The Kanata Beaverbrook Community Association is hoping to inspire some new community builders to step forward.
After concentrating on a number of development issues, the association is turning its attention to building the community spirit, said KBCA director and membership drive co-ordinator Beata Myhill.
“That is the real essence of Beaverbrook,” she said. “There is no point saving the physical environment of the place we live, if we do not support and build the social environment we live in.”
The community association hosts a number of events over the course of a year and supports various community groups, such as the Scouts, the Kanata Food Cupboard, and the Western Ottawa Community Resource Centre.
Myhill, who has lived in the area and been a member of the association since 1971, said the KBCA is looking for residents with new ideas to step forward.
“We’re looking at people to bring us proposals,” she said. “What we’re looking for is to bring in new community builders. We’re looking for people who want to champion something. Our role will be to help them make it happen.
“We want to empower people.”
The KBCA also has room for groups to rent space at the community centre, located at 2 Beaverbrook Rd.
“We want to be a clearing house to enable residents to say ‘You know what, I’d like to start a play group,’” said Myhill.
Beaverbrook has seen an influx of new and young families moving into the area.
“When we moved here 30 years ago we were the young families, we were the second wave,” said Myhill. “Now in the last two years, we now have 14 young preschoolers on our street. And it’s wonderful. They’re the new wave.”
She said people are attracted to Beaverbrook because of “the feel of the community” and the association is hoping to attract some fresh ideas.
“They like the feel of the community but we want them to understand explicitly why it works,” said Myhill.
“We need to support them and let them know this is part of what they bought, it’s not just the house.”
The KBCA will be hosting its membership drive around the beginning of November with members going door-to-door, said Myhill. It costs $10 to join and the funds stay in the community.
“I would say it’s just a small amount of money that makes a big difference for the community,” she said.
For more information, visit the website at kanatabeaverbrook.ca.