. Visitors are restricted to family only. Once he is stabilized he will be sent to a rehab facility to recover. He has a long road ahead of him. The Community Association sent him a get well card with well wishes from board members.
Sue McCarthy: As a follow up to the Walkability Survey the Community Association organized last winter, The Council on Aging sent an invite to WALK ON! , a community event at the Council on Aging of Ottawa on Thursday, November 29th, from 1 to 3 p.m.
The 2018 Progress Report: Safe Streets for Seniors and Other Valuable Pedestrians in Ottawa will be launched, as well as the 2019 Snow Mole winter walkability audit program. A summary of our report is in the 2018 Progress Report, available at the event and online. You can register for the Walk On event at the website.
Brian Wade: To be consistent with the other community associations in the City, we should change our name to the Hunt Club Community Association. The logo will reflect the new name. The new name and logo should be used on new documents, promotional items and stock materials. The bylaws will be updated to reflect the new name and logo. Documents and stock materials such as cheques and membership cards will be updated when appropriate. Old documents and materials may be used until they can be replaced.
Motion: Whereas the name “association” is consistent with other community associations in the City. Whereas the name “association” better reflects the important work we do: provide a strong voice for our community; advocate for the interests of Hunt Club to all levels of government; undertake projects that maintain and improve the residential character, environment and quality of life for everybody in our community. Be it resolved to change the name of the Hunt Club Community Organization to the Hunt Club Community Association. Moved by Sue McCarthy, seconded by Christine Johnson, carried.
Christine Johnson: The following Board members have expressed an interest in staying on as directors: Brian Wade, Sue McCarthy, Peter Foulger, Peter Brimacombe, John Sankey, Marilyn Koch, Kristy Nystrom. In addition the following have expressed an interest in becoming directors: Dianne Nahal, Lynette Joseph, Abiodun Mosuro.
Christine Johnson: Asked if there were any nominations from the floor. There were none.
Motion: That the ten candidates as presented be acclaimed. Moved by Christine Johnson, seconded by Ijeoma Udechukwu, carried.
Motion: That Brian Wade remain as president. Moved by Christine Johnson, seconded by Ijeoma Udechukwu, carried.
Arts in the Park Banner
Dianne Nahal: She invited everyone to see the completed banner on display in the Community Centre. The banner is plain cotton, the work of many hands. It was done in three sessions: the first two were done at Paul Landry Park and the third at the Community Centre.
Next meeting: Monday December 3 at 19:00
I am honoured to have been afforded the privilege of serving as President of our community association. Firstly, welcome to all of those who joined the association this year. As you read this report, I hope that none of our accomplishments are a surprise to you. If anything, I hope that you are surprised from how much we have accomplished. If I could summarize the past year in one word, I would choose the word GROWTH.
Over the past year, we have truly seen our community grow and come together. We started the year by inducting our first cohort of life-time members for their years of service on the board of directors. Then we created a set of strategic priorities that has served as the backbone of all our activities over the course of the year. We created and strengthened our bonds with our community partners. We made some changes to the funding and printing of the newsletter, which resulted in an increased distribution. We saw an increase in community engagement with the arts. On what seemed like the coldest day of 2018, we marvelled at the mural affixed to the side of the Community Centre and on what was the best day of 2018, we celebrated “Arts in The Park”. We have seen Paul Landry Park come alive with a new playground and many new fairy houses.
As we take a moment to look back at what we have accomplished, it is also a time to think about what we can do in the future. What do you want? What should we be doing? What are your dreams? Join us and let’s work together to make those dreams come true.
People are the heart of any community association and I would like to take this opportunity to thank all who make Hunt Club a great place to live. Thank you to all who come out to our meetings, express your views through social media and of course attend our events.
Brian Wade, President (2017-2018)
The Hunt Club Community Association has been very active in providing feedback on local development projects. Thanks to members, Barbra Shea and Peter Brimacombe, we created and presented a submission to the City of Ottawa Planning Committee regarding the Seniors residence and hotel project planned for the corner of Hunt Club Road and the Airport Parkway. In addition, members attended consultation meetings regarding the proposed development at the corner of Riverside Drive ad Hunt Club Road which is to include retail space, a car dealership, hotel, Seniors residence and a private school. We have requested information from Councillor Riley Brockington and city staff regarding the Community Housing Project being built on Uplands Drive and the nearby Canoe Bay development.
The efforts of the Hunt Club Community Association have been featured many times in the newly created “Your Community Voice – Ottawa South” newspaper thanks to our local reporter Erin McCracken.
Members John Sankey and Peter Brimacombe were interviewed by CTV Ottawa News regarding the effects of a new seniors residence and hotel development at the corner of Hunt Club Road and the Airport Parkway. John Sankey was then later interviewed live-on-air about the Hunt Club Road / Riverside Drive Intersection being one of the most dangerous intersections in the city.
Community Association Newsletter
“Hunt Club: My Community” was started by Christine Johnson and John Sankey to engage the community. It has grown from a newsletter created by members of the board to one encouraging input from residents in the form of stories, reviews of restaurants, travel advice, how to go green and articles on issues of interest to the community. With four issues per year, printing of the newsletter is funded by local business sponsorships and hard copies are delivered by an army of volunteers – another way to engage the community. John Sankey does the typesetting and graphics, Sue McCarthy is the editor with help from Judy Burwell and Christine is the advertising and distribution manager. The reaction from residents is very positive and although we offer the option of viewing the newsletter online, many still prefer to receive a paper copy. It’s a very effective way of focussing on our community and its residents and giving them a little bit of entertainment.
