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Get your tickets to the Griesbach Easter Egg Hunt

Tickets are now live for the Griesbach Easter Egg Hunt on Sunday, April 21.

This event is free for community league members and $5 per kid for non members.

It sells out every year, so get your tickets now to avoid disappointment.

Tickets and more event details are available on Eventbrite.

Griesbach Community League welcomes new president, board members

The Griesbach Community League welcomed a new president on Monday night.

Shelby Corley will take over as president from Brad Tilley.

Corley is a proud Griesbach resident who runs a consulting firm and is a mom to two young boys. She brings two years experience as board secretary to the position. Corley also served on the board of her professional association.

“I am excited to take over the president position and to build on the legacy that Brad has created over the last eight years,” said Corley. “I had heard about the great community league in Griesbach and got involved not long after my family moved here. I’m grateful for the opportunity to represent our neighbourhood along with the other amazing volunteers on the board.”

Tilley stepped down after founding the Griesbach Community League and then running it for eight years.

Tilley took a moment to reflect on his eight years of service to the community, which started when he and one of his daughters put flyers in neighbourhood mail boxes, asking residents to meet in the school gym.

“There were a bunch of people who showed up. I didn’t know what to expect,” said Tilley. “Its not just about the community league. I’ve also made a lot of friends.”

Carl Knowler, past president who has served with Tilley since the beginning, joked that Tilley finally deserves a break from his volunteer duties.

“Brad has been a pillar of this community,” said Knowler. “It really is a great community and we should all feel proud to live here.”

The rest of the new board members are:

Vice-president – Dave Loken

Treasurer – Aaron Gregson

Secretary – Erin Neil

Communications – Emily Senger

Civics & Community Development – Michael Ching Jiunn Chen

Fundraising – Norman Yee

Facilities & Structures – Don Napier

Memberships – Chelsea Rowland

Neighbourhood Watch – Todd Demaine

Parks & Community Gardens – Justin Laverty-Harrigan

Programs – Morgan Gauthier

Social – Cheryl Flaig

Sports – Bill Countryman

Volunteers – Li Pan

Members at Large – Carl Knowler, Kawtar Idrissi Machichi, Jason McCulloch

Local politicians pledge support on Sobeys lot issue

The community league was happy to welcome representatives from all three levels of government to the meeting: Edmonton Councillor Bev Esslinger, Edmonton-Calder MLA and Education Minister David Eggen and Edmonton-Griesbach MP Kerry Diotte.

Esslinger had good news to report on transit funding. The city received $1 billion from the federal government to fund its next phase of transit expansion, including the north LRT leg, towards the Yellowhead.

MP Kerry Diotte, incoming president Shelby Corley and outgoing president Brad Tilley at the 2019 AGM.

 

Sobeys was a big topic for our provincial and federal representatives. Both Diotte and Eggen commended Griesbach for its efforts to complain to the Competition Bureau about the neglected Sobeys lot.

Diotte has already met with league members on the issue and promised to support further action.

“I’m happy to work with the community however I can,” Diotte told community members.

Eggen said that the issue of restrictive covenants hampering commercial development is an issue not just in Griesbach, but in other parts of Edmonton, and the province.

“The nice thing is you are helping to bring forward issues that can help other communities in the province,” Eggen said. “I think this is something we can bring forward for Service Alberta and Justice to look at.”

Outgoing president Tilley said he will continue to pressure Sobeys, along with the new board members. “We are trying to do our best. It is a tough hill to climb,” Tilley said. “Believe me, this isn’t the end of it.”

Aaron Gregson, CGL treasurer who has been playing a large role in the Sobeys campaign, said he is still encouraging residents to submit a Competition Bureau complaint, if they have not already done so. The next phase after the media campaign is to meet with the province about restrictive covenants and with the federal government about the Competition Act. “We want to get to a scenario where the competition bureau can more thoroughly investigate,” Gregson said.

Eggen also said that the province is looking to tighten up laws around selling salvage metal. Such legislation is intended to reduce property crime, as was the case with stolen memorial plaques in Griesbach in 2017.

An early vision for the police training centre

Vice-president Dave Loken reported that the community league is in talks with the city and other stakeholders to look at future uses for the police training centre, once EPS fully moves out of that building in the next six months.

