June 2016 Newsletter
Hello Ward 9 Neighbours!
I wanted to take this opportunity to express to all of you how lucky and privileged I feel to be a Calgarian and to have the amazing honour of representing the communities of Ward 9. In life we often have moments where we take a step back and think about all we have to be grateful for. I think that for us as Calgarians, and particularly as residents of Ward 9, one of our most significant expressions of our gratitude is Neighbour Day.
Neighbour Day signifies something important in our city – something that, for a long time, we have thought was uniquely our own. A time for us to gather with our friends, family and neighbours to celebrate the incredible resiliency our city demonstrated in the aftermath of the 2013 Floods.
That resiliency has been mirrored by our friends from Fort McMurray and Wood Buffalo and all the northern communities impacted by the destructive fire we have witnessed. As Albertans helped us through the flood, we saw that same outpouring of generosity for our neighbours to the north from Calgarians.
This June, while some of the evacuees will have returned home, some may not have a home to return to and will be dealing with that devastating prospect. During this difficult time, we Calgarians have done our best to make Fort McMurrayites feel welcome in our City.
With Neighbour Day happening on June 18, let’s share in the events taking place in Ward 9 – from Tuxedo Park to Riverbend – and invite our new neighbours to enjoy the day with us.
Events can be big or they can be small.
This Neighbour Day, there are some incredible milestones in our ward. We have two communities celebrating anniversaries - Dover is turning 45 and Millican-Ogden-Lynnwood is turning 60. To commemorate, Team Ward 9 coordinated a photo project in each community. We have collaborated with local schools to help students bring out their meaning of ‘neighbourhood’ through photography. These photos will be exhibited at each Neighbour Day event and later displayed throughout each community.
We also have events happening all around Ward 9. Check with your community association or www.calgary.ca/neighbourday to see what’s happening in your area.
Thanks to all of you who have shown so much generosity and support to our fellow Albertans.
Happy Neighbour Day!