Paul Landry Park
As Paul Landry Park’s benefactor, The Hunt Club Community Association has continued its pledge to ensure that Paul Laundry Park is an active component of the community.
- New Playground
Thanks to the hard work of the community, Councillor Riley Brockington and city staff over the past three years, the new playground was officially opened on June 29, 2018. Mayor Jim Watson was on hand to assist children from the community in the ceremonial ribbon cutting. Both Mayor Watson and Councillor Brockington were very eager to try out the Zip Line Swing.
- TD Park People Grant
Thanks to a TD Park People Grant, we were able to host three separate events at Paul Landry Park.
- Guided Nature Walk, May 12 (10 am – Noon)
Guides Owen Clarkin, Dianne Nahal, and John Sankey taught participants about the various plant life, animal life, and other natural features in the park. Plenty of snacks, juices and water were offered to the families, couples and adults who came out to this event. A wonderful way to introduce our restored Paul Landry Park to the community.
- Arts in the Park, June 2 (11 am – 4 pm)
Our community Art Club members and other local residents exhibited their art work. There were fun interactive activities to express their artistic sides. An interactive fabric banner creation, led by Dianne Nahal, a ukulele workshop with Joel Jacques, an a capella singing workshop led by Neema Mugala, a folk singing session with local amateur guitar player Richard Pazur. We also had local author, Andrea Covas selling her books and a local soap maker selling his wares. John Sankey took care of the BBQ serving up hot dogs for all, along with various snack foods, juices and water. The music and art buzz attracted several curious passersby.
- Picnic in the Park, August 25 (11:30 am – 2:30 pm)
A smaller but nevertheless enthusiastic turn out of community members, who all enjoyed the delicious bite-sized food assortment from the Mid-East Food Centre, along with a few other surprise treats, juices and water. A Canadiana folk singing session was led by Hunt Club resident, Maura Volante, and her daughter, just in time for Mayor Jim Watson to catch a bit of it when he popped in for a visit. While some groups laid out their picnics on blankets, others chose to use the picnic table or sitting rocks as their eating base. Our City Councillor, Riley Brockington dropped by for a while and got initiated to the game of Mölkki, which a bunch of kids and adults played over on the basketball surface. A good time for all.
- Guided Nature Walk, May 12 (10 am – Noon)
The Art Club, started by Dianne Nahal, meets every Tuesday morning from 10 am – 12:30 pm from mid Sept until the end of May at the Hunt Club Riverside Park Community Centre. It is a safe place where all people of the neighbourhood have a chance to create. Now in its third year, Art Club has welcomed various ages of people from 22 – 82 years old participate. There have been a few days where the room was very busy with 14 people creating. Everyone brings their smiles, materials, ideas and enthusiasm. It is a drop-in project with a small fee of $2 for each visit which goes towards paying the room rental fee at the Community Centre.
The Art Club is very busy engaging others and exhibiting outside of the group. During “Arts in the Park”, the Art Club hosted the fabric banner project as well as running short workshops. The banner was showcased on the backstop fence for five weeks and had additional community involvement after the opening of the new Playground at Paul Landry Park. The banner was brought to the Community Centre for final participation from the After-School Program. Currently the banner is displayed in the Community Centre for all to see. In addition, The Art Club had two tables at the “Fall Festival” displaying various pieces created by the group.
The Art Club continues to grow each day and has contributed towards improving community engagement, getting people out of their houses, encouraging participation, communication and being creative.
The Hunt Club Community Association works with community partners to offer a number of events to residents of the Hunt Club Community. We worked with Councillor Riley Brockington office to organize a Fireworks Gala along with the Riverside Park Community Association. We help Hunt Club Cares with the annual community yard sale. We work with South East Ottawa Community Health Centre and staff of the Hunt Club Riverside Community Centre to host the Fall Festival. This year we worked with other community associations in Ottawa South to host meet and greet and debates for the 2018 Provincial Election held In June and the 2018 Municipal Election held in October.
October 2018 summary for the 5 Nov 2018 Meeting The Alterna account was closed on 13 October and the remaining funds of $6,530.74 after a draft fee of $7.50 were deposited at Desjardins. Desjardins charged the $2.95 monthly fee. Sub-accounts: Activity: Payments of $190.97 to Curbex and $27.03 to Brian Wade for the Fall Festival were made. Balances: Garden Fund $ 1,500.00 Fall Festival Fund $ 132.00 Art Club Fund $ 12.89 The Parks People $ 412.42 Balance Sub-accounts $ 2,057.31 Members Surplus Balance as of 1 August 2018 $ 5,827.74 Year to date receipts, HCCO $ 898.35 Year to date expenses, HCCO $ 649.74 Increase/(decrease) for year, HCCO $ 248.61 Member's surplus, HCCO $ 6,134.97 Total funds (Members surplus + funds) $ 8,192.28 Reconciliation: Desjardins account $ 8,182.28 Desjardins share (to be confirmed) $ 10.00 Other , $ 0.00 Total all funds $ 8,195.23 Receivables & Liabilities: We are owed one $110 sponsorship for the June News and one more for September. Other: Invoices for the Dec newsletter have been issued.