Oct 2023 SRA Newsletter

October 2023 NEWSLETTER
Upcoming Events

Fall Harvest Festival Sunday, Oct. 15, 1-4 PM, Strathcona Community Garden Eco-Pavilion. Discover your community garden. Indigenous learning walk, crab-apple planting, apple cider pressing, light meal (BYO bowl, spoon & glass)

CoVid & Flu Vaccination Clinic Monday & Tuesday, Oct. 16 & 17, 9AM-4PM at Strathcona Community Centre. You can book in advance at this link. Drops-ins may be accommodated as capacity allows.

Halloween Union Market Jazz Concert Tuesday, Oct. 31, 6-8 PM at the Union Market with Gerry Teahan, Gary Wildman and Kit Eicle. This will be the Union’s final day and a chance to bid goodbye to a neighbourhood institution.

AGM & Board Election Announcement & Call Out
The SRA will be having it 2023 AGM on Tuesday, Nov. 7 at 7PM in the Activity Room at the Strathcona Community Centre. The AGM will be both in-person and on zoom. Agenda and links will go out to all members a few days before.We have a few open seats on the board and invite interested members to run. We could use some younger people and renters. Also folks with skills in taking minutes, social media and WordPress. For more information, e-mail sra@strathcona-residents.org. An e-ballot will be sent out to all members prior to the meeting.

Neighbour of the Month

This month, we’re starting to acknowledge a Neighbour of the Month – someone who has made a significant contribution to the Strathcona community. Our first is Gloria Bernardino, who for over 30 years has gone to work nearly every day at six in the morning to oversee the preparation of the amazing variety of food offered at the Union Market. Over those years, Gloria has quietly and selflessly done hundreds of acts of kindness for many individuals and families in Strathcona. We will greatly miss her dedication and generosity and wish her many years of well-deserved relaxation and family time.  Thank you, Gloria!

Membership Drive
The SRA currently has around 450 members. We’d like to see more. But we need your help.Why join? What’s the value of a residents association for you? Sometimes, a single voice is not enough. Sometimes, a neighbourhood needs a way to speak up as a community. On issues like traffic, air quality, zoning, park improvements and the impact of developments all around us, residents are better served by being organized.Since 1992, the SRA has tried to be a voice for the people of Strathcona. But there are many newcomers who don’t know we exist. And a few old timers who’ve decided we don’t matter. The fact is that the more members we have, the more the people-in-charge take us seriously. So we’re asking you – yes, you – for a little help. If you’re not already a member, please join. It’s free. You get on our mailing list. You get invites and vote. You get a voice in how we address issues as a community. If you’re already a member, please forward this newsletter to neighbours who might not be and invite them to join. This neighbourhood exists because of the organized efforts of residents to preserve it from slum clearance. Please join us to become an active part of Strathcona’s future.


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