Carlington community association AGM yields new president; Diane Zilkowski replaces outgoing president Josh McJannett, who congratulates community on its teamwork
From Ottawa West News
The Carlington Community Association has emerged from an active past year more successful and knowledgeable than ever before.
Last week's annual general meeting provided a forum in which to reflect upon and celebrate recent accomplishments, while also taking care of administrative matters.
With past president Josh Mc-Jannett not seeking re-election, Diane Zilkowski was placed in the top spot following an election from the assembled members. The rest of the executive will consist of familiar faces.
A relatively new addition to the community, Zilkowski recently joined the association and played a large role in formalizing the community's response to the contentious 1110 Fisher Ave. development. Zilkowski put her name forward to the association's nominations committee because she felt the stated values of the association align closely with her own beliefs regarding communities.
"The priorities you have established are what communities are all about," she said, adding since moving to Carlington she's quickly become enamoured with the neighbourhood.
"There's so much energy
and so many incredible people I've met so far," she said.
The formal response to the 1110 Fisher proposal Zilkowski was involved in was a key occurrence in both the community - and community association's - evolution and growth. That six-storey, 42-unit proposal, which would have been adjacent to single-family
homes, brought the contentious issue of intensification and land-use to the community's doorstep. In his president's report, McJannett praised the association's growing membership for raising the bar with their initiatives.
"It's been a great year for the community association," said McJannett. "We've seen tremendous engagement from everyone."
The association's main efforts are directed at creating a greener, safer community, fostering a sense of community and encouraging positive development within its boundaries.
Those goals were met thanks to the hard work of members, said McJannett.
Successful events from
past years were carried over with similar results this time around, while new endeavors, such as the greening committee's community clean-ups and tulip-planting initiative, have brightened up the Carlington streetscape and brought neighbours together. The association's winter carnival, held in Alexander Park (which the association has adopted) was also a hit. On the security front, the association held a graffiti-reporting spree and invited Hintonburg Community Association security committee member Cheryl Parrott to share her knowledge and experience on reducing and reporting neighbourhood crime. The association's membership broke three figures this past year and now stands at
131, with money in the bank to fund the coming year's activities. River Coun. Maria McRae, invited as guest speaker, congratulated the association for its productive year and growing influence in the continuing improvement of the neighbourhood. McRae updated association members on issues related to the area, mainly infrastructure upgrades. Resurfacing is expected to begin soon on Crerar Avenue, between Merivale Road and Fisher.
Residents who asked for onstreet parking to be removed from Fisher will be disappointed, as not enough demand exists at this point. City traffic engineers would argue that parked cars serve to reduce vehicle speed on a given stretch of road, said McRae.