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livingcover 7 Steps to Forming a Neighbourhood Association 1. Build awareness in your neighbourhood and gain support to form an association. The Council of Lethbridge Neighbourhoods can guide you on how to promote the idea and educate residents on the benefits of an association. 4. Complete the Service Alberta forms, signed by the new board, and submit them to officially form a society. 5. Register it with corporate registry. 2. H  old a meeting to approve objectives, boundaries, and bylaws, and form a board of directors. 6. O  nce the incorporation papers have been received, contact the Council of Lethbridge Neighbourhoods to apply for membership and to be added to its database. 3. C  hoose a name, one that is unique and specific to your neighbourhood. 7. Obtain board and liability insurance from a registered insurance provider. Now start making your community a better place to live, work, and play! For a full listing of neighbourhood associations in Lethbridge, and current statuses, visit lethbridgeliving.com. The council was initially started as an informal support group for the city’s existing neighbourhood associations, which at the time included Westminster Neighbourhood Association, Westminster Village Committee, London Road Neighbourhood Association, Tudor Estates Neighbour Association, and Senator Buchanan Neighbourhood Association, but as more groups and citizens from throughout Lethbridge stepped forward, “it quickly came to the point that we needed to create not just an informal support group,” Jerry says, “but a formal one [with] a focus on the engagement of neighbourhoods, not just the ones with associations or those working towards one, but the ones without as well.” The foundation for such a group had already been poured last summer through the City’s Beyond Your Front Door campaign that inspired residents to step beyond their front doors to engage with their neighbours. In correlation with the campaign, Jerry and the City’s Community & Social Development Group were at the time searching for a way to mobilize neighbourhood associations “because we found that we can’t do our work in the neighbourhoods if we don’t have groups to interact with, and what better group to focus on neighbourhoods than neighbourhood associations?” adds Jerry. After a year-long process, the council was officially formed last July, and includes members from neighbourhoods with established associations such as Acting Chair Darlene MacLean from Westminster, Treasurer Olivia Pelucco from Garry Station, Secretary Sarah Hooper from Copperwood, and Directors Shanda McKnight from Tudor Estates and Paige Rosner from Senator Buchanan. As more associations are developed and established, the group will grow to encompass neighbourhood association members as well as community-minded residents who don’t necessarily have an association with any single group. The council’s former Chair, Kim Siever, who is also the Past-President of the London Road Neighbourhood Association, says, “[Members of the council] would love to sit down with neighbourhood residents and find out about their neighbourhood, what makes the neighbourhood a success, and what it is about the neighbourhood that is motivating them to want to get involved in improving it in any way. And then talk about the process of finding like-minded neighbours who want to get involved and also what’s involved, and to show them that [the council is] here for the entire way,” Kim says, adding that he is encouraged by the positive response amongst residents. “It’s LETHBRIDGELIVING.COM JAN-FEB 2016 29