(Presented at our Annual General Meeting on March 1, 2017)
This is the fifth AGM for the Fairwinds Community Association, and it caps off another strong year for our community:
- A highlight was our annual Fairwinds BBQ in September. It looked like it was going to rain all day but Mother Nature co-operated in the end. We had approx. 500-600 people attend, and we were able to make a donation of $550 to the “Lamitta’s Wish” fundraiser from the proceeds.
- Our other major planned event this year was the Outdoor Movie Night in August. Mother Nature didn’t co-operate for this one and unfortunately it was rained out, but The Grounds Café graciously let us move it inside.
- Our annual June garage sale had about 40-50 houses participating.
- The FCA continues to be the sponsor/operator of the skating rink at Bandmaster Park. The rink is run by a dedicated group of volunteers – many of them new volunteers this year.
- 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 community. Special thanks to: Geoff & Bobby McGowan from Remax; Kal’s Place Family Restaurant; Kanata Collision, Kate Dawes Real Estate, The Grounds, CIBC, Councillor Shad Qadri, and the many other organizations who have supported.
From development side, it’s been a somewhat quiet year but there are a number of ongoing developments we’re watching:
- We hosted a presentation from the “Wellings of Stittsville”, a large seniors complex on Hazeldean Road.
- We reviewed two large mixed use developments: a) to the north of us at 195 Huntmar Drive at Palladium b) to the south of us at 5618 Hazelean Road near Iber. These are both large sites with a mix of homes and businesses, both still in the planning stage.
- We’ve reviewed and provided comments on several smaller development applications, mostly for retail developments near our neighbourhood.
- In June, we had a presentation from Melissa Jort-Conway, City of Ottawa Community Association Liaisons (CAL) It’s a new program that provides a planning resource to community associations.
- We also expect to hear soon from the Ottawa Senators on their plans for the redevelopment/re-use of Canadian Tire Centre when the Sens move downtown.
Other issues that we have been focused on:
- Road safety and traffic, including advocating for traffic calming initiatives on roads including Huntmar, Maple Grove and Rosehill. (We are also keeping an eye on the city’s plans to close Johnwoods once Rosehill is open to traffic.)
- Neighbourhood Watch. We hosted a well-attended meeting in the spring with tips on how to get a Neighbourhood Watch going. There is a program established on Tempest and several other streets are in the process of starting up NW programs.
This year I hope that as a group we can continue get residents more engaged and involved in the community, by building our volunteer base and membership base. Now that our new web site is online (thanks Martin), we plan on launching a focused membership campaign.
In closing, I would like to thank all of our directors. Of the five years that I’ve been involved in this association, this has been the most consistent and stable group we’ve ever had. Thank you in particular to two of our members who have decided to step down: Joe and Bridgette. I’m thankful to all of you who take time out of your busy schedules to contribute to our community.
President, Fairwinds Community Association