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Join us this Sunday for caroling and carousing

2017 CHRISTMAS IN THE VILLAGE
 
An informal night of caroling and carousing: Sunday, December 17, Meet at Patricia Park, 6:00 pm
 
Put on your toque; warm up your vocal chords; fill your thermos with your favourite hot beverage; and meet us at Patricia Park. To get in the festive spirit we’ll be walking around the neighbourhood, singing carols, fa-la-la-ing and jingling all the way. It should be a lot of fun. All ages welcome. Please dress appropriately for the weather.
 
We’ll meet at Patricia Park at 6:00 pm and embark on our journey by 6:15. Stay for as little or as long as you like. Song sheets will be provided. Singing ability optional.
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OPEN HOUSE FOR PALIKA BAZAAR REZONING

Wednesday, Dec. 13, 6 pm – 8:30 pm, St. Timothy’s School
(14330 117 St NW)

The City of Edmonton and developers behind “Palika Bazaar”, a new retail development planned at 6865  Ad Astra Blvd, are holding an open house to provide information and gather feedback around the rezoning application. It will be valuable for residents to attend to get more information about the plans and the proposed zoning change, and to make your thoughts known.

Earlier this year, Griesbach Community League declined to offer our support of the rezoning application (see link below). It was our feeling that the existing CNC zoning was put in place to maintain the character and standards we associate with our community, as set out in the Griesbach Neighbourhood Area Structural Plan. The CB1 zoning the developer is applying for would relax restrictions related to the type of business that could go in.

Click below to read the letter Griesbach Community League submitted to the City of Edmonton (pdf file). It indicates our reason for not actively endorsing the rezoning.

PDF:  GCL Palika Bazaar Development Response

While we did not come out in favour of changing the zoning, we do wish the developers nothing but success. It is our understanding that the development will go ahead regardless of the zoning decision. You may disagree. In any case, we do encourage you to attend to learn more and provide your input.

Griesbach Resident Survey Results Are In!

Griesbach Community League is pleased to share the summary from our 2017 Griesbach Resident’s Survey: What’s Great in Griesbach? & How Should We Grow?

To view the pdf of the survey results, please click the following link:
2017 Community Survey FINAL

Highlights:

  • We had 293 residents complete the survey, which was evenly split between resident who’ve lived here less than four years, and those who have been here longer.
  • 92% would recommend Griesbach as a place to live.
  • We had positive feedback on our current community events, and residents are interested in seeing even more!

The survey also asked residents for input around what our priorities should be for our next big project following the successful completion of our new playground at MGG School. We had some fantastic input and a number of great ideas. Griesbach Community League has put together a committee made up of interested residents to explore some of these ideas and determine which might be feasible, and what would be involved. They will bring their findings and recommendations to the Board of Directors. We hope to share those results in the new year.

A big thanks to everyone who participated in our survey. We’d like to recognize Shelby Corley and Carl Knowler for their hard work getting this survey together and compiling the results.

 

Griesbach Remembrance Day Ceremony

Join us at Patricia Park, Saturday, November 11, 10:30 am for a Remembrance Day Ceremony hosted by the Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry.

It is always well attended, so we suggest you arrive early. Gault Blvd and Griesbach Parade will be closed to traffic and parking for a regimental parade featuring active PPCLI members based out of the Edmonton Garrison in Namao. The ceremony includes a reading of In Flander’s Fields, a prayer to the fallen and a moment of silence at 11:00 am.

Patricia Plaza was created in honour of the PPLCI, which was raised to join the Great War by Captain Andrew Gault in 1914. The unit has numerous battle honours to its credit, spanning from WWI to present day. These are listed on pedestals located at Patricia Park. There is also a memorial wall on site, with the names of PPCLI members who have given the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty.

It is always a first rate event. All members of the public are welcome.

Edmonton Election 2017 – Cheat Sheet for Griesbach Residents

The 2017 Civic Election is just around the corner. Here is everything you need to know as a Griesbach Voter.

 

Voting Day

Voting takes place on Monday, October 16, 2017. Griesbach Residents vote at Major General Griesbach School (304 Griesbach School Road). The voting station will open at 9:00 am and close at 8:00 pm.

 

Advance Voting

The City has made it easy to vote early if you are unable to cast your ballot on election day. Advanced polls are open between October 4 – 13 at Evansdale Community League (9111 – 150 Avenue NW) 1:00 pm to 7:00 pm.

It is recommended you bring your driver’s license as identification.

 

Meet Your Candidates

Below, we have compiled a list of the candidates running for Councillor, Mayor, Public and Private School Board Trustee in our riding. We have included links so you can learn more about each candidate and their policies (where available).

