Happy fall to all. I am humbled and honoured to serve as your Hastings Community Association (HCA) president for my first term. The HCA has been serving this vibrant community for over 85 years and I feel privileged to contribute to that great legacy. The HCA has been in existence since 1934 when, despite the Depression, a group of neighbours pooled their money to form a nonprofit society with the goal of creating recreational opportunities in Hastings-Sunrise. Since that time, the HCA has continued to represent the interests of our community. I’ve been living in the Hastings-Sunrise area for 20 years and in Vancouver proper for 27 years.
Many of you know that Hastings Community Centre is run through a partnership between the HCA and the Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation. What you may not know is that the HCA is a volunteer-driven organization with a board of directors that advocates for our community in a variety of ways. Working with a great group of community-focused volunteers that advocate for this neighbourhood has been inspiring and rewarding. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact any of the HCA board members or HCC staff at the front desk. We are always looking for ways to further engage the community. The members are the fabric that binds this community together!
We are still awaiting the VanSplash Advisory Group’s recommendations to the Park Board commissioners with regards to the fate of our beloved Templeton Park Pool. The Park Board commissioners will be making a final decision with regards to the VanSplash Aquatics Strategy in early 2020.
Earlier this year, in addition to our regular programs, we hosted several special events such as the Family Day Pajama Party on February 18th, our third annual Reconciliation In Action event on February 22, and the Easter Carnival on April 13, which was youth-driven and hosted by the Youth Special Events Committee.
This summer we hosted our annual July 1st celebration which is always well-attended by many local residents. We also held our pancakes and puppetry event at Hastings Community Centre on July 5th which included free pancakes and a puppet show. On July 6th we participated in the Sunrise Summer Kickoff event which took place in Sunrise Square, behind the London Drugs on Hastings Street.
This fall we will have:
• Open House on September 7th from 10am-2pm (hope to see you there)
• Halloween Carnival on October 26th from 10:30am-12:30pm (should be spooktacular?)
• Breakfast with Santa December 7th from 10:30am-12:30pm (ho-ho-hope you can make it)
Additionally, we will offer a variety of programs tailored to appeal to a wide range of user groups, including programs for all ages and ability levels.
President, Hastings Community Association