Family Day

Family Day

Last year for Family Day a few families got together and spent some time in our Community Centre playing games and enjoying each other’s company. This year, Family Day is occurring on Monday February 16, and we’d like to invite your family to join us. Here the details:

Beaver Creek to Recover Frozen Money

Steve Furino

My trustee Google Alert as informed me that things are progressing in Beaver Creek's attempt to recover our $93,000 frozen in asset-backed commercial paper (ABC paper). Here is a small quote from an interview The Record had with Steve Furino yesterday.

This week's court approval of a plan that paves the way for the Beaver Creek Housing Co-operative where he lives to finally get back $93,000 in what he thought was a safe investment still has him wary. "I'm thrilled and relieved," he says.

But he notes there have been 13 or 14 postponements in the past.

Although everything has been signed, it will still take about a month before funds will actually be made available, and that is assuming there isn't yet another postponement.

Honestly, Did You Ever Want to Shoot Me in the Head?

Ca$h 'n Gun$ being played after Thanksgiving dinner

Cuz, now's your chance! Games night this month will be featuring a game called Ca$h n' Gun$! where you get to do just that. It's a simple, fast, funny game and we'd love for you to come out and try it.

Games night in the past few months has had some poor attendance. So we decided that you may be more interested in coming out if you have an idea of what's going to be played. We've also moved it to the 3rd Sat. of every month instead of the 1st so that we can let you know in the Dam what we're featuring every month. We'd love to see you on Jan. 17 to teach you the fun that is...

Ca$h n' Gun$!

Living on Less

Thriving on Less - Simplifying in a Tough Economy

Times are tough, and unfortunately they will get tougher before they get any better. Everyone is starting to look at their expenses and evaluating where they can save. The kind folks at have produced a free ebook Thriving on Less - Simplifying in a Tough Economy. This handy resource details some helpful tips on how to not only survive, but to thrive during these times.

What follows is one of the largest suggestions found in the book.

Map to and of Beaver Creek now online

Today I have added a detailed map of Beaver Creek to the website. It uses Google Maps, and details many items of interest including:

  • Unit numbers for each block
  • Community Centre
  • Visitor Parking
  • Gazebo / Picnic Area
  • Playground / Sports Pad
  • Gardens / Fire Pit

You can find the new map at

Diversity and Spaghetti Sauce

Here is a great presentation by Malcolm Gladwell about how Howard Moskowitz discovered for the food industry that embracing the diversity of their customers they can make more people happy (and thus make more money).

Rally to support Thornhill Green

Save Thornhill Green Coop

York Region is going to court to try to force the sale of the assets of Thornhill Green Co-op to its housing company, Housing York, for little more than half the market value. The Co-op and CHF Canada are fighting the sale in court.

Plan to attend a rally in support of Thornhill Green Co-op.

Why Support Thornhill Green

  • Thornhill Green Co-op has been a good neighbour for over 15 years.
  • The co-op is fi nancially sound. It has more than $5.5 million in equity in its property and has received less subsidy than any co-op in the province.
  • There is no reason to sell and lose the benefits of resident-controlled housing.
  • Learn more at this special section of the CHF Canada website.

How You Can Help

Halloween Story for Kids


This is the story that I told the younger kids at our Gazebo on Halloween before they all headed off to the haunted house followed by trick-or-treating.

Dracula's Secret

Galloping horses pull a coach along a dark road. The driver shouts to me. "We will arrive at the castle soon. I'll drop you off and leave at once. I must get out of these woods before the moon rises. Strange things happen around here during the full moon."

"What kind of things?" I ask.

Beaver Creek Featured in SNAP

SNAP Kitchener/Waterloo Logo

I just received notice from my trusty Google Alert that Beaver Creek has been mentioned on the SNAP Kitchener/Waterloo site.

Beaver Creek Housing Cooperative in Waterloo is a great community to call home! On Sept. 13th they held their 2nd annual Fall Fair. From first thing in the morning until the wee hours, there was a jam packed day full of exciting events and activities for the whole family and live music from " Noisy Neighbours " to close the festivities. Even a torrential rainstorm didn't dampen the spirit of all involved!

Cooperaitve Housing Federation of Canada Creates a Federal Election Action Centre

CHF Canada's Act Logo for the 2008 Federal Election

The Cooperaitve Housing Federation of Canada (CHFC) has created a Federal Election Action Centre which details how we can help solve the housing problems in this country. Their list of advice includes:

Be sure to visit the site, to learn more and help do your part.