 

Candidates for Councillor (Ward 2)

Three candidates are running to serve as Councillor for Ward 2. Below are their names and websites.

Candidates for Mayor

Twelve candidates are vying for Mayor. They are: Taz Bouchier, Mike Butler, Ron Cousineau, Carla Frost, Don Iveson, Don Koziak, Bob (Robert) Ligertwood, Henry Mak, Fahad Mughal, Gordon Nikolic, Steven Charles Shewchuk, Neil Stephens and Justin Thomas. Learn more at the official City of Edmonton Election Website: click here.

 

Candidates for Public School Board (Ward A)

The following candidates are on the ballot for Public School Board Trustee

 

Candidates for Catholic School Board Trustee (Ward 72)

The following candidates are on the ballot for Public School Board Trustee

 

 

Read the EFCL Candidate Questionnaire Answers

Also, the Edmonton Federation of Community Leagues sent a request to all mayoral and council candidates to respond to a questionnaire. Read the results here:

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1Ie7REpnd6XNQ6XwKytUVHuTYP2HjHVUXxeA9LyiscG0/edit#gid=1816794731

 

City of Edmonton offers Youth Leadership Training Seminar

Are you between the ages of 13-17 and are interest in leading recreation programming?! The City of Edmonton is offering a free seminar that will go over how to plan and lead recreational activities for both drop-in and registered programs in your community. You can expect fun, interactive leadership training, helping you discover your inner leader and prepare you for volunteering with children.

Saturday October 21, 2017
1:00 pm—4:00 pm
Parkallen Community League
6510 111 Street NW

To Register CLICK HERE!

Or contact Car Rose @ 780-496-2979 or cara.rose@edmonton.ca

Please RSVP by October 14

Bike Decoration Contest/ Parade added to Shake at the Lake – Sept 23

You know an event has hit the big leagues when it includes a parade. Well, this year, Griesbach’s annual Shake at the Lake will indeed have a parade! (Of sorts).

The Bikes, Trikes & Tykes Parade is for kids 14 and under. To enter, show up at Patricia Park Plaza on Saturday, September 23 at 12:30 pm  (by the flagpoles on Griesbach Parade) with a decorated bike. Bikes will be judged and kids will ride to the main event at Perron Berger Park (around 1 pm) – where the Art In The Park art walk, bouncy castles, facepainting, food trucks and other activities will be taking place. Parents are encouraged to walk beside younger children.

 Prizes will be given in two categories:

  1. Best Decoration
  2. Best Canada 150-themed Decoration

    There will be three age groups: 5 and Under, 6-8, and 9-14.

There is no charge to enter or pre-registration. Just show up with an awesomely decorated bike.

The Shake at the Lake will also feature a beer gardens for the adults, with entertainment by Two Bad Apples. Twenty-five  artists have confirmed for the Art In The Park art walk along Bedford Basin,  and will be selling an array of original pieces and prints.

A wristband will be required to access the children’s activities: including bouncy castles, games, face painting and balloon artists. Wristbands will be provided free to those with a 2017-2018 Griesbach Community League membership ($25/household). Or they can be purchased for $5/child. Support your community and come see what makes Griesbach great.

View our August/September Newsletter

Learn about the 2017 Shake at the Lake & Art in the Park (with new kid’s bike decorating contest; replacement plans for plaques; playground opening and more. CLICK HERE to view.

Last chance to confirm spelling for personal playground donations

Now that the playground has been built, Griesbach Community League is putting together our final donor recognition materials.

Below is a list of individuals who have generously donated to the project.

IF YOU ARE ON THE LIST, WE ASK THAT YOU REVIEW YOUR NAME FOR SPELLING – AND TO CONFIRM THAT THIS IS HOW YOU WOULD LIKE YOUR NAME TO APPEAR ON DONOR RECOGNITION MATERIALS.

For example, you may wish to use your family name instead, include a spouse’s names, just use a first initial, etc.

IF YOU HAVE ANY CHANGES, PLEASE EMAIL STACY (CLICK HERE) ON OR BEFORE 6:00 PM, SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 10, 2017.

If we do not hear otherwise, the name will be printed as listed below. Please use “Change My Donor Name” as your subject line.

Thanks again for your support. We look forward to ensuring you get the recognition you deserve!

             Note:Corporate Sponsors will be recognized separately.

