East Hill urged to engage

Residents invited to discuss survey findings and help identify possible projects or action to take Tuesday at community church

  • May. 26, 2013 6:00 p.m.

East Hill residents are encouraged to engage in change.

Following a survey done in March, residents are invited to discuss the findings and help identify possible projects or action to take in the area.

The neighbourhood conversation takes place Tuesday at the East Hill Community Church (3605-12th Street) from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

Annette Sharkey, executive director of the Social Planning Council, will help facilitate the discussion for the evening. She is excited to see the neighbourhood come together to “work, plan, and play” and further build the East Hill community.

Childcare is available for those who request it by email (office@easthillcommunity.com).

The conversation will follow up on the more than 135 responses received in March from the Community Opportunity Scan survey.

“Volunteers went door to door for interviews within a one-kilometre radius of the church (near Silver Star School),” said Dave Unrau, church worship director. “Asking questions like ‘what do you like best about your neighbourhood?’ and ‘what would you change about your neighbourhood?’ produced great information and a starting point for more discussion.”

Traffic was the leading concern, followed by miscellaneous – which was a culmination of a crosswalk needed on 12th Street, resistance to change, after school events for kids, clay cracks in houses, lives too busy, seniors with health concerns, lack of work opportunities, transportation and high utilities and taxes – and problem neighbours.

Survey results are available on the church website at www.easthillcommunity.com/survey.

“East Hill residents are now being invited to come together in a broader conversation about the findings of the survey and to identify possible projects or action steps they want to take together.”