The community league is looking at the feasibility of taking a portion of that building over, possibly as a community hub with other city partners. “It would be great for us to have part of it,” said Loken. “Not having a community hall does limit what we can do. It could be another gathering place for us.”

The building has a large gymnasium and plenty of office space that could be used by the community league, the city and other non-profit partners.

However, Loken cautioned that talks are in the early stages. The community league, and the city, will have to do their due diligence before moving forward.

Development underway on Maple Leaf Pond, says Canada Lands

Canada Lands Company senior director Marvin Neumann shared plans for what will be called Maple Leaf Pond, the final lake to the west of the central hill.

The lake will have a hard edge that will create a maple-leaf shape, visible from the top of the central hill, he said.

When complete, the lake will include a multi-use trail around it, a skating pond, exercise equipment and plenty of benches and other seating.

Unfortunately, a soft real estate market means work on the lake, and other developments in Griesbach, is slower than initially planned, he said.

“I was hoping we would start more of it this year, but it will probably be pushed back a year,” said Neumann. “We’re just not seeing the uptake on the lots.”

Neumann also shared a plan for the southwest corner of the neighbourhood, along 137th Avenue, where the eventual LRT stop will go in.

The developers envision that as a higher-density area, with one or two residential towers, he said. The city would have to approve any plans before development moves forward.

“There is no point in having an LRT station if you don’t have anyone who is going to jump on the train,” Neumann explained.

Neumann also addressed resident concerns about slipping architectural guidelines in Griesbach, saying the softer market means some guidelines have to be altered to improve affordability.

“We are trying not to water it down or reduce it,” he said. “There are some things we need to move on. We still have another 10 or 15 years left out here. It is a balancing act. We started 17 years ago. People then had some different ideas about what houses should look like.”

He also addressed questions about a new monument or statue in the roundabout on Griesbach Road. Neumann said that is on hold for now, because of questions about who will pay for the monument upkeep once Canada Lands moves out of the Griesbach neighbourhood.

“The city does not like taking those [monuments] over,” said Neumann. “There is a maintenance agreement that is attached to that and I don’t want to burden the community league with those things.”

Cultivating Community Spirit plan

In 2017, a volunteer committee analyzied the results of a Griesbach community-wide survey.

The results were compiled into a report, Cultivating Community Spirit, which was released to the Griesbach Community League board in 2018.

The report is intended to inform the Griesbach Community League’s work, going forward.

Importantly, it will help board members set priorities, including choosing the next big capital project, now that the Maple Leaf Park playground is complete.

You can read the whole report here: Cultivating Community Spirit (opens as PDF)

This report will be discussed in more detail at the 2019 Annual General Meeting.

Download the March community newsletter here

The latest Griesbach Community League newsletter is hitting mailboxes in the community this week.

Look for the light-blue paper with everything you need to know about the upcoming AGM, sports registration, playground and park upgrades and much more.

If you didn’t get a paper copy, or if you would rather read a digital copy, download a PDF version here.

Boys indoor soccer teams take home city medals

Congratulations to the Griesbach U9 and U11 boys teams. Both took home bronze medals at Edmonton Minor Soccer Association city finals on the weekend of Feb. 22-24.

We’d also like to thank all the coaches, volunteers and parents in all ages groups for supporting an excellent indoor 2018-19 soccer season.

Let’s keep this momentum going into the summer. Outdoor soccer registration is coming up on March 6 and 12 at MGG School.

Click here to read everything you need to know about outdoor sports registration for soccer, baseball and a new program for preschoolers called Griesbach Explorers.

Boys U9 team.

Boys U11 team.

Griesbach Explorers: A new outdoor program for preschoolers

We are excited to announce a NEW local sports/activity program for preschoolers.

With the success of the Griesbach Minis in the winter session, the community league will offer a new Griesbach Explorers program that will run from the start of May until the end of June. This program is open to children born in 2014 and 2015, to a maximum of 25 participants.

It will run every Wednesday, starting May 1 to June 26 from 6 to 7 p.m. It will take place outside, in and around the parks in Griesbach.

The program will consist of various activities which allow children to develop physical skills such as coordination, balance, exercise, hand-eye coordination, teamwork and fair play. Activities could include tag games, yoga, soccer, baseball, hiking and track and field. All the activities will be facilitated by mentor coaches from the Griesbach Explorers program.

