Spring 2020

 

Welcome to the spring edition of the Insite Magazine. 

Our world has changed in the few months since I last reported to you.  The impact of COVID-19 and its effects on our lives has been profound. Our personal health and economic security are under strain, and how we live and work in condominiums has drastically changed. Despite the many fears and stresses we face I am amazed and moved with the stories of solidarity and support that are emerging every day. Whether it’s the neighbor down the hall dropping of groceries and supplies for the sick and elderly, or the many community initiatives that remind us that we are all in this together, human tenacity and kindness have emerged as prominent characteristics of who we are as people. This is only heightened in condominium living, where we already share our homes with one another and actively engage in caring and sharing initiatives. 

Our goal at CCI is to help you navigate condominium living in this new world. Relaying health and safety information and informing condominium boards, owners, and industry members about legislative impacts due to COVID-19 will be our focus in the coming weeks and months. 

Your safety is paramount to our organization, which is why as information emerged about COVID-19, our chapter made the difficult but necessary decision to cancel our educational schedule through to May and likely beyond. This includes the Alberta Condo Expo and legislative update seminars to be held in Grande Prairie and Fort McMurray. No formal decision has been made on whether we are postponing these events to later this year, or cancelling until 2021, but we will keep you informed. It is my commitment to our members in Grande Prairie and Fort McMurray that we will resume events in your communities when it is deemed safe to do so. 

Our staff Beverley Thornton and Alan Whyte have been exceptional over the past number of weeks answering questions, communicating through our newsletters, and working hard on your behalf to reschedule our events. Thank you to both of them for their ongoing exceptional work. 

CCI North Alberta is now re-focusing our efforts on the delivery of online education and we hope to roll out a free educational event online in the coming months. With the evolving situation around COVID-19 however, this commitment is fluid as staff and volunteer safety is not negotiable. 

On behalf of the Executive and Board of CCI North Alberta, I am sending out our heartfelt best wishes for a healthy and safe few months ahead for you and your families.

 

Anand Sharma
President
CCI North Alberta