Spring 2019

 

Here at CCI North Alberta, we have been run off our feet since the beginning of the year! This is in large part to the release of the Condominium Property Act Regulations on December 14. The Government Advocacy Committee, led by our amazing volunteer lawyer team of Victoria Archer, Hugh Willis, Melissa Stappler and Todd Shipley, have been in research and planning mode from the beginning of the new year. Together, along with support from our staff team and former CCI North Alberta chairperson Helena Smith, we successfully created two different seminars on the changes and the significant impact they will have on condominium living in Alberta. We held sold out evening seminars on January 30 and March 12 here in Edmonton. We also held a daylong seminar targeted towards condominium managers and self-managed boards on February 15. This event was the largest gathering of condominium managers I have seen over the past ten years here in Alberta! I am very proud that CCI North Alberta was able to deliver educational support to my fellow condominium managers and board members who work tirelessly on our community’s behalf. Rest assured, more events will be held over the next year to aid in the preparation for the many changes that lie ahead. We are also in the process of providing the video recording of the January 30 evening seminar on our website since it was recorded to benefit members outside of Edmonton and those who have been unable to attend the in-person sessions. All members across North Alberta will have access to these clips before the end of May.  

The next significant educational event is our 10th Annual Alberta Condo Expo being held at the Robbins Health Learning Centre (MacEwan University) on April 27. This is a fantastic venue for learning and this year the event is themed “Back to School” which is how much of the industry feels after the release of the new regulations! I strongly encourage every board member, owner, condominium manager and anyone involved with the condominium industry to register, as space is limited.  

Finally, I want to share some very sad news for CCI as well as the entire condominium community here in Alberta. On February 11, 2019 we were informed that CCI North Alberta executive member and longtime condominium manager Trudy Anderson had passed away after illness. Trudy chaired the education committee and was a critical member of our team. She was deeply loved and admired by her condominium family. Trudy had taught many courses and seminars on CCI’s behalf and was invaluable to us as an organization and as a colleague.  

On a personal note, I am grateful to have met her, learned from her, laughed with her and shared with her. Trudy wasn’t afraid to dispense much-needed advice to me, from telling me to “suck it up and be strong”, to advising me to let your heart heal when things in life disappoint you. She was always the first to send encouraging words and remind us of our accomplishments, which we can sometimes forget in the hustle and bustle of life. Our deepest condolences to Trudy’s work family at KDM Management, her many peers and colleagues who knew her over the years and, most importantly, to her family. She will be missed but certainly not forgotten. In solidarity,

Anand Sharma
President
CCI North Alberta