Residents Associations meetings aren’t generally associated with a rockin’ good time. One cup of community engagement, a teaspoon (or more depending on your taste) angry-guy-yells-at-a-cloud, a loosely packed tablespoon of neighbours talking about local issues, with a dash of obligation thrown in, RAs are a recipe that is constantly changing—sometimes delicious and sometimes a tad too salty.
Have I sold you on attending your next RA meeting yet?
Like any recipe, one ingredient can change the entire flavour. No, I’m not talking about cumin – I’m talking about fun. Is it possible to make a Residents Association meeting fun? I’m betting a whole whack of my spare time that the answer can be yes.
I understand that people want to hear about that’s happening in their community which, in the Brow, is generally a fire. I know people want updates about community policing and traffic (Coles Notes version: traffic is bad). What I’m hoping is that people also want to get together to talk about what we’d like to see in our backyard—and I have a whole host of ideas. From four-way stops to guerilla gardens, block parties to a local coffee shop on the corner of 6th and Queens (not to get too specific or anything), I want to talk about all the things we want to see in the Brow and in New Westminster as a whole. I’d like to hear what my neighbours think about co-housing. I want to build strong relationships with the service agencies that call the Brow home.
For all these reasons and many more, I decided to put my name forward to be the Brow of the Hill Residents Association President for the upcoming year. I commit to creating a regular meeting schedule, updating communication channels, and making meetings family-friendly. If you have ideas about how to make Brow RA meetings more fun and engaging, I want to hear from you! If you’re not in the Brow, I encourage you to attend a RA meeting or get in touch with your friendly local RA President to share your ideas.
I love my neighbourhood and I hear that you do too. Let’s collaboratively make the most delicious recipe imaginable—and have fun in the process.