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February 2015

Board Members Wanted


We’re looking for dedicated men and women to guide the Griesbach Community League. Several positions will be open for election.

• President • Secretary • Fundraising • Parks and Gardens • Neighbourhood Watch • Sports • Programs • Member at Large

All are 2-year term positions (click here for position description and duties).

To learn more about these positions or to put your name forward, email GCL Vice President, Carl Knowler by March 10, 2015. 


Second soccer registration Wednesday, March 4

We had an enthusiastic turnout for our first soccer registration. If you couldn’t make it, fear not. We will be holding a second registration on Wednesday, March 4th, 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm at MGG School.

We will require all parents to provide proof of age for their child. For details on fees, forms etc., please click here.

Curler does Griesbach Proud

Team Alberta, Val Sweeting, Lori Olson-Johns, Dana Ferguson, Rachelle Brown, Scotties 2015On behalf of all Griesbach residents, we’d like to give a big hand to Lori Olson-Johns and Team Alberta for an incredible run at the Scotties Tournament of Hearts. Team Alberta put up an incredible fight against Team Canada (who won Gold in last years Sochi Olympics) – going down by a 6-5 score in an exciting final.

Lori is the team third, pictured second from left.

Image by Andrew Klaver http://www.curling.ca/2015scotties-en/2015/02/14/photos-feb-14-by-andrew-klaver/team-alberta-val-sweeting-lori-olson-johns-dana-ferguson-rachelle-brown-scotties-2015


Griesbach Playground awarded $250,000 grant.

School Project sample 4

One Griesbach student’s dream playground.

The Griesbach Playground Committee was thrilled to learn our community has been awarded a $250,000 grant from the City of Edmonton.

In order to qualify, the committee was required  outline all of the detailed planning work it has done to date. This includes:

  • Developing a needs assessment and outlining impacts.
  • Creating a strategy to guide the build.
  • Costing and budget projections.
  • Outlining efforts to date to get community feedback, including:
    • Information collected through an online survey to parents;
    • A project at MGG School asking kids to say what they’d like to see, and;
    • A multi-playground family tour organized last summer.

The proposal also required the development of an initial “concept plan.” This included an overall design for the playground landscaping and a description of key features we would like to implement. Not to mention a name for our playground.

Now that the committee has received positive feedback from the City, it would like to share its plans along with funding targets at the Griesbach Community League Annual General Meeting: March 17, 7 pm at MGG School.

We hope you can attend. The vision they have set is one we can all be proud of.


Special thanks goes out to our playground committee for the effort that went into the grant proposal: Jim Chronopoulos, Joylyn Teskey, Kara Kempin and Stacy Felkar. The committee would also like to acknowledge Alison Mould, Community Recreation Coordinator from the City of Edmonton for all of her guidance and Dave Neufeld for putting the proposal together. We’d also like to recognize Principal Stephen Lynch and MGG School for their support.

We continue to push ahead with our corporate sponsorship efforts, while applying for additional funding. Slowly but surely, we’re getting closer.


Toboggan hill gets long-weekend workout

The toboggan hill at Griesbach’s Central Park has been the most popular spot in Griesbach this Family Day weekend.

Thanks to Melanie for letting us share these adorable photos! She says her girls are having so much fun…


And here are some shots of young Marco breaking the sound barrier, courtesy of his mom Chona…


Is she having fun or what?!? (Thanks to Dave and Karen for these great shots)…


…. meanwhile, these two are thinking, “It’s sure more work going up!” (Courtesy of Charmaine).


Again, thanks everyone for submitting these great pics. Please toboggan safely, and avoid any of the newly planted shrubs poking through the snow. Hopefully there are more great snow days ahead.

Welcome to our new website

Griesbach Community League is pleased to  launch our shiny new website. Thanks for checking it out. (Be sure to come back often!)

We’ve added a lot of things we think you’ll really like. It’s slicker, funner, more jam-packed with interesting tidbits and useful facts about our community. Plus it’s loaded with pictures.

The new format makes it easier to draw attention to big news items and events, archive information – and link content to social media. Our blog (The GriesBlog) will allow us to keep you up to date on the latest and greatest goings-on.

One of our goals has been to make the site relevant to existing residents as well as those who are considering moving here. So there’s something for everyone. We encourage you to explore. Even if you’ve lived here for a while, you may learn some interesting things (look for more stories behind our community history and the community monuments in the months to come).

As an added bonus, you can now buy your community membership online. Click the link and it will take you to the Edmonton Federation of Community League page. Be sure to specify Griesbach as your community. Moving forward, the plan is to allow you purchase tickets to community events online as well (such as the next Spring Fling, taking place in May).

It’s been a ton of work, so I hope you like it. I’d like to thank residents Damen Cole (of Brown Walrus Inc.), Felicia Dewar and Stacy Felkar for their assistance and feedback. Not to mention the entire GCL Board of Directors for their support and input.

Ultimately, this site is for you… and about you. If you have any suggestions on content you’d like to see, comments or feedback – let us know. And if you’d like to contribute as a writer or if you have some great photos you’d like to share, please get in touch. We’d love to have you aboard.

