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Griesbach AGM Highlights

Griesbach Community League’s first virtual Annual General Meeting went off without a hitch. (Just a couple of adorable “video-bombs” of children giving their moms and dads goodnight hugs.)

It was a remarkable turnout. Over 40 community members gathered to learn how their league navigated the pandemic, and to learn about future development plans.

Election results

Half of the board positions were up for election. Carl Knowler, a founding board member, will take over as President. Carl is looking forward to helping the league return to its bustling, post-pandemic, highly-social self.

We’re ecstatic to welcome three first-time directors: Simon Chin (Sports Director), Doug Batchelder (Structures and Facilities) and Robert Lopetinsky (Parks and Gardens).

Existing directors played musical chairs to fill other open positions. Dave Neufeld moved from secretary to assume the Vice President role and Justin Laverty Harrington vacated Parks and Gardens to fill the Secretary position. Chelsea Rowland was re-elected as Membership Director, where she has done an amazing job. Shelby Corley finished her term as President and steps into the Past President role. Founding GCL President Brad Tilley stepped into a member at large role. For a full list of directors, click here.

If you have considered being on the board, but weren’t able to attend the AGM, it’s not too late. There are still a handful of positions that remain unfilled. If you are interested in any of the following positions, please contact us to learn more.

Unclaimed positions:

Volunteer Director • Programs Director • Neighbourhood Watch Director

2020 Review

Members were also updated on the activities and initiatives the board undertook last year. Highlights included an update of the pocket playground being built overlooking Roundel Lake, and a summary of our limited events due to Covid: which included the first ever Griesbach Pumpkin Walk. We are currently waiting to hear definitive news around upcoming spring baseball and soccer seasons. Plans are also underway for a modified version of the popular Easter Egg Hunt – a self-directed scavenger hunt format.

There was also mention that the police will be leaving the training facility, and talks are underway to find an organization willing to take over the facility and its operations (with the potential of subletting to GCL and other community groups).

Development news and teasers

After the formal meeting, we were joined by Kyle Braithwaite of Forum Properties and Marvin Neumann of Canada Lands, who provided development updates.

Braithwaite said plans are moving ahead in the commercial area. They’ve attracted several new businesses, with Co-op Liquor, Kumon Learning and Black Forest Barber opening soon. He hinted at an ice cream shop potentially  joining in time for summer (!!!) and possibly a fitness-related business.

Talks are underway between Sobeys and potential buyers for their 4.5 acre parcel. There are discussion around potentially relaxing the restrictive covenants – which currently prevent any food store, bakery or butcher from moving in. Forum will be developing two multi-family properties on the site and have plans for a 2-story medical professional building.

He said that businesses have been largely quite resilient in weathering the pandemic, and appreciate the support they’ve received from residents – keep up the support and don’t forget to check the Communibee app for discounts to many of the local businesses!

Neuman reported that Canada Lands delayed some development work last year, but expect to pick up speed in 2021. Most work continues to focus on the southwest stages of development, including new roads and utility service installation. Excavation is expected to begin on Maple Leaf Pond, and will be completed over a 2-3 year span. The maple leaf shaped lake will feature outdoor fitness equipment and a snowbank rink – with warming station, firepits and flooding equipment.

Thanks to everyone who attended!

Thanks for making our first (and hopefully last) virtual AGM a success. We’d like to thank Shelby Corley for her tireless work and dedication to the board and the community as President. Hopefully 2021 will allow us to go back to putting on the activities and events that help make Griesbach a spectacular place to live.