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Where is the summer going?

Fall Fair is right around the corner. See us at our booth to let us know what matters to you! Join us for our “Old Tyme Family Dance” which we had to cancel last year due to Covid.

The Community Association was so pleased to attend the Duke of Edinburgh Silver Medal Ceremony last month. Thank you to Judi Hunter for her dedication to the program! Our website is now able to accommodate registration to the program if you know of any interested youth.

Scroll the newsletter to see some great opportunities for activity in Springbank and surrounding communities, plus see what the province and RVC are doing that affects us.

Springbank Airport put our area in the spotlight in July, so Chaps and Chinooks is a glimpse into the family that farmed this land before it was the airport. 

Haying and thunderstorm season in Springbank!

Savour what is left of the summer, Springbank, and see you in September!





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Land Use:

We received the draft recommendations from the Land Use committee & will determine the best way to share these out.  Recommendations are under review by the Committee members.  

On July 26, Rocky View County decided on creating yet another survey for the community on SR1…from RVC:

Council directed Administration to undertake a full internal review of the draft SR1 Land Use Plan when released, and to provide the County’s feedback directly to Alberta Environment and Parks, in addition to continued participation in the Joint Land Use Advisory Committee. Administration is also directed to invite feedback from local landowners, residents, and community groups on the draft SR1 Land Use Plan through an online survey and written representations, and to collate this feedback to provide an overall County and community position to Alberta Environment and Parks. Notification of the County’s engagement will be conducted through a mailout to the wider Springbank area and through other digital communication channels.

Bow River Dam Process

No updates

Calgary Metropolitan Region Board (CMRB)

The Calgary Metropolitan Region Board received approval from the Minister of Municipal Affairs on its growth plan which will be effective August 15, 2022.  This is the guiding document for growth in the Calgary area, including Airdrie, Foothills County, Rocky View County, Chestermere, Cochrane, High River, Okotoks and Wheatland County. 

In West Rocky View (see pages 49-52), the growth areas are Harmony and Bragg Creek   The Springbank Airport is mentioned as a preferred employment growth area.  We expect this document to set parameters around the Springbank Area Structure Plan.

It will be interesting to see what happens with Elbow View Area Structure Plan (Highway 8) given the Highway 8 corridor is not recognized as a Preferred Growth Area.


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




Survey: Social Needs Assessment

Rocky View County is completing a Family and Community Social Needs Assessment to better understand the social needs of its residents, including youth. The information collected will be used in the County’s decision making about Family and Community There are two surveys being conducted concurrently:

  • For residents in general, and
  • For youth in our community.

It is important to capture input through separate surveys, as youth and adults have different perceptions, viewpoints and see social issues from a different lens when evaluating their own unique needs and priorities. Data captured by the youth survey will assist to see what gaps are identified in the County for services, programs and support that are important from a youth perspective as opposed to an adult perspective.

The surveys are available until September 15, 2022.
Click here for survey links


New Online Portal at RVC

Rocky View County now offers property, tax, and utility services online through a new customer service portal.

The new portal makes County services, previously only available in-person or by telephone, more accessible and convenient for residents.

The new portal requires residents to create an account to access the following county services online:

  • Property assessment information  
  • Property tax payments and balances
  • Tax certificates
  • Utility payments, balances, and billing history
  • Mortgage holdings


RR31 River Allowance / Public Access to River

On July 26, Council heard two competing applications to privatize the RR31 Road Allowance at the south end of RR31 between River Ridge and Swift Creek that currently provides public access to the Elbow River.  There were two competing applications to close the road allowance (one to turn it private; the other to keep it public). 

Both applications were turned down, so the road allowance will remain as is for now.  

There was a motion arising from the discussion by Councillor Hanson:

That administration prepare a report "outlining options to promote safe and accessible pathway connections to waterbodies and watercourses for recreational purposes along road allowances..." and "...explore measures to ensure...impacts are mitigated" for adjacent landowners

We know from surveys that river access is a precious and limited commodity in the community.  Council heard this message from residents.  We need much better planning for developments along the river and a plan to improve access where it currently exists. 

