It is with sadness that I share the news of the death of Rob MacDonald on September 19 2017. Rob and his family had a long history as residents of our community. Rob grew up in Strathcona and was passionate about many of our community issues. He was a member of the Strathcona Community League Board from 2007 until 2012, first as Chair of Civics and Planning, then assuming a Co-Presidents role before becoming the President.
Although Rob moved away from the community he continued to be involved as president of the board for Ice on Whyte. He told me how this involvement enabled him to stay connected to the community that he loved. Our sincere condolences to Rob’s children Jackson, David and Olivia as well as to Lydia Neufeld, mother of his three children.
Rob will certainly be missed by our community.
A memorial will be held October 21, at the Strathcona Baptist Church.
New – art classes for kids at the hall – Mondays or Thursdays – starting October.
After School Art Class for Kids (ages 6 and up)
- Early fall session – Learn To Draw – Your Favourite Cartoons
- Mondays October 2nd to 30th (no class Oct 9th); 4:00 – 5:15, or
- Thursdays (early dismissal) October 5th to 26th; 3:00 – 4:15 pm
- Late fall session – Learn To Make – Artist Trading Cards
- Wednesdays Nov 1st to 22nd (no class Nov 9th); 4:00 – 5:15, or
- Thursdays (early dismissal) Nov 2nd to 30th; 3:00 – 4:15 pm
- Cost: $80 (includes sketchbook and all materials)
- Requirement: Community League membership required (any league).
- Register: Contact Berna at email@example.com
- Description: Have fun! Learn from a professional art teacher! Make cool stuff! Join Berna Ponich B.Ed (KEE ARTIST IN RESIDENCE, 2013 – Present) at the hall for a four week art class. Class size is limited, so register early.
Also – Kids’ Yoga – Early Dismissal on Thursday Afternoons (ages 5 – 9)
- Late Fall session (6 classes): Nov 9 to Dec 14; 3:00 to 4:00
- Cost: $72 (or $60 for Community League members) for 6 week session
- Register: To register contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or call Tina at 587-341-7777, or Chandra at 780-700-7971
- Description: This is the perfect activity for early dismissal Thursdays! Kid’s yoga is a magical adventure that helps children develop important skills in a loving environment. It nurtures creativity, mental focus, body awareness, strength and coordination. And most importantly—it’s fun! Classes led by two certified kids’ yoga instructors from Yogi Kids.
The SCCL received the following letter of Michael Bateman in regards to the Bateman properties (Wild Earth Cafe Redevelopment site) on 99 Street and 89 Avenue. The original letter can be found here
First and foremost I would like to thank all the customers of Wild Earth
Foods and Wild Earth Bakery for your patronage over the last several years.
On behalf of the Bateman Family I would also like to thank all of our
tenants over the many years in our buildings, and they are too numerous to
mention. I would also like to thank the staff for their dedication and service,
and hope they will have another opportunity to be employed with the
services in the new building. Since my grandfather built these buildings, the
last in 1957, we have been proud to serve the community, employ many
residents, and offer a great gathering place.
Unfortunately, the buildings are at the end of their economic life. As these
buildings are over 60 years old there was no opportunity to renovate to
modern standards and bring in new tenants. Further to that, the grocery
business has become very difficult for the independent grocer to survive
with rising costs, an old building and shrinking margins. Wild Earth Foods
hasn’t been profitable for quite some time. My sister Deanne and her
partner Greta have worked hard to keep it open as long as possible and as a
family we decided to absorb this cost as a service to the community.
However it has now become more costly and as such we have decided to
close the grocery store at the end of September. Wild Earth Bakery will
remain open at least until the end of December.
As you may know, we have been working on redeveloping the site for a
couple of years and we had planned to close the building and be under
construction this fall. However, as we met with, and received feedback
from, the community, Councilor Henderson, City Planning and Mayor
Iveson, it has taken longer than anticipated moving our project along. We
have listened, gone back to the drawing board, redesigned our project and
have received a positive response to date with the new concept. We hope
to share our redesigned plans with you soon. We also hope to move the
process along as quickly as possible in order to bring back vital services and
jobs to the community. We expect that the City will host another open
house later this year but in the meantime we will be updating the
Strathcona Community League as well as our website as soon as our
application goes back in to the city.
If we receive the approvals to move forward our goal is to move as quickly
as possible to construct the building and sign leases to reopen retail
services.Wild Earth Bakery will return and it is our intent to source retailers
that will service the needs of the community.