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Edmonds association seeks new ideas, direction

After 13 years the Edmonds Business and Community Association is in need of new people, ideas and direction to keep it going, says a former president, Joyce Rostron.

There was no annual general meeting held after the previous board's term ended last spring, said Rostron, whose term as president ended in 2010. It's being held together by a skeleton board of directors.

"It's in a slump right now ... It's inactive but it's not dissolved or anything."

When it looked like the organization was going to fold, she helped organize a meeting of members last November where they decided to find out what the community needs and wants.

The result is an Edmonds town hall meeting to be held Feb. 12 at Edmonds Community School. Staff from Burnaby's city hall will speak on the plans for the neighbourhood and the Edmonds Community Centre and Pool that's opening soon.

It's hoped that the community-building exercise will include discussion of ideas and concerns that can help determine the association's future plans.

"I can envision, myself, if there are some caring people out there in this community, that want to stand up and maybe revitalize it, we will," Rostron said. "I just don't know what people are thinking, and [the town hall] is a way to get the dialogue going."

Rostron, who has lived in the neighbourhood since 1978, said she believes the association is needed more than ever, now that Edmonds town centre is about to see its development potential start to be realized.

There is no other platform for area businesses and residents to make their voices heard if they have any concerns, she said.

"I need people to come to this event and help us visualize a more vibrant and flourishing community, because we know that there are some really major things coming down the road."

She cited as an example the new community centre and pool set to open this spring.

"In fact, you can feel it in the air, people are talking about this, anticipation is building."

• The Edmonds town hall meeting will be held Tuesday, Feb. 12 at Edmonds Community School, 7651 18th Ave., Burnaby, at 6:30 p.m. Childminding is available but must be requested by Feb. 1. RSVP: 604-257-4457 or luci.baja@sd41.bc.ca.

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