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Election season is done! Thanks to residents who exercised their civic right and voted! Congratulations to our Springbank councillors: Don Kochan (also elected as Mayor of the County) and Kevin Hanson. We look forward to working with them in our continued advocacy for Springbank. Thank you so much to outgoing councillors Mark Kamachi and Kim McKylor. We really appreciate all of their work with the Springbank Community Association. Thanks also to Brent Moore for participating in this election. We also congratulate Judi Hunter on her re-election as our school trustee. We are fortunate to have so many dedicated people wanting to serve Springbank residents.

Thanks to Westlife Church for spearheading this super fun Halloween event!
Our Duke of Edinburgh kids set up some games and there were many creative "Trunks" for the kids to trick or treat!


In this issue, read Judi’s trustee report as she has shared her visit to the Innovation Lab at the highschool which benefitted in part from our spring raffle. Keep scrolling to see some fun activities coming up in Springbank and Bragg Creek and if you have any apples left from the Apple Fundraiser, Ladies Time Out has contributed a delicious recipe to enjoy. Chaps and Chinooks gives a little political history, including how “Rockyview” was named from a contest held in Springbank schools in 1954. The issue is rounded out with some perspective on “Burnout”, submitted by psychologist, Nancy Bergeron, and a “Good Neighbour Space” which contains some info on a raffle that may interest you.

We honour those who have given their lives serving Canadians and helping people of other nations.




Land deals announced by Alberta Government
As we have requested from the start, we call on YourAlberta - Government of Alberta to release the total cost of the SR1 project. Originally, the nearly 4000 acres of land was projected to cost $40M...then it was $80M... then it was $140M. If the deals are done, what is the final cost? Further, pipeline cost estimates (7 pipelines must be buried, moved or removed) should now be available. Read: Calgary Herald article.
Additionally, we highlight that the unusual footprint of SR1 will inevitably result in more than 3800 acres of land purchased by the Government. The project footprint cuts across driveways and through yards. What will happen with this excess land? Rocky View County
Despite the land purchases, the SR1 project still needs approval via the Water Act, which includes the dam safety agency. We sent a letter into the Water Board in August, but the Community Association was determined to be "not directly affected" by SR1. Unfortunately, the test of directly affected is relatively narrow (adjacent to or on impacted lands). Our letter to the Water Board.
If the project receives approval from the Water Board, Alberta Environment and Parks (AEP) are required to create a Joint Land Use panel, which will include representatives of First Nations and Springbank. We look forward to participating in discussions regarding how this 3800+ acres of new Crown land in Springbank can be used by members of the public. We advocated strongly at the NRCB hearing that the surrounding community should have a say in the future land use of the SR1 lands and the NRCB applied this condition to its approval.
Additionally, the Government is required to work with the Springbank Historical Society to honor the history of the land. This condition by the NRCB is rather vague but we will remain engaged to ensure that the history of this massive tract of land is preserved. Thanks to Springbank resident Jan Erisman for raising this issue at the NRCB hearing that resulted in this condition being applied.
Bow River Dam Update
We met with the Bow River Reservoir team in August to share our feedback on the evaluation criteria and engagement practices for the proposed Bow River dam project. Our follow up letter to Alberta Environment and Parks (AEP).  We will advocate for additional information sessions in the Springbank area for residents to learn about the project and be given an opportunity to ask questions.
We did receive a contact at the Alberta Government regarding the 2000 acres that were acquired earlier this year along the Bow River in Springbank. We will continue to request clarity from our elected officials and the Provincial Government regarding the future of these lands.
Municipal Elections
This year, the Community Association interviewed candidates & posted the interviews online - what did you think? We also sent them a survey to compete - was this useful? Do you have recommendations for next time? If you have ideas for us, please email president@springbankcommunity.com.



