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Your New Board of Directors for 2016/2017

On Friday April 8th, the Crestmont Community Association had our Annual General Meeting at the Crestmont Hall.  Attendance was excellent and we graciously thank everyone for taking the time out of their day to come down and support us.

Also in attendance was a representative from MLA Deborah Drever’s office and Councillor Ward Sutherland.  We thank them both for their continued support.

This year the AGM was packed with information and updates on area developments and planned community events for this year.

For the first time, all but one of the existing board members threw their hats back in to continue for the next term.  The new board for 2016/2017 is:

Al Del Degan, who will remain in the President role, and the following directors who will likely resume in their current roles (to be officially determined at the next board meeting on April 21st at the hall).

Chris Wolfe, Vice President
Paul Christensen, Treasurer
Stacy Cousins, Secretary
Crystal McGrath, Director at Large

There are still 5 director positions open on the CCA board so if you want to gain some rewarding volunteer experience and give back to your community, please attend any of our future board meetings and you can find out what is involved and how you can best help out.  We meet on the third Thursday of every month at 8:10pm at the hall.

There are plenty of opportunities to volunteer even if you do not want a board of directors position.  We have a huge list of ideas for events in our community and we will only be able to pull them all off with some help from you.

Please enter your email address to sign up for our newsletter to keep informed of the upcoming events as well as volunteer opportunities.

We look forward to serving the Crestmont community.

Al Del Degan

 

New Crestmont Bulletin Board

Hey Crestmont Residents!  Do you have a babysitting service?  How about a small home-based business?  or maybe you are looking for someone to Car Pool with?  Maybe you have a coffee table to sell or a pair of skates to give away to someone who could really use them.

Now as a Crestmont Resident, you are welcome to post your information on our new Crestmont Bulletin Board system on our website.  The link will remain at the top-right of our page so it is easy to find… it’s just below our newsletter signup link (which you should also do if you have not already!)

ALL posts on the bulletin boards are moderated so it *may* take a bit of time to get your listing posted, but we will try to get to it as soon as we can.  There are a number of categories so you can post in:

Take advantage of this FREE service from your Crestmont Community Association.

Also, if you can think of other categories that we should have then please let us know.

Happy Posting!

 

The NEW Crestmont Kids Council

Crestmont Kids CouncilIt is time that the children of Crestmont had their own voice!  The CCA is looking to put together a Crestmont Kids Council (CKC) to be formed by volunteers in the community ages 13 to 17 years old.  This will be a working board and the president of the Kids Council will have a non-voting seat on the regular CCA board and attend our meetings to keep the communication between the CCA board and the CKC open and flowing.

 

The CKC will be expected to assemble their own, mission statement, bylaws, budget, board positions, and monthly meetings.  They will also be welcome to help plan and execute the kids-related events happening in Crestmont, including the Kids Day and Children’s Halloween Party.  They may also come up with some of their own events and initiatives for kids in the community.

This is a wonderful experience and character building opportunity for the bright and focused children of our great community.  This is a serious commitment and the CKC will be self-sustaining and independent.  It is not a playgroup or babysitting service, but a serious team who will be charged with making Crestmont even better for it’s younger residents.

Any Crestmont Residents in the 13 to 17 age range who are interested can contact the CCA President (or their parents can) via the email address info@crestmontcommunity.org.

 

Home Fire Safety Workshop

Partners in Crime Prevention: Fire Safety Special

Date: Wednesday, February 10
Location: Marlborough Park Community Association – 6021 Madigan Drive NE
Time: 7:00 – 9:00pm
Cost: FREE

Details: Do you sleep with your bedroom doors closed? Are there smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors on every level of your home? Do you and your family have a home fire escape plan including a meeting place?

If you answered ‘no’ to just one of these questions, this workshop is for you! Please join us and the Calgary Fire Department for an informative session on home fire safety. We will discuss such topics as fire extinguishers, home escape plans, fire prevention tips, fire detection requirements and more.  The Calgary Fire Department promotes safe living in all communities.

More information and registration can be found at https://calgarycommunities.com/events/partners-in-crime-prevention-workshop-fired-up-safety-special/

Stay Safe Online from Calgary Police Service

Scam alert – fraudsters pose as Canada Revenue Agency

Nearly every day, the Calgary Police Service receives reports of scammers posing as agents of the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) or Immigration Canada (IC). Unfortunately, scammers have obtained thousands of dollars from several unsuspecting victims. So how does the scam work and how can you protect yourself?

