Dear Oaklands residents and local volunteers,
The Oaklands Community Association (OCA) works in partnership with the residents of the neighbourhood and along with local groups we help maintain and develop the Oaklands neighbourhood.
At our last Annual General Meeting in April 2018 we adopted a revised set of by-laws to meet the new BC Societies Act Standards.
In order to comply with our by-laws we are instituting a membership drive to create an official membership list for the Oaklands Community Association. We want you to consider joining the association. While we will continue to work consistently on behalf of the neighbourhood, having a healthy direct membership will provide increased opportunities for neighbourhood project engagement and meaningful community consultation.
Having a robust membership will help us communicate to the neighbourhood and ensure we are planning projects and responding to issues with the support of the neighbourhood.
We want to hear from you and respond to your ideas, concerns and projects and one of the most effective methods for getting anything done is collective action.
We hope you will join us to help make Oaklands an even better place to live.
With a current membership list of voting members we will also be able to provide some local benefits to members and build a solid communications system for neighbourhood issues. Members will enable us to be informed, stay informed and communicate more effectively. Thank you for your consideration.
Oaklands Community Association
The Oaklands Community Association’s vision is to provide a welcoming, engaging, sustainable community where all members can live, learn and thrive. We are proud to serve Oaklands, which is bordered by Cook Street, Haultain Street, Shelbourne Street and North Dairy Road.
Between our two locations, Oaklands Community Centre and the Oaklands Neighbourhood House, we offer a summer and winter farmers market, a wide arrangement of recreation and fitness programs, a 2.5-5 yr child care centre, out-of-school care, camps, youth drop-in programs, community dinners, events, and learning workshops for everyone – from newborn to 99!
The Oaklands Community Association was established in 1995 by a group of committed citizens. Our first facility, the Oaklands Community Centre opened it's doors to the public in 2001. As a major employer within the neighbourhood, Oaklands Community Association has approx 14 full time employees and 57 part-time as well as a number of contract instructors and over 100 volunteers.
Oaklands is approximately 175 hectares (430 acres), located in the northeast corner of the City. The population was approximately 6,825 in 2011 which is 8.5% of the City’s total population. The Hillside Shopping Centre is located in the northeast corner of Oaklands. The remainder of the neighbourhood is mostly residential, with many single family homes, and apartment/ condominium buildings along Hillside Avenue. Oaklands has the second largest household size (2.7 persons per household) in the City and has the second highest percentage of home ownership (58%). Oaklands is one of the eight neighbourhoods with a community centre.
Residents enjoy a great deal of parkland in a variety of city parks. Oaklands Elementary School, originally opened in 1913, continues in its role providing education to young children and serving as a resource to local community groups. The landmark Cridge Centre for the Family, BC's oldest registered non-profit society, is located in Oaklands.
Oaklands has other heritage features including a number of residences and structures and the Jewish Cemetery which was established in 1860 and sits atop Fernwood Hill.