Please join us on Friday March 24th at 7:30pm for our Annual General Meeting. This past year was the most active and eventful in the history of the Crestmont Community Association. We held or participated in a record number of events (eight):
Police Safety Chat
CCA & VRCA Community Garage Sale
CCA & HOA Neighbour Day Block Party
CCA & HOA Movie in the Park
Kid’s Halloween Party
Crestmont Christmas Market
In addition there was a significant amount of work accomplished on your behalf by the development committee.
Please consider throwing your hat in and volunteering for us this coming year. All board positions are always open at every year’s AGM. This year we are looking for a Secretary and a brand new position to be filled that we are calling “Event Coordinator”.
If you have ever wanted to give back and add some valuable board experience to your resume, please consider joining us on March 24th. For more information on being a board member, or just volunteering in general, please contact us. We look forward to another wonderful year and you are all a major part of our success.
Development Committee Presentation
At this year’s AGM you won’t want to miss the development committee‘s update. Did you know that there are several major development projects going on around Crestmont that directly impact you as a homeowner? We have updates and information on all of them.
We will also have snacks and plenty of information to share so please join us! Check back here as we get closer to the end of march for any updates.
Crestmont Kids Council
We invite Crestmont kids ages 13 – 17 to join the first ever Crestmont Kids Council (CKC). This is a great opportunity to learn new skills, get some great experience for your resume, and give back to your community while providing a voice for the youth in the community. Come to the AGM and throw your name it for the CKC.
The Community Standards Bylaw promotes good neighbour relationships through regulation of neighbourhood nuisances like fire pit use, noise, weeds and grass, and untidy properties.
Over the past year, the City of Calgary has conducted a review of this bylaw to ensure that it continues to meet the needs of Calgarians. The review found that while most of the Community Standards Bylaw meets citizen needs and effectively addresses neighbourhood issues, there are some areas of the bylaw that can be improved.
A number of bylaw changes are being considered and we would like your feedback on these changes, you can find the survey here. Your input is greatly appreciated and it will be used to help make decisions on the proposed amendments to the Community Standards Bylaw that will be provided to Council later this year.
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:
We have just added a Board History page on our website to acknowledge all the volunteer directors and officers that have kept the association operational since 2009. If you were on the board as a director but do not see your name, please let us know.
Crestmont Invited to Hitmen Game
As you may have heard, the entire Crestmont community has been invited to attend the Hitmen game on March 13th at 4:00pm. The Crestmont Homeowner’s Association will be providing transportation to and from the game and will be having a pre-game party at the Crestmont Hall. For more information check out the Crestmont Hall website
It 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.