30Jul 2013

My Connection with Ward 7

I have been asked over the past few weeks why I am choosing to run in Ward 7 when I currently reside in Ward 1.

My connection to Ward 7 is strong! As long as I can remember, I have been spending most of my daytime hours in this part of Calgary. I went to Branton Jr. High for grades 7-9 and William Aberhart for high school (grades 10-12). In fact, I met my husband while attending Branton! Keith grew up in the Ward 7 neighborhood of Rosedale. He lived there for over 20 years attending high school at Crescent Heights.

When we lived in Ward 7’s Capitol Hill neighborhood, all three of my children attended schools nearby. Two of my children continue to attend Ward 7 schools. I have been on parent council at these schools and I worked in this area for over ten years making many long lasting friendships along the way.

What I love most about Ward 7 are the trees, pathways and many residents I have come to know.

For over 20 years, I have been running along Memorial drive, cruising the streets of Parkdale and up the grassy hills of St. Andrews Heights. I thoroughly enjoy the challenge of the 19th st. climb from West Hillhurst up to Briar Hill for a lovely view! I ramp it up through the smooth streets of Banff Trail and Capitol Hill before plunging down into Confederation Park to say hello to all the walkers in Rosemont and Mount Pleasant. Another chug up the Queen’s park cemetery and I am instantly in Highwood smelling the sweet aroma of fresh pastries at Eclair de Lune Patisserie. No time to stop for a croissant! Before I know it, I am zooming through the tree lined streets of Cambrian Heights crossing 14th street into the lush neighborhoods of Collingwood, Charleswood and Brentwood. So many schools along Northmount Drive!  I soon enjoy some peace and quiet along the John Laurie pathway that soon leads me across Shaganappi Trail and onto Dalhousie Drive.

I am always amazed at how welcoming residents are when I wave. Never one to be shy, I am happy to slow down and chat for a bit. Before I know it, it is time to loop around and head home! On other occasions. one of my favourite routes takes me through the well established neighborhoods of Rosedale and Sunnyside. Speeding along Crescent Road is only acceptable on foot! Whizzing down Center Street bridge is always a thrill especially ending up in Chinatown for a quick dim sum break! Can’t finish this run without visiting the shops in Sunnyside. One cannot simply run through Kensington and not stop at Crave cupcakes or Bernard Callebaut! One or two delightful treats later, and I am refueled for tomorrow. I love Ward 7….

I am not sure there is any street in Ward 7 that is unknown to these legs!!

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