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Yahoo, Springbank, our second annual raffle was a success!  Though we didn’t sell out, we were still able to present a cheque for $14,000 to the Springbank Community High School, illustrating our value of community connecting to the youth of Springbank. Thank you to our amazing sponsors and all who purchased tickets! Scroll to see some of our happy winners.

Ian Galbraith of the Springbank Community Association presents a cheque for $14,000 to Springbank Community High School.

This month we feature an impressive young man from Springbank Community High School. Read Kaelen Hunter’s valedictory address in the newsletter.

It is exciting for school to be out and to have summer activities officially upon us! We wish a restorative summer for everyone who supports education in our community!

As your focus may have been on the the Calgary Stampede the last 10 days, our Chaps and Chinooks moment highlights a lesser known rodeo in our greater community, The Jumping Pound Stampede. Springbank has a deep tradition of supporting the various aspects of the Calgary Stampede, providing many volunteers, board directors, presidents, royalty, performers and rodeo participants we are so happy for their success this year!

Canola just starting to bloom in Springbank

Whatever your plans, have a great July!





Community Raffle

On behalf of the Drama program at the Springbank Community High School, we wish to thank YOU for supporting the second annual Community Raffle.


Winner:  Opera Tickets 

Winner:  Helicopter Tour

Winner:  $1,000 Cash








Land Use

The third Stakeholder Committee meeting for land use planning took place on July 6. There is support from the Stakeholder Committee to request that the lands south of the dam to the Elbow River be retained as Crown Land, rather than sold.  These lands are desirable and would make an amazing new natural recreation space west of Calgary.  Springbank Trails and Pathways has also put forward a recommendation to connect the SR1 lands to the TransCanada Trail.  This is a great concept which could connect Springbank and Bragg Creek via a trail network.  Nothing is ever simple, but some things are worth the effort! We expect draft land use recommendations by Alberta Environment and Parks by the end of July.  The Community Association will then share with the community.

Rocky View County Involvement

On July 12, RVC approved a motion to receive a report from administration:

Council approved the recommendation from the June 29, 2022 Public Presentation Committee that Administration be directed to prepare a report for presentation to Council on or before July 26, 2022 outlining how the County can best establish a position on the SR1 Land Use Plan through Administration review and/or community consultation.


Bow River Dam Process

AEP provided the following update this month:

The feasibility study is currently scheduled for completion by December 2023. Our study team is reviewing all comments received from Indigenous groups, stakeholders and the public – these comments are important to us and will be used to inform our upcoming engagement activities as well as the feasibility study. We are also actively engaged in responding to inquiries from you. 

You can also read more information on the Bow River Reservoir Options initiative, including details about the Phase 2: Feasibility Study.

We look forward to continuing our discussions with you,

The Bow River Reservoir Options Study Team

101st / Ring Road

No updates. It is slow going over the 69th street bridge these days so allow for extra travel time!


Thanks so much to Carla Berezowski and Alberta Indoor Comfort for providing support to the production of our newsletter.




Springbank Recycling Depot Update

We’ve heard resident concerns about the inefficiency and poor design of the recycling depot in Springbank. We contacted RVC administration and although they are sympathetic to the concerns, they say nothing can be done to solve site problems due to budgeting.

We learned rent is paid on the site to a landlord. If another entrance is added, that increases rent due to the costs related to the approach itself (culvert and construction) and fencing. Other related charges may domino to added signage and staff needed to control traffic. RVC admin did not know why the site isn’t located on County land to avoid paying rent. (A portion of the Dog Park could be a solution.)

We also asked if the depot could be open more (at least seasonally) to take the pressure off of the 2 days it is open. Again, budgeting is a problem. It is necessary to staff the site due to the mess that is made when a site isn’t monitored.

If this is important to you, it is up to residents to express concerns to our councillors who set the budget or can mandate other solutions. Please contact Kevin Hanson, Division 1, 403-463-1166, KRHanson@rockyview.ca or Don Kochan, Division 2, 587-435-7172, DKochan@rockyview.ca.


Satisfaction Survey Results

Earlier this spring, RVC sought feedback on how they are doing.  The results were released on July 12. 

Read the summary of results  and the full results.

Of course, we think Rocky View could be doing a better job of communicating with its residents and also believe it needs a better approach to accepting community feedback.  Both these views are supported by the survey. 50% of respondents felt that RVC does not communicate enough and only 31% of residents felt their feedback was taken into account.


Special Function Business / Recurring Special Events Permit

On June 30, the Subdivision Development and Appeal Board heard an appeal to the approval of two Special Function Business Applications in Springbank.  The Community Association sent in a letter of support to the appeals.