Our 2021 survey results on river access are available here:

Results summary

All comments on river access


COSTCO / Bingham Crossing

No updates this month. Work seems to be ongoing at the Bingham property. 


Message from Miranda Rosin,  MLA, Banff-Kananaskis


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





Discovery Corner Preschool

Discovery Corner Preschool has morning program spaces available for the upcoming school year.





July 23,2022 the Springbank Community Association hosted the Duke of Edinburgh Silver Awards Ceremony.

We were delighted to have Mayor Kochan of Rocky View County, Chantel Bender, Director of the Alberta Northwest Territories for the Duke of Edinburgh organization as well as Karin Hunter, President of the Springbank Community Association in attendance.

The four recipients Simon Beler, Kaelen Hunter, Cole Inverarity, and Zach Murray spoke about what the program had meant to them.

Achieving the silver award involved a total of 39 hours in each of the following categories: fitness, skills and community service as well as a practice and qualifying adventure journeys.

We celebrate their achievements and their commitment to personal growth and their community!








Founded by renowned artists Harry Kiyooka and Katie Ohe, The Kiyooka Ohe Arts Centre and Sculpture Park (KOAC) is a 20-acre art-in-nature destination located right here in Springbank (244034 Horizon View Rd SW). This dynamic centre was born of Harry and Katie’s generous gift back to the community, where you can come with family and friends to enjoy contemporary art combined with Alberta’s natural beauty under the big blue sky. Springbank residents are invited to access the park in a variety of ways: 

Guided tours of the Sculpture Park: Every Saturday at 1:00pm, including a viewing of our resident artist Sabine LeCorre-Moore’s remarkable exhibit, Painting Alberta. Book your tour now. Also included in the tour is our newest installation, Doodle #4, a 12-foot abstract sculpture created by our own Katie Ohe.

CREATE WITH KOAC suite:  artist-led workshops and special events. Learn more and register now. 

Self guided tours: The west 10 acres of the park (the open field with large scale sculptures at the front of the park) are open for you to wander at your leisure without a guide from Thursday to Sunday, 10am - 7pm. (Please be sure to have dogs on leashes and to pick up after them - thank you!)

 Thanks to the generous support of Rocky View County, Neighbours Path: installed last year on the west edge of KOAC, parallel to Horizon View Road, to provide a safe place for neighbours to walk and enjoy the view of both the sculptures and the surrounding beauty of Springbank. 

Art Supply Sale Sept 27, 2022:  KOAC is hosting a sale of new and gently used art supplies, to encourage the creativity in everyone. To donate supplies you no longer need, or to learn more about the sale.

In April of 2022, we bid a heartfelt farewell to our Founder Harry Mitsuo Kiyooka, who left this life after an amazing 94 years of artistic and personal generosity to his community and the world. Please consider joining us for The Harry Kiyooka Memorial Fundraiser on September 17, 2022. More information and tickets.

KOAC is sincerely grateful to Rocky View County for their continued support in helping to provide this unique and significant destination for the enjoyment of Springbank residents.




Webber Academy Athletic Park 

Wildcats Baseball is excited to announce their first baseball camp at the newly built Webber Academy Athletic Park! This August 15th to 19th Wildcats Baseball will host a baseball camp for players aged 8 - 13. This camp will provide players with the opportunity to experience some of the best baseball facilities in Canada along with learning from our professional coaching staff.


 The week-long camp will include training sessions about the fundamentals of baseball: Hitting, Fielding, Throwing, Catching and Pitching. Training will consist of drills and fun games designed to grow your players' understanding of baseball and keep the game entertaining for all. Stay up to date on signup times as spots will fill quickly! See our website for details.


 This past July we had the privilege of hosting the Blue Jays Academy Tournament tryouts. Young baseball players across Alberta flocked to our marquee field to take part in the tryouts for a chance to be picked for the Jays Academy Alberta Showcase team. Players picked for this team will have the opportunity to play at the Rogers center in front of MLB and College scouts against other top prospects from across Canada. The Blue Jays Baseball Academy’s mission is to provide a platform to highlight and market the high level of amature baseball talent in Canada. Since conception of this showcase 110 former showcase players have been drafted to a Major League Baseball team and over 500 have received scholarships to continue their athletic and academic careers in college.

