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  • Cathie Costanzo | AWWCA
    views of the area below It reminded me of driving through the mountains out west And the airport is nearby Hamilton is a city that is not boxed in is how I see it The Ainslie Wood Westdale area is safer and cleaner than where my husband lived in the Corktown area of Hamilton when I first moved to Hamilton My car was broken into twice in less than four months in Corktown Also since I have a child with autism and we needed a more open airy place that did not cause her anxiety I began to look around and make calls Ainslie Wood was it we moved there in 2004 In 2006 we returned to the United States but I still love the Ainslie Wood Westdale area Key points that led us to move to Ainslie Wood were its cleanliness abundance of parks safety ample parking for businesses and access to a doctor who would see my daughter With just a short drive you are near open areas and conservation areas with a creek nearby so green compared to the western U S which is quite dry I also love the Ainslie Wood Westdale area because you can escape the cars and congestion and go at a slower pace yet in a few minutes you can be in the heart of the city Some Canadians think Americans do not like Canada Nothing could be further from the truth I help moderate an online group with U S and Canadian members and am working with the U S embassy in Canada to help disseminate U S Canadian news and issues in a good light I think that when the city is promoting tourism it should promote the west end especially to American tourists It is far more wheelchair accessible

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  • Ruthann Stanhope | AWWCA
    were raised when I left my child in the care of my husband while I worked 12 hour shifts at McMaster Medical Centre By the 80s I was a single mother juggling extracurricular activities for my two children child care and work Banks required a co signer so that I could get a mortgage I worked hard to maintain my home in Westdale a place where the schools were excellent the community centre was close by I could walk for my groceries and peo ple were willing to make sure my children made it to Cubs Brownies soccer and all those character building activities Living in this community I was able to give up my car to conserve finances and so became green before it was cool Through the 90s I felt the change in Westdale Family homes were becoming rentals Neatly trimmed lawns and gardens were becoming unruly and strewn with garbage My children were growing up and leaving home Now I had time for me my garden and my ever changing collection of abandoned animals But my garden ornaments and hanging baskets were stolen and multitudes of young men relieved themselves in my hedge The annual pajama parade was truly out of control and scary A good night s sleep was hard to come by Why do I stay Because I have faith in the new generation Every September Westdale is inundated by a new wave of outsiders as I once was The air is ripe with beer and hormones By night a very small percentage of students cause problems By day they respond to my good morning as I walk my dog Many days as I work in my garden students stop to tell me how good it makes them feel as they have walked by year

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  • Alice Sabourin | AWWCA
    on the shelf I savour the chocolate croissants at Weil s and specialty cheeses and Ace baguettes at the Global Village Market I adore the challah and cream cheese at the Westdale Delicatessen I walk to The Barn with my new stroller cart and pack away our weekly groceries I love the Barn s fresh produce and the perfectly sane size of the store I pick books for my wish list at Bryan Prince and order my husband s Fast Food Nation We dream of summer as we visit Adventure Attic and are pleasantly distracted by the woolly sweaters and smart parkas Errands are quickly completed at the pharmacy bank and post office Yes we relish our Westdale traditions The kids joyfully select their cool footwear every season at Jack Carruth Shoe Store We are thrilled by the McMaster Students Union and George R Allan pumpkin night hike at Halloween and our kids enjoy the parade through the village We can skate at Churchill Park in the winter because our community has volunteers dedicated to our winter cheer We toboggan at Cootes and picnic at the park We visit the neighbourhood plots at the Teaching Garden We have ice cream and frozen yoghurt on our stroll home from dance lessons at St Paul s Church We order panzerotti from Valentino s and falafels from Basilique on busy weeknights My kids skate and play hockey at Coronation and swim at Dalewood We love the rail trail and the fish count at the Desjardin trail We hike at Cootes Paradise walk through the Mac campus and visit the birds at the Aviary in the same afternoon We meet new friends in the library as we select our books and play with the train set My children will learn French through the schools