On July 15, the Appeals Board upheld the appeal and overturned the original approval by Council, stating: “Given the above findings and pursuant to section 687 of the Municipal Government Act, the Board finds that the proposed development would unduly interfere with the amenities of the neighbourhood, or materially interfere with or affect the use, enjoyment or value of neighbouring parcels of land. The Board also finds the proposed development does not conform to the use prescribed for the Lands in the Land Use Bylaw.”

In our view, this was the correct decision. However, we believe that the Special Function Business land use category should be reviewed by Administration such that the underlying shortcomings in the application and review process can be addressed. 


Thanks so much to Kathleen Burk and RE/MAX for providing support to the production of our newsletter.





Discovery Corner Preschool

Discovery Corner Preschool is very excited to announce they have re-opened their Before and After School Care Program for the 2022-2023 school year.  They service Elbow Valley Elementary School and Springbank Middle School. 
Please call 403-472-1477 or email for details.


Springbank High School

We are elated to share Kaelen Hunter's Valedictory Address, Springbank High School 2022 Valedictorian

Thank you, Mr. Matthews, and good morning, class of 2022! Before I begin, I would like to give some small but important thank yous. Thank you to all the faculty and staff at Springbank Community High School, who’ve worked hard every day to provide us with an excellent education and welcoming community. Thank you to every student at SCHS who each brought a unique identity to the school and made our class thoroughly enjoyable. Thank you to Mrs. White, Ms. McEvoy, Mr. Mickelson, Mr. Matthews, Mr. Carder, Mrs. McCain, and Mrs. Lambie for the academic support and guidance. Thank you to my friends, who have been alongside me throughout all the ups and downs of high school. And most importantly, thank you to my parents, whose love, support, and encouragement I am so fortunate to have.

Now, I have a question: do you remember grade 9? I would hope so since it’s only been three years. In fact, it was one of the most instrumental years of our lives; we entered high school. Back then, you may remember that Mr. Carder had an incredible beard, Mr. Chalmers was our esteemed principal, and we all still looked like kids with our objectively awful haircuts. What a time! For me, the most memorable moment of my first year at SCHS might have been my first speech in Mr. Mickelson's class. For those of you who don’t know, I stood up at the front of the class, recited two lines from my Disney character eulogy, and then completely blanked. I stood there swapping between frozen and rambling incoherence. It was bad enough that I just quit. Ended it right there and walked back to my desk. But while I was devastated, I wasn’t going to just take it. I redid my speech — with cue cards this time — and did well. It is this culture of responding to adversity that I believe defines SCHS.

The reward for pushing through Grade 9 PAT’s, was grade 10. We were more accustomed to the school, beginning to involve ourselves in new activities. Then came Covid-19. Truthfully, it is difficult to attest to the impacts of the pandemic and responses; it affected everyone in so many different ways. What I can say for certain is that we were pulled out of school, forcing us to sit in front of our tiny computer screens pretending we were not wearing pajamas under our hoodies. This social isolation was frustrating; distanced all of us from one another. But I don’t want to harp on these negatives for too long; you’ve heard it all before - ad nauseam. No, what I want you to do is contrast those days with the person you are today. Sure we might not all be radiant displays of confidence and zero insecurities, but each of you has flourished over these two years. I hear individuals dedicated to working out together at Anytime Fitness, 6:00 a.m., every morning. I walk down the halls and see art from talented students. I watch students thriving academically, and being admitted into renowned universities. Not to mention our rugby boys team won the zones championship, while our girl's soccer team placed second in our division! All these successes in the wake of Covid-19 are exceptional, and you are right to feel proud of that. We are now spending more time with each other too, embarking on new activities. We just had the inaugural dodgeball tournament, a highlight for many in our graduating class. The amount of effort from countless volunteers to ensure we have a memorable grad should also be acknowledged. You could even just look at students staying 15 minutes longer after school to engage with each other. We have undoubtedly come together as a graduating class, as a community. 

So what should we make of all this? Firstly, I look around today and cannot help but feel triumphant; we have persevered through so much and now stand together, equally successful. But, more importantly, we should hold on to our core values when looking to the future. The world is changing rapidly. It's impossible to know the challenges we will face. But that doesn’t have to be intimidating. We have already proven to be resilient; embrace that. We aren’t guaranteed an influential, successful life, but we are over-achievers who can sure as hell strive for it. And, as much as we’ve grown up in a tight community, the future is international. Technology has remarkably globalized our world, allowing cultures and ideas to congregate in a global nexus. As the first generation to grow up immersed in this revolution, we have a platform to create change unlike any other. So, armed with our high school diploma, I encourage you to take on the world, one trigonometric function, Shakespearian essay, and position paper at a time. 

