Posts Tagged ‘volunteer’

Confessions of a reluctant volunteer

September 1, 2010 Leave a comment

You can ask my mom, I’m not a joiner by nature. In kindergarten, I refused to participate in the “Hokey Pokey” on the grounds it was an undignified embarrassment. At age nine, I ran away from Cub camp because I objected to its militaristic regime. Even today, our favourite bumper sticker—I Love Bowness—seems cloying to me. So how is it exactly that I became a poster boy for community boosterism? Read more…


“Connected to others, making a difference”

September 1, 2010 Leave a comment

MORRIS JOHANSON AND HIS wife Mary are much-loved and familiar faces in Bowness. Caring and giving neighbours both, for Morris the “neighbourhood” is the whole community. There isn’t much going on in Bowness he hasn’t had a finger in, with Mary quietly supporting his activities.

Morris moved to Bowness 61 years ago, with Mary joining him in 1952 as his wife. They grew up on neighbouring farms and their families’ histories are woven into ­Alberta’s past (Morris’s grandfather rode shotgun on covered wagons from South Dakota!). They take great pride in their four children, eight grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Morris retired from his job with the City of Calgary in 1996. Since then he’s been busier than ever. Read more…

Making history

July 1, 2010 Leave a comment

The Bowness Historical Society is working on a second book, Bowness—Then and Now. We expect to have it available for sale early in 2011, to mark the 100th anniversary of Bowness.

We are also busy making preparations for centennial celebrations next year.

If you have any photos or family history in the community to share, please contact Carole Carpenter at 403-288-1737 or

Get involved!

July 1, 2010 Leave a comment

The Bowness Community Association has a brand new Planning and Development Committee formed from the merger of the Society of Bowness Residents with the BCA.

It’s a wonderful step forward, giving ­Bowness a single strong voice. Any member of the BCA is welcome to join this committee and get involved in looking at develop­ment permits, subdivisions and other planning and transportation issues that affect Bowness.

Meetings are held the second Wednesday of each month at the Bowness Community Hall from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. You don’t need to be an expert to be involved. Your voice as a resident of Bowness matters!

For more information, contact me at ­403-282-8203 or

—Niki Smyth, BCA Planning & Development

Taking Action in Bowness

March 10, 2010 Leave a comment

March 10, 2010

The results of the Vital Signs community workshop are in and people have decided to take action!

Thanks to everyone who came out to support our community on February 20th.  There are great things getting organized and planned:

  • Bowness Centennial Celebration
  • Community Garden
  • Community Health Centre
  • Harvest Fair
  • Business Development
  • Outdoor Skating Rink
  • Bownesian’s Picnic
  • Art in Bowness

Plus lots more great initiatives.  If you weren’t able to make the workshop or are interested in getting involved, contact Dana at

To download the Action Plan, click here.

Check back here to find regular updates on our progress and get information on what’s going on.