Comment 104549

By kevlahan (registered) | Posted September 17, 2014 at 13:52:47 in reply to Comment 104547

I agree that it is hard to know what an actual association is like from the by-laws, but for an organization that bills itself as a "community association" and has as part of its mission statement "To preserve, protect and enhance the Ainslie Wood/Westdale community environment and the quality of life for all residents." it does seem a bit counter-productive to restrict membership to resident property owners.

And the problem with the "friends" category is that it sounds pretty exclusive: "The Board of Directors may approve such applications if it considers the applicant will support the aims and objectives of the Association as outlined in the AWWCA’s mission statement."

That's their prerogative as a private organization, but it would just be clearer if they called themselves a "resident property owners association" and made it clear that they are not really an organization promoting the interests of the whole community (like most neighbourhood associations aim to).

A student's union clearly promotes the interests of students, a business improvement area promotes the interests of local businesses, but a "community association" is not really the same as a "property owners association". If the McMaster Student's Union had decided to call itself the "McMaster Community Association" and claimed its mission was to improve conditions for the entire McMaster community, but only accepted students, I would also say it was exclusive and counter-productive to its mission.

Comment edited by kevlahan on 2014-09-17 13:58:18

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