City on the rise

Chestermere maintains its charm amidst rapid growth and development

When Toni Lynne Cousineau and her husband, Larry, moved to Calgary in 1996, they weren’t familiar with the city. Even though they initially lived in Applewood Park, on the city’s eastern edge, they did not know about Chestermere. “We didn’t even know it existed,” said.

It was through her employment with a local builder that Cousineau first discovered Chestermere, when she ended up working in a show home there. It was a case of love at first sight.

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Awarding excellence

CREB® Charitable Foundation recognized by Calgary Women’s Emergency Shelter

The CREB® Charitable Foundation was recognized for its philanthropic dedication to ending family violence at the Calgary Women’s Emergency Shelter’s (CWES) Tulip Awards on Nov. 8.

During the event, which was held at Fort Calgary, the foundation took home the Telling our Story Award. This award is bestowed to an organization that has donated money to the agency and communicated its mandate to the foundation’s membership.

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A fresh start

Chestermere’s local government gets a facelift, with new mayor and councillors on the job

In October’s municipal election, residents of the City of Chestermere elected both a new mayor and an entirely new city council. The fact that no incumbents were re-elected would have been notable, except that in Chestermere’s case, no members of the previous council chose to run again.

As a result, the new council is planning a fresh start for the community after several tumultuous years that saw rampant complaints from residents over utility rates that increased by more than 50 per cent in five years and property taxes that some homeowners claimed had doubled over the course of a decade.

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Rags to riches

Chestermere Lake’s evolution from slough to city centrepiece

When Jen Peddlesden and her family moved to Chestermere Lake 40 years ago, people told her she was crazy.

At that time, what is now a 2.65-square-kilometre waterway was merely a “slough, just a place to put a boat,” and was primarily a backyard playground for nearby Forest Lawn residents or the Calgary Yacht Club, which has been headquartered there since 1933.

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Choosing Chestermere

Jeff and Jessica Huynh found their forever home in Calgary’s eastern neighbour

When it came to finding their forever home, sussing out a family friendly community that offered a healthy, outdoor lifestyle, and was close to family and amenities, was top of mind for Jeff and Jessica Huynh. The Huynhs had been living in Coventry Hills in Calgary’s northwest. They enjoyed the neighbourhood, but with two young children, the couple wanted to be closer to family who live in Calgary’s northeast areas of Pineridge, Coral Springs and Marlborough.

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