President’s Message – Winter Message 2019
Hello to the Thunderbird Community. As I write this message we are enjoying a relatively dry and sunny October. The Winter ahead is said to be influenced by an El Nino warming of the Pacific Ocean and will have just arrived when you receive this brochure. Get your shovels ready because the meteorologists are calling for the possibility of lots of snow. No problem, the Centre will be open, the walks will be clear and you will be warmly welcomed to the Winter program offerings.
Ms. Nicholson, our Centre programmer, has organized 15 new programs to appeal to various age groups. Browse through this brochure and sign up for your favorite classes and tell your friends about the interesting programs, instructors and prices we offer. Are you new to the neighbourhood? Our friendly staff will help you connect to various resources in the community. Interested in volunteering? Just ask the front office staff and they will direct you to meetings of the Program and Fitness Committees and to other opportunities to contribute your time to our community.
By the time you read this message, the civic elections will be over and we will have many newly installed Vancouver City Councilors, Park Board commissioners and School Board trustees, plus a new Mayor, all learning their roles. At the November AGM, Thunderbird Neighbourhood Association (TNA) will have elected a slate of directors that will include some new faces. The Board will be operating under a newly revised TNA By-law and Constitution, as required by the B.C. Societies Act, 2016. You can follow the minutes of the Board’s meetings on the thunderbirdcc.ca website or view a hard copy, posted in the Centre. We thank all those who put their names forward for election to public office and to the all-volunteer TNA Board.
We warmly welcome Ms. Tassie Harris, the new principal at Thunderbird Elementary School, to the Thunderbird community. The Board and Centre staff look forward to continue a close relationship with School staff as we share program ideas and services,
directed to our youth and children.
It is our pleasure to announce the renewal of the Centre’s Preschool play area, supported by funding included in the City of Vancouver 2019 capital plan, of up to $150,000. I recognize the efforts of Ms. Geraghty, the Centre’s Preschool supervisor, Mr. Balson, Thunderbird’s Park Board CRS, Mr. Peterson, Park Board Manager, Recreation and Mr. Wiebe, former Chair of the Park Board and officials at the Vancouver School Board, who all supported this project. Some preliminary work has been done onsite and a final design will be presented for community comment, sometime in 2019. The
Board welcomes Ms. Marina Lee, Special Needs Teacher and Tffaney Lau, Preschool teacher, to the staff of the Thunderbird Preschool.
The Thunderbird Catchment Christmas Dinner will have been held on December 12, featuring music provided by the Vancouver Concert Band. The TNA Board and staff hope you enjoyed this event and we ask that you let us know your thoughts on this and our other events.
Happy New Year to all,