Alberta Condo Act Team
Hello everyone: It's 2018 and hard to believe I have been working as an unpaid, volunteer, Alberta condo owner advocate for about seven (7) years ... and doing all possible, with the support of other valued volunteers, to be authentically be heard by the NDP and the previous Government.
We have done everything we know how to do and all indications are the NDP will simply do what they want ... all at the expense of Alberta condo owners who will feel the negative effects in their property values, quality of life, and financial stability.
Our "Improvement Ideas" now number twenty-seven (27) and they specifically address shortcomings and loopholes in the current work-in-progress legislation the NDP wants to proclaim. You can find the list at www.albertacondominiums.ca in the DOCUMENTS tab, top right. Our ideas are best practices. They are reasonable, workable, and will lessen:
condo complex conflict; bullying/harassment and intimidation of condo owners who speak up; abuse of power; secrecy of information; broken relationships; plummeting property values; "out of the blue" cash calls ; proxy abuse and the emotional upheaval and devastation that comes from the above.
That appears not to matter to this Government but that does not mean we will stop pushing for the NDP to realize the catastrophic incompleteness and punishing nature of what they want to proclaim into law.
By way of introduction, here's some background on me and my condo work . Hopefully it results in you being comfortable with my intent and my appeal for donations to fund future meetings and condo owner related activities.
My name is June Donaldson and I live in a condo in Calgary. I am a condo landlady and past condo board member and president. As a near 40 year condo owner veteran I have been deeply troubled by Alberta condo legislation which I believe is incomplete and punishing against Alberta condo owners.
Over the past seven (7) years, I have spent thousands of unpaid, volunteer hours (and a great deal of money) creating information appealing to both past and present Governments to make condominium legislation more inclusive, fair and balanced to condo owners, those of us who:
pay all the condo complex bills and special assessments;
contribute to the pay, perks, and pensions of condo managers and other condo industry insiders;
are the economic engine behind condo industry successes
and represent the single largest stakeholder group of all condo related stakeholder groups in Alberta.
With the exception of one donation (for which I am very grateful and that I applied to my over $600.00 FOIP invoices), up until establishing this Go Fund Me site, I've personally paid all the bills: the domain name and website, email marketing programs, office supplies, FOIP document fees, couriers, phones, artwork, gas to travel to meetings, long distance and you know the rest.
Now, supporters support me establishing this page as we want to expand our presence not only in Alberta, but nation wide. That is why we released, on January 1, 2018, a petition to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to establish a "Canadian Condominium Owner Bill of Rights". It's time ... it appears Provincial legislation looks after the condo industry insiders, and that includes condo boards, at the expense of the owners!
NO ONE on our volunteer team is paid - the only money spent is on direct out of pocket expenses. All our financial records are posted at www.albertacondominiums.ca in the DOCUMENTS tab so check it out ... you'll see openness and transparency on all expenses.
When we are successful with our "mission" any money left will be split 50/50 between the Veteran's Food Bank and the Alberta SPCA.
Our window of time to increase our visibility and voice is small. Condo legislation, once proclaimed, will be in place for years, if not decades. We MUST lessen the imbalance of power between the Government, condo boards, and other condo industry insiders against Alberta condo owners and we can't do it alone or without money.
PLEASE HELP US HELP YOU and donate $10., or more if you can swing it, at this site. If you don't want to donate on line, you may send your donation to J. Donaldson/Condos, #523 - 7620 Elbow Drive, SW., Calgary T2V1K2. I will ensure it is added to the Go Fund Me donations.
As well, join up with us at Alberta Condo Owner Site (Alberta Condo Act Team) to receive our newsletters, learn about our work, our YOUTUBE Alberta condo videos and our petitions to Prime Minister Trudeau and Premier Rachel Notley.
As an aside - I write thank you notes for all donations and they will be posted on my personal site of June Donaldson and/or June A. Donaldson. Apparently Go Fund Me only posts notes on personal, not organizational Facebook pages.
THANK YOU for your donation and for hearing me out. If you have questions, I can be reached through www.albertacondominiums.ca.
To be continued ...
June Donaldson (MBA, EdD, Mediator, Arbitrator, Business Consultant, Best-Selling Emotional Intelligence Author and Founder of the Alberta Condo Act Team (formerly the Alberta Condo Ownership Network).
My condo website disclaimer applies to this content.
We just released a newsletter that includes a link to our latest YouTube video spelling out how we will be negatively impacted should the NDP Government proclaim the Alberta Condominium Property Amendment Act, 2014 that is their current work-in-progress.
Make sure you receive the newsletter – check your junk mail if you haven’t received it.
Here’s the YouTube video link: https://youtu.be/76LFRgw_cSg
We need you to write to Premier Notley and others – details in the newsletter and a sample letter is at www.albertacondominiums.ca in the Documents tab, top right.
Please also send the YouTube link to your contacts.
We absolutely need to reframe this legislation – it does not protect us as consumers!
Thanks for your support. To be continued.
We REALLY appreciate your help! More disappointing and frustrating news continues to come out of Service AB. I have just sent a newsletter on our new direction. If you don't receive it, check your junk/spam mail. Pls enlist your condo neighbours to financially contribute to our cause. Hopefully the newsletter will explain why. It's time to get REAL serious about stopping this incomplete, punishing, potentially costly, and conflict based condo legislation Service AB is working hard to get proclaimed before the next election. Stick with us - it's going to get REAL INTERESTING between now and the election!
Here's my story:
1. I do not profess to be a Facebook expert - far from it!
2. Last night I was looking at my personal Facebook pages and I saw all the thank you notes that I have written to financial contributors over the years.
3. I didn't realize the thank you notes were being posted on MY personal Facebook pages.
4. Then I started worrying that perhaps YOU didn't receive my thank you note(s) and that is my dilemma. 5. If you DID receive my note, you don't have to respond to this note.
6. If you DID NOT receive my thank you note, PLEASE let me know because I need to figure out why you wouldn't have received it because I have written a thank you note for every single donation.
In my next life I am going to come back social media proficient, but in the meantime, I need to hear from you if you DID NOT receive a thank you note.
In the meantime, please know that we appreciate every single penny that you have contributed to our mission of making Alberta's condominium legislation more inclusive, fair and balanced to those of us who pay all the condo complex bills; contribute to the pay, perks, and pensions of condo industry insiders; are the foundation of all condo industry successes, and who are the single largest stakeholder group of ALL condo related stakeholder groups.
Thanks for your support and in this case (Ha Ha) I look forward to NOT hearing from you because that will mean you DID receive a thank you note and that would be a good thing!
All the best and to be continued ... June Donaldson