I write this message with some sadness, as it is the last one I will write as CBLCA’s President, but also with some happy anticipation for what is to come. On November 18 we will have a brief Annual General Meeting at 7 pm at the Nepean Sailing Club. At the meeting, which is really about our accountability to you, the community, we will elect a new executive team. CBLCA will provide a high-level update on our activities and a report on our finances. I am very hopeful that our City Councillor Theresa Kavanagh will also have some updates to share.
But the real highlight of November 18 will be a dynamic and interactive conversation about what we hope our community will be like over the next few years. I know you will want to be part of this evening of community-building, discussion, and friendship, served up with refreshments and a warm welcome to all.
We will also be thanking some members of the executive who are stepping down. First, as I will be assuming the role of Past President, Peggy McGillivray will no longer be serving in that role. Peggy has been an active member of the executive for several years, including as President and as a member of various committees. I have a feeling, though, she will stay on a committee and continue to contribute her knowledge and experience.
Ian McConnachie is stepping down from his role as Chair of our Transit, Transportation and Infrastructure Committee (TTIC), and thereby from the executive team. He has galvanised the community around many issues, built solid connections with the City and the NCC, and has worked closely on our behalf with the Ottawa Carleton Wildlife Centre. Ian has graciously agreed to stay on TTIC for the coming year.
As well, we are offering very best wishes to Susie Crowe, who earlier this fall stepped down as Chair of the Parks and Recreation Committee. Susie’s young family and her demanding job were of course her priorities. With much appreciation from all of us for her contributions, she has transferred her files and transitioned out of this role.
And finally, Carl Wimmi is stepping down as Zone 3 Rep. Carl kept his eye out for changes and events in his part of the neighbourhood, and brought thoughtful comments to our executive meetings.
Thank you to all of these volunteers. Soon we will say “welcome” to new members of the executive. As you can see, there are some vacant positions with no incumbent standing for re-election. I am pleased to confirm that we have received nominations for each of theses positions, though there is always the opportunity for additional nominations at the AGM.
It has been a pleasure and an honour to serve as CBLCA’s President for the past two years. I have learned so much about our community, met wonderful people, and worked with many dedicated volunteers whose actions really tell the story of Crystal Beach Lakeview. And I’m looking forward to telling you that in person on November 18.