To sign or not to sign? Kerrisdale Community Centre Society turns to community  for input on Park Board Joint Operating Agreement

Vancouver, B.C. – The Kerrisdale Community Centre Society has called a community meeting to ask for public feedback on a proposed Joint Operating Agreement (JOA) that the Park Board requires Kerrisdale and all other Community Centre Associations (CCAs) in Vancouver to sign by September 30, 2017.

Said Kathleen Bigsby, President of the Kerrisdale Community Centre Society: “The Kerrisdale community is involved, engaged and active in what happens in our neighbourhood. From the start of our community centre society more than seven decades ago, we have looked to the people of this area when it comes to making decisions about the future of the community centre. Today, it’s no different. They are the lifeblood of this organization.” She added: “We are committed to being transparent with our community regarding the JOA and the challenges that we see with it. We want their input on our next steps. And knowing our community, we will get that and more.”

Two community meetings are planned. They are:

Kerrisdale Community Centre Society Community Meetings

Address: 5851 West Blvd, Vancouver

Date: Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Afternoon Meeting: 1 p.m.-2 p.m. in the South Room

Evening Meeting: 7:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. in the Auditorium

 

About Kerrisdale Community Centre

The Kerrisdale Community Centre is jointly operated by the Kerrisdale Community Centre Society and the Vancouver Park Board. One of the earliest community centres to be built in Vancouver, it was constructed in 1955 through a local improvement bylaw initiative, where residents in the area agreed to directly fund facility building costs.

 

The centre provides an opportunity for seniors, families (the parents and the children), young adults and newcomers to Canada to meet, socialize, make use of the recreational facilities, and participate in diverse programs developed specifically to meet the unique needs of the community. It provides members with the opportunity to start or strengthen social, emotional and neighbourhood relationships, stay fit, keep their minds sharp, have a healthy lunch, and is key in helping to maintain an authentic, robust sense of community in the area.


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