SLNA plans for 2015: engagement

By Michael Schwartz

The St Lawrence Neighbourhood Association (SLNA) looked back on 2014 and planned for 2015 (which will include a new BIA food and drink event) at the Oct. 29 delegates’ meeting led by president Dwight Peters.

A draft budget has been prepared for 2015 showing a planned deficit of $685 over the original total of $13,000–in Peters’ opinion, a new building needs to join to make up the difference.

Three 2014 projects came in under budget: the website project, Canada Day celebrations and marketing materials. Three other projects came in over budget by $450.

In recent months SLNA has been a sponsor of the Scotiabank Marathon, organized safety walks and an open house, contributed to the debate on the design of Berczy Park and produced a newsletter, a brochure and a website (the latter albeit requiring more help, as the chairman requested). SLNA had also contributed to public debates on plans for 25 Richmond and 60 Colbourne.

Based on community feedback, the SLNA felt it should direct itself towards building up the community and improving its quality of life. It had to engage delegates and residents, increase its membership and delegate numbers, raise its profile and work responsibly when it comes to heritage and development, which also includes streets and parks.

And for those who enjoy good food and drink, Peters announced that the Old Town Business Improvement Area intends to launch a signature food and drink event during the PanAm Games.

If successful, the event may become a permanent part of the Neighbourhood calendar.