So congratulations class of 2022! I truly hope everyone reflects on their time at SCHS. Use it to help guide you in the future. And because you won’t always know where you want to take your life, Mr. Carder has left us with the best piece of advice. When you are stuck, unsure of where to start, the first step is always to… Take the first derivative.

Thank you, 

Kaelan Hunter


My future plans

Currently, I am attending New York University; I will be studying econometrics at Stern School of Business. However, firstly, I am headed off to London, England, where I will spend my first academic year immersed in the unique cultures in the UK and hopefully Europe more broadly. Then, I will spend my later years in New York. While I’m not entirely sure what I want to do with my life, or what career I want to pursue, I want to do something fulfilling and worthwhile — hopefully that will become clearer to me with time. Truthfully, leaving Springbank will be tough —I have essentially spend my whole life here — but there is also something intriguing about taking on the world; this major decision in my life is undoubtedly intimidating, but also equally enticing. However, up to that point, I don’t have hard plans; instead, I guess I’ll have to see what the future has planned for me.



Calgary Changemakers School

The Calgary Changemakers in Education Society is offering a 5-day Maker-Nature Camp on July 25-29 and a 4-day Maker-Nature Camp on August 2-5. Everyone is welcome (do not need to attend the school).  They are also offering a Junior Leader in Training Camp those same weeks. Additionally, they plan to host Zen Maker Labs for a robotic and STEAM camp.

More details on all camps and to register







Webber Academy Athletic Park 

Construction continues for the Webber Academy Athletic Park located in Springbank - at the west end of Lower Springbank Road and RR 32. July will be a busy month for the athletic park as Field 2 starts to take shape and a roof is added to the field house.

In preparation for FieldTurf’s second trip to the athletic park, construction crews have been hard at work. In mid-July, Field 2 will be nearly finished with artificial turf being laid across the entire diamond, the spectators area finished and fencing put up surrounding the diamond. Upon completion the Webber Academy Athletic Park will officially have two functioning turf baseball fields.

Additionally, the fieldhouse is quickly taking shape as all exterior walls were completed in June and roofing is being applied this month. After turfing the second field, FieldTurf will move on to turfing the field house. When complete, this training area will include a MLB sized infield, 470ft batting cages, and an athletes weight room on the second level. Upon completion, the Wildcats are excited to host many youth camps and clinics inside during the off-season.

The Toronto Blue Jays Baseball Academy hosted a Showcase Tryout Camp on Field 1 on July 13, 2022. This tryout camp selected the best youth baseball players across Alberta for a tournament held in Toronto this August. The Wildcats are proud to host both the Toronto Blue Jays Baseball Academy and some of the most talented players in southern Alberta.

The Webber Academy Wildcats have been busy with all three teams taking part in tournaments south of the border. The U15 team took on Montana, losing only in the semi-finals. The Jr. Prep team flew down to Seattle to participate in the Lee Johnson Firecracker Tournament and Sr. Prep will head to Whitefish July 7th to participate in an American Legion Tournament. Additionally, the Sr. Prep team flies to Kansas City to participate in the Mid-West Perfect Game tournament later this month.

Registration for the U15 and College Prep programs are now open. Click here for more information on the program and to apply!




Springbank Dancers

Springbank Dancers had an amazing end to the season with four different shows and they can't wait for the Fall! At the studio, they pride themselves in having high quality training and a very strong teaching team.  They are also "so much more than dance" with Core Values of Growth, Positivity, Kindness, Equality, and Fun being the driving force behind what they do.
Registration for the 2022/23 season is ongoing with many options to choose from! Email Miss Mikki to help you navigate through their various programs and classes! 




The Jumping Pound Stampede

Trudy Copithorne and Norman Edge have written about a local Stampede to our west!

            Rodeo was truly a sport in the early days. In the communities south of the Bow River, around 1918, Sundays were picnic days on the Four Bar (4) Ranch, owned by J.J. Bowlen, which was located just east of the Lone Star Ranch… these picnics were too “slow” for them! The practice of holding rodeos or Stampedes began. (…)  

 By 1922, the boys decided to hold an Official Stampede – to be known as the Jumping Pound Stampede. Alas, it only lasted for two years – 1922 and 1923. But what a Stampede! The reasons for it only lasting two years seem a little unclear. It was suggested that the older ranchers of the area perhaps saw “the rodeo bug” biting their best Hands as being one of the reasons that it was terminated. In fact one father offered twice the prize money offered at the rodeo if the son would stay home from it. (…)

However in 1922, Dave and Tom Lawson, who owned the XC Ranch at that time, offered the use of their corrals for the first big Jumping Pound Stampede. The chutes to be built were designed by Frank Sibbald. There were to be four events – Saddle Bronc Riding, Bareback Riding, Steer Riding and Calf Roping. The whole community turned out to see the show. Picnic lunches came in saddle bags, in democrats and in Model T’s.

