The community centre as muster station . . .
The Mustering Station at Montgomery Community Centre is now closed. All of our homes have power and everyone is welcome to come home. The land erosion and sloughing along 52nd Street is being monitored. The residents directly impacted are keeping in close contact.
I would like to recognize Janine McAuliffe for her calm, can-do attitude and her incredible competence and connections with the community. To say thank you seems too minimal for all that Janine has done. First, she has not had a day off since last Sunday. She has been at the Community Centre from morning till night for the past three days. She has organized resources, provided information not only about Montgomery, but also about Bowness to the army, city, and first responders who have needed immediate answers. She has delivered food to Bowness and has been in contact with the Bowness Community Centre to ensure that our neighbours know that we as a community are here to help if needed. After a visit to Bow Crescent, she called Rona and asked for wheelbarrows to be delivered to the Bowness Community Centre. Through all of this, she continued to operate the Community Centre and held the Community Soccer Banquet. Janine is truly a gift and a blessing.
Next, I have had the pleasure of working with some amazing people over the last three days and would like to thank some of them now. The army detachment from Lethbridge, who were the first to show up with an offer to help our neighbours, managed their responsibility with professionalism. John K. from the City of Calgary has been the daytime lead of the mustering station. He took charge Sunday afternoon and worked tirelessly to get power on to all of the homes in the community. He coordinated with City Building Inspectors, Enmax, and Atco employees, safety always being the primary consideration of all the decisions being made.
Local Hero, Chef Michael Noble of NOtaBLE restaurant fed the displaced and volunteered his time and resources tirelessly. Montgomery thanks you!
Thank you to Donna Kennedy-Glans who has been to the community. She has offered her help and support to the community. Ms. Kennedy-Glans has toured 52nd Street, has been in touch with the residents, and has committed to ensure the issue is not lost in the overwhelming devastation of the flooding. Her support and the support of her office has been very reassuring.
Dale Hodges has been responding to his own home flooding and, at the same time, he has been in contact with our community. Dale our thoughts are with you.
If there are any of neighbours who require assistance, please do not hesitate to contact the community centre and register your needs. We will endeavour to continue to support you to the best of our abilities.
Many of our residents have offered assistance. Throughout our community, we heard “don’t worry about me (us) we can manage, help Bowness.” If people are looking to help, there are many of our friends and neighbours across the river that still have major clean-up needs. I would encourage you to go to the Bowness Community Centre to register. Rubber boots, gloves, and a mask are a must if you are going over to help clean. Stay safe and connected.