They’re searching for an identity. They know they have one. They just have to find it.
The Fairview community is going through transition — including the residents, some who have lived in the neighbourhood for 14 or more years.
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Community treasurer Donna Wynnychuk said they are in a transitional phase.
“We are needing to redefine our purpose. When you say the community Inglewood, you instantly get an image in your head,” she told Metro. “Fairview needs to do that, too.”
Wynnychuk said one of the challenges facing the community is the aging population. There are 1,300 homes in the area and 50 per cent of the residents are over the age of 55.
“We don’t have a lot of the younger families holding the community up, to do a lot of those events we used to do. So that’s one issue,” she said.
Still, the community has established itself as a leader in recycling and community clean up, becoming a model for the rest of the city.
The annual Spring Fling has grown from a simple neighbourhood clean up to last weekend’s all-out furniture, garbage and recycling joint effort between the community and the City of Calgary.
Ward 9 alderman Joe Ceci has been a part of the clean up for nine years and said the joint effort is tremendous and one he hopes his other community constituents will pick up on.
“I have been told that this is the best community clean up in the city. They are amazingly hard workers and it’s just great,” Ceci beamed.
The Southern Alberta Women’s Hockey Association (SAWHA) has also helped breathed new life into the community by re-opening the community arena under their own direction.
SAWHA director of operations, Leslie Ann Kalman, told Metro the league is excited to be able to help out the community.