(the full press release with the links to the on-line survey plus city contact info is in the post just below this one.)
Please add your ideas to the comments section below and i will update this page as we go.
The deadline for submissions to the City is September 30th.
-better and more washroom facilities at parks
-improve Recreation Registration process - decrease congestion
-"shoe free" or "no shoes" room for yoga, dance and other bare foot activities (and in the meantime more regular floor washing)
-improve parking at Lewis Centre
-improve exiting/traffic flow coming out of Lewis Centre
-re parking challenges: incentives for taking the bus or riding your bike
(from City website)
What do you think about the parks and trails in Courtenay? Would you like to offer input on future programs and facilities at Courtenay Recreation?
The City of Courtenay is updating its Parks and Recreation Master Plan, and is looking for your suggestions through community open houses, an online survey, or by email.
Dave Snider, the City’s director of recreation and culture, says it’s been over two decades since the last major review of parks and recreation in the City. “The current parks and recreation master plan was developed in 1994, and Courtenay has gone through many changes since then,” notes Snider. “Parks and recreation play a vital role in the fabric of any community, and input from our residents will help us determine where to focus our resources in the years to come.
A link to the online survey is posted at www.courtenay.ca/parksrecplan. Fill in the survey for a chance to win one of two $100 gift certificates to Courtenay Recreation. Paper copies of the survey will be available at City Hall, the Lewis Centre, Florence Filberg Centre, or The LINC Youth Centre. Comments may also be emailed to email@example.com
The Parks and Recreation Master Plan update follows a comprehensive inventory and preliminary analysis of parks, recreation, and cultural facilities completed by the City of Courtenay over the past year. Consultants from Urban Systems will work with City staff and Council on public and stakeholder engagement, and assist with the preparation of a vision and recommendations for all aspects of parks and recreation in Courtenay. This includes parkland, park design, trail types and locations, natural areas, sports fields, play areas, dog parks, courts, skate parks, community gardens, the Lewis Centre, Florence Filberg Centre, LINC Youth Centre, Native Sons Hall, and recreation programs.
Community input collected through the survey and workshops will be used in the development of the draft Master Plan. The draft plan will be presented to the community for review once complete.
For more information, call Recreation and Cultural Services at 250-334-4441.
This was originally sent out to my email list. I am adding it here to make is accessible and shareable. Plus, you can comment and keep the conversation going.
When we attend a yoga class, on the surface, we might be looking for a good stretch, some deep breathing, a calmer mind and even social connection. Under that, we are also looking for a safe, comfortable, welcoming and inclusive experience. As your instructor, I do as much as I know how to do in order to make that happen. I often bring subjects up before or even during class to consider or even experience. I'd like to take that a step further with this email musing (and possibly others in future, if my muse sticks around).
The topic of this email conversation starter is on scents and fragrances.
Over the years, some of our yoga members (students and staff) have reported being impacted by scents/fragrances present during a class. I usually remind everyone of the scent-free and fragrance-free policy that The City of Courtenay has but I wanted to take that a step further with this email inquiry.
For whatever reason, there has been a rise in scents &/or reactions to scents over the past few months.
Did you know that there are 1-4 people in every class that has a (minor or major) sensitivity &/or allergy to fragrances & scents?
In some people, fragrances can cause respiratory distress (asthma attacks, coughing, hay fever, and shortness of breath), headaches/migraines, nausea, loss of concentration, skin reactions, dizziness and even anxiety.
In others, scents can simply cause distraction - a scent that appeals to me/uplifts me may not appeal to/uplift another person. And too many scents in a room can feel disorienting.
I know many of you have taken steps to change (and thanks for letting me know)- like using unscented hand creams and lotions and going without perfume. Thank you! I also know some of you wash your yoga clothes in unscented laundry detergent and use unscented fabric softener/dryer sheets. Thank you. Your sacrifices are appreciated.
PS, The top 4 'triggers' I hear about are scented fabric softeners/dryer sheets, scented laundry detergents, perfumes and scented lotions/creams.
For those of you that have not yet tried reducing scents, are you ready to?
If yes, here are a couple web sites I found with helpful information.
For those of you that suffer around fragrances or scents, check these out - perhaps they can direct you towards ease:
http://www.dnrsystem.com/bio.html (I've met Annie Hopper. Her story and the work she does is incredible. )
And lastly, as we are all a part of this community, I encourage you to approach me (or your fellow yogi) in a positive and kind manner and share. Share your concerns about a product you are wearing or about a scented product being worn.
hugs to you all!
It's not so much that we're afraid of change or
so in love with the old ways,
but it's that place in between that we fear . . . .
It's like being between trapezes.
It's Linus when his blanket is in the dryer.
There's nothing to hold on to.
- Marilyn Ferguson
relax, breathe, slow down.... and giggle.
I have some BIG NEWS to share with you and I’ll get right to it.
I am letting go of the self-employed side of my life for a while.
What does this mean?
>>My classes at The House Of Now (Tuesday Gentle 10-11.30 & Friday Yin 5.45-7.15)
will come to a close on Tuesday, March 31st, 2015.
>>My last class at Freedom Now Yoga (Tuesday 3.00-4.00pm) will be February 24th.
>>I am also letting go of my Living Room Art Shows and Commissioned projects.
>>There won’t be any changes to classes (art or yoga) through Courtenay Recreation,
as I am an employee there.
I began my journey into entrepreneurship long ago with a little store that predominantly sold locally made and imported, fair trade curios and consumables. I loved all aspects of self-employment from the book keeping to the designing and even to the lease writing/negotiating. Fast forward to 2015... wow, what a ride its been, and boy have there been some changes! I no longer love negotiating and I find most of the administrative work keeps me from so many other things that I now wish to focus on. This translates to not putting my all into the vital background operations, which in turn affects the front end a.k.a. class numbers. I love, love, love teaching yoga, I admire the fabulous women I work with and you/the students are a huge light in my life, but those things are not enough to keep a business healthy & thriving. so i sigh, as i process letting go of the joy-filled and light-creating aspects of this biz.
For those that are joining/re-joining me at Courtenay Rec, welcome/welcome back!
For those moving along in another direction -
i wish you the best of everything, and hope to see you around the community.
I also hope this transition creates space for new forms of practice to arise and other doors to open, for all of us!
And I thank you so much for being a part of this chapter of my life.
p.s. i am not exactly sure what that will mean for this website, but i will keep you posted - which i will do here on the blog page, as some of you have requested a place to make some comments.
these posts are here to