A New Facility for CKE: Imagine It Now!
It’s a cold, wintery night in CKE. The sound of skates, the smell of coffee, and excitement fills the air. On the outdoor rinks, kids are playing a game of shinny.
But all of the action is not just on the ice. Inside the community hall, a first aid trainer is holding a workshop for local residents to brush up on lifesaving skills in the new meeting room. Another group is playing drop-in floor hockey in the multi-purpose room, while highland dancers practice their routines in the studio. At the same time, members of a book club sit chatting in front of the glowing fireplace. This is just a typical night at the new CKE hall.
For more than 50 years, the CKE Community Hall has been the heart of our community. But as you know, the current hall no longer meets our residents’ needs and we have been working hard at designing and raising funds for a new building.
Now for the big news….
We are thrilled to announce that we have been approved for a grant of $800,000 from the Province of Alberta through their Community Facility Enhancement Program (CFEP). To date, we have now raised $1.5 million for our new community home!
The CFEP grant is a matching program where the provincial government matches dollars that the applicant has raised themselves toward funding a viable project. Our application was based on funds that were donated by CKEers—that’s you and your neighbours!
To cross the finish line, we only have $150,000 left to raise by June 30, 2017. Want to help out or encourage more neighbours to be part of this great community project? Click here to see some ways you can keep the momentum building.
Vision for a New CKE Hall
A place for everyone—a gathering place to meet the growing needs of current and future CKE residents.
A new community centre for CKE will be a versatile and modern gathering place that meets the growing and changing needs of all CKE residents from children to seniors for a variety of meetings, activities and events to maintain a healthy lifestyle.
With full support of the community, we are committed to expanding to accommodate our quickly growing community. Our goal is to provide a year round multi-purpose facility. Plans and a budget for a new hall are based on feedback from residents and a professional feasibility study.
The new facility will include:
- multi-purpose room for recreational activities (up to 250 people),
- studio (up to 50 people),
- meeting room (up to 52 people).
Additional spaces to include:
- catering kitchen
- lounge area
- storage spaces
- skate shack
- mechanical room
- equipment garage
- deck/viewing area
The estimate for construction of a new hall is $1.65 million—including interior and exterior finishings.
This project has charitable status through the Calgary Parks Foundation, which means we can issue tax receipts for direct contributions to the project.
The bi-level design makes it difficult for older or mobility impaired residents to use the hall, as they are required to use stairs to access any of the areas. We firmly believe in the growing importance of providing CKE residents from children to seniors, with an affordable and versatile space for a variety of meetings, activities and events to maintain a healthy lifestyle.
There are so many ways that you can get involved! Our priorities right now include:
Community is very important to me and my family. A properly functioning, accessible hall will bring tremendous value to our neighbourhood for all—kids, families and adults alike. Give until it hurts!
Robin & Blair Daigle
Anybody that’s been to the hall knows it’s at the end of its life cycle. Think of what we could do with a new hall. The monthly giving campaign is very well organized and we barely notice the contribution each month.
Steve & Krista Haysom
Haysom family gives $50,000 to new CKE Community Hall and will be recognized with the naming of the Haysom Living Room.
Tony Messer, MBA, is the President & CEO of Caliber Planning. He has also volunteered as a member of the CKE playground committee. Tony brings solid leadership skills as Chair of the Capital Campaign Committee and a real commitment to the new community centre.
Wendy Kennelly has lived in Chinook Park for eight years and has been an active community volunteer. She joins the Capital Campaign Committee representing the CKE board and currently holds a position of Past President.
Susan Elford, APR is a seasoned Public Relations Consultant and certified in public consultation. An active member of the CKE community since she moved into Kelvin Grove in 2005, Susan believes strongly in the spirit of community.
Brandis Arsenault and her family of six have recently moved into Kelvin Grove last year. She has been a member of the Capital Campaign Committee since 2014 and believes the New Hall is a necessary foundation to support community spirit and ensure that all CKE members have a vibrant, safe and positive space to live, love and learn in.
Phil Johnson, P. Eng., is Vice President Engineering, at the Barlon Engineering Group Ltd. which is a project management company servicing the energy industry. He also works with Tracer Supervision.
Diane Jones-Konihowski is a former Canadian pentathlete who won two gold medals at two Pan-American Games. She also represented Canada at two Summer Olympics. In 2005, she was elected to the board of directors of the Canadian Olympic Committee.
Doug Ryckman is a Certified Management Accountant, Controller and cost accountant. He works with small businesses in and around Calgary. He has had proven success in cost reduction, financial reporting and audit preparation.
Jo Williams is the owner of Not Your Average Jo Communications and an active community volunteer. She is committed to this project because the hall serves a critical function for the CKE neighbourhoods.