Community Needs Assesment coming up

›› Hazel Lyder

We at the Oaklands ­Community ­Association want to deepen our ­understanding of how we can contribute to making Oaklands a better place to live. Yes, we know lots of things are already working really well and we will definitely spend some time acknowledging the ‘good’ but let’s also think forward together. What would your ideal Oaklands look like in 5 years, in 10 years? What could ­happen in your neighbourhood to improve the ­quality of your life now or in the near future?

The conversation kicked off on ­January 11th when a group of twelve fabulous ­Oaklands elders gathered for “Tea, Coffee and Conversation” and got the ball ­rolling. We had a bit of fun with the question: “If you were Mayor of Oaklands for a day with unlimited powers and zero aggravation, what is the first thing you would do?” Some surprising and clever ideas emerged ranging from creating truly accessible washrooms to campaigning for an Oaklands library.

The process is on-going and involves focus groups, two World Café forums, an on-line survey, as well as quick and easy pop-up comment boards. Please plan to join in! The survey launched on our ­website on Friday, March 31st. We are ­hosting a coffee morning at Hillside ­Coffee & Tea on Thursday, April 23rd from 10:00 to 11:30am and our comments boards will pop-up here and there with the final one at the Annual Street Party and Garage Sale on Saturday, May 13th. The ­concluding World Café is on Sunday, April 30th from 1:00 to 5:00pm (followed by a sumptuous ­Community Dinner).

For more information and to RSVP to the April 30th World Café, email Hazel at or call ­250-370-9101.

To complete the on-line survey visit