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  • Valerie Minden | AWWCA
    chosen an apartment in the east part of Dundas and I wished to disrupt their lives as little as possible My older boy attended Westmount Secondary School and needed good access to city buses My younger son who attended Dundas District Middle School needed to be near friends Dundas homes that met these requirements were selling above the asking price even before the For Sale signs were put up so my agent directed me to the listings in the west end of Hamilton The house we chose certainly turned out to be ideal The street is home to a mixture of young families those with teens empty nesters and student houses Having chosen to live close to Princess Point not exactly next door to campus the students seem to be mostly in their later years as opposed to frosh and are usually quiet and studious In fact they have been friendly courteous and helpful Oh there have been a few occasions of less desirable behaviour but these incidents can and do happen in any neighbourhood I grew up in the southwest part of the city and had friends who lived in Westdale One of my sisters had spent most of her child rearing years in a house on Bond Street so I was familiar with the area Once here I was pleased to exchange my walks through the Carolinian forest of the Dundas Conservation Area near my former home for trails of the Royal Botanical Gardens and my strolls or bike rides along the Rail Trail in Dundas for the Bayfront Trail which is well lit at night and much more used Best of all these former haunts as well as the friends and neighbours of my former home are just a short distance away I love being able to walk easily into the village and visit the library coffee shops cafés pubs the theatre all the stores and services so convenient Churchill Fields is one of the best park facilities to be found anywhere and we love to skate on the rinks in the winter My hockey loving son can always find some buddies to join in friendly competition Then of course there s nature s rink at Princess Point with toboggan hills too In addition to all this free activity we have the Dalewood Recreation Centre and Coronation Rink and Pool in easy proximity My younger son is now enjoying new friends at Westdale Secondary School where he has the advantage of access to wonderful unique and diverse programs There is also a great diversity of cultures and religions in an atmosphere of learning acceptance and understanding My older son is now enjoying his first year at McMaster and has been making good use of the transit system to get around from our house to the Mountain to Dundas and to campus it is all close and convenient Our neighbours have made us feel welcome and safe what more could we want First published in the Spring 2005

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  • Michael Bordin | AWWCA
    neighbour hood and for another two years in the Locke Street neighbourhood We were looking for somewhere we could put down roots be active members in the community and raise our family We looked at houses in the southwest Dundas and Westdale preferring the features lifestyle and amenities of these lower city neighbourhoods to the sprawling suburbs on the Mountain We appreciated all that Dundas and the southwest had to offer but we chose Westdale My wife and I are not from Hamilton We met at McMaster University in 1990 During our time at McMaster we enjoyed walks through Westdale s wonderful neighbourhood and occasionally visited Westdale Village to attend the Westdale Theatre or to shop and eat I remember thinking then what a beautiful neighbourhood it was Seven years later when we were considering our options we came to appreciate even more the jewel that Westdale is We had heard about the strong community and the excellent schools within walking distance Most importantly we found that Westdale provided what we valued in a community a mix in size form and cost of housing a huge park hiking trails and Cootes Paradise within walking distance a true village centre where we could shop go to the library eat get a haircut do our banking and dry cleaning as well as spend time with friends all without getting into a car We also appreciated the energy and vitality brought to the area by the university students and the various amenities offered by McMaster Over the 4 1 2 years during which we have lived in Westdale we have discovered many more things about the neighbourhood and the people who live here that have added to the list of reasons why Westdale is a model community It is hard to imagine living

