“What is a resident’s association?” I was asked when I mentioned that I intended to put my name forward for president of the Brow of the Hill Residents’ Association. Many of my neighbours have no idea what an RA does – or could do – and in fact aren’t even aware these grassroots, community-led groups exist.
This is an especially pressing problem in an area that has a large proportion of the city’s renters with massive turnover every year. Renters are a group that is generally underrepresented at community forums, at events and on city committees.
As president, I hope to engage with neighbours to have conversations about what we’d like to see in our corner of New Westminster. We’re working to get a website up soon, and I hope to have regular meetings to spark ideas and dialogue.
Have an idea about how we can reach out and get more people involved? I’d love to hear from you! Let me know on the Brow of the Hill Residents’ Association on Facebook.
Nadine Nakagawa, New Westminster
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