Community / Recreation Facility in Springbank
The first meeting of the stakeholder panel to discuss a new community centre in Springbank met on November 4. Representatives from the Park For All Seasons, the Springbank Heritage Club, Springbank Community Association, Rocky View Schools, Division 1 and 2 Councillors and two at-large members (from Harmony and Elbow Valley) met to review the scope of work. The next meeting is in December. Much work has been done on this initiative by the Community Association over the past several years. We look forward to presenting our vision for a community gymnasium space and event / community gathering space. The Stakeholder panel will be engaged until March 2022 when we should have a much more detailed plan for the facility. The Community Association will bring information regarding this project to the community for discussion / comment as it becomes available.
Rocky View Council Gets Going
The new Council has begun with much administrative work complete - meeting dates, appointments, etc. have been finalized.  The outgoing Council voted in September 2021 to reaffirm that the $10M received by the County regarding the Springbank Off-Stream Reservoir (SR1) will be directed to recreation in Springbank. Although Council composition has changed somewhat, we remain optimistic that this direction will be upheld by the current Council.
We will be working to bring our new Division 2 Councillor Don Kochan up to speed on all the challenges facing the Springbank area and also continue to work with Division 1 Councillor Kevin Hanson on the following:
  • Improving community engagement practices at RVC including improving notification practices, transparency and resident feedback.
  • Moving the South Springbank community facility (event centre / gymnasium) project forward in a timely manner.
  • Improving planning & development processes to ensure that new developments are well-planned - this includes requiring developers to make positive contributions to our community through social infrastructure such as parks and pathways, water and waste-water, roads and more.
  • Creating new Area Structure Plans for Springbank and Highway 8 that meet the challenges of tomorrow, including addressing the complexities of the shared border with Calgary.




Discovery Corner Preschool

The school has been busy learning about all things pumpkin this month!  They read the book Pumpkin Jack by Will Hubbell. The book takes the reader through the life cycle of a pumpkin.  To watch this process they carved a pumpkin and put it in an air tight container to watch the decomposition and life cycle of the pumpkin until spring.
Discovery Corner Preschool has a couple of full time spots available in each of our programs. If interested, call 403-472-1477 for more information.




I would like to begin by saying thank you for your continued support allowing me to serve the students and families of West Rocky View for another four years.  It has been a personally rewarding experience to work with so many wonderful and engaged parents and students. Please know that I will continue to serve the families and students of West Rocky View to the best of my ability.

The Board of Trustees was sworn in at the October 28, 2021 meeting:

Ward 1 - Shaii Baziuk, Chestermere

Ward 2 - Shelley Kinley, Rural Chestermere

Ward 3 - Todd Brand, Airdrie

Melyssa Bowen

Fred Burley

Ward 4 - Norma Lang, East Rockyview (elected Vice-Chair)

Ward 5 - Judi Hunter, West Rockyview

Ward 6 - Fiona Gilbert, Cochrane (elected Chair)


Rocky View School Division board of trustees approved a modular request to the province for 16 new units to be added to the following schools: Mitford, Fireside in Cochrane, Northcott Prairie, George McDougall in Airdrie since these schools are over 100% capacity.

Insurance costs continue to rise and insurance parameters for compliance are becoming stricter. This continues to impact budgets and operations.  School societies are also impacted by insurance rules and costs.

The Board previously created an Indigenous Advisory Committee.  The Terms of Reference for this committee were approved. The committee was populated with the Chair and two trustees.

The transportation committee was re-instated along with the terms of reference.


On October 21, 2021, I had the opportunity to visit the Innovation Lab at Springbank High School.  It was amazing.  The area was renovated last year to allow two classrooms to be joined by a glass wall with a large opening, giving the students opportunities to work on robotic or other projects while the teacher can continue to work in a teaching setting.  Students were actively engaged in preparing their robots for the upcoming First Robotic Competition to be held at Nelson Mandela School in Calgary. The lab is equipped with design software, three laser printers, a CNC machine, and other tools for construction.  The Springbank School Council, the Springbank Community Association and students raised funds for this project.


The Spotlight Sessions will bring together young people, educators, experts, and community members from around the world to construct an in-depth understanding of the how humankind is responding to global challenges. They will also examine the role of non-formal education and learning frameworks, such as the Award, in helping prepare young people to meet the world of tomorrow. The sessions will be hosted on Zoom Webinar and will balance discussion with an opportunity for the audience to ask questions and contribute ideas.

These Spotlight Sessions are an opportunity for students to hear other student voices. Sessions are online, free and sponsored by the Duke of Edinburgh program.

2021-2022 Spotlight Sessions

Young People + Mental Health Tuesday, December 7, 2021
Young People + Access to the Outdoors - Tuesday, February 8, 2022
Young People + Employment - Tuesday, May 3, 2022
Young People + Sustainable Communities Tuesday, September 6, 2022






Crafts, Chat & Coffee Group

Calling community residents 55 years and older -- join this group every Wednesday from 1:00p-4:00p at the Springbank Heritage Club (244168 Range Road 33). Bring your project in hand, participate in the project offered or sit and chat (coffee available)!  Past projects included: sewn microwave bowl covers, sewn hot pads, acrylic art instruction and handmade holiday decorations.

