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CCA and VRCA help for flood victims

Do you want to help our Flood Victims?

Crestmont CA and the VRCA are coming together to help our City where we can.  The Crestmont Community Association has secured the Crestmont Community hall from 10am-6pm on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday this week.  They intend to use the facility as an item-drop off location, and on Tuesday, as a sandwich-making location.

If you would like to assist with sandwich making on Tuesday morning starting at 9:00am, please show up at the Crestmont Hall and all food is being generously supplied by Sysco Food Services Calgary.

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I Want to Help CCA & VRCA Help the YYC Flood Victims

There are 5 main ways our Community Associations can work together to help our City recover from this disaster.

1.     Help those less fortunate:

We have been informed that the Calgary Drop-In Center, the YWCA, and several other agencies are in dire need of a few key items:

A)     Razors, Brushes, Combs, Contact Solution

B)      Toothbrushes and toothpaste

C)      Feminine hygiene products

D)     Socks and underwear for boys, girls, men & women

E)      Diapers, Wipes, Baby Formula, Baby Food, Receiving Blankets

F)      Shampoo, lotion, conditioner, deodorant

G)     Hand-sanitizers, cleaning supplies, mops, brooms, garbage bags, cleaning gloves

H)     Boxes, duct tape and packing tape

I)        Plungers, flashlights, batteries

J)       Work gloves, work boots, rubber boots

K)      Backpacks, paper (lined and plain), markers, pens

L)       Water bottles, blankets


2.     Thank our EMS personnel:

Gifts cards to:

A)     Tim Hortons

B)      Safeway

C)      Prepaid Phone and Credit Cards for Communal Use

D)     Any other Gift cards (food is great…Subway, etc.)


3.     A Food Drive:

A)     The Calgary Drop-In Center and Calgary Food Bank will accept non-perishable food items, so if you have canned or non-perishable goods, please consider donating them.

B)      On Tuesday, assuming there is still a need, a sandwich-making day for the Calgary Drop-In Center will occur at the Crestmont Community Hall.  Please consider bringing bread, sandwich meats, etc. and help us make some sandwiches!


4.     Physical Help:

There will be a number of Bowness seniors and disabled who will have difficulty cleaning out their homes and basements in the coming days.  They may require dump runs, etc.


If you are willing to offer your help in assisting them, we are willing to buddy you up with a fellow VR or Crestmont resident and find Bowness residents who need you!  Please email to add your name to the list, and we will email you when a request is received.


5.     Monetary Donations:

There are many amazing organizations collecting monetary donations.  Here is a list of a few of them.  Please donate directly to these organizations, as neither the VRCA nor the CCA will accept cash donations.

A)     AARCS.  This amazing organization rescues hundreds of dogs and cats each year, and has been particularly active in the flooded First Nations reserve of Siksika.  (They can also use donated pet supplies.)

B)      Canadian Red Cross.  You can Text 30333 to automatically donate $5 to flood relief.

C)      Volunteer Calgary has a comprehensive list of additional sites accepting donations of money or items.


We hope your family and friends are safe, and are thankful that our Communities were relatively unaffected.

Jason Simms

Crestmont CA President



First Annual Crestmont Parade of Garage Sales

garage_saleJoin in the community spirit and raise your garage doors on Saturday, June 1st!

Don’t miss your opportunity to be part of the first Annual Crestmont Parade of Garage Sales, from 8:30am to 3:30pm.  We are hosting this event in conjunction with the Valley Ridge Community Association in an effort to attract a larger number of visitors to your driveway.  

Turn your cobweb covered treasures into cold hard cash!  To register your home and be on the map and create visibility for your treasures, please fill out the Application Form.  Registration is free for CCA Members, and $5 for non-members.  Maps will be located for pick up at both the Crestmont Community Hall and the Valley Ridge Smart Mart the day of the sale.  See you there!


Varsity Acres School

Varsity Acres School is a K-6 French Immersion school, serving 16 communities in northwest Calgary.  At Varsity Acres School, we are in our second year of a 3 year plan looking at ways to enhance teaching and learning in the area of math. We celebrated some of our work at a recent school council meeting and we received very encouraging, positive feedback.

At this time, we are looking ahead to December and our Winter Celebration being held the evening of Thursday December 8th from 7:00-8:30pm. This year our approach is to invite parents and the community in to our school to enjoy and share in the joys of learning. Also in December, our division 2 students are headed to Canada Olympic Park for 4 days of skiing. Bring on the snow!
Looking ahead to January 2012, we will be holding our open house for parents new to kindergarten or who may have a child entering grade 1 French Immersion for September 2012. Our information night will be held Thursday January 12th at 7:00pm. Registration for kindergarten begins Monday January 16th 2012. The office will be open for registrations beginning at 8:00am and will be open each day thereafter between 8:00am and 3:30pm. If your child turns 4 on or before March 1st 2012, they are eligible to register in a Calgary Board of Education kindergarten program. We look forward to seeing new families on the 12th of January. Until then, from everyone here at Varsity Acres School, nous vous souhaitons un “Joyeux Noêl et Bonne Année”.

For a detailed listing of communities designated to Varsity Acres School for French Immersion, please visit

For an overview of our school and related activities, please visit

Carrie Edwards
Principal, Varsity Acres School


The Federation of Calgary Communities Volunteer Awards

The Federation of Calgary CommunitiesThe Federation of Calgary Communities is celebrating 50 Years of Community Support with new awards that honour and recognize volunteers who give their time and talents to improve neighbourhood life in Calgary!

Is there someone in our community that deserves to be recognized?

  • Perhaps there is a group of volunteers that are making your community a better place through a special project, event or program.
  • Maybe there is someone that is always there to step up when your community needs them.
  • Some communities have volunteers with so much enthusiasm and passion they spark others to get involved in their community.
  • And in most communities there is that volunteer that has been a part of building up their community to what it is today from years of dedication and service!

Visit for more information on each award category and to nominate your most deserving community supporter today! Help celebrate Calgary’s 20,000 community association volunteers! The deadline for nominations is Monday, July 4th, 2011.