 Along with some of the best baseball minds in the Blue Jays Organization the showcase at Webber Academy Athletic Park featured coaches and scouts from the Alberta area, former Blue Jays Ace Ricky Romero, and of course Wildcats Baseball Senior Advisor and pitching coordinator Chris Reitsma. It was truly a privilege to host this prestigious showcase and we look forward to continuing to host this showcase tryout for years to come.



Happy Summer everyone from the Springbank Dancers!
They had a great month with some really fun camps! We have a couple more camps at the end of August and are gearing up for an incredible season ahead!
They have classes for age 1+ at our studio in Springbank, out in Bragg Creek, and at Springbank Cottage Childcare! They pride themselves in having high quality training and a very strong teaching team, but we are also about "so much more than dance." With our Core Values of Growth, Positivity, Kindness, Equality, and Fun being the driving force behind what we do, we care for our students as humans and individuals before dancers. 💜 
Interested in our dance programs or fun events throughout the season!?! Please reach out to Miss Mikki and she'd be happy to help answer any questions and gift you a FREE TRIAL class


Springbank Curling Club

Summer won’t last forever, and it’s time to start thinking about activities for the winter.  Why not curling?  You can expect to enjoy some physical activity and friendly competition, as well as to get out and connect with friends and neighbours throughout the winter.  Curling is easy to learn, and Springbank has a fantastic curling facility with openings for players of all skill levels to get out on the ice and play. 

Beginning in late September, the Springbank Curling Club hosts league curling every weeknight, as well as drop-in curling one Saturday night each month.  Signing up for league curling involves weekly games as well as social events throughout the season.  We can accommodate your entire team or can also hook you up if you’re looking to join a team as a single or a couple.  Check out their website to learn more about our options for Ladies, Men’s, Mixed or Open League Curling, and follow along there to stay informed about the next opportunity to drop-in on for a social game on a Saturday night.

Our popular Junior Curling Program runs on Saturday mornings from 10am to 12pm.  It’s open to anyone from 8 to 18 years old, and is a great way to introduce young players to the game and others their age.  The program is led by qualified instructors who provide coaching and skills training, and each week concludes with a game to practice the skills and have some fun along the way.  Springbank Curling Club is an enthusiastic supporter of the Calgary Youth Curling Association and our coaches are available to support Junior teams in these and other events throughout the winter as well.

Curling is a great way to meet people and make friends while playing a sport you can play for a lifetime.  Please visit their website to find out more or to sign up!


Springbank Rawhides 4-H Club

Many of you may be wondering what 4-H is - some of you may remember your parents or even grandparents being in a 4-H beef, dairy or sewing club in their youth. However, today, 4-H Alberta has many projects available for Alberta youth ages 9-21 - in addition to livestock and small animal projects, members can participate in photography, archery, foods. woodworking welding and many more lifeskill projects.

What the club offers each year is based on member interest and the ability of having 1-2 leaders plus adult volunteers to facilitate each project group. 

Members are required to complete a communications project each year which can consist of a presentation or a prepared speech.  This skill enhances eachmember's abilities as they go through grade school and/or post secondary education.

In addition to monthly club meetings, members participate in their specific project  workshops ( horse, canine, photography, foods and many others).  Project dates are decided based on members in each group and locations required for each project.  Members can also participate in district, regional and provincial organized day events, competitions and provincial 4-H camps.

Friendship is a key to 4-H and 4-H = family.  

They will have an information booth at the upcoming community Fall Fair on September 10 and their first meeting on September 16 at the Springbank Equestrian Park club house on Lower Springbank Road and Robinson Road.  

If you would like more information, contact Norma Ansloos, Head Leader, or call 403-850-3953.





Ever wonder why the main road into the Springbank Airport is called MacLaurin Drive?

