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Little things can sometimes make a big difference.  According to Dr. Madine Vander Plaat, a sociology professor at St. Mary's University in Halifax, "Evidence supports that being part of a community is directly related to well-being."


When neighbours help each other out, the result is a safer neighbourhood.  Here are some things we can do to be a great neighbour.


Be welcoming - Introduce yourself when someone new moves into the complex.  It's not hard to do.  Just try and make the first move.  This will probably make the new resident feel home and welcome.


Get involved - Try to find out what's happening around the complex and volunteer to help. 


No gossip - If a neighbour tells you something, keep it a secret.  If you see something that doesn't jeopardize the person's or the complex safety, keep it to yourself.  Everyone has the right to privacy.  Be discreet.


Respect the environment - This includes fauna and flora.  Be gentle to wild life.  Do not trap squirrels.  That is inhumane. Respect your neighbour's property.


Help seniors - If a senior is living next door, offer to shovel the driveway when it snows.  If you're healthy, this is a good exercise and you don't have to pay a gym to burn a few calories.  Helping others is always rewarding.  You don't have to go far.  We have a few seniors living in our complex.  They'll be grateful if you can help.


Going on vacation - If you know a neighbour is leaving on vacation, offer to water their plants, take care of any pets and collect the mail.  This helps maintain the complex clean and makes the house look liveable, which is good regarding safety.  If you're the one going on vacation, ask a neighbour to collect your mail while you're away.


Pets - Remember:  dogs must be on a leash, even if they are friendly animals.  Be considerate and don't forget to clean up after your pet.


Drive slowly - Usually there are a few kids playing outside, especially when the weather is good.  Think of them and drive slowly.


Don't litter - Your street, your neighbourhood and your city are extensions of your place.  Please don't litter.


Conserve - You don't need to waste water hosing your driveway everyday.  Remember, the all neighbourhood pays for the water you're wasting.  Also, you should not invite your friends and/or relatives to bring their cars and wash them here.  The complex is not a car wash facility.


Keep an eye - If you know your neighbour is away, keep an eye on his/her house.


Smile - It is something easy to do.  It is also easy to do a random act of kindness.  These are things that help build a strong community.


Keep it beautiful and safe - Protect the quality of the neighbourhood.  Keep the area surrounding your unit free of rubbish and tidy.  This is not only in everybody's interest but also in your own.  Usually poorly cared communities attract criminal activity.


And remember, the reputation of our complex is on our own hands.







The pictures below are just a few examples of well-cared units around our complex



Sept.15, 2006

A very well-cared unit


Someone who takes pride



 Always a well-cared front garden






Getting involved...


Homes say a lot about a community, but it's the people who live in them who make the community special.  By being involved, you can contribute to its unique character, vitality and prosperity.  Here are a few ways to participate:


- Review agendas and minutes of municipal council and school board meetings, and attend political and community gatherings.  Also, check local media websites for current information.


(If you live on My Silver Creek, you can attend our annual barbeque, give ideas to make it better, decorate your house for the Holidays, etc., etc.)


- Support or initiate community improvements.


- Join a neighbourhood association, or start one if none exist.


(If you live on My Silver Creek we can join our Neighbourhood Watch Program, for example.  Our safety and the safety of our complex should always be a priority.)


- Contribute to schools or community programs.


- Get to know your neighbours, shopkeepers and teachers, and exchange ideas for neighbourhood enhancement.


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