            Cattle and horses were used from Edge’s, the CL (R. Copithorne’s) and the Lazy J (J. Copithorne’s). The gathering of the stock was a rodeo in itself. (…)

            The Judges for the day were chosen – Tom Lawson, D.P. MacDonald, Clem Gardner and Ted Cook. There were many local participants:  Wilfred and Clarence Sibbald; Charlie and Sykes Robinson; Norman, Oliver and Wilbert Edge; Ted Callaway; Albert Saunders; Ken Wills; Charlie and John Munro; Frank, Percy and Harry Copithorne; Bill Bateman; Lennie Mickle; Eddy Bowlen; Percy Watt and Pete Norman. The Stampede also attracted such people as: Pete Knight, Pat Linfoot, Sammy Blythe, Len Blow, George MacIntosh, Johnnie Bottles and Eddie and Slim Wattrin. (…)

            The spirit of the Rodeo has changed. Now, it is a highly competitive business. The Rodeos of yesteryear were none the less competitive, but the spirit of fun and true enjoyment in this skill was much more evident. To ride a saddle bronc or a bareback bronc or to rope a “doggie” was merely a continuation of the everyday work process back then.


Chaps and Chinooks, Vol. I, p. 160-2





Educational and Gifted Assessment

The school year has just ended. However, it’s the perfect time to shed some light on a sometimes confusing topic: Educational and Gifted assessments. The following will help you gain an understanding as to why some children need educational or gifted assessments while others do not.

An educational assessment is used to help identify areas in which students excel or need support. Assessments offer one way to understand the learning needs and abilities of students who are underachieving or capable of learning more than expected by the standard curriculum for their grade. Formal assessments provide objective measures of a child’s performance relative to their peers and help identify their unique strengths and limitations. These assessments may be used diagnostically to identify intellectual, learning, emotional and behavioural concerns affecting a child’s ability to succeed in school. They may also provide support for applications to gifted programs for students who may benefit from advanced learning opportunities.

Signs your child may benefit from an educational assessment may include:

  • Indicating less interest in learning
  • Complaining about or avoiding school
  • Saying the work is too difficult or too easy
  • Struggling to focus or being disruptive in class
  • Straining to organize or complete assignments
  • Expressing sadness or worries about school
  • Disengaging in class or from learning or peers
  • Lagging behind peers in reading, writing or math skills

If your child is showing signs they are not reaching their potential, an assessment can provide valuable information about our child’s abilities. Specific recommendations can help you understand how to improve your child’s learning experiences, reduce barriers to your child’s potential, and provide guidance through the next several school years. Information gathered in the assessment may also help identify learning disorders, such as ADHD, dyslexia, or dysgraphia. An assessment may also recognize emotional concerns, such as depression and anxiety, that may be affecting your child’s ability to learn.

Educational assessments may be used when parents or teachers believe a student’s abilities are not fully recognized within their current academic program. A formal assessment may provide information to help your child qualify for gifted (GATE Program) or talented programs. Gifted and talented programs typically determine which tests are required for entry into their program. These tests provide scores that describe your child’s performance relative to other students and indicate whether your child can maintain their program’s standards. Your child’s assessing psychologist may determine if other tests are necessary and will ensure that these provide information about the intellectual, academic, creative or leadership qualities each school’s programs may require.

At the end of the assessment process, the psychologist will arrange a feedback session to inform you of the assessment’s overall findings. The psychologist will discuss recommendations, a plan for helping your child move forward, and provide copies of the formal written report. You may choose to share this confidential report with your child’s school to help teachers understand our child’s learning profile, adjust their teaching methods, and/or create an Individual Program Plan (IPP). Based on the confidential written report, our child’s school may apply to modify the curriculum, access funding for extra support(s), or approve academic accommodations for school and provincial exams. University students also benefit from formal assessment to allow for accommodations.

Wait lists are long and limited through the school boards. If time is of the essence, you can have your chid assessed at a private clinic. The cost of a Gifted Assessment starts in the $500 range and a full Educational Assessment is starts at about $1,900. Private clinic prices vary so make a few calls. Your child does not need a referral for an educational assessment.  If you have any questions or would like a complimentary consultation about whether your child may need an assessment please feel free to contact me with your questions or concerns.

Nancy Bergeron | RPsych.












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