On September 29, neighbourhood residents packed Fisher Heights Community Place for the Fisher Heights and Area Community Association (FHACA) AGM. Meeting items included: the Community’s year in review; words from the two candidates for Ward 9 Councillor; a review of the Association’s annual budget; the financial status of our community rink; and the renewal of FHACA’s status as a non-profit corporation and amendments to its bylaws.
Of particular interest was a presentation about details of City plans for intensification in our community. A recap of the discussion and accompanying presentation notes will be posted to the website early next week, so please check back then.
Association President Bob McCaw began the preceding with a brief review of FHACA accomplishments from the past year; most notably our successful new Bicycle Rodeo event, and lobbying the City to build a new play structure in Eleanor Park – which is now being installed.
Treasurer Doug Yonson presented the financial report. At present, there is a comfortable cash balance of $25,400, however the operation of the skating rink incurred a deficit of nearly $2,600. There will be a follow-up post discussing the rink status in more detail, and we would like to hear your opinions on how to make the rink more financially stable.
Association Status & Bylaws Updated
A discussion on the renewal of the Association’s status as a not-profit corporation, and legislated adjustments to its bylaws were also discussed and voted on. Members voted in favor of maintaining the non-profit status, and bylaw adjustments, while keeping as close as possible to the current mode of operation. The updated bylaws can be found here.
Community Association boundaries were also reconfirmed as being limited to residents living between Fisher Ave and Merivale Rd, and between Baseline Rd and Meadowlands Dr.
Board elections also took place during the meeting, and though two Board members did not stand for re-election, two new residents put their names forward for the Board – Joel Laforest and Shane Francescut. Voters unanimously agreed that Joel and Shane will join the six continuing Directors for the 2014-15 year. For a full list of your Directors, please visit the Contact page here.
Not returning with the Board this year are Val Ryan and Andy Pedersen. Val has made a cherished contribution to the Association as Membership Registrar for five years, and has been active in the community for many years before that. Andy has played the key role in developing the Association website over the past two years, and the Board will miss his many talents and his willingness to pitch in to help in many areas.
Ward 9 Councillor Candidate Appearance
The two candidates for Ward 9 Councillor in the upcoming civic election, Keith Egli and Cristian Lambiri spoke briefly and answered questions from residents. The appearance was not meant to be an open debate, so if you missed this year’s AGM, you can join Mr. Egli and Mr. Lambiri at a two-hour event sponsored by all of the community Associations from Ward 9:
Candidates Debate – Ward 9 Councillor
Sunday, Oct. 19 – 7 pm to 9 pm
Tanglewood Community Centre, 30 Woodfield Drive