The Griesbach Explorers program has a formal registration process that will take place on March 6 and March 12, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at MGG school, at the same time as soccer and baseball registration. The cost is $50 for the program. You must be a resident of Griesbach and hold a valid Griesbach Community League membership.

This is a parented program. Parents remain with the children and are encouraged to participate in the activities. All parents must be willing to volunteer during one of the sessions as an assistant.

There is one volunteer requirement per child, such as a bingo shift or volunteering at another community league event.

Follow these steps to register:

1. Download this form and fill out two copies to bring to the registration session.

2. Attend one of the registration dates at MGG School, on either March 6 or March 12. Email Joe: jsalaysay@hotmail.com, for late registration.

3. Purchase a valid community league membership. Available at the registration or online in advance.

4. Pay the registration fee: $50.00 (please bring cheque or cash).

5. Select a volunteer commitment and provide a $250.00 refundable cheque: to be returned once your volunteer commitment has been honoured.

6. If you wish to volunteer as a mentor for the complete season, that counts as your volunteer commitment.

Seeking a few great nominees for the Griesbach Community League board

Our Annual General Meeting is Monday, March 11 at 7 p.m. at MGG School.

This is your chance to know what is going on in the community and have your say on priorities for 2019-20.

The AGM is also the time we hold elections for new board members. The following positions are up for election:

  • President
  • Secretary
  • Neighbourhood Watch
  • Structures & Facilities
  • Sports
  • Programs
  • Fundraising
  • Membership

You must have a valid Griesbach Community League membership in order to run for a board position or vote in new members. Memberships will be on sale ahead of the meeting, or you can purchase one online at efcl.org.

From parties, to lobbying on important community issues, to kids’ sports programs, we couldn’t make any of this happen without volunteers. If you’ve been thinking about volunteering, don’t be shy. Read on to learn more.

What’s the time commitment for the board?

Your time is valuable and we keep this in mind. Board meetings are limited to one weekday evening per month. They usually take place at MGG School, from 7-9 p.m.
After the once-per-month meeting, additional time commitments vary depending on the projects and events related to your position.

Why should I run for a board position?

Meet new friends. The board works hard, but it finds lots of time for fun. The board members aim to foster a friendly, inclusive volunteer environment. You don’t need to know anyone on the board to join and there are social events just for members throughout the year.

Make the neighbourhood even better. You will have a hand in planning and executing the kind of events and programs you want to see in Griesbach.

Be in the know. You will be the first to know what is go- ing on in the neighbourhood. You will liaise with local developers, politicians and other stakeholders to have your say on new projects, priorities and developments.

Build your network. At least one of our board members launched a great new career this year through a connection made during GCL volunteer work. We can’t promise you a new or better job opportunity, but we can promise a chance to develop new skills and meet all kinds of people.

Please contact Brad: president@griesbachcommunity.com to get your name on the ballot ahead of the meeting. He would be happy to answer any more questions about what it is like to be a GCL board member. You can also read here for more detailed descriptions of board positions.

This is an open meeting. All members of the community are invited to attend and we hope you do come, even if you don’t want to run for a board position. We will be giving an update on events and accomplishments during the past year and outlining future priorities. There will be an opportunity to provide feedback.

Media release: GCL urges Competition Bureau to force Sobeys to sell or develop derelict lot

MEDIA RELEASE

Griesbach Community League urges Competition Bureau to force Sobeys to sell or develop derelict lot

Feb. 4, 2019, Edmonton, AB – Residents of Griesbach are sick and tired of an undeveloped, derelict commercial lot on the southeast corner of the neighbourhood and are launching a Competition Bureau complaint campaign in order to pressure the lot owner, Sobeys Inc., to sell or develop.

The Griesbach Community League believes that Sobeys Inc. is in violation of at least two sections of the federal Competition Act.

Background

Sobeys purchased the highly visible and commercially valuable lot on the corner of 137th Avenue and 97th Street NW to build a grocery store. When Sobeys bought the Safeway chain in 2013, plans to develop this lot stopped. There is now no incentive for Sobeys to build a new store directly across from Safeway, the store it already owns in Northgate Centre. By holding this corner lot, Sobeys is ensuring that no other grocery competitor can build near its Safeway store.

