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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.

Highlights from our AGM

Once again, Griesbach Community League had a strong turnout for our Annual General Meeting, which took place on March 15th. We were joined by several local merchants – including Core Dental, First Step Daycare and After School and Bone & Biscuit. Paramo Cafe graciously provided coffee and treats, which were absolutely delicious.

Meet your new board members

We are pleased to welcome several new members to the board of directors. It is fantastic to be able to attract new directors, as well as the enthusiasm and ideas they bring. Not to mention experience! Our board now boasts a Vice President who has served on City Council, and a former Digital Content Editor with Maclean’s magazine as our new Communications Director. Plus, two husband and wife teams. Our new directors will be great additions to an already strong and dedicated group. Our new directors are:

  • Vice President: Dave Loken 
  • Treasurer: Aaron Gregson (incumbent)
  • Communications: Emily Senger
  • Structures and Facilities: Jim Chronopoulous (incumbent)
  • Memberships: Brett Kerley (incumbent)
  • Civics and Community Development: Michael Ching Jiunn Chen
  • Volunteers: Li Pan
  • Social: Tanya Schofield
  • Member at Large: Cheryl Flaigh
  • Parks and Gardens: Justin Laverty-Harrigan
  • Fundraising: Jeremey Schofield


At the same time, we are sad to say goodbye to several residents who left an indelible mark on our community. Carl Knowler (VP) was involved with the board from the time it was founded and was instrumental in bringing us to where we are today. Always affable and supportive, he was the driving force behind our community outreach efforts and could always be counted on to lend a hand and expertise wherever needed. (We are selfishly hoping he will stay involved in a non-elected capacity.)

The fabulous Bryan Evans helped transform and beautify Griesbach as our Parks and Gardens Director. He led efforts to plant perennials in the monument to General Griesbach and played a big role in helping the community gardens successfully transition to the new location at Central Park. He is stepping aside to focus on running a new K-9 school in southwest Edmonton as its principal.

Jen Horne served two terms as our Social Director and helped grow our events  to the next level – particularly the Shake at the Lake. Jenna Barker worked hard as our Civics and Community Development director. Thanks to Ginevra Mills for her work in fundraising.

Yours truly (Dave Neufeld) has stepped down as Communications Director after six years. It has been a very rewarding experience to work with this board from its founding days to help get the word out about the amazing things happening here. I’m going to miss it, but assure you I will still remain involved (you can check out any time you want, but you can never leave!) The torch has been passed to my incredibly talented successor, who will only build and improve on  our efforts to date.

Good luck to the new board!

To view a list of all board members, click here.

Other news from the AGM

Marvin Newmann from Canada Lands provided an update – including an anouncement that Central Park is now the official name of the hill and parkland in the middle of our community. Kyle Braithwaite represented Brentwood Developments (the developer behind the commercial area). He explained they negotiating with several new tenants  and discussed efforts to work with the City and GCL to add new perimeter signage.

From our directors, we learned that final work is being done on the playground – and an event will be planned once construction is wrapped. Plans were shared regarding a proposal to retain the original playground using money left over from fundraising for the new playground. The old playground is still widely used due to the proximity to the soccer fields. Speaking of soccer, this year we expect to have 7 to 9 teams for the upcoming soccer season and 5 to 6 baseball teams. Details are still being worked out on the Spring Fling as well as a Community Cleanup. The Easter Egg Hunt is moving to Roundel Lake this year, and takes place on April 1.

We appreciate our MP, Kerry Diotte, for taking time out of his busy schedule to attend. A big thanks to Major General Griesbach School for hosting us. A big hand to local merchants who donated door prizes, including: Core Dental, Fairfield Inns and Suites, Shoppers Drug Mart, Paramo Cafe, Tim Hortons, Crown & Anchor Pub, Bone & Biscuit, First Step Daycare and Chatime,


What are the available positions on the GCL board and why you should run!

Have you considered becoming more involved in your community, but weren’t sure what was involved?

Well, it just so happens that several positions are coming up for election at the Griesbach Community Board of Directors. Elections will be help at our Annual General Meeting on Thursday, March 15, 7 pm at MGG School. Here’s a quick breakdown of the positions. See any that seem up your alley? Then email our President, Brad Tilley by March 13, and throw your name in the hat.

It’s not a huge time commitment. For the most part, we meet once a month. Each position will differ in terms of additional requirements: depending what you want to achieve. For full descriptions of each position and board responsibilities, click here.


This important position works closely with the President on many aspects within our Community and will require meetings with the Executive, City, Developers, and other stakeholders. This requires a well organized team player who can get involved as required in numerous areas.

What’s involved over next 2 years:

  • To continue with planning Griesbach’s shorter and longer term vision and priorities based on results from the 2017 Community survey.
  • To meet with Canada Lands, Developers and the City when required.
  • To assist the President with any key priority matters as assigned.
  • To work with the President to organize and plan for all future casinos.
  • To oversee and manage all aspects of Griesbach’s AGM’s.
  • Apply for EFCL’s “Community Vision Pilot Program” and manage any results.


You manage our money and account, and make sure everything balances. You are very organized and ideally have a bookkeeping or accounting background. You will work closely with all directors to assist them with budgeting

What’s involved over next 2 years:

  • To continue to be an integral part of the operation and financial management of Griesbach Community League.
  •  Submitting all required paperwork for grants we have already received and any future needs.


This is a totally fun position for a master planner who enjoys putting on unforgettable events. You will be responsible for events for kids and adults alike.

What’s involved over next 2 years:

  • Take the lead on executing our existing events: the Spring Fling and the Shake at the Lake/ Art in the Park
  • Explore new ways we can get community members together. Perhaps  Golf, Toboggan, Christmas or Halloween themed night? Or you might have some amazing idea of your own!
  • Leading the social committee.
  • Interacting with neighbors to increase community spirit.


