It started as a small group gathering in Mission Library just over a year ago.
Some of the more regular attendees decided to band together, register as a non-profit and actively work to represent residents in a wide geographical area of the district.
Welcome to the Mission Downtown Area Residents’ Association.
One of the principal drivers responsible for bringing the group to life was Kate Ross, said MDARA president Roger Dowker.
The members decided after a value clarification meeting that they would register as an association rather than a ratepayers’ organization because they wanted renters to join.
“We wanted to be involved in the community rather than just calling city hall and complaining about stuff,” said Dowker.
MDARA encompasses the area defined as Hurd Street to Fraser River Heritage Park, and North Railway Avenue to Seventh Avenue.
“We wanted to help create a vibrant downtown that was inclusive and respectful,” he said. MDARA currently boasts a membership of around 20 people, and wants to be a voice in what’s happening throughout downtown.
The association has been asked for input on the buskers’ discussion by the District of Mission. Council has been toying with the idea of allowing performers to work along First Avenue.
MDARA is conducting a membership drive and will have a table at the April 2 Mission Farmers’ Market, which will be set up at the All Saints Anglican Church at the corner of Second Avenue and James Street, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
If you are interested in more information, send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org, or call Roger at 604-820-4097.