The other day I had the opportunity to flip through some of the older issues of the Hillhurst Sunnyside Voice and an October 1989 issue caught my eye. Beyond the #TBT potential inside these yellowed and oxidized pages, it was packed full of content submitted by members of the community, including cartoons, news articles, some PSAs, and a monthly column entitled, ‘dear VOICE’. Reading through the perspectives of residents and seeing the photos captured by members of our community (side note: The Fall Fair of 1989 had great weather and an excellent turnout of more than 15, 000 people!), I couldn’t help but think about how our community newsletter has changed. Of course, it is no surprise that our newsletter would evolve just as the Hillhurst Sunnyside community itself has over the last 30 years (be sure to check out our post Hillhurst Sunnyside at a Glance, highlighting our community and demographics based on the 2019 City of Calgary Census Data). Today, the Hillhurst Sunnyside Voice is delivered to 7, 200 households each month and the cover reads, “preserving and enhancing the quality of life for residents of Hillhurst Sunnyside”, echoing HSCA’s mission.
As your new Voice Editor, I want to take this opportunity to ask YOU what you want from your community newsletter. What content do you enjoy reading most? What would you like to see more of in our community newsletter, blogs, e-news, and social media posts? How can the Voice best serve the community?
Here’s a little experiment that might get you thinking. Let’s fast-forward 30 years…Imagine someone is flipping (scrolling?) through the pages of the September 2019 Hillhurst Sunnyside Voice—what values and perspectives would they see? Would someone be able to get a sense of our community through our newsletter? How can the Voice represent the Hillhurst Sunnyside community today?
I would love to hear from you! Please feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org, share your ideas, submit your content (pictures, articles, event listings, etc.) and lend your voice as we define our 2019/2020 community newsletter.