First Community Christmas Dinner Enjoyed by 280!

By Gail Gravelines

How can we reach out and engage people in our Greater Hardisty communities?

Greater Hardisty residents enjoy the Community Christmas Dinner December 13, 2014

That question, pondered by leaders of three Hardisty area churches, resulted in the first annual free community Christmas dinner enjoyed by about 280 people of all ages on December 13, 2014.

“We talked about how to engage people in our community. How to reach out and help people connect with each other across all ages, faiths and backgrounds,” says Rev. Jonathan Crane of St. Augustine Anglican Church, “The City of Edmonton had neighbourhood engagement funds to help communities create opportunities for people to get to know each other and connect.”

And how best to connect people than over dinner and dessert!

“We started with three churches and by the time we held the dinner, nine different faith organizations came together to put this on,” says Jenny Samm of Hope Lutheran Church, lead organizer.  “We specifically chose a community location – Hardisty School gym – so that people knew the dinner was open to all.”

From grace, to turkey and cranberries, to Christmas carols, children’s games and a visit from Santa the 90-minute celebration was enjoyed by many. Here’s what some said:

“This is the only turkey dinner I’ll have this Christmas.  I live alone, so I don’t cook turkeys.”

“I invited my neighbours to come, so we’re all here!” “No dishes to wash. Great to see the kids having fun too!” “This is the face of God in action!” “Let’s do this again next year!”

Thanks to the congregations who came together to create this community event:

Braemar Baptist—Capilano Christian Assembly—Grace United Church—Hope Lutheran Church

Mount Carmel Bible College—Ottewell Christian Reform Church—St. Augustine Anglican Church

The Roman Catholic Parishes of Assumption & Resurrection—Young Life at Hardisty School

Community Builder: Alistair “Al” Park (1938 – 2014)

By Gord Smarsh

In 1986, we moved into the Capilano neighbourhood.  This community was founded in 1960 and many of the original owners were still living in their homes.  

The first time I met Al Park, he told me that unless we recruited more people to volunteer, the Capilano Community League  would have to fold.  The community was exactly what we wanted, with established schools, great parks and ice rinks.  It was a place where families grow together.  The Community League had some funds, but not enough workers.  Al heard that that a new Bingo hall was going to open in Allendale.  He and Bob Breakenridge (Bingo Bob) went to the first meeting and reported back that we should get in on the ground floor.  Al was a shrewd business man who made good investments with the Community League’s money.

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Welcome to Capilano Community League Web Site

Perched on the cusp of Edmonton’s scenic river valley, Capilano is home to 2,770 residents, who enjoy unparalleled access to the city’s parks and trails for walking, biking, picnicking, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing.The community is bounded on the north by the North Saskatchewan River Valley, on the east by the Gold Bar Ravine, on the south by 106 Avenue and on the west by Wayne Gretzky Drive (formerly Capilano Drive).

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