Adam & Kristin Cook
Adam Homes
Akhil Punia
Akihiro Ohtake & Diem Bonnie Hoan Ohtake
Ally MacDonald
Ammanda & Damen Cole
Angela Abrahamse
Annie Poon
Atmanand Sookun
B. Weiland
Barb Burnyn
Ben Chen & Bueben Lee – Chen
Bien Nguyen
Bill Buryn
Brad & Shannon Tilley
Brookes Merritt & Eliza Barlow
C. Lopez
C. Mooney
Cam & Dana Dewar
Camille Loken
Carolynne McCaughey
Chelsey Corea
Cheryl & Jim  Bissell
Chris Gagnon
Chris Nelson
Christina Baron
Christina Butchart
Christine  Manfredi
Christine Chung
Chronopoulos Family
Claudia Amavizca Lopez
COBS Bread
Colleen  Pecknold
Corey Ralph
Crystal & Michael Lacharite
Damion Van’t Kruis
Daniel & Treena Stadlwieser
Darren Thomas
David & Maria Coquet
David Bellous
David Yee
Denis Schile
Dr. Conrad Schulte
Elaine & Ken Wong
Emily Ho
Emma & Mike Maguire
Eric & Erin Sirrs
Felkar Family
Greg  Chernezky
Hendrik & Kristi Jansen van Rensburg
Holly Richard
Hory Cong
Ian Mathieson
James & Amie Savage
Jan Sirrs
Janelle & Kerry Nice
Joanne & Murray Fowler
Jocelyn Barlow
John Callaghan
John Fraser
John Schile
K. Allen
K. Bellous
Kane Lambert
Kempin Family
Kevin Baron
Kevin King
L & J Rice
L & W Neeves
L. Callaghan
Leon McNamara & Family
Lisa Woodworth
Lloyd Salkeld
Lois & Robert Ash
Lopetinsky Family
Lori & Paul Dean
Lynn Kostiuk
M. Memchuk
Mandy & Tom Tansem
Margie Wilson
Mark Padberg
Mark Seto
Mary Rigby
Michael Callaghan
Michael Corea
Michele Demchuk
Morgan & Paul Punia
Namao Pizzeria Inc
Natalie Probert
Neufeld Family
Nicole Schile
P. Deon
Rochelle Gilmour
Ronald & Nadia Bayda
S. McGregor
Sandy & Doug Wilson
Sang Tan Nguyen
Seungho Kim
Shelby Corley
Sohee Park
Stacey & Daryl Wasileyko
Stephen Lynch
T. Arthur
Tara Nicol & Peter Walker
Teskey Family
Tim Crisall & Stefanie Ivan
V.  Mantanez
Warren & Linda Letchford
Wendy Stasiuk
Winegarden Family
Zhimin Xiong & Pei Tang

Man charged in relation to stolen Griesbach memorial plaques


AUGUST 11, 2017 – EDMONTON

The Edmonton Police Service has identified and charged a 45-year-old man in relation to the theft and destruction of several memorial plaques from the Griesbach community last month.

On Tuesday, July 25, 2017, it was reported that 17 memorial plaques were stolen from a green space in Griesbach. As a result of media coverage, investigators from Northwest Division were contacted the following day (July 26, 2017) by a local scrap metal dealer, after staff recognized the plaques.

On Tuesday, August 8, 2017, Romelo Joseph Woolf, 45, was arrested and charged with possession of stolen property over $5,000 and fraud under $5,000.

While it was initially reported that 17 memorial plaques were missing, investigators recovered 18 plaques in total – 15 of which were unsalvageable and the other three were damaged, although intact.

“The City of Edmonton is working alongside the Griesbach community and community stakeholders to replace the memorial plaques and repair the pedestals they were mounted on,” says Det. Eric Wilde with Northwest Division’s Criminal Investigation Section.

“We are grateful to the media for covering this story, which ultimately led us to these invaluable plaques,” says Wilde.

Woolf is expected to appear in court on Wednesday, August 16, 2017. The investigation continues.

“Griesbach Community League is extremely appreciative of the hard work by EPS to find the person behind this crime. We’d like to thank the media for getting the word out, to the owner of the scrap metal yard who brought this to police, and to citizens who provided tips that led to the arrest,” says Griesbach Community League President, Brad Tilley.

According to Tilley, the community league has been working closely with the City of Edmonton and Canada Lands Corporation to replace the missing plaques. Numerous individuals and companies have stepped forward to offer their generous support. At this point it is unclear as to whether a fundraising campaign will be required. The theft has served as a rallying cry for proud Canadians from coast to coast.

“While these monuments are in our community, Griesbach is an outdoor museum where anyone can come and learn about the brave individuals and battles that are part of our history in times of war and peace. The reaction from across the country has been touching, and has reminded us of the importance of preserving our history,” Tilley adds.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact the EPS at 780-423-4567 or #377 from a mobile phone. Anonymous information can also be submitted to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or online at www.tipsubmit.com/start.htm.

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