This is a key position for our Community and requires a person who is well organized with good social media, writing and overall strong communication skills. You will also be required to write media releases and liase with media on behalf of the Community when required.

 * NOTE: This position can be expanded to include one or more other volunteer members as needed under the Directors Supervision. Our previous director will be available to provide support and guidance.

What’s involved over next 2 years:

To continue to provide regular information to Griesbach Community League Members and the Media when required through the channels already established including creating newsletters, website updates, Facebook Posts, twitter etc. Experience in communications or social media would be an asset.



This is a great position for a person who wants to be involved in the current and future development of Griesbach.

What’s involved over next 2 years:

Continue to be a part of the design and growth of Griesbach by representing our Community’s interests through regular meetings with Griesbach’s Developer Canada Lands, Commercial and Residential Developers, and the City of Edmonton.



This important position would appeal to a person with a limited amount of time available and is well organized to maintain our Membership Records.

What’s involved over next 2 years:

  • To continue to grow and maintain our membership of Community Residents.
  • To be available to attend a few key events to sell memberships with the assistance of other volunteers.
  • To maintain accurate membership records and provide regular reporting at board meetings.
  • Send a quarterly report of new member contact e-mails to Communications.



This is a great position for a person who wants to manage an integral part of the future Playground’s design and our current infrastructure. You can form committees to help you achieve your objectives.

What’s involved over next 2 years:

  • See through the completion of the New Playground at MGG School with the Playground Committee, assisting current members.
  • Be a part of the proposed refurbishment plans for the original playground at MGG School along with the current group already in progress.
  • Explore the possibility of installing smaller “Pop Up Playgrounds” throughout Griesbach.
  • Explore the opportunity to build a larger playground in partnership with the Catholic School Board at the future new K-6 school.
  • Explore the options and feasibility of other infrastructure within the community such as Community Signage, Skating Rink, etc.
  • Liase with Canada Lands for the design and implementation of a future monuments including one in the newest traffic circle on Griesbach Road.
  • Manage maintenance agreements for any existing monuments.



This is a great position for someone who is well organized and has a limited amount of time! Without the support of volunteers, our events, activities and fundraisers would be impossible. You play an important role in managing our volunteers and reminding them of their upcoming commitments.

What’s involved over next 2 years:

This position is an important piece of Griesbach Community. Volunteers are placed on specific lists at sports Registrations twice a year and then the Volunteers Director manages these lists as required for various commitments.



You work to ensure Griesbach remains gorgeous. This involves working the Canada Lands and the City of Edmonton to address concerns or share ideas around parkland in our community, as well as public areas such as boulevards and traffic circles. You also liaise with the Griesbach Community Gardens group, which we assist in a supporting role.



GCL is in the process of determining what our next big capital project may be. The fundraising director is involved in initiating fundraising campaigns to support these efforts. There is an opportunity to expand this position to manage sponsorships and advertising, in partnership with Griesbach Village merchants.

Questions? Email Brad Tilley for more information.

3 new registration dates added for Griesbach baseball

Three new registration dates have been added to sign up for Griesbach’s Minor League baseball program. Baseball signups will be held in conjunction with the soccer registrations.

• Wednesday, March 7,

• Tuesday, March 13

• Wednesday, March 14

All will take place between 6:00 – 7:30 pm at Major General Griesbach School.

Click here for details.

NE Baseball Registration

I’m deeply sorry, I didn’t get this posted in time for yesterday’s registration. There is one more in person registration date. Please contact NE Baseball directly if you can’t make it. Details below.

REGISTRATION for NEZ BASEBALL for the 2018 Season:

This includes House League, AA and AAA programs

In person Registration Dates for 2018:

  • Saturday, February 17  12:00 pm to 2:00 pm

At the NEZ Sports Council Office, 7515 Borden Park Road. (Behind the Tennis Courts in Borden Park)

Registration Fees for 2018:

2013 – 2014 Blast Ball House League $50.00
2011 – 2012 Rally Cap House League $100.00
2009 – 2010 Sr. Rookie House League $115.00
2007 – 2008 Mosquito House League $175.00
2005 – 2006 Pee Wee House League $180.00
2003 – 2004 Bantam House League $190.00
2000-2001-2002 Midget House League $220.00
All Divisions Provincial A A $175.00
2007 – 2008 Mosquito AA $475.00
2005 – 2006 Pee Wee AA $500.00
2003 – 2004 Bantam AA $525.00
2000-2001-2002 Midget AA $600.00
2005 – 2006 Peewee AAA $750.00
2000-2001-2002 Midget AAA $850.00
2007 – 2008 Mosquito Fall Ball Fall Ball $175.00
2005 – 2006 Peewee Fall Ball Fall Ball $200.00
2003 – 2004 Bantam Fall Ball Fall Ball $200.00
2000-2001-2002 Midget Fall Performance Team FPP $350.00

Griesbach Family Day Toboggan Party

What better way to enjoy family day! Join us for the “Griesbach Family Day Toboggan Party”
Monday, February 19, 1 – 3 pm
Central Park Tobaggan Hill
Free Hot Chocolate, Coffee & Donuts
Hosted by Griesbach Community League
We hope to see you there!
(weather permitting)

2018 Soccer Registration Update

Edmonton Minor Soccer Association begins accepting registrations through its online portal starting February 1st. Griesbach has announced three mandatory registration dates for parents, taking place in March. Complete details below:


2018 Outdoor Soccer Registration

Join us this Sunday for caroling and carousing

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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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.

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