“…the success of a community association continues to depend on the capacity and agency of its volunteers.”
If you happened to be leafing through this month’s issue of Avenue Magazine, perhaps you came across a fairly lengthy article by Ximena Gonzalez about the state of community associations in our city. I sure hope you read it because it illustrates a picture of the disparate nature of Calgary’s many community associations, and an interview with our volunteer board member, Alison Abbott, is featured throughout. Alison’s comment on the challenges facing our organisation is poignant and we’re very grateful for her investment of time and effort here at the centre.
The article highlights many of the ways that community associations serve residents as well as the struggles that we face, but in particular, in building and maintaining the volunteer bases that allow CAs to function the way they have for so many decades.
Volunteers like Alison remain the most important resource that a community association has and it’s one that’s slipping away as the realities of contemporary living continue to deliver hard truths to families and individuals alike.
If you are interested in investing in this community through volunteering, there are many opportunities throughout the year. Click here and sign up for our volunteer opportunity notifications.