The benefits of community associations

Mar 28, 2019

When moving into a new community, it can be helpful for residents to get to know their neighbours to form a sense belonging. One way of doing this is by joining a community association.

What a community association is:

Also known as a residents’ association, community associations are formed when groups of neighbours come together to share their ideas and work cooperatively to make their neighbourhood a better place to live.

The benefits of a community association:

Community associations have the potential to give residents the opportunity to speak with a unified voice and become an advocate in their area. They can foster support systems and strengthen connections by engaging people in the area through social events and working towards common goals.

This includes organizing community clean-ups, increasing safety initiatives, monitoring development proposals, as well as, working to protect natural/heritage areas, and raising funds to improve parks, amenities, infrastructure and more.

Community associations have the capability of enriching the quality of life in a neighbourhood and can provide a shared sense of community kinship for its residents.

Oak Bluff Recreation Club:

Currently serving as a community networking opportunity is the Oak Bluff Recreation Club which is a volunteer run organization that holds numerous events throughout the year including a spring fling dance, a kids Halloween dance party and breakfast with Santa. The Oak Bluff Recreation Club also provides recreational sports including baseball, softball, hockey, ringette and soccer.

Becoming a part of a community association or organization is a great way to give back to your neighbourhood and connect with other residents. It can enhance family supports such as connecting with babysitters and other professionals during social events. This connection also helps strengthen the safety of a community because people who know each other are often more willing to look out for one another. Not to mention, having a community association gives residents the opportunity to help shape their neighbourhood into one that they can cherish for years to come.