What it’s Like to Be on OCL’s Board

So you want to be an Oliver Community League Board Member?

Congratulations!  You’ve just decided to make your community an even more amazing place to live by choosing to get involved.  Whether or not you do put forth your name for nomination, simply inquiring about the Board and its business is a step in the right direction towards community involvement.

Oliver has about 19,000 residents.  Diversity is the norm in Oliver as newcomers to Canada and post-secondary students live shoulder to shoulder with people who have lived in Oliver for decades and couples who are just starting their lives together.  Housing can be luxurious and expensive or small and affordable.  Dining, shopping, and entertainment is innovative, creative, and often unique – ranging from an exciting rave shop to a quaint tea room and everything in between.  If you want bland, live elsewhere.  If you want interesting, Oliver is the place for you.  The OCL Board of Directors has a pivotal role in keeping Oliver strong, interesting, and an amazing place to live.

Oliver Community League is driven, led, and managed by 15 skilled and committed volunteers who serve as board members.  The Board is comprised of an Executive Committee which includes the president, vice-president, treasurer, and secretary.  The Office Manager participates in the Executive Committee and is governed by them primarily.

The rest of the board members either chair a committee or sit on one of the several committees that are responsible for the affairs of the league.  Programs & Events, Communications, Membership, Civics, Hall, and Volunteer committees engage monthly to steer the league towards its strategic plan, keeping the values of the league in mind.  Meetings are open to the public so if you want to stop in and see how things are done, please do.

Committing to the Oliver Community League board of directors means:

  • Attending monthly committee meetings (usually 2 hours)
  • Attending monthly board meetings (usually 2.5 hours)
  • Participating in league events (varies)
  • Participating in committee activities (varies)
  • Adhering to the leagues values
  • Being a positive representation of Oliver, the league, and its activities

Most board members participate in league activities from 5-8 hours per month, depending on position on the board, with executive roles often taking more of a time commitment.  Board members bring their personal and professional skills to the league.  OCL has a positive reputation with municipal, community, and provincial representatives.

If all of this sounds interesting, intriguing, and exciting, please contact info@olivercommunity.com for further details.

2017 – Looking Back

OCL continued working hard to keep Oliver amazing. Here’s how:

  • Engaged area residents to have their voices heard re St. John’s School site
  • Hired summer student to complete primary research re social services in Oliver
  • Continued to streamline financials and processes/policies to ensure fiscal sustainability
  • Proceeded with hall demolition after significant research and community consulation
  • Held Canada Day pancake breakfast, Community League Day, potlucks, neighbourhood clean-up day, and balcony gardening workshops
  • Held monthly events, including walking pub crawls
  • Offered Make Something Oliver again to subsidize fantastic events in Oliver
  • Continued engaging businesses in Oliver through sponsorship and Institutional Associate memberships
  • Held a volunteer appreciation event

 2016 – Working Hard to Keep Oliver Amazing

The Oliver Community League kept pace with the demands of our community in 2016.  Here’s how:

  • Represented Oliver community re Jasper Avenue redevelopment and St. John’s School site
  • Website redevelopment, including online membership sign-ups
  • Social Advocacy Committee coordinated an online listing and map of social services in Oliver and sent letters of support to government officials re public washrooms and safe consumption sites
  • Hall redevelopment was initiated by completion of a Facility Condition Assessment and a Hazardous Materials Assessment
  • Continued co-production of The Yards magazine
  • Held a rummage sale, Canada Day pancake breakfast, Community League Day, EPL gaming afternoons, summer social, potlucks, neighbourhood clean-up day, and balcony gardening workshops
  • Held monthly events, including walking pub crawls
  • Offered Make Something Oliver again to subsidize fantastic events in Oliver
  • Held a casino to raise important funds for the league
  • Reviewed grants and applied/received to offset expenses
  • Continuing to work towards achieving the league’s strategic goals, set out here: https://www.olivercommunity.com/oliver_community_league_strategic_plan

2015 – The Year of Grants, Events, and Main Roads

The Oliver Community League contributed to making Oliver an awesome place to live in 2015.  Here’s how:

  • Orchestrated the micro-granting initiative called Make Something Oliver and granted money to four fantastic events in Oliver (Decks on Deck, Where the heart is Whole, Light the Night Oliver, and Move Edmonton)
  • Co-produced The Yards magazine, taking a stance on more significant representation of Oliver in the magazine’s content
  • Held several larger events, including a rummage sale, Canada Day pancake breakfast, Make Something Oliver launch party, Community League Day, Edmonton Public Library gaming afternoons, senior’s tea in Peace Garden Park
  • Held monthly events, including walking pub crawls and board games nights
  • Facilitated ongoing programs, including yoga, boot camp, and play group
  • Advocated on behalf of residents with developers and the City of Edmonton regarding Jasper Ave redevelopment and continued to work with the City for the 104 Ave Corridor Area Redevelopment Plan
  • Created a committee structure to ensure commitment to and delivery of strategic goals
  • Initiated the mitten tree to provide mittens to those in need