About the BCA

During the period of 2004 to 2008, the Bowness Community Association (the “BCA”) had been under the court-ordered protection of a Receiver and Manager and has undergone significant change. During this time, there has been a considerable amount of speculation and rumour regarding the BCA and its state of affairs.  The following information is intended to clarify what has been happening with the BCA, introduce you to the new board of directors of the BCA, and inform you about the board’s plan for moving the BCA forward.

During 2004, the City of Calgary became concerned with the BCA’s operational and financial deficiencies.  To address these concerns, the City had an auditor perform a review the BCA’s records. Following that review, the City determined it to be in the best interests of the residents of Bowness and the members of the BCA to have RSM Richter Inc. (“RSM”) appointed as Receiver and Manager of the BCA in order to stabilize the business and affairs of the BCA. RSM was appointed as Receiver and Manager of the BCA by the Court of Queen’s Bench of Alberta on September 2, 2004.  Under the terms of the Court Order, RSM oversaw the BCA’s dealings and was charged with gathering information from different sources in an effort to understand and resolve the issues that surrounded the BCA’s operations. Because of the highly emotional state of affairs surrounding various allegations of mismanagement of the BCA’s finances and the confusion over who was directing the affairs of the BCA, the City felt it was crucial to have an independent body manage and oversee the BCA’s operations for a period of time.

Following the conclusion of its investigations, RSM determined that the root of the BCA’s problems stemmed from various forms of mismanagement and a lack of internal controls and accountability. Through the help and services of various parties, RSM implemented internal controls, continued to run BCA’s sporting programs and facilities, continued to operate the BCA’s bingo and gaming licenses, ensured the BCA’s debts were paid, and restructured facility operations to better reflect the participation of various user groups. During this time, RSM also identified potential volunteer candidates for future involvement with the BCA. Further, legal counsel was retained to help deal with a defamation lawsuit against the BCA.

The New Board of Directors of the BCA
After significant efforts, RSM, the City and the Court of Queen’s Bench of Alberta determined that the BCA, under the direction of community volunteers, was able to operate on its own again. On October 27, 2008, the Court appointed an interim board of directors of the BCA. In accordance with the Court order, the following directors will remain in place until the BCA’s first annual general meeting to be held on or before October 31, 2009:

Carla Betzner – Director of Memberships
Alane Boudreau – Secretary
Michelle Dice – Vice President & Gaming Chairman & Director of Community Fundraising
Linda Flanagan – Treasurer
Todd Greiner
Scott Penny
Derek Podlubny – President

As long-standing Bowness residents, these individuals understand the needs of the community and are committed to sustaining the financial stability and accountability of the BCA. On October 28, 2008, the Court discharged RSM as Receiver and Manager of the BCA and vested all authority for managing and directing the affairs of the BCA in the hands of the interim board.

Our board members are ready to take on the challenge of rebuilding the BCA’s social ties with Bowness residents, local businesses, and local social organizations. Bowness is a unique and vibrant community that should be guided by Bowness community residents. With the support of the City of Calgary, we look forward to preserving the integrity of our community while implementing these big changes.

If you would like to contact the BCA you can do so via email at mybowness@gmail.com

Alternatively you can call the Bowness Community Association Sportsplex at 403-288-8300 and leave a message with the admin staff.

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