A Q&A with one of the Busiest Committees in our League – Programs & Events

Programs and events are one of the mainstays of any league and our league is no exception. The Oliver Community League has increased events by over 1000% in the past couple of years.  We are engaging our community through a variety of events and programs. Hossein Zahiri, Director of Programs & Events, answers some of your questions here:

What’s new for 2017?

“We have some of the old stand-by’s like Canada Day Pancake breakfast and Community League Day.  But new for 2017 we have a Holiday Craft Market that should be great for the artists and crafts-people in our community,” says Hossein Zahiri, Director of Programs and Events. “We plan to have vendors from our community sell their handicrafts at this day-long market.”

Will there be a summer social this year?

“Actually we are combining our summer social and Community League Day this year. We’ll have an area fenced off in Oliver Park for dogs to play then another area for our beer garden and bar-b-que,” says Hossein. “We hope to have a few new surprise activities for the young and young at heart but you’ll have to attend to see those.”

Tell us about the programs being offered by the league this year?

“We will still have our Walking Pub Crawls and Ollie’s Treehouse Playgroup this year. Our Walking Program will start up in May. In addition, we are opening up the possibilities for new programs and have created policies around that. We often have people want to teach Zumba or some other activity so these policies will help us define what kind of programs we can offer.”

Where can we find out more?

“Our website is our best resource for the calendar of events, which includes our programs. For the first time, we have a printable PDF of our annual events list,” says Hossein. “Not to say that smaller ad hoc events won’t come into play, like the spring clean-up in Oliver Park, for example, but for the most part, this list is complete.”

What would you say to someone who has never been to an OCL event?

“Come, try it out. We have people of all ages attending our events. The events are a great way to meet people and really feel connected to our community. I’ve made some life-long friends that I met through league events and being involved. I can’t recommend it enough.”

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