Do you have a project to share or instruct? Can be exercise, yoga, cooking class etc. – The facility is wonderful. Let’s use it!  Please email Janice  Janice3lambert@gmail.com for more information and to be added to their contact list.

Snacks are always welcome.  All AHS protocols are observed. Membership at the Heritage Club is encouraged - only $35.00 for the year. They look forward to seeing you!




4-H Alberta

4-H is a world wide youth development program for children ages 9-21 as of January 1st of the project year.  Many of you may know of 4-H because your parents or even grandparents may have mentioned being in a 4-H club in their youth.  4-H celebrated 100 Years in Alberta in 2017!

Originally started as the boys and girls clubs of Alberta, most common projects were rural based such as swine, sheep, cattle, grain and seed clubs, gardening, poultry and of course, the inside the home courses which included sewing, crafts and foods.

See more information on the projects available.  Today these projects still exist plus many more! Welding, woodworking, archery, and photography are just a few of the close to 50 projects available through 4-H Alberta.

Springbank Rawhides is currently looking for more members for their club for the 2021-2022 project year.  At present, they have equine and canine projects. Deadline to add additional 4-H members for this year is November 26, 2021.  If there is interest for members to do additional projects, they would need at least 2-3 members plus a leader to take on the new project leadership responsibilities. 

They have one meeting a month at the Springbank Equestrian Park on Lower Springbank Road.  Project related workshops are held at the equestrian park or at other local facilities, depending on the specific project.   Membership costs for Springbank club is $170.00 per year per member which covers membership, project books and liability program insurance.

For more information, please contact Norma Ansloos or 403-850-3953 or visit their website.




Ladies Time Out

As we all have become very much aware of during the past year and a half, it is impossible to plan too far ahead during these “unprecedented” times.  Unfortunately, Ladies TIme Out in Springbank had to cancel their Fall session and they are now crossing their fingers (and toes!) that they will be able to resume their classes in January.  Follow LTO on Facebook or Instagram to stay up to date or email anytime with questions.  

Although they can’t gather together in their class kitchen, they hope you’ll enjoy the following recipe.  A delicious fall treat to enjoy the apples from the fundraiser!

Apple Dip
8oz of cream cheese
1/4 cup each of brown and white granulated sugar
1 teaspoon of vanilla
¾ cup of toffee baking bits

Soften the cream cheese. Add the sugars and vanilla. Mix until blended then add the toffee bits.  Serve with sliced apples.





Our excerpt this month gives a brief glimpse into Provincial and Municipal politics.

            In 1925 the Municipal District of Springbank was divided into four divisions but our area fell into Division three and four. (…)

            At the end of 1954 the structure of the municipality changed so that each councillor would represent a larger area. The message that appeared in the auditor’s financial statement for the year ending December 31, 1954 indicated that Springbank would be represented by one councillor and the district would be known and designated as the Municipal District of Calgary. A contest was held in Springbank schools to give an individual name to the district and the name Rocky view was then chosen, giving the official name to the area as M.D. of Rockyview #44, Division 1 (…).




Bragg Creek Christmas Market

November 19-21, 2021

Friday: 5:00pm – 9:00pm 
Saturday: 10:00am – 6:00pm 
Sunday: 10:00am – 5:00pm 

Shop for everyone on your Christmas list from local artisans, makers, and foodies! 

Vendor registrations open until November 8! Click here to download the vendor application form.


Bragg Creek’s Spirit of Christmas

December 4, 2021
12:00pm - 5:30pm

Bragg Creek’s Spirit of Christmas is a good old fashioned Christmas celebration, guaranteed to get the whole family in the spirit of the season. 

The first Saturday in December, Bragg Creek will transform into a sparkly, winter wonderland, complete with all things needed to bring the “Spirit of Christmas” alive in us all. There are many FREE family friendly activities to take in: take a horse drawn wagon ride, meet some princesses, enjoy hot chocolate, cookies, and storytelling. There will also be our outdoor Light-Up Market, a perfect place to find those one-of-a-kind Christmas gifts. As if all that wasn’t enough at the end of this fun filled day will be the official Tree Lighting Ceremony where we countdown and “flip the switch” to light up all the trees in the hamlet followed by a lantern walk through town. There is nothing more beautiful than a snow-covered Bragg Creek in winter. Please join us for all the sights and sounds of our magical hamlet at Christmas.