The CRA scam, and many similar ones, usually follows the same pattern. Victims are contacted via phone by people pretending to be a CRA or IC employee. The fraudsters claim that the victim owes back taxes and that they need to pay money to correct the issue, or they will be arrested or deported. Sometimes, the scammers have valid personal information about victims and their families, such as names and birthdays, to try to legitimize the fraudulent claim.

The scammers can become very aggressive and may begin to threaten victims. Victims are then told to send money through a wire service or to purchase prepaid credit cards or gift cards. Once the money is gone, it is nearly impossible to trace.

You can help protect yourself from phone and email scams by following these tips:

  • Do not feel pressure to respond to a request until you have a chance to verify the story.
  • Never transfer money, or give out credit card or other financial information, until you can verify the person’s identity and the story, and determine whether it is legitimate.
  • The CRA will not ask for payment via prepaid credit cards or wire transfer.
  • Some scammers are using a technique called spoofing where the caller ID looks like the call is legitimately coming from the CRA or IC. Hang up and look up published numbers for the agency in the phone book or online and call them directly to confirm the legitimacy of the caller’s story before you take any action. Do not call numbers provided to you by the person who called you.
  • Don’t believe what you see. Business logos, websites and email addresses can easily be duplicated to look legitimate.
  • Watch for poor grammar and spelling.
  • Hover your mouse over links to check their true destination. If the URL doesn’t match the link, or seems suspicious, don’t click on it.
  • Be wary of unexpected emails that contain links or attachments from unknown senders.
  • Update your computer’s anti-virus software.
  • Ignore calls for immediate action or messages that create a sense of urgency.
  • Beware of phishing emails posing as the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) requesting personal information, or links within an email re-directing to a fraudulent website that appears to represent the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA). The CRA does not email Canadians and request personal information.
  • Never provide personal information such as SIN, bank account information or credit card numbers.

If you have been contacted by one of these scammers, but did not lose money, please report it online by visiting www.calgarypolice.ca. Victims of the scam are encouraged to contact the Calgary Police non-emergency number at 403-266-1234.

 

End Your Email Problems Forever!

Well okay, that might be a bit of a stretch, but today something very cool happened on the Internet.  The domain registrars have released a new top level domain called .family.

For those of you who are not that tech savy I will give you a very brief background…

Since the internet was born every computer that could be contacted had to have an IP address which consisted of four sets of numbers between 0 and 255.  Various numbers actually mean something, for example 127.0.0.1 is an “internal” address that always identifies your own computer FROM your own computer.  I won’t get into it here, but eventually the internet ran out of IP addresses and it is slowly converting over to a new numbering system.

Regardless, human beings are not good at remembering strings of numbers so a domain registration system was born where you could register a unique domain name and when someone used the domain name the registry would translate it for your computer so it would know what IP address to go to.

In the beginning the “top level” domains were .com, .org, .net and some others.  Fairly recently the domain registries have  expanded to allow for some new and more meaningful ones like .photography, .contractors, .guru or one of the more recent .sucks!   Now if you want to put up a website or secure an email address you have plenty of options.

The purpose of this post is to enlighten people about having a personal domain for their family.  Right now you probably have an email address like something@telus.com, something@shaw.ca, something@hotmail.com or something@gmail.com.  Or perhaps something even more obscure.  Well now today you can register your own family name as a domain.  For example, if your last name is Smith you can register smith.family and have john@smith.family and jane@smith.family.  Think about it, you can create an email address for everyone in your entire family tree and because you own the domain it will never ever change for the rest of time (well, as long as we have the Internet and need email anyways).  You can point your new domain to any email provider you want.  I use GMail under their Google Apps program, because their mail interface is slick and easy to use and manage.  However, you can use any email provider that allows you to point your domain at them.  Depending on where you register your domain, you can usually add email as an option when you register.  I use Rebel.ca as my domain service provider and I have been quite happy with them.   Regardless who you use for your email, if you ever need to you can change it by pointing your domain to the new provider.  Your email address will always stay the same.

Good luck, I am sure a lot of common last names are going to disappear fast!!!  Registering your own domain costs anywhere from $10 / year to $30 / year unless you get one that is in very high demand in which case they can charge a lot more.

Cheers,

Al