We’ve had a great year for the FCA: Successful events (even if the weather didn’t always co-operate), many volunteers, great support from local businesses, and progress on community issues.
- 2015 Winter Skating Party last February. Over 100 people
- Annual “Cleaning up the Capital” and “Community Garage Sale” events in the spring. Many volunteers & participants but attendance was down for
- First outdoor movie night in August at Rosehill Park. Dozens of families
- Annual Fairwinds BBQ in September. It was a rainy day but it went ahead. A few activities had to be cancelled but still good
- Warm weather forced the cancellation of our Winter Skating Party this year, but we are hoping to reschedule for another
- Overall our events generated nearly $1,000 that was donated to Sens Foundation and
- The FCA is the sponsor/operator of the skating rink at Bandmaster Park, which is run by a dedicated group of volunteers. Thanks to rinkmaster Hien Hoang and all of his crew for their work this
- At least 30 local businesses have supported us with cash or in-kind donations to help us run events and activities
- Thank you especially to Mattamy and CIBC who have made significant contributions to the Fairwinds Community
- We’ve always strived to make our events free for the community, and we are able to do that with the strong support from our business
Roads and Traffic:
- The biggest issue in our community continues to be around traffic, parking and pedestrian safety. As a board we put a lot of focus into these areas and I believe we did make
- In October Councillor Qadri organized a meeting with police and city planners. About a dozen residents attended, and it helped establish a better working relationship between the FCA &
- Traffic lights replaced the 4-way-stop at Huntmar and Maple Grove in the summer. They have been good and bad. Good: improved pedestrian safety, helped some of the flow issues. Bad: The lane configuration is confusing & potentially dangerous. The lines are set to be re-painted soon, weather
- We continue to work with our councilor, city staff, and police to reduce commercial and construction truck
- We were pleased to see that the City will be looking at accelerating the widening of Huntmar to four lanes, north of Maple
Currently it’s scheduled for 2026; that could move up to 2018. That would mean the bridge over the Queensway gets widened to include sidewalks. What was once a farm road will finally be upgraded to meet the requirements of a growing community.
- We continue to work with our councillor and city staff to encourage the completion the road infrastructure around our neighbourhood, especially the North-South Arterial, which would reduce the amount of cut-through traffic through
- The Carp Road Landfill: We’re a part of COLA – the Coalition for Landfill Accountability – working to raise awareness and ensure Waste Management and the City live up to their promises and obligations regarding the Carp Road Landfill
- Development: Some of the more active files included 173 Huntmar and 180 Huntmar, just north of us. The Bradley-Craig Farm at 580 Hazeldean Road. The Keg Restaurant – currently on hold – at Huntmar and
- Dog parks: Last summer we hosted a discussion with residents, city bylaw and city parks staff. Since then, Councillor Qadri says he’s working with home developers to see if a dog park can be built in the new Poole Creek / Fairwinds West
Thanks to our Board of Directors:
- A community association is successful when it has a strong leadership group and I am very grateful to our team. There’s always turnover in community associations – people change jobs, people move, people are busy with families – but we’ve been lucky to have a stable and talented board this
- Thank you to our outgoing board members: Debby Jo Hill, Kim Prachar, Samantha Ball, and Candace
- My goals for 2016 will be to build our volunteer base and membership base. We’re a fast-growing community and there are many people who don’t know about the FCA or our events. I want to make sure it’s easy to find us and easy to get
- We also need to figure out “what is Fairwinds”? Do we expand our community association to include Fairwinds West and Poole Creek Village? What about the Maple Grove developments coming soon just east of us?
I’m looking forward to working with our board and volunteers to build an even better community.
President, Fairwinds Community Association