Burnout:  Anyone Feeling the Burn?

The term “burnout” was coined in the 1970s by psychologist Herbert Freudenberger. He used it to describe the consequences of severe stress and high ideals in “helping” professions. Doctors and nurses, for example, who sacrifice themselves for others, would often end up being “burned out” – exhausted, listless, and unable to cope. Today, the term is not only used for helping professions. It can affect anyone, from career-driven people, and celebrities to overworked employees and parents.

Burnout is not simply a result of working long hours or juggling too many tasks, though those both play a role. The depression, cynicism and exhaustion that are characteristic of burnout most often occur when we are not in control of how a job is carried out, at work or at home, or are asked to complete tasks that conflict with our sense of self. Some other examples are working toward a goal that doesn't resonate for us, or when we feel a lack of support. If we don’t tailor responsibilities to match our true calling, or at least take a break once in a while, we could face burnout, as well as the mental and physical health problems that often come along with it. These can include headaches, anxiety, depression, fatigue, and gastrointestinal symptoms, as well as increased potential for drug, alcohol, shopping, gambling, food, (and the list goes on) abuse or addiction.

Some key signs of burnout are physical and mental exhaustion, a sense of dread of work or social interactions, and frequent feelings of cynicism, irritability or anger. Those of us in helping professions (such as doctors/nurses/therapists) may notice dwindling compassion toward those in our care. Feeling like we can no longer do our job effectively may also signal burnout.

By definition, burnout is an extended period of stress that feels as though it cannot be alleviated. If stress is short-lived or tied to a specific goal, it is generally not harmful. If the stress feels never-ending and comes with feelings of emptiness, apathy, and hopelessness, it may be an indication that we have burned out. Compassion fatigue (a close relative to burnout), is the condition when we become numb to the suffering of others, we feel less able to display empathy toward others, or we lose hope in our ability to be helpful. This most often affects healthcare professionals, military persons, or any of us who are regularly exposed to human suffering. Caring for a child with special needs and/or an aging parent may trigger burnout or compassion fatigue. Some of the signs include persistent fatigue, frequent crying spells, and feelings of frustration, anger and hopelessness toward the person in our care.

How do we circumvent burnout?

When we have too many conflicting responsibilities, we need to simply and without explanation, say “no” to new tasks. We need to ensure that we schedule regular breaks, set start and stop times for tasks/work, and minimize multi-tasking in order to help maintain boundaries and reduce our feelings of burnout.

Write a list of warning signs that you are heading towards burnout. This is an example of my creeping into burnout list:

-        I start eating more prepared foods instead of homemade

-        The arthritis in my hands is flaring due to too much typing

-        I forget to schedule or reschedule my monthly massage appointments

-        I put off writing case notes until end of day or tomorrow

-        I start having trouble falling asleep

Now write a list of what you're going to do if you notice the signs you've identified above. This is an example of my personal care list:

-        I start reading fiction instead of non-fiction/psychology books

-        I sleep more

-        I take a break from courses and continuing education training

-        I schedule chill-out time or social time where I don’t have to be ‘on’

-        I see less clients per day

-        I cook and bake for pleasure

If you are already past the recognition stage and fully in burnout, seek out support to help you navigate your way back to yourself. Great professional helpers have their own therapists to help keep us mentally strong and healthy, and hold us accountable in caring for ourselves to prevent burnout.

Nancy Bergeron, RPsych | nancy@viewpointcalgary.ca




2021 Raffle - Foothills Academy
The Laverick family's daughter, Springbank residents, attends Foothills Academy, a designated private school for students in grades 3 to 12, all of whom have diagnosed Learning Disability and it is the leading Learning Disability school in Alberta, servicing children from all over the Province. 

Their daughter, AJ, started at Foothills in September 2020, with a G1 level of Literacy, and a Kindergarten level of Math. With the amazing specialized teaching and programming at Foothills, they are elated to say that AJ is now top-of-the class in reading, and performing at Grade 5 level in ALL areas!

Covid has hit the annual Foothills Academy fundraising efforts HARD.  AJ and her peers are asking for community support  to help raise funds for their school!

There are over $57,000 worth in prizes!  
1st prize - 2021 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2
2nd prize - $2,500 cash
3rd prize - $750 cash

Ticket deadline is November 15
1 ticket for $20
5 tickets for $50
10 tickets for $75
25 tickets for $100
In the In Honour Of box, type Enter ‘AJLaverick’.

Thank you for your support!





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