Saturday, 14 January 2017

Hastings Community Association Membership Renewal for 2017

The Hastings Community Centre is an important community hub and the Hastings Community Association which is run by a volunteer board is an important community partner to Dr. A.R. Lord Elementary.
How do we work together? Here are some examples of how important this community centre is to our neighbourhood:
Last year the Hastings Community Association donated in-kind meeting space to A.R. Lord parents to discuss important school issues on potential closures and seismic upgrades. These meetings were vital to our community to come together to organize and successfully lobby the Vancouver School Board to get conditional removal from the school closure list.
An annual family membership at Hastings Community Centre only costs $8 per year or individual child membership is $2 or $6 for an adult.  
Memberships help support the Hastings Community Association in delivering many important community events and programs. The Reconciliation in Action event was held yesterday, along with Canada Day celebrations, Lunar New Year even are a few examples along side numerous recreation programs for seniors, children, youth and adults related to fitness, health, art, and music. 
Childcare offered through the Hastings Community Centre is accessible, economical and enriches the lives of our children while making it possible for working families to manage. The out-of-school care program was created in response to direct needs to our school.  A broad variety of day camps keep our kids active and engaged over the holidays and summer. Youth and pre-teens can access to the free games room and gymnasium time throughout the year. Educational bursaries are awarded to students attending Templeton high school. 
Last year, the Hastings Community Association provided space and monetary donations to the Hastings Little League Canadian Championship tournament in our neighbourhood and supported our local team all the way to attend the Little League World Series.
In the event of a natural disaster or emergency,  the centre will serve as a key disaster support hub to our neighbourhood. It manages important critical emergency supplies, trained staff and volunteers and will allow for communication to coordinate efforts.
We are asking A.R, Lord families and neighbours to take some time out of your day and go to the registration desk and purchase this nominal membership fee and support the Hastings Community Association.
The Annual General Meeting will be held in April later this year and all members are welcome. The association is also seeking new volunteer board members to help continue to shape our community and support the ongoing partnership with A.R. Lord Elementary families.