When Sobeys agreed to be an anchor-tenant, they were permitted to place restrictive covenants on the commercial land adjacent to the property. These restrictions prevent businesses that would compete with a grocery store—including bakers, butchers and flower shops—from leasing available commercial space in Griesbach Square. Sobeys clearly has no interest in becoming an anchor tenant. These covenants restrict competition and should be removed.

Sobeys has failed to act on concerns raised by the Griesbach Community League in the past. As such, the Griesbach Community League is now launching this campaign, asking residents to complain to the Competition Bureau about Sobeys.

“Sobeys has intentionally prevented business development in the southeast corner of Griesbach for more than six years,” says Griesbach Community League president Brad Tilley. “Consumers in Griesbach and surrounding neigbourhoods have less choice because of Sobeys’ actions. It is time for the Competition Bureau to act.”

Contact and more information

Brad Tilley, president, Griesbach Community League 780-720-2899

To read a copy of the complaint, go to griesbachcommunity.com/sobeys-lot

Download a PDF copy of this media release

Notice of Griesbach Community League AGM

The Griesbach Community League Annual General Meeting is scheduled for:

Monday, March 11, 2019

Major General Griesbach School gym

304 Griesbach School Rd NW

This is an open meeting. All members of the community are invited to attend. We will be giving an update on events and accomplishments during the past year, current projects and future priorities. There will be an opportunity to ask questions of the board and to let the board know what you would like to see in 2019/20.

The AGM is also the time we hold elections for new board members.

You must have a valid 2018/19 Griesbach Community League membership in order to run for a board position or vote in new members. Memberships will be on sale ahead of the meeting, or you can purchase one online here.

List of positions up for election

president (this is the only position that requires a minimum of two years experience on the GCL board)

secretary

structures & facilities

neighbourhood watch

sports

programs

fundraising

membership

For more information about what is required for each position, please click here.

How much time does it take to be on the GCL board?

Your time is valuable! Board meetings are limited to one evening per month and last a maximum of two hours. They usually take place at MGG school, from 7-9 p.m.

After the once-per-month meeting, time commitment will vary depending on the projects and events related to your position. You can take on more, or less, work, as your schedule allows.

Why should I run for a board position?

Meet new friends. The board works hard, but it finds lots of time for fun. There are social events for board members at least a few times each year. The board is a friendly bunch and you certainly don’t need to know anyone on the board to join.

Make the neighbourhood even better. You will have a hand in planning and executing the kind of events and programs you want to see to make Griesbach an even better place to live.

Be in the know. You will be the first know what is going on in the neighbourhood. You will liaise with local developers, politicians and other stakeholders to have your say on new projects and priorities.

Build your resume and network. At least one of our board members launched a great new career this year through a connection made during GCL volunteer work. We can’t promise you a new or better job opportunity, but we can promise a chance to develop skills and meet all kinds of people.

Send questions here

Want to know more about getting involved before committing? Email president@griesbachcommunity.com

We look forward to seeing you on March 11.

Summer soccer and baseball registration kicks off for the 2019 season

The ground may be covered in snow and ice, but it is time to get ready for the 2019 outdoor soccer season.

The registration days for Griesbach minor soccer and baseball will be the evenings of March 6 and March 12, so mark you calendars now and read on for additional information about registration and the upcoming season.

The season starts in early May and runs until the end of June, pending cities and provincials. Games and practice days are based on age category (see details below). For the younger groups, there will be a short practice, followed by a game on the same evening.

Registration dates and location

There are two remaining dates for parents to register their kids at Major General Griesbach School, at 304 Griesbach School Road.

March 6 – 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

March 12 – 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

It is MANDATORY that you attend one of the two Griesbach registration dates listed above. If you do not attend, your child will not be placed on a team.

Any registrations after the March 12 session will be subject to an additional volunteer commitment and $50.00 fee per child.

Baseball registration process

Register online first at: NEZ baseball

Follow all directions and bring paperwork to one of the in-person registration nights.

