Hello Residents of Inglewood,
I am very pleased to share with you that the League is busy preparing to safely reopen our facility to residents for rental activity this September. New rules and procedures will be in place to help ensure the safety of those using the hall. If you are interested in renting the facility, please visit our webpage at: https://inglewoodcl.com/hall-rental/ for more information.
Despite the many challenges posed by the current pandemic, the League’s Board of Directors and volunteers have done their best to find new ways to connect more residents, encourage increased participation in League activities, and share vital community information through our various channels. Here are the highlights from the last six months of League events and activities:
- Covid-19 Outreach Initiative that involved food hampers, book exchange, friendly phoners, and grocery / prescription pick-up;
- a Covid modified community clean-up;
- a virtual block party, book club, yoga program, and volunteer session; and
- a Covid modified Outdoor Soccer program in conjunction with the community of Grovenor.
It has been my pleasure to work with the current Board of Directors who continued to work on these and other activities over this trying period. As a result, we increased membership, regularly distributed e-newsletters, and had a dedicated team monitoring our facility and grounds. An enormous thank you to all the volunteers for the many hours they dedicated to the League’s various activities, initiatives, and projects.
Looking ahead, I want to encourage residents to join us for two more important events: Community League Day on Saturday, September 19th and the Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Saturday, October 3rd. For AGM, there are some additional safety measures needed and so we are asking residents to help us by registering for this year’s event. Details for both events can be found in this e-newsletter.
A quick update on phase 2 of the Neighbourhood Renewal project in Inglewood. The City advises that construction on phase 2 is on schedule. Weather dependent, you will see the City continuing to landscape with backfill topsoil and sod until the end of September. Construction for this year will be finishing up before snowfall around October / November. Please visit the City’s website for further Neighbourhood Renewal information. A reminder for those living in the areas included in phase 3 – the final phase – of the project that work will begin next spring (2021). The finished areas of our neighbourhood are looking fantastic! With only one more year of construction to go, Inglewood’s roads, sidewalks, and lights will be fit to serve our residents for the next 30 years or more.
Finally, serving as President over the past two years has been an incredibly rewarding experience. My deepest thanks to the membership for providing me the opportunity to hold this office. I look forward to next serving as your Past President on the Board of Directors and working with a new President and Board in the upcoming term. Thank you all for your time and support over the years.
All the best,
Inglewood Community League
Hello Residents of Inglewood,
Spring has arrived – the Edmonton way, of course – with just a bit more snow! 😊 Last year around this time, I provided residents with a mid-term update on League activities. This year, however, things are a bit different as COVID-19 has grabbed everyone’s attention, including the League’s.
As you may have noticed, the League Hall has been closed to the public further to the public health measures that began on March 17, 2020. Inglewood Playground, located next to the hall, is also now closed. All League events and activities involving gatherings have been cancelled, until further notice. At this moment, we don’t have a date set to re-open or to resume larger activities. We will continue to monitor the situation and update this information as soon as we can. Please keep in mind, these local measures are in place to help protect our residents during this pandemic.
In place of our usual activities, the League is looking at how we can help connect residents who are interested in helping with those who might need help (see our next article to learn more).
The league has also been monitoring the various COVID-related announcements from government. Here are just a few of the updates, in case you missed them:
- Gatherings with 15 or more people are no longer allowed. This measure is now legally enforceable.
- The City has closed City Hall, in-person service counters, all playgrounds and recreational centres.
- Transit services (including Bus, LRT and DATS) are FREE until further notice. Riders are asked to enter buses through the back door unless otherwise required.
- Residential utility customers can request and option to defer electricity and natural gas bill payments for 90 days, regardless of the service provider. Call your utility provider directly for details.
- The City is providing an option to delay residential and non-residential property tax payments due on June 30, 2020. Call 311 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
- Many banks have options available to defer mortgage payments. Call your bank directly for details.
- The Provincial government has extended expiry dates for Alberta driver’s licences, vehicle registrations and other permits and certificates until May 15, 2020. Check the GoA’s Government Service Changes for this information and other supports on: https://www.alberta.ca/coronavirus-info-for-albertans.aspx
- The Federal government has extended income tax return filings to June 1, 2020. Check Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan for this information and other supports on: https://www.canada.ca/en/department-finance/economic-response-plan.html
Keep in mind this information can change quickly. I encourage residents to stay informed and frequently check information related to government announcements and special initiatives either through the sources noted above or below:
- City of Edmonton: https://www.edmonton.ca/programs_services/emergency_preparedness/covid-19.aspx
- Government of Alberta: https://www.alberta.ca/news.aspx
- Alberta Health Services: https://www.albertahealthservices.ca/topics/Page16944.aspx
- Government of Canada: https://pm.gc.ca/en/videos
- Public Health Agency of Canada: https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health.html
Whether you are… working from home, have been deemed an essential or supply chain worker, off work because of a closure, attempting to homeschool / distance learn with your children, or just trying to find something for you or your kids to pass the time, COVID-19 is taxing and testing all of us. Like many of you, my family and I are at home and slowly adjusting to the circumstances we find ourselves in. Outside of our daily walk, one of the best parts of our day is finding a moment to watch an old episode of Mr. Dressup with our kids.
Staying in all the time takes a toll on the best of us. If you or members of your family are struggling, a reminder there are resources available that can offer some extra support from a distance during this time:
- Kids Help Phone is Canada’s only 24/7, national support service offering professional counselling, information and referrals to young people in both English and French. Call 1-800-668-6868, chat at https://kidshelpphone.ca/ or text 686868.
- Mental Health Helpline offers Albertans support with mental health concerns. Call 1-877-303-2642 for assistance.
- For other helpful services, check out this resource page: https://www.albertahealthservices.ca/amh/Page16759.aspx
Lastly, I know we’ve all heard it before, but it truly can’t be said enough: when you do step out for groceries or go for a walk around the neighbourhood please maintain a 2-meter (or 6 feet) distance from others, wash your hands regularly, and follow the advice of our public health professionals. I know these are trying circumstances, but let’s all do our part to keep our community safe!
Inglewood Community League
Hello Again Inglewood,
A public health emergency was declared by the Province on March 17, 2020. Inglewood Community hall is now closed to the public and all activities in our facility have been cancelled, until further notice. This includes all private hall rentals. Individuals who have booked the hall will be contacted by the League to refund any advance rental payments made. No additional bookings will be accepted at this time.
At this moment, we don’t have a date set to re-open. We will update this information as soon as we can. During this period, we are working to ensure our hall undergoes a thorough cleaning to ensure the safety of the facility for when we reopen.
This is a challenging experience for all of us. The League would like to look at ways to help neighbours keep in touch during this trying time. Let us know if there is something you would like to try or if you have ideas to share with the community through our e-newsletter. Contact us at email@example.com.
Thank you kindly for your attention.
Inglewood Community League