Chestermere is full of recreational activities for people of any age. You don’t have to look very hard to find opportunities to walk, swim, boat, skate, ride a bike, play team sports, or even just connect with your neighbours. Our community is committed to having family-oriented, recreation-based neighbourhoods, and our residents demonstrate strong community ties and active lifestyles.
As a long-time resident who raised two active kids in the community, I appreciate Chestermere’s commitment to recreation. I have always volunteered to support their activities, which included hockey, lacrosse, ringette, hard and softball, and 4-H. I decided to join the Chestermere Conrich Recreation Board (CCRB) back in 1994, so I could help local organizations support our residents and especially our children.
Each year, the CCRB receives about $30,000 from the City of Chestermere and Rocky View County to distribute among various organizations. Applicants need to be community-focused, not-for-profit, and located within the geographical boundaries of the region (Indus Road West to the Conrich/Delacour border to Glenmore Trail). We tend to support tangible assets, rather than operational costs, and these assets must be publicly accessible to everyone. We also require that organizations match the funds we provide. Applications are due in late fall and we distribute funds at the end of August each year.
I believe this is one of the most enjoyable committees within the City. We get to see the immediate positive impact of our efforts through the user groups. Some of the organizations we’ve supported in the past include the Boy Scouts/Girl Guides, Camp Chestermere, Whitecappers, CRCA, 4-H, the Yacht Club, Chestermere Minor Football, the Historical Foundation, Rocky View Little League, Chestermere High School, the Agricultural Society and Synergy.
Presently, the CCRB consists of an administrative representative from Rocky View County, a school trustee, the CRCA President, one elected official from Chestermere, and three members-at-large from each municipality. We are always seeking volunteers, so please submit a letter of interest to the City if you want to get involved. If you’re interested in applying for 2017 funding, watch for the deadlines in The Chestermere Anchor and on the City website.
Stewart (Stu) Hutchison, Councillor
City of Chestermere