What is a Homeowners Association?
The Orchards RA is a not-for-profit company, which is incorporated and professionally operated, managed, and maintained. The Orchards RA is responsible for the operations and maintenance of community assets, such as: entry features, amenities, and the Orchards RA facility & park for the lasting enjoyment of its membership.
In addition to promoting healthy living and enhanced quality of life, your RA creates opportunities to meet your neighbours and develop connections. Social, educational, and recreational programming, events, and activities will inspire social engagement and lead to increased community spirit.
There is more to your RA:
- Professionally managed facilities and amenities for enjoyment by all ages and interests
- Programming and events with exclusive pricing for residents
- Employment and volunteer opportunities right in your community create an increased sense of belonging
- Contributes to pride of ownership for residents
- Facility rental opportunities for your private events
- Year round landscaping and maintenance at key locations throughout the community
- Central contact point for community related questions
- Enhanced gathering spaces
- Community interactions to connect with your neighbours
How can I keep up-to-date on the Orchards RA?
Check out the Orchards RA website at www.Orchardsra.com
When you’re at www.Orchardsra.com, be sure to sign up for eNewsletter to receive the most up-to-date information right in your email inbox.
What amenities are at the Orchards RA Facility & Park?
The RA facility is a 12,000 ft2 facility, thoughtfully designed to provide you the best experience. It includes the following:
- Banquet Facility
- Community Kitchen
- Meeting & Multiuse Rooms
- Skate Change Area
- Gathering Spaces
- Day Care Space
- Lending Library
- Hot Beverage Bar
- Propagation Station
The 8-acre RA park will be a place for residents to connect, play, and explore.
- Skating rinks (leisure and hockey)
- Water Spray Park
- Tennis/Pickle Ball Courts
- Toboggan Hill
- Enhanced Gathering Spaces
- Ping Pong Tables
- Community Gardens
- Bee Garden
Will I need a Membership Card to access the RA facility and park?
Yes, you will need to bring your membership card with you to gain access to the facility and park. Please contact us at Ambassador@orchardsra.ca to obtain your membership card. Each member of your family, age 12 & up, (living at your home in Orchards) will be eligible to obtain a card.
Can I have a say in the programs, activities, and events offered at the Orchards RA?
Yes! The Orchards RA wants to hear from you. Please share all your ideas with us at Programs@orchardsra.ca
Also, watch your email inbox for a survey coming soon.
How can I be involved with the Orchards RA?
Majority of our Orchards team lives in the community and post all positions on our website and social media. We also have a Volunteer application HERE.
How is the RA board of directors established and what is the make-up of the board?
Resident Directors are voted onto the RA Board, by community residents, at the Annual General Meeting. The Board of Directors consists of seven (7) members in good standing of the community and three (3) representatives of Brookfield Residential. The Board meets on a regular basis to: ensure policies are properly set, review the annual operating budget, be the voice of fellow residents for RA-related matters, provide input on the RA, and participate in community events. There is a management agreement in place with Brookfield Residential until the turnover date (when the community is substantially complete); accordingly, Brookfield Residential holds the President, Treasurer, and Secretary position until that time. Brookfield abstains from voting on several occasions, leaving most decisions to the resident directors.
How much are the Orchards RA Fees and when are they due?
All fee information can be found on the Membership Information page.
Is the Orchards RA a not-for-profit?
Yes, Orchards RA is a not-for-profit company, registered under the Alberta Companies Act.
Can I opt out of paying the Orchards RA fees?
No. All property owners in The Orchards are members of the RA. Membership is attached to an encumbrance registered on the title of each property in The Orchards.
What is an encumbrance?
An encumbrance is an agreement that secures the payment of money (e.g. a rent charge) and is listed on a property’s Certificate of Title. Another common encumbrance on title is a mortgage.
I have some questions, how can I reach the Orchards RA?
Email us at Ambassador@orchardsra.ca or call us at 587-525-9640
The Orchards Ambassadors at the Club House can also help you out, swing by the Club House anytime 9am – 9pm everyday.