Soccer registration process, for all age categories – U5 to U19

Prior to attending the registration on one of the above dates, parents or guardians are required to do the following:

  • Purchase a 2019/2020 community league membership ($25/household), or bring your current membership card. Can either be purchased online or at the registration sessions. Purchase online ahead of time to speed up the registration process.
  • Pre-register online at the EMSA north website.
  • Log in to your existing account (for returning players) or create a new soccer account (one account per family NOT per player).
  • Once your account is created, fill out the online registration form for the player. You have the option of paying online in the session, or at one of the three registration sessions.
  • You must print two paper copies of the form and bring them to one of the registrations dates. If you do not bring the printed forms, your registration will not be accepted. You will be asked to return with a complete package.
  • If requesting a transfer, or to play on a certain team, please ensure the information is updated in the portal (community, coach and player request). Transfers are not guaranteed if that community team has no openings.

What to bring to registration

  • A copy of the registrant’s birth certificate, Alberta health card or passport, so it can be documented on the registration. These are not kept.
  • Two paper copies of the registration form.
  • Select a volunteer commitment and provide a deposit cheque in the amount of $250. In the notes section of the cheque make the note of “volunteer deposit” and the player’s name. Do not fill in the payable section.
  • If you have an outstanding or missed volunteer commitment from an earlier season, a cash deposit of $250 will be required.
  • A cheque or cash for required registrations fees (see below) only if you have not already paid online through the EMSA north portal. If registering more than one player, registrations fees can be combined on one cheque.

Volunteer commitments for soccer and baseball

Be aware that volunteer commitments are mandatory part of the sports program. The commitment selection is first-come first-served basis. Parents who register their kids at the early-bird Feb. 4 session will have first pick of volunteer dates and times.

At the registration session you will receive a duplicate copy of your assigned commitments.

Coaching as a volunteer commitment

If you wish to volunteer as a coach, the $250 volunteer fee is waived and you will have to fill out the required forms. Please bring two photocopies of ID for the police security check. Edmonton Police Services requires the copies, which will be destroyed at the EPS security clearance centre after the check. Coaches must attend one of the mandatory coaching clinics, if they have not attended previously (dates to be announced). Clinic fees are paid by GCL.

What if there aren’t enough players?

If the player is registered in Griesbach and there are not enough players to field a team, parents or guardians will be notified and a transfer to adjacent community in the north zone will be done by the sports director. The Griesbach fee will remain in effect.

Age Categories / Fees for soccer

Fees are determined by year of birth. Fees include tax and non-taxable items. See more about fees and age groups here.

(Determined by year of birth. Fees include tax and non-taxable items) (Play dates below)

U5 (Mixed Only) (2014/2015) (Tues/Thurs) – Fee – $160

U7 (Boys/Girls) – 2012 / 2013 Fee (Mon / Wed) – $165

U9 (Boys/Girls) – 2010 / 2011 – (Mon/Wed) –  Fee $195

U11 (Boys/Girls) – 2008 / 2009 – (Tues/Thurs) – Fee  $215

U13 (Boys/Girls) – 2006 / 2007 – (Tues/Thurs/ Possible Sun) – Fee $260

U15 (Boys/Girls) – 2004 / 2005 – Fee $275 (TBD)

U17 (Boys/Girls) – 2002 / 2003 – Fee $285 (TBD)

U19 (Boys/Girls) – 2000 / 2001 – Fee $290 (TBD)

Funding support

There is funding through Kidsport and Jumps Start which both have online applications.

Fill out this PDF form to apply for for Kidsport funding.

Fill out this form to apply for Jumpstart funding.

Refund Policy

100% refund if before April 1 (Pre amalgamation).

50% refund if before April 3 (Zone team final declarations).

Once season commences, after April 4, no refunds will be made.

If you have any questions please contact the Griesbach Community League sports director.

Griesbach Explorers registration process

1. Download this form and fill out two copies to bring to the registration session.

2. Attend one of the registration dates at MGG School, on either March 6 or March 12. No online registration is required.

3. Purchase a valid community league membership. Available at the registration or online in advance.

4. Pay the registration fee: $50.00 (please bring cheque or cash).

5. Select a volunteer commitment and provide a $250.00 refundable cheque: to be returned once your volunteer commitment has been honoured.

6. If you wish to volunteer as a mentor for the complete season, that counts as your volunteer commitment.

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