Category: Board Notes

Monthly Board Meeting (all community members welcome)

Our next Monthly Board Meeting will be on Sunday, November 4th, at 8:30 am (new time, so feels like current 9:30am) at the Grounds!   We are looking for a new director to join us, fresh ideas, or for you to just come to see what we’re all about.  Coffee is on Martin he says.

All Fairwinds (and Fairwinds West), and Poole Creek residents are welcome to attend. Please RSVP to info@fairwindscommunity.com.

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Monthly Board Meeting (all residents welcome) – Monday, April…

Fairwinds-Poole Creek Community Association Monthly Meeting
Monday, April 9
7:30 pm – 8:30 pm

**Please note the change of location.** We will be at THE KEG at 7:30pm – we have a reservation under “Fairwinds”.

 

All residents are welcome to attend. Please RSVP to info@fairwindscommunity.com.

On the agenda:

  • Approval of Agenda
  • Approval of Minutes from March meeting
  • Recreation & Events
  • Advocacy
  • Finance
  • Membership
  • Other Business & Community Concerns
  • Next board meeting: 

 

We have a new name: Fairwinds-Poole Creek Community Association

Thanks to all of our neighbours who joined us at our Annual General Meeting on Monday night. It was an opportunity to look back at all of our activities over the past year, we welcomed new board members into our group, and we had a Q&A session with Councillor Shad Qadri.

We also approved a motion to update our name!  We are now the Fairwinds-Poole Creek Community Association! Although our boundaries were changed last year to include new homes on streets like Cento, Mazon, Vivera, Shackleford, and Warmstone, we heard from some residents that they were unsure if they could participate in our association’s events and projects.  We thought it made sense to include Poole Creek as part of our association, not only because of the subdivision name, but also because the creek is the predominant natural feature in our neighbourhood that we all enjoy.

We’ll be updating our web site and social media feeds to reflect the change in the coming weeks. Stay tuned!

Here’s a map showing our current boundaries.

Fairwinds boundaries updated 2017

 

FCA Annual General Meeting – Monday, February 26

FCA AGM 2018

 

Join us on Monday, February 26 for our 2018 Fairwinds Community Association Annual General Meeting
7:30pm-9:00pm at The Grounds (5703 Hazeldean Rd next to Food Basics)

  • Meet your neighbours
  • Learn how you can get involved in events and activities in our neighbourhood in 2018
  • Special presentation from Councillor Shad Qadri
  • Join our volunteer board of directors

You can also renew your annual membership at the meeting or online for $5.

The FCA is a group of neighbourhood volunteers who work on issues that are important to the community and we organize and support events and hope to continue keeping our neighbourhood a great place to live. Interested in joining as a volunteer board member? Email us at info@fairwindscommunity.com or click here for more info about joining our board.


Draft Agenda

  1. Welcome / Call to Order
  2. Approval of Agenda
  3. Approval of Minutes from 2017 AGM
  4. President’s Update
  5. Treasurer’s report
  6. Constitution Amendment – Motion re: name change
    (see below)
  7. Nominations & voting for new board members
  8. Break / Meet & Greet
  9. Councillor Shad Qadri Update
  10. New Business / Open Discussion

Constitution amendment

As per the FCA constitution and bylaws, amendments to the constitution can be voted on at an Annual General Meeting, with notice provided to the community of at least 7 days prior to the meeting.  At the AGM, we’ll be moving the following resolution:

  • Whereas the Fairwinds Community Association (FCA) boundaries include the communities of “Fairwinds, Fairwinds North, Fairwinds West, and Poole Creek Village” (Constitution Appendix A, Amended March 2017), and,
  • Whereas the FCA strives to be inclusive and representative of all residents within these boundaries. and,
  • Whereas the Poole Creek watercourse is the predominant natural feature in our neighbourhood.
  • Therefore be it resolved that the name of the Fairwinds Community Association be changed to the “Fairwinds-Poole Creek Community Association”.