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  • Jeanne Bernard | AWWCA
    Residence Our Community s Preschool Groups Our Community s Schools RBG Fishways Westdale Village The Aviary Trick or Eat 2007 Westdale Streets McMaster PJ Parade 2011 Community Resources 17th AGM agenda and minutes 15th AGM Materials 14th AGM Materials slideshow minutes reports 13th AGM Materials slideshow minutes reports 12th AGM Materials including community slideshow Useful Websites Useful Numbers Submit Bylaw Concern Hamilton Health Sciences Right Place Best Care Access to Best Care Contact Jeanne Bernard As a new immigrant I missed the greenery of the tropics during my four years in Toronto When I accepted a new job in Hamilton I was delighted to see trees everywhere During a six month commute I looked for an area to live in that was beautiful well cared for and close to nature I settled on Ainslie Wood Westdale The easy access to the lakefront a beautiful campus and all those little stores that were family businesses said welcome to a new comer On the fringe there were farms fresh produce waterfalls and a marvellous botanical garden Ainslie Wood Westdale has always been a great place to show off to out of town visitors it is part of a city yet with a character of its own Jeanne Bernard First published in the Autumn 2005 newsletter page 5 Comments are closed Search for Gallery Featured Items The AWWCA s 17th Annual General Meeting Join us for the AWWCA s 17th Annual General Meeting on September 21st at St Cuthbert s Presbyterian Church beside Cootes Paradise Elementary Registration begins at 5 30pm Read More Upcoming Events There are no upcoming events at this time Recent News and Articles See be seen and Operation Bike Guard Good Student Neighbour Awards The story of the West Hamilton community 1796 1930 2015 2016 Education Funding Consultation Letter

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  • Paul Faure | AWWCA
    Laneways and Rail Trail McMaster University and Off Campus Residence Our Community s Preschool Groups Our Community s Schools RBG Fishways Westdale Village The Aviary Trick or Eat 2007 Westdale Streets McMaster PJ Parade 2011 Community Resources 17th AGM agenda and minutes 15th AGM Materials 14th AGM Materials slideshow minutes reports 13th AGM Materials slideshow minutes reports 12th AGM Materials including community slideshow Useful Websites Useful Numbers Submit Bylaw Concern Hamilton Health Sciences Right Place Best Care Access to Best Care Contact Paul Faure I chose to live in the Ainslie Wood Westdale neighbourhood because there is no other place that I would rather be Indeed it s the best place to live in the City of Hamilton I love all the clean air beautiful parks nature areas and walking biking trails that are only steps away I walk to work I walk to shop even downtown I walk to visit my friends plus I have easy access to public transit that can take me almost anywhere I need to go including Toronto But the best thing about the Ainslie Wood Westdale neighbourhood is its people a wonderful mix of university students faculty and area residents living in harmony in their modest homes Paul Faure Comments are closed Search for Gallery Featured Items The AWWCA s 17th Annual General Meeting Join us for the AWWCA s 17th Annual General Meeting on September 21st at St Cuthbert s Presbyterian Church beside Cootes Paradise Elementary Registration begins at 5 30pm Read More Upcoming Events There are no upcoming events at this time Recent News and Articles See be seen and Operation Bike Guard Good Student Neighbour Awards The story of the West Hamilton community 1796 1930 2015 2016 Education Funding Consultation Letter St George s Book Club 2014 2015 Season Recent Essays

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  • Trish Strung | AWWCA
    looking because Westdale is where I spend a lot of time The many lovely shops in Westdale have made this a destination shopping area for me I have coffee there regularly with my friends My church is in Westdale The flower shops have attracted my business too because I love to send flowers for special occasions I love the fact that I can park my car and walk to all my necessary destinations in Westdale I even take my dogs for grooming at the Westdale Dog Salon The Westdale Theatre is a great place to see a movie I love the movies that arrive there and I am not bombarded with loud sound or with endless advertisements My friends from Toronto now visit me to attend a movie The best bookstore and service I have ever experienced is Bryan Prince Bookseller I make a regular visit there each Christmas with my list of book titles to buy for the children in my life The staff are among the most friendly and knowledgeable bibliophiles in the business The Casual Gourmet is also a store I cannot live without since coming to Hamilton I have made it my wedding gift store of choice The Boutique is simply a joyful place in which to shop with its fine selection of artistic pieces of jewellery and accessories all against a background of classical music The Global Village Market is the only place for me when it comes to coffee on the run and samosas for lunch At Weil s Bakery I had to discipline myself to resist the danishes cinnamon rolls and scrumptious oat cookies I now go into Weil s only when I have been watching my diet long enough to know that I will not do major damage when I treat myself

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