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.
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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or click here for more info about joining our board.
Welcome / Call to Order
Approval of Agenda
Approval of Minutes from 2017 AGM
Constitution Amendment – Motion re: name change (see below)
Nominations & voting for new board members
Break / Meet & Greet
Councillor Shad Qadri Update
New Business / Open Discussion
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”.
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
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.
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.
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
(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.