Happy browsing,

Dave Neufeld
GCL Communication Director

GCL 2015 Annual General Meeting and Canada Lands Update

Tuesday March 17, 2015
7:00 pm
MGG School

Find out what is going on in your community. Don’t miss Griesbach Community League’s Annual General Meeting. All Griesbach residents are welcome, and any adult with a valid 2014/2015 membership is allowed to vote – and run for a position on the board of directors. Several positions are up for election (see below).

The agenda includes:

•  A review of financial statements.
•  Executive and Director reports.
•  Elections for vacant positions.
•  Canada Lands presentation.

ALSO… Marvin Neumann, of Canada Lands, will be giving an update,
including the latest on the commercial development, new stages of development, Roundel Lake and Flanders Park.

We have arranged supervised activities for the children while the meeting is going on. As an added incentive to join us, our friends at Famoso have offered to provide gift certificates for all adults in attendance (while supplies last).


We’re looking for dedicated men and women to guide the Griesbach Community League. Several positions will be open for election.

• President • Secretary • Fundraising • Parks and Gardens • Neighbourhood Watch • Sports • Programs • Member at Large

All are 2-year term positions (click here for position description and duties).

To learn more about these positions or to put your name forward, email GCL Vice President, Carl Knowler by March 10, 2015.


2015 Spring Soccer Registrations Announced

Spring Soccer Registration Dates

February 24, March 4, March 17, 2015

Griesbach Community League has just announced the three registration dates for parents wishing to enroll their children in our Spring 2015 Minor Soccer Program. All will take place at Major General Griesbach School.

  • First Registration: Tuesday, February 24, 2015 – 6:00 p.m.
  • Second Registration: Wednesday, March 4, 2015 – 6:00 p.m.
  • Third Registration: Tuesday, March 17, 2015 – 5:00 p.m.

We encourage you to register as soon as possible, as teams fill up fast!

2015 Registration Fees/ Age levels

Children are grouped into age categories based on the year they were born. Below are the 2015 fees, set in conjunction with our neighbouring communities in Castle Downs.

U4 (born 2011/2012): $75
U6 (born 2009/2010): $90
U8 (born 2007/2008): $100
U10 (born 2005/2006): $120
U12 (born 2003/2004): $155
U14 (born 2001/2002): $190
U16 (born 1999/2000): $195
U18 (born 1997/1998): $195

Fees include socks and team pictures.

Please bring the following to the registration

  1. 1 cheque for REGISTRATION FEES according to the fee schedule above for the age group you register your child in.
  2. 1 cheque UNDATED in the sum of $200.00 for VOLUNTEER COMMITMENT (1 Commitment per child you register) – This cheque does not get cashed unless you fail to fulfill your volunteer commitment.
  3. 1 cheque UNDATED in the sum of $75.00 for UNIFORM DEPOSIT (1 cheque per child you register) – This cheque will not get cashed unless you fail to return the community uniform.  PLEASE NOTE:  U4, U6 and U8’s are exempt from this as they are sponsored by Tim Hortons and BMO and get to keep their jersey’s at the end of the season.
  4. 1 cheque for COMMUNITY MEMBERSHIP FEE in the sum of $25.00 (Unless you purchased one in September, you will not be required to purchase another one, but must bring the one you have). You can purchase online at www.efcl.org/membership.

Coaches and Volunteers Wanted

We are looking for the following coaches/helpers/assistants:

U4 – 3 females and 3 males
U6 – 3 females and 3 males
U8 – 2 males and 2 females
U10B – 2 males or a male and female
U10G – 2 females or a male and female
U12B – 3 males or males and females
U12G – 3 females or males and females
U14B – 2 males

If you do help out with a team, YOU WILL NOT BE REQUIRED TO DO A VOLUNTEER COMMITMENT. Please let us know as soon as possible so we can have the necessary paperwork for you at registration day.  Those who are returning coaches, please also let us know ASAP so we can account for you right away.  Please also inform us which age group you would like to help out with.

Season Opening & Playing Dates

The season is TENTATIVELY set to start MAY 1, 2015

TENTATIVE Playing dates are as follows:

U4 – Fridays from 6-7 p.m.
U6 – Monday’s and Wednesday’s (Monday’s are practice days and Wednesday’s are game days)
U8 – Tuesday’s and Thursday’s (practices are at the discretion of the coaches)
U10 – Monday’s and Wednesday’s (3 rounds, 5 games each round, practices are at the discretion of the coaches)
U12 – TBD due to the FIFA Women’s World Cup being in town, we must comply with FIFA Laws and work around that so these dates are undetermined at this time. (3 rounds, 5 games each round, practices are at the discretion of the coaches)
U14 U18 – TBD

Griesbach curler going to Nation Championship

2014 Home Hardware Canada Cup of Curling, Camrose, Val Sweeting, Lori Olson-Johns, Dana Ferguson, Rachelle Brown, CCA/michael burns photoWishing Griesbach resident Lori Olsen-Johns (second from left) best of luck. As a member of team Sweeting, she’ll be representing Alberta in curling’s Scotty’s Tournament of Hearts.


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