The Seven Oaks Residents’ Association is now up and running.
Area resident Steve Snyder sought to establish a new community committee, replacing the former group which has been inactive for several years. The first meeting took place in February to garner interest from residents.
The association recently elected eight members to the board, including Snyder as chair.
Vice-chair Jeff Palson, with his wife and two kids, has lived in the community for 15 years.
"I joined the association because I have a genuine interest in improving our community as a whole, and ensuring our kids and their friends have a neighbourhood they can be proud of for decades to come," Palson said in an email.
Tala Gammon, a resident of the area since 1994 and a teacher at St. John’s High School, was elected to the secretary position.
"I wanted to get involved because I believe active RA’s can help build caring, connected communities," Gammon said in an email.
Members at large include Ryan Bialek, Nicole Meyer, Karen Beaudin, Terry Shaw and Ed Yaworski.
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"I love the area, especially the mature trees, the beautiful character homes and the close proximity to Kildonan Park. I joined the association as I want to see the area continue to develop and thrive while also supporting the ongoing beautification of this great neighbourhood," Meyer said in an email.
Beaudin has lived in the area for three decades, Shaw for 18 years, and Yaworski for more than 50.
The Seven Oaks Residents’ Association will act as a mix between a social club and community advocacy group, Snyder said.
"(The association will) help increase the residents’ involvement in preserving and enhancing the physical and social aspects of the community, to be a voice for the residents, to plan and facilitate opportunities for the community to improve, to alert residents of challenges and potential solutions, and to maintain and improve communications amongst the various interest groups within the community," Snyder said, reiterating a draft of the group’s mission statement.
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