FCA Monthly Meeting – Monday, January 8

Fairwinds Community Association Monthly Meeting
Monday, January 8
7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Wellings Leasing Centre, 5709 Hazeldean Road (next to the Shopper’s Drug Mart at Hazeldean & Huntmar)

All residents are welcome to join us for the first meeting of 2018. Please RSVP to info@fairwindscommunity.com.

On the agenda:

  • Approval of Agenda
  • Approval of Minutes from October meeting
  • Recreation & Events
    – Bandmaster Park rink update
    – Event grant program idea / discussion
  • Advocacy
    – 195 Huntmar Public Meeting on Wednesday, Jan 10
    – Winter parking pilot
    – Johnwoods closure
  • Finance Update
  • Membership Update
    – Membership drive
  • Other business & Community Concerns
    – 2018 AGM
  • Next board meeting: tbd

 

FCA Monthly Meeting – Monday, November 13

Fairwinds Community Association Monthly Meeting
Monday, November 13
7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Sobey’s Community Kitchen (Corner of Carp Road & Hazeldean Road)

All residents welcome. Please RSVP to info@fairwindscommunity.com.

Draft Agenda:

  1. Approval of Agenda
  1. Approval of Minutes from October meeting
  1. Recreation & Events
    – Bandmaster Park rink update
    – Idea for events grant program
  1. Advocacy
    – Winter parking pilot
    – Johnwoods closure
    – Richcraft development on Maple Grove
  1. Finance Update
  2. Membership Update
  3. Web site Update
  4. Other business & Community Concerns
    – 2018 AGM in February
  5. Next board meeting: December 11, 2017

Fairwinds Community Association Constitution

The Fairwinds Community Association has a constitution to which we govern ourselves since March 2014. We’re a group of residents who volunteer our time to build an even better community. We organize neighbourhood events and advocate for residents on issues that are important to Fairwinds. Please consider joining as a member to support events and activities in our community.

Below is our Mission and Objectives along with a link to our constitution.

Mission and Objectives

  1. To provide for residents of Fairwinds, a representative body to be responsive to issues within that community, and to communicate those issues to municipal authorities or any other level of government, as appropriate.
  2. Where appropriate, to organize or contribute to the organization of social, cultural, or celebratory events designed to promote and enhance the sense of community within Fairwinds.
  3. To the greatest extent possible, the Fairwinds Community Association shall be representative of the streets within Fairwinds so that there is no appearance of bias in the interests pursued by
    the Association.

Full Constitution

We welcome your comments at president@fairwindscommunity.com

Welcome to our new and returning board members!

Thank you to all of the residents who attended last night’s Annual General Meeting.

Special thanks to:

  • Lamitta and family, attending on behalf of Lamitta’s Wish
  • Councillor Shad Qadri and Erin McClelland
  • Sobey’s Stittsville for providing the venue

Welcome to all of our new and returning board members for 2017:

  • Rochelle Buenviaje
  • Alex Chen
  • Eric Felhaber
  • Glen Gower
  • Karrie Granger
  • Jennifer Holmes
  • Tara Jowett
  • Kim Pyefinch
  • Martin Stein
  • Sean Toogood

Also thank you to outgoing board members Bridgette Alchawa and Joe Boughner.

You can read the President’s Report from last night’s meeting here, and see notes from Councillor Shad Qadri here.

You can support FCA activities with a $5/year membership. Click here to join…

 

Lamitta draws a winning raffle prize number at the 2017 Fairwinds AGM.
Lamitta draws a winning raffle prize number at the 2017 Fairwinds AGM.

 

Councillor Shad Qadri talks to residents at the 2017 Fairwinds AGM.
Councillor Shad Qadri talks to residents at the 2017 Fairwinds AGM.

2017 President’s Report

(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.

 

 

Respectfully Submitted,

 

 

Glen Gower

President, Fairwinds Community Association