Annual General Meeting Announcement!

AAgenda:

1. Welcome and Call to Order

2. Approval of 2015 AGM minutes

3. Reports
a) Chair Report (Suz Shiells)
b) Financial (Dan McInnis)
c) Membership Report ( Andrea Szwajcer)

4. Changing of bylaws
5.4 Delete “director of stewardship” and the s from Director of Event (s) and add two members at large. Hopefully this will attract members to join the board less formally.
11.4 Change registered office to “The Registered Office for the Organization may be established or changed by Ordinary resolution of the Board of Directors.” so that it does not need to change every time there is a board change.

5. Nomination and Election of officers for 2016/2017
a) Slate of Nominees
b) Nominations from the Floor
c) Elections of Officers
Chair
Vice Chair
Secretary
Treasurer
Director of Communications
Director of Marketing
Director of Events
Director of Membership
Member at Large (2)

6. Suggestions for the2016

7. Adjournment

At this point for anyone who would like to stay there will be a discussion about the future of the park. It will include information about the Phases of Development for Rapid Transit and the future Brenda Leipsic Dog Park

2015 Year End Financials

Our letter to the City of Winnipeg

bigstock-Mail-Dog-34566944On March 9th, 2016 Brenda Leipsic Dog Parkers Board sent the below letter to the city of Winnipeg:

On behalf of all our members, the Board of Brenda Leipsic Dog Parkers Inc. would like to express our appreciation for the recent steps in establishing off-leash dog parks in Winnipeg.

The benefits of dog parks are numerous – a strengthened sense of community, promotes responsible pet ownership, enhanced green space and the social and physical wellbeing of the dog park users. The redevelopment of the Brenda Leipsic Dog Park as part of the Bus Rapid Transit Project (slated to open in 2019), the inclusion of dog park facilities in the predesign of the William Clement Expressway and the establishment of a downtown neighbourhood dog park are all positive steps towards a sustainable dog park infrastructure for the betterment of all Winnipeggers. Continue reading Our letter to the City of Winnipeg

From the Archives – BLDP’s Birthday!

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Did you know when BLDP first became a dog park? Read the below press release! 

WINNIPEG – October 5, 2007 – The City’s first off-leash dog park in River Heights/Fort Garry Ward was officially opened today at the corner of Hurst Way and Parker Avenue

Twelve sites have been selected in Winnipeg parks and public spaces where dog owners can let their pets socialize and exercise off-leash in a safe environment.

Continue reading From the Archives – BLDP’s Birthday!

Important Updates

Phase 1 of the Bus Rapid Transit is starting. Important information regarding parking, and relocation of the BLDP:

  • GEM Equities has graciously agreed to allow our members and all other users of the park to use their property (otherwise known as the Forest) located to the north of the Winnipeg Humane Society, during construction and until such time as they start development of the land. See the picture of the sign and aerial photo of park below for location.

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    Phase 1 and Phase 2 access to Temporary BLDP site: Phase 1 (the blue line) is the access from Hurst for dog parkers – in effect January 2016 to July 2016. Phase 2 is in black (with 24 parking stalls) access with parking lot to be available sometime after July 2016.
  • There will be fencing that will close off access of the forest from the field that houses the Manitoba Hydro towers — see next point
  • Manitoba Hydro will be putting up the fences will be going up this week (January 21, 2016)
    • Fencing will be placed where the paths in the wooded area meet the open area – please ask everyone (and their dogs) to respect the fencing for their own safety. Keep to the paths in the forest

  • Manitoba Hydro new tower placement will start February 1, 2016
    • Towers will start to be delivered on February 17, 2016 and temporarily be placed along the fenced field
    • There will be a lot of vehicles and equipment moving around and construction trailers will be parked just east of the existing dog park
    • Contract is slated to be finished July 1, 2016

  • City of Winnipeg will be putting up a sign stating the Dog Park is closed; this refers to the “legal” dog park and does not refer to our temporary relocation to the Forest. There will be another sign from the City of Winnipeg to located near the “Closed” sign redirecting people to the temporary, Forest location. See a picture of this sign below.
  • The Community Bulletin Board will be removed this week and placed in storage. The cards, lost and found was collected by our Treasurer Dan McInnis. All lost items will be kept for 1 month and then discarded or donated. Please send an email to brendaleipsicdogparkers@gmail.comif there are any items of yours that may have been on the Bulletin Board.
  • Phase 1 Temporary Parking of Dog Parkers – see the captioned image above. Access from Parker will be for construction; access for Dog Parkers will be from Hurst. This access will be from now until 2019.The area marked 24 parking stalls is the phase 2 parking
    • The phase 2 parking will be developed by the City of Winnipeg. This is anticipated sometime after July 1, 2016.
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This will be the temporary relocation sign designed and created by the City of Winnipeg to be posted near the official Closed sign.

The Board will endeavor to keep our website and Facebook page as up to date as possible to alert members and non-members alike. With the Bulletin Board to be unavailable for the foreseeable future, digital communication becomes primary. Please encourage everyone to either subscribe to our Facebook and/or Twitter feeds.

Annual General Meeting of the Brenda Leipsic Dog Parkers Inc. – official call:
BLDP Inc. is combining Spring Clean Up (of the Forest) and the Annual General Meeting together! Be sure to save the date for April 16, 2016. Time, location of AGM and agenda will be forthcoming. There will be much to discuss and report including a WinDog summary, new BLDP park planning and more information regarding construction developments.

Gaining Ground for Your Hound Fall Expo

Saturday September 26, 11 am – 3 pm 

Your Board has been working hard to program a spectacular dog-friendly event at the Park. Featuring: Manitoba Mutts, Winnipeg Humane Society, Canadian Animal Blood Bank, Winnipeg Animal Services, Winnipeg Police K9 Unit, Agility Dawg, PetSecure and more!

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There will be tons of great giveaways, animals to adopt, pet supply vendors, food trucks, dog agility demos, and amazing prizes at our player’s choice raffle…Plus more surprise features to come!

Thank you to our generous sponsors!

Fun at our spring event!
Fun at our spring event!

Update: Charleswood dog park

WRCP-ExtensionStudy-MapIf you’re a Brenda Leipsic Dog Parker and also a fan of the Charleswood Off-leash Dog Park on Grant at the William R Clement Parkway (WRCP), here’s an update:

In mid 2014, City Council approved an upgrade of the timeline for the extension of the WRCP from Grant Ave to Wilkes from a medium-term goal to a short-range project.

The extension project will trigger the closure of the Charleswood Park.

Both Windog and BLDP sent representatives to the recent public consultation, and Windog garnered a stakeholder consultation on the park’s behalf. Continue reading Update: Charleswood dog park