The Orchards

Club House Update

Published Tuesday, May 19, 2020 6:30 pm
by Lara

As previously announced, due to the COVID- 19 pandemic, the Orchards Club House was closed as of March 14, 2020. Though we are looking forward to the day we are able to re-open for everyone in the community, the health and safety of our residents and employees continues to be our main priority. As per Order 02-2020 from Alberta’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, recreation facilities remain closed.

Recreation centres and splash parks are scheduled to open in Stage Three of Alberta’s Relaunch Strategy. Please visit here for more information https://www.alberta.ca/alberta-relaunchstrategy.aspx. We will continue to follow the orders of Alberta’s Chief Medical Officer of Health and will remain closed until public health authorities consider it safe to re-open.

We continue to complete community and contract maintenance, maintain the facilities, facilitate day to day operations including bookkeeping functions, and plan programming for our residents. Although we miss seeing our residents in person at the Club House, we want to continue fostering a sense of community spirit. Residents can continue to engage with us through virtual club meetups, weekly ‘Zoom-ba’ sessions, trivia nights, paint nights, and through community scavenger hunts. We continue to offer programming virtually and our monthly clubs. If you want to learn more please email programs@orchardsra.ca or call 587-525-9640.

Annual Fee Payments

We’ve received a few questions regarding the annual RA fees because of the facility closure. While the building cannot be accessed by residents at this time, as a non-profit Residents Association we continue to have ongoing obligations to manage. Our responsibility to you includes ensuring the long-term success of your Residents Association and community assets.

Annual Resident Association fees are due for those who have not already paid. However, the deadline to pay was extended past the April 1st collections date. To limit social gathering, we will provide multiple ways to pay – online, by mail, over the phone. Be prepared to use your Invoice Number and Access Code at https://central.ivrnet.com/orchards. Once it’s safe to re-open, residents will then be welcome to pay in-person at the Club House and visit us then.

Annual General Meeting

The 2020 AGM will be postponed from June 2020. Once we determine an opening date, and when larger gatherings are once again permitted, scheduling our AGM date will be a priority. This will be a good opportunity for resident engagement, and to share information regarding the financials and operations of Orchards Residents Association.

Health and safety remain our top priority. Although we’ve had to make adjustments to our programming while we are operating in a reduced capacity, we continue to strive to provide the best possible service to our residents. Thank you to our residents for your commitment to our community. Together, we will get through these extraordinary circumstances. We will continue to provide updates as they become available. We greatly appreciate your understanding and support during this time. If you have any questions, please reach out to gm@orchardsra.ca or 587-525- 9640.