In Chaps and Chinooks, Don MacLaurin details the history of his family in the Springbank area, including their dairy and farming operations on what is now the Springbank Airport. Early generations of the MacLaurin family came from Scotland to Ontario in 1815. Don’s father, John Dougall (JD), one of the founding Springbank Community Association board members, came west to live in 1902 and worked various jobs until he acquired land in 1911. Don was born in 1914 and carried on the farm operations before and after his father’s passing in 1952. There were ups and downs with dairying, so he writes: 

The next year we cleaned away corrals and fences and broke up areas, to enable us to do a better grain operation, but fate was against us, for on January 22, 1969 the Department of Transport expropriated our farm. So it was that Glen Roy Farm ceased to exist and the Springbank Airport came into being.

Springbank Airport: Glen Roy Farm in 1964

Chaps and Chinooks, Vol II, p. 331-336





How to Stay Calm in Tense Situations

Ever wonder why some folks are more feisty and ready for a fight than others? It relates to our temperament, our past experiences, our predisposition, and based on situation. All of these things work together, we may find ourselves ready to rumble instantly when we perceive a threat, feel disrespected, or sense another other person is preparing to argue with us. According to Bonnie Bloom, we can’t do much to avoid a spontaneous tense moment, however we can learn about our impulses when these situations are on us.

Most of us are familiar with ‘fight or flight’ and ‘fawn or freeze’ as an adrenaline-filled reactive state that fuels us when we perceive a threat. This is a part of our survival response. These are instinctual responses that help us emotionally and physically survive threats to the best of our abilities. A “fight” instinct will bring us into an aggressive position. A “flight” instinct will instruct us to retreat or disengage. A “freeze” instinct will leave us unable to respond to the perceived threat at all. A “fawn” instinct will enable us to try to please the threat to avoid conflict.

Think about how we’ve handled intense confrontations in our past. Did we default to people-pleasing or run away? Our past reactions generally predict how we will react in the future. Spend time questioning our motives and behaviors and working to understand ourselves so we can, at the very least, avoid seeking out situations where we’ll take our aggression out on someone else—which could only worsen our problems.

 “The first thing I think people need to know is that if they are in the ‘fight’ mode, the part of their brain responsible for reason and deliberation is offline,” Bloom says. “Our brains do that so we don’t get stuck in analysis paralysis when a bear is chasing us. The reason this knowledge is so important, is that it informs us that logic and reason are not present. Calming down the mind-body activation of being in ‘fight’ needs to be the first priority.” It’s key for us to know we’re in “fight” in the first place, which means we have to feel it, since reasoning has left the building.

Bloom suggests trying to bring the feeling of “fight” to our body when we aren’t actually in a fight, and noticing how it feels. Ask ourselves where the feeling lives in our body—whether it has a color, whether it has a shape, if it’s heavy, if it’s tingly, or if it’s numb. Identify the way the response feels using whatever adjectives work, and then memorize it.

How stay calm in a fight response:

Bloom suggests removing ourselves from the activating situation if possible, which could mean going to our room, walking outside, heading to a bathroom, or driving away.

She suggests “the idea is getting ourselves into a space where we can safely express this instinct and then self-soothe.” You can beat up a pillow—or even scream into it—or find another way to express our aggression. Consider opening our notes app and typing out everything you wish we could say to the other person in that moment—but don’t actually send it their way. If this is an ongoing issue with a specific person – we can seek out counselling to explore the origins and find better strategies for future confrontations.

After we get out the aggression, we need to take a moment to soothe ourselves: things such as yoga, deep breathing, comfort food, favorite music, or doing whatever makes us feel content.

“This method of safe expression and soothing gets us back into the brain where reason and logic are back online and we have them at our disposal again for decision making and contemplation,” Bloom says.

She shares there may be some situations wherein we can’t make an exit. At times like that, we need to breathe deeply and summon the best restraint we can manage until we are able to make an exit. Stay present, to the best of our ability, and remember that the fallout from pursuing the fight could be serious and long-lasting. “Focus on the light at the end of the tunnel,” she says, referring to our eventual opportunity to extricate ourselves from the situation.

Nancy Bergeron | RPsych.












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