President’s Message

About HCC

Welcome to the Spring/Summer session at Hastings Community Centre. We’ve all survived the cold winter and are ready to bask in some warm weather. Our great team of staff and community
volunteers are here to help you reach your personal fitness goals, provide you with opportunities to learn something new and support your family’s growth. Please take a look at our offerings in
this brochure. For kids: At Home Alone and First Aid for Kids are back by popular demand, floor hockey is on again, and there are a host of other new programs. For adults: Pickle Ball continues
to grow, and we are now offering tennis lessons. For older adults, there will be afternoon social tea and movies and a great selection out trips, including Pemberton Strawberry Tour, Salt Spring
Island, Hell’s Gate, Circle Farms & Tulip Tours. Some interesting new garden workshops include Soil Building, Biomediation, and Rain Water Harvesting.

I would also like to inform the community that Hastings Community Association continues to fight to maintain its historical independent role at Hastings Community Centre. We have been
collaborating with 14 other Community Centre Associations (CCAs) across the city to craft a new Joint Operating Agreement to replace the 1979 version. The JOA will set the terms of our
relationship with Park Board for the next 15 years. Unfortunately, Park Board has not been willing to negotiate with us and has instead c hosen to engage us in a long and arduous “consultation”
process. So far, the vast majority of Vancouver’s 20 CCAs have said “no” to the JOA proposed by Park Board. We see that their proposal is imbalanced and will undermine our ability to represent
the community at our community centres.

We ask that our members continue to support us and to tell Park Board Commissioners why HCA needs to remain strong and independent: so that we can freely advocate for our communities.
For more information, please go to our website: http://mycommunitycentre.com/.

And please remember to attend HCAs AGM on April 19th, 2017 to vote for your board of directors.

Sherry Breshears
Hastings Community Association President